Big Island Tattoo

Big Island Tattoo

"IF WE CAN'T DO IT - IT CAN'T BE DONE"

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74-5606 Pawai Pl. Ste 202 Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

(808)329-7384

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HEALING TIME

 

4 to 6 weeks       Ear Lobe & Septum

6 to 8 weeks       Eyebrow & Nostril      

9 to 12 months   Ear Cartilage, Navel & Tragus

 

We suggest that you DO NOT DRIVE for at least 15 to 20 minutes after being pierced for your own safety.

 

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS

 

For Cleaning you will need soap and water ONLY!  Do not use any other product on your piercing unless we instruct you too.  This is EXTREMLY important for a properly healed piercing.

 

Most piercings are easiest to clean in the shower but can be cleaned at a sink.  If you are going to use the sink get a clean Q-tip.

 

First and foremost - WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP!

 

If using a Q-tip get one end damp with soap and water, saturate the crusted matter on both sides of your piercing with the Q-tip.  Let soak for a few seconds.  If doing in shower clean your piercing last so all the soaps & shampoos will be washed from the piercing.  Remove any crusted matter from piercing and jewelry.

 

Soap up your hand and get as much soap as you can on the jewelry.  Rotate or slide jewelry back and forth several times so you get the soap into the piercing for approximately 30 seconds.  A slight stinging sensation is normal.

 

Rotate or slide jewelry back and forth several times with water running through the piercing to make sure all the soap is out of the piercing.  DO NOT let your shower hit directly on your piercing as it may cause tearing and irritation.

 

Gently pat dry with disposable paper towel.  Do not use towels unless fresh as they can harbor bacteria.

 

Repeat this process twice a day.  Clean after swimming and exercise.  DO NOT OVERCLEAN.

 

OTHER CARE INFORMATION

 

Please clean as directed for the entire healing time given even if it seems healed sooner.

 

If you have a barbell check your jewelry at least twice a day to make sure the balls have not loosened.  Make sure your hands are clean and turn the balls towards each other.  DO NOT over tighten or you can strip the threading.  

 

If you break or lose a ball, a clean pencil eraser can be screwed onto the post to keep jewelry from coming out until a replacement ball can be purchased.  You may want to have an extra ball or piece of jewelry at home or in your wallet for just such an emergency.

 

Jewelry should not be changed during the healing period with the exception of the navel which may be changed after 5 months if you are not having any problems with the healing.  Be sure to ALWAYS wear appropriate jewelry in your piercing.  Earlobe and cheaper metal jewelry are never appropriate and can damage your body piercing.

 

Leave jewelry in at all times (expecially during healing period).  Even a healed piercing can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years!  This varies from person to person.  Even if your ear lobe piercings stay open without jewelry your body piercing may not.

 

WHAT'S NORMAL

 

Bleeding, swelling, bruising, discoloration, tenderness or discomfort in the area is normal during the first 3 to 7 days.

 

A yellowish secretion is perfectly normal.  It will form a crust on the jewelry at the openings of the piercing.  This is not pus, but indicates a healing piercing.

 

It is not uncommon to get a hard bump (sometimes it will have a white ridge on it) around the jewlry on either or both sides of your piercing.  This is just the body healing (not an infection) and can take up to 3 months to completely disappear.

 

HOW TO PERVENT GETTING A INFECTION 

 

Infections are caused by contact with bacteria, fingi, animal dander and other living pathogens.  Infections can usually be traced to one of these activities:

 

    Touching the piercing or jewelry with dirty hands.  If you have not just washed

    your hands with soap and water then they ARE dirty.

 

    Body fluids including saliva on unhealed piercing.

 

    Contact with hair or hair protects, cosmetics, infrequently washed bedding,

    animals or animal dander.

 

Avoid going into pools, hot tubs, ocean or other bodies of water for a minimum of 5 days.  Showers are ok.

 

DO NOT use an antibiotic ointment on your piercing unless it is infected.  They DO NOT prevent infections, they do cut off the oxygen and form a sticky residue which can cause complications!

 

HOW TO TELL IF YOU HAVE AN INFECTION AND WHAT TO DO

 

The signs of infection are:

 

    Redness and swelling

    Painful to the touch

    White pus discharge similar to a pimple which smells bad

 

If you have all the symptoms except the white pus discharge then your piercing is NOT infected.  Stress on the jewelry such as tight clothing or getting it caught on bedding can produce redness, swelling and pain to your piercing.

 

Please DO NOT remove the jewelry!  This may aggravate the problem by closing off the drainage for the pus.  Infections are generally easy to take care of.

 

After cleaning the piercing as described and patting it dry.

 

    Get an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin.

 

    Wash your hands with soap and dry with a paper towel.

 

    Apply a very small amount of ointment on jewelry right next to piercing, roll into

    piercing and leave until next cleaning.

 

    Do this for about 5 days.

 

WHAT IS REJECTION

 

Rejection is the bodies natural defense against foreign objects and is most common in navel and eyebrow piercings.

 

If your piercing is rejecting you will see the amount of skin on your jewelry getting smaller.  If it goes to less than half we suggest you take the jewelry out and let it heal up.  If you want to try piercing it again sometimes the scare tissue that is formed from the first piercing will hold it in.  If it rejects the second time we suggest you do not try it again.

 

 

 

 

These instructions are based on professional experience, common sense and research.  This 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 piercing.  Your piercing was performed professionally and appropriately.  Follow these simple suggestion, and your healing period should go smoothly.  Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions regarding your piercing.

EXTERNAL BODY PIERCING AFTERCARE