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Helpful Body Piercing FAQs
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FAQ

    What Should I Expect When I Come to a Body Pleasure Piercing Studio?

        When you walk in, you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff. Each of us is eager to help you achieve the piercing you want. However, we value professionalism and we respect our customers and their wishes. We will not pressure you into anything you do not want.

        Our staff is trained in safe technique and will advise you on what is the best jewellery and placement for your chosen piercing. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. There are no stupid questions!

    What Are the Legal Age Limits?

        If you are over 16 years of age, you are legally allowed to sign for any basic body piercing. This includes Dermal Anchors and surface piercings.

        It is illegal for anyone under 18 years to get a nipple or genital piercing.

    What If I Am Almost 18 Years Old? Can I Still Get a Nipple Piercing?

        Unfortunately, this is still against the law. In Victoria, it is illegal for any piercer to pierce the nipple or genital of anyone under 18 years of age. For a $70 piercing, it is just not worth the fine. We at Body Pleasure Piercing advised legislation when creating this law for many reasons.

        For health and safety reasons, there is evidence that damage to the breast while developing can lead to breast cancer. Though with a nipple piercing this is less probable if a nipple piercing develops an infection this can travel back into the breast tissue and can be dangerous.

        Piercing the nipples or genitals of a minor (anyone under 18 years of age) could also carry a sexual assault charge. At Body Pleasure Piercing, we are not willing to jeopardise our staff or our customers. This is why we choose to respect this law for the protection of all involved.

    Why should I go to a Body Piercing Studio?

        Our studios are set up with high-tech sterilising processes and procedures. We provide a safe and sterile technique. We are accountable to the Council Health Act and undergo regular inspections.

        We do not advise body piercing studio alternatives. Any person or business operating out of a non-professional location is likely not certified to be body piercing. Because of our own personal experiences and observations, we strongly advise against these alternative options. Anyone who is not qualified to own a professional shop is not qualified to do your piercing.

        Stay safe. Please see a professional.

    Why Titanium Jewellery?

        The medical-grade titanium jewellery is hypoallergenic and does not release nickel into your body. An increasing number of people are allergic to nickel. Even for those who are not, increased contact increases sensitivity. Even if you have not had a reaction before, you can still develop nickel sensitivity which can range from mild to severe.

    What Can I Expect If I Am Sensitive to Nickel?

        Nickel sensitivity can be seen in piercings in many different ways. A mild sensitivity could cause a piercing to be slow healing or cause a slight prolonged redness around the piercing site. More obvious cases cause excessive itching and swelling of the area and redness in a larger area around the piercing.

        In extreme cases, it can cause the tissue to die off around the piercing anywhere up to the size of the palm of your hand. Itching, irritation and swelling may occur and can vary from mild to extreme. If you are concerned about your piercing, always seek advice.

        In tongues or piercings in the mouth, it can cause excessive swelling of the tongue and throat and can be very dangerous. To eliminate this risk, we only use medical implant-grade titanium for all piercings.

    Why Do I Have to Fill in Paperwork?

        The paperwork at Body Pleasure Piercing is done for your protection. We have a system of sterilisation which cross-references all of the equipment used to the sterilisation cycles. This assures peace of mind for our customers and ensures that nobody can cut corners. Your safety is important to us.

        The paperwork also contains information that ensures that you are of the correct age and provides us legal coverage with the Health act.

    What Happens to My Paperwork?

        Your information is confidential and is not shown to anyone without your permission. It is entered into our confidential database and filed away for your safety. This means if you do have a problem, we can look up details about your piercing in order to help you.

    Can I Use Jewellery I Brought in From Home?

        Unfortunately, when getting a new piercing, this is not an option. We go through a great effort to make sure the jewellery we use is safe for you. Using the correct jewellery for your new piercing is important and there are many factors to consider.

        > Brand-new, smooth jewellery with no impurities
        > Sterilisation to ensure no contamination
        > Correct sizes and design to promote healing without causing stress to the piercing site
        > Medical-grade material that is purchased from reputable manufacturers

        Jewellery you bring in from elsewhere may have microscopic scratches or impurities. It is difficult to determine whether or not it has been used and may not be safe. We will not know the metal analysis of your jewellery or where it was made, or whether it is medical-grade Titanium and it may not be the right size or design for your piercing. Therefore, in order to keep you safe, we only use our Titanium jewellery in new or unhealed piercings.

    Can I Use My Own Jewellery Once My Piercing Is Healed?

        A healed piercing is much stronger and does not have the problems that a new or unhealed piercing may have. Once a piercing is fully healed, you can change your jewellery with far less risk. We still recommend using good quality jewellery and cleaning it before changing it. Seeing your piercer before changing jewellery would also be wise to make sure it is ready to change and that the jewellery you have is appropriate.

    What Do You Mean by Anaesthetic?

        We use a local anaesthetic ointment on the needle. That way, when the piercing is inserted, it lubricates the needle and numbs the site. This makes insertion of the jewellery and cleaning of the site pain-free.

