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These are some of the common questions i'm aksed
Do piercings hurt?
- With all piercings there is a degree of pain with them, each piercing has a different level of pain and each client perceives pain differently, the more anxious you are the more painful it will seem. Talk with your piercer about any concerns or worries you may have.
How old do you need to be/is there a minimum age limit?
- Anyone UNDER the age 0f 16 are required to have a parent or guardian with them when coming in for a piercing.
ear lobes will not be done on anyone under the age of 7 and the rest* are subject to discretion of the pierce artist.
*Genital and nipple piercings are NOT done on anyone under the age of 18 - even with consent.
Can I get an infection in my piercing?
- A fresh piercing on anyone is susceptible to infection as it is classed as a puncture wound. Every care is taken while you're having your piercing to reduce the chances of infection coming from the studio.
Relevant tools and jewellery are pre sterilized and needles are single use individually sterilized. If a piercing becomes infected it is usually down to the individual not following the correct after care they have been given.
Do you use a piercing gun?
- NO NEVER. The piercing guns can not be sterilized before use and the jewellery is not correct for piercing. Blunt force trauma is caused to any area and the client is expected to get more discomfort and pain
When can i change the jewellery?
- Each piercing will have a different time frame for changing jewellery - if the piercing has not fully healed and you start to mess with it by changing jewellery, you run the risk of prolonging the healing time, risk of infection and risk of further swelling. The information of time frames is given as example in the aftercare sheet, but each client is different and some may take longer than others.
How do I clean my piercing(s)?
- Most piercings you can clean yourself – some that you may not be able to see, may require help from someone.
Most piercings are cleaned in the same way – except for oral piercings – these can also be cleaned with a non-alcoholic mouth wash or salt water solution.
It is important not to over clean your piercing(s) – this can lead to irritation lumps and excessive swelling. 1-2 times a day should be enough.
A very mild salt solution should be made up and used to gently clean and remove and blood.
There is no need for creams or spray. Remember to keep piercings as dry as possible else you can run the risk of localised infections.
Full aftercare instructions are given with each piercing.
What type of jewellery do you use?
- For initial piercings I use Titanium jewellery.
This is a higher grade material and works perfect for using in body piercing jewellery.
It’s lighter, better quality and has low risk of clients being allergic to the material. Titanium jewellery can stay in the piercing indefinitely if the client does not wish to change it.
How many piercings can I have done at once?
- There is no limit on how many you can have done in one go. It is at the discretion of the artist to determine if the client is mentally prepared and how well they are coping through each one.
Most I have done in one session is 16 piercings.
Do you numb any piercings?
- I don’t numb any piercings. Partly because it’s mostly a placebo effect and the numbing effect are often gone before the piercing is done and also it can affect the aftercare.
If I were to use something like ethyl chloride to freeze the area – the client is most likely to develop frost bite before the area could be numbed enough and for long enough. Plus the needle could be pushing ice cold skin in to the fresh piercings area – so not good….
But what about numbing creams you say? Numbing creams don’t always numb deep enough for a piercing, plus it will create even more swelling and irritation in the area and potentially cause bad issues for the aftercare.
Piercings are usually quick enough to do and are usually less traumatic than people fear them to be.