Preparing for a Piercing

The following is a helpful guide to assist you in knowing what to do and expect when preparing for a body piercing.

Preparing for a Piercing: The Night Before

  • Drink lots of water and try to get plenty of sleep!
  • Please don’t drink heavily the night before when preparing for your new piercing. Even if it’s not enough to make you hung-over, it could still thin your blood the next day.
  • If you feel like you’re getting sick, or are outright sick, please wait until you’re completely better to get pierced. Coming in sick is not only inconsiderate because it exposes the piercer and other employees and clients to your sickness; it may also hinder your piercing’s healing process.
  • Some people have medical conditions which require a doctor’s note beforehand. If you fear this may apply to you, please call the studio ahead of time to verify whether your condition requires a physician’s authorization form. If it turns out to be necessary, you’ll have come into the studio beforehand to obtain a form and have your doctor sign it before coming back in to get a piercing.
  • Check to ensure you have your ID, driver’s license, or passport. If you’re not sure if the identification you have is acceptable, you can always read more about our id policies.

Preparing for a Piercing: The Day Of

  • If you’re getting an ear piercing and have long hair, it’s always a good idea to bring an extra hair tie and some bobby pins to help keep your hair out of the way.
  • The area around your new piercing will need to be cleaned before being pierced. If you’re wearing any makeup, (foundation in particular) you should be prepared for it to be scrubbed off during the cleaning. (Please don’t ever reapply makeup on or near a fresh piercing!)
  • If you spray tan, be aware that you will have a large spot scrubbed clean around the piercing area. If you plan on spray tanning while you’re piercing is still healing, you’ll need to make sure it’s sufficiently covered.
  • The area around your new piercing might be difficult to shave for awhile after it’s been pierced. It might be helpful to ensure its clean shaven beforehand.
  • Not just when preparing for a piercing, but also during the time it’s healing it’s usually best to wear comfortable clothes that aren’t going to rub or otherwise constrict the piercing. Some piercing areas can be hard to get to, make sure the clothes you’re wearing to get pierced in don’t make it even more difficult to get to. (If getting a piercing below the belt, it’s best to wear a comfortable pair of underwear you don’t mind getting stained.)
  • It might seem to go without saying, but please make sure you shower or bathe beforehand, particularly if you’re doing any piercings below the belt. Also, if you’re preparing for an oral piercing don’t forget to brush your teeth too please.
  • Always eat a meal at least six hours before heading in to get pierced!
  • We will not pierce anyone under the influence. It’s actually illegal. Even the smell of one beer could get you turned away. If you follow the directions and warnings on the bottle you can take a small amount of Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Midol or other similar product, but don’t expect it to help with the piercing’s pain. Besides, swelling relievers are usually best saved for after the piercing. If you are on any regular medications, you might consider asking your doctor ahead of time.
  • Don’t drink a bunch of caffeine or energy drinks when preparing for a piercing! It will not only thin your blood; it will make it harder to sit still.
  • You may need a doctor’s note if you have medical conditions like a bleeding disorder, a heart condition, or if you have to take antibiotics before going to the dentist. The consent form you’ll have to sign has a detailed list of these conditions. Please be honest, saying you have one of these conditions doesn’t usually mean we can’t pierce you; it may only mean you’ll be asked to come back with a doctor’s permission. We want you to be safe when getting pierced, so please understand that we do this for your well-being.
  • Make sure to set aside plenty of time for getting your new piercing. We get busy sometimes, but still like to take our time giving each client the attention they deserve. If you’re on a limited timeframe (like with a lunch break) please be understanding of the wait or try planning on coming back later when you’ll have more time.
  • Bring your friends! The more the merrier. Not only does it make it more fun, but we also do group discounts!

What to do after getting a new piercing

  • Please wait until you get to the front counter to pay your bill. Sometimes there’s a tip jar in the piercing room, but there’s always one at the front counter.
  • Because it’s a service industry, (an incredibly intimate one at that) you should definitely tip your piercer. The normal tipping percentage (15-20%) is the same gratuity expected for other service industries, which are considerably less intimate.
  • The aftercare you need to follow for your new piercing will be given to you both verbally and in writing to take home with you. Even if you’re feeling out of it, it’s still very important to pay close attention to these instructions.
  • Consider picking up some of our aftercare products to aid healing your piercing. Our studios have tried and tested the best products in the industry and conveniently offer a variety of products to choose from, which include vegan and organic options.
  • Ask to see other jewelry options for your piercing once you’re healed! If we don’t have it we can order it.
  • As with any healing, the better you take care of yourself the better your body will heal. In the days preceding your new piercing, please take good care of yourself. Drink lots of water, get plenty of rest, and try to keep your body fed and nourished.
  • Excessive drinking will inhibit your healing processes, especially the first night. Drinking the night or even first few days after receiving a new oral piercing (not just tongue piercing but any lip piercings too) can be particularly problematic. Take it easy and your piercing should thank you with a quick, trouble free heal.
  • Don’t be afraid to call your piercer or the studio with questions about piercing. All of our piercers and staff are more than willing to explain aftercare, do free follow-up check-ins, or just give you any information you may need.

Remember: The only silly question is the one you don’t ask.

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