Frequently Asked Questions

Is it gonna hurt?

A: Not as much as you think…the process is so brief, it is over before you know it.  The pain is relative to your tolerance.

How long does it take to completely heal?

Depends on the area pierced.

Location of Piercing:  Approximate healing time:
Ear Lobe 6 to 8 weeks
Ear Cartilage 4 months to 1 year
Eyebrow 6 to 8 weeks
Nostril 2 to 4 months
Nasal Septum 6 to 8 months
Lip 2 to 3 months
Tongue 4 weeks
Nipple(s) 3 to 6 months
Belly Button 4 months to 1 year
Female Genitalia 4 to 10 weeks
Male Genitalia 4 weeks to 6 months
How long before I can change the starter jewelry?

A: This time frame can vary from person to person.  But no matter what, do not change the jewelry anytime before it is completely healed.  Refer to the chart above.  If you are in the medium of the healing time, you can go an extra step:  move the jewelry around and if there is absolutely no pain, you are probably ready.  Be careful when changing the jewelry no matter the time frame, as you can pull or tug too hard and tear the inside skin, causing the healing process to start over.

What is “migration”?

It’s when a piercing “migrates” or “moves” from its initial location. If the piercing is being rejected by the body, you will notice the skin is pink (not infection) and sometimes tender to the touch. This is generally why curved bars, when placed properly, are the one jewelry that is least likely to be rejected by the body.

I think I have an infection, should I take my jewelry out?

NO! If you take the jewelry out, the hole will close and you run the risk if trapping in the infection with no way of draining. Leave the jewelry in. This will keep the piercing open and allow the infection to drain.

What is a “keloid”?

A keloid is actual scar tissue that forms because the body over defends itself as a result of trauma or a surgical incision. It can only be removed with medical help or surgery.

What are piercing “bumps” and how do I get rid of them?

This is a common occurrence. The key is to only use quality surgical steel, nioblum, or titanium CBR jewelry in your piercing. This can be purchased from your professional piercer when you get the piercing done. Do not use the jewelry from accessory stores or mall chains as this is a lower quality jewelry and may result in piercing bumps.   If you do have bumps around your piercing, simply replace the jewelry with the higher grade jewelry mentioned above. Have it professionally put in by a qualified piercer. Do 3 saline soaks a day until the bumps go away. Leave it in for several weeks until healed.

When should I stop the piercing aftercare?

You should follow the recommended time frame and care (see chart) no matter how well you are healing. If you stop your cleaning routine too soon you could experience symptoms of irritation or infection.

How does the “EZ Heal” guard work?

How to apply:

  1. Make sure area is clean and free of lotions, oils, etc.
  2. Remove tab from back of EZ Heal Navel Guard.
  3. Apply sticky sticky side of EZ Heal Navel Guard to skin around navel, avoiding contact with jewelry.

How to Remove/Reapply:

Removal is simple. Peel back an edge of the EZ Heal Navel Guard, and gently detach from the skin.

To Reapply:

  1. Remove tab from stencil and apply to back of EZ Heal Guard
  2. Remove remaining tab from back of stencil
  3. Apply sticky side of EZ Heal Navel Guard to skin around navel, avoiding contact with jewelry.
  4. Repeat steps 1 – 3 for use of remaining tabs
When should I use the “EZ Heal” guard?

Underneath your clothing and when you are asleep to prevent contact with your clothing and sheets. This will provide a barrier and allow your piercing to heal with minimal risk of irritation and/or infection.

Is the “EZ Heal” guard reusable?

The actual “EZ Heal” guard comes with prepackaged glue stencils to be applied each day to the original guard. Simply follow the application instructions and feel confident to maneuver throughout your normal day.

Is the “EZ Heal” guard waterproof?

No. It is not waterproof. However, once it is applied to dry skin, it will withstand sweating.