PIERCING AFTERCARE
Always consult your physician before beginning our aftercare instructions.
This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professionals advise. 

We want to personally thank you for trusting us with your new piercing. Our technicians are willing to assist you and answer all of your questions.

PIERCING AFTERCARE

1. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching/cleaning your piercing. It is recommended to use (non-fragrance) anti-bacterial liquid soap such as Dial Gold Original (soap bars are never recommended). Do not use regular soaps or hair products on the piercing while in the shower because it may cause irritation or infection.
2. Apply Organic Sterile Saline Solution to a cotton ball until fully damped. You may add a few drops of Tea Tree oil to your solution mix (Tea Tree oil is known to act as an antiseptic solution).
3. Place the soaked cotton ball to the new piercing for five minutes until all dried up lymph (white crust) clears from the fistula (the hole where the jewelry passes through). If some lymph is still not cleared you may let warm water run over the newly piercing until is softens the lymph. It is not recommended to rotate your jewelry if necessary because this may cause regenerating cellular damage to the fistula and it may even be affected by any clinging bacteria from the jewelry.
4. It is preferably to pad dry your new piercing with a paper new paper towel. Regular cloth towels may pull your new jewelry completely out.

ORAL AFTERCARE

HEALING TIME

1. If needed to touch your oral piercing you have to wash your hands with an anti-bacterial liquid soap thoroughly.
2. Follow normal piercing instructions for any piercings that have an external exit (lip, labret, monroe, etc.)
3. It is recommended to rinse for 1 minute with warm Organic Sea Salt mixed with distilled water 2 times a day (upon awakening and before going to sleep). You may use alcohol-free mouthwash 30 seconds after smoking or eating.
4. Avoid eating spicy or hard food for at least 5 days. Ice cubes may help with the swelling if any, you may take any anti-inflamatory medicine recommended by your physician.
5. Do not over-use mouth rinses if its unnecessary, you may irritate tongue. It is recommended for you to get used to your new piece of jewelry before going back to your normal routine, avoid biting your jewelry. It is possible to chip your teeth by being careless.

WHAT TO EXPECT

​​May feel tender, itchy or swollen for a few weeks.
Bleeding after the piercing for a few days may occur.
Some scarring, bumps (hypertrophic scars), depressions or holes may show on skin after you remove the jewelry.
May secrete a whitish-yellow fluid (lymph), which may crust on the jewelry. This discharge may stop at full healing period.
Piercing may swell. Applying an ice pack to the new piercing may help and/or ask you medical physician if any anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen is recommended.
Piercing may emit a foul smell through-out the lifetime of the piercing.
Piercing may close within minutes if removed even if it feels like it has fully healed.
May be slightly red. Redness may persist on and off for the entire healing period.
Multiple piercings done in one sitting around the same area may be prone to infections more than normal.
Call us at any of our locations if you have any questions and we will assist you to the best of our ability. If you are not satisfied with our response you may contact your physician.
Every person heals differently, following proper care of the piercing can improve healing time on any piercing. All initial piercings should be given 6 to 8 weeks to change. Estimate healing times: Ears, Lips, Face, Oral - 3mo; Nose, Cartilage, Others - 6mo. or more.
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    Always consult your physician and follow his/her Aftercare Products as we are not Professionals in the Medical field. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate care/prescription. If you experience any pain, difficulty, allegic reaction or any discomfot with these products, stop and consult your healthcare provider.

If You Have an Emergency Dial 911.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ???

WILL THE PIERCING HURT???
Yes, but for less than 30 seconds and significantly less than most people anticipate. Anticipation is the most painful part part of any piercing. We are not going to lie. Every piercing hurts but we can tell you every piercing is tolerable. You will not be the first person to get pierced and the pain will be so terrible that you would become the last person to get pierced. 

CAN YOU NUMB THE AREA BEFORE PIERCING???
No. Licensed medical professionals can legally administer intravenous anesthetics. Besides, the piercing itself would be less painful and 3 times faster if done by a professional. No, grandmas "Ice" Technique will worsen the process because Ice hardens the area to be piercing due to the fast temperature change on the surface of the dermis. 

CAN I TAKE PICTURES/VIDEOS OF MY FRIEND/MYSELF GETTING A PIERCING???
As long as you ask and are you not recording other customers there is no reason you shouldn't take pictures/videos. There are some procedures we do not allow cameras for customers privacy and comfortability.

WHAT SHOULD I USE TO CLEAN MY NEW PIERCING???
You may use sterile saline solution sold at our locations. You can also use organic salt mixed with drops of sea salt. You may use generic wound wash if you happen to have it at home and some people often use contact saline solution. But we recommend Sterile Saline Solution. And remember to wash your hands thoroughly with anti bacterial soap (no soap bars).

SEA SALT SOAKS OR SEA SALT SPRAYS???
You may use sterile saline solution sold at our locations. You can also use organic salt mixed with drops of sea salt. You may use generic wound wash if you happen to have it at home and some people often use contact saline solution. But we recommend Sterile Saline Solution. And remember to wash your hands thoroughly with anti bacterial soap (no soap bars).

SHOULD I ROTATE MY JEWELRY WHEN CLEANING???
It is best to leave it alone as you may cause more damage to your regenerating cells. If you have to move it to remove excess dried up drainage make sure you do it careful. try to remove all exterior excess build up before trying to move it as it would easily tear new tissue.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE FOR MY PIERCING???
You must not skip breakfast as this can make you light headed easily. Please refrain from drinking alcohol before your piercing as we are almost sure that alcohol will only make your experience worst. Please make sure you have your ID with you at all times during your visit as we may ask more than once for your Identification.

