Ear and Nose Piercing

Ear and nose piercing

As a leading award winning cosmetic clinic we are accustomed to using to providing aesthetics to make a difference in people’s lives. One of our leading aesthetic technicians is Kerry Lawson who is highly experienced in advanced paramedical facial treatments as well as cosmetic treatments such as micropigmentation, microblading, micro-needling, tattoo removal and ear and nose piercing.

An understanding of her clients needs, her ability to aesthetically advise and her strict health and safety make Kerry the ideal person to carry our ear and nose piercing at the clinic. We welcome everybody, from babies to adults, to have their ears pierced.

Ear Lobe Piercing

Ear lobe piercing is by far the most common piercing in the world and are one of the oldest forms of body modification. Historically, pierced ears (at least in Western society) have been considered a more adult feminine adornment but this has evolved to both female and male as well as from babies, to teenagers and senior citizens.

Nose Piercings

At the clinic we offer just the nostril piercing.  Nostril piercings can go in the sides of either or both nostrils or through the nostril higher up along the nose (called a high nostril piercing).

From

£20

  • Ear Lobes £20 for one
  • Ear Lobes £35 for two
  • Nose piercing £30

All treatments for any condition are non-invasive, quick with little pain or downtime.

Health and Safety

We take piercing very seriously and safety is second nature. Hygiene is our top priority. We use sterile one-time use needles and nitrile gloves, alongside a thorough sterilization process with a top-of-the-line autoclave to clean the jewelry. Part of our piercing experience also includes detailed aftercare instructions so you will quickly and completely heal your new look. Anyone of any age can be looked at for facial piercing at the clinic but we do need parent’s consent and the parents to be present for those under 18. ID is also required, where necessary, before we can commence treatment

Aftercare and downsizing

Your BeauSNERGY experience doesn’t end after you leave the store. We’re obsessed with ensuring your piercing is perfect which means we’ll reach out to ensure you’re healing appropriately. We offer free email consultation and a follow up visit to the clinic for any issues or questions you may have.

Studex®

Studex® is recognized as the leader in ear piercing systems and allergy-free fashion earrings for consumers of all ages. As the world’s largest manufacturer of ear piercing instruments and studs, Studex have an uncompromising commitment to quality and service that has lasted for over forty years.

Treatments at a glance

Sensitivity Time

Up to 2 days

Back on your Feet

Immediate

Procedure Time

Less than 30 minutes

Anaesthetic

N/A

Results

Immediate

Results Duration

Permanent

Full Recovery

Immediate subject to correct aftercare

Number of Treatments

one

Before & After

Your Questions Answered

You should try and make sure you are fully prepared before you come to see us. Make sure you’ve eaten a decent meal within 4 hours of getting pierced. You should also be well-hydrated. That way you’re less likely to feel faint during the piercing procedure.

Make sure you have everything that is required to be legally pierced if you are under 18 years of age. If you are 18 or over, we will need to see ID. If you are under 18 we will need to have a parent or guardian present and the ability to sign their consent. Also any legal document such as a birth certificate is required.

There is always an element of pain or discomfort when getting your ear and nose piercing. The pain depends on the individual’s pain threshold but it is very short lived and, depending on the area to be pierced, can be no worse than a single injection to most people. It is fast procedure and so any discomfort is over very quickly.

After healing there are thousands of options of jewelry but during healing the choices are more limited. We will usually suggest an 18 gauge or 16 gauge press-fit barbell. These have a wide variety of “fronts,” from plain silver balls to faceted stones and even gold with diamonds. If you are planning on stretching later, earlobes can initially be pierced as large as 8 gauge—or, in some cases, even larger—using single-flared glass plugs.

Earlobe piercings usually take six to eight weeks to heal. After that time, jewelry may be changed, but they should not be left empty at allduring the first year, as there is still some risk that the piercing may close. During the first few months you will want to clean them twice a day. (Please read our aftercare instructions) As with any fresh piercing, you will want to keep dirty hands, hair, hair products, telephones, and other people’s mouths away from the area.

There are several styles of nostril rings that are popular for nostril piercings, including nose bones, nostril screws, nose loops and fishtails, which can be modified to create custom nostril screws. Labret studs also make great nostril rings–ones that you’ll never have to worry about losing because of the way they’re secured. These different styles of nostril rings are available in a wide range of materials, styles and sizes, with the most common sizes for nostril rings being 18g and 20g.

After discussing with you, our piercing technician will insert the style of jewelry that’s best suited to your anatomy.

If you want your new piercing to heal perfectly, you have to keep it clean. There are a couple ways to go about this. Ideally you should not use soap, however if we feel it necessary, make sure you clean the piercing with no perfumed soap or a gentle cleanser–something like baby shampoo. Best options however would be one of these:
An aftercare Saline spray in 2 sizes: a larger bottle to keep at home for thorough daily cleansing, and a smaller bottle to carry with you.

Ideally, you should spray your new piercing with an aftercare spray 3-6 times per day. If your piercing has an entry and exit point (e.g. an ear piercing or belly button piercing), be sure to spray both holes thoroughly.

Anytime the skin around your piercing gets hot and irritated, it’s time to spray it again. You can never apply too much saline aftercare spray, but you could over-wash your piercing if you were using soap. (Soap dries out the skin, so it can really irritate a healing wound of any kind when overused.)

