Average Prices For Jewelry
(See "PRICING" for the cost of the piercing service)
Surface barbells $30.00-40.00
Dermal Anchors $20.00
Tongue Web $15.00-30.00
Labret, Medusa,Monroe $20.00-45.00
Male Genital Piercings
Most jewelry cost $20-40
Female Genital Piercings
Most jewelry cost $15-40
Suggested aftercare for your piercing
DO NOT PLAY, MOVE or ROTATE YOUR JEWELRY!
This will only hurt your piercing and prevent healing!
The information in this pamphlet is based upon our experience as piercers and current industry standards. We are not doctors, our suggestions whether written or verbal are not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a problem, you can call or come in. If you seek medical advice, keep in mind that he/she may be unfamiliar with the specific healing of body piercing. Please seek out a piercing friendly physician.
Salt Water Soaks
Warm salt water soaks help draw out discharge, flush out cellular contaminants, and prevent infection. They also stimulate circulation and encourage speedy healing. Soaks are recommended to be performed once to twice a day.
The supplies you will need are; Disposable cups, Distilled Water, and Non-iodized Sea Salt.
¼ tsp of salt into 8 oz of water or 4 tsp into one gallon. A stronger mixture is not better. Place salt water into disposable cup, warm the water, and invert over piercing. Piercings that are hard to invert over (Eyebrow, Nostril, etc.), fill the cup to the top. Place the body part into the cup. Soak your piercing for 5-10 minutes minimum. If it is still to hard to soak the piercing this way, soaking a gauze pad and placing it on the piercing can help but placing the piercing in the salt water is more efficient. Pat dry with a disposable product when finished. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry.
Oral piercings: Inside of the mouth should be rinsed twice a day for at least 30 seconds. The outside of the mouth should be soaked in suggestions above. Rinse with bottled water after anything enters your mouth.
The following should be avoided.
Rubbing Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Antibiotic ointments ( Neosporin, Bacitracin, A&D), Betadine, Povidine Iodine, Hibiclens, Bactine and ear cleaning products (Ear care). Most of these products are too harsh to healing cells and petroleum products can keep oxygen out of the piercing. If the label on these products say “ Do not use on Deep Puncture wounds” do not use on your piercing.
Avoid over cleaning. This can delay the healing of the piercing. Using too many products at one time can also delay the healing and if a problem does arise, it will be hard to determine the cause.
Avoid undue trauma such as friction, playing with the jewelry or vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.
Avoid all oral and physical contact to the piercing with other’s bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.
Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.
Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, ocean, etc. Or protect them by using a water proof wound sealant bandage (Tegaderm). These are available at most drugstores.
Avoid all beauty products and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays.
Avoid drinking alcohol for oral piercings until the piercing is healed.
To benefit your piercing.
Wash your hands before touching your piercing. Leave it alone except when cleaning. DO NOT rotate your jewelry. It is not necessary.
Wash your bedding. Wash pillow cases frequently for facial piercings. Clean/breathable clothing around the piercing will help. Showers are safer than bathing. Bath tubs can harbor bacteria.
Swelling and some bruising can be normal for most piercings. Placing ice on the piercing or taking over the counter anti-inflammatory (Ibuprofen) can help. Do not move the jewelry.
A healthy life style will help he healing. Eat well and get enough sleep. Daily nutritional supplements including iron, vitamin B, 1000-5000mg of vitamin C and zinc are recommended.
Bleeding can be normal for some piercings. Please prepare for this. Localized swelling, tenderness and bruising are also normal.
Hints and Tips
Unless there is a problem with the size, style, or material of the initial jewelry, leave it in place for the entire healing process. Come in the studio and have a piercer change the piercing for you.
If you have to change the piercing for a job, sport or medical procedure (MRI), there are retainers we can place into the piercing for the mean time. Leaving the piercing without jewelry is not recommended. Well healed piercings have been known to close or tighten, making jewelry hard and uncomfortable to place back in.
During healing these things are normal: some discoloration, itching, and a secretion of whitish - yellow fluid(not pus) that can form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry.
Once healed; the jewelry may not move freely. Do not force it.
A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because they heal from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the tissue remains fragile on the inside. BE PATIENT, keep cleaning the piercing throughout the entire healing period.
Tighten threaded jewelry with freshly washed hands. Keeping a spare ball with you can help if you forget to do this and lose the ball on the jewelry.
A hard, vented eye patch can be applied under tight clothing or secured by an Ace bandage to protect the area from excess irritation or impact during physical activities.
Ear and facial:
Avoid phone usage on the piercing while healing. Sleep on the opposite side. Avoid head phones, hats and helmets or anything that may contact the area. Inform your hair stylist of the new piercing to avoid undue trauma.
