Aftercare

Tattoo Aftercare

Day 1

After removing your bandage, wash your tattoo with lukewarm water and Dial unscented antibacterial soap. Make sure to rub gently with clean hands. Your first day is free.

Day 2

Start to wash your tattoo 2 to 3 times daily following the above process. Your first wash should be done extremely well to remove any excess dried blood, etc!

Day 3

You can now start applying Eucerin or Lubriderm unscented lotion in small amounts over your tattoo. Too much lotion will create a shine over your tattoo.

Additional Care Information

If your tattoo is in a place that is touched and rubbed frequently, keep it covered with a non-stick bandage for a maximum of 8 hours a day for the first 3 days. If you leave a bandage on for too long, bacteria can start to grow and “believe me” you do not want that. It is normal for your tattoo to ooze a little bit in the beginning stages, but if it is oozing a lot, then you may be putting too much lotion on it or simply not taking care of it properly. Only spread a thin layer of lotion onto the tattoo each time, and make sure to allow it to air dry for at least 60 seconds after wash before putting it on. Contact your Canvas Tattoo artist if you have questions or need assistance. In the event of an emergency, contact your doctor.

Disclaimer: These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research, and extensive clinical practice. This information is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. Be aware, however, that many doctors have no specific training or experience regarding tattoos and may not be educated on how to best assist you.

Oral Piercing Aftercare

Cleaning Solutions

Use one of the following solutions for inside the mouth:

  • Sterile Saline Solution : PH balanced and isotonic.
  • Antimicrobial or antibacterial alcohol-free mouth rinse

Cleaning Instructions

Rinse mouth 3-4 times daily (never more!) with cleaning solution for 30-60 seconds after meals and at bedtime during the entire healing period. If you over clean, it may cause discoloration or irritation of tongue and can potentially create other issues with healing. If you feel like something has become stuck in your piercing you can always rinse your mouth with regular cold water.

What is Normal?

For the first three to five days: significant swelling, light bleeding, bruising, and/or tenderness.

After that: Some swelling, light secretion of a whitish yellow fluid (not pus).

A piercing may seem healed before healing is complete. This is because piercings heal from the outside in, and although it feels healed the tissue remains fragile on the inside. 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, leave the jewelry in place.

What To Do

Try to sleep with your head propped up on pillows during the first few nights of healing; keeping your head above your heart will help to avoid much initial overnight swelling.

An over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) taken according to package instructions can reduce discomfort, and it can also help to diminish swelling the first few days.

Check twice daily with clean hands to be sure the threaded ends on your jewelry are on tight. To clean hands, wash them carefully with liquid antibacterial soap. If your hands aren’t freshly washed, don’t touch yourself above the neck during the initial healing time.

Replace your toothbrush and make sure to keep it clean so that everything that goes into your mouth is hygienic while you are healing. A sensitive type of toothpaste may be less irritating to your mouth during healing than a usual, stronger variety.

Try to go slowly when you eat and to take small bites when you are getting used to your new jewelry. Cold foods and beverages feel great and can help diminish swelling. Drink plenty of liquids, especially bottled water.

What To Do

To help reduce swelling

  • Allow small pieces of ice to dissolve in the mouth.
  • Take an over the counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen or Naproxyn Sodium* according to package instructions.
  • Sleep with your head elevated above your heart during the first few nights.

To maintain good oral hygiene

  • Use a new soft-bristled toothbrush and keep it clean.
  • Brush your teeth, and use your chosen rinse (saline or mouthwash) after every meal.
  • During healing floss daily, and gently brush your teeth, tongue and jewelry. Once healed, brush the jewelry more thoroughly to avoid plaque build up.

Stay healthy

  • The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal.
  • Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet.

What to Avoid

  • DO NOT PLAY WITH THE JEWELRY. Long term effects of playing with, and clicking the jewelry against the teeth can result in permanent damage to teeth and other oral structures.
  • Avoid undue trauma; excessive talking or playing with the jewelry during healing can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, and other complications.
  • Do not change the jewelry prematurely. Most Aftermarket Jewelry is not suited for initial healing and can create major issues with healing and lead to potential infection!
  • Avoid any mouthwash containing alcohol. It can irritate the area and delay healing.
  • Avoid oral sexual contact including French (wet) kissing or oral sex during healing (even with a long term partner).
  • Avoid chewing on gum, tobacco, fingernails, pencils, sunglasses, etc.
  • Avoid sharing plates, cups, and eating utensils.
  • Avoid smoking! It increases risks and lengthens healing time.
  • Avoid stress and all recreational drug use.
  • Avoid any aspirin or alcohol, and large amounts of caffeine.
  • Avoid submerging in bodies of water such as lakes, pools, etc.

