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

  • Greg made it very comfortable to get my ears pierced. I got my third holes on my lobes + first cartilage. Definitely will be going back for more!

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    Hannah Lasorsa
    6/12/2021

    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

    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
  • I went and got my cartilage and second hole on my lobes re-pierced and had a wonderful experience! Greg did a fantastic job and made sure the piercings were placed evenly! Everything was clean and prepackaged, he wore gloves, and he made sure to tell me how to properly do after care. He also asked me to return in two weeks to make sure everything is healing properly, which I greatly appreciate! I definitely would recommend this business to anyone who is interested in getting a piercing.

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    Alexus Gmehlin
    8/15/2021

    These two strippers recommended this place to me and I could not have been happier with the service. 5 stars from me!

    Randy Weir Avatar
    Randy Weir
    1/11/2020

    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
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    I love this place

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    Brian Boissonneault
    3/05/2020
  • AMAZING! I got a belly button piercing and I absolutely love it! The owner, Greg, did a great job and talked me through the whole thing. I felt so relaxed and not nervous at all!

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    Leah Berube
    6/21/2020

    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!

    Brianna White Avatar
    Brianna White
    8/15/2020

    Great jewelry selection, clean environment and great customer service!

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    Lilith Weltman-Cavanagh
    7/17/2018
  • 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

    Greg is Amazing!! I got 3 piercings and he was efficient, clean and very clear about how to take care of my new bling. You’re definitely in good hands with this guy. And the staff were super cool and accommodating about me changing my schedule on them last minute. I definitely won’t be going anywhere else. Highly recommend!!

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    Amy Connolly
    6/20/2021

    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
  • I really enjoy the staff at High Hopes/Stix and Studs. I've done the majority of my piercings with their main piercer and he always takes his time and he's very gentle. I got my rook and my industrial done the other day and I couldn't be more happy with the results. I originally thought about getting my daith done but he assured me that because I have a thicker ear the daith may be unsafer to do and I may be at higher risk of infection. This was very good information for me to know. He's also very honest and wasn't afraid to tell me that my piercings were in sensitive places and that they'd probably hurt. My rook piercing was bleeding badly and it got on my shirt, I told him it was fine, but he cleaned the blood stain off at the store which was very nice. I'd recommend Stix and Studz to anyone looking for some cool new piercings. The service is pleasant from beginning to end and all of the staff is friendly. No complaints about this experience. Thanks!

    Jay Greene Avatar
    Jay Greene
    6/24/2020

    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

    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
  • I had my second and my third lobe piercings done here and both experiences have been terrific! It’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 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

    Nice people

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    Alexis Daluz
    9/11/2019
  • Such a great experience! Greg made the piercing experience so comforting. The store was very clean and Greg made sure to take his time. It was very evident that he cared about his customers. I would 100% go back here for any other piercings in the future!

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    Avaa Oliviaa
    4/30/2021

    I made an appointment to get my industrial done. Susie was super nice at the front desk when I went in and very positive and reassuring me it was going to be okay because I was nervous. Greg did an awesome job measuring my ear and picking the right bar for my ear size. He was quick and it was relatively painless and it looks freaking awesome. I've wanted this piercing done for more than 5 years and I'm so happy that I was able to get it done at sticks and studs because they did such a great job and they were so welcoming! I would definitely go again to get something else done in the future, and I will be very soon! Thank you so much Greg and Susie I am so beyond happy with my new industrial bar!!!

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    R A
    11/14/2020

    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
  • 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

    I am young and I was scared to get my second lobe and cartilage pierced but Greg talked me through the whole thing. I knew what was going on and he was just I really nice person over all. I definitely recommend this place it is super professional and clean and the people are super nice in there.

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    Zoe Cosmopoulos
    8/17/2021

    Did a great job on our Helix piercings 🙂

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    Valentina
    7/11/2019

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