Piercing Know-hows

At Dandelion Wellness we are here to curate your piercing as subtle, memorable or illustrious as you desire.

Piercing Purpose (passion) “ a piercing is about you and your desires for individuality and expression, It can also be a momento or for more deeper spiritual reasons”.

Preparation for piercing

Desires and curation: One of the most impulsive aesthetic body treatments to have is a piercing, however it is essential to do some due diligence before undertaking this commitment.  Major factors to consider is your well being (including your immunity and constitution) as well as your environment ( i.e. work, family, recreational sports ), will it impact your ability to wear your piercing

Physical preparation: make sure you are both rested, calm and have eaten prior to attending your piercing appointment. Please note  drinking Alcohol for example can cause vaso-dilation of blood vessels which can result in more bleeding, so it’s best to be avoided 24 hours pre and post piercing.

Mark preferred locations: if you have a preferred location, please feel free to mark the location, prior to your appointment, an alcohol based felt tip (sharpie) can be used. Upon your consultation your area will be cleansed gently prior to piercing your desired location.

Aftercare

Congratulation, you’ve decided to bling up your life with a sparkling piercing. Here’s everything you need to know to ensure that your piercings will look on point and effectively heal ( with minimal chances of rejection and migration).

While your piercer will handle the majority of the process, once you leave the shop with your new piercings, you have to take over and ensure that your piercings heal correctly.

Different bodies and different lifestyles demand different aftercare. Geography matters, and what works for someone living in a cool climate may not be the same thing that works for someone elsewhere. Differences in air and water quality, diet, and climate can greatly affect healing; what you use for aftercare and how you clean your piercing is only one part of a much larger picture.

You must find what works for you. The suggestions in this section are based upon our experience and the experiences of others who came before us. But they are just that: suggestions. If you are familiar with your body and how you heal, the most important thing you can do is pay attention—your body should tell you what to do.

 

Best Cleansing “Sea Salt Soaks” 

Make a soaking solution by mixing sea salt and distilled water. Use PURE SEA (ROCK ) SALT ( non-iodized) and not table salt, which contains extra chemicals that can irritate your piercing and dextrose (sugar) that can cause yeast infections. When buying salt, read the label: if it contains only sodium chloride (salt), or just salt and calcium (as an anti-caking agent—calcium phosphate or calcium silicate), it’s good.

 

 

Ear piercing Healing times 

If you get your earlobes pierced, you can expect a very fast healing process, comparatively speaking. Most earlobe piercings heal fully within just four to six weeks after the day you get them done. This is great news, as it means you don’t have to wait long to change your earrings whenever you’re in the mood to.

Cartilage location (such as upperinner, rook, conch, and daith can take longer, upto 3 months 

If you’re not yet sure which type of piercing you’d like, this ear piercing chart may help you to decide.

Day 1 ( post piercing)

You might expect that you’ll need to rush home right away and thoroughly clean your new piercings, but that’s actually not recommended on day 1

Your biggest job for the first day is to simply avoid any activities that are going to get your piercings dirty or irritate them in any particular way. This means being very careful about bumping or rubbing up against things with your ears, which would only serve to irritate your new piercings.

You may be tempted to touch your new piercings. However, this is something you should avoid. Even if you feel like your hands are clean, they can contain many germs and bacteria that can lead to infection if you’re not careful. If you must touch the area for some reason, wash your hands thoroughly first.

What To Do During The Rest Of The Aftercare Phase

Aftercare can be a pretty long process, but the good news is that it’s also a very repetitive process. Once you learn what you’re supposed to do and get into a good cleaning and aftercare routine, it will feel like seconds.

The word “routine” here is significant. The best way to handle your aftercare is to work your cleaning and care tasks in with the rest of your day on a set schedule. For instance, cleaning your piercings when you brush your teeth in the morning and in the evening is one way to remember to do it.

About 24 hours after you get your piercings, you’ll want to do your first cleaning. Use a cleansing saline solution to do so. Afterward, if you feel the need to dry your piercings, use a clean paper towel instead of a regular towel or washcloth.

One important thing to remember is to avoid letting regular soap or shampoo get into your piercings. It’s really easy for this to happen, particularly when you’re washing your face or your hair.

To prevent this problem, do one of your two daily cleanings after you shower. It should also go without saying that you should avoid getting hairspray or other items in your piercings.