CAN I CHANGE MY JEWELRY MYSELF???
Yes you can, but you might find it a little hard because most likely the jewelry may be a little tight. You will have to turn to the left and hold tight on one side or it will just slide around your fingers and may irritate your ear. Also if you have a piercing on your ear please do not try to loosen your jewelry with your ear positioning upwards, this may cause jewelry or parts to fall in your ear.

CAN I GO SWIMMING AFTER MY NEW PIERCING???
It is not recommended to go swimming right away after your new piercing. Pool water may be contaminated therefore you can can contract a bacterial infection. Lake and rivers are also a good idea to stay away from until the piercing has healed. There has been reports that state the beach/ocean is actually not bad to your new piercing due to the organic salt content in the water, but again you may consult with your own physician and ask them.

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO GET A PIERCING???
State Law indicates 18 with a valid ID or parental consent if under 18. It shall be unlawful for any person to pierce any part of the body other than ears of another person under the age of 18 for the purpose of allowing the insertion of earrings, jewelry, or similar objects into the body, unless the prior consent of a custodial parent or guardian is obtained. Anyone violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-400 Sec. B

CAN I GET A PIERCING WHERE AN EXISTING HOLE WAS???
Ask your piercer technician to take a look at the scar tissue if any but usually this tends not to be a problem. If there is severe scarring we can adequately place it close to it or find a newer location of your liking.

CAN YOU PIERCE MY INFANTS EARS???
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says there's little risk at any age if the piercing is performed carefully and cared for properly. But the AAP recommends waiting until a child is old enough to take care of its own piercing. We will pierce babies of 8 months and older with all their sets of shots up to date according to their age. Parental care is highly recommended.

CAN I GET MORE THAN ONE PIERCING AT ONCE???
Yes. You can get as many piercings as you want as long as your piercer technicians deems it safe. Please ask you piercer if its a good idea and if you have the correct space.

CAN I GET A PIERCING WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING???
We do not recommend it. There are many different answers to this question and it is advisable to contact your personal physician.

CAN I BRING MY OWN JEWELRY FOR A NEW PIERCING???
​All piercings go through a rough healing time and we can not guarantee your piercing will never get infected . It is normal for your piercing to turn red, feel tender to touch, and it may also have some drainage. It can also have small bumps that are caused of drainage trapped under healing skin. We cannot diagnose an infection but if you have any questions you may call us or email us. Please see your physician if you think you have an infection.

HOW MUCH DOES A PIERCING COST???
Piercing prices varies depending on piercing and location. You may also need to take into consideration of having extra money for your aftercare products which you may buy them at our stores or sometimes you can find them at your local pharmacy,
IS IT SAFE TO PIERCE WITH A PIERCING GUN???
Absolutely NOT!!!! A professional piercer would never use an ear-piercing gun, even on an earlobe. There are many reasons for this, primarily because piercing guns cannot be adequately sterilized between uses. Secondly, the jewelry design is inappropriate, even for lobes, as the post is too short and blunt to allow for swelling and proper cleaning.

HOW CAN I FIND A PIERCING STUDIO???
You should look for a clean environment with highly trained technicians who can answer your questions. Ask if they have a hand washing sink and ask see their autoclave monthly passed spore test. This will help you ease your mind knowing that their tools are sterile. You may also ask to see that your are being pierced with a full sterile and disposable set up.

CAN I HOLD MY FRIEDNS/RELATIVES HAND DURING A PIERCING???
NO. I apologize in advance but we have witnessed accidents that could have been prevented by simple asking our customers to hold a stress ball if necessary. Please ask your technician for a stress ball if necessary. We do allow parents to hold their children hand if necessary.

CAN I USE ALCOHOL OR HYDROGEN PEROXIDE FOR MY PIERCING???
NOO. Alcohol is never recommended because it actually burns the flesh and it may irritate the area of your new piercing. Alcohol and hydrogen peroxide may affect new regenerating cells and cause scarring.

HOW CAN I TELL IF MY PIERCING IS INFECTED???
All piercings go through a rough healing time and we can not guarantee your piercing will never get infected . It is normal for your piercing to turn red, feel tender to touch, and it may also have some drainage. It can also have small bumps that are caused of drainage trapped under healing skin. We cannot diagnose an infection but if you have any questions you may call us or email us. Please see your physician if you think you have an infection.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE A NEW PIERCING TO HEAL???
All piercings go through a rough healing time and we can not guarantee your piercing will never get infected . It is normal for your piercing to turn red, feel tender to touch, and it may also have some drainage. It can also have small bumps that are caused of drainage trapped under healing skin. We cannot diagnose an infection but if you have any questions you may call us or email us. Please see your physician if you think you have an infection.

DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT TO GET PIERCED?
​You may not need an appointment. Anyhow it is recommended, if you have an appointment for a piercing, the front counter person will be expecting you and you will most likely have no extra wait time of that of the normal wait. If we happen to have a full lobby and you have an appointment you will put in front of any walk-in customer.

CAN I TAKE PAIN MEDICATION BEFORE MY PIERCING???
Most pain medications may thin your blood, and make you bleed more than normal. It is not recommended to be on any substance before receiving your piercing, your technician may deny service if signs of substance is present.

If you have any piercing healing concerns you may stop and see one of our technicians.