Piercing Aftercare


The time it takes for piercings to heal vary depending on the placement of the piercing and on care of the site. While many piercings heal in 6-8 weeks, some piercings can take as long as 6 -12 months to fully heal. Until your piercing is completely healed, follow these instructions. If you have questions about whether the piercing is completely healed, please consult call Mission Street Tattoo and Piercing before discontinuing these steps of care.


Always wash your hands prior to touching the piercing area. Do not touch the piercing or rotate the jewelry during the healing process.


Do not remove the piercing.


Wear clean, loose and breathable clothing.


Do not let the piercing come in contact with another person’s bodily fluids.


Never use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or hand soap on the newly pierced site.


Do not use cotton balls or q-tips as part of your aftercare.


Avoid hot tubs and swimming until the piercing is healed. Avoid direct sunlight, tanning beds, oils, and lotions. Do not allow the piercing site to come into contact with animals.


Use a saline wound wash/rinse to assist in healing your piercing:

1/4 teaspoon of non-iodine sea salt mixed with 8 oz. of clean water 


It is normal for the area around your piercing to be a little red and sore and to have some draining until the piercing is completely healed. However, signs and symptoms of infections include, but are not limited to, redness, swelling, tenderness of the piercing site, red streaks going from the piercing site towards the heart, elevated body temperature, or excessive draining. In case of these signs and symptoms, seek medical care. If you have questions about whether your healing is proceeding normally, please contact Mission Street Tattoo and Piercing.