Aftercare

Aftercare for body piercings is vitally important. Please read the following information carefully to ensure that the risk of infection is minimised. 

GENERAL AFTERCARE:

(Ears, Eyebrows, Nostrils, Septums, Navel, Nipple, Surface)

  • (If appropriate) Remove dressings after four to six hours 
  • Do not touch the piercing on the first day
  • The entrance holes will need cleaning with a saline solution twice a day for at least 4 months. You can make your own saline solution using 1 litre of boiled water and 1 teaspoon of unbleached sea salt. 
  • Do not pick at scabs as this will cause unnecessary bleeding. Scabs prevent entry of bacteria which could cause infection; scabs will fall away when ready. 
  • During the healing process, do not take the jewellery out to clean. If prolonged or major irritation occurs, consult your GP. 
  • Punktured recommends not swimming, using hot tubs or jacuzzis for at least 6 weeks or sunbathing or using sun beds for at least 6 months.
  • Punktured recommends waiting at least 4 months before changing the jewellery. 

LIP AND CHEEK AFTERCARE

  • Rinse internal hole with a saline solution or a low alcohol, antiseptic mouthwash, twice a day and after eating to prevent infection. 
  • The external hole will need cleaning with saline solution twice a day for at least 4 months. You can make your own saline solution using 1 litre of boiled water and 1 teaspoon of unbleached sea salt. 
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol for at least 3 weeks after your piercing. 
  • Please refrain from any kissing (including oral sex) for at least 3 weeks. 
  • Do not pick at scabs as this can cause unnecessary bleeding. Scabs prevent entry of bacteria which might cause infection; scabs will fall away when ready. 
  • Punktured pierces with a long labret stud or oversized ring to allow for initial swelling. Bring your information sheet back in 6 weeks and we will exchange the jewellery for that of an appropriate size. 
  • During the healing process, do not take the jewellery out to clean. If prolonged or major irritation occurs, consult your GP. 
  • Punktured recommends waiting at least six weeks before you change the jewellery. 

TONGUE AFTERCARE

  • Rinse with a saline solution or a low alcohol, antiseptic mouthwash such as 'Colgate Periogard', twice a day and after eating to prevent infection. 
  • Try not to talk too much for the first couple of days as this will fatigue the tongue. 
  • You may be able to eat solid food immediately. If it's uncomfortable, eat soft foods such as soup and yoghurt for the first few days.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol for at least 3 weeks after your piercing. 
  • Please refrain from any kissing (including oral sex) for at least 3 weeks. 
  • Punktured pierces with a long barbell to allow for initial swelling. Bring your information sheet back in 2 to 3 weeks and we will provide you with the appropriate sized piece of jewellery. 
  • During the healing process, do not take the jewellery out to clean. If prolonged or major irritation occurs, consult your GP. 
  • Punktured recommends waiting at least 2 - 3 weeks before you change the jewellery. 

Healing times vary from person to person depending on many factors such as diet, lifestyle and stress. If you are concerned at all, contact us and we will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have.