Generally, there are two types of surface piercing. One type uses a barbell which passes underneath the skin. The other type is a microdermal piercing which uses an anchor, placed beneath the skin, to screw a small gem into that is visible above the surface of the skin. Both types require different aftercare so make sure to read the information for your specific piercing for more details.
A barbell surface piercing will need to be cleaned twice a day using a saltwater solution. Use a cotton pad to gently clean the piercing area. You can also use Tea Tree Oil. Simply soak the area 5 minutes prior to using your saltwater solution. Then wipe the Tea Tree Oil away with the saltwater.
When you get your microdermal piercing, your piercer will cover it with a surgical dressing. You will need to leave the piercing covered for 48 hours. After 48 hours, remove the dressing and leave it without for an hour. Clean with saltwater solution then reapply a fresh dressing. Continue this routine for 4-5 days. After one week, leave the piercing without a dressing but continue to clean it with saltwater at least once a day for 6 weeks.
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