        You will feel a small sting, the same as you would with a local injection, and then the area goes numb.
        Many clients claim that the local anaesthetic injections used to numb an area prior to the piercing hurts more than a piercing itself. The local injection may also cause swelling in the area, leading to an inaccurate or crooked piercing.

        We use a stronger anaesthetic liquid for genital piercings, which is applied to the area first. This is because the tissue and mucous membrane in these areas absorb the (lignocaine) numbing agent more readily and work better in these areas. You’ll find that genital piercings performed by our team generally hurt less than ear piercings.

    Do I Have to Have an Erection to Get a Penis Piercing?

        While some penis piercings require an erect measurement to make sure jewellery will fit, you do not need an erection during the piercing process.

    Can I Have Sex after a Genital Piercing?

        We recommend waiting about two weeks after most genital piercings to have sex. Some heal faster. A general rule of thumb is to use protection and to stop if it hurts.

    Can I Lose Sensation from a Genital Piercing?

        Most people find that when the piercing is complete, it initially heightens sensation significantly. Over time, the body will accept the piercing and this ‘newfound sensation’ subsides. However, this is not a loss of sensation; it’s just your body’s way of accepting the piercing.

        I like to explain this to people by comparing the feeling to putting on a watch. If you have never worn a watch and you place one on your wrist, you are aware of it and notice it a lot. After a while, you may even forget that you have it on until you look at it. It is still there and you can be aware of it when you want, but it is your choice.

        Even though piercings go through areas that are sensitive, the risk of nerve damage is very minimal; it may actually increase sensation in the pierced area. I have female customers who have lost sensation in their nipples due to surgery and piercing them has actually increased their feeling.

    Why Do You Do a Checkup?

        We hold check-ups to see how a piercing is healing. We can also give you the opportunity to ask questions and to make sure you understand that piercings are not only a one-off procedure but an ongoing commitment to healing.

        We like to check the tongue after four days. That is when the swelling should be reduced and we can see if there are any possible problems.

        For all other piercings, we schedule check-ups after two weeks when they will have settled and reduced in swelling. At this stage, we can often see if your piercing is healing well or if you are likely to have any healing complications.

    Do I Have to Wait until My Checkup to Come Back?

        No. You are welcome to come in or contact us at any time after your piercing to get us to check it or just to ask for our advice. Remember, there are no stupid questions.

    What Is This Lump beside My Piercing?

        It’s not a keloid. Most times, lumps beside the entrance of a piercing are not a keloid or hypertrophic scarring.

        These small lumps often occur on the nose or ear because small amounts of dirt, hair or makeup that get into the piercing site from your hands, hair or bedding. The tiny particle of dirt, fluff, hair or makeup is foreign to your body, just like a tiny splinter. Your body can react by forming a protective layer around the particle, which eventually grows into a lump.

        It is not a keloid, hypertrophic scarring or infection. Oral antibiotics will help, but will not typically get rid of these lumps. We have found that mild antibiotic ointments, such as Chlorsig (an eye ointment) or other prescription ointments, applied two to three times a day for up to four weeks will get into the lump and break it down, causing it to disappear completely.

        If your piercing was completed using a cannula needle, the lump may be caused by a small amount of uneven tissue that developed because of the needle design. We don’t use these needles because they generally cause a small flap of skin to form at the edge of the piercing.

        These needles are designed to go through small amounts of tissue into a vein or artery to insert a drip. When the drip is removed, this small flap closes the hole and stops the bleeding. Remember that blood test where you had to put pressure on the site to stop the bruising? That slows the blood so this flap can block the hole.

        When the flap is used to insert jewellery, this little bit of skin dies off and causes a lump or it is rammed into the piercing and dies inside. This causes the same effect as an ingrown hair that is rejected by the body, which forces the piercing to the surface.

        If the lump is small and treated early with antibiotic ointment, it may heal. But, if it is inside the piercing, it may cause the body to reject the piercing.

    What If I Do Nothing and Leave the Lump?

        In lucky cases, your body will eventually get rid of it on its own. If the skin is inside the piercing site, your body will reject the piercing. Once the piercing has migrated to the surface or it has been removed, it will subside and leave a small scar.

        If left untreated, the lump can get larger and harder and eventually become a keloid (an excessive growth of scar tissue). This is much harder to treat or remove, so we recommend seeking advice at the first sign of a lump.

    What Does the Price Include?

        Our prices include everything you need for your initial piercing. Unlike some places that give you a piercing price and then add on the jewellery and the extras, we give you one total price so you know exactly how much to budget for. The price will cover all of the following:

        > Any necessary paperwork
        > Written healing information and certificate
        > The highest grade of titanium body jewellery
        > Topical Anaesthetic
        > Our safe, gentle and sterile piercing procedure
        > A healing kit (when applicable)
        > Ongoing advice and free checkup

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