Category Archives: Body Piercing Aftercare


Cute and relatively painless, smiley piercings are growing ever more popular. This quirky piercing is pierced through the upper lip frenulum – the thin piece of tissue connecting the upper lip to the gum. They are also known as upper lip frenulum piercings, scrumper piercings and scrumpy piercings. They are called smiley piercings because the piercing is only visible when you smile! Smiley piercings pass through a very thin piece of tissue, so they are quick to pierce and rarely hurt much. Despite this, it is still important to visit a professional piercing studio. You can wear either a small BCR, circular barbell or curved barbell in your smiley piercing. Many smiley piercings reject painlessly after a year, so this should not be thought of as a permanent piercing. There is a risk of tooth abrasion and damage, although most smiley piercings reject before this can occur.

How To Care For New Smiley Piercings

To care for your new smiley piercing, simply keep it clean while is heals. Healing time is usually 4 to 12 weeks. During the healing period you should rinse twice daily with a suitable mouthwash and avoid smoking or drinking alcohol, as they both impede the healing process. You should also avoid swimming and kissing, as they can both introduce bacteria to the piercing. If you cannot avoid these activities, rinse your mouth with mouthwash afterwards!

Smiley piercings can cause tooth damage, occurring when the jewellery rubs against your teeth and gums. This damage is often irreversible and it is important to consult your piercer immediately if you notice any change to the area. As mentioned above, most smiley piercings reject before damage can occur, but it is important to be aware of the risk.


Tongue web piercings are a great alternative to traditional tongue piercings, or a nice addition to your existing piercing. They pass through the tongue frenulum: the tissue that connects the underside of your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. The tongue web is a thin, stretchy piece of skin that varies in shape and size from person to person. If your tongue web is very small, you may not be able to get this piercing, but most people can. For the majority of people, this is a quick and relatively painless piercing. However while the tongue web is easy to pierce, care should be taken not to injure the saliva glands, which sit on either side of the web. For this reason, tongue web piercings should not be attempted at home and you should always go to an experienced professional piercer.

Tongue web piercings require the same care as traditional tongue piercings but heal faster – usually 4 to 6 weeks. Maintain good oral hygiene and rinse twice daily with mouthwash specifically designed for oral piercings. After meals you should rinse with mouthwash and check that no food is caught in the piercing. Avoid swimming, alcohol, smoking and sexual contact until your tongue web piercing has healed completely. This piercing should heal fairly easily, but consult your piercer immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms.

Will My Tongue Web Piercing Reject?

Tongue web piercings do have a tendency to reject, but the timeframe can vary greatly. How long your tongue piercing lasts depends not only on your personal anatomy but also on the placement of the piercing. The further forward your tongue web piercing, the sooner it will reject. This is not usually a permanent piercing, but some people do keep this piercing for a few years. The process is usually painless and has little lasting effect on your tongue web. You can slow down the rejection process by keeping your tongue web jewellery clean and choosing jewellery that does not catch on your teeth.


Popular for both men and women, nipple piercings heal well and are one of the few piercings that you can easily keep to yourself. Nipple piercings are usually pierced through the base of the nipple, not the areola. They can be placed horizontally, vertically or at any angle in between. Nipple piercings can be done with straight barbells or ball closure rings, although many people find that barbells are more comfortable under clothes during the healing period. If you have flat or inverted nipples, please go to an experienced piercer and inform them beforehand. Most people with inverted nipples are able to get them pierced, but it may affect your choice of jewellery.

How To Care For New Nipple Piercings

Nipple piercings should be kept clean and dry. Clean with saline twice daily and avoid submerging the piercing in water. It is important to wear breathable dressings for the first couple of days and allowing the piercing to breathe while healing. We recommend wearing natural fibres and loose clothing – and going without a bra. Take care not to catch the piercing on your clothing when getting dressed and clean the piercing after exercise. Most nipple piercings heal within six to sixteen weeks. If you notice any persistent pain, swelling or unusual symptoms, consult your piercer immediately.

Female Nipple Piercings And Breastfeeding

Having nipple piercings should not cause any problems with breastfeeding in the future, although if you are concerned please consult an experienced piercer or breastfeeding specialist. We recommend that you remove your nipple jewellery before starting breastfeeding. Jewellery can interfere with breastfeeding and make it difficult for your baby to latch on. Nipple jewellery also poses a choking hazard and can harbour bacteria that although harmless for you, can pose a risk for babies. When you are no longer breastfeeding you may be able to reinsert your jewellery, or simply get your nipples re-pierced.

Ear Piercing Aftercare

Whether you have two piercings or twenty, the odds are that your first was an ear piercing. Ear piercings are easy to take care of and heal easily, making them a hassle free piercing, no matter which type of ear piercing you get. There are at least ten different types of ear piercing, and in this post I will outline the basic piercing aftercare that you need to keep your ear piercing feeling and looking great.

