Healing and Aftercare
How long will it take for my piercing to heal?
Healing timelines vary depending on the piercing type and your body, and adherence to aftercare. To give you an idea of what to expect when getting a new piercing we’ve put together a guide on Piercing Healing.
How do I know if my piercing is fully healed?
Most piercings have an estimated healing time that you can check in our Piercing Healing Guide. The best way to know if it’s fully healed is to go for regular checkups with your piercer. At about 6-8 weeks we suggest downsizing most piercings, and that’s a great time to evaluate progress.
The most important things to remember on top of aftercare are: do not touch the piercing, do not sleep on the piercing, do not put regular pressure on the piercing, and downsize when your piercer advises. These are the habits that we see the best success.
How do I take care of my new piercing?
Taking proper care of your piercing will increase the chances of healthy, uneventful healing. We’ve put together a Piercing Aftercare Guide to help answer your questions. If you’re still in doubt, come visit any of our studios or give us a call.
Is my piercing infected? What is this bump?
The best way to assess if a piercing is infected is to have one of our piercers inspect your piercing in person.
Oftentimes, irritation can be mistaken for an infection. Irritation often shows in the form of the dreaded “piercing bump”, and can be resolved if dealt with quickly.
Immediate changes you can make to remedy irritation until you can visit one of our studios are:
- Make sure you’re not sleeping on it.
- Never touch, turn, or rotate the jewelry.
- Clean the piercing only twice a day with your sterile saline solution, and once in the shower with your antimicrobial soap.
- Do not let wet hair sit on your piercing
- Do not let anything put pressure on your piercing, like hats, helmets, earphones, headsets, headbands, etc.
Can I exercise right after being pierced?
This depends on the piercing. For anything in high motion areas such as nipples, navel, some surface piercings, we recommend waiting. Speak with our piercers in-studio about how to handle working out with your new piercing.
I’ve done it before, can I pierce it again?
In some cases, yes! This will largely depend on what is left over, how and why it was removed. If there is raised scarring or bumps, we would need to choose another location. If there is a path of scar tissue we would have to pierce a certain distance away from that. If the reason for removal is rejection, we would have to investigate why it was rejected and accommodate for that.
The only way to be sure is to come to visit our piercers at any of our studios. We typically recommend a 6-8 week healing time after you remove an old piercing before we consider re-piercing it.
How long do I have to wait to swim after being pierced?
We suggest an absolute minimum of 6 weeks before you submerge your piercing in any body of water. Doing so can introduce bacteria and debris that can be detrimental to the health of your piercing. Soaking piercings can also soften and remove scabs prematurely. The longer you wait for the better!
When can I change my jewelry after being pierced?
A downsize is suggested usually around 6-8 weeks, make sure you listen to your piercer when they’re discussing this with you. When you downsize, depending on the piercing, you may also be able to change the decorative piece if you have a straight post installed.
To switch something into a hoop is a whole other ordeal. We need to make sure the wound is established enough that the change in shape will not cause an adverse reaction. You need to wait for the entire healing time. For most areas in cartilage, this can range from 6 months to over a year. Visit your local reputable piercer to have a checkup if you’re unsure.
Can’t find what you are looking for?
If you are unable to find the information you are looking for please contact Pierced Customer Service and we will help answer your questions.