13 Very Important Questions to Ask Your Piercer

Questions to Ask Your Piercer

If you don’t ask the question, you don’t learn the answer.  You spend your life just not knowing.

many of us hold ourselves back from asking questions as we worry that it is a “stupid question”. Even if the question does come across as stupid, you shouldn’t let this concern you.

When you go to a professional piercer to get a piercing, they don’t expect you to know everything. It’s part of the piercer’s job anyway, to be full of knowledge on piercings.

In fact, there are certain questions I recommend you ask before you get your piercing done. Some of these questions may seem obvious but they are actually very important!

Piercing the NostrilShould Ask Questions (S.A.Q)

  1. Have you done this piercing before?
    Before you get pierced you should make sure your piercer has experience in doing the piercing that you intend to get done. If the answer to this question is anything other than ‘yes’ then you should go to get your piercing elsewhere.
  2. Can I see your portfolio?
    If the answer to the previous question is ‘yes’, you should ask to see some photos of the piercing you want, done by them. All reputable piercers should have a portfolio and be willing to show it to their clients.
  3. How much will the piercing cost?
    Yes, this does sound like an obvious one but you need to know how much you are going to be charged for the procedure. You should be aware of what the average price in your area is for the piercing you plan to get done. Afterall, you don’t want to be overcharged!
  4. How do you sterilize your equipment?
    Assuming that all equipment gets sterilized, which it should be. If they do not sterilize equipment before use, go elsewhere. The desired answer to this question is that they autoclave their equipment. This is by far the most effective method of sterilization. Although there are other methods, none can match up to the autoclave. An alternative to this question would be “Can I see your autoclave?” or “”Do you have an autoclave?”
  5. Do you explain aftercare thoroughly and give out printed instructions?
    I cannot stress enough how important aftercare is. Your piercer should give you direct instructions on how to care for your new piercing and also hand you a printed aftercare sheet.
  6. What type of body jewelry do you use?
    You need to make sure the jewelry that goes in your new piercing is high quality. You should also ask if their jewelry contains any nickel (even small traces). Stainless steel usually does, even the highest of quality steel. The reason you want to avoid nickel is because nickel has been known to cause skin irritation and reactions. You may not even realise you are sensitive to nickel. You really don’t want to find out the hard way.
  7. How do you go about ensuring the health and safety of your client?
    When you ask this question a good piercer would take you on a small tour of their studio. They would go over all the health and safety measures taken. You should make a point of asking this question.
  8. How long will my piercing take to heal?
    Everyone heals at a different rate but it is always a good idea to ask this question and get an idea of the average healing time.
  9. Will you be wearing sterilized surgical gloves?
    It is very important that your piercer wears surgical gloves when they do your piercing. The gloves should be sterilized. Be sure to ask this question before you go ahead and get the piercing. This lowers the risk of bloodborne pathogens and disease spreading.
  10. What is the piercing procedure?
    When you ask your piercer this question they should be able to explain the procedure to you step-by-step. This will show you whether or not the piercer actually knows what they are doing.
  11. What cleansing products would you recommend I use?
    I do not mean asking what brand you should use. I mean you should ask what type of cleansing solution you should use. For most piercings you will be recommended to use saline solution, but there are exceptions.
  12. Is there anything I should avoid during the healing period?
    Whilst you are healing up there are certain things you should avoid doing. This can vary between different piercings. Some of the more obvious things you should avoid are touching your piercing, using strong chemicals to clean it and removing your jewelry. You should always ask this question though as there may be some less obvious things you need to avoid.
  13. What type of marker is used to mark your skin?
    The marker that is used to mark the position of the piercing on your skin should be a single use disposable surgical skin marker. The same pen should never be used more than once. This is to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens.

In Conclusion

Next time you get a new piercing done in an unfamiliar studio, make damn sure that you ask questions! Seriously, don’t worry about looking or sounding stupid. You really are not expected to know much, if anything about piercings.

If you don’t ask the questions you will never know the answers. When you are trusting someone to make a hole in your skin as safely as possible, the more you know the better!

What questions do you ask when you get a piercing done? Let us know by leaving a comment below. I love hearing from you guys!

24 Comments on 13 Very Important Questions to Ask Your Piercer

  1. Hello!

    I have never pierced myself nor do I intend to do it but i find your article interesting. I see people with pierced body parts almost all the time so the whole thing seems to be valid. Especially considering the fact that there are some health issues involved in it.

    The way I see it these are very intelligent questions to be asked. Good work!

    • Hey Igor.

      Body piercing has been becoming ever more popular over the last few years. It is very important to know what you’re getting yourself into when you get a piecing.

      Thanks for taking your time to read my post and leave a comment.
      Hannah.

  2. Hi there Hanna,

    I am quite surprised by how detailed these questions are. Having work in a clinic/surgery place, proper sterilization and aseptic techniques are things that I am familiar with.

