Piercings FAQ’s

General Piercing Care

Healing Time

Tongue Piercing.

Tongue Piercing Aftercare

I want to get my tongue pierced, but I wanted to know if when I have it done they could put a clear “retainer” in it instead of a noticeable metal barbell?

I just got my nose pierced today and its sore and a bit red around the piercing, is this normal? And also I use a facial cleanser every night and morning will this affect the piercing?

What are some main important things I MUST do to keep my Industrial piercing clean and away from infection??

If I were to get my conch pierced, what would I have to do to take care of it?

Can you be 15 years old and get your tongue pierced with your parent’s consent and them supervising. How much does it cost? Would there be problems getting two separate piercings at the same time?

General Piercing Care

Be sure to keep your new piercing clean and never touch it with dirty hands. Wet with water, then lather up using Dial anti-bacterial soap, and remove any secretion and crusties around the ring and both sides of the hole. Only then, rotate the ring back and forth to work the soap into the piercing. Then rinse well.
Take care to keep clothing with lint, hair products, and makeup away from the piercing, as they, by themselves, promote irritation and infection.
Everyone will heal differently depending on to many factors to list, so if you have any questions or concerns, call or stop in. We are here for you.

Healing Time

For most piercings, the healing time is 8-12 weeks, so be sure to keep your new piercing clean during the entire time. We also do not recommend you changing your jewelry the first time. Come in, we can help you, and there is no charge for changing jewelry.

Tongue Piercing

The Tongue Piercing is a relatively painless piercing. If you bite the tip of your tongue it pinches. The further back you bite, it will feel more like pressure. This is because the tongue is mainly motor nerves. The only sensory nerves are on the surface, more surface area concentrated in the front. Thus the piercing itself is a quick pinch. The wait is worse.

Tongue Piercing Aftercare

The Tongue Piercing is a serious piercing and the after care is just as important. You will get a little bleeding which appears to be more due to blood mixing with saliva. You must rinse with Listerine any time you eat, drink, or smoke anything. Avoid beer and spicy foods. When you eat, do it slowly, starting with soft foods. Use caution not to bite down on the balls as this can chip your teeth.

The next thing we recommend is Gly-Oxide which is a peroxide like substance for the mouth. Use this in the morning and at night.

The swelling will last for 3 to 5 days. Be patient, and do not get alarmed. If you have any concerns, please stop down and talk to us.

I want to get my tongue pierced, but I wanted to know if when I have it done they could put a clear “retainer” in it instead of a noticeable metal barbell?

You have to leave the surgical/implant grade steel barbell in long enough for it to heal. You will have a very difficult time in the healing process if they use an acrylic barbell in the beginning. And it may not heal at all.

After the healing process has completed, you can change in an acrylic barbell/retainer, but they are not made to handle the extended wear like the metals, so it is suggested that you only wear acrylic for a short time, not as your normal jewelry.

I just got my nose pierced today and its sore and a bit red around the piercing, is this normal? And also I use a facial cleanser every night and morning will this affect the piercing?

It is rather normal for a a piercing to be sore and irritated for a few days after the piercing. As long as there is no yellowish or green discharge, you are fine.

As to the facial cleanser, you might want to avoid washing the nostril that is pierced. The cleanser may contain astringents that will slow the healing process. After washing your face make sure to rinse with plenty of clear, running water.

What are some main important things I MUST do to keep my Industrial piercing clean and away from infection??

The most important thing is regular washing with antibacterial soap(ie, Dial, SoftSoap, etc). Wash at least 3 times a day.

Secondly, never touch the barbell without washing your hands first. Even if you don’t think your hands are dirty, they probably are.

Third, never play with, or move, or rotate, the barbell when it is dry, while this may not lead to infection it promotes proper Healing, and will reduce chances of scarring.

If I were to get my conch pierced, what would I have to do to take care of it?

It is a relatively simple process, to properly care for any ear piercing. The most important part is proper cleaning.

Clean the hole 2-3 times a day with antibacterial soap. First, Cleaning the Hands, and then lathering the entry and exit wounds. From here you should proceed to slide the jewelry through the piercing(NOT removing the jewelry) merely enough to get soap into the hole ttself. Rotate the jewelry in the hole and then rinse with water. Be sure to thoroughly rinse, so there will be no soap residue in the piercing.

Never touch the jewelry without first washing your hands, and never play with, move, or rotate the jewelry when it is dry.

Can you be 15 years old and get your tongue pierced with your parent’s consent and them supervising. How much does it cost? Would there be problems getting two separate piercings at the same time?

While it would be technically possible to get your tongue pierced with parental consent at 15, I am not sure if any of our piercers will pierce a tongue that young.

A tongue piercing is a very serious piercing, and most people aren’t aware of the consequences of poor after care. If you need more information on why you probably shouldn’t get your tongue pierced at 15, bring your parent into one of our shops and talk it over with a piercer.

At any rate, tongue piercings cost $40 with a stainless steel barbell.

Also, there is no problem with getting multiple piercings in one sitting.