Aftercare of your new tattoo.

The healing period for all tattoos varies from a week to two weeks, and also varies from person to person. Aftercare is very important.
Leave the film dressing on over night and remove the next day. (If the dressing splits or comes lose, don’t attempt to re-dress the tattoo, just remove the dressing early)
Wash your tattoo with lukewarm soapy water and pat dry with a clean towel twice daily.
Apply a thin smear of BEPANTHEN OINTMENT to your tattoo a few times a day with clean hands.
After 3-5 days the tattoo will scab. Allow the scab to flake off naturally. It will itch!

Do not Pick or scratch at your new tattoo during the healing process.
Do not Re-dress your tattoo
Do not Expose new tattoo to the sun (or sun bed)
Do not Expose new tattoo to dust/chemicals etc
Do not Go swimming or bath tattoo for long periods during the healing process

We guarantee all our work and hygiene standards. We cannot be held responsible for the way you care for your tattoo.

Your mate in the pub or his mate’s mum’s boyfriend will probably tell you a better way. Ignore these people. We are professionals and we know what we’re doing! If you have any questions or are worried about anything do not hesitate to contact us.

Aftercare of your new Piercing.

Stay clean and healthy
The healthier your lifestyle, the more quickly you can heal. This includes eating well, easing stress and getting enough sleep. A good multivitamin, especially one containing zinc and vitamin C, can help your body rebuild itself. Avoid getting pierced while you are sick. Also, avoid getting pierced while pregnant. Reduce smoking and avoid recreational drug use. Do not touch or play with the jewellery and always wash your hands thoroughly before and after cleaning your piercing. You need only touch it when you are cleaning it.

After-care of your body piercing.
The healing period for all piercings can vary greatly from person to person. Expect between 6-12 weeks on average. There are various factors which will determine the healing time of your piercing. This includes diet, lifestyle, your immune system and irritation to the piercing during the healing period. Remove dressing after approximately 2 hours if one was applyed, clean thoroughly (but gently) 3 times a day using SALINE SOLUTION obtainable from a chemist or opticians OR use warm salty water, using sea salt and boiled water (1/4 tea spoon of sea salt to 1/2 pint hot water). Soaps containing strong perfumes, deodorants & other additives should be avoided during the healing process. Matter secreted from the piercing will dry/crystallise on the jewellery and around the exits of the piercing. This is what you are cleaning and removing. Bathe the area thoroughly moving the jewellery back and forth through the piercing (with clean hands) to prevent the inside from getting infected. Put some solution in a clean egg-cup or soak a cotton wool ball & place over piercing, soak for a few minutes (until water starts to cool) then remove. Dip a cotton bud into remaining solution and gently clean around piercing. For oral (lip, tongue and cheek) piercings, you can rinse the inside of your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash (such as Listerine) at least 3 times daily (diluted with water 1:1). For the outside of facial piercings use the saline/salt solution. You can take anti-inflammatory tablets to reduce any swelling that may occur (ibro-profen/nurofen) or apply ice. Keep practicing these exercises until piercing is totally healed and once a week thereafter.
Problematic piercings can often be caused by aggravation (due to clothing on the area), not using the suggested aftercare products, any contact with unwashed hands or bodily fluids.
The most common irritation with navel piercings is clothing. Waistbands should be kept off your piercing at all times. Try to avoid aggressive exercise and sleeping on your stomach, you may also find that swimming pools/saunas etc may cause irritation. To prevent this try using a patch or dressing designed to keep the area clean and dry.
I use the most up to date methods known while piercing. All my equipment is sterile and disposed of at all times. I will therefore not be responsible for any piercing after you have left the shop. After-care is YOUR responsibility.

DO NOT PLAY WITH THE JEWELLERY WHILE HEALING IS TAKING PLACE.
DO NOT REMOVE THE JEWELLERY UNTILL IT HAS FINISHED HEALING.
DO NOT APPLY ANY OTHER SOLUTIONS TO YOUR PIERCING APART FROM WHAT IS RECOMMENDED HERE.

When you get a piercing done you must be aware that there may be some minor swelling or scarring to the area. Although not a common occurrence, some piercings have the potential to reject or grow out. This is only a caution and you will find that there is only a small amount of people which this will affect.

