All Things Piercings

So you’re thinking about getting a new piercing, but not quite sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! This blog will give you everything you need to know about body piercings, from the many different kinds, to aftercare and healing times, to when it’s time to upgrade your jewelry!

The Basics

Pretty much everyone has had their ear lobes pierced at one point or another. If you haven’t, you at least have an idea of what kind of piercing that is! Lobes are simple and very versatile. Our pricing for a lobe is $15 each, and our prices always include standard jewelry! Below is a chart of all the piercings that we offer at Emerald Tattoo!

$25monroe/labret/vertical labret/ashley/navel
$30industrial/anti-tragus/dermal anchors
$50both nipples

Next up is facial and oral piercings! This is where things can get tricky. There are a bunch of different lip piercings, all with different names and locations. We also offer eyebrow piercings ,upper cheek dermal piercings, septum, and nostril piercings. Here’s a blog about the different lip and oral piercings we do!

Lastly, we’ve got body piercings. This includes anything from a navel piercing, nipple piercings, genital piercings, and dermal anchors! (Wanna learn more about nipple piercings? Go here!) Dermals are a fun and visually striking piercing, that can be place just about anywhere on the body. You can express your style and individuality with this unique body piercing, and our piercers love to do them! Click the link below to learn more about dermal anchors, how they’re done, and tips on placement.


Once you get a new piercing, aftercare is very important in the healing process. For full aftercare steps, check out the link below. Here are some quick tips to keep in mind during healing;

  • Never twist your piercing! It damages the newly developing skin cells that are trying to heal around the piercing, and can actually slow down the healing process!

  • WASHING your piercing 2-3 times a day is the best way to promote healthy healing

  • Sea salt spray helps clear away any crust build up, but shouldn’t be used solely for healing

  • Taking ibuprofen for the first few days after getting a piercing can reduce swelling

Time To Upgrade!

Once you’ve gotten your new piercing, you’re probably wondering when it’s time to upgrade and change out your jewelry. Before you’re able to switch to something fancy, you have to wait until it’s completely healed. I know waiting is hard, but be patient! Once your piercing is fully healed, you can come into the shop and our piercers will change out your jewelry at no cost! We have a wide variety of fashion jewelry at the shops, so you can find that perfect piece! Check out the chart below for healing times!

Healing Times

Ear lobe, Eyebrow, Labret 6-8 weeks
Lip, Septum, Tongue 6-8 weeks
Monroe, Nipple, Nostril, Tragus 2-3 months
Navel 6 months - 1 year
Cartilage 4 months - 1 year

Knowing what kind of body jewelry you should pick for yourself after your piercing is healed helps a lot. There are so many options out there, and you should know what type of jewelry goes where, what’s best for the piercing(s) you have, and what material works best for you. While our piercers can help suggest the best piece for you, having the knowledge for yourself is beneficial if you decide to purchase your jewelry elsewhere. For all the types of jewelry out there, click the link below!

Jewelry Type Placement
Stud Ear – Nose – Lip/Face
Straight Barbell Tongue – Ear
Curved Barbell Navel – Eyebrow
Circular Barbell Ear – Nose
Captive Bead Ring Ear – Nose – Eyebrow – Lip
Plug/Tunnel Ear
Nose Screw Nose

Accessorize Yourself!

Piercings are a unique and fun way to express oneself! No matter how many you have, or what you have, you can show off your unique style with them. If you’re not sure what kind of piercings would be best for you, don’t fret! Our piercers can give you suggestions on what would look good on YOU! All of our shops have a piercer on staff 7 days a week, and no appointments are needed to come get pierced! So we’ll see you soon!!