Getting inked for the first time is quite exhilarating. You spend ample time picking or getting your tattoo designed or maybe you randomly took a leap of faith and ended up at a tattoo parlour with your best friend for moral support. It is a permanent and extremely personal piece of art that you will carry with you for a long time. The same goes for piercings. Whether you want to add another one to your already studded ear or you’ve decided to get your septum, naval or your lip pierced, it is a long-term commitment where you need to exercise caution.
With multiple options available to you when it comes to picking the best artist or place in town to get tattooed or pierced, it is vital to maintain it as well. If we are not cautious about its aftercare, it can lead to infections and even wreck your personalised body artwork. A bit of prior research also comes in handy. If your skin is allergic to certain materials, make sure you discuss it with the artist. Some people can be allergic to latex or to the ingredients or metals present in certain tattoo inks like the colour red.
For your tattoo to look fresh and vibrant even months or years after you get it done, you need to follow your artist’s instructions which may vary from studio to studio. The basic steps are simple and minimal but make sure to follow them.
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Caring for a fresh piercing involves steps similar to that of tattoo care. For non-oral piercings, you clean the area twice a day with an oil-based soap or a gentle soap and water. Avoid long showers and use of rubbing alcohol as it will dry the area and delay the healing process. Again, it is important to note that you wash your hands before touching the new piercing. It is normal for a new piercing to itch as it heals so do not panic. You may also notice slight inflammation or swelling around the piercing which is often mistaken for an infection. If there is excessive bleeding or redness or you notice pus formation around the area, then speak to your piercer.
For oral piercing (lip, tongue and cheek) care, you can rinse the inside of your mouth using a sea salt mouthwash or any alcohol-free mouthwash twice or thrice a day. If you notice redness or swelling around your lip piercing then you may apply ice cubes. Until the piercing has entirely healed, avoid tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, spicy or hard foods.
The aftercare steps provided by your tattoo artist or piercer are to be carefully followed so as to avoid infections. The healing process also differs from person to person and thus it is necessary to consult your artist on the dos and don’ts. The first month is the most crucial time to take care of your tattoo and the piercing as it will ensure its healthy appearance for a long time.