PARAMOUNT TATTOO STUDIO
BODY PIERCING AFTERCARE
9921 se Stark Street, Portland OR 97216
Congratulations on your new adornment!
ATTENTION!!DO NOT TOUCH OR PLAY WITH YOUR PIERCINGS!! PIERCINGS WILL BE SORE FOR UP TO TWO (2) WEEKS!! EXPECT REDNESS, TENDERNESS, SWELLING, BRUISING AND SLIGHT CLEAR DICHARGE FOR UP TO TWO (2) WEEKS AFTER INTIAL PIERCING!!
Warning: Chemicals will not help you heal faster!
Chemicals upset the delicate balance of your piercing healing, therefore we strongly recommend that you DO NOT USE any product containing active ingredients or any chemical you would be afraid to put in your eyes or mouth
How to clean your piercings’:
DO NOT REMOVE/TAKE OUT YOUR JEWELRY TO CLEAN YOUR FRESH PIERCING!
PLEASE DO NOT TWIST OR ROTATE JEWELRY IN INITIAL PIERCINGS!
Wash your hands with antibacterial hand soap and water; rinse completely.
We recommend wearing Nitrile or Latex/Latex-free gloves to tighten balls or gems on jewelry.
Sea Salt Soaks (you will be making the solution):
Mix 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt into 1 cup (8 oz, 250ml) of distilled water. Heat in microwave for thirty seconds (30sec.) to one minute (1 min.) until the water temperature is lukewarm. Place your cotton gauze pad/Q-tip into the solution and place it in a position that will soak the piercing. Leave this warm saline on the piercing until it is cold, and rinse the piercing with fresh distilled water. Repeat sea salt soaks for each piercing needed. Never double dip your cotton gauze pad/Q-tip into the same saline solution once you’ve touched your piercing. Never use the same gauze pad/Q-tip for multiple piercings’. Please clean your fresh piercing two (2) to three (3) times a day until healed. Warm compressions will make a big difference!
The saline solution being made by you is slightly acidic and hypertonic, so please always irrigate with fresh distilled water after performing a sea salt soak.
Special Care For Your Piercing:
You will need:
1) Non-Iodized Sea Salt and Distilled Water (creating a saline solution)
2) Alcohol free mouthwash . (We recommend Biotene, Crest Pro Health, Tom's of Maine).
3) Cotton gauze pads, Q-Tips
4) Nitrile or Latex/Latex-free Gloves
What To Do:
Intra Oral Piercings; Tongue/Venom Bites/Webbing/Smiley/Frowny (usually heals in about 4 weeks) No Dairy, citrus foods or spicy foods. Rinse your mouth out with saline solution and use an alcohol-free antiseptic mouth wash 2-4 times daily after you eat, drink, smoke, or put anything in your mouth. Crushed ice placed on your tongue can help with swelling. PLEASE AVOID SUCKING ON THE ICE. Avoid oral contact until the piercing has completely healed. Start with a fresh/new toothbrush to brush your teeth; toothbrushes can harbor bacteria that can harm your new piercing.
Lips/Labret/Vertical Labret/SnakeBites/AngelBites/SpiderBites/DolphinBites/Monroe/Dahlias/Jestrum/Medusa/Cheeks/ Ashley Piercing (Usually heals in 8+ weeks)
Use saline twice daily inside and out. Remember that intra oral healing for piercing appears white. If a stud was used, expect the disc to embed slightly into the lip over time, but do not allow new skin to form over the disc.
Earlobes (usually heals in 4-8 weeks) Ear Cartilage/Helix/Pinna/Daith/Rook/Tragus/Anti-Tragus/Conch/Industrial/Snug (usually heals in 6 months)
Use saline twice daily on front and back side of entrance and exit sites. Cartilage is prone to developing cysts. A cyst (hypertrophic scarring) is a fluid filled bump close to the piercing site. Usually they are tender; do not attempt to pop a suspected cyst. Regular sea salt soaks encourage drainage. Please avoid sleeping on your new piercing as irritation will extend the healing time. Be sure to rinse ear thoroughly after shampooing, conditioning or using any hair products.
Nose/High Nostril (usually heals in 10-12 weeks) Septum (usually heals in 4 weeks)
Use saline twice daily on front and back side of entrance and exit sites with saturated cotton gauze pad/Q-tip. Cartilage is prone to developing cysts. A cyst (hypertrophic scarring) is a fluid filled bump close to the piercing site. Usually they are tender; do not attempt to pop a suspected cyst. Regular sea salt soaks encourage drainage.
Eyebrow/Horizontal Eyebrow/Bridge (usually heals in 8-10 weeks)
Use saline twice daily on entrance and exit sites with saturated cotton gauze pad/Q-tip. Bruising is absolutely normal as this piercing is close to the eye socket.