    I got my pierce when I was very young, maybe some 30 years ago and remembered feeling awful on both the ear lobes. I don’t think sterilization techniques were that advanced back then.

    It’s good to know that piercing is done more professionally these days and these are questions that I would certainly ask when I plan to get a new one.

    • Hi Cathy.

      Sterilization is taken very seriously these days in the piercing industry. Thankfully. Standards have got a lot higher over the past few years – thanks to the APP (Association of Professional Piercers).

      Many thanks for your input.
      Hannah.

  3. Great questions to ask here. I never asked any questions when I got my tongue pierced and that same day I went and had some drinks with friends… bad move! As it turns out Vodka doesn’t go down very well with a newly pierced tongue!

  4. Hi there Hannah,

    Great list for those who are thinking of getting a piercing. I have previously done 2 piercings at a store & they got infected pretty bad. They gave me this alcohol solution to kill the bacteria off my ears but it made it worse, resulting in burning sensation going off on my ears.

    However, it is quite miraculous that my piercing took less than a month to heal. I have heard that others take up to 6 months. Considering that my piercing was quite cheap (SGD $3), I certainly expected worse things to happen to my ears.Perhaps because it was an easy area to pierce (Lobe) which explains the fast recovery.

    Cheers,
    Zhi Wei

    • Hey Lee.

      I don’t know what store you got your piercings at but it sounds like they had no idea what they were doing to be honest. They shouldn’t be giving out alcohol solution as an aftercare product. In fact they should be advising their clients against using alcohol on their piercings full stop!

      The lobe is one of the least risky and fastest healing piercings, and that would be why it healed so quickly. Either that or your have a good immune system!

      Thanks for stopping by anyway. Much appreciated.
      Hannah.

  5. Hello there. One question that I always have in mind is – what happens if something goes wrong DURING the piercing? What are the contingency steps in this situation? Perhaps you can add this to your great list 🙂

    • Hey Shaz.

      Good question and definitely one to ask your piercer. Thee answer to question is not so simple as it depends what goes wrong. There are quite a few things that could happen really.

      Thanks for the suggestion.
      Hannah.

  6. Hi Hannah, me again. I really enjoy your site, it seems our interests are similar in many ways.
    I’ve got quite allot of piercing, and never thought of asking any of these questions you mentioned, so I’m glad I saw this article.
    Luckily all my piercing was done at a Pharmacy with a great track record, so I know everything was in order.
    Thank you for sharing
    Linda

    • Hey Linda.

      I’m so pleased that your have been enjoying your time on my site! I think you’re right about us having similar interests.

      These questions are more relevant when you’re going to a new piercer or studio who you have never been pierced by before. When you go to a piercer you trust it’s not all that important to ask questions.

      Thanks again for visiting my site!
      Hannah.

  7. I`m a total newbie to this… the needle still scares me a little lol. These are all great questions to have on hand though!

    Thanks,

    • Hey Vicky.

      The needle honestly isn’t as bad as it looks. It goes through your skin so quickly you barely have the time to register the fact that it is in there!

      Thanks for taking your time to read through my post.
      Hannah.

  8. Hi Hannah, I got first piercing at 16 and I wish this blog (and such technology) was around back then. I’m a little put off piercing now but this is a great article and could sure save someone a lot of headache and pain down the track!

  9. hi Hannah!
    Well those are for sure some good questions! Some of those I have asked my tattoo person! I got to be quite familiar with the cleaning process of tools when I dated a tattoo artist. As I would visit the supply store with him and learn all about single use surgical marker, autoclave and cleaner. It does seem like one would use some of the same kind of products for piercings. And I think that one important thing before going ahead with a piercing (or a tattoo) is to really feel comfortable with the person giving it to you. You are placing a lot of trust in them so you should feel comfortable with them.

    • Hi Emily.

      You’re right – the sterilization process for tattoos and piercings is very similar. Pretty much the same really.

      Feeling comfortable with the piercer or tattooist is a top priority for sure. It’s a lot of trust to put in a person. I feel that the best way to get this comfortble is by asking a few questions – it really does put the mind at ease knowing you’re in good hands.

      Thanks again for stopping by and leaving your comment.
      Hannah.

  10. I had my ears pierced a couple years ago. They were all red for a while i guess from an infection or something. Probably should have asked some questions. Idk if it was the actual piercing or the cheap earrings I had.

  11. Hi , thank you for sharing it. I think this so important information as because this about health. And now is a lot of dodgy things happening around. Thank

  12. Hi Hannabubble,

    You website is very educational on how body piercing is done. I was very impressed with the information you provided such as the septum rings fake/pierce; sterilization/aftercare and the needles
    that are used for piercing.

    I am not a fan of needles, but you have provided great information for body piercing, I did enjoyed viewing your website.

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