 

Piercing Pain and Pain killers

In the event that you require pain management, post piercing an anti inflammatory analgesic such as ibuprofen can be taken. Under no circumstances use any form of aspirin. A home remedy of an ice pack can also assist in reducing inflammation.

It should also be noted that your ear piercing may be painful for up to 3-5 days after the procedure was performed.

 

What Not To Do While Your Ear Piercing Is Healing

Avoid touching your Piercing, besides when you’re doing your regular cleaning.

If you do touch your earrings, avoid the temptation to move them around or manipulate them. It may be tempting to push them back, but don’t do so, as you need air circulation for the healing process.

Try not to mess with the backs of your earrings either, as you don’t want your backs falling off of your earrings, but you also don’t want them on too tightly, preventing circulation and making infections possible.

Finally, don’t try to change your jewelry until your piercings are fully healed.

 

What is Normal post piercing?

  • 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.
  • Stay healthy; the healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body.
  • Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping.

 

Ear/Ear Cartilage and Facial Piercing Further Tips:

  • Use the t-shirt trick: Dress your pillow in a large, clean t-shirt and turn it nightly; one clean t-shirt provides four clean surfaces for sleeping.
  • Maintain cleanliness of telephones, headphones, eyeglasses, helmets, hats, and anything that contacts the pierced area.
  • Use caution when styling your hair and advise your stylist of a new or healing piercing.

 

Nipples:

  • The support of a tight cotton shirt or sports bra may provide protection and feel comfortable, especially for sleeping.
  • 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 unhygenic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. Or, protect your piercing using a waterproof wound-sealant bandage. These are available at most chemists.
  • 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 jewellery until the piercing is fully healed.

FURTHER HINTS AND TIPS

  • Contact your piercer if your jewelry must be removed (such as for a medical procedure). There are non-metallic jewelry alternatives available.
  • Leave jewellry in at all times. Even old or well-healed piercing can shrink or close in minutes even 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. (“Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey.”)
  • Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, simply remove the jewellery (or have a professional piercer remove it) and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole closes. In most cases only a small mark will remain.
  • In the event an infection is suspected, quality jewelry or an inert alternative should be left in place to allow for drainage of the infection. If the jewelry is removed, the surface cells can close up, which can seal the infection inside the piercing channel and result in an abscess. Do not remove jewellery unless instructed to by a medical professional.

When Can I Remove/Replace My Ear Piercing Stud/Jewelry?

One of the most exciting times for any person who gets their ears pierced is when they can finally remove their starter jewelry and put in new earrings. As you may have expected, the timeline for this milestone is generally between 4-6  weeks.

If you haven’t had any problems with your piercings, replacing earrings after six weeks is just fine. However, you should definitely avoid putting anything except post-type earrings in for the first five months for earlobe piercings. Those hoops or hooks will have to wait!

For materials, make sure your new earrings are hypoallergenic

What Are Keloids?

A keloid is a raised scar, but what makes it different than other kinds of raised scars is that it doesn’t just cover a wound. Instead, it spreads beyond it, usually growing much larger than the injury itself.

Keloid scarring / Damaged Skin

It doesn’t take a lot of damage for a keloid to develop, and various kinds of damage can cause keloids to form, including:

  • Acne or chickenpox
  • Body piercings
  • Surgical incisions
  • Burns
  • Punctures from vaccination

 

It doesn’t matter what kind of damage it is because the keloids don’t form when the skin is injured; they form when the skin is healing.

When your body is healing from skin damage, the fibroblast cells will increase the production of a protein known as collagen. Collagen’s role is to strengthen the skin, so it plays a key role in everything from replacing dead skin cells to healing deep cuts.

The problem occurs when those fibroblast cells work harder than they should in response to an injury. When that happens, they produce way more collagen than you need to patch up the wound – about 20 times as much – and instead of the wound healing over with a discreet scar, this abundance of collagen results in a keloid scar.

Oil Treatment

One of the least invasive and lowest impact ways of treating keloids is by regularly applying moisturizing oils to it, such as argan or tea tree oil.

Collagen Capsules

Skin Collagen Support contains vitamin C, a key building block for collagen formation which in combination with vitamin A, helps to maintain skin’s elasticity and promote healing. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that is known to protect cells from oxidative stress.

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