When should I not get pierced?
- For the belly; if you are losing weight, do not get pierced before you are within 15lbs 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.
My piercing is red, irritated or the jewelry is sinking in…
Most issues during the first 2 months are caused by not icing it enough. YOU MUST ice your piercings. If your getting any of these issues your not icing it enough. Increase the icing frequency and duration or you will have to remove the piercing.
My jewelry fell out, what do I do?
Gently try to get it back in. If it’s been out for an hour or more try soaking the area with warm water for a few minutes and then use a lubricant to try and gently guide the jewelry back in. For ears and noses you can try using a simple earring stud to get back in. Once you get something back in you need to ice the area very frequently for a few days. You must get something in it to maintain the opening within 24hrs, the younger the piercing is, the faster it will close.
What is this bump/pimple?
This is not an infection. It’s an inflammation/irritation response that are usually caused by some sort of trauma to the area, touching, pressure, over cleaning, too harsh of cleansers, getting it caught or pulled etc. You can try either, applying apple cider vinegar 2x a day or an aspirin paste at night before bed. Just crush a few Aspirin and add water, smear it on, let it dry, flake off the excess and gently rinse it off in the morning. This should be the only thing you do, no other washing, touching or applications.
It’s crucial the area be touched very little and extremely gently at this time. Do not pick or scratch any crusts as this removes important healing cells.
It may take 2 weeks for either of these treatments to start working. Do not do them both, pick one and try that for 2 weeks, if nothing changes try the other. You will need to continue the treatment for awhile after the bump goes away. Once you have these bumps they are very hard to make go away. You must be patient.
Will the piercing hurt?
Yes. But pain is subjective. Everyone feels things differently. The actual piercing takes only a few seconds, by the time you feel it it’s 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.