FAQ - Body Piercing

FAQ - Body piercing

At Silver Lining we offer both bookings and walk in piercings where possible but we always recommend booking through our website to avoid disappointment on the day. 

When getting a piercing its best to eat beforehand and bring a snack or sugary drink with you particularly if you are prone to fainting. We allow others in the room with you, so you can choose whether you would like to be pierced by yourself or if you would like a friend there to be your support. When you arrive for your piercing, you will need to fill out a consent form with your details and some health questions, then you will go into the studio. Once there we will clean and mark you  so you can check the placement of your piercing before going through with it.  After the piercing we will talk you through how to care for your piercing, don’t worry if you have forgotten, we will email it to you and also give you an aftercare card at the end of the appointment. 

There are a few potential reasons why we would not be able to pierce you. We cannot pierce anyone who is noticeably intoxicated as we require informed consent to pierce, we also recommend avoiding alcohol the day before your piercing, as this can lower your pain tolerance and make you more likely to bleed. On our consent forms we have some medical questions and you may  need to consult with your doctor if you have answered yes to any of the questions. We cannot pierce you if you are currently pregnant. 

Be aware that piercings are anatomy dependent and you may not be suited to the piercing you choose, so you may want to choose a backup piercing that you also like.

At Silver Lining piercing we try to be lenient where possible but believe that piercings should only be done with informed consent, because of this we do not pierce babies or children too young to understand the process.

For lobes our recommended minimum age is 8 years old, but we understand that children mature at different speeds and that some children are ready a few years before or after this. If you book in for a child’s ear piercing please note that we will not pierce unless they understand and consent to the process. 

Most of our other piercings have a recommended minimum age of 14 with a few exceptions, but all minors will need parental or legal guardian consent. If it is not possible for them to attend, we can video call  over the phone for confirmation.

You need to be at least 16 years old for nipple, tongue, surface or dermal piercings and you need to be at least 18 for genital piercings. For those piercings you will need to bring photo ID with you, ideally a driving licence or passport, but if this is not an option a college or bus pass in combination with your birth certificate maybe accepted.

For both new and old piercings it is important to wear the appropriate jewellery.

Fresh piercings need to have the appropriate metal, length and style to allow them to heal with the lowest risk of complications. There are three ways to pierce lobes, but only two are safe to use. Piercing guns should not be used as they cannot be sterilised and can cause unnecessary trauma to the area. At Silver Lining we offer either the clip system or a needle depending on your preference. The clip system jewellery is either surgical steel, gold plated or titanium, and the needle method uses either titanium, gold titanium, black titanium, or coloured titanium. All of our other piercings must be done with a needle. We have a selection of upgrades available, starting at just £3 extra. We do not use rings to pierce with as they can lead to complications or a slower healing time, but we can measure you so that a ring will fit snug once the piercing is healed. Different piercings do need different initial jewellery but you can ask us what style, length and thickness we will be using for your specific piercing. As piercings can swell during the initial healing it is important to have jewellery that has the extra length that will be needed if swelling occurs. As everyone’s anatomy is different, we do not always use the same size and will pick a size suitable for you. Once a piercing has healed you have more choice of jewellery but it is still important to think about what you are putting in to your piercing as low quality or ill-fitting jewellery can irritate a completely healed piercing

Heavier jewellery should only be worn for short periods and is not suitable for long term use as it can pull the piercing and over time this could lead to sagging or even a tear. 

The correct thickness and length  of jewellery is important too, different body parts have different lengths that work best, and it is best not to wear anything too long as it will catch and pull more often, or anything too short as it could become embedded under the skin.

Sticking to proper cleaning and aftercare is important to avoid issues with your piercings.

Do not touch or twist your piercing and make sure to wash your hands before cleaning.

Make sure to only clean your piercings with the proper products.

For most piercings this would be either sterile saline solution or salt water. 

If you are using a saline solution make sure you buy suitable products such as Neilmed or Stericlens. Some saline solutions such as contact Lense solution are not suited as they have additives that can irritate and are not sterile. 

If you are making your own solution, boil the kettle to sterilise the water, wait for it to cool to avoid burning yourself and then add ¼ teaspoon of sea salt to a cup full of the cooled boiled water. Make sure to use sea or rock salt and never use table salt as it has preservatives added that could irritate your piercing. 

For oral piercings rinse regularly (after eating, smoking ect) with cooled boiled water and sea salt.  You may find it useful to fill an empty bottle with cooled boiled water and a few pinches of salt to take out and about with you. When you brush your teeth, rinse with alcohol free mouthwash. Avoid eating too much dairy, spicy foods or hot drinks, avoid playing with or biting your long bar. 

For dermal piercings keep dermal covered with a plaster (small circular ones are best) for 10-14 days, removing it to give it air when you aren't doing anything active and sure it won't be knocked, use individually wrapped antiseptic wipes during the time you are still covering it, use the edge of the wipe to gently clean under the dermal top. Replace the plaster at least once a day. Once the dermal has settled and is uncovered clean as a normal piercing. 

Piercings should be cleaned once a day during the healing period. Over cleaning your piercing is bad for it. 

Alcohol wipes, antiseptic creams and other substances should never be used.

A new piercing may be red and tender for a few weeks. The healing time for piercings can vary depending on where it is and how well you look after it. As people heal at different speeds you may have to wait a little longer until changing but the minimum healing times are 

2-4 weeks for oral piercings (8-12 weeks to wear non-titanium jewellery)

8 weeks for lobes and septum 

12 weeks for most other piercings 

6 months for navels and nipples 

As piercings heal from the outside in, they will often feel healed before they are ready to but if your piercing is at least the minimum age old and is no longer red, sore or producing any visible discharge you will be able to change it, if you are intending on wearing a ring it is best to leave it a bit longer to avoid irritation caused by the change of shape

Chemicals used to treat swimming pools and hot tubs can be very aggressive and will irritate a fresh piercing. It must be avoided completely during the initial healing and ideally for the full healing period, but if you do swim make sure to clean the piercing afterwards and gently dry it. 

