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Ear & Body Piercing

Body piercings, ear piercings and jewellery to suit your individual style! Let our Piercing Specialists bring all of your piercing ideas to life.

Select your local salon to view piercing prices. At Essential Beauty, the safety and individual needs of our clients come first! Our highly trained Piercing Specialists follow strict body piercing procedures in a sterile environment, using disposable tools, autoclaved equipment and highly polished jewellery available in a variety of styles and materials to suit you! Our salons have a wide range of body jewellery to be pierced with including styles in titanium, surgical steel, Bioplast, 24ct Gold PVD, rose gold PVD and solid 18ct gold.

Piercing Glossary

Swipe through to see diagrams of all the piercings we offer! Have something a little different in mind? Call your local salon to chat with a piercer!

  • different types of ear piercings
    Ear Piercings

How old do I need to be to get pierced?

Age requirements for ear and body piercing vary across states in Australia. Every piercing client in WA, SA, VIC & NSW, regardless of age, must bring valid identification to their appointment. In QLD, you can get pierced on any part of the ear and most parts of the body without providing photo identification.

Age requirements and consent needed for piercings (including Children’s Double Operator Ear Piercing):

Western Australia Piercing Ages

If you are under 16: You can pierce any part of the ear or body (excluding nipple, genital and dermal piercings) with a parent present on the day. Parent’s & guardians must provide valid identification and complete the piercing consent form.
 
If you are over 16, but under 18: You can pierce anywhere on your ear without parental permission. You must present valid identification on the day.
These areas include earlobes, conch, daith, helix, forward helix, industrial, flat, rook, snug, tragus, anti-tragus or any other piercing on the ear.
 
If you are over 18: You can pierce any part of the ear or body if you provide valid identification.

South Australia & Victoria Piercing Ages

If you are under 16: You can pierce any part of the ear or body (excluding nipple, genital and dermal piercings) with a parent present on the day. Parent’s & guardians must provide valid identification and complete the piercing consent form.
 
If you are over 16, but under 18: You can pierce your ear or body (excluding nipple, genital and dermal piercings) without parental permission. You must present valid identification on the day.
These areas include ear lobes, conch, daith, helix, forward helix, industrial, flat, rook, snug, tragus, anti-tragus or any other piercing on the ear. Also includes belly, nose, eyebrow, lip, labret, tongue, medusa, monroe, septum, smiley body piercings.
All dermals, skin divers or intimate areas (nipples or genitals) are strictly 18+.
 
If you are over 18: You can pierce any part of the ear or body if you provide valid identification.

New South Wales Piercing Ages

If you are under 16: You can pierce on any part of the ear or body (excluding nipple, genital and dermal piercings) with a parent present on the day. Parent’s & guardians must provide valid identification and complete the piercing consent form.
 
If you are over 16, but under 18: You can pierce any part of the ear or body (excluding genital and dermal piercings) if you provide identification. If you are over 16 you can get a nipple piercing if you provide valid identification.

Queensland Piercing Ages

You can pierce any part of the ear or body (excluding nipple, genital and dermal piercings) by signing a consent form. In Queensland, you are not required to provide photo identification.
You must be over 18 (and provide valid identification) to get a nipple, genital or dermal piercing.

Other Things to Know!

Legal guardians can also provide consent:

A legal guardian needs to produce guardianship order/court order together with an ID of the child (birth certificate or passport). The legal guardian needs to also provide valid identification to confirm they are the nominated legal guardian named on the order.

Nipple & Genital Piercing Age Requirements:

You can get your genitalia or nipples pierced in WA, SA, VIC or QLD if you are over 18 years of age and provide photo identification.
In NSW, you can get your nipples pierced if you are over 16 and provide valid identification. You must be over 18 years of age and provide valid identification to have your genitalia pierced.

Things you need to know before getting pierced

We welcome walk in appointments, but if you want to secure your appointment time and avoid waiting, we recommend you book your piercings online. To save time, fill in your body piercing consent form before your appointment, or arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill in a consent form on the day.

Click here to fill in your Body Piercing Consent Form

48 hours prior:
  • Do not take blood thinning medications such as Aspirin or Advil.
On the day:
  • Make sure you are hydrated and have eaten a meal. Low blood sugar could cause you to feel faint.
  • Do not drink alcohol, take elicit substances or consume caffeine (coffee, energy drinks).
Your experience:

Your Piercing Specialist is there to help you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout your experience. Our experienced staff will help you choose jewellery from our extensive range. Our staff will also discuss the position of your piercing with you and mark the location of the piercing to ensure that you’re happy with its placement.

Safety and Hygiene:

Every Essential Beauty piercing is performed in a sterile and hygienic environment. Our salons undertake regular health inspections and are compliant with Government legislation regarding skin penetration. All piercing needles and disposable equipment are of single use, and all other equipment and body jewellery is autoclave sterilised prior to use.

Piercing aftercare

Essential Beauty’s two Step Sterilear Piercing Spray system has been designed to aid in healing your new piercing. Our Sterilear aftercare sprays can also be used throughout the healing process to clean and care for your piercings.

