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Understanding Ear Piercing Care

If you or your child are getting a first ear piercing, we recommend some advance research to give you added peace of mind. In addition to looking at your piercing options, we suggest reading up on the importance of ear piercing care.

At Inverness, we recommend that piercers review aftercare instructions before the piercing takes place as well as reviewing the ear piercing procedure. This is a great time for you to ask any questions you may have uncovered during your research.

When you go for your piercing you should expect to:
1. Sign a release form: in the U.S. and most countries, you will be asked to sign an authorization form giving permission for the piercing and acknowledging that you understand the care that is required after the piercing takes place. In the U.S., you must be 18 or older to sign an ear piercing release form. Children 17 and under must have a parent or legal guardian sign their release form and be present during the piercing.

2. Discuss ear piercing care: before your piercing, expect your piercer to review ear piercing aftercare and give you written aftercare instructions to take home.

3. Receive an aftercare solution recommendation: in addition to providing you with written aftercare instructions, many retailers will provide a free bottle of aftercare solution and offer additional bottles for sale. Inverness Aftercare Solution is specially-formulated to care for newly-pierced ears. You can find it wherever Inverness piercing is offered.

To give you a head start on your research, here are some common ear piercing care FAQs:

Q: How long will I need to clean my new piercing?
A: The average healing time is 6 weeks for an earlobe piercing and 12 weeks for a cartilage piercing. Inverness recommends that you leave your piercing earrings in and follow your aftercare instructions for the entire healing period

Q: How many times a day?
A: We recommend gently cleaning the front & back of your piercing with a cotton swab soaked in Inverness Ear Care Solution 3X every day. Rotate your piercing earrings while cleaning to ensure that the ear tissue does not adhere to the earring during healing.

Q: When can I change to new earrings?
A: If you had your earlobes pierced, you may change your earrings once you reach the end of your 6 week mark.

Please note: we recommend wearing light stud-style earrings for the first 6 months post piercing. For the first 6 months after your earlobe piercing heals, you should not go more than 24H without an earring or your piercing may close. For best results, avoid heavy earring styles for the first 12 months.

If you had your cartilage pierced, you may change your earrings at the end of week 12. For 6 months after your healing period you will need to wear earrings 24/7 or your piercing may close. For cartilage piercings, we recommend light stud style earrings for the first 12 months.

Still have questions about ear piercing care? Visit our website or contact us directly and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

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