Piercings on Minors
We offer earlobe piercings on individuals from age 13 and older. We offer nostril, navel, simple ear cartilage and earlobe piercings on individuals 16 and older. We require that a guardian be present for any procedure and you must bring government issued photo identification for both guardian and minor as well as the original or certified copy of the birth certificate to prove guardianship as required by Washington state law.
For any new piercing with proper attention and care, the healing process can be fairly easy and pain free. The following aftercare suggestions are based on years of experience, research, and feedback from thousands of clients. If at anytime you feel the healing process is no longer going smoothly or if you have concerns, please do not hesitate to stop by the studio.
About the materials we use:
We use ASTM compliant materials. This means they are proven safe for use in piercing applications by scientific testing. Any jewelry that is made of materials that are not certified for human implant applications should be treated as novelty jewelry and never worn in contact with body fluids for extended periods of time. Serious and irreversibly permanent damage can occur from certain materials, as toxins from the materials are absorbed through your skin into the bloodstream.
Sea Salt Soaks:
Mix: 4 teaspoons of non-iodized sea salt to 1 gallon (1/4” teaspoon to 8oz) distilled or purified water.
Heat: Mixture should be heated to as warm as you can stand to the touch.
Dry: Use a clean disposable product (i.e. Q-tip, sterile gauze, paper towel).
We suggest soaking the piercing in warm sea salt solution a minimum of twice daily at any point a saline spray is not enough. Each soak should last at least 10 minutes, and the piercing should be fully submerged. Use a large glass or ceramic cup (drinking glass, coffee mug, Pyrex measuring cup), and do not use anything plastic. Do not use a shot glass; the solution will not stay warm through the duration of the soak. Continue soaking the piercing until it is no longer irritated. Soaks can be combined with saline spray. Soaks aid in the removal of dirt and dried discharge, and improve circulation and white blood cell response to the piercing.
A lack of sensation is not an indication of full healing and aftercare should be a daily occurrence to ensure a safe and fast healing process. Both methods of care, sterile saline spray or seal salt soaks, are acceptable. However, soaks can provide more benefits to the healing process, especially during irritations.
Sterile Saline Spray:
We suggest the use of a sterile saline spray to help keep new piercings clean. The saline should be used at consistent intervals throughout the day. It is great for rinsing away accumulated debris on and around the piercing, as well as softening built up discharge. Allow a few minutes before wiping away any discharge with a clean and disposable product, such as a Q-Tip. Ensure the piercing is clean and thoroughly dried. As long as the piercing is not problematic or irritated, a sterile saline spray is sufficient for aftercare.
The saline spray is intended as a secondary product to sea salt soaks, not as a replacement for the soaking process.
Ten minute soaks in sea salt solution should be looked at as a “deep clean” that stimulates blood flow to the wound, and helps expedite the evacuation of lymph, dead skin cells, mucous and bacteria.
Saline spay does not provide as many benefits as the saline soaks, but will provide a method for cleaning in between soaks.
DO NOT ROTATE, TWIST, OR TURN YOUR JEWELRY
While saline spray or soaks alone work great in reducing irritations and shortening healing times, you may find the occasional use of a mild soap helpful. If you feel the need to clean a piercing with soap, it should be done EXTERNALLY only, and not introduced inside of the healing piercing. We suggest using Dr. Bronner Baby Castile Soap at a diluted ratio of 10:1
(water: soap). Soap may be used periodically, but should always be used in conjunction with your daily saline spray or saline soak routine.
Check the ends of your jewelry frequently. This is best done during or immediately following a shower with recently washed hands. In most cases, this is the only time to touch your jewelry during healing.
Things to avoid:
For a faster and minimally problematic healing process, we suggest avoiding introducing the following to your healing piercing. Failure to do so may result in irritations, slower healing times, scarring, and potential infections.
Avoid submerging your piercing in any body of water (lakes, oceans, rivers, streams Jacuzzis, bathtubs, etc.) except for saline soaks.
Avoid oral and/or sexual contact.
Do not use first-aid productions, anti-bacterial soaps, Bactine, ointments, lotions, creams, oils, ear care solutions, rubbing alcohol, peroxides, cosmetics, or make-up.
DO NOT ROTATE, TWIST OR TURN YOUR JEWELRY
Drink plenty of water or use ice until the area has relaxed back to normal size. Use an alcohol-free mouthwash, such as Crest ProCare or Biotene, no more than 4 times daily. Mouthwash should be used after breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and once more before going to bed. Allow AT LEAST 3-4 hours between rinses. Water is fine to drink between rinses, but do not eat or drink anything else.
No oral or sexual contact. Keep all other body fluids away from your piercing, even if you are in a monogamous relationship.
Alcohol, smoking, and excessive caffeine, sugary, spicy, salty, highly acidic foods and drinks can irritate and slow the healing process.
Do not play with jewelry while healing. Do not apply toothpaste directly to the piercing. Avoid mouthwashes with alcohol, peroxides, gum, breath mints, and other oral products.
In addition to the rinses inside your mouth, you must also care for the outside of the piercing. Like all other piercings, we suggest a sterile saline spray and/or saline soaks.
Most oral piercings swell during the initial phase of healing. Swelling, bleeding, bruising, discharge of clear/whitish fluid and or minor indentations in the surrounding tissue are normal. Should you experience extremes of any of these, please stop by for a consult at your earliest convenience.
Most oral piercings will require the use of longer jewelry in the beginning to accommodate for any swelling. We highly recommend returning after the initial healing phase has passed, commonly 3-4 weeks, to downsize your jewelry. This is often an intermediate downsize, and further downsizing is not only possible but necessary. Downsizing your jewelry is the best way to minimize incurring irreversible dental damage over the course of your oral piercing.
*ALL PIERCINGS GO THROUGH MULTIPLE STAGES OF HEALING. FRESH PIERCINGS CAN BE RED, SWOLLEN, BRUISED, BLEED, AND HAVE A WHITISH/YELLOWISH DISCHARGE (LYMPH FLUID AND WHITE BLOOD CELLS). SHOULD YOU EXPERIENCE EXTREMES OF ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS, PLEASE CONSULT US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.