A non-bubble bath or shower will not damage your piercing, but make sure to rinse off soap or product off at the end and then with a cotton bud gently dry your piercing rather than letting it air dry

Piercing bumps are relatively common and most will disappear with time. Most of the time irritation bumps can be avoided with good after care and avoiding irritants (listed in the next section)  

If you have a piercing bump, make sure you are avoiding irritants, keeping it clean, avoid touching it and do not attempt to pop it.

One method to help speed the healing is chamomile tea bags- put the tea bag in a mug, add hot water and then once the tea bag is at an appropriate temperature gently hold it on the piercing for a few mins while it soaks and then dry it off after, aim to do this around twice a week until the bump has settled.

When looking online there is a lot of bad advice, and will often refer to a bump as keloids (a mass of scar tissue) if you are avoiding irritants and have tried to reduce the bump and it hasn’t changed feel free to visit us for an in-person assessment

During the initial healing there are a lot of everyday things which could cause irritation to a fresh piercing. It is best to not have anything you wear pressing on to your piercing, if you wear glasses, hearing aids or a facemask make sure to consider this when choosing a piercing.

For body piercings you don’t want clothing to be rubbing against the piercing, for a navel this would mean avoiding high waisted clothing. For nipples make sure you wear an appropriate bra/top that doesn't pull on the bars

Personal care products should not be put on a fresh piercing, this includes:  fake tan, make up, hair or body products and heavily perfumed soaps or shampoos. 

As tempting as it can be with a new piercing it is important not to touch your piercing other than with clean hands. When you are cleaning your piercing., don’t twist your piercing as this will slow the healing and introduce bacteria into the open wound.

Try your best not to sleep on your piercing, for ear piercings if you struggle to do this you can try sleeping on a neck travel pillow so that your head is supported while keeping pressure off your ear

With tragus, daith and some conch piercing it’s best not to wear earphones until after you downsize, and piercings on the outer side of your ear shouldn't have headphones pressing on them until after you downsize.

Once the swelling has gone down, downsize to a smaller titanium bar whilst your piercing continues to heal will make it less likely that the piercing is caught or pulled and avoids other complications. This is also a great time for Silver Lining to check on your piercings and answer any questions you have.

We charge a moderate fee for downsizing your bar

If you suspect an infected piercing you may need to seek medical attention.

A normal healing piercing may be tender, itch and produce a pale fluid that forms a crust. The surrounding area may look slightly red on pale skin and a little darker than usual on dark skin. You may also have a small bump. 

An infected piercing will be swollen, painful, hot and very red or dark. There could be blood or pus coming from it. You may feel hot, shivery or generally unwell. If you have those symptoms, please seek medical attention as you may need antibiotics, or advice from a medical professional.

Most piercings can be done through scar tissue, but it depends on the person and the placement, we can check this in person for you. We would probably not advise a repierce for dermal or surface piercings as scar tissue doesn't hold the piercing as well as normal skin would.

You can still have piercings after cosmetic procedures but you will want to make sure your body has healed. For lip fillers we recommend waiting 3 months before getting a lip piercing. After surgery you will need to wait 6 months to a year depending on the intensity of the surgery, if your navel has been re-shaped or your nipple were moved during breast surgery you will have to wait at least a year before piercings in that area.

Retainers are plastic jewellery designed to make the piercing harder to notice whilst keeping the hole open, or for when medical scans require metal jewellery to be removed. As they are plastic they cannot be sterilised and are not suitable for fresh piercings and are only intended for short term use

Lobe studs, simply hold the front and pull the butterfly, sometimes they do need a bit of force to move past the safety groove 

Screw jewellery clockwise tightens, anti-clockwise loosens, can be fiddly but if you are able to use latex gloves it gives you a much better grip 

As there are different types of rings there are different ways of removing them. Captive bead rings and segments are best to have fitted and removed by a piercing studio as we have special tools for doing this. Seamless style rings need to find the crack, open it with a twist motion (a pull motion makes it lose its shape) and then twist back. Hinge style rings you need to find the moving section and pull it away, when fitting make sure you hear a click to know it is closed correctly.

We do not offer genital piercings in all of our studios so please call or message before booking. 

We offer prince albert (2-4 weeks healing), hafada (4 –12 weeks healing), labia (4-12 weeks healing), christina (8-16 weeks healing) and hood (2-8 weeks healing) piercings.

With genital piercings make sure to follow the standard aftercare advice, wear loose breathable underwear and use PH neutral soap. Avoid perfumed products and sexual activity. Some piercings may interfere with the effectiveness of condoms

There are some piercings that you may have seen elsewhere that we do not offer. There are several reasons for specific piercings but we do not do piercings that have a considerable risk of complications. Those include any tongue piercing that is not in the centre line, bridge piercings and cheeks. With surface and dermal piercings, we do not offer them below the ankle, in the inside of the wrist, nape or side of the neck. If you are still unsure of a piercing, please ask us about it.

You may have heard that some piercings help with specific problems when they are done through acupuncture therapy points. Unfortunately, as of yet, there haven’t been any formal studies looking into this and there is no guarantee that those will work. However, we have had a number of customers tell us that their daith piercings have had a positive effect on the number or intensity of migraines they suffer, some have even said that their migraines have gone completely.

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