HOW DO I CARE FOR MY PIERCING AND WHAT ARE THE HEALING TIMES?

GENITAL:
Do not use alcohol or peroxide on your new piercing. These products kill germs, but they also kill the new cells that need to grow for proper healing. Also, do not use Neosporin or any other ointments. Ointments prevent oxygen from getting to the piercing, and everything needs air to heal. Thoroughly wash your hands before handling any new piercing on your body until your piercing is completely healed. You should avoid saliva, oral contact, rough handling, soiled clothing, dirty hands, or contact with bodily fluids. You should shower rather than soak in a bathtub and avoid swimming with your new piercing for the first week. Avoid sand and lotions coming in direct contact with your piercing while it is healing. Genital piercings tend to heal fairly quickly and require little more then cleansing 2-3 times per day. You should cleanse 2-3 times per day with antibacterial soap and water, being sure to remove any build-up from the jewelry. After cleansing nothing else needs to be applied to the piercing. For males with piercings in the urethra, it is recommended that you urinate after cleansing to avoid discomfort from soap residue.

BODY PIERCINGS:

 Do not use alcohol or peroxide on your new piercing. These products kill germs, but they also kill the new cells that need to grow for proper healing. Also, do not use Neosporin or any other ointments. Ointments prevent oxygen from getting to the piercing, and everything needs air to heal. Thoroughly wash your hands before handling any new piercing on your body until your piercing is completely healed. You should avoid saliva, oral contact, rough handling, soiled clothing, dirty hands, or contact with bodily fluids. You should shower rather than soak in a bathtub and avoid swimming with your new piercing for the first week. Avoid make-up, hair products, sand, and lotions coming in direct contact with your piercing while it is healing. Piercings located in the navel, eyebrow, septum, ear, nipples, or other areas of the face should be cleaned with antibacterial soap and water 2-3 times a day, being sure to remove any buildup from the jewelry. After cleansing you should apply Bactine or H2Ocean to your piercing. This should be done for the entire healing time as indicated below, even if it looks healed a lot sooner. You may also use a solution of Sea Salt
 and Water to help facilitate the healing of your piercing. Remember to turn your piercing a few times a day while it is healing.

ORAL PIERCINGS:

Any time you eat, smoke, drink, kiss, or put anything in your mouth other than water, you must rinse with H2OCean (Available here!) You may also rinse periodically with warm salt water to help your oral piercing heal more quickly. Jewelry in oral piercings tend to rotate as you speak, so additional turning each day is not necessary however, because of the likelihood of them becoming loose, be sure to check every few days that your jewelry is securely tightened.

AVERAGE HEALING TIMES:

Tongue 2-4 weeks, Lip 6-8 weeks, Ear Cartilage 9 months, Nose 6-8 weeks, Eyebrow 6-8 weeks, Navel 9 months, Lip 6-8 weeks, Earlobe 6 weeks, Nipple 4-8 months, Septum 6-8 weeks, Labia 6 weeks, Prince Albert 6 weeks, Frenum 10 weeks, Clitoral Hood 6 weeks

The Staff at Knotty Headz will be happy to answer any additional questions you might have.

ARE YOUR PIERCERS CERTIFIED?

All piercers are licensed in accordance with South Carolina DHEC State Statutes. Classes are taken yearly to keep them updated on the latest in sterilization techniques, as well as Blood Born Pathogens, Infection Control, First Aid, and CPR.

ARE YOUR NEEDLES STERILE AND USED ONLY ONCE?

Yes to both, sterilization is top priority. All needles and jewelry are new and sterilized as single units for your protection. Work stations are sanitized after each and every client and we are SCDHEC approved.

WHAT TYPE OF JEWELRY CAN I GET PIERCED WITH?

We use only the highest quality jewelry available. The surgical stainless steel used is manufactured using implant grade metals. Solid nickel-free 14K gold , titanium and niobium are other options sometimes available for a new piercing.

HOW SOON CAN I REMOVE OR CHANGE MY JEWELRY?

Different piercings have various healing periods. When you are pierced at Knotty Headz we not only provide you with a complete care sheet explaining the total healing time, but also direct you on the minimum allowed time in which to change the jewelry of a new piercing.
If you have misplaced your care sheet (or just need more information) we encourage you to call our shop at any time and someone will be happy to assist you. You can also visit our aftercare page here.

HOW LONG CAN MY JEWELRY STAY OUT?

That depends on how long you have had a specific piercing. During the healing period of a piercing the hole can close almost immediately. After the piercing has healed keeping jewelry out of the hole risks potential shrinking. If you need to remove your jewelry it is advisable to replace it with a clear retainer to prevent the need to have it tapered or re-pierced.

IS MY PIERCING INFECTED?

Please don’t remove the jewelry! Call, e-mail or visit one of the shops to consult with a piercer for advice on your piercing. While it’s never inappropriate to see your piercing-friendly physician, a visit to your piercer may save you a trip (and $). Your piercing may just be irritated due to over or under cleaning, vigorous cleaning or using a cleanser that is too strong. . A highly irritated area may be very tender, appear shiny and have a clear discharge.

Additional if you have any of the following symptoms please call your piercer for advice:

1.     Excessive redness and swelling

2.     Sensation of heat

3.     Pain and/or throbbing at the piercing site.

4.     Unusual yellow or greenish colored discharge

The best way of preventing an infection is to follow the care instructions given to you by your piercer.

WHAT IS THIS LUMP ON MY PIERCING?

It is not a pimple so do not try to pop it. The lump is referred to as a abscess, which is excess skin. To care for it use a table salt (or sea salt) solution in addition to the regular clean. Mix the salt with warm water and apply with a Q-tip to the abscess, do not rinse. This salt water treatment should not be done for more than a week at a time. If you have any additional questions please contact your piercer. Some people recommend Tea Tree Oil which is available at health food stores. Consult your physician if you have any questions.

CAN I SWIM WITH MY NEW PIERCING?

It is not recommended for the first week. If you must, try to stay out of confined, highly used, or poorly maintained pools. The ocean is better alternative since there is less threat of contamination. The salt in the ocean is also good for quicker and better healing. Upon exiting a pool or ocean it is necessary to properly clean your piercing with purified water, H2Ocean or other recommended agents .

HOW OLD MUST I BE GET PIERCED IN SOUTH CAROLINA?

You must be 18 or older to get pierced without parental consent.

  • If you are 16 – 17, a parent must be present when you get pierced. You both must have a valid government picture ID, with matching last names and the SAME ADDRESS. A divorced parent, with a different last name, must bring legal proof of their name change. 

  • No one under 18 will receive any genital piercing (that includes male and female nipples) at Knotty Headz. No exceptions. Period.

DO I NEED IDENTIFICATION IF I AM 18 OR OLDER TO GET PIERCED?

Do I need identification if I am 18 or older to get pierced?
Yes, the State of South Carolina requires a valid government picture ID.

Contact us
and let us know how we can help you.

KNOTTY HEADZ 
BODY PIERCING
1608 Decker Blvd. 
Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 790-7029  or  (803) 782-7031

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BODY PIERCING
1221 Broad River Rd.
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KNOTTY HEADZ 
BODY PIERCING
3285 Memorial Drive
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(770) 639-4751

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