CLEANING SOLUTIONS

Use one or both of the following solutions for inside the mouth:

• Antimicrobial or antibacterial alcohol-free mouth rinse.

• Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives (read the label) or non-iodized sea salt mixture: Dissolve 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine free) sea salt into one cup (8 oz) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better. Saline solution tat is too strong can irritate your piercing. (If you have high blood pressure or a heart condition, please check with your doctor before using a saline product as your primary cleaning solution.)

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSIDE THE MOUTH

Rinse mouth with cleaning solution for 30 seconds after meals and at bedtime (4-5 times daily) during the entire healing period. Cleaning too often or with too strong a rinse can cause discoloration and irritation of your mouth and piercing.

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE EXTERIOR OF LABRET (CHEEK AND LIP) PIERCINGS

Soak in saline solution and/or wash in mild, fragrance-free liquid soap—preferably anti-microbial or germicidal.

• WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.

• SALINE soak at least two to three times daily. Simply soak directly in a cup of warm saline solution for five to ten minutes. For certain placements it may be easier to apply using clean gauze saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse afterward will remove any residue.

• SOAP no more than once or twice a day. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than thirty seconds.

• RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.

• DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.

CLEANING SOLUTIONS

Use one or both of the following solutions for healing piercings:

• Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives (read the label), or a non-iodized sea salt mixture: Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine-free) sea salt into one cup (8ox) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better; a saline solution that is too strong can irritate the piercing.

• A mild, fragrance-free liquid soap (like "Naked" soap, which is formulated for use on piercings, or "[Baby] Mild Unscented" Dr. Bronner's natural castile soap, pre-diluted 15 parts water to 1 part soap, using bottled or purified water).

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS FOR BODY PIERCINGS

• WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.

• SALINE soak for five to ten minutes once or more per day. Invert a cup of warm saline solution over the area to form a vacuum. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using clean gauze or paper towels saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse afterward will remove any residue.

• SOAP no more than once or twice a day. While showering, lather up a pearl size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than thirty seconds.

• RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing.

• DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.


WHAT IS NORMAL?

• Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising.

• During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.

• Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate. 

• A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period. 

• Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in—do not leave it empty.

GREAT! You've got a new tattoo, so what now? Well taking care of your tattoo is essential in its healing process and maintaining its quality over time. If you do not take care of your tattoo, it may become infected or damaged. So here are some things to do and avoid with your tattoo:

Always wash your hands before cleaning your tattoo!

Remove bandage within 1-2 hours after getting your tattoo. DO NOT RE-BANDAGE YOUR TATTOO

Wash your tattoo with an anti-bacterial liquid soap.

Do not use a washcloth or anything harsh against your tattoo. Only use your hands.

Change all towels and bath cloths that may come in contact with your tattoo.

Gently pat your tattoo dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not rub, or use harsh fabrics.

Do not apply any ointment on your tattoo for the first 12 hours. after that begin your first application of ointment onto the tattoo.

Rub a small amount of ointment on your tattoo. You may use Bacitracin, A&D, Neosporin, or any tattoo ointment as long as you are not allergic to it. 

Make sure to rub the ointment in so that it is not shiny, or greasy– you want the thinnest amount possible.

DO NOT use Vaseline, Petroleum or Bag Balm. 

On the first night, you may want to wrap your tattoo in saran wrap to prevent sticking to your bedding. Do not use any cloth bandages or pads, as the fibers of this material can adhere to your open tattoo and hinder the healing process.

Wear clean, soft clothing over your tattoo for the first 2 weeks– nothing abrasive or irritating.

For a foot tattoo: Go barefoot as much as possible. If you must wear shoes, first wrap your clean tattoo in anti-stick gauze bandage wrap, then cover with a clean cotton sock before putting on your shoe. Avoid sandals or flip flops for this period to prevent chafing and damage to the tattoo.

After the 3rd or 4th day your tattoo will begin to peel aka "The Ugly Stage". This is normal! Do not pick at it. IT WILL NOT SPEED UP THE HEALING PROCESS! IT WILL ONLY MAKE IT WORSE!

If your tatto itches, give it a light tap, DO NOT scratch your rub at your tattoo!

You can shower, but you may not soak your tattoo for 2 weeks. No swimming, soaking or hot tub.

You may not expose your tattoo to the sun for at least 3 weeks, after that you must use sun block.

Do not wear abrasive materials, jewelry, or shoes that rub against your tattoo.

Do not let anyone touch your tattoo, unless they wash their hands.

 

If you have any questions about your tattoo or the healing process, please call 754-444-TATT(8288) or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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