One of the sturdiest and most permanent surface piercings you can get is the nape piercing. A surface piercing placed at the nape of the neck (bottom of the back of your neck).
Hence the name!
This piercing is unique and also has a stylish look to it.
Although the nape piercing is a surface piercing which means that it carries a higher rejection rate.
Luckily you can prevent anything of the sort from happening by taking certain precautions.
Such as taking proper care of your piercing whilst it heals. An unclean piercing is an angry piercing!
To help you out, here is a nape piercing aftercare guide to follow.
Cleansing Your Nape Piercing
Cleansing your new nape piercing is essential in getting it to heal without any issues.
Make sure you cleanse your piercing two or three times a day. Using either:
Piercing Aftercare Solution
There are an insane amount of piercing aftercare products on the market.
All you need to do is make sure you thoroughly soak your piercing in the solution. No matter which product it is you’re using. Use a cotton pad rather than a cotton ball. The fibres on cotton balls can get caught in your jewelry.
If you can’t get your hands on a piercing aftercare product, your next option will be saline solution.
You can easily make this yourself. All you need to do is stir a quarter of teaspoon of rock salt into a glass of warm water.
Table salt is not as potent as rock salt or sea salt. I would not recommend using it. If you have no other option though, you will need at last a teaspoon full of table salt. Otherwise it won’t do a good job of sterilising you piercing at all!
Then soak your piercing in the simple salty solution using a cotton pad.
It can’t get much easier!
More Nape Piercing Care Tips
Besides cleansing your piercing twice or three times daily, there are some other actions you can take to heal up better. There are also certain things you should avoid.
- Wear loose clothing around your neck area. You do not want anything getting caught on your jewelry!
- Avoid swimming in public pools. Bacteria and chlorine don’t mix well with fresh piercings.
- Do not fiddle with your jewelry.
- Never touch piercing with unclean hands. Always wash your hands with antibacterial soap first.
- If your hair is long, wear it in a bun. Use clips on stray hairs too. Stray hairs cause serious problems.
- Avoid sleeping on your back.
- Bathe or shower using mild soap.
- Avoid wearing scarves or necklaces.
Every time you get a piercing there is a risk of infection. The nape piercing is a surface piercing so it also carries the risk of rejection and migration.
It’s best to prevent problems from arising to start with. You can do this by caring for your piercing properly. Although you should always keep a close eye on your piercing while it heals. No matter how well you are looking after it.
If you do happen to get an infection, it is best to catch it early. That way it won’t spread and end up too serious!
Look for the following symptoms of infection:
- Redness or swelling.
- Severe pain or soreness.
- Ongoing bleeding which lasts more than a few days.
- Unusual coloured or foul smelling discharge.
You should also keep an eye out for signs of migration/rejection:
- Piercing appears to have moved.
- Jewelry sits differently in your skin.
- Jewelry it sticking out further than it used to.
- Skin looks increasingly thin.
Wear the Right Jewelry, Prevent Rejection!
When preventing rejection in surface piercings, one of the main things to consider is your jewelry. Wearing incorrect jewelry only increases the chance of rejection.
Make sure you get the following right:
Gauge size: Piercings of a larger gauge size are less likely to reject. So when you get your piercing done, ask your piercing to go for at least a 14G needle and jewelry.
Surface barbell type: There are a few different types of barbell worn in surface piercings. You need to go for a flat surface bar with 90 degree legs at both ends.
Material: Titanium is the best material for any piercing. Unlike stainless steel, it does not contain nickel. Your chance of getting a reaction from titanium is very low. Even if you have sensitive skin!
So There You Have it!
Sounds simple, right? It is!
It will be well worth sticking to a strict aftercare routine. You will end up regretting it if you don’t. Believe me!
With sufficient aftercare, your nape piercing should heal up in 3 months up to a year. Healing times vary drastically from person to person.
When you are all healed up are left with a unique and sassy piercing to show off and enjoy!
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