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General Aftercare

Aftercare is the key to proper healing for preventing piercing infection. Download our essential piercing aftercare guide.

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Oral Aftercare

Oral piercing aftercare requires special attention. Take special care of your mouth, lip, and tongue piercings to prevent infection.

Your mouth cannot avoid contact or use, as an ear piercing could, and is in a more bacteria rich environment. So oral piercings are more easily infected. Download the essential oral piercing aftercare guide.

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Aftercare Products

We reccomend and sell PurSan, a medical-grade antimicrobial soap designed for piercings. If purchasing from a pharmacy, you can also use a clean, unscented bar of glycerin soap (avoid soaps containing triclosan).

Additionally, we reccomend a prepacked sterile saline solution such as H2Ocean. If purchasing from a pharmacy, ensure the product is labelled “Saline Wound Wash” and contains only sodium chloride (sea salt) and water.

Common Questions

  • A manageable amount of discomfort or pain accompanied by moderate
swelling and redness.
  • Some bleeding or scabbing during the first week of healing.
  • Clear to white/yellowish fluid that commonly dries into “crusties” around
the area of the piercing and onto the jewelry.
  • Mild itching or burning/throbbing sensations throughout the entire
healing period.

The area of the piercing will be abnormally red, swollen, painful, and hot to the touch.

The piercing will secrete greenish, foul smelling pus (noticeably different from the normal fluid that
produces crusties.)

If the piercing is infected, DO NOT REMOVE THE JEWELRY. If the jewelry is removed, the piercing will immediately
begin to heal; this can result in the infection becoming trapped under the skin, which can lead to an
abscess.

It is important to visit your doctor or walk-in clinic as soon as possible to obtain antibiotics to treat
the infection. Once your doctor confirms that the infection has subsided, you can safely remove the jewelry
if you no longer wish to keep the piercing.

Note: bumping or snagging the piercing may result in it swelling or bleeding again; this is normal and should
be temporary, follow cleaning instructions until the irritation subsides.

A “bump” forming on one or both sides of your piercing can be a common problem for piercings that are harder
to heal, such as in cartilage or high-motion areas. Often mistaken for keloids, these bumps are usually
hypertrophic scarring. Hypertrophic scarring occurs when your body is trying to heal the piercing but
experiences disruptions, such as pressure (eg. from sleeping on it), moving the jewelry, or picking at
scabs/crusties.

Hypertrophic scarring is very treatable. In addition to regular cleaning, twice per day you can try a chamomile
compress:

Boil water and brew a cup of chamomile tea (make sure it is pure chamomile and has no other additives.)

Allow the tea to cool enough that it will not burn you, but is still very warm.

Soak a clean paper towel or facecloth in the tea (or you can use the tea bag itself), and apply directly
to the area of the bump. Gently press for a few minutes until the towel/teabag cools completely.

You can re-soak the towel/teabag and repeat a few times if you wish. Doing this at least twice a day,
you should notice improvement and the bump should begin receding within a week.

Unfortunately, even piercings that have been healed for years can immediately begin to heal once the jewelry is removed. If you are still within the initial healing period, in almost all cases removing the jewelry will result in the loss of the piercing. We recommend having a trained piercer assist you as soon as possible; there is a possibility that with proper tools and training, the piercing can still be salvaged.

Tell Us Your Idea!

Get in touch or book a free tattoo consultation.

We will give you an estimate of the cost and how much time you'll need for your custom tattoo, piercing or laser tattoo removal.

Help us figure our your tattoo idea and which tattoo artist is best for you!

Let's get started. Would you like to get a Colour Tattoo or a Black and Grey Tattoo?

Where Are You Putting Your Tattoo?

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Can You Please Give Us an Idea of The Subject?

What Style Do You Like For Your Tattoo?

Approximately How Big Would You Like Your Tattoo?

Do you have any photos for reference? (Optional Step, if no, please press submit below)

Don't worry if you don't have images, we can help you through the process, just hit Submit below. Supplying photos of where you'd like to place the tattoo, or images you've found on the internet of similar tattoo's helps us better understand your idea and provide a more accurate estimate.

Help us figure our your tattoo idea and which tattoo artist is best for you!

Let's get started. Would you like to get a Colour Tattoo or a Black and Grey Tattoo?

Where Are You Putting Your Tattoo?

Draw where you'd like to place your tattoo

Can You Please Give Us an Idea of The Subject?

What Style Do You Like For Your Tattoo?

Approximately How Big Would You Like Your Tattoo?

Do you have any photos for reference? (Optional Step, if no, please press submit below)

Don't worry if you don't have images, we can help you through the process, just hit Submit below. Supplying photos of where you'd like to place the tattoo, or images you've found on the internet of similar tattoo's helps us better understand your idea and provide a more accurate estimate.

Is Your Tattoo Colour or Black & Grey?

Where Is Your Unwanted Tattoo?

Draw where your unwanted tattoo is located

What are you looking for from laser removal?

Approximately How Big Is Your Unwanted Tattoo?

Please Supply Photos of Your Unwated Tattoo

Supplying photos helps us understand the location and appearance and quality of the unwanted tattoo so that we can supply a better estimate.

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Chronic Ink 378 Yonge Street

Chronic Ink Tattoo Shops Near Me & Piercing Places near me

Our tattoo shops are conveniently located across the Greater Toronto Area and Vancouver. We welcome walk in tattoo and piercing appointments. Free consultation is available for your tattoo ideas or laser tattoo removal.

Pick Tattoo Shop

Address

378 Yonge Street, Second Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1S6

Shop Hours

Open 7 Days / Week
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Services

Tattoos, Piercings, Jewelry, Tattoo Removals, and Microblading

Address

252 Eglinton Ave East, Second Floor, Toronto, Ontario M4P 1K2

Shop Hours

Open 7 Days / Week
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Services

Tattoos, Piercings, and Jewelry

Address

7381 Kennedy Road, Unit #105, Markham, Ontario L3R 5B5

Shop Hours

Open 7 Days / Week
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Services

Tattoos, Piercings, and Jewelry

Address

Square One Shopping Center 100 City Centre Dr. Unit 2-311 Mississauga, Ontario L5N 2C9

Shop Hours

Open 7 Days / Week
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Services

Tattoo, Chronic Ink Merchandise

Phone

905-232-4311

Address

1804 W 4th Ave Vancouver, BC V6J 1M3

Shop Hours

Open 7 Days / Week
12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Services

Tattoo, Chronic Ink Merchandise

Phone

604-336-9525