Frequently Asked Questions

Body piercing is the insertion of an ornament into a perforation made in the tissue for decorative, cultural, spiritual, or other reasons.

Sterile disposable needle piercing is considered the safest and healthiest technique of body piercing. When comparing the benefits of gun piercing vs. needle piercing, the setup time for your needle piercing session may be slightly longer, but the actual piercing takes the same amount of time.

Hollow needle piercing employs a hollow, sterile, single-use sharp needle that penetrates the piercing site, leaving a clean and open space for the jewelry to be put into. Hollow needle piercing is a sharper, cleaner procedure that often results in a more comfortable and painless piercing experience.

However, we also provide single-use pre-sterilized pre-fitted jewelry clip gun piercing for children's earlobes, which is rapid and may be done on both sides in one shot if the child is stable. However, a needle is always a better option for any piercing than a gun.

Downsizing refers to switching jewelry in a piercing to a shorter post, once initial swelling has subsided.

Because of the way piercings heal, most require initial jewelry with a noticeable amount of extra room to allow the tissue to swell in the early phases of healing. This is crucial to avoid jewelry embedding in the skin.

However, once the initial stages have passed, this initial swelling will have gone away. This will reveal the initial extra room and results in the initial jewelry now being too long. Jewelry that is too long can snag easily and move around excessively, leading to irritation and renewed swelling. In oral piercings, excessively long jewelry can lead to damage to teeth, gums, and other oral structures. At this stage, it’s important to return to your piercer to have shorter jewelry installed to reduce these issues. The piercing is not healed enough to safely change your jewelry by yourself at this point in healing.

If this window for downsizing is missed for piercings such as the helix, the excessive length may lead to migration or a change of angle of piercing, especially if the piercing gets slept on. This damage is irreversible and can get bad enough to result in the piercing failing.

The short answer is no.

The body’s immune system undergoes serious changes during pregnancy. These changes have a negative effect on healing, and may even prevent piercings received shortly before becoming pregnant from finishing healing. Sometimes even healed piercing will act up while you are pregnant. For these reasons, we even advise against stretching existing piercings during pregnancy.

There is also a slight but important risk that if you experience a complication, such as an infection, that your pregnancy or fetus would be negatively affected. While the chances are slim, it’s just not worth the risk, and no reputable professional would knowingly offer you services while you are with child.

It is best to let your body focus on the important, complex and demanding task that it is handling already.

All clients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, both of whom must present proper ID. If the parent/legal guardian and kid have different surnames, we require further proof to demonstrate guardianship, such as a birth certificate.

Please do not use excuses such as my parents are traveling, not in the country, my parents can provide consent over the phone, I forgot my ID, she/he is my older sister/brother, and so on.

We have a simple rule: everyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

The most common reasons are pressure, regular touch, or an accident.

Two separate piercing issues are migration (the piercing moves from its original location before settling and healing in a new area) and rejection (the jewelry is fully removed from the body).

Migration and rejection can also be caused by using harsh aftercare products, maintaining bad health habits, or enduring severe physical pain or emotional stress throughout the healing process. And, sadly, even when everything is done correctly, a piercing may migrate or reject for unknown reasons. This is just the risk of inserting a foreign object through your skin: it may not remain in the desired place.

Standing water pools, tubs, heated spas, the sea, and any other unclean water dips should be avoided for at least a month after being pierced.

While your piercing has not yet healed, it is still an open wound that might become infected if you bathe in contaminated water.

No, you cannot. You must strictly adhere to the aftercare instructions or risk losing your piercing. A fresh piercing can quickly close in minutes if the jewelry is removed.

You can sleep on your sides with a travel pillow support because your piercings cannot be put under pressure.

No. While some people with migraine say they have experienced relief from their symptoms after getting a daith piercing, the only evidence that supports this is purely anecdotal, and there is no research that supports that theory.

The easiest approach to clean your piercings is to wash them in the shower with mild soap; however, this does not replace the saline wash or soak. Saline wash or soak is also required at least twice daily during the healing process.

After cleaning your piercings in the shower, never forget to dry them with a room temperature hair drier (not hot).

Surface piercings have the highest rejection rate since they are performed on flat regions of the body, however the placement options are substantially enlarged. They are called "temporary," which means they are not likely to endure indefinitely. The body will eventually reject this form of ornamentation (pulling it out like a splinter), usually between 3 months and a few years. Lower movement areas and locations are more likely to have a longer lifespan since they are less susceptible to physical trauma and snags. Scarring is typically mild due to the modest size of the base beneath the skin.

