ABOVE THE BELT CARE
Your piercing was performed professionally and appropriately. Follow these simple suggestions, and your healing period should go smoothly.Although not physicians, The Exotic Body Piercers are available whenever you have any questions about aftercare. Please call us anytime!
A Normal Piercing… May be tender, itchy, or bruised for a few weeks. May be slightly red. Redness may persist for several months to a full year in a navel piercing. May bleed a little for the first few days. May secrete a whitish-yellowish fluid which may crust on the jewelry. THIS IS NOT PUS! May tighten around the jewelry as it heals, making turning when dry somewhat difficult. May “fold” over to one side. Your body may decide that the jewelry would be comfortable at an angle. If this occurs, don’t try to force the jewelry to lie straight.
Common Problems You Can Avoid
Over cleaning, vigorous cleaning or using a cleanser that is too strong can produce symptoms that are very similar to an infection. The skin may be very tender and appear shiny, and there may be a clear discharge.
Friction caused by tight or heavy clothing, rough sexual activity, or excessive movement of the area can cause dark redness, keloids, discharge and rejection/migration. This is a common problem for navel piercings.
Stress, poor diet or illness can cause longer healing times or migration of the piercing. Reactions to the metals used in The Exotic Body’s piercing jewelry are extremely rare. Often a cleanser reaction or other [problem is mistaken for a metal allergy. The area may feel hot and sore, like a low grade infection. Or the body will attempt to pull away from the metal, resulting in a large growing cavity.Occasionally, the selected jewelry may be inappropriate. This may or may not be due to circumstances occurring after the piercing.
If the jewelry is too thin or too heavy, too large or too small in diameter or not the appropriate style, you may experience healing problems. Contact your piercer if suspect that you may need different jewelry.
Contact with hair, cosmetics, oils, infrequently washed clothing or bedding or other agents. Going into a pool, lake, ocean or other body of water (your own clean bathtub is ok).
Estimated Healing Time: 6 months to 2 full years.
NOTE: all aftercare suggestions are intended for piercings received at The Exotic Body by a skilled professional using appropriate-sized implant grade jewelry