The support of a tight fitting cotton shirt or sports bra may provide protection and feel comfortable, especially when sleeping.
Piercings can bleed freely for the first few days, be prepared. Wash your hands before touching the area. In most cases you can engage in sexual activity as soon as you feel ready, but maintaining hygiene and avoiding trauma are vital; all sexual activities should be gentle during the healing.
Oral and physical sex:
Use barriers such as condoms(no spermicidal), dental dams, and waterproof bandages, etc. to avoid contact with your partner’s body fluids, even in monogamous relationships. Use clean, disposable barriers on sex toys. Use a new container of water based lubricant. After sex, soak your piercing. This information includes nipple piercings as well.
Swelling can be controlled by putting ice on the piercing. Ice chips on the inside and ice in a paper towel on the outside. Once the swelling has subsided, it is vital to replace the original longer jewelry with a shorter post to avoid intra-oral damage. Come into the studio and have a piercer change it for you. Cut down on putting things like fingers, gum, pens, etc into your mouth. Cut down or stop smoking( prolongs healing and swelling). Avoid wet kissing and unprotected oral sex.
Slowly eat small bites of food. Avoid eating spicy or acidic or hot temperature foods for a few weeks. Cold foods and beverages can sooth and reduce swelling. Avoid mashed potatoes and oatmeal or tacky food. For tongue piercings, keep your tongue level in your mouth as you eat. Lip piercings, be cautious about opening your mouth too wide as this can result in the jewelry catching the jewelry. Avoid using mouth wash with alcohol. Rinse with bottled water after eating or drinking anything.
It is always possible for living bodies to react to foreign objects introduced into them. Allergic reactions can happen to jewelry and the clean materials you use. The metals we use to pierce with are implant grade. If you feel you may be having an allergic reaction please read what is normal to piercings and if you still feel this way please feel free to come into the studio. If you are going to seek medical advice, please see an allergist, do not see your normal doctor, an allergist is the only person who can tell you what metal you are allergic to.
These come from open skin in contact to bacteria and other contaminants (Dirty hands, other fluids, swimming unprotected). If an infection is occurs, DO NOT REMOVE THE JEWELRY! Leaving jewelry in allows the piercing to drain. If you take it out, the hole will close trapping the infection in the body. If you take care of you piercing, you may never have to deal with this! Signs of an infection can be and not limited to;
Having a large amount of discharge that is thick, green, or gray and smells bad, red streaks coming from the piercing site, symptoms that last for a week or get worse, and experiencing fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or disorientation.
If the jewelry moves closer to the surface or the tissue gets narrower between the openings of a piercing, this is termed “migration.” If the piercing migrates past a point of remaining viable or comes all the way to the surface, this is termed “rejection.” For safety and longevity, a piercing should have at least 5/16” inch (almost 8 mm) of tissue between the entrance and exit holes.
A body piercing should be abandoned if the tissue between the entry and exit progressively gets smaller or thinner over time.
These are the estimated healing times for your piercings. Each body is unique
and healing times vary considerably. Please leave your original jewelry in
until it is fully healed!
Oral: Tongue 6-8 weeks Lip, Monroe, etc 3-4 months Webbing in the mouth 6-8 weeks Cheeks 6-12 months
Facial: 3-4 months Cartilage 3-6 months
Nipple / Navel: 4-6 months
Female Genital: Outer Labia 4-6 months
Inner Labia, Clitoral Hood: 2-3 months
Clitoris 6-8 weeks Male Genital: P.A. 6-8 weeks Frenum and Scrotum 2-4 months
Ampallang/ Apadravyas: 4-12 months
Surface piercings: 6 months
Single Point piercings: 2-3 months.
If you have a question or a problem please contact us or come into the studio at any time.
Each body piercer is trained differently.
"I did an apprenticeship, completing a year and a half, under another piercer starting in 1994. I proceeded to follow this with a piercing seminar held by Gaunlet (the founding company of modern piercing) in November of 1995. I became an A.P.P. member in 1997. Every year I continue to get educated and attend the annual conference held by the A.P.P. I helped the city of Worcester write the guidelines for body piercing and tattoo. I accompanied Bethra Szumski, the president of the A.P.P.,to Boston for help writing the guidelines in 2000."
Started out as the front counter person for two years and started his apprenticeship under Marc. Sam already had a great education from working the front counter. The apprenticeship lasted a year and a half. During this time he had two long time A.P.P. member body piercers to learn from. Emrys Yetz and Marc showed Sam everything they could about piercing and sterilization. At the start of 2011 Sam will have been professionally piercing for 2 years and is an A.P.P. member.
All our jewelry is hand polished to a mirror finish in order to offer the smoothest surface possible. All our threaded products are internally threaded and have a self-locking feature built into the threads to minimize jewelry losses.All our captives are fully annealed for ease of installation.