FAQ & Aftercare

General FAQs

Does it hurt?


Yes it does for a moment but a lot of clients reckon it’s the clamp that is more uncomfortable.

What metal is used?


High quality titanium grade metal is used. Bioplast can also be used for surface piercings and some other piercings for those who are very sensitive to metal. However Titanium does not give any problems with 99% of clients.

Do you use a gun for piercing?


No, piercing guns can be used on ear lobes but that is all. A needle is far more accurate and less traumatic on the tissue. Also, with a gun, the butterfly back does not allow for swelling of the ear and the back can become embedded under the skin and have to be surgically removed.

What type of ID do I need?


To be pierced by me you will need to be 16 years of age or be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If I challenge your age, please do not be offended as I need to protect myself and you, the client. Acceptable forms of ID will be Passport, driving license (including provisional), or any valid and legal photographic ID.

Why is the bar so long when pierced?


The bar has to allow for swelling to enable the area pierced to swell. If this is not long enough, it can heal over the ball/bar and need to be surgically removed. The bar can be changed to a smaller one after a couple weeks to a more comfortable size once the swelling has gone down.

Aftercare FAQs

What should I use to clean my piercing?


Submerge the piercing in salt water twice a day, you can make up the solution your self by adding 1/4 a teaspoon of sea salt, per 1 shot glass of water.

What should I do if I get a infection?


Leave your jewellery in, unless directed otherwise by a medical professional. regular cleaning with salt water should help. If symptoms persist you should see your doctor.

Will I get an infection?


As long as you follow aftercare instructions and keep very good hygiene you will not get an infection. All my equipment is sterilised with an autoclave, and I use disposable needles.

Infections and Reactions are often confused. Infections are serious and may need antibiotics or GP intervention. However part of the healing process can cause weeping, crustiness, redness, swelling and other symptoms. This is not necessarily an infection.

I have a lump around my piercing, what is it?


This could be a form of scarring. Please seek advice from me for instructions on how to reduce this.

How long will it take to heal?


The average time for it to heal is 6 weeks to 3 months. Depending on where it is and aftercare given. The piercing may look healed on the outside but piercings heal from the outside in. So please continue with the aftercare cleaning routine for at least 6 weeks.

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