• Frequently Asked Questions •
Do you have any body piercing apprenticeships available?
Not at this time.
What is the best way to look after my new body piercing?
Salt water solution – made fresh every time you use it, using only sea salt and boiled water.
See our extensive aftercare information here.
Why do you only use Titanium for body piercings?
Titanium is a metal that naturally occurs in the earth. Steel is an alloy (man made) and consists of a mixture of nickel, molybdenum and chromium. A large percentage of the population are allergic to nickel to a greater or lesser extent. Nickel is commonly found in cheap costume jewellery usually causing a rash or green marks around rings or bracelets. Don’t be fooled by ‘surgical steel’ – this contains nickel too, simply a lower percentage than stainless steel.
Titanium is almost completely hypo-allergenic (non-reactive). The most common healing problems with piercings are usually caused by either changing the jewellery too soon or changing it to something other than titanium. You need to leave your original titanium jewellery in for at least 4 weeks and even then, wear only titanium jewellery for the first year of any new piercing.
Do you have numbing cream or anaesthetic available?
If sensitivity is an issue, you can buy topical anaesthetic cream (EMLA, AMETOP or similar) from any pharmacy for around £4. Please apply as directed as per the instructions approximately 2 hours before your appointment, ensuring you cover the area completely with cling film to prevent evaporation of the cream.
As Body Modification artists are not medical professionals we cannot sell or apply anaesthetic to the public, however you can buy it over-the-counter and apply it yourself.
I accidentally caught my piercing. What should I do?
The area around your piercing is probably going to swell up. Take Ibuprofen and use a cold compress (ice) to prevent/reduce this. If the piercing came with a longer bar originally put it back in until the swelling goes down. If you don’t have a longer bar you should be prepared and buy one just in case (Titanium).
What is an instant tunnel?
Instant tunnels are great if you do not already have your ears pierced. We use a 2.4mm needle to pierce your lobe then stretch using a surgical steel taper to 4mm. You get a 4mm titanium tunnel included in the price which you will need to leave in for 8 weeks before changing and 12 weeks before stretching. It’s the same procedure for an instant nipple tunnel. You do not lose any skin from this procedure and if you leave the jewellery out for long enough the hole will close.
You can also have in instant tunnel in your cartilage (ear, nose), but this is done with a Kai punch to 4, 6 or 8mm. This is considered a permanent modification as you will lose a section of cartilage that will never grow back no matter how long you leave the jewellery out for.
Why is some jewellery measured in gauges?
In the UK we measure our jewellery thickness in millimeters (mm), however, in the USA it is measured in gauges (G or ga). Below is a conversion table so you can be sure you are buying the right thickness of jewellery for your piercing.
The most common thicknesses of jewellery are 1.2mm and 1.6mm.
Most ear piercings will be 1.2mm whereas most body piercings are 1.6mm.
How old do I need to be to get a body piercing or a modification?
It’s a common misunderstanding that genital piercings are over 18 only. In most of the States in the USA, the legal age for sex is 18 and therefore piercings that could be considered to be of a sexual nature have the same age restriction. In the UK, the legal age for sex is 16. Aftercare for genital piercings is almost exactly the same and in some cases the healing time is far shorter than other standard body piercings.
Will I be able to eat solid food after I get my tongue pierced?
I wouldn’t recommend eating immediately after getting your tongue pierced, however, the myth about only being able to eat soup for a week is false. If you take Ibuprofen just before you get your tongue pierced, it will help prevent some of the swelling. Taking ibuprofen for 3-4 days after will make your healing experience much less painful. Icy drinks and milkshakes will help bring the temperature of your tongue down, which will also reducing the swelling. Eat all your normal foods but be careful and chew slowly. Crisps and other crunchy foods will be difficult to eat, but not impossible!
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