The simple answer is yes.

Getting your nipple pierced can occasionally rectify an inverted nipple since the jewelry helps stretch the ducts and keep your nipple in an upright posture.

However, this is not often permanent, and the nipples typically retract after the piercing is removed.

For many people, removing the inverted nipples is really beneficial.

It is not recommended at all. It is always best to begin your nose piercing with a flat back, straight stud.

Piercing with a hoop causes "coinslotting," which occurs when you apply too much weight or downward pressure to a fresh piercing. It's 1000 times easier to get stuck on items, and the hoop can twist through the piercing hole, allowing bacteria to enter and cause irritation bumps and infections.

A hoop makes healing more complicated and takes longer. We recommend starting with studs and progressing to hoops once the piercing has healed completely, which can take up to 8 to 10 months.

Yes, we use a numbing agent containing 25% lidocaine; however, it can only be applied to open surfaces such as the ear, belly, nipples, eyebrows, nostril, or dermal implants. We do not use numbing agents for oral piercings such as within the mouth or tongue piercings. Application of numbing cream takes 20 to 30 minutes and lowers pain by up to 50%; nevertheless, it does not totally numb the area.

We recommend Titanium.

Titanium is a lightweight metal that is suitable for persons who are sensitive to nickel. It does not react to bodily fluids and can be worn for as long as desired. Piercings done with implant grade titanium always heal better and faster than other metals. Titanium never changes color and remains the same; however, if it is golden, it is a powder coating on natural titanium that fades over time but doesn't cause complications with the piercings.

NO, It's not recommended.

It's true that sterling silver is not advised for fresh piercings since it includes nickel, which can tarnish and create inflammation or other difficulties during healing. When getting a new piercing, make sure to use jewelry made of Titanium or Gold, which are proven to be safe and hypoallergenic.

Titanium is a lightweight metal that is suitable for persons who are sensitive to nickel. It does not react to bodily fluids and can be worn for as long as desired. Piercings done with implant grade titanium always heal better and faster than other metals. Titanium never changes color and remains the same; however, if it is golden, it is a powder coating on natural titanium that fades over time but doesn't cause complications with the piercings.

A clean water shower is good after having pierced. It is recommended that you wash your piercings at least once a day under a clean water shower with light soap. However, any standing water, such as pools, tubes, spas, the sea, beaches, hot saunas, and steam baths, should be avoided for one month.

You can exercise as long as you do not bump, cause trauma, or expose your piercing to contaminated surfaces or conditions. Your perspiration is sterile, so shower normally and then clean the piercing with saline or sterile wound wash.

Avoiding piercings if there is a history of keloids. People who develop keloids easily are more likely to grow large keloid scars following a piercing.

It's not recommended to pierce “outie” tissue. A normal navel piercing goes only through the surface skin at the edge or the navel, while an “outie” navel is more complex than simple surface skin; it is residual scarring from the umbilical cord. As such, an infected “outie” piercing can become dangerous quickly.

Yes, you can.

However, it requires an anatomical examination beforehand. We need to double-check whether it is possible or not.


You are expected to go four weeks without soaking in the bathtub, ocean, or pool. Do not soak your piercing in "dirty water." Even while salt and chlorine may kill harmful germs, I'm confident germy microbes will nonetheless permeate the new hole(s). You could end up with a serious infection. Furthermore, the healing that your body is doing in relation to the piercing, as well as the natural excretion to cure the wound, may dry up due to the salt water. The ocean is a breeding place for a variety of microscopic organisms that you surely do not want in an open wound.

In our collective, massive experience, we have no awareness of even a single case of a woman who wished to breastfeed and could not as a result of having had a nipple piercing. The milk ducts are a multiplicity of little pore-like ducts. Therefore, the likelihood of closing them all off from a piercing of usual size is virtually nil.

Nipple jewelry should be removed during actual feedings, as it can pose a choking hazard and may interfere with latching. As a result, some milk may come from the site of the piercing during nursing, which is not harmful nor problematic. Some will use an insertion taper (a tool designed for this purpose) to facilitate reinsertion or to check regularly and make certain the holes are open.

There is no special care that is required during pregnancy for healed piercings.

We suggest waiting at least 3 months after delivery of your child to allow your body to recover from pregnancy and childbirth and to allow your immune system to return to normal. For nipple piercings, you should wait three months following the cessation of breast milk production.

Certain medical conditions make piercings riskier, and in some cases inadvisable. Health problems that weaken your infection-fighting defenses, including diabetes, lupus, HIV/AIDS, and other immune system disorders, can make you slow to heal. You might be more vulnerable to infection, and if you do contract one, it could be more severe and harder to cure.