Tongue Piercing after-care.
After having your tongue pierced, swelling will occur within an approximate 12 hour period. This can differ from person to person. Applying ice immediately after piercing will help to reduce swelling. This swelling will persist for 3-7 days. Again, this will differ from person to person. If you are worried about the amount of swelling or if the jewellery starts imbedding, please call in to have it looked at.
DO NOT drink any hot drinks, but rather luke-warm or cold drinks as this is better for your piercing.
AVOID ALL hot and spicy food and food that requires a lot of chewing (eat luke-warm soups, mash, energy drinks, milk-shakes, yogurts ice cream, etc).
AVOID ALL recreational drugs as these will interfere with the healing process.
AVOID ALL spirits i.e. whisky, vodka. Beers and lagers are fine in moderation. But not within 48 hours of piercing.
DO NOT play with jewellery until the shorter bar has been fitted.
DO NOT be tempted to remove the jewellery before the healing process has finished.
Clean your piercing using an antiseptic mouthwash (such as Listerine) diluted to a 50/50 solution using luke-warm boiled water from the kettle. Clean piercing by placing solution in mouth and swilling around. Do not swallow. You can clean piercing after eating and if you are a smoker you may want to clean it more often, but DO NOT over clean. To help swelling go down and also aid discomfort you may use ibuprofen or another anti-inflammatory drug (such as nurofen) or simply suck on ice cubes. It is quite normal for the tongue to become slightly “furry” looking during the healing process and to weep a whitish puss looking fluid, wipe this away with a cotton bud or rinse away with the solution. The “furriness” will go after a week or so on its own. It is also advisable to change your toothbrush as your old one may harbour bacteria. The tongue is covered in a very thin natural healing agent called “peptide”; this will help to aid the healing process.
After your tongue has reduced to a more normal size, return to the shop (usually 7-10 days) and we will exchange the bar for a smaller one. You may need to come back a couple more times during the 6 week healing process for exchange bars.

Female genital piercing aftercare.
Provided that it is cleaned and looked after properly, the piercing should heal within 4-6 weeks. Infections are rare. The piercing heals very quickly because of the amount of skin pierced is small and the vagina is protected from infection by a mucous membrane which is acidic; this acidity makes it hard for bacteria to live.
You should refrain from sex for at least 2-3 days and you should be very gentle for the first week. If you feel a sharp pain whilst having sex (during the healing period) you should stop or you could tear the piercing. The piercing will not tear out, but just tear slightly, this can be painful and can lead to infections, however, in my experience tearing is very rare. If this does happen you should wear clean cotton underwear for a few weeks as this allows the wound to breath and minimises the chance of infection.
Clean piercing after intercourse; use a condom during the healing period (even on toys). Oral contact should be avoided. Also certain lubricants and spermicides may irritate the piercing.
Cleaning is very simple, salt water baths help promote healing and prevent infections, you should try to have one at least every second day for the first 2 weeks. Simply dissolve some sea salt in a glass of hot water and add it to your bath. (one tablespoon should be sufficient).
Under no circumstances should you use anything like surgical spirits, alcohol, tea tree oil or any other chemicals as they can destroy the delicate balance of natural bacteria in the vagina and can result in a candida infection (thrush) which can be very difficult to get rid of.
Its best to try and avoid underwear made of synthetic fibres, natural cotton underwear will aid healing. If you have to wear tights for work, make sure you remove them immediately after and have a salt water bath.
Occasional light bleeding may occur for the first few days after piercing and your first pee may sting a little. Drinking a glass of water with some bicarbonate of soda dissolved in it will help.

Male genital piercing after-care.
Provided that it is cleaned and looked after properly, the piercing should heal within 4-6 weeks. Infections are rare. The piercing heals very quickly because of the amount of skin pierced is small and the genitals are protected from infection by a mucous membrane which is acidic; this acidity makes it hard for bacteria to live.
You should refrain from sex for at least 2-3 days and you should be very gentle for the first week. If you feel a sharp pain whilst having sex (during the healing period) you should stop or you could tear the piercing. The piercing will not tear out, but just tear slightly, this can be painful and can lead to infections, however, in my experience tearing is very rare. If this does happen you should wear clean cotton underwear for a few weeks as this allows the wound to breath and minimises the chance of infection.
Most men find that it is more comfortable to “up size” the jewellery to a larger gauge once the piercing has healed.
Clean piercing after intercourse; use a condom during the healing period. Oral contact should be avoided. Also certain lubricants and spermicides may irritate the piercing.
Cleaning is very simple, salt water baths help promote healing and prevent infections, you should try to have one at least every second day for the first 2 weeks. Simply dissolve some sea salt in a glass of hot water and add it to your bath. (one tablespoon should be sufficient). Alternatively, you can just bathe your piercing in a glass of warm salty water daily (only use a teaspoon of salt if using this method).
Under no circumstances should you use anything like surgical spirits, alcohol, tea tree oil or any other chemicals. Its best to try and avoid underwear made of synthetic fibres, natural cotton underwear will aid healing.
Occasional light bleeding may occur for the first few days after piercing and your first pee may sting a little. Drinking a glass of water with some bicarbonate of soda dissolved in it will help.
You must look after your piercing every day until fully healed, or infection can occur. We use fully sterile equipment and jewellery for all piercings, but once you have left the studio, the rest is up to you. If you have any problems, please don't hesitate to contact us.
We give very comprehensive aftercare advice and most* after-sales service is free, including the fitting of jewellery, whether or not it was purchased from ourselves. Above all, you are guaranteed the highest level of customer service. Any questions? See me (Jackie). We offer a huge range of piercings. There's not much we can't pierce, so if you don't see what you want, please ask! As I always say “If you can pinch it, you can pierce it”.
*some after-sales services incur a charge, such as the fitting of genital jewellery.