Piercing Questions

Do dermal anchors have to be surgically removed?
What do you use to put in dermal anchors?
Can you pierce my tongue?
Can I breast feed if I get my nipples pierced?
I had my ___ pierced __ months ago and I can’t get my jewelry back in. Did it close?
Does getting a piercing hurt?
How long will it take for my ____ piercing to heal?
I’m swollen! Is that normal?
Can you pierce my ear lobe? What about stretching?
Can I get a piercing or tattoo if I’m pregnant?

 

Do dermal anchors have to be surgically removed?

No no no no! Why would anyone get them if they had to be taken out surgically? Dermal anchors come out the same way they go in; with a piercing needle. Dermal anchors consist of a small foot with holes in it that is placed under the skin, and the watery parts of your blood dry up inside them. That’s what keeps it in. Removing a dermal simply consists of detaching what has grown through from the foot. There’s no ripping, tearing, gouging or cutting involved. It shouldn’t be any more painful that putting it in and it should be just about as quick. So if you get a dermal anchor and you want it out for any reason, you can come see us and we’ll take care of it for you. If your piercer tells you these have to be surgically removed, you probably shouldn’t be letting them put it in!

What do you use to put in dermal anchors?

We use a piercing needle. No scalpels, no dermal punches, no biopsy tools. If you’ve watched a dermal anchor being done on YouTube, chances are you saw it done with one of the aforementioned tools. So don’t scare yourself by assuming we’re going to be slicing and poking you with all kinds of crazy stuff. It’s a very quick process, done with the same kind of needle we use for any other piercing. Most customers actually say it’s less painful than a traditional piercing.

Can you pierce my tongue?

We get this one a lot, and the answer has always been yes. Some people are under the impression that the arterial veins running along the bottom of the tongue are sometimes in a place that prevent you from getting it pierced, but they’re actually very easy to avoid regardless of their positioning. If one of the veins happens to run directly in the middle of your tongue, we’ll aim slightly off to one side on the bottom. The top will always be centered. It’s the same deal with the frenulum, which is the webbing connecting your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. If you’re tongue-tied, or your frenulum is very close to the tip of your tongue, we can just go to one side of it. Again, it won’t look crooked because it’ll be center on the top.

Can I breast feed if I get my nipples pierced?

Most people don’t have issues breast feeding after having their nipples pierced. There are several lactation ducts that run through the nipple and very few of these ducts will be damaged by the jewelry. Some will shift their position to accommodate the piercing. Funny fact: in many cases, colostrum and the various fluids that comprise breast milk will flow in ‘unorthodox’ directions and what was once a stream becomes more like a sprinkler.

I had my ___ pierced __ months ago and I can’t get my jewelry back in. Did it close?

Piercings don’t just close. They shrink over time. If you took out a piece of jewelry and can’t get it back in, chances are the channel that the jewelry sits in has just gotten smaller. We have tools called tapers, which start small and gradually get thicker, that we can use to reinsert your jewelry by gently stretching the channel enough to accommodate your ring or barbell. Even if you’ve had a piercing out for many months, there is still a chance that we can get your jewelry back in without having to actually re-pierce it.

Does getting a piercing hurt?

Pain is generally proportionate to the amount of nerve endings present in the area being pierced. For example, nipples which have many nerve endings hurt substantially more than the center of the tongue where very few nerve endings are present. Regardless, all piercings are very quick and the pain is temporary. The most popular reaction from our customers is “really? It’s over already? I was so nervous for nothing.” And we get to say, “told ya so.” When piercings are done properly by well-trained and experienced body piercing technicians, efforts are made to make the entire process as efficient and easy as possible. We make great efforts to make sure every customer is as comfortable as possible throughout the entire experience.

How long will it take for my ____ piercing to heal?

Healing times vary from piercing to piercing, and person to person. Lifestyle is a huge factor when it comes to how long it’s going to take for your new piercing to heal. Excessive irritation caused by movement or other outside factors, your healing time will lengthen. So if your hair is pulling on your industrial or your child is grabbing your new lip ring, chances are you’ll be caring for your piercing longer. We will give you extensive aftercare instructions, including a timeframe in which you can expect your piercing to be healed and ready for new jewelry during your visit.

  • Most oral piercings will heal within 30-45 days. Piercings that are both oral and surface piercings, such as lips, monroes and labrets, will heal on the inside within 30-45 days but the outside must continue to be taken care of for an average of 6-9 weeks.
  • There are many ear piercings, depending on which part of the ear is being pierced aftercare can be as short as 60 days and as long as 7 months.
  • Dermal anchors will heal in about 60-90 days, and should be maintained throughout the length of time you have the piercing.
  • Navels generally take six months to a year, but here at Mom & Pop’s we use a higher grade titanium navel jewelry which will speed up the healing process to about 4-5 months.
  • Surface piercings have to be cared for 2-3 times a day for the first 6-8 months, and should be maintained throughout the length of time you have the piercing.

These are generalizations. If you want to know specifically how long a certain piercing will take to heal, just give us a call at 508-SKIN-ART!

I’m swollen! Is that normal?

Minor swelling is very normal and expected with most piercings. Major swelling is not, so if you’re experiencing a lot of swelling that’s a good reason to by so we can change the jewelry to something that will allow the swelling to peak and subside comfortably. Once the swelling subsides, we’ll put in something that fits you better. There’s no charge for changing jewelry when what we first did it with wasn’t big enough!

Can you pierce my ear lobe? What about stretching?

Yes, but the smallest piece of jewelry we can use is a 16 gauge. We don’t use piercing guns at Mom & Pop’s, so if you want a traditional ear stud you’re better off having it done at the mall. If you’re looking to stretch your ears, however, we can pierce them at a larger size to get you off to a quicker start. We can also stretch your ears for you, using tapers and lubrication to make it as easy as possible.

Can I get a piercing or tattoo if I’m pregnant?

We always exercise universal precautions when performing body art. Whether you’re pregnant or not, the risk of infection is basically the same. However, pregnancy is not a permanent condition and potential complications could effect your growing baby so waiting is advised and insisted upon by Mom & Pop’s. Family first, just wait!