BEYOND THE PAIN
BODY ART IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE AN IMPORTANT MEANS TO SELF-EXPRESSION AND IS ONE OF THE WAYS PEOPLE CAN PAY HOMAGE TO THEMSELVES AS INDIVIDUALS, BY ACKNOWLEDGING THEIR EXISTENCE THROUGH AESTHETIC REPRESENTATION. SINCE TRIBAL DAYS, BODY ART HAS BEEN A WAY TO MARK ONE’S ACCEPTANCE OF ONE’S SELF, AND IN SO DOING, HELPING ONE TO UNDERSTAND, ACCEPT AND RESPECT THE INDIVIDUALISM OF OURSELVES AND OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS. THE WORLD AT LARGE SEEMS TO HAVE FORGOTTEN THIS IN ITS QUEST FOR CIVILIZATION AND HAS INADVERTENTLY TURNED US INTO SAVAGES WHO JUDGE RECKLESSLY, WITHOUT REGARD FOR AN INDIVIDUAL’S ACHIEVEMENTS AND ABILITIES.

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AfterCare

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Detailed Aftercare instructions for your piercings / scarification

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with an anti-bacterial soap (Protex Gentle is ideal), then rinse.
  • Again take the bar of soap and lather it up in your hands.
  • Move this lather to the piercing.
  •  Use the lather to first GENTLY remove the “crusties” from the jewellery.
  • Makes sure all the hard residue is gone from the jewellery before you move the soap into the piercing.
  • You do this by GENTLY moving the jewellery back and forth in the piercing.
  • You will now notice that the soap starts looking thick and sticky, it has now trapped the waste products.
  • Rinse the piercing thoroughly with warm water.
  • If there is still white fluid present, repeat the cleaning until all the discharge has been removed.
  • Then take a clean absorbent tissue (Kleenex) and hold it to the piercing to absorb all the moisture.
  • Once all the moisture is gone, leave the piercing alone until the next time you have to clean it.
  • A piercing should ideally be cleaned twice daily, preferably in the morning after waking and at night before bedtime.
  • A piercing should also be washed after any activity that would cause the body to sweat excessively, this includes sexual intercourse.
  • In the case of genital or oral piercings it is advisable to either abstain from sexual relations or use a condom, as the region is very vulnerable to the transmission of bodily fluids and sexually transmitted diseases or infections.
  • If there is a lot of swelling and inflammation, you may take any of the over the counter anti-inflammatories, anything with ibuprofen should help.
  • If a competent Piercer pierced you, there is no reason why this cleaning method and procedure shouldn’t be sufficient for a high percentage of the population. And it will help the piercing heal in the shortest period of time possible and in the least expensive way.
  • There are many other cleaning products that are prescribed. However sometimes these products can do more harm than good, that is if you over use them or do not know how to use them.
A Piercee should follow these simple rules :
  • Make sure you are being pierced in a sterile environment.
  • DO NOT TOUCH YOUR PIERCINGS except after you have washed your hands first and are about to begin the Cleaning Procedure.
  • DO NOT LET ANYBODY TOUCH YOUR PIERCINGS. The leading causes of infections and initial transmission of bacteria are from hand contact, so be careful. HANDS OFF!
  • BE PATIENT AND STICK TO THE BASIC CLEANING AND AFTERCARE PROCEDURE.
  • Any oral piercing can be cleaned with a mild oral antiseptic mouthwash that doesn’t contain a chief constituent of alcohol.
  • Like wise salt water is just as effective.
  • Keep your mouth clean and keep the piercing well irrigated to carry away and discharge.
  • It is especially a good idea to rinse or wash your mouth after eating, drinking or smoking. Especially when you have been eating or drinking dairy products, these substances attract and are a breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Abstain from any activities that involve the transmission of bodily fluids.
  • In the case of piercings that are a combination of oral and exposed to the outside of the mouth. E.g. the Labret or cheek piercing. Wash the piercing with anti-bacterial soap, then wash the inside of the mouth with a mild oral antiseptic mouthwash.
  • This procedure is to be performed after every meal.
  • If there is a lot of swelling and inflammation, you may take any of the over the counter anti-inflammatories, anything with ibuprofen should help.If a competent Piercer pierced you, there is no reason why this cleaning method and procedure shouldn’t be sufficient for a high percentage of the population. And it will help the piercing heal in the shortest period of time possible and in the least expensive way.
  • There are many other cleaning products that are prescribed. However sometimes these products can do more harm than good, that is if you over use them or do not know how to use them.
A Piercee should follow these simple rules:
  • Make sure you are being pierced in a sterile environment.
  • DO NOT TOUCH YOUR PIERCINGS except after you have washed your hands first and are about to begin the Cleaning Procedure.
  • DO NOT LET ANYBODY TOUCH YOUR PIERCINGS. The leading causes of infections and initial transmission of bacteria are from hand contact, so be careful. HANDS OFF!
  • BE PATIENT AND STICK TO THE BASIC CLEANING AND AFTERCARE PROCEDURE.
  • ALWAYS ask your piercer first, before you deviate from their advice or the cleaning procedure.
  • A Piercer’s advice in no way supersedes the treatment prescribed by a registered medical professional… however it is a good idea to have your doctor communicate the treatment with the Piercer, to make sure that it is the best course of action for you.
  • Never remove the jewellery without consulting with your Piercer first!

