Body Piercing FAQ’s
Our Piercers here at Old London Road have put together their collective experience to try and answer some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions or if you would like further clarification, please do get in touch and one of our professional piercers will be able to help you further.
When are you open and do I need an appointment?
While our piercers are here seven days a week, 11am to 6pm, we recommend that you contact us to make an appointment. Please do make sure you have eaten well and have valid photo ID with you.
Does it hurt?
The piercers here at the studio use the latest in techniques to help make your piercing process as quick and pain free as possible. There will always a be certain amount of discomfort, which will vary from person to person but we will do our best to keep this to a minimum for you.
What jewellery do you use?
We only stock high quality jewellery here in the studio. Our basic range of jewellery is medical grade titanium (ASTM F-136) which has a high polish finish and is internally threaded, Titanium is a lightweight metal that is ideal for people with concerns about nickel sensitivity. Â All jewellery used in the studio will be titanium unless otherwise stated. This is to aid the healing process so that your new piercing has the best start in life. Having a high polish finish means that your piercing will be given the best chance to heal.
Can I choose the type of jewellery I have in my piercing?
Our piercers will discuss your anatomy and placement of the piercing a let you know what jewellery types will be suitable. All piercing costs include basic implant grade jewellery which is machined from titanium (ASTM F-136), this is internally threaded and has a high polish. All jewellery for initial piercings is pre-cleaned, packaged singularly and sterilised in an auto-clave prior to use. It must be of a style suited to your build and the location of the piercing. Rings are not always best for some areas, our piercers will advise you on this once they have seen your anatomy. Our jewellery is handmade, hand finished, which means there are endless combinations to look through until you find your perfect match.
How soon can I change the jewellery and how long will it take to heal?
It will vary greatly from person to person and from piercing to piercing and please do be aware, everyone heals at a different rate. We recommend coming into the studio for regular check-up appointments so that our piercers can keep your healing on track, they can also help you change your jewellery as soon as it is ready to. Following the aftercare correctly and looking after yourself during the healing process will help you heal faster. Our piercers will give you an approximate time for your jewellery change when you get your piercing done.
What are the chances of my piercing getting infected?
Your piercer has used the latest in piercing, sterilization and aseptic techniques all to minimize complications during your healing process. The appearance of the piercing may change throughout the healing, however it is very rare for one to become infected when following correct aftercare advise. If you are concerned about your piercing it is important that you get in touch with your piercer or GP asap. To optimise your healing please make sure you are not playing or sleeping on your piercing as this most commonly the cause of piercing issues. If slept on or played with the jewellery shifts and moves, these areas then tear. As this cycle is repeated, scar tissue forms and healing is delayed.
What should I expect with a healing piercing?
Your piercer will run through what to expect with a fresh piercing, as well as arrange for check ups during the healing process. For initial piercings you might notice small amounts of bruising, bleeding, tenderness, localized swelling and redness all of which are normal for tissue freshly pierced. Once the piercing starts to heal, itching, discoloration, and white/clear discharge (this dries into crusties) are also completely normal and are signs of a healing piercing.
Piercings heal outside-in so even though a piercing may look fully healed, it may not be so make sure you always wait the minimum healing time before you stop caring for your piercing. We do advise that you come into the studio so that our piercers can help you, they can check to see if the piercing is fully healed before the first jewellery change.
Can I bring friends along?
If you need additional support or have special needs do get in touch with us and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Do you use a gun or a needle?
Our piercers are experience, professional and licensed to do what they do. They utilize single use needles only which are opened in front of and disposed of in front of you. Using needles is the fastest, safest and most hygienic way of preforming any piercing.
While piercing guns may seem to be a quick, easy and convenient way of creating holes, they have major drawbacks in terms of sterility, tissue damage and inappropriate jewellery design. As such we do not recommend using these for any piercing in our expert opinion.