BERTRAM & CO
Body Piercing Services
Body Piercing Aftercare
When caring for a body piercing, it is recommended to use packaged sterile saline solution
for cleaning instead of mixing sea salt solution. Proper hand hygiene should be observed
prior to cleaning or touching the piercing. Saline rinse should be applied as needed during
the healing process, and the site should be rinsed as required to remove any cleaning solution
residue. Dry the area by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products.
At the beginning of the healing process, some bleeding, swelling, tenderness, or bruising may
occur, along with discoloration, itching, secretion of whitish-yellow fluid, and crust on the
jewelry. As the tissue heals around the jewelry, it may tighten. Throughout the entire healing
period, the piercing must be regularly cleaned.
To prevent damage to cells, avoid using alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial soaps,
iodine, or harsh products, as well as ointments that prevent air circulation. Benzalkonium
Chloride (BZK) should not be used, as products containing this ingredient can be irritating
and are not intended for long-term wound care. Over-cleaning, trauma, friction from
clothing, or excessive motion can delay healing and cause unsightly scarring. Oral contact,
rough play, and contact with others' bodily fluids should be avoided during the healing
process. Stress, recreational drug use, and submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of
water should also be avoided. Beauty and personal care products and hanging charms or
objects from the jewelry need to be avoided until the piercing has fully healed.
Lastly, sleeping directly on a healing cartilage piercing can cause irritation and should be
avoided. It is important to follow these guidelines and continue proper care throughout the
entire healing process.
To ensure proper healing, it is recommended to leave the initial jewelry in place
for the entire healing period, unless there is a problem with the size, style, or material. Any
necessary jewelry changes should be performed by a qualified piercer. It is advised to check
threaded and threadless ends regularly for tightness. In the event that metal jewelry needs to
be removed temporarily (such as for a medical procedure), contact your piercer for a
non-metallic alternative. It is crucial to leave jewelry in at all times, even for healed piercings.
If the jewelry is removed, reinsertion may be difficult or impossible. Removal of the jewelry
indicates the end of the healing process, and cleaning should continue until the hole closes.
If an infection is suspected, quality jewelry or an inert alternative may be left in
place to allow for drainage of the infection, if approved by your physician. In rare cases, when
the jewelry is removed, surface cells can close up, sealing the infection inside the piercing
channel, leading to an abscess. In such cases, discuss with your physician whether quality
jewelry or an appropriate substitute should be left in place until the infection clears up.
BODY AREA SPECIFIC TIPS:
To protect the area from restrictive clothing, excess irritation, and impact during
physical activities such as contact sports, a hard, vented eye patch (sold at pharmacies) can
be applied under tight clothing (such as nylon stockings) or secured using a length of
elastic bandage around the body.
EAR/EAR CARTILAGE AND FACIAL:
To maintain cleanliness, it is important to dress your pillow in a large, clean
t-shirt, and turn it nightly. Advising your hair stylist of a new or healing piercing is also
recommended. Cleanliness of telephones, headphones, eyeglasses, helmets, hats, and
anything that contacts the pierced area should be maintained.
To provide protection and comfort, a tight cotton shirt or sports bra may be
worn, especially while sleeping.
For genital piercings, particularly Triangles, Prince Alberts, Ampallangs, and
Apadravyas, bleeding may occur for the first few days. Using barriers such as condoms,
dental dams, and waterproof bandages, etc., is crucial to avoid contact with your partner's
body fluids, even in long-term monogamous relationships. All sexual activities should be
gentle during the healing period. Washing hands before touching on (or near) a healing
piercing is recommended.
These piercings require continuous maintenance during their lifetime due to
matter building up underneath the threaded top, causing irritation. Saline and/or shower
rinses may help with removing the matter from underneath the threaded top. Putting
makeup on these piercings, even after healing, should be avoided. Even with proper care,
surface anchors may be less permanent than other body piercings.
Aftercare is an evolving conversation in the progression of body piercing. The use
of gentle soaps free from harsh chemicals, dyes, and perfumes is suggested if soap on a healing
piercing is necessary. The use of antibacterial soap is not recommended as it may over-dry and
irritate the piercing. If sterile saline is not available in your region, a sea salt solution mixture
can be used as a viable alternative. Dissolve 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon (.75 to 1.42 grams) of
non-iodized (iodine-free), fine grain sea salt into one cup (8 oz. / 250ml) of warm distilled or
bottled water. It is important to note that a stronger mixture is not better, as it can irritate the