Caring for your new piercing


Healthy Care & Healing

Make sure that you wash your hands with antibacterial soap every time you clean your piercing. We suggest cleaning twice to three times daily with liquid antibacterial soap. Be cautions not to over-do it. You can irritate your piercing with too much attention even when intentions are good. One key to healing piercings successfully is to keep it as comfortable as possible because irritation can lead to migration and/or rejection of jewelry as well as increased risk of infection & keloids.
We suggest using a sea salt solution after each cleaning. (Table salt is NOT what you are looking for. You need to use fine non-iodized sea salt). Piercing specific sprays and aftercare are available at the shop, but you can also mix your own solution using 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and 8oz. of water. Soaking your piercing for 5-10 minutes will add trace minerals that aid in healing and ease any discomfort.
All piercings have different healing times and each person heals differently. That said, it is suggested that you clean your piercing daily for 6-8 weeks, or until it heals completely.  This could take as long as 6-9 months depending on your piercing and general health. Taking a good multivitamin can aid in this healing process.
DO NOT use rubbing alcohol, peroxide, bacitracin, or neosporin on your new piercing.
DO NOT take out, spin, try to change your jewelry.
DO NOT remove jewelry to clean it. Most jewelry needs to stay in for 4-6 weeks before you can change it to something new.
Redness, swelling, mild bruising and discharge may occur with a new piercing. This is normal, but you can turn to ibuprofen and ice packs for relief and to lessen the swelling.
We suggest cleaning with a mild mouthwash twice daily AND after eating or smoking. You should avoid straws and overly spicy food as well as small foods which may become lodged in your new piercing.
Oral piercings are more prone to swelling so the jewelry provided for an initial oral piercing is longer that the jewelry you will wear permanently. You can usually switch the jewelry in 2-4 weeks.
Microdermal jewelry should not be changed for at least 4-6 months. Gently clean the area 2-4 times a day with sea salt solution. DO NOT try to lift up your microdermal to clean underneath it. It should be kept flush with your skin. A bandaid is suggested for the first 48 hours and while sleeping for the first week.
We are ALWAYS willing to discuss any potential concerns or issues with you regarding how a new piercing looks or feels. 

Aftercare Products

Area 52 Tattoo is fully stocked with a full array of aftercare for your new piercing. From saline spray for those of you on the go, to emu oil and sea salt to help prevent keloids and infection. We have everything you could possibly need to care for your new body adornments. 

Beautiful Jewels

We want to make sure that you have the sparkle that you are looking for. We have a beautiful selection of jewelry. Tunnels. Nose Rings. Studs. Captive. Nipple bars and shields. Decorative industrials. You think it, we have it (or we can special order it for you). No need to look any further than Area 52, right here in Keene.  We can walk you through what you need to get that perfect jewelry fit.