How much does it hurt, really?
Really and truly, most children and adults cope with the piercing extremely well, feeling very little discomfort and they are smiling within less than a minute. But if you, or your child are worried, you can read more about how I work and check out useful tips at my page on dealing with anxiety.
What do you use to do the ear piercing, is it a needle?
No, it’s not a needle. The main system that I use is a hand operated ear piercing system, specially designed for piercing ear lobes. The instrument inserts the earring into the ear using a very quick and smooth movement. It’s hygienic, fast and effective.
How can I be sure things are hygienic?
The most important thing to know is that the earrings are stored in a sterile, single use, disposable cartridge, which is inserted directly into the ear piercing instrument, so that the sterile earring is the only thing that comes into contact with the ear. I wash my hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and hot water, then I wear sterile surgical gloves and further use an antibacterial hand gel. I then use an antiseptic alcohol wipe to clean the ear prior to marking it up with a surgical marking pen. The piercing instrument is thoroughly cleaned before and after each ear piercing, with a very powerful and fast acting disinfectant hygiene system that has kills 99.998% of bacteria, fungi & viruses within 30 seconds.
Can I bring my own earrings to wear after you pierce my ears?
No, you will need to be pierced with the sterile earrings provided and then keep these in your ears for at least 2 months, before changing to another pair.
How old do you have to be to have your ears pierced?
There is no legal minimum age for ear piercing in the UK, although many ear piercers will impose their own minimum age, or may choose to work with only older children, or teenagers.
Do you pierce the cartilage of the ear, or do you do nose piercing?
No, I only pierce the ear lobe, as the ear piercing system that I use is entirely suited to and designed for this. Cartilage is a different type of tissue, better suited to a needle piercing, which will also allow more flexibility about where you can have the piercing on the cartilaginous part of the ear.
Do you do baby ear piercings?
Yes, sometimes I do and you can read more about that here. For parents who especially want to have their baby’s ears pierced, (most often for cultural reasons), there is a window of opportunity when the babies are small, but before they are very conscious of what is going on, or likely to be fiddling with their own ears. This would be approximately 5-11 months of age. There is an advantage here, in terms of hygiene and aftercare, because the parent can keep the piercing clean. Also, babies have zero apprehension about the process (unlike a lot of older children), so it does not seem to cause them distress.
I will not do older babies, or toddlers, as they are too aware of what is going on and this will be distressing for them.