Oral Piercing Hints and Tips

Jewelry

  • Once the swelling has subsided, it is vital to replace the original, longer jewelry with a shorter post.
  • Consult your piercer for their downsize policy.
  • Because this necessary jewelry change may occur during healing, it should be done by a qualified piercer.
  • With clean hands or paper product, be sure to regularly check threaded ends on your jewelry for tightness (“Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey”).
  • Carry a clean spare ball in case of loss or breakage.
  • Contact your piercer if your jewelry must be temporarily removed (such as for a medical procedure). There are non-metallic jewelry alternatives.
  • Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, seek professional help in the removal of the jewelry and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole has closed. In most cases only a small indentation will remain.
  • In the event that an infection is suspected, quality jewelry or an inert alternative should be left in place to allow for drainage of the infection. Should the jewelry be removed, the surface cells can close up, sealing the infection inside the piercing channel, resulting in an abscess. Until an infection is cleared up, leave quality jewelry in!

Eating

  • Slowly eat small bites of food, placed directly onto the molars.
  • Avoid eating spicy, salty, acidic, or hot temperature foods or beverages for a few days.
  • Cold foods and beverage are soothing and help reduce swelling.
  • For tongue piercing, try to keep your tongue level in your mouth as you chew and swallow.

Each body is unique and healing times vary considerably. Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. In the event of an emergency contact your doctor.

Disclaimer: These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research, and extensive clinical practice. This information is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. Be aware, however, that many doctors have no specific training or experience regarding piercings and may not be educated on how to best assist you.

Body & Facial Piercing Aftercare

Cleaning Solutions

Use these following solutions for your body piercing:

  • Sterile Saline Solution: PH balanced and isotonic.
  • Liquid anti-microbial or germicidal soap such as Liquid Dial Antibacterial Hand Soap.
  • Use one of these ointments for no longer than a week after your initial piercing only if needed as a barrier: Bacitracin, A&D Ointment, or Triple Antibiotic Ointment.

Cleaning Instructions

  1. WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning, or touching on or near your piercing for any reason.
  2. DISOLVE any scabs or buildup of skin cells with warm water before cleaning. This will allow for safe movement of the jewelry. Never pick off the scabs, it results in longer healing times and excessive irritation.
  3. SEA SALT or SALINE soak at least two to three times daily. Simply invert a cup of the warm sea salt or saline solution over the area to form a vacuum for a few minutes. The longer you soak the better. For certain placements it may be easier to apply using fresh gauze or a cotton ball saturated with the sea salt or saline solution.
  4. SOAP no more than once a day while showering. Lather up a pearl size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing. Only rotate jewelry if there is no scabbing or residue on the jewelry. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than thirty seconds, then rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing!
  5. DRY with disposable paper products such as gauze or tissues, because cloth towels can harbor bacteria and catch on new piercings causing injury. Pat gently to avoid trauma.
  6. APPLY a small amount of an antibiotic ointment to each side of the piercing if you will be exposed to any sort of hazardous environment (dust, pet dander, etc.)

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 a part of your daily hygiene routine, normal (but smelly) bodily secretions may accumulate.

A piercing may seem healed before healing is complete. This is because piercings heal from the outside in, and although it feels healed the tissue remains fragile on the inside. 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, leave the jewelry in place.

What To Do

Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry while healing except during cleaning (make sure all debris is clear of the jewelry before any rotation)

Stay healthy. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Exercise during healing is fine, just “listen” to your body.

Make sure your bedding is kept clean and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable breathable clothing that protects your piercing while sleeping.

Showering is safer than taking a bath, because bathtubs tend to harbor bacteria. If you would like to take a bath, clean the tub well before each use.

What To Avoid

Do not change the jewelry prematurely. Most Aftermarket Jewelry is not suited for initial healing and can create major issues with healing and lead to potential infection!

Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.

Avoid the use of alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Betadine, Hibiclens or Bactine to clean your piercing.

Avoid over cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.

Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.

Avoid stress and recreational drug use including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

Avoid submerging the piercing in bodies of water such as lakes, pools, jacuzzis, etc. Or protect your piercing using a special waterproof bandage* such as Tegaderm, which is available at drugstores.

Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.

Don’t hang charms or any object from your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.

Hints and Tips

Unless there is a problem with the size, style, or material of the initial jewelry, leave it in place for the entire healing period. A qualified piercer should perform any necessary jewelry change that occurs during healing.
Contact your piercer if your jewelry must be temporarily removed (such as for a medical procedure). There are non-metallic jewelry alternatives.

Leave jewelry in at all times. Even old, well-healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! If removed, re-insertion can be difficult or impossible.

With clean hands or paper product, be sure to regularly check threaded ends on your jewelry for tightness.

Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, seek professional help in the removal of the jewelry and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole closes. In most cases only a small indentation will remain.

In the event that an infection is suspected, quality jewelry or an inert alternative should be left in place to allow for drainage of the infection. Should the jewelry be removed, the surface cells can close up sealing the infection inside the piercing channel, resulting in an abscess. Until such time an infection is cleared up, leave quality jewelry in!

Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. In the event of an emergency contact your doctor.

Disclaimer: These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research, and extensive clinical practice. This information is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. Be aware, however, that many doctors have no specific training or experience regarding piercings and may not be educated on how to best assist you.

Genital Piercing Aftercare

Cleaning Solutions

Use these following solutions for your body piercing:

  • Sterile Saline Solution: PH balanced and isotonic.
  • Liquid anti-microbial or germicidal soap such as Liquid Dial Antibacterial Hand Soap.
  • Use one of these ointments for no longer than a week after your initial piercing only if needed as a barrier: Bacitracin, A&D Ointment, or Triple Antibiotic Ointment.

Cleaning Instructions

  1. WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning, or touching on or near your piercing for any reason.
  2. DISOLVE any scabs or buildup of skin cells with warm water before cleaning. This will allow for safe movement of the jewelry. Never pick off the scabs, it results in longer healing times and excessive irritation.
  3. SEA SALT or SALINE soak at least two to three times daily. Simply invert a cup of the warm sea salt or saline solution over the area to form a vacuum for a few minutes. The longer you soak the better. For certain placements it may be easier to apply using fresh gauze or a cotton ball saturated with the sea salt or saline solution.
  4. SOAP no more than once a day while showering. Lather up a pearl size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing. Only rotate jewelry if there is no scabbing or residue on the jewelry. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than thirty seconds, then rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing!
  5. DRY with disposable paper products such as gauze or tissues, because cloth towels can harbor bacteria and catch on new piercings causing injury. Pat gently to avoid trauma.
  6. APPLY a small amount of an antibiotic ointment to each side of the piercing if you will be exposed to any sort of hazardous environment (dust, pet dander, etc.)

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 a part of your daily hygiene routine, normal (but smelly) bodily secretions may accumulate.

A piercing may seem healed before healing is complete. This is because piercings heal from the outside in, and although it feels healed the tissue remains fragile on the inside. 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, leave the jewelry in place.

What To Do

Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry while healing except during cleaning (make sure all debris is clear of the jewelry before any rotation)

Stay healthy. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Exercise during healing is fine, just “listen” to your body.

Make sure your bedding is kept clean and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable breathable clothing that protects your piercing while sleeping.

Showering is safer than taking a bath, because bathtubs tend to harbor bacteria. If you would like to take a bath, clean the tub well before each use.

What To Avoid

Do not change the jewelry prematurely. Most Aftermarket Jewelry is not suited for initial healing and can create major issues with healing and lead to potential infection!

Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.

Avoid the use of alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Betadine, Hibiclens or Bactine to clean your piercing.

Avoid over cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.

Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.

Avoid stress and recreational drug use including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

Avoid submerging the piercing in bodies of water such as lakes, pools, jacuzzis, etc. Or protect your piercing using a special waterproof bandage* such as Tegaderm, which is available at drugstores.

Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.

Don’t hang charms or any object from your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.

Hints and Tips

Unless there is a problem with the size, style, or material of the initial jewelry, leave it in place for the entire healing period. A qualified piercer should perform any necessary jewelry change that occurs during healing.
Contact your piercer if your jewelry must be temporarily removed (such as for a medical procedure). There are non-metallic jewelry alternatives.

Leave jewelry in at all times. Even old, well-healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! If removed, re-insertion can be difficult or impossible.

With clean hands or paper product, be sure to regularly check threaded ends on your jewelry for tightness.

Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, seek professional help in the removal of the jewelry and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole closes. In most cases only a small indentation will remain.

In the event that an infection is suspected, quality jewelry or an inert alternative should be left in place to allow for drainage of the infection. Should the jewelry be removed, the surface cells can close up sealing the infection inside the piercing channel, resulting in an abscess. Until such time an infection is cleared up, leave quality jewelry in!

Genital

In most cases you can engage in sexual activity as soon as you feel ready. Comfort and hygiene are vital.

During healing, all sexual activities must be gentle. To increase comfort and decrease trauma, soak in warm saline solution or plain water to remove any crusty matter prior to sexual activity.

Use barriers such as condoms, dental dams, and Tegaderm, etc.* to avoid contact with a partner’s bodily fluids, even in long-term relationships.

Use clean, disposable barriers on sex toys.

Wash hands before touching on, or near, the piercing.

Use a new container of water based lubricant.* Do not use your own saliva as a lubricant.

After sex, an additional saline soak or clean water rinse is suggested.

Prince Albert and Apadravya piercings can bleed freely for the first few days.

If using soap, urinate after cleaning any piercing that is near the urethra.

Each body is unique and healing times vary considerably. Contact us if you have questions or need assistance. In the event of an emergency contact your doctor.

Disclaimer: These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research, and extensive clinical practice. This information is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. Be aware, however, that many doctors have no specific training or experience regarding piercings and may not be educated on how to best assist you.