Navel/Bottom Navel (usually heals in 6-9 months)
Use saline twice daily on entrance and exit sites with saturated cotton gauze pad. Expect redness at entry and exit point of piercing for a couple of months. Don’t wear tight or constrictive clothing directly over your piercing. Pant or skirt lines should be worn below your navel to avoid irritation. No strenuous activities (such as heavy workouts or sit-ups) for 4 weeks.
Nipples (usually heals in 4-6 months)
Use saline twice daily on entrance and exit sites with saturated cotton gauze pad. No oral contact until fully healed. This piercing can produce “crusties” for 1 year or longer. Please DO NOT PICK crusties, as it may lead to irritation and prolonged healing.
Genital Piercing: Female Genitalia (Usually heals in 6 weeks – 8months or longer)
All piercing's are an open channel to the blood stream. Especially in the case of genital piercing's. Sexual contact during the healing phase can be dangerous to you and your partner. Please wait six (6) to eight (8) weeks before sexual activity with your partner to ensure a safe healing. These piercing's are serious and if taken lightly can be hazardous to your health.
Information about Irritation vs. Infection for Piercing:
More often than not, people who believe they have an infection actually only have an irritation. You can recognize a true infection by its relatively sudden inflammation and accompanying discharge of green-like mucus puss, a foul odor and or blood. If you suspect you have an infection, consult a doctor immediately! Do not wait for it to get worse, and do not attempt a home remedy. If your piercing is red, swollen right around the hole, peeling, excreting white or yellow fluid, bleeding slightly, or seems to have a solid (not fluid-filled) bump around the jewelry, it is probably irritated. These are all signs that the piercing is being subjected to excessive abuse or trauma. Once the cause of the irritation is found and eliminated, symptoms will often disappear and your piercing will have a safe healing.
You have been pierced with the best jewelry available surgical steel [ASTM F-138 compliant, EEC Compliant, or ISO 5832-1 Compliant; ISO 10993-(6,10, or 11) compliant] in a sterile, hygienic environment by professionally trained body piercers’. Please respect your investment! We are not responsible for your jewelry once you leave the facility. Check the tightness of the balls and gems on your jewelry daily (right tighten, left to loosen). We do not warranty jewelry. Please consult your piercer about changing out your jewelry before you attempt to do so yourself. Allow indicated healing time before downsizing your jewelry to ensure adequate healing time. DO NOT switch out jewelry if redness and swelling are still present.
Additional Information and Advice:
Swimming: Chlorine can over dry a new piercing. It is best to avoid soaking it in pools or hot tubs. Stay away from rivers and lakes or oceans while healing; they are full of bacteria. In cases of accidental exposure, clean your piercing immediately afterwards.
Comments or complaints; contact: Health Licensing Office, Regulatory Division 700 Summer St. N.E., Suite 320 Salem, Oregon 97301-1287 (503) 373-2024
Do: Contact your piercer if you have questions or concerns.
Don’t: Touch or play with your piercing. Ever!
Improper after care of your piercing can result in permanent scarring
Paramount Tattoo Studio
Micro-Dermal /Surface Piercing
9921 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97216
DO NOT TOUCH OR PLAY WITH YOUR MICRO-DERMAL(S)/SURFACE PIERCING!!MIRCO-DERMALS/SURFACE PIERCINGS ARE NOT SOMETHING TO TAKE LIGHTLY THEY REQUIRE CONSTANT CARE AND CLEANING. MODIFICATION OF LIFESTYLE MAY BE NEEDED TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE TEMPORARY PIERCINGS STAY IN AS LONG AS THEY CAN.
While your piercing is healing, treat it with the same respect as you would any other kind of broken skin. Bruising is absolutely normal due to certain location of piercings. Do not touch the piercing or let someone else touch, kiss or lick the piercing. Do not let the piercing come in contact with another person’s bodily fluid.
Don't touch, twist, or fiddle with the jewelry for at least 3-4 months. Twisting and fiddling with the jewelry breaks the healing tissue trying to form around the anchor and also grinds dirt and other unpleasant things into the wound causing infection, irritation and prolonging the healing time. The best way to care for your dermal is using a saline (salt-water) solution because it is natural and less threatening to the body than chemicals.
What is needed:
1) Medical tape or band aids
2) Sterile Cotton Gauze pads
3) Non-Iodized Sea Salt Solution (makes a Saline Solution)
Cleaning: It is best to just leave the micro-dermal/surface piercing alone and to clean around the micro-dermal/surface piercing only to remove ‘crusties’ as needed. To remove ‘crusties’ mix 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to 8 ounces (1 cup) of warm distilled water and dip a cotton gauze pad into the solution. Hold cotton gauze pad over the micro-dermal/surface piercing until it goes cold as this should help to soften any ‘crusties’, making it easy to remove. After using the sea salt solution carefully, rinse the micro-dermal/surface piercing with fresh distilled water and then pat dry thoroughly with a clean gauze pad or a clean paper towel (bath towels harbor bacteria and dirt). Unlike standard piercings regular sea salt soaks are not recommended for micro-dermals/ surface piercings, as water can gather in the pocket causing the area to swell slightly and place pressure on the footplate (anchor) holding the implant in place – pushing it up through the skin or making it tilt.
