Piercing and Tattoo Aftercare – Advice You Shouldn’t Ignore

The healing process is the most important process in a body modification. The healing time defines how the end product is going to be accepted into the body, look and feel.  When leaving the shop after getting a tattoo or a body piercing jewelry, instructions are handed out for aftercare. Majority of the clients that receive this aftercare instruction sheet will either not follow it or lose it. Those who do follow and don’t lose the instructions on the aftercare for their new modification have a much greater chance that their new addition to their body will heal correctly without problems.

 

Prevent Infection & Prolong Lifespan of a Body Modification with proper aftercare

 

Whether it is a new piercing, a tattoo, or implants keeping the area clean is the most important thing in preventing infection. Most infections are caused by touching the area with dirty unwashed hands. Using antibacterial or antimicrobial liquid soap to wash your hands is best before touching and/or cleaning the area. This type of soap can also be used to clean the modification itself.

 

Sea Salt is great for healing and cleaning piercings. The reason why it works so well to help clean, reduce redness, swelling, and pain is because it contains many minerals that help activate the body’s natural way of fighting infections and healing wounds. After getting a tattoo or a body jewelry item, it is not recommended to go swimming in any kind of dirty or unclean water source such as a lake, pond, ocean, or chlorinated water until the area is healed.

 

Heal time for each individual piercing and tattoo is different for each individual person because everyone’s body and immune system is different. When piercings are healing it is normal for there to be a slight discharge. If this discharge dries, it will look like “crusties” around the piercing; to take care of this simply clean the area with Sea Salt and warm water.

 

However, if this discharge starts looking like pus, which is thick and usually yellow or greenish, it means infection. Most infections can be healed with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. There is a product out there, also available with us, called H2Ocean that contains Sea Salt and natural antibiotics in a spray form, this makes it easier to clean the piercing and helps it to heal.

 

You can read more about H2Ocean aftercare products at: http://www.thechaingang.com/blog/h2ocean-line-of-body-piercing-aftercare-products/

 

Rotating the body jewelry while cleaning will help the healing process as well. Tattoos heal by scabbing over and peeling. The area where the tattoo is done needs to be kept moist and not allowed to dry out. Letting the tattoo dry out can cause the tattoo to over scab and loose pigment color. Tattoo Goo and Vitamin A&D Ointments are great products to help prevent the tattoo from becoming too dry and over scabbing. Often during the healing process the tattoo can become irritated, red, and/or swollen. Putting warm water compresses over that tattoo with a clean washcloth can help these symptoms.

 

Both tattoos and body piercings need to be maintained and cleaned very well at least twice a day after the initial shop visit for about two weeks. Listening to the advice of the licensed professional and following the instructions handed out at the shop on the aftercare instruction sheet about your modification will greatly increase your chances that the piercing or tattoo will heal fine and look great.

 

 

Body Piercing Migration or Rejection

If you have body piercings I am sure that you have heard about “piercing migration” or “piercing rejection”. What is it? Piercing migration is when your body keeps pushing out the body jewelry that you have inserted into your body piercing. It will keep pushing it closer and closer to the surface of your skin. The reason is because your body feels that it is a foreign object like a splinter and it wants it out. This can be because of the gauge of the jewelry, or because of an allergy to the metal, or most commonly from using poor quality body jewelry. Sometimes your body is just very picky, and there is not much you can do. If gone unnoticed your body will reject the jewelry by pushing it totally out of your body causing scarring that will remain noticeable. Continue reading

Is it Body Jewelry Cheap, or just Cheap Body Jewelry?

Ball To Small and curve to Short

Ball is To Small, and the Curved Barbell is to Short

Why are there so many different prices on Body Jewelry for what all appears to be the exact same thing? You’ve heard it over and over again,
“you get what you pay for”, well it is true.
Usually a ring that is $0.99 is simple not even close to the same quality of a ring that is $11. Now I don’t mean to say that the price tells the whole truth, because there are companies that will sell that same $0.99 ring to you for $11, but it is one indicator to look at. At the very least you need to realize that if 10 companies have their ring priced at $8 to $12 and another company has what seems to be the same ring for $1.99 or whatever, then the odds are very good that the $1.99 ring is crap.

Body Jewelry is especially hard because the differences are very subtle, and can go totally unnoticed by the trained eye, and certainly by the newcomer. Some are even impossible to check without x rays, and the companies know this.

Metal Allergy, or More likely Cheap China Jewelry like from Spencer’s or one of the cheap kiosks in the Mall. Also the Curves are now to short due to the Inflammation. Hard to say if they were always to short.

Cheaper quality items can have a lot of nickel in them to cause a nickel reaction in your body like seen above. Sometimes they even use what is commonly known as pot metal which is total garbage and barely suited for little figurines or key chains in vending machines. In Glass body Jewelry there are major issues of strength, where one piece has a high strength the other may be prone to shatter, which needless to say is not good in your piercing. ;-)

On metal pieces there can also be sharp corners, burrs, scratches and even gouges. aesthetically there is also the grade of the polish on the metal. Does the Stainless Steel look like your kitchen sink, or a medical instrument. There is a huge difference between 316L Surgical Steel and 316LVM Surgical Steel.

The effects to your piercing from wearing low quality body jewelry made with inferior metals that are not suitable for your piercing can be serious, commonly causing piercing rejection, infections, and Keloids. And to tell you the truth none of those are much fun. Why would you go through the pain and healing maintenance time if you are just going to stick anything in your piercing. The odds are it will get badly infected and if not taken care of your piercing will migrate out, or you will have to take the jewelry out and let it close up under a doctors care, and then either way you will not have the piercing at all. (note: Do not ever take the jewelry out of an infected piercing without a doctors advice).

Sometimes you can find the popular items for up to 10 times less cost then other retailers. Now just add the doctors bills, prescription antibiotics, and getting the piercing done again, to that $0.99 and you will have your true cost. (not counting pain and aggravation of course)

Beautiful Belly Piercing

A Beautiful Healthy Belly Piercing

At Body Jewelry By The Chain Gang, they try to only carry quality items that will not cause problems for you or your piercing. they offer a variety of materials such as

We “Carry very High Quality Body Jewelry Only because we have pride in our business, and care about our customers.”

Respect the business’s that respect you.

Face it Any Business can carry the junk jewelry and just look at their bottom line, that is cheap and easy and actually more profitable.

We carry the better quality jewelry for a reason, YOU !!
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