Ear Lobe Piercing Aftercare

Ear lobe piercings typically heal in six to ten weeks and are very easy to take care of. The most important thing is to keep your ear piercing clean and dry during the healing period. Clean the piercing twice daily with saline solution and avoid swimming or submerging the piercing in water. Try to keep your hair away from the piercing – your hair can introduce bacteria to the piercing and catch on the jewellery.

Always go to a proper piercing studio rather than a hairdresser or jewellery shop. By going to a piercing studio you are more likely to be seen by a fully trained body piercer in a fully hygienic environment. They will be able to answer your questions and follow-up enquiries are usually free. It is also important to choose needle piercing over a piercing gun. Piercing guns cannot be sterilised and can therefore harbour bacteria that impede the healing process.

Cartilage Ear Piercing Aftercare

The aftercare process for cartilage ear piercings is the same as for an ear lobe piercing: clean twice daily with saline solution and keep it dry. It is important to take special care with cartilage piercings, as the consequences of an infected piercing can be more serious. The infection can become trapped in between the layers of cartilage in your ear and in even destroy the cartilage in extreme cases. Fortunately, infections can be prevented by proper piercing aftercare. However you should consult your piercer if you experience persistent swelling, redness, pain or the skin being hot to touch.

How To Care For Helix Piercings

Helix piercings are popular, easy to heal and allow you to wear a wide range of stylish jewellery. They are pierced through the outer rim of the ear and can be placed anywhere around the top half of your ear. Helix piercings don’t usually hurt any more than a standard ear piercing and typically heal in eight to sixteen weeks. Although helix piercing healing is fairly straightforward, it is important to go to a proper piercing studio, as opposed to a hairdressers or jewellery shop. Cartilage piercings can be difficult to place and should not be done with a piercing gun. Piercing guns can cause trauma to the cartilage and cannot be completely sterilised, which means that they can introduce harmful bacteria to your piercing.

How To Care For New Helix Piercings

The most important part of caring for your new helix piercing is keeping it clean and dry. Clean your piercing twice daily with saline solution and avoid submerging it in water. Avoid swimming pools in particular, as they contain not only harmful bacteria but also chlorine that will irritate your piercing. Keep your hair away from the piercing and keep consult your piercer if you notice persistent swelling, pain or redness. These can be signs of an infection, which can become more serious in a cartilage piercing than a standard ear piercing. Infection can become trapped in between the layers of cartilage and even destroy it in extreme cases, so get treatment immediately. Fortunately most piercing infections can be prevented with proper aftercare, but it is important to be aware of the symptoms. With proper care your helix piercing should heal up quickly and requires very little care once healed.


Eyebrow piercings are popular, easy to heal and really make a statement. They are pierced vertically through the eyebrow and can be placed anywhere between the centre of the eye socket and the outer edge of the eyebrow. The three major supra-orbital nerves are located inwards of the centre of the eye socket, so placing an eyebrow piercing in this area could damage them. Eyebrow piercings can be pierced with small curved barbells or BCRs. We usually recommend getting pierced with a curved barbell, as they are less likely to get caught on clothing than a BCR. You can change to a BCR once your piercing is fully healed if you wish.

How To Care For New Eyebrow Piercings

Like most piercings, eyebrow piercings must be kept clean and dry throughout the healing period. Clean your piercing twice daily with saline and avoid submerging it in water. Most eyebrow piercings heal within four to eight weeks. Your healed eyebrow piercing requires very little care – just clean with saline as needed.

You should also take extra care to avoid knocking the piercing. Eyebrow piercings are particularly vulnerable to migration and knocks can lead to migration or rejection even in a healed piercing. Despite this, most eyebrow piercings do not reject, it is often simply a case of bad luck! A rejecting eyebrow piercing will scar if left to reject, so it is important to consult your piercer. It is often better to retire the piercing than let it reject and scar. The most common signs of eyebrow piercing rejection are:

  1. Constant soreness or sensitivity
  2. Red scar tissue forming around the piercing holes
  3. The skin over the piercing becomes thinner – you may eventually be able to see the jewellery through the skin
  4. The piercing holes appear bigger
  5. Jewellery hangs loosely or at a different angle

If you observe any of these signs in your eyebrow piercing, consult your piercer immediately – regardless of whether your piercing is healed or not.

How To Care For Tragus Piercings

Tragus piercings are one of the most popular ear cartilage piercings and they are relatively simply to heal and take care of. The tragus is the little nub of cartilage in front of your ear canal and although it can vary a lot in size, most people are able to get a tragus piercing. Tragus piercings look great and they are a perfect first cartilage piercing.

Tragus piercings can be performed with small barbells, BCRs or labret. I recommend getting pierced with a simple barbell or BCR – you can always change the jewellery to something more eye-catching when your tragus has healed. Some people find that their tragus jewellery makes wearing in-ear headphones uncomfortable. If you have this problem I recommend wearing a labret stud – the flat back leaves more room for the headphones.

How To Care For New Tragus Piercings

Tragus piercings usually heal well in between eight to eighteen weeks. You should clean your tragus piercing twice daily with saline solution and refrain from changing your jewellery until fully healed. Avoid swimming and submersion in water during the healing period, as this can introduce bacteria to the piercing.