How to properly compress your Micro-Dermal/Surface Piercing:
Please fold your cotton gauze pad in half; then fold that half in half. You will then need to place your gauze pad on your micro-dermal then apply your medical tape or band aid to hold your micro-dermal/surface piercing in place. This is called a compression.
Compressions: AFTER initial piercing it is recommend to keep your compression on for a FULL 24 hours! After the initial Twenty-Four Hour (24hr) period it is recommended to keep your dermal compressed 4 hours on and then 4 hours off through the entire day for the next seven (7) days. We also recommend that you compress your micro-dermal/surface piercing overnight, every night, as you sleep to prolong the longevity of your micro-dermal/surface piercing.
Although they can look healed within the 2nd week, they will require about 3-4 months for proper initial healing. Do not try changing jewelry tops during this time, as it puts added undue pressure on your new piercing. We recommend coming in after the 4 months to have them properly cleaned. Tops should be changed out about every 6 months thereafter. Improper after care of your micro-dermal/surfacepiercing can result in permanent scarring
□ I understand that there is a fifty dollar ($50.00 dollar) micro-dermal/surface piercing removal fee PER micro-dermal/surface piercing if removal is necessary.
□ Recommended monthly cleaning after initial 4 months healing time is a five dollar service fee PER micro-dermal. ($5.00 dollar)
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PARAMOUNT TATTOO AFTERCARE INSRTUCTIONS
9921 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97216
Congratulations on your new tattoo. Please leave the tattoo bandaged for approximately five (5) hours. It is very important not to expose the new tattoo prematurely and leave your bandage alone!!! This allows time for your tattoo to begin healing and regenerate a layer of skin that will protect you from potential infection.
After five (5) hours wash your hands with Liquid Dial anti-bacterial soap and warm water, remove your bandage gently and wash your hands thoroughly with Dial anti-bacterial soap before touching your tattoo. DO NOT REBANDAGE YOUR TATTOO!!!
ONLY USE COLD WATER TO WASH YOUR TATTOO!!!!!
Take a small amount of soap and get it foamy with your hands and cold water. Gently wash the tattoo with just the tips of your finger and soap. Plasma will cycle out of the new tattoo and may feel slimy to the touch WASH UNTIL SLIMY FEELING IS GONE.
WASH TATTOO ONCE A DAY. DO NOT ALLOW TATTOO TO GET DIRTY!!!
You want to wash your tattoo fairly quickly because you do not want to soak the new tattoo.
DO NOT OVERWASH YOUR TATTOO OR LET WATER BEAT DOWN ON IT.
Allow the water to make initial contact with your body in an area that is not freshly tattooed and allow the water to run over the tattoo. Or use your freshly washed hand to gently splash water over the fresh tattoo to avoid water pressure beating down on the fragile new skin cells that are trying to regenerate.
Use a clean paper towel to pat your tattoo lightly and then AIR DRY FOR THIRTY (30) MINUTES BEFORE APPLYING OINTMENT!!!!!
DO NOT APPLY OINTMENT FOR 24 HOURS: ONLY USE A SMALL AMOUNT OF AQUAPHOR
Use a small amount of Aquaphor and gently rub into the skin 2 times daily for the first 2 days after washing. (DO NOT leave greasy after layer less is more.) Switch to lotion on day 3 using either Lubriderm or AfterInked Lotion.
Start with a small amount of lotion and gently massage into your tattoo. You can always add a little more if needed MORE IS NOT BETTER!!!! You can use Lotion 3-5 times daily as needed. Always wash hands before applying lotions or ointments
SHOWERING: ONLY USE COOL WATER!!! It is very important to limit your shower to five (5) minutes with a fresh tattoo. You DO NOT want to create a “steam room” like environment! Keep your washing fast and brief. WASH YOUR TATTOO SEPARATE FROM SHOWER! A tattoo is a dermal abrasion. Like any scab while it is healing can become mushy and water logged if it is allowed to soak in water, especially if it is warm water. This can lead to major color loss or potentially permanent scarring of the skin.
After four (4) to five (5) days your tattoo should peel or shed like a sunburn or snake skin. This will likely happen during a washing. Feel free to gently massage the dead layer of skin to remove it from the tattoo. If it not coming off easily on its own DO NOT FORCE IT!
Your tattoo is almost completely healed. Once all the dead skin has flaked off you can resume your normal showering and hygiene. Still continue to allow the tattoo to dry for a minimum of thirty minutes (30min) before applying AfterInked lotion.
The healing process is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! You only get one chance to heal your tattoo right. Minor touch-ups are complimentary at the discretion of your artist so it is absolutely imperative that you follow the recommended after care instructions.
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