Your piercer at Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Company (LLC) does not directly or indirectly dispense medical advise or prescribe the aftercare suggestions as a form of treatment for body piercings. Doctors and other experts in the field of health hold widely varying views. Our intention is to offer you information based on our own experiences and those of previous clients in order to help you maintain the healing of your new piercing. Your piercer at Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Company (LLC) DOES NOT assume responsibility in the aftercare of your new piercing.

CLEANING SOLUTIONS: Use either one or the both of the following solutions for body piercing:

-Packaged sterile saline solution, with no additives, or non-iodized sea salt mixture: Dissolve 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized (iodine free) sea salt to one cup (8oz) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better! Saline solution that is too strong can irritate the piercing. We highly recommend H2Ocean Aftercare products for the healing of your new piercing, however this is a cost effective solution if your budget doesnt have space for H2Ocean.

- Liquid anti-microbial or germicidal soap

EAR LOBE/CARTILAGE: Clean and leave exposed. Minimum healing time three months to a year.

NOSE: Clean once a day with a cotton bud on the outside only. DO NOT touch the inside. Leave exposed. Do not change for at least 12 weeks. To avoid loss of jewelry cover at night with surgical tape or plaster for at least the first 7 days. Minimum healing time three months to a year.

SEPTUM: Use warm pre-boiled tap water to soften and remove crusts up to two times a day. Leave exposed. Minimum healing time three months to a year.

NIPPLES: Males clean using a fresh cotton bud and solution for each piercing hole, and leave exposed. Females, as for males but cotton bra/nipple pad will also need to be used to protect the site from friction. If the site is oozing, nipple pads should be used and soaked off before cleaning the site. Minimum healing time is four to six months. Protection can be applied with the support of a tight cotton shirt or sports bra especially for sleeping.

NAVEL: After a navel piercing, a small amount of redness and crusting is normal, as is a discharge of a small amount of clear fluid. These symptoms should lessen within six to eight weeks. Clean both piercing holes twice a day with a cotton bud. Use a separate cotton bud and solution for each hole. Avoid tight clothing around the waist and avoid the use of belts until the site is healed. Cover the site with a clean dry dressing if doing stretching exercises/ contact sports. Avoid swimming if possible until the site is healed. Do not change jewelry for a least 4-6 months, if you experience any problems and need to change the jewelry before this time please return to your piercer. Minimum healing time is four to six months. Protection for your navel is a hard, vented eye patch (sold at pharmacies) can be applied under tight clothing (such as nylon stockings) or secured using a length of ace bandage around the body (to avoid irritation from adhesives). This can protect

EYEBROW: Clean both piercing holes twice a day using a separate cotton bud and solution, soak off any crust formation and dry carefully with a clean tissue. Cover the site with a clean dry dressing for sporting activities. Eyebrow piercing can be problematic as the skin is thin. Migration can occur in the navel & eyebrow forcing the piercing out. Although little can be done to prevent this seek advice from your piercer.

TONGUE: Half strength mouthwash should be used twice daily. The mouth should also be rinsed with tap water after eating, smoking, drinking. The site can also be cleaned gently with toothpaste and a soft toothbrush if there is a build up of coating around the site. Chewing gum should not be used until the site is healed or you feel confident with the piercing. Care is needed when using cutlery, so as not to damage the piercing. Spicy foods/alcohol may need to be avoided for the first week as they may cause stinging. Oral sex should be avoided until after the first bar change (approx. 2 weeks). The bar size should be changed after 10-14 days by your piercer. The bar balls must be checked twice daily to ensure they are screwed on tightly and reduce the risk of swallowing/aspiration. Piercing may cause permanent damage to teeth due to the friction against enamel. Returning to downsize your bar can reduce this. The tongue may swell to the length of the inserted bar, particularly in the first two weeks. Iced water may help to reduce the swelling. If the bar becomes too tight please see your piercer. If you have problems with swallowing or any neck pain, you must contact a medical practitioner right away or go to your nearest Accident & Emergency Department. Minimum healing time is two months.

LIP, CHEEK, LABRET, MADONNA & PHILTRUM: Clean the outside of the site twice daily with a cotton swab as in the general section. Use half strength mouthwash twice daily to clean inside the site. If you have a ring then clean the jewelry also as you move it around. If you have a stud you need to check the ball is screwed on tightly at least twice a day. Minimum healing time is three months.

COMMON COMPLICATION: If aftercare advice is not followed correctly, infection may occur at the site. Possible indications of infection are increased redness or swelling, and that the piercing is painful to touch. There may be a painful throbbing sensation or feeling of heat. The discharge may becomes yellow or green in color and smells offensive if infection occurs. If the above symptoms occur seek urgent medical attention. In emergencies attend the local Accident & Emergency Department. Do not remove jewelry before being assessed...