Dermal piercings usually take 6-10 weeks to heal; they usually heal without any problems, as long as they are not knocked. They will be slightly tender for several days after the piercing, and a little swollen, this gradually goes away.
Until the body grows tissue through the little holes in the anchors feet, and the little feet settle into the body the piercing can easily be torn, . If this happens after the piercing is healed, you will have to treat the piercing as a new wound again, or you could develop an infection.
Signs include thick yellow pus coming from the wound, or any excessive redness around the wound. If you think there may be an infection, return and see me or see a physician..
THE NUMBER ONE REASON FOR INFECTION IS TOUCHING AND PLAYING WITH THE PIERCING, ONLY TOUCH THE PIERCING WHEN YOU ARE CLEANING IT!
DO'S & DON'TS TO HEAL YOUR DERMAL PIERCING
- Wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching the piercing.
Often it pays to keep your dermal covered for the first 2 weeks this avoids getting it caught or knocked, but do remember to leave it open to the air as much as possible
- in the shower, cup your hand under the piercing and soak it with water for 3-4 minutes. If soaking doesn't remove any congealed blood on the jewellery you must remove it in the shower using a clean cotton wool bud.
- DO use a mild antibacterial soap (like Protex or Dettol), in the shower (once a day only!).
- Make sure all your shampoos, soaps, moisturisers and tanning oils are washed thoroughly from your piercing.
- You can also use Saline solution (available at any chemist). or make your own using 1/4 teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm boiled water Rinse with fresh water and dry thoroughly with a clean tissue afterwards.
- apply studex solution morning and night for the first 2 weeks using a cotton bud
- DO make sure, when washing, you remove all the crusting,this is painful and can lead to infection. Secondly, if its not removed bacteria can feed on it and infect the wound.
- DO make sure that you dry your piercing thoroughly after cleaning; this should be done with a paper tissue; as towels can harbour bacteria, and catch and tear the jewellery out.
- DO use the cleaning solution after going swimming in the ocean or public pools, but remember no swimming in a public pool or spa pool for at least 2 weeks after your piercing
- Baths are not recommended for a month following a piercing.
- DO make sure that you wash the piercing carefully after exercising or sweating, as sweat can sting and can cause the wound to become aggravated.
- DO give the piercing some sunshine as it helps the body produce Vitamin D which helps promote healing. It also helps dry the wound and minimise infections.
- Avoid moving the jewellery constantly as this aggravates the wound and delays healing.
- DON'T use Methylated Spirits, or alcohol on the piercing as they are very astringent and can damage the wound, don't use Hydrogen peroxide because it will destroy the cells that form scar tissue, don’t use creams or ointments as they keep the wound moist and hamper the healing process.
- . DO use B-vitamins with a Zinc supplement as they promote healing.
WATCH ESPECIALLY FOR THE FIRST 6 WEEKS
- Getting the towel or facecloth, and clothing caught in the jewellery
- Take care not to get your hair caught in the jewellery
- Check the little ball is on tight, once a day.
The balls screws on clock wise you will have to hold the base of the anchor still while doing this.
You may wish to purchase a small pair of pliers and keep them only for this purpose
- Be fussy with your jewellery choices, a lot of cheaper body jewellery has lots of nickel and lead it which can leach into your body causing nasty reactions that are often mistaken for infections
- long term care don't let dead skin build up under the dermal top it causes rejection
- If you are worried or need reassurance go and see your piercer rather than asking your friends