As the premier tattoo shop in Orlando we do a minimum of 130 body piercings a month. From your more common nostril piercing, to your forward triple helix piercing, we are committed to doing it right the first time, every time. To that end, below is some advice we give to our clients about body piercings.
Location of piercing – Depending on the location of your body piercing it could take from 4 weeks to a year to properly heal. Here are some healing time ranges, based on our experience:
Cartilage: 9 – 12 Months
Earlobe: 2 – 3 Months
Labret: 2 – 3 Months
Lip: 2 – 3 Months
Navel: 6 – 9 Months
Nipple: 6 – 12 Months
Nostril: 2 – 3 Months
Septum: 2 – 3 Months
Eyebrow: 2 – 3 Months
Tongue: 2 – 4 weeks
Microdermal: 6 – 12 Months
Surface Piercing: 6 – 12 Months
Individual – How well you take care of yourself will effect how much time your piercing takes to heal. If you are a smoker, this has a negative effect on healing. Stress and poor nutrition also play a large factor. To that end we recommend you take care of yourself and your new piercings to improve the healing time and health of your piercing.
Castile Soap – We suggest using Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. The particular soap we sell here lists tea tree oil as a main ingredient. Being that it is an organic soap, it is much less harsh than basic anti-bacterial oap. Tea tree oil naturally has anti-bacterial properties and is also a natural anti-inflammatory which is a great plus for your piercing. You can also use this soap for the life-time of your piercing.
Mouthwash – As far as oral piercings are concerned, we suggest using diluted Mouthwash (50% Mouthwash / 50% Water) anytime after you eat, drink or smoke.
Sea Salt Soaks – Boil 1 cup of water. Once cooking is complete, dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of Non-Iodized Sea Salt in the water. Using a diposable item (cotton ball, swabs, gauze or paper towel) soak up the mixture and hold over piercing for 5 – 15 minutes. This is another method that can be used for the life of your piercing.
4. How long before I can change out the jewelry? When deciding how long to wait to change your jewelry, you have to remember you do not want to cause unnecessary trauma to your piercing. This could cause scaring and start your healing process over again. We recommend you wait until the piercing is no longer tender and completely healed. However, please use care when changing your jewelry. We highly recommend getting help from your piercing when you’re ready to change your jewelry for the first time for some guidance. We have a wide variety of jewelry here at our shop. Our piercers would be more than happy to help you choose the proper jewelry for your piercing as well as explain how your new piece of jewelry works.