When should I not get pierced?

  • For the belly; if you are losing weight, do not get pierced before you are within 10 lbs of your goal weight.
  • When you are pregnant or planning  on getting pregnant.
  • If you have a cold or other illness
  • If you are on any kind of antibiotics.
  • If you are going on vacation within a few weeks of getting pierced.
  • Within a year of any plastic or major surgery, near the piercing area.
  • If you are having problems regulating your immune system or blood counts due to illness.
  • If you wear braces or use a retainer, you should not get an oral piercing.
  • If you have received ANY vaccinations in the last 72 hours.

Will it hurt?

Yes. But pain is subjective. Everyone feels things differently. The actual piercing takes only a few seconds, by the time you feel it is over.

Will it bleed?

Some people do bleed a little. Each piercing and person is different.

How long will it take to heal?

Again, each piercing and person is different. Your lifestyle greatly affects your healing process. Your job, activities, stress and health all affect your body’s ability to heal.  Piercings generally can take 3 months to over a year to heal. Ear cartilage can take even longer for some people.

Will it get infected?

If you follow our instructions it is unlikely your piercing will get infected. But remember you are in our care for approx 15 minutes. Your piercing will take many months to fully heal, how you treat and handle your piercing will affect the healing process. Getting your piercing caught, pulled, bumped and changed too soon or too frequently will cause problems that may not be able to be repaired.

At the first sign of any changes or discomfort you should consult your piercer. We are always here to help you.

Can I go swimming or tanning?

Swimming– Fresh piercings, less than 3 months old, should not be submerged in any type of water for long periods of time. A few minutes in the water is fine. Be sure to carry fresh water with you to rinse the piercing  after swimming in any  type of water.

Tanning– Is not good for your skin in general. It is very bad for skin or wounds that are trying to heal. We recommend not tanning or sunbathing with a new piercing. If you must, then you should fully cover your piercing to protect it from harmful light rays. Avoid the piercing area with any tanning or sun lotions.

How long before I can change the starter jewelry?

This really depends on the piercing location, your healing ability and how well you take care of your piercing during the initial healing phase.  Everyone wants the tiniest, cutest jewelry right away but you have to start with a piece that is safe and larger to allow for swelling and healing. Putting in too small of jewelry can cause the jewelry to become imbedded in your skin. Changing your jewelry too soon can damage the delicate tissue that has only just started to heal. This can regress your healing process to day one.

Our recommendations are:

Tongue – 3 weeks

Lip, Labret, Monroe –  12 weeks

Cheeks/dimples- 10-16 weeks

Nose, Navel, Nipple, Eyebrow –  4 months

Tragus, Rook, Helix – 12 weeks, then not again for 3 months

Industrial – 3 months

Does your store do fairs and festivals?

We do not participate in fairs or festivals other than those that are held where our store is located. Piercings should not be performed in any environment where there is open air, no running water, or large crowds of people congregating. These types of environments are just not safe or sanitary enough to pierce in.

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