Aftercare

piercing

King-Queen Body Art

During piercing, a deep wound is created that needs time to heal. How quickly this wound heals depends on the location of the piercing, the type of metal, the skill of the piercer and the quality of aftercare. If you take good care of the piercing, it will take 4 to 12 weeks for the wound to heal.

During healing, wash the piercing (except for a tongue, lip or mouth piercing) twice a day with a mild unscented soap. Then pat it dry with a clean towel or tissue. For the rest of the day, keep the piercing as dry as possible.

During the healing process, pay attention to the following:
– Touch the piercing as little as possible.
– Do not spread ointment on the wound or drip disinfectants such as Sterilon® or Betadine® on it (unless directed otherwise by a doctor).
– Do not allow hair spray, gel or other products to get near an ear piercing.
– Do not wear band-aids over the piercing (only temporarily during sports).
– Do not wear tight or dirty clothing over the piercing.
– Avoid (bubble) baths, swimming pools, saunas and steam baths.
– Never remove the piercing yourself.

With an oral piercing, also note the following:
– Avoid kissing and oral sex during the healing process.
– Brush teeth regularly, preferably with a saline-based toothpaste, and use chlorhexidine-based mouthwash if necessary.

With a genital piercing, also note the following:
– Drink a glass of water about one hour before cleaning your genital piercing. This will help you urinate out soap residue faster after washing. Soap in the urethra can cause a bladder infection.
– During sexual contact, always protect genital piercings with an extra strong condom (e.g., a condom for anal sex) or a dental flap. Preferably do not have sexual contact during the healing process.

Note: The skin around your piercing may become red and swollen immediately after piercing. This is normal.

But contact your doctor if:
– you are concerned about healing;
– you become ill or develop a fever within a few days after the piercing;
– physical symptoms such as itching and redness have not subsided within 48 hours after the piercing;
– 24 hours after the piercing you suddenly experience new symptoms, or the symptoms get worse;
– you want to remove the piercing during the healing process (for example because of complaints or outgrowth or rejection symptoms).