Surface Piercing Aftercare
A surface piercing is not the same as other piercings, It is more complicated than other normal piercings. A surface piercing is very difficult to heal and takes longer time to heal completely. To promote a healthy healing, you need to monitor any friction or change on the piercing. If you planning to get a surface piercing or whether you’ve got a new surface piercing, make sure you follow aftercare instructions carefully. Here are a few important tips on how to take care of a new surface piercing.
Tips on How to Take Care of Surface Piercings
- It is highly recommended not to change, fiddle or twist with the jewelry, until the wound has healed completely (approx. Six months). Fiddling and twisting with the jewelry can break the healing tissue and cause irritation and infection.
- Be sure to clean the piercing daily with a saline solution. You can easily make the saline solution by yourself at home. Take a cup of hot boiling water and add Â¼ tablespoon of sea salt into it.
- Make sure that you use only sea salt and not rock salt or Epsom, because they contain chemicals that can aggravate irritation on your piercing.
- Ensure that you wash your hands with antibacterial soap before you touch or clean the piercing.
- Soaked the piercing with a saline solution for at least 5 minutes. Use a saline soaked cotton swab and remove all the crust formed on the piercing.
- After you finish cleaning the piercing area, rinse the piercing properly with luke warm water. Then, dry it off with a clean paper towel. Avoid using ordinary hand towel or cotton towel, for they can leave fibers, bacteria or dirt in the wound, which cause infections.
- Avoid cleaning the piercing for more than two times a day. Over cleaning and touching the piercing can increase the risk of infection and prolong the healing period.
- Avoid swimming in a pool or dirty water until the piercing has healed completely. Surface piercings can take more than 15 months to heal the wound properly.
- Avoid using alcohol, peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to clean a surface piercing. They can weaken the tissue and harm the fistula around the piercing and lead to rejection.
- Also, avoid using antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiseptic agents such as bactine, TCP, savlon and dial, for they can remove not only the bad bacteria but also the good bacteria which is essential for healing the wound.