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 โ€“ 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 youโ€™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

  • 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 itโ€™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

    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

    Great jewelry selection, clean environment and great customer service!

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    Lilith Weltman-Cavanagh
    7/17/2018
  • I did not know much about piercings and was nervous to get one because of the things I have heard about other places. Those fears were set aside when I met the owner of the shop. He is very professional and addressed all my questions. He is very knowledgeable about his craft and it shows in his work. Highly recommend.

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    Cristhian Bonilla
    3/22/2021

    Great place to get pierced! Greg is professional, the shop is clean, and he is totally laid back. Great experience and would recommend to anyone looking to get pierced in RI!

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    Brianna White
    8/15/2020

    I had my second and my third lobe piercings done here and both experiences have been terrific! Itโ€™s super clean and professional; they always take the time needed to make sure the placements of the piercings are right! Would totally recommend to anyone looking to get ear piercings done!

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    Serena Mirisola
    5/11/2021
  • I got my nipples pierced and Greg did an amazing job! They were very clean, professional, and made me feel very comfortable. I could not have picked a better place to get my piercing done.

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    Chloe Melillo
    9/28/2020

    Great people. Owner Greg and Molly are great. Did amazing job assisting me with my nose piercing emergency. Will definitely be going back.

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    Kathy guadagni
    2/19/2020

    First time being pierced in years and had a great experience. Was very professional and accommodating. Very happy with the outcome and would go again!

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    Olivia Neverka-Vinciguerra
    7/27/2021
  • 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

    Awesome selection of glass and clothing and very knowledgeable and helpful staff!!!

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    IONEYE
    2/12/2020

    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
  • I had a great experience getting my belly button pierced at Stix and Studs!! The owner was extremely professional and made me feel very comfortable the entire process. Definitely recommend Stix and Studs for any piercings!!

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    Katie Splain
    4/23/2021

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

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    julia aureliano
    10/11/2019

    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
  • My sister and I got our ears pierced here a few months back. The guy was super professional and meticulous about placement of the piercing to make sure they were even. The space was small but very clean and it was comfortable. He gave super clear instructions for at home care and how to properly clean it while it heals. Would definitely go back when and if I want more piercings done.

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    Rachel Schulz
    9/02/2021

    Got my nipples re-pierced here by Greg today! It hurt LESS the second time around!!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ (different location the first time)
    He made sure I was comfortable and was very precise with jewelry placing, cleanliness, and was very friendly.
    Iโ€™ve gotten pierced from many different piercers, and this was by far the best/easiest experience. 10/10 recommend to anyone.
    Thanks Greg!!!!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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    Zachel Colon Rodriguez
    6/02/2022

    Stix N Studz is great! I had a piercing emergency -- no details, but I was freaking out -- and I went in, with no appointment or anything. They helped me out right away, and were so kind and reassuring. Greg (I think) handled the situation and was definitely like Piercing Dad -- "ok, let's get this fixed, here's what we're going to do" and it was a huge relief. I will definitely be going back in the future!

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    Becca P
    7/12/2020
  • 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

    Absolutely amazing experience. I just got my septum done here earlier and the staff were very friendly, helpful and informative. I loving leaving a place with no questions to ask I will definetly be coming back here for future piercings!

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    Ari Parsons
    4/25/2021

    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
  • Amazing place to get my daughters' ears pierced. Staff was friendly professional and amazing with the kids. Can't recommend enough! Prices are on par with other shops but service is a cut above!

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    Michael Woodmansee
    6/22/2021

    Amazing place, gentleman who runs the store is super nice and welcoming. Definitely recommend 11/10

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    Richie Schur
    8/11/2019

    I love this place

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    Brian Boissonneault
    3/05/2020
  • I went in on my lunch break and he fit me in right away! Very nice and very professional. Very clean. I would definitely recommend this business to anyone! Very satisfied with the results!

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    Lisa Barto
    7/12/2021

    Did a great job on our Helix piercings ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Valentina
    7/11/2019

    Got my fourth ear holes / cartilage pierced, barely even felt it! 2 days later itโ€™s already healing amazingly with their solution.
    10000% always answer phone, super polite, amazing people for sure who love what they do and theyโ€™re good at it.

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    Kendall Crawford
    8/17/2022
  • Had an amazing experience! Greg Veroon did such a great job with my piercing!! If your thinking of getting a piercing this is the place to do it!

    Michaela Conway Avatar
    Michaela Conway
    9/19/2021

    I got my belly button pierced and had a GREAT experience. The owner was very professional, I could tell he really cared about the outcome of my piercing. He was constantly making sure everything was perfect before hand. I felt like I was in very good hands and felt every comfortable the whole time. I was very nervous to get a piercing and all of the staff was very supportive. Overall 10/10 recommend going here for any piercing.

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    Camryn Murasso
    4/23/2021

    I got my nose pierced by Greg and it was a great experience. He communicated throughout the whole process and front loaded everything. He was a clear about the after care instructions and made sure I knew how to contact him if I had any issues. Would highly recommend!

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    Letty Cass
    1/24/2022

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