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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I treat an infected ear piercing?
If you think you have an infection, leave the jewellery in and visit us for a check up. It’s normal for a piercing to be red, swollen and sore and what you are experiencing may be a very normal part of the healing process. You can try soaking the area in a salt water mix (1/4 teaspoon of sea salt dissolved in 1 cup of cooled down boiled water) for 5-10 minutes, twice a day.

What piercing should I get?
As long as your anatomy is suitable and you meet the age requirements (You can see if you meet the age requirements here: www.skinkandy.com/howold ) you can get any piercing you like! Got a pic of an idea you like? Show us! Our highly trained staff can have a look to see what will work best for your body.

What is a Daith piercing?
Placed in the innermost part of the ear, the idea of a Daith piercing is to look like the jewellery is coming from the ear canal from certain angles. It has been said to cure migraines, although there is actually no scientific or medical link…but hey, it’s still a really cute area to bling up!  

When can I change my cartilage piercing?
We generally recommend leaving your initial jewellery in for a minimum of 6-8 weeks. After a check-up and we give you the all-clear, it is safe to change to a slightly shorter, sterile pierce of jewellery. Cartilage piercings can take up to 6-12 months to fully heal and require patience before changing freely.

How do I hide a septum piercing?
Septum retainers are a thing, but it’s just as easy to continue wearing your initial horseshoe. If you struggle flipping your jewellery up, try squeezing your top lip together side-by-side and pulling down. This thins the area and makes for a smoother push up and back. VOILA! It’s like it was never there!

How do I clean a belly piercing?
Never remove the jewellery when cleaning a fresh piercing. Make sure the piercing spray you have is alcohol-free and in date. If you don’t have one already, come and grab one from us! Spray the area and ever so gently clean around it with a cotton tip or gauze. Make sure you rinse with clean water once dried. Don’t pick the crusties off with your fingers! Just let the hot water in the shower run over it until they wash away.

What do I do if my piercing is infected?
Before you do anything else, leave the jewellery in and come in to see us as soon as you can. We will do a check-up first to make sure it’s not just an irritation. Make up a salt water solution (1/4 teaspoon of sea salt dissolved in 1 cup of cooled down boiled water) and soak the area for 5-10 minutes, twice a day. Alternatively, you can visit your GP for antibiotics, but make sure to leave the jewellery in or else it may close up and cause a nasty cyst!

What is a dermal piercing?
A dermal is an implant piercing where the base sits underneath the skin – there is no exit point. You may see them more commonly on the face, wrists and chest…just a simple little gem. These little guys have interchangeable tops (not to be confused with skin divers), usually after about 3 months of insertion.

What is an industrial piercing?
An industrial piercing is most commonly referred to in the ear, but is technically any two piercings joined by one piece of jewellery. Beware that this piercing takes the perfect anatomy to perform accurately and can sometimes take up at 12 months or more to fully heal. 

What is a septum piercing?
A septum piercing is a piercing through the “sweet” spot placed in the tissue that divides the nostrils, normally up high near the tip of the nose inside. Pierced correctly it is fairly painless. Takes 4-8 weeks to heal or longer.

How much does a helix piercing cost?
Depending on the jewellery and metal you choose helix piercings start at $40 with steel, $50 with titanium or $55 with internal treaded titanium

How much does a belly piercing cost?
Depending on the jewellery and metal you choose helix piercings start at $40 with steel, $50 with titanium or $55 with internal treaded titanium

How long does it take for a tongue piercing to heal?
Roughly around 4-8 weeks. Swelling can last up to a week. Clean with non-alcoholic mouth wash after every meal and drink nothing other than water, avoid smoking and alcoholic drinks while in the healing process.

How long does it take a nose piercing to heal?
Roughly around 6-8 weeks initially but can be anywhere from 3-4 months. Cleaning 2 times a day for 8 weeks

When can I change my helix piercing?
After 8 weeks, it should be healed and safe to change when there is no redness, discomfort, swelling, discharge or pressure bubbles present

How long does it take a ear piercing to heal?
For an Ear Piercing to heal it takes 4-8 weeks roughly? If at any stage, you are unsure how your piercing is healing, pop instore and chat to one of our piercers. Alternately you can chat to a piercer here: https://www.skinkandy.com/talk-to-a-piercer

What is a helix piercing?
A helix piercing is a piercing in the upper part of the ear towards the outer edge.

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