Our body piercing FAQ will help you to get the best out of your piercing. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Frequently asked questions about body piercing and dermal implants
If you are 16 or over we can pierce you, but you will need photographic ID.
If you are 12 to 15 years old you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and both have valid photo ID
The licensing for tattoo and piercing studios in Scotland states that as persons under the age of sixteen are minors they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to consent for them to be pierced. Our age restrictions policy is based partly on the conditions of our license:
- Under 12: No services
- 12 and 13: Ear lobes only
- 14 and 15: some piercings (not nipple, genital, dermal implants, tongues or septums) must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian and you must both have valid photographic ID
- 16: you can consent for most piercings (except nipple, genital and dermal implants) you must bring valid I.D. as proof of age
- 18 and over: no restrictions
Does it hurt?
With any process that breaks the skin you will feel some sensation, some people cope with this better than others. Your body will cope better if you are more relaxed (try not to think about it too much). Make sure you have eaten before you come in. You need energy to cope with the adrenaline that your body will produce. Hangovers and comedowns are not the best physical states to be in when getting pierced, nor is being stoned. If you are drunk we will not pierce you as alcohol thins the blood and inhibits clotting.
Is it safe?
As long as piercings are carried out in hygienic conditions by people who know what they are doing and using appropriate jewellery, then yes. There are some places on the body we will not pierce as they could be very problematic, such as the web of skin between the thumb and fingers, or the clitoris (we only pierce the hood of skin over the clitoris) or cheek piercings.
Are you registered?
We are licensed with the City of Edinburgh environmental health department, and are subject to yearly inspections.
How do I look after a new piercing?
We will give you written aftercare instructions after each piercing, we recommend using a ready made sterile saline solution which can provide. Alternatively you can make your own with warm salt water which you can mix yourself (small tea spoon of salt to one cup of boiled water) Do not use any creams, antiseptics, alcohol or wound wash. These are considered too harsh for a new piercing and may have a detrimental effect on the healing process.
Will it get infected?
When you leave the shop with your new piercing it is up to you to follow the aftercare instructions and keep the piercing clean. Your new piercing is a wound. Please follow the aftercare as directed to avoid infection.
Do I need to turn the jewellery?
No, you do not need to twist or turn your jewellery, nor should you remove the jewellery to clean the piercing at any point. Avoid touching your piercing as much as possible, especially with unclean hands.
Can I go swimming?
You should avoid swimming for the first four weeks after a new piercing, though it is generally recommended to avoid submerging your new piercing in water as much as possible. We don’t recommend the use of sunbeds, saunas or hot tubs with new piercings either, this may cause unwanted irritation bumps or infection.