Our best piercing aftercare tip… be patient and follow the advice of your piercer! Healing can take anywhere from 1-12 months (or even longer), so stick with your piercing aftercare plan. It also depends on the type of piercing, fleshy areas like the lobes will heal quickly in 1-2 months, but if you’ve had anywhere in your cartilage pierced, like your conch or helix, you can expect it to take a year to heal.

Weeks 1 & 2 after your piercing

Sterilear Step 1: Clean Piercing Spray

  • Made for use in the initial stage of healing.
  • Contains the optimal concentration of salts to promote healing.
  • Sterile solution helps prevent bacteria from forming around the piercing.
  • Helps to safely clean and wash away dried discharge, crust or secretions around the piercing.
  • Non-irritating formula to help calm and heal the skin.
  • Aseptic pump pack keeps the solution sterile.

Directions: Spray front and back twice a day, directly over the piercing and jewellery. Avoid eye contact. Not for oral use. External use only.

Weeks 3 & 4 after your piercing

Sterilear Step 2: Care Piercing Spray

  • Enhanced formula enriched with aloe vera, lavender and vitamin E to soothe the skin and promote healing.
  • Contains peppermint oil to provide anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
  • Aseptic pump pack keeps the solution sterile.

Directions: Spray front and back twice a day, directly over the piercing and jewellery. Avoid eye contact. Not for oral use. External use only.

Read our full piercing aftercare instructions here

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting a new piercing can spark a lot of questions, we're here to help!
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Is jewellery included in the price of the piercing?

Yes! At Essential Beauty, our piercing prices include high-polish implant grade surgical steel jewellery from our standard design range. Our surgical steel jewellery is hypoallergenic and great for initial piercings. Jewellery upgrades are available and include custom flat back labret designs, rings and more. Our jewellery upgrade options include titanium, nickel-free cobalt chrome, Bioplast, 18ct gold and 24ct gold PVD, rose gold PVD or black PVD

We strictly pierce with our autoclave sterilised jewellery.

Interested in upgrading your jewellery? Read more here.

When can I change my jewellery after getting pierced?

You can change your jewellery after the recommended initial healing time has passed, and you feel that your piercing has fully healed. If you are unsure, pop into your local Essential Beauty & Piercing salon and chat with one of our staff members.

When you’re ready for a jewellery changeover come and visit us in salon! We have a wide range of custom body jewellery available in a variety of different colours, designs and metals. Changing your own body jewellery can be tricky. If you purchase jewellery in salon or via our online shop, we are happy to change it over for you at no cost!

Read more about healing times here

How many piercings can I get in one session?

It is not uncommon to have multiple piercings performed on the same day. We recommend not getting more than four piercings in one session, especially if you’re getting them on the same ear. Getting multiple piercings can also cause increased swelling during healing and can prolong healing time.

Be mindful of getting cartilage piercings on both ears at the same time, as it can be difficult to sleep. Handy tip: Sleeping on your back is ideal, but you can also use our Ear Piercing Pillow so that you can sleep on your side if you’re strictly a side-sleeper! See our TikTok below:

@essential_beauty Side sleeper and scared to get a new piercing? No worries! One of our favourote healing hacks is to use a travel pillow during the healing stage of your new piercing 👂🪡 #piercing #piercingaftercare #essentialbeauty #newpiercing #helixpiercing #traguspiercing #conchpiercing ♬ original sound – vorostwins

 

How long will my piercing take to heal?

Healing time is different depending on the part of your body that you get pierced, it may take up to 24 months. Areas that are softer, with no cartilage, such as ear lobes, will heal faster than other areas. Healing times can vary from person to person and will also depend on how well you follow our recommended aftercare instructions. Any piercing can take up to a year or even longer to heal. After these recommended time frames, you may be ready to change over your piercing jewellery:

Ear lobes & tongue: 1–2 months
Lip/labret: 6-8 weeks for initial healing
Belly/navel: 6–12 months
Eyebrow, nose, & dermal: 2–4 months
Septum: 3–4 months
Surface: 3–6 months
Monroe & cheeks: 3–5 months
Nipple & genital: 4–6 months

After the times listed above, you may be able to remove your jewellery for a short time. However, your piercing may begin to shrink. We cannot give you an exact time for how long you can remove your jewellery before it becomes difficult to reinsert. This varies between people. Just remember – never force jewellery into a piercing that has shrunk. If you have any questions, please visit the piercing experts at your local Essential Beauty & Piercing salon.

For more details visit our piercing aftercare page.

Can I get pierced with a ring?

Yes, we can pierce you with a ring in most areas. Labret bars are commonly used for cartilage piercings on the ear, and pigtail studs for the nose. However, it is possible to get pierced with a ring in your cartilage or nose straight away! Other popular areas to have pierced with rings are the nipple, conch, lip, eyebrow and navel/belly.

Getting pierced with a ring is considered a jewellery upgrade, we recommend discussing your options with your Beauty Therapist!

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