Here is a list of our most frequently asked questions and their answers, for the curious mind.
- Does body piercing hurt?
- Will it hurt after the piercing is done?
- What is the process of getting a piercing?
- How long will it take?
- Do I need to make an appointment or can I just walk in?
- How far in advance do I need to book?
- Do you use piercing guns or needles?
- Will my piercing bleed?
- What is the risk of infection?
1. Does body piercing hurt?
The short answer to this question is “only a little bit”. Our highly skilled staff will make your piercing experience as quick and comfortable as possible. We find that almost everyone says that it didn’t hurt nearly as much as they thought it would. In most cases, a piercing is just a quick sting then it is all over before you know it!
2. Will it hurt after the piercing is done?
Most people say that after the piercing is done there is no pain at all. However, a slight ache or a feeling of hotness is completely normal, and generally will calm down quickly and easily as you go about the rest of your day.
3. What is the process of getting a piercing?
When you first come into the studio, our staff will help you select out a piece of jewellery that is appropriate for your new piercing. We will then sterilise* everything while you fill out a consent form. Once everything has been sterilised, we will bring you into the piercing room. We then mark out where the piercing will be, let you check it to make sure you are happy, and clean the area with some antiseptic. Your expert piercer will then perform the piercing in one swift motion, and jewellery will be inserted behind the needle. Once done, the area will be cleaned once more and you are all done!
*We use modern Statim cassette autoclaves which means we can quickly sterilise everything we will use in your procedure. This method is also used by some dental clinics.
4. How long will it take?
The piercing itself will take just about half a second, but for most piercings you should allow about half an hour out of your day to fit in the whole process. If you are on a tight schedule, ask us at the time of the appointment how long your specific piercing might take.
5. Do I need to make an appointment or can I just walk in?
We highly recommend that you make an appointment as we get very busy and cannot guarantee that we will have time to pierce you if you just walk in. That being said, if you do just walk in and we have time we will pierce you.
6. How far in advance do I need to book?
As a general rule, the earlier you book, the more likely you are to get the time slot that you want. If you are flexible with time then usually you can call up the day beforehand to make your appointment, but if you are in need of a more specific time, about a week is a good idea.
For tattoos each artist has their own schedule, so it’s best to check with them how long you will have to wait. You can do that by emailing us here.
7. Do you use piercing guns or needles?
At The Piercing Urge we use single use, sterilised, hollow piercing needles, sometimes referred to as blade needles. These are the safest and least painful way of getting pierced. We do not use medical “catheter” needles or piercing guns, even for earlobes. If you would like to know more on why piercing guns are bad, then please view this section on The Association of Professional Piercers website.
8. Will my piercing bleed?
Some piercings can bleed a little after they are done but generally there is no or very little bleeding. However if it does bleed (which is nothing to be concerned about), it’s only for a few moments.
9. What is the risk of infection?
With any open wound there is always a risk of infection however since we only use sterile equipment and perform your piercing to the highest of hygiene standards, it’s not very likely that this will happen. This combined with you caring for your piercing correctly will make it not very likely for this to happen at all. If you do think there is something wrong with your piercing it is very important that you get in touch with us, or your GP.
10. Something is wrong with my piercing, what should I do?
If you experience any problems with your piercings while they are healing or even after they have healed, please contact us so one of our friendly staff can help you to identify and fix the problem.
11. How long will my piercing take to heal?
Everyone is a little different but any piercing will take a minimum of 3 months to heal, though some may take a little longer. This doesn’t mean that you must perform a strict aftercare routine for 3 months. It just means that during the healing process you should be careful not to disturb the piercing, and be gentle with the body part that it is on.
12. Can I get a piercing while I am pregnant?
It’s definitely not a good idea to get a piercing done while you are pregnant or nursing, as your body is already undergoing a lot of change and stress to look after your baby. We think it’s best to let your body focus on this, rather than trying to heal a piercing at the same time, and just coming to see us for the piercing once you are done. Waiting until afterwards will also eliminate the risk of your baby contracting any type of infection (in the very unlikely event of an infection) that could possibly be passed on. So unfortunately we will not pierce you while pregnant or breastfeeding.
13. What is your jewellery made from?
At The Piercing Urge we only use jewellery that is completely safe to wear inside the body. We may use either implant grade titanium, implant grade steel or solid gold that is 14 karat or higher, depending on your piercing and what you choose to wear in there. Implant grade jewellery means that it has been tested and certified as safe for wear inside the body, for fresh piercings, healed piercings, and for your whole lifetime. Not only is our jewellery made from the highest grades of metal that is possible for piercings, it is also all internally threaded, hand polished and most of it is lifetime quality guaranteed. All of the manufacturers we use are happy to provide Mill Specs on the metals used in your jewellery.
14. Can I bring my own jewellery?
You are more than welcome to bring in your own jewellery, but we will only use it if it meets our strict quality standards. Jewellery must be made from either implant grade titanium, implant grade steel or solid gold that is 14ct or higher. In addition to this it must also be internally threaded, flawlessly polished, as well as being the correct gauge, length and diameter for your piercing. If you’re unsure whether your jewellery meets any of these standards, bring it with you so our staff can inspect it.
15. How old do you need to be to get pierced or tattooed?
- As per Victorian law, if you are under the age of 16 you need a parent or legal guardian to accompany you to your piercing, with valid ID.
- If you are 16 or over you can get pierced without anyone else’s permission, provided you have your own valid ID.
- To get nipple or genital piercings or to get tattooed you must be 18 or older, there are no exceptions.
- You must be 6 or older to get your earlobes pierced at The Piercing Urge. Read about our children’s services
16. How much do you charge?
Please call, email or drop by the studio so we can explain piercing pricing to you.
Tattoos are priced either by the hour or per piece. You can email us with your design ideas so one of our experienced tattoo artists can give you a specific quote.
Scarification is also priced by piece, so please email us your design ideas so we can give you a quote.
17. What kind of ID do you accept?
We will happily accept valid Learner’s Permit, Driver’s License, Passport, KeyPass or Proof of Age cards.
For those under 16 we will need the consenting parent or legal guardian’s ID and their Medicare card.