Piercing

FOR YOUR INFORMATION:
We welcome any questions about sterilization, procedure, jewelry, etc., before obtaining any piercings. We are open to questions about risks associated with some piercings. Always make informed decisions.

TO PARENTS:
If your teen lies about their age, produces false ID, etc. to obtain a piercing, we ask that you speak to them about lying and disregarding your wishes. We take appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of all our customers, but it is NOT our responsibility to discipline your children.

TO TEENS:
To have a genital piercing you must be 16 and produce ID. For all other piercings you must be 16, or accompanied by a parent. It is in YOUR BEST INTEREST to make sure that your parents are okay with you getting any piercing before you get the piercing. Honesty is the best policy.

IN GENERAL:
If you are having concerns about how your piercing is healing, please come to the studio and show us. It is difficult for us to diagnose problems over the phone. Do not ask your friends for aftercare advice; ASK YOUR PIERCER! Aftercare is specific, we want to ensure that your needs are met. Your piercing has been performed with clean and sterile methods and extreme care, now it is your responsibility to take care of your piercing.

PIERCING TIPS & INFORMATION
We are here to offer support and answer any questions you may have with regard to your new piercing, whether is was done at I Kandy or not. Some basic suggestions for piercing aftercare are as follows:

Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your piercing and jewelry.

Never rotate the jewelry while dry and/or between cleansing as crusting will be forced inside the piercing and break off, causing irritation and infection. Avoid oral and sexual contact with any piercing until it has healed.

New piercing can be sore and red for up to a month. Be careful with your new piercing -do not hit or pull on it as they can be torn very easily. Do not remove the jewelry as this can result in loss of the piercing.

Piercings heal by the growth of new skin cells inside the piercing. Using harsh chemical products such as: rubbing alcohol, iodine, Bactine, hydrogen peroxide, and anything that says “active ingredients” on the label will kill off these new cells attempting to form within the piercing making it more fragile and susceptible to problems and infection.

More often than not, people who think that they have an infection actually have an irritation and adjusting the method of care will fix the problem. You can recognize a true infection by its relatively sudden inflammation and accompanying discharge of pus and or blood.

You may feel ill and have a slight fever. If you think you have an infection, contact your doctor at once. Don’t wait for it to get worse, and do not attempt some home remedy.

SUGGESTED PIERCING AFTERCARE
HOW YOUR PIERCING HEALS IS UP TO YOU!!

1. Purchase STERILE SALINE SOLUTION in a pressurized can from any drug store. (Best Brands: Simply Saline, or Blairex Wound Wash Saline)

2. Spray your piercing directly with saline solution 2 to 3 times per day. Over cleaning will only dry out your piercing.

3. CHEMICALS WILL NOT MAKE YOU HEAL FASTER! They will however destroy your delicate new cells that are trying to form to heal your new piercing. If it’s not saline solution, do not put it anywhere near your piercing!

4. NEVER ROTATE, MOVE, OR TOUCH YOUR PIERCING IN ANY WAY. Picking at or playing with your piercing will cause irritation, we promise.

5. Redness, soreness and white/yellowish discharge from your piercing is normal and does NOT indicate irritation or infection. If you are concerned that what your piercing is doing is abnormal, contact your piercer. DO NOT LISTEN TO: your friends, your mom, or your psychic advisor. They are not professional body modifications artists, we are.

6. Keep anything that will come into contact with your piercing clean! (This includes clothing, hair, pillow cases, towels, hats, etc.)

7. If you wish to change your jewelry, you must wait until you are COMPLETELY HEALED before you do so. This will take a MINIMUM OF 12 WEEKS. If it has not been 12 weeks, your piercing is not healed, even if it appears to be, as piercings heal from the outside in.

If you have any further questions, contact us:

I-KANDY PIERCING
604.532.1188

ORAL PIERCING DAILY AFTERCARE:

  1. Rinse mouth with Listerine diluted 50/50 with DISTILLED (bottled) water after meals for entire healing time.
  2. Rinse mouth with 1/4 tsp. sea salt mixed with 1 cup DISTILLED (bottled) water in between meals, no more than 3 times per day during healing phase.
  3. Gently clean the jewelry with a NEW soft toothbrush to remove any plaque and mucus accumulation.
  4. Ice is great to reduce swelling, you can make ice cubes out of chamomile tea too. Gently melt the ice in your mouth being careful not to bite or chew on it.
  5. Stick with non-irritating foods, avoid hot (temperature), spicy, salty, sweet or hard to chew foods for the first 4-5 days.
  6. Follow aftercare for at least 8 weeks.

GENITAL PIERCING AFTERCARE:

  1. All piercings are an open channel to the blood stream. Especially in the case of genital piercing, sexual contact during the healing phase could be dangerous to you or your partner, not only because of blood born pathogens (HIV etc.) but because your partner has different bacteria than you do, and adding that to your new piercing can cause a large number of problems. Exercise safe sex protocol and don your barrier of choice. Be gentle with your new piercing -they heal much faster if you play nice.
  2. Rinse the outside of the piercing and clean the jewelry 3 times a day with sterile saline solution or H2Ocean.
  3. Expect some bleeding for the first few days. If bleeding continues after that time, or there is an unexpectedly large amount of bleeding, contact your piercer.

**NOT RECOMMENDED**

  1. Isopropyl Alcohol: It is unsuitable for piercings! It will damage your new skin cells causing a much extended healing time.
  2. Betadine/Iodine: Can cause insensitivity to the product itself, as well as irritate the piercing and kill new skin cells.
  3. Medicated Ointments: Some people are allergic to Bactracin and Neosporin. Dust and other airborne particles may stick to these types of ointments causing possible entry to the piercing leading to irritation or infection.
  4. Hydrogen Peroxide: Never use on piercings, as peroxide breaks down the newly forming healthy cells and will cause irritation and redness.
  5. Over cleaning. This can bring about irritation and cause the openings of the piercing to become dry and cracked.
  6. DO NOT allow your piercings to come in contact with saliva and other bodily fluids, cosmetics, lotions or perfumes
  7. Never swim in public pools, spas, and hot tubs as risk of exposure to bacteria is great. Also chlorine and other chemical agents used for sanitation cause excessive drying.