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

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

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    Zachel Colon Rodriguez
    6/02/2022

    I had a great experience here. The owner Greg was amazing with the tragus piercing that I got. He knew the exact placement and I knew that he would do a good job. He was also very polite and wanted to get to know you rather than just doing piercings. Overall, if you are from around here, this is the place to go!

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    Jacey cosciello
    2/03/2022

    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
  • My friend got her septum pierced tonight and Greg was amazing!!! He has done my nose as well and just as easy, quick, and professional. He took her as a walk in last minute but did a great job! So quick she didn’t even flinch, and was perfectly symmetrical!

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    Audrey pham
    12/02/2022

    i got my nose pierced by greg about year ago, and have never had any issues with the healing process! the experience was very comfortable, he suggested the placement for it and it came out really good! healed great, and was provided with cleaning solution on the way out. i just came back today to switch to a gold stud, and greg changed, cut, and adjusted the piercing free of charge, as well as gave me more cleaning solution (despite me saying i didn’t mind paying at ALL)!! he also slid me a few stix n studs stickers for my friends and i! i really appreciated it, greg is a great piercer and always creates a comfortable environment for customers.

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    hope
    11/19/2022

    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
  • I love this place

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    Brian Boissonneault
    3/05/2020

    professional body piercing in newport rhode island

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    VERDON GRV
    7/10/2018

    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
  • Did a great job on our Helix piercings 🙂

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    Valentina
    7/11/2019

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    The owner is always super friendly and knowledgeable, and they always have quality products

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    Colin Redlich
    12/20/2019
  • 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

    Nice people

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    Alexis Daluz
    9/11/2019
  • I got my snug pierced today by Greg. He kept me informed through each step and made sure I was comfortable. Very pleased with the placement. Thank you!

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    EuroStance
    5/19/2022

    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

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

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    Kendall Crawford
    8/17/2022
  • 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

    I needed a quick replacement plug for one of mine that fell out while i was on vacation. This place was able to help! I was hoping to find something cheaper, but $30 wasnt too bad! And they had some really cute options

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    Kailey Barrows
    7/30/2019

    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 needed a quick replacement plug for one of mine that fell out while i was on vacation. This place was able to help! And they had some really cute options

    Kailey Barrows Avatar
    Kailey Barrows
    6/28/2022

    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

    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
  • 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

    Absolutely loved my experience here. I got my belly button pierced and felt very comfortable with Greg. You can tell he knows what he’s doing and puts his customers first. Definitely will be back again!

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    Bella Saliba
    6/28/2020

    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

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