Provided that you care for your tragus piercing correctly, the chance of infection is very low. But is it important to be aware that infections can be more complicated in cartilage piercings, compared to soft tissue piercings e.g. lip piercings. This is because the infection can become trapped in between the layers of cartilage and even destroy the cartilage in extreme cases. For this reason you should be vigilant for any signs of infection such as redness, pain or the skin feeling hot. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult an experienced piercer immediately.


Conch piercings are a popular type of ear cartilage piercing. They are relatively easy to heal but special care should be taken with any cartilage piercing. Provided that you take proper care of your conch piercing, it should heal well. Conch piercings typically take between six and eight weeks to heal.

Conch piercings are usually pierced with a small barbell. Ball closure rings can also be worn in conch piercings, but they are not advised while the piercing is healing. This is because they are more likely to get caught on clothing and can be uncomfortable. A labret stud is also ideal for conch piercings and some people find them more comfortable.

How To Care For New Conch Piercings

Conch piercings require the same aftercare as any ear cartilage piercings. They should be cleaned twice daily with saline solution and kept dry. Swimming and submersion in water can introduce harmful bacteria, so they should be avoided. Try not to fiddle with your piercing or touch it too much, as this also introduces bacteria to the piercing.

It is important to monitor any new piercing for infection but I recommend being especially vigilant with a conch piercing. This is because infection can become trapped in between the layers of ear cartilage. If this happens, infection can spread and even destroy the cartilage. Provided that you take proper care of your conch piercing, the risk of infection is very low. But if you experience pain, redness, swelling or any unusual symptoms please consult your piercer immediately.
Once your conch piercing is healed, it requires very little care – simply clean with saline as needed. If your piercing becomes sore after it has healed, you may find titanium, blackline or BioFlex jewellery more comfortable.


Belly button piercings are popular and stylish, but like all piercings they require proper care to ensure that they heal well. This piercing takes quite a long time to heal fully, so it is important that you keep it clean. The good news is that as long as you take good care of them, belly button piercings very well. They look gorgeous and allow you to wear eye-catching belly jewellery once the piercing has healed.

How To Care For New Belly Button Piercings

Like most body piercings, the most important thing is to keep your new belly button piercing clean and dry. Clean your piercing twice a day with saline solution and do not touch it too much. Healing times vary from 8 to 18 weeks, but we recommend that you continue to clean your piercing for at least 16 weeks even if it appears healed. During the healing period you should avoid swimming or submerging the piercing in water, as this can introduce harmful bacteria. You should also make sure that clothing does not rub the piercing and air it frequently. Alcohol, smoking and poor hygiene will all impede the healing process.

Your belly button piercing should feel increasingly comfortable as it heals. If you experience persistent pain or any unusual symptoms, consult your piercer. You should not change your belly button jewellery until the piercing is fully healed. If you are unsure if your piercing has healed, ask your piercer.

Belly Button Piercing During Pregnancy

Pregnancy puts a lot of pressure on belly button piercings so it is important to either remove your piercing, or switch to a suitable pregnancy belly bar. As your belly grows, it puts pressure on the piercing and stretches it. If you were to wear a normal belly bar during pregnancy, the piercing may reject or become embedded. Both are painful and can be dangerous. If you wish to continue to wear belly jewellery, we recommend switching to a long, flexible belly bar, ideally a BioFlex or PTFE bar. With the correct jewellery, belly button piercings do not pose a risk during pregnancy. However, if you are concerned please consult an experienced piercer or doctor.

How To Care For Septum Piercings

Septum piercings have retained a slightly “hardcore” reputation compared to traditional nose piercings, but they are no more painful or hard to take care of than an ear piercing. Septum piercings are not cartilage piercings: they are pierced through the small area of soft, cartilage-free skin in the septum. This means that the pain and healing process are more similar to an ear piercing than a nostril piercing.

One advantage of septum piercings is that they can be easily and completely hidden – surprising for a piercing that is literally “in your face”. A septum keeper is a U-shaped piece of jewellery that flips up inside your nose, rendering your piercing completely hidden from view. For this reason, septum piercings are ideal for people who cannot have visible piercings at work or school. It allows you to keep your piercing private or make a statement when it suits you.

How To Care For A New Septum Piercing

Septum piercings are easy to care for and usually heal within 1 to 3 months. To care for your new septum piercing, clean it with saline solution daily. Try not to touch the piercing and be careful that it does not snag on clothing. Septum piercings tend to stay clean, although extra care should be taken if you get a cold while your septum is still healing. Refrain from swimming, submerging your septum piercing in water or changing the jewellery, as these actions can introduce harmful bacteria into the piercing.

If you will need to hide your septum piercing while it is still healing, I suggest getting pierced with a titanium septum keeper. This will allow you to hide the piercing without changing your jewellery, which is never recommended during the healing period.

Once your septum piercing has healed it requires very little care. Keep it clean and consult your piercer if you notice any discomfort or changes to the piercing.