At least twice a day, you should do  thorough sea salt solution soaks for new external piercings. You can use a store-bought piercing aftercare spray for your soaks, if desired. Just fully saturate a cotton ball with saline solution, hold it against your piercing for 15-20 seconds, dispose of the cotton ball, and repeat with a fresh one. This process should go on for 3-5 minutes.

New piercings are highly susceptible to developing infection if bacteria is introduced. The easiest way to introduce bacteria is to handle your piercing. It’s hard not to touch a new piercing; it’ll feel foreign initially, plus you’ll be excited about it, and you’ll want to touch it, but don’t! If you absolutely have to touch your piercing, make sure you wash your hands with antibacterial soap first and wear clean sterile gloves. If “crusties” form around your piercing, don’t worry and don’t touch them with bare hands. Crusties are just dried lymph, which is a clear fluid the body naturally excretes during the healing process that dries to a whitish crust. The best solution for dealing with crusties is to soften them with sea salt solution or a piercing aftercare spray, and then gently wipe them away with a soft tissue. Always wash your hands first!

In short, you should speak to your piercing technician at BeauSYNERGY. Jewelry is one of the best parts of getting a new piercing. There are so many gorgeous jewelry options available to tempt you, and you should definitely indulge… but not until your piercing is fully healed. Different piercings take different amounts of time to heal, and different people heal at different rates. That said, you can generally expect your ear lobe piercings to heal in around 4-6 weeks and your nostril healing to heal in around 2-3 months.

If you take out your jewelry too early, you may have trouble getting your new jewelry in on your own. If the fistula isn’t fully reinforced yet and you’re moving too slowly, your piercing may close before you can get the new jewelry into it. For that reason, it’s usually better for us or an experienced piercer change your jewelry for you the first time.

Whether or not a piercer helps you, the only time you should change your jewelry early is if you’re having problems with the piercing and you think the jewelry’s material or length may be part of the problem.

There are a number of issues that can arise in the early days after getting your ear and nose piercing. The most common problems include:

Swelling – If the area around your piercing swells excessively, your jewelry may begin to press into your skin in an uncomfortable way. This is a problem you need to deal with immediately, because prolonged pressure can cause necrosis (tissue death), which can lead to infection and/or cause you to lose your piercing. If you experience this issue, see us right away and ask her to give you a longer barbell.

Tip: A captive bead ring makes great starter jewelry for many piercings, and it’s ideal because it leaves plenty of room for swelling. A captive ring is much less likely to put pressure on a swollen new piercing than many barbell styles.

Allergic Reaction – If the skin around your piercing becomes excessively red, itchy or excessively swollen, you may be allergic to your starter jewelry material. Surgical stainless steel and titanium are the two best metals for starter jewelry, because they’re the most inert metals and least likely to trigger a reaction. (Typically people who have reactions are reacting to the high nickel content of cheaply-made jewelry.) BioPlast is another good hypo-allergenic alternative for people who have sensitive skin. Our technician will discuss all this with you during your appointment.

Dry skin around piercing –

If the skin around your piercing gets dry and/or cracked during the healing process, add a drop of tea tree oil to each saline-soaked cotton ball before applying it to your piercing during your twice-a-day saline soaks. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and moisturizer that will help your piercing heal beautifully and keep the skin around it healthy, soft and supple. Do not apply tea tree oil directly to a healing piercing; it needs a carrier, like sea salt solution, so just mix it into your saline wash or add a dab to a saline-soaked cotton ball to apply it.

 

Infection – If you notice any of these issues with your piercing, you may have an infection and should see a doctor immediately:

  • Thick, Yellow, Pus-Like Discharge
  • Red Streaks Emanating From Your Piercing
  • Skin That’s Hot to the Touch
  • Fever

Don’t take infection lightly!

If your doctor tells you to take out your piercing, don’t worry. As long as you keep your piercing clean while you take antibiotics, you should be able to keep it. It isn’t a good idea to take out jewelry while you have an infection anyway, since bacteria could get trapped inside when the hole begins to close, which could potentially create an abscess.

If you’re well, your piercing will be well, too. That’s why you should do the following while your piercing’s healing, in addition to abiding by the Golden Rules above:

  • Eat well.
  • Be hygienic overall.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Avoid aspirin, at least early on (it’s a blood thinner).
  • Avoid alcohol and nicotine (these substances can slow the healing process).
  • Wear loose clothing if your piercing’s in an area where clothing may irritate it.
  • Protect your piercing (e.g. try not to sleep on it, catch your hair brush in it, spray hairspray on it, etc.).
  • Generally take care of yourself.

Your new piercing is a lot like a little fledgeling tree. If you protect it, nurture it and give it time, it will grow strong. The walls of the fistula will reinforce much like a sapling developing bark as it grows into a mighty oak; the outer walls will thicken and grow stronger and tougher over time. That’s why it’s important that you don’t rush into changing your jewelry or stretching your piercing. Eventually, your ear and nose piercing will feel like just another part of your body, something you won’t even be conscious of… until you find some awesome new jewelry, anyway. At that point–once the fistula’s set and strong–you can change your jewelry as often as you want, so spoil yourself!

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