A lot of the information here is from the ‘Asociation of Professional Piercers’ website. They have a lot of sources of information regarding piercings so if you can’t find what you are looking for refer to their website http://www.safepiercing.org/
A list of the brochures they have:
-What is the APP?
-Oral Piercing Risks
-Choosing a Piercer
-Aftercare for minors
-Oral aftercare for minors
In regards to anything aftercare related please refer to the link below. The brochure covers many important points that will be extremely helpful.
What kind of materials should I use?
Materials for a new piercing should always be implant grade. Implant grade means that it meets standards and has been tested for long-term wear in the body.
Aditional detail from the APP brochure on ‘Initial Jewelry’:
• Surgical Steel is made of a variety of alloys. Many of them are used for body jewelry, but only a few specific grades are proven biocompatible: steel that is ASTM F-138 compliant or ISO 5832-1 compliant; ISO 10993-(6,10, or 11) compliant.
• titanium is a lightweight metal that is ideal for people with concerns about nickel sensitivity. This material can be anodized to create jewelry of different colors without affecting the safety. Look for implant certified titanium (Ti6Al4V ELI) that is ASTM F-136 compliant or ISO 5832-3 compliant, or commercially pure titanium that is ASTM F-67 compliant.
• niobium has been widely used by piercers with good results for many years. It is very similar to titanium, but does not have an implant-grade designation. Like titanium, niobium can be anodized to produce different colors. (And, unlike titanium, it can be heat treated black.) Anodized niobium and titanium may fade due to body chemistry or when worn in friction-prone areas, but this is not harmful.
• gold (yellow or white) is appropriate for initial piercings if it is 14k or higher, nickel-free, and alloyed for biocompatibility. Gold higher than 18k is too soft for body jewelry because it can easily be scratched or nicked. Gold plated, gold-filled, or gold overlay/vermeil jewelry is not acceptable for fresh piercings. All of these involve coating a base metal with a layer of gold. The gold surface (which is very thin—measured in millionths of an inch) can wear or chip off.
• Platinum is a heavy precious metal that is extremely inert and excellent for wear in body piercings. However, body jewelry in this material is rare and very expensive due to the high cost of the material and greater difficulty in manufacturing jewelry from it.
• biocomPatible PolymerS (plastics) including Tygon®
Medical Surgical Tubing S-50HL or S-54HL, or PTFE (Teflon®), are considered suitable for new piercings. Tygon is a bio-compatible medical tubing that is highly flexible. It should be changed every few months as it stiffens and discolors from extended wear. PTFE, a white plastic, is widely accepted within the industry. Some polymers are marketed specifically for piercings in an array of colors and shapes. Some of these may be worn as a substitute for metal jewelry. With new polymer products coming into the marketplace, check that the product you are purchasing, if not listed above, is USP VI compliant. These can be sterilized in an autoclave.
• Glass—Fused quartz glass, lead-free borosilicate, and lead-free soda-lime glass are inert and considered safe for initial piercings. They can also be sterilized in an autoclave.
I have a blow out. What should I do to get rid of it?
Unfortunately, unless your blow out is fresh it can be quite difficult to get rid of. The best thing you can do to help reduce it is massage. Using a lubricant such as jojoba oil or emu oil is also recommended, though this won’t help reduce the blow out. If this doesn’t help visit a reputable piercer in your area.
My piercing is infected, what should I do?
See your piercer or doctor! A piercer is preferable because it may not be infection, it could just be irritation and they can help you troubleshoot.
-Use tea tree oil
-squeeze any bump
I want a piercing but I don’t want to go to a shop. Is it safe for me to do it myself?
NO! Piercers go through apprenticeships for a reason. They learn sterilization techniques and proper placement for piercings (among many other things) which you will not know unless you yourself are a piercer. Boiling water, the flame from a lighter and bleach WILL NOT sterilize your equipment. Aside from this having a clean environment is also extremely important.
What is the proper way to do a sea salt soak?
Wash your hands with soap. Dissolve ¼ teaspoon of non iodised salt into 8oz of warm water. Wait until the salt has dissolved and then either soak your piercing with the solution for 5 minutes or soak a piece of gauze in the solution and apply it to the piercing. Don’t move your piercing to get the crusties that can form, fiddling with your piercing should be avoided as it can damage the fragile tissue.
What kind of oil should I use to massage my earlobes/as lubricant?
The type of oil used for oil massages is really just a matter of preference. The act of massaging is what’s working to break up the scar tissue, increase circulation, etc. There is no oil better than another. When choosing an oil, choose one that works best for you and make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. Some people choose not to use oil at all; Some people choose to use holy butt’r or cocoa butter.
I have a tear in my earlobe. What should I do?
Downsize and treat your lobes as you would a fresh piercing with saline soaks. Make sure they are COMPLETELY healed before you attempt to stretch again.
Will my piercing hurt / hurt more compared to other piercings?
Will your piercing hurt? Probably.
How much it’s going to hurt depends entirely on your own body and pain tolerance. Most likely a nipple piercing will hurt more than an eyebrow, but for some people it might be the opposite.
I had to take my piercing out/ my piercing fell out. When can I get it pierced again?
If the piercing was new and somehow fell out visit your piercer as soon as you can. They may be able to put the jewellery back in for you.
When you can re-pierce something will depend on how long the area takes to close up. This time will vary so visit your piercer for advice.
Can I use Rubbing Alcohol or Hydrogen Peroxide to clean my piercings?
NO!!! Both of these specifically state they should not be used on an open wound. They will hinder the healing process greatly and they are not safe.