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Aftercare for Labret, Lip, Monroe, Medusa, Snakebites
Septum Piercing (center of

Labret Piercing (center of
lower lip)
Suggested Cleaning Products
Cleaning Instructions
What is Normal
Things to Avoid
Helpful Hints
For the outside of the piercing-
   Medicated liquid antimicrobial/germicidal soap, such as Satin or Provon is strongly
suggested, available at Mystical Body. Antibacterial soaps that are color and fragrant
free may work, but are not as effective, and considered inferior. Scented and colored
soaps should be avoided. Never use alcohol or peroxide to clean piercings.
   An alternative to cleaning solutions can be Non-iodized sea salt soaks (1/4
teaspoon dissolved in 8 ounces of warm distilled water). The sea salt MUST be
measured if this alternative is to be used.

For the inside of the piercing-
   Alcohol-free antimicrobial or antibacterial mouthwash, such as Tech 2000 or
Biotene is strongly suggested, available at Mystical Body. Mouthwashes containing
alcohol should be avoided, they are overly strong.
   An alternative to mouthwash can be Non-iodized sea salt soaks as listed above.
For the outside of the piercing-
   1) Wash hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and warm water before touching
your piercing. This is very important to avoid most infections.
   2) Soak piercing with warm water to soften any dried and crusty matter around
piercing and jewelry. Never pick off crusty matter with fingernails.
   3) Apply small amount of cleaning solution to piercing and jewelry, gently rotating
the jewelry back and forth through the piercing a few times to work the solution into
the piercing.
   4) Allow solution to remain in contact with the piercing for at least 30 seconds,
preferably one minute.
   5) Rinse the piercing thoroughly under warm running water, gently rotating the
jewelry back and forth again to rinse the solution out the inside of the piercing.
   6) Gently pat dry with a disposable paper product.
   7) Check threaded jewelry to be certain ends are tight. Threaded ends tighten in a
clockwise turn.
   8) Do not touch until next cleaning time.
   9) Clean piercing twice daily during entire initial healing time.
   10) Any piercing question or concern, contact Mystical Body immediately.

For the inside of the piercing-
   Rinse mouth for 30-60 seconds with mouthwash after meals during entire initial
healing time. Do not use more than 4 to 5 times daily. Non-iodized sea salt soaks can
be used in place of the mouthwash, or in conjunction with it. A cool water rinse can be
used if there is no mouthwash available at the time, however, this only helps keep
food particles away from the piercing, and a mouthwash rinse should follow as soon
as possible.
   Use a new soft-bristled toothbrush to help reduce the bacteria that is introduced
into your mouth. Very gently brush the part of the jewelry inside your mouth to
minimize plaque build up.
   Swelling is perfectly normal. To help minimize swelling, gently suck on clean ice
whenever possible, especially within the first 48 hours of getting pierced. Slight
bleeding, bruising, discoloration, and tenderness are also normal. Typically these
symptoms will subside within the first 1-2 weeks, and may be further minimized if you
reduce your intake of aspirin, alcohol, and caffeine. A whitish-yellowish fluid may
secrete from your piercing, which crusts on the outside of the jewelry and
surrounding tissue, this is normal. This fluid indicates a healing piercing. This fluid
also secretes from the inside surface of the piercing, however it looks a little different,
since it stays moist inside the mouth. This is also perfectly normal, and indicates a
healing piercing. Plaque may form on the inside of the jewelry, just brush the jewelry
gently with your new soft-bristled toothbrush.
DO NOT use alcohol, peroxide, or Betadine to clean the outside of your piercing, they
are overly strong and extremely drying to the tissue, which slows the healing process.
DO NOT apply additional ointments to the piercing, such as Neosporin, Bacitracin,
triple antibiotics, etc., because they prevent oxygen from reaching your piercing and
the sticky residue can collect dirt and germs.
DO NOT touch your fresh piercing with unwashed hands.
DO NOT engage in oral sex, or french kissing during the initial healing.
DO NOT expose your fresh piercing to hair spray, body spray, perfume, lotions,
cosmetics, etc.
DO NOT chew gum, fingernails,pencils, sunglasses, etc. during healing.
DO NOT expose your fresh piercing to bodies of water, such as a pool, jacuzzi, lake,
river, ocean, etc. during healing.
DO NOT intake tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, chew, etc. during
healing. Smoking of all kinds increases risks of complications and can lengthen
healing times.
DO NOT intake alcoholic beverages of any kind for the first 2 weeks.
DO NOT intake beverages or foods that are hot in temperature, spicy, salty, or acidic
for the first 2 weeks.
DO NOT take large bits while eating. Eat slowly to avoid biting the jewelry.
DO NOT play with your jewelry during healing time. Even after healing, excessive
play with oral jewelry can permanently damage teeth, gums, and oral structures.          
            Please be gentle, metal is harder than the body.
   Gently sucking on clean ice whenever possible, especially during the first 48
hours, helps keep swelling to a minimum.
   An anti-inflammatory product, such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.), can help
reduce possible swelling and discomfort.
   Sleeping with your head elevated above your heart, can minimize swelling even
   Once the swelling subsides, switching to a shorter post on bar-style jewelry can
help reduce irritation to your teeth and gums, and also reduce the risk of biting the
jewelry accidentally.
   To aid your body against infection and heal more rapidly, get plenty of rest, reduce
your stress level, and maintain a nutritious diet. Taking a multi-vitamin mineral
supplement that contains zinc and vitamin C may boost your body's healing abilities.
Remember, the healthier you are, the faster your piercing will heal..
   Make sure your bedding is clean, and changed frequently.
   Leave your jewelry in at all times throughout the healing time. Even after it heals, it
is wise to leave it in to allow the piercing to "toughen up", because even well-healed
piercings can shrink or close quite quickly.
   If your jewelry must come out for a short period of time, we suggest using a
piercing retainer, available at Mystical Body.
   Each body is unique, and healing times can vary greatly, yet with care and
patience, your new piercing can give you a lifetime of pleasure.
   Mystical Body is dedicated to professional piercing, so if you have a question or
concern, feel free to ask.
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