Body Piercing

Why body piercing…?

  • You want to express your own unique style.
  • You want to stand out from everyone else.
  • You want to add a little bling to your body.
  • You want to enhance physical sensation in an area.

 

Do…

  • Make an appointment for your piercing. This is not essential, but as some types of piercing are highly specialised, it’s a good idea.
  • Talk to our staff if you have any issues that you think may affect your healing.
  • Drink plenty of water before your appointment.
  • Have something to eat.
  • Shower and thoroughly wash the area to be pierced.
  • Download, print and fill in the body piercing consent form.
  • note:
    • If you are under 16 (18 in WA), you will need to fill in the form and bring it with photo ID. A parent (with photo ID) must also accompany you to one of our salons.
    • If you are over 16 (18 in WA) you simply bring in the form (but still with photo ID). No adult necessary.

 

Don’t…

  • Drink alcohol or caffeine (coffee, energy drinks) at least 48 hours before.
  • Take any blood thinning medications, such as Aspirin or Advil.

Do…

  • Stay relaxed.
  • Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth slowly and regularly – don’t hold your breath.
  • Wiggle your toes.
  • Ask for numbing spray if you would like it.
  • If you feel faint, dizzy or ill after piercing, let your piercer know straight away so she can help you.

 

What happens during piercing…

  • Your therapist will help you choose your jewellery and discuss where you would like to have your piercing. She will explain any restrictions on what type of jewellery you can have to start with.
  • Your therapist will put on gloves and clean the area with an alcohol wipe before marking the piercing location with a surgical marker pen.
  • Once you and your therapist are happy with the positioning, she will hold your skin in place with sterilised autoclaved forceps.
  • Your therapist will insert the catheter and place the jewellery into position.
  • The piercing is over in seconds. Our clients tell us that it’s not as uncomfortable as they expect it to be.

Do…

  • Clean your piercing 2 to 3 times a day using Sterilear Ear and Body Piercing Spray for the first 2 weeks.
  • Continue using the spray 2 times a day in the third week.
  • Keep your jewellery in and do not remove it until the piercing has fully healed – this takes around 6 to 12 weeks. It is preferable to leave it in for the first 6 months.
  • Consider taking multi-vitamin supplements to help the healing process.
  • If you have a tongue or lip piercing, at least 3 times a day also rinse with Steril Swish non-alcohol based mouthwash for 60 seconds, followed by Difflam Anti-inflammatory Solution. Always do this after eating too. Drink plenty of water so that your mouth doesn’t get dry. Eating crushed ice is also a good idea initially.
  • If you have a dermal anchor or surface piercing, wear a band-aid over the piercing for at least 24 to 48 hours. Also wear a bandage over your piercing for the first 7 to 10 nights, but remove it during the daytime to allow for proper healing. Avoid tight clothing or touching your piercing which can spread infection. Take care not to get sunburned – no tanning while your piercing is healing.
  • If you have a nose stud, you can secure it at night with a band-aid to prevent the stud from falling out. Also try not to sleep on your face, as this may embed the stud deep into your nose.

 

Don’t…

  • Drive or operate heavy machinery immediately after your piercing.
  • Touch your jewellery with your hands for the first 2 weeks. Only touch and rotate your jewellery in the shower.
  • Use Dettol, peroxides, disinfectants, soaps or tea tree oil on or around your piercing until it has healed.
  • Smoke or drink alcohol until your tongue or lip piercing has healed. Also avoid biting or clicking against the jewellery.
  • Knock your piercing (through rough play, sports) until it has healed.

 

What happens next…

  • Because you are having a foreign object inserted into your body, you may have redness in the area for up to 6 months due to trauma on your skin. Eventually though, your body will always try to heal itself.
  • If you follow our aftercare instructions, the chances of you getting an infection are low. However, even in the strictest of conditions (and we do have regular health inspections), it is possible for your piercing to become infected and possibly leave a scar. If you are unsure about the state of your piercing, please contact our staff.
  • After your piercing has properly healed, you may want to change your jewellery and have an entirely new look. We’re happy to insert the new jewellery for free when you purchase it from us!

 

>> Continue on with our detailed body piercing homecare and aftercare instructions.

Body Jewellery:

We have a huge range of jewellery including rings, bars, earrings and dozens of different types of piercings to choose from. Men’s earrings also available!

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#1 Jewelled Barbells and rings
Sizes: 18ga. to 12ga.
7mm. to 15mm. in length.
Various colours including clear, red, light blue, dark blue, purple and pink.
#4 Gold Jewellery
All available in 9 carat and 18 carat gold.
#2 Barbells and rings
Range of sizes from 18ga. to 8ga.
5mm. to 21mm. in length
Circular Barbells also available.
#5 Labret Studs and rings
Sizes: 18ga. to 12ga.
5mm. to 21mm. in length.
Also jewelled labrets. Ball, bullet and spear ends available.
#3 Captured Rings
Sizes: 18ga. to 8ga.
5mm. to 35mm. diameter.
Also jewelled crystal rings, barbed rings, teardrops and double ball.
#6 Nose Studs, Sleepers and rings
Including sterling silver, 9 carat, 18 carat gold.
Claw and Bezel settings.

 

Numbing Spray Available!

At Essential Beauty we have 3 types of numbing solutions/creams. They are:

 

Artav Numbing Spray

This spray reduces the pain of ear and body piercing.

 

Emla Cream and Minnerva II Anesthetic

Emla and Minerva Cream contain two anaesthetics.

They work by numbing the surface of the skin for a short time. This helps to stop pain on the skin, however you may still have the feelings of pressure and touch.

 

*There may be an extra charge for the application of these products. Please call your local salon first to confirm the use of these products for your piercing and pricing.

Piercing areas include:

At Essential Beauty we pierce all parts of the ear and body!
At Essential Beauty we pierce all parts of the ear and body!
Navel (belly button) piercingNose piercing
Tongue piercingTragus piercing
Nipple piercingHelix piercing
Christina piercingLabret piercing
Septum (nose ring) piercingIndustrial piercing
Eyebrow piercingEar piercing
Sarah-Marie piercingLip piercing
Hand web piercingFrenulum piercing
Surface to surface piercingDermal piercings
Neck piercingSnake bite piercings

 

Note:

As some types of body piercing are highly specialised, please call your nearest Essential Beauty salon first with respect to appointments and availability.