7. What is the aftercare routine for this type of piercing?
The body reacts to different piercings in different ways when it is trying to recover from having holes poked in it. For the continued health of your piercing, and yourself generally, it’s a good idea to ask your piercer about the aftercare routine they recommend for the type of piercing you received. They will be able to provide verbal instructions, but often have helpful printed material, as well. Their directions will involve how to clean it, but will often extend to other practical measures, like what sleeping position is best to avoid irritating the piercing. They will probably also have aftercare products they prefer, like soaps or saline rinses, that aid in the healing process and keep your new piercing clean. Conversely, they may be able to give you some ideas of substances to avoid using, or clothing that they advise you to wait until after healing to wear.
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8. How long should healing take, and what do the stages of healing look like?
Everyone’s body is different, so healing times can vary from person to person. However, a piercer can usually provide a rough estimate of the healing time of a variety of piercings, and they can inform you of what to expect at different stages of the recovery process. They can also tell you what signs show that you may be experiencing problems while healing, and what those problems might be. Some reactions simply require more time, and others may need prompt medical attention.
9. What type of initial jewelry did you use, and what material is it made of?
The first question many people ask after being pierced is when they can change out the jewelry, but it is a good idea to get the facts about what you're currently wearing first. Some piercings allow you to wear different jewelry designs in them, and it is often useful to know which one the piercer has chosen. Sometimes that choice is a result of a personal preference or what is available in the shop, but it’s also determined by the specifics of your anatomy. It is good to know if a particular jewelry shape or material is best suited for your piercing while it is healing. It is also useful to know the material in case you experience a reaction to it, and why that might have happened. If the piercer uses gold or steel, it’s important to know if the alloy used contains any elements that you’re allergic to.