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

  • 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

    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!

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    Michaela Conway
    9/19/2021

    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
  • 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 boyfriend and I both got pierced by Greg and it was a great experience. He communicated throughout the whole process and gave us exactly what we wanted. He was very informative about the after care instructions and made sure we knew how to contact him if there were any issues. We drove over a hour to meet with him and would gladly do it again. Overall it was a very friendly and painless experience and would highly recommend! 🙂

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    Cristina
    6/27/2022

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    VERDON GRV
    7/10/2018
  • 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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    Beatrice Heard
    11/28/2021

    Great customer service

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    Andrew Avery
    3/06/2020

    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
  • 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

    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

    Two of my friends and I went to Stix n Studz this past weekend and had the best experience. Greg and Susie were so nice and fun to talk to. I got my conch pierced and also asked if Greg could switch the jewelry for my daith. Everything went great and we all love our new piercings!

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    Claudia Cirulli
    11/10/2020
  • Did a great job on our Helix piercings 🙂

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    Valentina
    7/11/2019

    Such good vibes lots of love for my people

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    Leah Clark
    10/11/2019

    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 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

    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

    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 got my septum done here and had a great experience with Greg!!! very experienced with his work and accommodated for my needs. I felt comfortable throughout the whole process, as he explained what he was doing, and worked smoothly and confidently. The piercing itself turned out great too! He told me how it would look before hand and made sure I was fine with it all. He also hooked me up with specific after piercing solution to clean with, so no need to buy saline!

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    Ethan González
    4/24/2022

    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

    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
  • 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

    love the vibes and workers !!! great place to check out if you're in newport !!!

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    Kaylee Tanganelli
    10/11/2019

    I have gotten 8 piercings from Greg. Absolutely amazing, very professionals and so friendly , super clean. Highly recommend if your looking for some piercings !!!

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    charlotte dambra
    6/21/2020
  • Got both of my lobes pierced to prepare for gauges, and Greg did a fantastic job. Professional and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend going to High Hopes/Stix and Studz!

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    Dylan Ruckdeschel
    6/25/2022

    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 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 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

    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 jewelry selection, clean environment and great customer service!

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    Lilith Weltman-Cavanagh
    7/17/2018

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