Our philosophy is simple: let your body do its job!
The success of your body piercing depends on your commitment to an aftercare regimen. If your piercing is neglected, or irritated by bad habits like playing with the jewelry, it will almost certainly fail to heal properly. You must allow your body to heal without interrupting its natural healing process.
Chemicals will not heal your piercing, only your body will. This means we do not suggest the use of harsh chemicals, soaps, essential oils or ointments. From research and experience, we have found that strong chemicals are counter productive and delay healing. Our aftercare utilizes body neutral wound wash saline.
The Gamma Piercing Simple Cleaning Guide
Do the following steps 3 or more times per day
Step One: Thoroughly wash your hands
Step Two: Spray your piercing’s entrance and exit holes with wound wash saline solution
Step Three: Wipe any crusty discharge away from the jewelry with non-woven gauze soaked with saline
Step Four: Pat the piercing dry with non-woven gauze
Once daily: rinse your piercing with fresh water in the shower. This should loosen any very hard crusty matter that forms on the jewelry. After your shower do a saline cleaning.
Oral Piercing Specifics
Oral piercings can benefit from the introduction of cold to soothe swelling. Drinking ice water can be very helpful. Elevating your head with an extra pillow while you sleep can also help with swelling. Please avoid any activity that would result in someone else’s body fluid getting into the piercing, including sharing food or beverages. Feel free to rinse your mouth out with filtered or bottled water regularly.
Tips and Tricks
Clean bedding can help prevent complications. A clean t-shirt over your pillow, changed regularly until your pillowcase is washed, is strongly encouraged for ear and facial piercings.
Travel pillows can help you avoid sleeping directly on your ear while healing an ear piercing.
Healthy bodies heal piercings best. Gamma Piercing encourages our clients to make every effort to live a healthy lifestyle, guided by a medical professional.
Most problems are NOT infection. Please do not hesitate to contact Gamma Piercing for free consultations whenever you have the slightest concern about your piercing. We can’t help if we don’t hear from you, so please contact us!
When to Seek Medical Assistance
While infection is rare, it is absolutely essential to seek professional medical assistance at the very first sign of infection. Symptoms include: sudden onset of swelling, excessive bleeding, discharge of yellow, green, or dark colored fluid. Some redness is normal, but excessive redness and/or red stripes coming from the piercing site are indicative of serious problems. Fever, upset stomach, dizziness, or vomiting may also be signs of infection. Should any of these symptoms occur, immediately contact a doctor or medical professional.
Some states place blood donation restrictions on those who have received a body piercing or other forms of body art. The State of Michigan requires us to inform you that a piercing client may be able to donate blood within the standard deferral period if they present a copy of their client record to the blood donor facility, based on the local blood donor facility policy. If you would like a copy of your release form, please do not hesitate to ask.
What to Avoid
Avoid touching your piercing with unwashed hands. Contamination of the piercing site from touching with unwashed hands can result in infection!
Do not remove your jewelry during the healing process, unless instructed to do so by a medical professional. Even healed piercings will shrink when jewelry is removed, potentially resulting in loss of the piercing.
Prevent makeup, health and beauty products, suntan lotion and other cosmetics from touching the piercing site or jewelry.
Harsh chemicals, including “natural” aftercare products like tea tree oil, are suggested against. We strongly suggest against the use of any product besides 0.9% Wound Wash Saline.
It is important to avoid swimming while healing a new piercing. Swimming can result in infected or irritated piercings.
Do not rotate, twist, or turn jewelry while healing. This damages your piercing channel.