Some heart disorders make you susceptible to infective endocarditis (a potentially deadly infection of the lining of the heart or heart valves, previously referred to as bacterial endocarditis). If you have a history of this illness or serious cardiac problems like a valve replacement, an ethical piercer will require proof that you have consulted with your doctor before proceeding. If you ordinarily must take antibiotic prophylaxis (preventive treatment) before dental procedures, your physician may recommend this before piercing. Cardiac ailments are one of the few preexisting conditions that can increase the risk of a fatal outcome: if you are advised against piercing due to your health, heed your doctors word!

Rashes such as eczema or psoriasis, scars such as keloids, and other skin abnormalities are less serious health issues. If you are considering a piercing in an area affected by one of these conditions, seek an evaluation by an experienced piercer and a piercing-friendly doctor.

Some states have regulations that require piercers to ask clients specific health-history questions on the release form before piercing, whereas other states have laws that prohibit piercers from asking certain health questions. Be honest about your medical history and respect a piercer who has the principles to decline to pierce you if the risk is unacceptable.

A piercing has the potential to be a temporary adornment (especially when compared to a tattoo), because the jewelry can easily be removed. There is a risk, however, of irreversible changes to the body, including discoloration, a mark such as a scar, bump, or dimple, or a permanent hole.

Many piercings shrink or close quickly, but some piercings will remain open indefinitely without jewelry in them. The placement of the hole, the length of time you have worn the piercing, the thickness of the jewelry that was in it, and your individual tissue all impact whether or not your piercing stays viable after removing the jewelry.

Piercings that are stretched to large dimensions commonly leave significant voids that may be considered disfiguring; to correct them, plastic surgery is required. Stretching a piercing too quickly or attempting to expand unsuitably thin tissue leads to problems. One potential consequence of overzealous stretching is a blowout (part of the interior channel is pushed out, leaving an unsightly lip of flesh on one side of the piercing). This distortion will usually be a lasting reminder of your hasty actions unless it is surgically removed. Piercings that are stretched improperly can also suffer from thinning tissue that does not regrow. A worst-case scenario is tissue necrosis (death) and the loss of the piercing and some of the skin in the area. Jewelry that exerts excessive pressure against underlying bone can cause bone necrosis.

There are piercings that have a tendency to effect changes such as the hardening or thickening of the tissue surrounding the openings, and this can be irreversible. For example, nipple piercings are known for causing permanent enlargement, especially in underdeveloped (small) anatomy.

Scarring and tissue discoloration at the piercing site are relatively normal occurrences, especially if you have a history of darkened scars. This can happen even when a piercing is performed properly and heals uneventfully. Migration often leaves a small track of scarring or discoloration from where the piercing was initially placed. Rejection usually results in a split scar. Piercings of the ear cartilage are prone to disfigurement if a serious infection develops. The cartilage can collapse, causing a cauliflower ear appearance.

Excessive scarring sometimes occurs in reaction to piercing, and it can be very difficult to resolve. If you have a history of problems with scarring or keloids (large growths of fibrous tissue), piercing is generally inadvisable.

The urge to decorate the body and control your appearance is a universal human trait. Each of us uses clothing, hairstyle, and so on to express our individuality and to make the most of the gifts or curses, perceived or real, bestowed by nature. Nowadays we have more choices than ever to manipulate our looks. The options range from minor adjustments such as hair dye and teeth whitener to more extreme but still socially acceptable practices such as liposuction and breast implants. Although body modification is still less conventional than, say, getting a nose job, it has become prevalent in today's world.

Piercing and other types of body modification are methods of changing the actual physical form, which is empowering in a way that may not be fully understood by those who have never participated in it. Womxn, in particular, are bombarded by the medias unrealistic notions of beauty, which deeply affect self-esteem and body image. They may turn to piercing or other forms of body art to help them embrace a positive attitude about themselves. While there is no unanimous consensus about whether body jewelry enhances appearance, aesthetics is a widespread motivating factor for piercing.

Packaged sterile saline is a gentle option for piercing aftercare. Making your own sea salt solution is no longer a recommended technique. We strongly recommend that you use sterile saline labeled as a wound wash. Contact lens saline, eye drops, and other saline solutions should never be used to a body piercing. Your saline ingredients should only include 0.09% sodium chloride. Making your own sea salt solution will often result in a product that is far too salty and powerful, which can overdry the piercing and interfere with healing.