We recommend you review this information before getting pierced and bookmark this page to refer to during the healing process.*
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- Let your body heal itself. There is no need to twist, turn or move your jewelry.
- Lightly mist your fresh piercing with an aerosol saline once per day. Allow the area to air dry.
- It is best to avoid getting soap or cleanser on your fresh piercing but if it occurs, rinse with tap water, allow it to air dry and then mist with sterile saline.
- Don’t touch your fresh piercing or allow anyone else to touch it.
- Don’t let your fresh piercing come in contact with anyone else’s bodily fluids.
- Do not apply alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, soap, homemade salt solutions, contact lens solution, or other topical wound care to your new piercing.
- Avoid hot tubs and swimming pools until your piercing is fully healed.
- Drinking plenty of cold, filtered or distilled water can help reduce swelling and keep your mouth clean, especially after eating and drinking.
- Avoid anything that may irritate or contaminate your fresh piercing including alcohol, smoking, vaping, chewing tobacco, mouthwash, whitening toothpaste, spicy and very hot temperature foods and beverages, and contact with other people’s bodily fluids.
- A waterproof, transparent wound cover can be applied over your piercing to protect it while healing. We recommend Nexcare Tegaderm Transparent Dressing, which can be found at ENSO Piercing + Adornment or in the wound care section of most grocery and drug stores. The dressing should be applied to clean, dry skin and replaced as needed for approximately 4-6 weeks. Do not use if you are allergic to adhesives or if a skin irritation occurs.
- Anchor piercings are more susceptible to being bumped and snagged, so it is very important to be mindful of your piercing as long as you have it, even after it has healed. If you notice your piercing is red, raised, bruised, or not sitting evenly under your skin, you should come in as soon as possible to have it looked at.
- Many piercings are initially pierced with longer jewelry to accommodate swelling. In most cases, it is necessary to downsize your jewelry or have it adjusted after the swelling has gone down. Your jewelry size and approximate downsize date will be provided to you when you get pierced. Bring this information with you when you come back in to downsize your jewelry.