Piercing FAQ

What is to be expected after getting pierced?

Following a safe and professional piercing experience, you can expect some bleeding, swelling, and tenderness, and bruising to occur initially. During the healing phase it is reasonable to expect and experience some itching, and some secretion of a white/yellowish fluid that might form crust on your piercing jewelry.

How do I take care of my new piercing?

Most piercers have their own ideas on what works best for aftercare and will generally give you written instructions or offer an aftercare product in their shop to purchase. Stix N Studz includes the aftercare instruction and products in the price of the piercing so that you are good to go when you leave. Our aftercare products are mild solutions that should be used twice a day following your piercing. After washing your hands, apply the solution to a q-tip and gently cleanse around your new piercing. Make sure to go from front to back and top to bottom.

 

How long will my piercing take to heal?

Healing is different for everyone and the length of time to heal a piercing varies based on its location on the body. Below is a general estimation of healing period for each piercing:

  • Earlobe: 4-8 weeks
  • Ear Cartilage: 3-9 months
  • Eyebrow: 6-8 weeks
  • Lip (upper) 2-3 months
  • Lip (side) 6-8 weeks
  • Navel: 6-9 months
  • Nipple (female) 6-9 months
  • Nipple (male) 3-4 months
  • Nostril: 3-4 months
  • Septum: 4-8 weeks
  • Tongue: 4-8 weeks

 

How long until I can change my jewelry?

In order to avoid any problems, it is best to leave jewelry in until the piercing is fully healed.

 

How do I care for my oral piercing?

Any piercing that is in or around the mouth, such as any lip or tongue piercing, should be treated with alcohol free mouthwash. Any time you eat, drink, or smoke, the mouth should be thoroughly rinsed.

 

Is my piercing infected?

A new piercing is essentially an open wound and as such, is prone to infection if not taken care of correctly. The symptoms of infection require prompt attention and if left untreated can get worse. The ways to identify minor infection are listed below:

  • Skin is pinkish/reddish, swollen, and warm to the touch
  • Tenderness
  • Small amount of pus
  • Swollen lymph nodes

It should also be noted that many of these symptoms are normal reactions to experience within the first two weeks of getting a piercing. If you are unsure, it is best to consult your doctor.

 

How to treat an infected piercing?

If you do suspect an infection – do not remove your jewelry! In doing this, you can prompt the skin to heal over the infection and trap it inside, creating an abscess. If you have a minor infection, taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen will help with swelling. Cleanliness is of utmost importance and making sure to wash the piercing twice a day will aid in the healing process. Also, frequent saline soaks and warm compresses are essential in facilitating drainage. Again, if you are unsure or nervous, it is always best to seek medical attention.

 

Can I go into the water or exercise with my new piercing?

You should not submerge your uncovered piercing in a pool, hot tub, lake, or ocean. If you do, make sure you’re wearing a protective waterproof bandage. The chemicals in a pool and the microorganisms present in bodies of water can be damaging to a new piercing.

As far as exercise goes, you are able to as long as as the movements done in the workout are not extreme. Friction from motion or from clothing can cause irritation and sweat exposes your new piercing to bacteria. Make sure that your workout clothing is clean and that you are modifying your movements to reduce friction. Also, be sure to clean your new piercing after physical activity.

 

How do I know if my piercing is migrating or rejecting?

Your piercing is migrating if it gets closer to the skins surface or if the tissue between the openings gets narrower. The piercing may only move a little and then settle in its new position. You can slow down this process by switching to a smaller gauge piece of jewelry. If the jewelry looks as though it is going to exit the skin, or if you can see the jewelry through the skin, then your piercing is rejecting and should be removed. If it is not removed it will leave an unsightly scar.

 

What is this bump on my piercing?

There are many kinds of bumps that can form during the healing process and, for the most part, it is difficult to discern one kind from another if you are unfamiliar with piercing problems. The most common one is generally referred to as a piercing pimple. These are small, red, pus filled bumps that can be tender and usually will secrete blood or pus when drained or popped (although they should never be popped). They are usually formed due to trauma or a mild infection that is contained locally. The best way to get rid of them is by use of soaks and compresses.

Another issue that can arise is hypergranulation tissue. Such tissue is benign and usually forms on wounds caused by injury, trauma, moisture, or infection. They generally appear worse than they feel and will ooze yellow or clear fluid. Again, frequent saline soaks are essential. Use of over the counter cortisone cream is helpful as well.

Keloids may also occur and most commonly effect the Asian and African American population. Once a keloid is formed it is extremely difficult to heal. Scar reduction products may be used but are less likely to be effective on atrophic scars like keloids. if keloids are common in your family, you are better off not getting pierced.

Testimonials

  • I got my nose pierced here at it was super professional! Great workers, timely piercing, and kind the whole time! Will be coming back !!

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    Emma North
    1/25/2020

    I had my belly button pierced here today and Greg (the man doing the piercing) made the experience very comfortable. He thoroughly explained the procedure along with the after-care which eased my nerves. The piercing looks great and I am so happy I chose to have it done here!

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    Anna Lubic
    6/25/2020

    Such good vibes lots of love for my people

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    Leah Clark
    10/11/2019
  • the best ever and i’ve never written a review before so you know i’m serious

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    bas mach
    10/11/2019

    Nice people

    Alexis Daluz Avatar
    Alexis Daluz
    9/11/2019

    Greg was very professional and made me feel comfortable! Very informative and did a wonderful job with my piercings. I would definitely recommend if you are in that area. Thank you!

