Miss Heidi’s is proud to offer ER BodyCare for all tattoo and piercing healing aftercare.
It is available to purchase here at the shop at any time.
General Tattoo Healing
Your new tattoo can take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to completely heal, depending on its location, your skin type and aftercare used. To maximize the safety and pleasure of your new tattoo be sure to follow all the relevant guidelines suggested by your artist. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us immediately! This aftercare information is based on years of experience and research, but is not intended to be a substitute for consulting with a physician.
Do not touch your tattoo unless for cleaning purposes, and always wash your hands before you do. Do not wear tight or restrictive clothing, and absolutely NO swimming pools, hot tubs, baths, ponds, oceans or submerging your tattoo fully of any kind. Showering is OK. Stay out of direct sunlight, you will feel the burn if you don’t!
What you will need to clean your tattoo:
– A fragrance- free, liquid antimicrobial soap, such as our ER Body Care Aftercare Cleanser or Dial
– A fragrance- free, water based lotion, such as our ER Body Care Tattoo Healing Lotion or Aquaphor Healing Ointment
– Ibuprofen (if tattoo area becomes swollen)
General Aftercare Instructions
Wash hands and remove bandage after a few hours. Wet the tattoo with warm water, and lather tattoo generously washing in circular motions making sure to remove all blood, plasma, and tattoo residue. Rinse and pat dry with paper towel. Do not use a dirty cloth towel, or dry in a rubbing or wiping motion. Once tattoo is dry fully, apply a very thin layer of lotion or ointment. Do not oversaturate the tattoo as it can clog pores, and force ink out of the skin in spots. Only wash your tattoo as needed, usually 2-3 times a day depending on your activities and skin type. Cool, clean, and dry creates the perfect environment for healing where as warm, dirty, and wet can cause infections. When your tattoo starts to scab and flake, DO NOT pick at your tattoo! These pieces will fall off naturally, and if they’re peeled off too soon it can remove ink with it. Follow the washing and lotion process for the entirety of the healing time, and once your tattoo is fully healed make sure to wear SPF to protect your ink!
General Body Piercing
Your new piercing can take 4 weeks to 1 year to completely heal, depending on its location, jewelry type and aftercare used. To maximize the safety and pleasure of your new body piercing be sure to follow all the relevant guidelines suggested by your piercer. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us immediately. This aftercare information is based on years of experience and research but is not intended to be a substitute for consulting with a physician.
Except for cleaning, do not touch your piercing. No oral contact of any kind during the healing period (i.e. kissing, sucking, biting, etc.) Avoid restrictive clothing or anything that limits oxygen flow to the area. Avoid contact with dirty clothing or bed sheets. Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, oceans, lakes, streams, etc. for at least the first 3 months. Pressure of any kind, pulling on, playing with, changing or using cheap jewelry can prolong the healing process, cause irritation and possibly result in total loss of the piercing. It’s best to have your piercer change your new piercing’s jewelry in the early stages of healing.
What you will need to clean your piercing:
– A fragrance- free, liquid antimicrobial soap, such as our ER BodyCare Aftercare Cleanser or Dial
– ER BodyCare Healing Sea Spray, wound wash saline, Neilmed, H2Ocean, or non-iodized sea salt
– Q-Tips: wet them and roll fibers on the Q-Tips so none of the fibers get left behind
– Ibuprofen (for swelling)
General Aftercare Instructions
Wet the pierced area with warm water. Remove any discharge from the piercing with your wet Q-Tips. Clean the piercing with soap and water. Rinse well, and repeat 2-3 times a day until the piercing is healed. NEVER use soap on surface anchors/microdermals—only wound wash saline and warm non-iodized sea salt soaks. Let your piercing air dry and then apply your sea salt spray, wound wash or sea salt mixture.
– Alcoholic beverages and Aspirin thin the blood and should be avoided for at least a week.
– Ibuprofen may be taken to reduce swelling (200-400mg) 3 times a day.
NEVER USE ALCOHOL, HYDROGEN POROXIDE, IODINE SOLUTION, TEA TREE OIL, NEOSPORIN OR PRODUCTS NOT RECOMMENDED BY YOUR PIERCER.
Sea Salt Soaks
Using a clean cup or bowl, add ¼ teaspoon of sea salt for every 8oz. of warm distilled water and immerse the pierced area. Rinse well and repeat 2 times a day or until piercing is healed. This is also a good practice for the life of your piercing (once a month after healed).
All sexual contact should be gentle and include a latex barrier (i.e. condoms, dental dams and latex gloves) to protect the piercing from body fluids, even if you are in a monogamous relationship. Soap in the urethra can cause bladder infections so drink a glass of water before cleaning, thoroughly rinse off all soap and urinate afterwards to flush out urethra.
Do not engage in any oral contact during the healing process. This includes kissing, oral sex and sharing any cups or utensils. Sucking on ice chips can help minimize swelling. Ibuprofen is suggested for the first week to reduce swelling and pain. While healing, do NOT pull on, play with, push against it with tongue or scrape it against your teeth or gums. Spicy food and anything with yeasts should be avoided the first few weeks.
Specific To Tongue
– Rinse 3 times per day for 1 minute with Biotene, or an alcohol-free mouthwash.
– Rinse well using a distilled water and sea salt mixture (1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt per every 8 oz. of distilled water.)
– Eating solid food will probably be difficult for the first 3-5 days due to swelling and jewelry. Eat slowly and gently to avoid biting down on the barbell. Soft foods and nutrition shakes are highly suggested. Until fully healed avoid alcohol, smoking, spicy foods, acidic fruits and foods with live cultures. Don’t use a straw for the first 2 weeks.
Visit your piercer in 1-3 weeks or as soon as swelling decreases, leaving extra space around the jewelry. Your Jewelry can then be replaced with a shorter length piece, which will be more comfortable, reduce risk of catching on clothing, and reduce risk for oral piercings damaging your teeth.
Average Healing Times
– Tongue: 2-4 weeks
– Earlobe: 4-6 weeks
– Lip, Labret, Eyebrow, Septum: 6-8 weeks
– Nostril: 1-3 months
– Cartilage: 2 months–1 year
– Nipple, Navel: 3 months – 1 year
– Prince Albert: 4-6 weeks
– Frenum, Hafada: 6-8 weeks
– Vertical Hood, Inner Labia: 4-8 weeks
– Horizontal Hood: 6-8 weeks
– Outer Labia: 3-4 months
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 1:30p – 8:00p
Thursday: 10:30a – 8:00p
Friday: 10:30a – 8:00p
Saturday: 10:30a – 8:00p
Sunday: 12p – 6p