When piercing a piece of skin, you are creating a wound which needs good aftercare and time to heal. How fast the healing process goes, depends on the location of the piercing, the material, the piercer and also on the aftercare. When taking good care of the new piercing, it can take between 4 12 weeks for the wound to heal. Keep in mind: the bigger or deeper the wound, the longer the healing time will take.

Wash your piercing (with exception of a tongue, lip or mouth piercing) twice a day with a mild, unscented soap e.g. Unicura Balance. After washing, make sure to pat the piercing dry with a clean towel or a paper tissue. It is advised to use our Neilmed aftercare, to speed up the healing process. Neilmed aftercare is a sterile saline solution, which can easily be sprayed on the pierced area. The sterile saline solution should be applied after cleaning the piercing. Try to keep the piercing as dry as possible during the rest of the day.

It is advised to pay attention to the following during the healing process:

  • Minimize touching the piercing

  • Do not apply any ointment to the wound and do not use disinfectants such as Sterilon or Betadine

  • Do not allow hairspray, gel or other products to get near the piercing

  • Avoid wearing band-aids over the piercing (only temporarily during sports for example)

  • Do not wear any tight or dirty clothing over the piercing

  • Avoid (bubble) baths, swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms and tanning beds for at least the first 6 to 8 weeks

  • Never remove the piercing yourself, seek professional help especially when skin is irritated For oral piercings, please also pay attention to the following:

  • Avoid kissing and oral sex during the healing process

  • Make sure to brush your teeth regularly, preferably with a salt-based toothpaste (e.g.Paradontax) and, if necessary, use mouthwash based on chlorhexidine solution For genital piercings, please also pay attention to the following:

  • Drink a glass of water about an hour before cleaning your genital piercing, this will help you get rid of the soap residues faster. Soap in the urethra could cause a bladder infection.

  • Always protect genital piercings during sexual contact, for example use an extra strong condom or a beaver.

  • Preferably avoid or minimize sexual contact during healing process


Note: the skin around your piercing can become red and swollen immediately after piercing, this is completely normal. Contact your doctor if:

  • You are worried about the healing process

  • You get sick or fever within a few days after getting your piercing

  • Physical symptoms such as itching and redness have not subsided within 48 hours after piercing

  • You suddenly get new complaints 24 hours after the placement, or if your complaints become worse

  • You want to remove the piercing during the healing process, for example because of complaints, such as outgrowth or rejection symptoms

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