Consultation

Who can get pierced?

BABIES: 2-15 months
KIDS: 5 years old & up
TEENS

ADULTS
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Piercing Studs

Medical-grade titanium
Medical-grade plastic
14k/18k gold

Nickel-free
Hypoallergenic
 

 
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We pierce exclusively with our own earrings.

-Gold:
14k or 18k gold (available with needle piercings for ages 5 & up)

 
-Medical-grade materials:
For ages 2 months & up choose from several styles of studs that are made from pure medical-grade materials the FDA has approved for use INSIDE the body, making them the safest choice for those with allergy concerns.
-Medical-grade plastic earrings have 0% latex, nickel or BPA, are super light weight, and great for anyone who wants to avoid the use of metal for the initial piercing. 
-Medical-grade titanium is an implant grade metal safe for use inside the body. 

-Metals that are not used under any circumstances or recommended for new piercings: gold plated, gold filled, gold vermeil, sterling silver or stainless steel. 

Babies are pierced with the Blomdahl medical ear piercing system that is only available through medical practitioners.

 

Placement

Aesthetic balance

Proper placement is key to not only a beautiful piercing, but one that stands the test of time. This is where experience matters. After piercing thousands of ears, Rachel Smith has honed her skill set striving for aesthetic perfection in balance while providing a highly personalized service.   
 
 

Piercing

Sterile and disposable
Hollow needle 
Piercing instrument

Babies: The piercing is performed using a medical ear piercing system used exclusively by medical practitioners. Earrings are manufactured in Sweden and prepackaged in sterile cassettes. Anything that comes into direct contact with your skin is one-time use and disposed of after every client, therefore there is no chance of cross-contamination.  We pierce babies with the Blomdahl medical ear piercing system.  

Children, teens & adults: Some children ages 5 & up will opt for a needle piercing (vs "the gun") where pre-packaged, sterile and disposable needles are used. Most teens & adults will have their piercings done with a needle.
Jewelry: 14k/18k gold, medical-grade titanium 


There are ONLY 2 methods of piercing that exist: 
!) Sterile hollow needle method where the needle pierces the ear.
2) Piercing gun or hand clamp where the jewelry itself is the mode of piercing. Babies are almost impossible to hold still enough during a piercing to do needle piercings.  For safety reasons, Rachel Smith has chosen to use the Blomdahl system which she has successfully used for nearly a decade.

Healing

How to get the best results

Rachel Smith, RN will review your aftercare instructions in detail during your appointment. 
 
Piercing studs are worn for 6-8 weeks for ear lobe piercings (minimum 3 months for cartilage), cleaned with saline spray, soap and water, and are not rotated. As a result of this "no touch" approach, we see extremely low infection rates.