Here's a quickie update for anyone interested in how my nape's doing:
So... this is my nape, nine days post-piercing. It's technically day ten today, but I've not bothered to snap a shot as it's likely to still be looking like this, as it has for the past few days.
As you can see, it's a bit reddened around both ends, more so from the edits done to this image. There's been a bit of exudate around the more inflamed-looking areas, in the form of plasma-like moisture and some crusties, but that's to be expected from a draining new piercing.
Yes, as disgusting as it might sound to some, piercings need to and will drain while healing, as your body works to clean out dead tissue and bacteria killed by your immune system.
Was a tad worried about the redness and the mild irritation I've been feeling around the discs, but after I'd sent Frankie a whole bunch of close-ups of my nape (like the one above), he laughingly assured me that it's actually the granulation tissue - which means it's healing normally, and healing well.
That said, even though he's the only piercer I'll ever trust to poke holes in and make incisions on various strange parts of my anatomy, I've chosen to disregard some of his after-care advice, opting to go with what I have learned from various resources online, and what has worked best for me in the past. After all, nobody knows my own body better than myself.
Was advised to only start sea salt compresses after one week, but I started doing so on day three. It seems to soothe the irritation a bit, and aids in removing build-up around the jewellery. Aside from that I'm leaving it the fuck alone, which means no touching it unless absolutely necessary, and defo no moving/jiggling the bar, which was suggested by Frankie. I figured, my body's best left to its own devices when it comes to fixing itself.
There's no pain, and most of the tenderness has subsided. I've snagged it a couple of times, and the sensation can only best be described as being... weird. The same way a very loose tooth feels when you jiggle it - not exactly painful at all, but just... very strange and not completely unpleasant.
Here's to another few weeks of happy, healthy healing! =)