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    Leah Kendrick
    8/18/2020
  • Great place with a lot of options to choose from! Beautiful pieces as well as outstanding service right when you walk through the door. The man who was working was super helpful and deserves recognition at the least!Visit and see for yourself because it’s totally worth stopping in even just to look around at all of the beautiful glass !!!!!!

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    Jacob Dupre
    8/11/2019

    Great jewelry selection, clean environment and great customer service!

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    Lilith Weltman-Cavanagh
    7/17/2018

    They were professional clean and friendly. The artist talked us through the whole process and executed things seamlessly. Hopefully, COVID will subside and they'll see more happy customers. I would definitely bring the family back again.

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    Paul Goodchild Ph.D., CPA
    8/19/2020
  • Got an industrial piercing here and it went really well. Everyone was really kind and professional. I will definitely be back here for any future piercings!

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    Gray Tibs
    9/18/2020

    I have gotten two piercings from Greg in the past year! The staff are very friendly, clean and professional. The healing process has a been a breeze. Will definitely go to stixnstudz for any future piercings 🙂

    Caroline Conway Avatar
    Caroline Conway
    7/11/2020

    Great customer service

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    Andrew Avery
    3/06/2020
  • I love this place

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    Brian Boissonneault
    3/05/2020

    I went in on my Birthday last minute looking to get my nose pierced and Greg squeezed me in between appointments. He was very accommodating and made me feel less nervous. You can tell he loves what he does and he is very professional / clean with his work. He knows what he’s talking about!

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    Ciara Barrigas
    9/12/2019

    I got my nose pierced while visiting from Ohio! They did such a good job and got me in at last minute . They all were so nice and friendly ! They had such cool stuff in there and the vibes were everything . I completely recommend !

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    Jacq S
    9/11/2019
  • Can't wait to continue doing business with this awesome establishment, they are a absolute highlight of Newport they sell everything from vaporizers to water bongs to really cool stickers hats and electric bongs and e-cigs and even doterra products.I cannot wait to go back and check out what they have next time really good people really good vibes all around just great energy in this place the owner is a good person and just down to earth willing to cut you a deal if your willing to buy more than just a few pieces😉 keep being awesome peace and love High Hope

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    Danny Allen
    8/11/2019

    highly recommend. hi greg, you just pierced my ear for the second time this week. thank you (i really like it)

    julia aureliano Avatar
    julia aureliano
    10/11/2019

    Got my nose pierced here, and it looks great! Fantastic customer service, would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a piercing!!

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    Brooke Martins
    2/09/2020
  • Greg was awesome. I got my first piercing ever in my ear lobes and he did such a good job and made me feel so comfortable that I got my belly button as well on the same visit!! I’ll definitely be back soon. I would suggest if you’re looking for the cleanest and most chill place in RI.

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    Taylor Hall
    1/04/2020

    I got my ears pierced for the first time and Greg was very accommodating. He provided all the information I needed, and was transparent in what he was doing. I felt comfortable and relaxed.

    He also is a good conversationalist - provided great tips for the local area!

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    Vincent Legaspi
    1/03/2020

    I visited this shop today to get a piercing done and can confidently say that it was one of the best atmospheres I've ever been in. Everything was extremely clean and professional, and I felt extremely comfortable the entire time. The prices were very fair and I would definitely recommend this place to anyone!

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    Elsbeth D
    9/15/2020
  • Greg does such an amazing job I never feel nervous. Ever since my first piercing I’ve gone back many more times for more! They’re so welcoming and professional. Great quality piercings and after care.

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    Rayna Lombardo
    6/23/2020

    Had such a good experience at Stix n Studz getting my second hole pierced. Greg was super kind and made me feel very comfortable. I will definitely go back for my next piercing and I recommend!

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    Christine Leonard
    7/01/2020

    If you are in need of ANYTHING, come here. To start off, Greg was amazing. He was such good help, knew all of his material, and had a great store for all your necessary purchases. While I was here I went to two other places, but nothing beats High Hope. 100% recommend!

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    Danny Dee
    8/11/2019
  • We've been coming here for our herb and piercing needs and we just love this place! The staff are pleasant and knowledgeable, the owner clearly knows what he is talking about and is invested in getting the job done right. I most recently stopped by to change out my labret piercing and had so much fun looking at their different jewelry pieces. I really appreciated the tips and tricks Greg was able to offer on caring for my piercing and apprentice Macey (spelling) is on her way to providing the top notch service I've come to expect from High Hope. 10/10 would recommend!

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    Sarena Lamb
    10/11/2019

    My friends and I were on girls weekend in Newport and came across High Hopes. We all were privileged enough to be pierced by the G.O.A.T — Greg, of course. He was so professional, knowledgeable, pleasant, fun etc etc! We loved him!!! See you soon Greg ( . ) ( . )

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    Grace Elizabeth
    1/26/2020

    amazing piercings. does the best job. never gets infected as long as you urself take care of it. and very professional

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    Kiara Maloney
    6/21/2020
  • amazing experience! the owner was so nice and did a great job. i came in really nervous and he made me feel really calm. very professional and sanitary!

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    Kathryn Madore
    6/21/2020

    After today’s experience I refuse to go anywhere else for my piercings. Great atmosphere, very professional , and Susie really made my experience that much better, supper friendly and funny! Great staff, 10/10 would definitely recommend!!

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    Kaylee Gemme
    7/07/2020

    professional body piercing in newport rhode island

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    VERDON GRV
    7/10/2018

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