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 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

    Insane, I don’t know how else to describe it!! I got my ears pierced here in June with my cousin! He talked us through the whole process and even gave me a stress ball to squeeze while piercing! My friends are all astonished too! They healed so fast and so well everyone can’t believe it’s only been around 6 months! It was such an easy process! They made sure the earrings were placed precisely and used a surgically sharp needle. Used titanium as the starter earings which was amazing and gave us such good maintenance instructions. I will definitely come back for a second piercing soon. Just amazing!

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    bumble Bea
    11/28/2021

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

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    IONEYE
    2/12/2020
  • Went in today looking around and the piercer was able to help me pick out a new nose ring. He was able to help pick the correct size, because I was unsure. Very quick and easy removal of old stud and application of the new ring. Informed me of all after care to make sure it was clean and taken care of.

    10/10 would recommend this place for your piecing needs!

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    Brooke Cabeceiras
    4/11/2021

    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 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
  • 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

    Got my nipples pierced on the first, Greg did an excellent job and made the experience both comfortable and as painless as possible. He was nice and both professional and fun. Prices are great too. Would highly recommend.

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    Cory Catty
    1/03/2020

    My boyfriend got his nose pierced here and it made me wish I had gotten mine done at this shop! He was talked through the the whole piercing procedure as well as what to expect during the healing process. They truly want you to have a great experience at this shop and care about your revovery/healing. I also really appreciated that the piercing included the cleaning solution and wasn't an additional thing you had to pay for 🙂

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    Samantha M
    1/10/2022
  • Professional, explained each step and aftercare directions carefully. My nose piercing looks so good! Very clean and good prices. 🙂

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    Marissa Nocon
    11/05/2021

    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

    Did a great job on our Helix piercings 🙂

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    Valentina
    7/11/2019
  • 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

    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
  • 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

    Great jewelry selection, clean environment and great customer service!

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    Lilith Weltman-Cavanagh
    7/17/2018

    I came into Stix n Studz with an unusual request - needed some body piercings reinserted after they were pulled during a surgery. The experience was great from start to finish. It was easy to make an appt, they took me in right on time, and Greg was wonderful - quick, but gentle and v. conscious of safety and sterility. You're in good hands at Stix n Studz!

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    Meg Farrell
    7/23/2021
  • 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

    Very knowledgeable and professional and makes sure you're comfortable the whole way through. Already made my next appointment. Love this place ❤️

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    Karess Dougherty
    6/07/2020

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    My fiancé wanted to getting her second holes for her ears pierced. They were super responsive and had her come right in. Everything was very clean and very professional. The level of detail put into piercing her ears was amazing. This is hands down the place to go.

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    luke barkhuff
    2/23/2021

    just got my belly button pierced and I love it, they did a great job! super non stress environment and made me feel comfortable and not so nervous

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    Maya Baldauf
    2/20/2021
  • Just moved to RI and decided I wanted my nose pierced, loved it there! Greg, the piercer, was so nice he made nice conversation so it felt normal! Definitely going to go back!

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    Hailley Vieira
    11/01/2021

    Greg is the best! He’s quick and efficient and just generally great at what he does. I’ve gotten my nose and navel pierced here and don’t think I will go anywhere else!

    Mikalah Munro Avatar
    Mikalah Munro
    6/20/2021

    They are super professional and very clean. Had my ears pierced for the first time and Greg made me feel very comfortable. Will definitely go back!

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    Ava Biafore
    1/04/2020

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