DO I HAVE TO BUY A WHOLE NEW BARBELL AFTER HEALING?- TONGUE PIERCING
HOW LONG UNTIL I CAN CHANGE MY JEWELRY? - NOSTRIL PIERCING
WHY DOES MY PIERCING STINK? - SEPTUM PIERCING
CAN SMALL OR INVERTED NIPPLES BE PIERCED? - NIPPLE PIERCING
DOES IT HURT? - SEPTUM PIERCING?
WILL I BE ABLE TO BREASTFEED AFTER I HAVE MY NIPPLES PIERCED? - NIPPLE PIERCING
WHY DO NAVELS TAKE SO LONG TO HEAL?
HOW DO I TAKE IT OUT? - SURFACE ANCHOR
DO YOU HAVE TO TRIM OR SHAVE MY EYEBROW TO PIERCE IT? - EYEBROW PIERCING
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PIERCING IS INFECTED?
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO HEAL?
WHAT CAN I EAT WHILE IT'S HEALING? - TONGUE PIERCING
WILL I TALK FUNNY? - TONGUE PIERCING?
Most piercings are just a slight pinch for a second, and most of our clients saying, “it was so much easier than I thought it would be”, or “that didn’t hurt at all”
Every minor needs to bring their birth certificate, a photo ID (such as a school ID or state issued ID), and a parent on the birth certificate must be present. The parent must have their photo ID as well.
We perform all of our piercings with single use, sterilized surgical needles. They are extremely sharp, therefore making the piercing as painless as possible. You get to watch us break open the needle package, and dispose of the needle immediately after the procedure.
It’s not recommended to pierce “outie” tissue. A normal navel piercing goes only through the surface skin at the edge or the navel, while an “outie” navel is more complex than simple surface skin; it is residual scarring from the umbilical cord. As such, an infected “outie” piercing can become dangerous quickly.
With that said, some people with outies have regular lips of surface skin above or below them-sort of a combination “innie” navel with a little outie inside. Depending on the individual shape of the navel, this surface skin may be piercable. However, this is entirely dependent upon your anatomy. Your best bet is to check with your piercer to see what’s possible.
Some people have enough of a lip on the bottom that it can be pierced—but very few. More often than not the answer is “no.”
Anytime you cut, scrap, or puncture your skin there is a chance of scarring. If you care for your piercing, scarring should be minimal (if at all) and is usually concealed beneath the hair of your eyebrow. The more the piercing is abused, however, the more your chances of noticeable scarring increases. If your piercing begins to migrate or grow out, take care to remove it before it gets to the surface, as that will result in further scarring. If you are left with a lump of tougher tissue or other marks, massaging the area with cocoa butter or emu oil a few times a day can help to minimize the scar.
DO NOT use any type of alcohol to clean your piercing. Alcohol is not meant for internal use, and will only irritate and further complicate the healing process.
If you are getting an ear piercing, depending on the location, the piercer may need to position your ear to push the needle or insert the jewelry. This may cause air to be trapped in the ear canal momentarily, and when pressure is released, there is a popping or crunching sound. The other cause of any noise can also occur when a receiving tube is used to cap the needle. You may hear a slight scraping noise from the needle rubbing against the inside of the tube.
Swelling can affect the way the jewelry sits in the piercing wound. We will have you check our markings before each piercing, and have you check the piercing after the jewelry is placed in the piercing to get your approval There is minimal swelling immediately after the piercing, so if you were pleased with the placement, but your piercing looks crooked a few days after the piercing when swelling is at it’s worst, give the piercing several more days to heal before making a final determination on straightness.
You will have some readjusting to do in the first week or so while your tongue is swollen. If you simply speak more slowly and carefully, you should be fine. (It’s sort of like speaking with a wad of gum in your mouth you’re trying to hide.) The day after getting pierced is typically the worst; by day three, at least you can fake it.
WHY CAN'T I GET A REALLY TIGHT FITTING RING? - NOSTRIL PIERCING
While this piercing does pass through thicker tissue than a few other piercings, most people-women especially-are surprised that it is not nearly as bad as they expected. Think of it as one really hard, quick bite. (Well, two actually, if you’re getting both nipples pierced.)