Caring for a Scarification piece, whether a cutting or branding, is slightly different from other forms of body art, because one wants to encourage the scarring process. This aftercare regime is designed to optimize the overall scarring effect of your scarification piece. And because this is a slow process, it may be a good idea to see your doctor for a course of antibiotics to help your body fight off infection.

Firstly…

Always make sure that you wash your hands with an anti-bacterial soap before you handle your scarification piece. A bar of
“Protex Gentle” is ideal or any of the leading brands will do… A bar of soap however lathers better than a liquid soap. Also make sure all of your wound dressings are kept in a scrupulously and hygienically clean and dry container, this will help to avoid contamination of your scarification piece.

Day 1-3

  • 10 to 12 hours after your scarification piece has been completed, carefully remove the dressing.
  • It is ideal to wash your scarification piece in the shower, which helps to rinse away impurities rather than soak your wound in water with the impurities.
  • Wash the wound gently by lathering up some anti-bacterial soap with your CLEAN hands, and gently rubbing the soapy lather into the wound, taking care to rub in direction of the cutting or branded lines to prevent uneven scarring later.
  • Rinse the wound well and pat dry gently with disposable paper towels.
  • After drying the wound, apply a thin layer of anti-bacterial ointment.
  • Cover the scarification piece in an airtight cellophane (Glad Wrap) dressing, and seal the edges with medical tape to avoid leakage. (This is the cheapest option, since you’ll be changing the dressings regularly).
  • There are medical products available that are more suited to this function. They come in sterile packs, but tend to be relatively expensive to the average consumer. Common kitchen cellophane is more than suitable, provided you keep it with your dressings in a clean place.
  • The function of this is to deprive the wound of oxygen, thus keeping the wound moist and unable to form a scab just yet.
  • Try not to wrap the piece too tightly as it may hinder the scar tissue from healing outwards of the skin layer.
  • This washing regime is to be followed twice daily, once in the morning when you wake up and again at night before you go to bed.

Day 4-12

  • Continue to wash your scarification piece twice daily, as the new tissue is forming, but it is still absolutely vital to prevent infection.
  • Instead of using anti-bacterial ointments, you may now want to start applying irritants to encourage the building of scar tissue.
  • Some irritants that work well are plain unscented Petroleum Jelly with a little sugar or salt mixed into it. Or you may choose to use Toasted Sesame Oil. Both these are inexpensive and easy to get hold of. They will also help to keep the wound and region moist as well as breakdown the healing tissue.
  • Again, take care to rub the irritant in the direction of the scarification lines as this will prevent “Blow Out” or lines scarring unevenly.
  • After coating the scarification, wrap it in cellophane and seal with tape as usual, to prevent the oxygen from reaching the wound, so that it can further encourage the development of scar tissue.
  • After 12 days, discontinue the use of the irritant and leave wound open to dry out and form the scab.
  • When the scab is formed, try not to move or bend the area, as cracks and breaks in the scab will ultimately affect the end result negatively.
  • Over the next 6 weeks wash the scarification piece gently, but do not soak or pick at the scab. Pat dry after washing.

6 Weeks Later…

  • Your scarification piece should have lost its scab and the scar tissue should have filled the wound by then.
  • Now you can irritate the scar tissue further by slapping, scratching or pulling. Be sure to do this uniformly on the entire scarification piece to keep the scar evenly raised.
  • Your genetics and skin tone are important factors in how much your scar tissue will build up. People with a naturally darker skin tone usually scar more than those with a lighter skin tone
  • A good indication of how well you will scar is if you look at scars from skin injuries that you have sustained in the past.

Do

  • live a clean lifestyle (meaning change your clothes everyday and change your bedding as often as possible).
  • wear loose clothing especially that which covers your scarification piece.
  • get your 8 hours of sleep daily, rest is a great healer.
  • take a multivitamin supplement.
  • take Vitamin C supplements (1000mg/day is sufficient).
  • take a zinc supplement (120mg for males and 60mg for females).
  • drink plenty of fluids (1 – 2 litres of water / day).This will keep you immune system functioning efficiently, making sure your body doesn’t get rundown while it heals your
    scarification piece.

Don’t

  • Don’t expose your scarification piece to contact with unclean hands.
  • Don’t expose your scarification piece to contact with bodily fluids.
  • Don’t expose you scarification piece to any cosmetic styling products, make-up, body lotion or gels.
  • Don’t bathe in pools, hot tubs, lakes, dams or any public or communal water sources. These are breeding grounds for bacteria and will most probably result in you getting your wound infected.