There are some normal things you can expect from your piercing after getting the procedure done. All piercings go through several phases: initial healing time (right after the procedure), healing and healed piercing.
In order to take a good care of your piercing and avoid any problems it’s vital to know what to expect from your piercing at each of these stages.
After the Procedure
It is normal to experience some pain and discomfort right after having your piercing done. Swelling (localized on the spot around your new piercing), some bleeding, tenderness and light bruising are all normal and are not a cause for concern.
If you experience pain and other discomfort during the first hours after getting your piercing done, you can take a painkiller to ease the pain. Do not be concerned: this discomfort, swelling and tenderness should pass quickly.
In case the pain persists or becomes more pronounced, it might be a sign of a problem. However, it’s vital to understand that some discomfort right after getting the piercing done is normal and to be expected.
During Initial Healing
Your piercing should not cause further pain or serious discomfort, but your piercing will be sensitive during the entire healing time. During the initial healing time and beyond, you may expect to experience some itching or discoloration on the area of our piercing.
It’s also vital to know that you may notice some whitish-yellow fluid coming out of your new piercing and forming crust around the jewelry. The crusts are not dangerous but it’s important to perform regular cleaning to remove it. Do not twist or turn your jewelry to remove these crusts! You should try to touch your jewelry as little as possible.
Keep in mind that this fluid is not pus. It is easily distinguishable from pus, so you won’t make a mistake there. In case you do notice pus, it’s a sign of a trouble and you should seek medical help immediately.
Once a piercing is healed properly it is considered fully established. However, it’s important to make sure that the piercing is truly healed. Keep in mind that most piercings look healed much before the process is actually completed. The tissue tends to heal from the outside, so it takes additional time for it to heal on the inside. This is why it’s so important to keep cleaning and performing aftercare during the entire healing period.
A healed piercing should not pose any problems or discomfort. With a healed piercing, you will be able to change jewelry and try many different jewelry pieces. Depending on the piercing type, you may even be able to stretch your piercing to a larger gauge, if this is what you want.
At the same time, keep in mind that even an established piercing can develop a problem, such as an infection, migration on rejection. It means you should never forget about your piercing: make sure to observe it to notice any potential changes.
Keep in mind that jewelry should sit comfortably inside a healed piercing but it may not move much inside it. This is for the better: you don’t want your jewelry to sit too loosely in the piercing. However, it also means you should not force it to move, either.
Another thing to remember is that even older, well established piercings may accumulate some bodily secretions if you don’t clean them properly. These secretions may become smelly if you don’t clean your piercings regularly.
Also, keep in mind that even old, well-established piercings will shrink once the jewelry is removed. This is why it’s important to keep your jewelry inside at all times.