In almost all cases barbells are recommended for initial nipple piercings, as they tend to be the easiest to heal. For men that are physically active (working out or participating in sports) barbells are much less likely to get knocked around or caught. For women, barbells are simply easier for healing and managing under bras and other clothing.
After nipple piercings are healed, rings can sometimes be worn, but they must be large enough to not unnecessarily distort the piercing. For men, this usually means at least a ½” minimum diameter. For women, this means 5/8” or larger. However, it is important to note that for many women, rings can be problematic even after healing, as suitable jewelry depends on not only size of the nipple, but breast size and nipple location on the breast.
It seems that every year the variety of high quality septum jewelry increases, as more and more jewelers make designs in gold and other precious metals with gemstones and ornate filigree designs. While most of these pieces are too busy to be used for initial piercings, they are just fine for fully healed septums. That said, it is best to give your piercing at least two months before changing jewelry, but afterward the possibilities are endless.
At Infinite, we generally pierce navels at 12 gauge. Our experience has taught us this tends to be the best size jewelry for most lifestyles. While it is possible to pierce, and heal, a navel with 14-gauge jewelry, you must be even more careful and conscientious with your care; the thinner the jewelry is, the more likely the piercing is to be injured, scarred or even start to migrate when caught or pulled on. The thicker the jewelry, the more internal surface area you have, and therefore the more skin you have supporting the weight of the jewelry.
Think of it this way: If you distribute weight and pressure over a larger area or over more skin cells, the area becomes more resilient and resistant and, ideally, less prone to small tearing and scarring. It’s like carrying a heavy bag on your shoulder: A bag with thin straps cuts into your shoulder a lot more than a bag with wide straps since the weight is dispersed more evenly. As such, thicker jewelry can give you a little more of a chance of success with healing.
If you want to change the ends on your anchor, it’s best to make a trip to see your piercer. When changing the ends, you need to be able to hold onto the post coming through the skin; otherwise, you can cause the tissue holding the anchor to break free at the base, causing irritation and even rejection. So stop on by the shop; we’re happy to take care of it for you, and it is better to be safe than sorry.
While you shouldn’t be too hard on the area right around hole during the healing process, you can still wax, pluck, or shave your eyebrows, provided you are both cautious and careful and work around the piercing. Once your eyebrow piercing has fully healed you can temporarily remove the jewelry, wax or pluck the area, and then put it right back. (Just be careful to leave it out as short a time as possible; if you can leave it in, do.) During this process, you should also be sure to wash your hands and keep the jewelry clean.
Getting pierced with a piercing-gun is very unhealthy for your body. A piercing-gun inflicts blunt trauma force to the body (sort of like trying to punch a hole through your arm), which increases the chance for infection and an unpleasant healing process. ALL piercings should be performed with a hollow, surgical steel tri-bevel needle. This will alleviate the problem of “blowout” (having a volcano-like build-up of flesh around the exit hole of you piercing) and decrease chances for infection.
The first such problem is the risk of contracting disease. Most guns have plastic parts which cannot be properly sterilized, giving rise to the possibility of spreading bacterial infections, such as those suffered recently by a group of people in Oregon after getting pierced at a mall, or more serious blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis B and C.
The second problem has to do with the shape and composition of the jewelry itself and the force applied by it to the earlobe (or any body part), making healing difficult. These guns were first manufactured to tag livestock, and inflict unnecessary blunt trauma to the tissue. The studs used by the guns have clasps, which trap bacteria and which, when combined with the too-short post used by the jewelry, compress the tissue. This does not allow for any swelling, makes cleaning the site difficult, and reduces the availability of oxygen to the wound. In addition, the metal used for most of the gunned jewelry is of inferior quality and may inhibit healing by causing contact dermatitis or nickel allergies.
The best and safest option for any piercing, including earlobes, is to patronize a professional body piercer. These individuals have the proper training to perform safe piercings, unlike most physicians, and certainly unlike the poorly trained clerks piercing people in malls. Professional piercers observe proper sterile procedures, use a single-use, sharp needle that does not damage tissue, and good quality body jewelry made specifically for safe and speedy healing.