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Piercing frequently asked questions [FAQ]

Are the piercing needles used on only one person?

Professional piercing establishments will never use a needle on more than one person.


How many piercings can I get in one session?

Four piercings in one appointment is not uncommon. More than one can be stressful and will increase healing time.


Can I lose sensation in the pierced area?

For most people, a piercing increases sensation. That is one of the main reasons people get pierced. The percentage of people who have reported a loss of sensation is very low.


Which metals are safer for piercing?

Titanium, Niobium and Bioplast are the optimum choice, followed by 316L surgical implantation grade stainless steel. Gold should be 14 carat or higher for initial piercings. Always avoid silver, gold plated, brass, bronze and copper.


What size jewellery is standard?

Piercings do have “standard” sizes which work for most people, and often there is a minimum size. The look is only part of what makes a piercing work. It must function properly as well. Jewellery which is not the right size for the individual, can cause healing problems.


What about healing times?

Below are estimated healing times for specific piercings. The jewellery you are pierced with should not be removed during the healing time.

Ear Lobe1 - 3 months
Ear cartilage6 - 12 months
Eyebrow2 - 4 months
Nostril2 - 4 months
Nasal Septum3 - 4 months
Bridge3 - 6 months
Lip / Labret3 - 4 months
Monroe / Cheek3 - 6 months
Tongue1 - 3 months
Belly Button6 - 12 months
Nipple4 - 6 months
Dermal Anchor/Skin Diver2 - 3 months

A new piercing will be sore, tender or red for up to three weeks. You should notify your piercer and seek medical advice if you notice any signs of infection such as increased pain or redness around the site, do not remove the jewellery until you seek advice.

Do not get a piercing if you are sick. Being unwell will slow the healing process and increase the risk of local infection.

Why can’t I have a smaller ring?

What you imagine will look best will not work best. The size needs to be tailored to.


How do I prepare for a piercing?

Appointments are the best way. In particular, get pierced first thing in the morning. If you have any health issues, which might impact your ability to heal, please consult with your professional piercing salon.


Does it hurt to get pierced?

It is significantly less painful than what most people anticipate. It is recommend that you have piercings performed first thing in the morning when you are feeling fresh and lovely!


Can the area be numbed first prior to piercing?

Topical anaesthetics (which can help to dull the pain) can help and are available for an extra cost usually. However, wiggling your toes and deep breathing whilst lying on the bed can help more.


What are the chances of infection?

If you follow aftercare instructions, the chances of an infection are virtually non-existent. Piercings need to be performed in an appropriately clean environment using sterile equipment. After that, it’s up to you. There are many conditions which are not infections, but may be mistaken as such. These include reaction to metal or, more commonly, to the cleaning agents you’re using. Infections are usually the result of inappropriate aftercare practices. As a result, you should keep in contact with your body piercing salon.


When can I take the jewellery out and not lose the hole?

There are two stages to healing. The initial stage seals the piercing and thus reduces the chances of infection dramatically. The second stage is longer and is the time it takes for the piercing to “toughen up and season”. During and after the latter stage, jewellery can be removed for varying lengths of time. The piercing will begin to shrink as soon as you remove the jewellery. How long it takes to shrink to a degree that you cannot reinsert the jewellery varies. Never force jewellery into a piercing which has shrunk. Hence, develop a relationship with your body piercing salon for complete after-care.


Do you use a piercing gun?

A professional piercer would never use an ear piercing gun for body piercing. There are many reasons for this – the jewellery design is inappropriate as the post is too short to allow for swelling and proper cleaning for one example. A piercing gun is only used for piercing the ear lobes.


What about swimming pools and hot tubs?

Generally is not recommended. Alternatively you may cover the area with a waterproof dressing. Avoid river water.


Do piercings usually grow out?

Surface piercings like eyebrow and navel are the most common piercings to grow out. Placement has a lot to do with success .You can increase your chances by having the piercing done by a skilled professional. Follow proper aftercare and minimize irritation caused by clothing which is tight or restrictive including belts/waistbands when having a belly piercing done.


How do I choose a professional piercing place?

There are many who offer body piercing. However, Essential Beauty is one salon that has been piercing since 1997 so they could be a consideration.


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