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Piercing FAQs

Do I have to be a kid to get pierced?

Absolutely not! I pierce anyone who is 6 years old or older (with their enthusiastic consent!).

How are piercings performed?

A first ear piercing is a big deal. It's important to get kids started out right, so I follow the guidelines recommended by the Association of Professional Piercers (APP). This means: sterile, single-use needles, implant-grade jewelry, and never a gun. Sterile gloves and drapes are also used, as well as a two-step, no-touch skin preparation. 

You will need to bring your driver's license to the piercing appointment. Minor children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian with valid government-issued photo ID and the minor child's birth certificate.

Can we talk about the piercing first?

Absolutely! I strongly recommend piercing consultations. At this free in-person meeting, you and your child can ask any questions about the piercing, learn about the piercing, and take a look at jewelry options! Getting a piercing is a big decision, and learning about the procedure beforehand can help kids feel empowered about their body. Consultations can be scheduled here.

Can I bring someone with me?

You can absolutely bring a family member or friend for support! However, in order to ensure the best possible piercing experience, minor children who are not being pierced are not permitted at piercing appointments. 

Do the piercings hurt?

It's important to be honest with kids about the experience of piercing. While I can't promise a pain-free experience, I offer topical numbing medicine to help alleviate pain. The procedure is quick, and for many people, it isn't bad at all. I recommend scheduling a piercing consultation here to discuss pain expectations and management.

Can I see some piercings you've done?

Absolutely! Click here for the gallery, or follow @peppermintpiercing on Instagram.

What is the APP?

Established in 1994, the Association of Professional Piercers is a California-based, international non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of vital health and safety information about body piercing to piercers, health care professionals, legislators, and the general public. I am a proud member!

What kind of piercings are available?


  Lobes/High Lobes - 6 years and up

  Helix - 12 years and up

*All others are 14 years and up*

  Forward Helix 

  Vertical Helix






Face (14 and up)



How much do piercings cost?

The piercing procedure fee is $35 per hole, regardless of location. This does not include jewelry. The procedure fee is nonrefundable. There is a $35 deposit required to book an appointment; this deposit is nonrefundable and will be applied to the cost of the piercing. If a request to reschedule is received within 24 hours of your appointment time, a new deposit will be necessary to secure the new appointment.  

The cost of jewelry changes for healed piercings done elsewhere is $10. Downsizes are $15 per post (18 and 16 gauge threadless only). You can schedule these here.

If the piercing is unable to be completed at the appointment, that's okay! However, a setup fee will apply.

What do I need to do to prepare for my piercing?

Piercings, like any other procedure, can be stressful! Make sure the person being pierced has had something to eat and drink before you come in. Also make sure to take any medications as usual (if these are blood-thinning medicines, please contact me before your appointment). 

I follow the laws of the state of Indiana and the regulations of the Hamilton County health department. That means that minor children (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to be pierced - no friends or relatives!

You must have had at least one tetanus vaccine at least 2 weeks prior to your appointment. Most people have had a tetanus vaccine in the last 10 years. These count! 

When you come to your appointment, you will need to bring:

1) A government-issued photo identification

2) If the person being pierced is a minor child (under 18 years of age) the minor child's birth certificate*

3) A parent or guardian!

What jewelry is available?

I pierce with certified implant-grade materials, such as implant-grade titanium (ASTM F136 6AI-4V ELI) and 14 and 18 karat gold fine jewelry. The earring posts and backs are a single unit, so there's no concern about embedded or lost earring backs. Earrings start at $90 a pair plus tax, and are purchased at the time of piercing. All jewelry brands I use are compliant with APP standards.

Is the jewelry you carry MRI safe?

Although implant-grade titanium and 14kt and higher gold do not respond to the magnetic forces from MRIs, any metal will create an artifact on imaging. If you think you will need to remove your jewelry for any kind of imaging, please contact me before your piercing so that we can make a plan. 

How is the jewelry sterilized?

All jewelry is sterilized before the procedure in a Statim autoclave.

Can I bring my own jewelry?

To ensure the best possible healing for your new piercing, I only pierce with certified implant-grade materials, and so I pierce only with jewelry that I sell. 

I lost/broke my jewelry. Can I get a refund?

I use and sell only the highest-quality jewelry. However, care of fine jewelry is ultimately the responsibility of the client. For this reason, all jewelry is final sale, and there are no refunds or exchanges.

When can I change my jewelry?

For lobes, it is safe to change jewelry in 6-8 weeks. For cartilage piercings, you may change jewelry in 3-6 months.

When can I go swimming with my new piercing?

I recommend waiting a minimum of 3 weeks to go swimming in chlorinated water. For unchlorinated water, such as lakes or oceans, I recommend waiting at least 6-8 weeks. 

I'm on an acne medicine called Accutane. Can I get a piercing? 

If you or your child are currently taking taken the medication isotretinoin (previously called Accutane, now called Absorica/Absorica LD/Claravis/Amnesteem/Myorisan/Zenatane), then you should not receive a piercing. I recommend waiting at least 6 months after stopping this medication to ensure a successful heal. 

What is a downsize?

Piercing jewelry uses a slightly longer post than what you'll ultimately end up needing. This is done to accommodate swelling in the first few weeks of a fresh piercing. It's important to downsize to a shorter post after the initial healing period to maintain the integrity of your piercing, especially in cartilage piercings. This can be done after 3-4 weeks. Downsizes for threadless jewelry (which is what I use for piercing) can be scheduled here.

How long until I can leave my piercings empty (without jewelry)?

I do not recommend earlobe piercings empty (without jewelry) for at least a year. I do not recommend ever leaving cartilage or nose piercings empty. For that first year, I recommend wearing implant-grade jewelry only (such as implant-grade titanium or 14k or higher gold).

Should I tip?

Tipping is appreciated but never expected. Piercing is a service; like most services, if you found the experience to be exceptional, it is courteous to tip. 

I'm not happy with how my piercing turned out.

I want you to be completely happy with your new piercing! If you are unhappy with the placement of your piercing, I will repierce you at no charge using basic implant-grade titanium jewelry after the original piercing has completely healed. Click here for the repiercing request form. Requests for repiercing must be received within 2 weeks of the original piercing date.

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