You may experience swelling and soreness with your piercing, which will subside over the week. Most people's piercings go through a rejection period, where the piercing may redden and have a slight discharge. This is your body's normal reaction to a foreign object in the skin. This should settle after 4-6 weeks. In some cases the jewellery can be rejected completely, growing out of the body for no particular reason.
Longer jewellery is used initially with Lip piercings to accommodate for swelling. The use of ice will keep swelling to a minimum. In some cases the jewellery may still be too short and pull in to the skin. If this occurs, contact the studio and we will organise to change to a longer piece of jewellery.
Cleaning your piercing
To clean your piercing you should dissolve a teaspoon of either rock salt or table saltin half a cup of water. Using a cotton bud, bath the area around the piercing, removing any dirt or build up around the jewellery. Do not play with jewellery or touch it with dirty hands and only move the jewellery whilst in the shower. It is also important not to over clean your jewellery as you will wash away your body's natural bacteria, which aids in the healing process. It is recommended that you clean your piercing morning and night, and only more if the piercing is exposed to large amounts of dirt. This should be continued until the piercing is healed completely (6-8 weeks).
Jewellery should not be changed until the piercing is fully healed, with any soreness or redness gone. It takes around 6 weeks for a piercing to heal, but can take longer in some cases. If you are purchasing jewellery elsewhere, make sure it is surgical stainless steel and NOT SILVER. If you have a barbell or bananabell piece of jewellery you will need to check the balls are screwed on tight morning and night. Everyday movements can cause the balls to unscrew and fall off. Piercings done with a ring have a ball that is fixed in place so it will not fall out unless the jewellery is stretched. To remove this jewellery the ring needs to be pulled apart and the ball will fall out.
Don't touch your piercing with dirty hands, as this can spread germs and lead to infection.
Be wary of your jewellery catching of clothing items as this can aggravate the piercing or tear the skin.
If you have any concerns, you can contact us on 0418 938 979