Beauty & the Blog

Does Piercing Hurt?

Many people are apprehensive when it comes to body piercing because they believe it hurts.

After the procedure, many people say that piercing does not hurt. However, how we feel after a piercing, is subjective. What one person feels is not necessarily what others may feel.

What can you do to prepare for a piercing so you feel it less?

Firstly, we react to situations better when we are not tired and irritable. It is recommended that you have your piercings done first thing in the morning.

Secondly, we recommend that you’ve have eaten breakfast, so that your energy levels are high at the time of the piercing.

Thirdly, when you are lying on the massage bed, we suggest that you breathe deeply and continuously throughout the procedure. If you don’t feel comfortable breathing deeply you can, wiggle your toes.

Finally, once the procedure is over, you should bend your knees and remain on the massage bed for another 3 to 4 minutes in order to let your body recuperate.


Some people use Emla cream and other topical anaesthetics to dull pain (these may be available from your chemist and some piercing places stock Emla cream).

However, these make the piercing procedure longer, because these products need to be applied the skin usually an hour before the procedure and they are not always effective.

Alternatively if you are having your tongue pierced, we recommend that you gargle Difflam (an anti-inflammatory gargle which is available at your chemist) or chew ice, because this will assist.


In summary, most piercings are over quickly and do not hurt.


If you sleep well and have your piercing done first thing in the morning after a good breakfast, whilst lying on the bed wiggling your toes and breathing deeply, followed up by resting afterwards, you will feel awesome.

And soon thereafter, you’ll be thinking about new jewellery you’ll be wanting to buy!

Best of luck and happy piercing.

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