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

  • Just got my second hole pierced and Greg did an amazing job! He was very nice and professional. Definitely recommend!!!

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    Brooke Marchitto
    12/31/2020

    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

    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 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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    Beatrice Heard
    11/28/2021

    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
  • Nice people

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    Alexis Daluz
    9/11/2019

    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

    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
  • 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

    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 two earlobe piercings on my left year and the process was pretty easy. Greg is chill. I truly appreciate him taking the time to position the piercings correctly and choosing the right piercing and gauge for the location. I've had bad experience with another piercer, who rushed and didn't bother using the right piercing for the helix piercing and I had so much struggle with the healing.
    Greg took time, checked it many times, had me and my friend check it too, before piercing. Thank you for that!
    The aftercare solution and instructions were pretty clear and my piercings are healing nicely and look awesome 🙂 Thank you!
    Would come back again!

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    Helene Kuhn
    8/13/2022
  • 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

    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

    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
  • 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

    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

    the best ever and i’ve never written a review before so you know i’m serious

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    bas mach
    10/11/2019
  • Greg was awesome. I got my first piercing ever in my ear lobes and he did such a good job and made me feel so comfortable that I got my belly button as well on the same visit!! I’ll definitely be back soon. I would suggest if you’re looking for the cleanest and most chill place in RI.

    Taylor Hall Avatar
    Taylor Hall
    1/04/2020

    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.

    Zoe Cosmopoulos Avatar
    Zoe Cosmopoulos
    8/17/2021

    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
  • 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

    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

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

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    Colin Redlich
    12/20/2019
  • 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

    I have gotten two piercings from Greg in the past year! The staff are very friendly, clean and professional. The healing process has a been a breeze. Will definitely go to stixnstudz for any future piercings 🙂

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    Caroline Conway
    7/11/2020

    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
  • 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

    Greg does such an amazing job I never feel nervous. Ever since my first piercing I’ve gone back many more times for more! They’re so welcoming and professional. Great quality piercings and after care.

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    Rayna Lombardo
    6/23/2020

    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

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