Big Island Tattoo

Big Island Tattoo

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

(808)329-7384

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Ste 202

HEALING TIME

 

4 to 6 weeks      Tongue

6 to 8 weeks      Lip

 

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

 

ITEMS NEEDED FOR CARE

 

New soft bristled toothbursh to reduce the bacteria that is introduced to piercing.

 

For cleaning you will need soap, Gly-Oxide and mouthwash (any brand or flavor).  We also sugest Advil or a store brand ibuprofen for swelling as needed.

 

CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS

 

First and foremost - WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER.

 

Rinse your mouth out with an mouthwash (any brand or flavor) for about 30 seconds, and spit it out.

 

Check to make sure the jewelry is tight.

 

For Labret piercing you will want to clean the front of piercing with soap and water before going any further.

 

Put 5 drops of Gly-Oxide on piercing and allow to fizz for about 30 sceonds.  During the fizzing use you fingers to move the jewelry back and forth through the piercing.  Spit.

 

Rinse your mouth with clean water moving jewelry so water gets into piercing.  Spit.

 

Repeat this process twice a day.  DO NOT OVER CLEAN.

 

In addition to the above you also will want to clean your oral piercing during the day with mouthwash.  Anytime anything goes into your mouth (food, drinks, kissing or oral sex) you want to rinse with mouthwash for approximately 30 seconds when you are done.  If you smoke rinse every half hour or so.

 

OTHER CARE INFORMATION

 

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

 

Swelling is perfectly normal during the first 3 to 7 days of healing an oral piercing.  It can be greatly reduced by gently sucking on chipped, shaved or small cubes of ice.  Also we suggest using Ibuprofen for swelling as directed.  

 

If you sleep with your head propped up (above your heart) for the first few nights you will help avoid much of the initial overnight swelling.

 

Check your jewelry at least twice a day (more often during the 1st week) 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.

 

When eating cut your food smaller than usual and place directly onto the molars so you don't have to move it with your tongue as much.

 

Avoid salty, spicy and acidic foods for the first week.  Eat (and drink) your foods more towards room temperature the first week.  Your jewelry is metal and will conduct heat which can be uncomfortable during the healing process.

 

Be careful when eating!  You can crack or chip your teeth if you bite down on the jewelry.  This is especially true during the 1st month when you have the initial jewelry in because it will be longer.

 

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 emerge

 

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.  This is blood plasma, lymph and dead cells which is perfectly normal during healing.

 

Plaque (a white hard substance) may form on jewelry.  Brushing your barbell top and bottom when you brush your teeth will help keep your jewelry clean of plaque.

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

INFECTION 

 

Infections are extremely rare in oral piercings as long as they are taken care of properly.  If you have any questions or problems with your piercing please come by or call us so we can advise you on what to do.

 

 

 

 

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.

TONGUE AND LIP PIERCING AFTERCARE