Do you pierce children/minors?
Yes! It depends on the piercing and the person, though. Piercing services on minors are offered after a consultation to ensure the child wants the piercings and will be able to sit through the procedure reasonably.
For earlobe piercings we have piercers who can provide service to someone as young as five years of age. Blah blah blah, you'll need certain IDs though! Government issued stuffs, and this, and that, and birth certificate.
Through thorough discussion and debate amongst our staff, almost half of whom are parents, we have opted as studio to offer piercing services on children over five years of age. As a studio we hold a conservative stance in respect to body modification and practice strict informed consent. This is to avoid what we see as potential and inherent risks associated with the healing process in the context of very young children/toddler/infant earlobe piercing. When we work on children from 5 years of age and up we do a consultation with the child to ensure they are asking to have the piercings done, can sit safely and reasonably for the procedure, and also understand within reason how to take care of the piercings as necessary.
A person not sitting still through a procedure can result in less than perfect piercings as well as put our piercers at risk of needle-stick. In terms of placement, as children grow which is unpredictable to some extent, the placement of the piercings can also seem to "shift". Waiting until they are children as opposed to infants can help ensure that the placement will be appropriate in a life-long sense and not need to be abandoned and re-done later to correct placement.
In terms of consent, there is no reasonable amount of consent can be given from the child as they have not yet developed the sense of self that would inspire wanting to adorn one's body or the language skills to be able to communicate that they do in fact want it.
Aftercare routines can be harder to maintain on an infant in comparison to older children as well. We suggest a *daily* irrigation of the piercings under warm water for a number of minutes. Most infants aren't bathed on a daily basis as it can dry out the skin (and add to what is already a hectic schedule with a young one). Along with daily irrigation with warm water we preach a hands-free aftercare routine where touching and moving the jewelry is prohibited. The healing process can be boiled down to healing a tunnel of skin around a foreign object - moving the jewelry even with simple touching or snags can cause damage to the tunnel which is very fragile. An infant is very unlikely to be able to be able to control themselves from even an occasional touch aside from potential movement and snagging from being slept on or rubbing against carriers and the like.
Why won't you pierce my infants ear lobes?
Will it hurt?
It's hard to say how each person will react or sense the piercing as it's such a relative thing person-to-person. Our piercers will work with you to keep the procedure quick, safe, and as easy as possible.
We provide a comfortable and private experience tailored to each client to make them as comfortable as possible. Follow your piercers guidance and they will help you get through the appointment as easily as possible.
How much will it cost?
Our studio breaks the price down into a piercing fee plus the cost of jewelry. The price of a piercing will always vary depending on the jewelry selected to be worn during the healing process.
Each client getting a piercing will be guided through jewelry selection by our expert jewelry specialists who will show options tailored to each person's specific anatomy for the piercing they want, their style, and their budget.
We take appointments as well as accept walk-ins. Appointments are always taken by priority while walk-in piercings and jewelry changes may have to wait.
On Fridays and Saturdays appointments are certainly recommended as we tend to be busier those days.
Though the piercing or jewelry change itself takes a matter of a few minutes, we take a lot of time to discuss goals, personal taste/style, and the state of the piercing with clients to help determine the best jewelry option for them.
Clients coming in for a piercing will need to do a release form, select jewelry, and discuss aftercare before going back - altogether a [single] piercing appointment will take approximately 30 minutes.
Clients having jewelry changed out are also typically given 30 minute appointments so we have ample time to select jewelry and fit said jewelry as close to perfectly as possible.
Do I need an appointment? How long does it take?
For a piercing:
A jewelry specialist will greet you as you walk in and from there we will run your photo ID with paperwork and begin to guide you through a selection of jewelry tailored to your taste and needs. Once an appropriate piece of jewelry is selected we may run the piece through our statim (if we are selecting from the showcase) or pull backstocked jewelry that has been previously sterilized.
After the release form is completed the jewelry specialist will talk about aftercare. Instruction will be given in full detail about how to care for your new piercing and what you can expect out of a typical healing process. Aftercare instruction is also provided in print so the client can refer to the information as a later time. Once the jewelry is sterilized and the room readied, the piercer will bring you back to the piercing room.
After discussing the goals the client has for the piercing the piercer will clean the area, and the precise location of the piercing will be marked with disposable implements. The client is given time to review the mark and will not be pierced until the piercer and client agree on the marks (there are a select few piercings where the marks will not be in a visible location, such as the Daith!)
For a Jewelry Change:
A jewelry specialist will greet you and assess with you what pieces you need changed and consult with a piercer for your best options. We don’t need identification for jewelry changes.
If you have extra posts or ends for your piercings that you used to wear bring them with you in a container so we can see if we can use anything you already have!
Once the jewelry needs are determined and the pieces have been adequately disinfected or sterilized the piercer will take you back to change the pieces out for you.
What will my visit be like?
Absolutely! We encourage people to settle into whatever ritual makes your piercing experience *yours*. Keep in mind, you will want to be as relaxed as possible during the piercing - some people find crowds overwhelming, but you may want people there as moral support. It all comes down to what you determine will make you feel more comfortable during your piercing! Let your jewelry specialist and piercer know which you prefer!
Please note that a piercer may have preference or limits to the number of people allowed in the room during the piercing procedure. They’re working really hard to make sure the piercing comes out well and that the person they’re piercing and themselves stay safe, so they may limit how many people are in the room to keep the environment as safe and calm as possible.
Can I bring my friends in with me?
It’s not required, but if you are squeamish with the idea of being pierced, or have a history of passing out you might want to at least have a snack before you head in. This helps maintain your body’s blood sugar and give you the energy to get excited about your piercing and get through the rest of your day! Drinking water and staying well hydrated is never a bad idea, either!
Should I eat before I come?
Piercing guns pose a risk to your health and safety because of their inability to be properly sterilized, their blunt force trauma to the tissue, “one size fits all jewelry”, and the inadequate training of the person utilizing the equipment.
At Good Life each piercing performed will be done with a single, sterilzed, hollow piercing needle in the size appropriate for the piercing being requested.
Most clients fear the word “needle” because it sounds scary and intimidating, but more often than not a piercing performed with a needle will be less painful than one performed with a piercing gun. Our piercers work in a smooth manner and work with the client to make the piercing as comfortable and fast as possible.
Is it done with a gun?
We are not doctors which means we cannot legally use any type of numbing products on you!
Realistically, any shot that would make you not feel the piercing would be worse than the piercing itself. The pain associated with a piercing is very brief and tends not to linger, fading before you leave the studio after your piercing.
You should by no means ever use topical numbing agents prior to your visit. These can change things about the tissue and our piercers can and may reschedule your appointment for another time if you have.
Do you numb the area first?
Absolutely not, and you should be glad we won’t!
We aren’t here to lecture you on how drinking a few beers could lead to that really regretful tattoo of your favorite backstreet boy on your left buttcheek, but when it comes to getting a piercing you really shouldn’t have alcohol or any drugs in your system because of the blood thinning effects it can have.
Aside from the safety aspects, you cannot legally sign a contract or release form when you’re inebriated as it makes you stand as incompetent to consent for yourself.
Can I get pierced if I've been drinking?
An initial piercing needs to be pierced and left alone without changing the jewelry until it is healed to ensure the healing process is not disrupted or complicated. Cartilage piercings take at minimum 6 months to heal! If you have a job or school that simply does not allow anything on your face or ears you should consider getting this piercing at a different time.
While we have glass retainers in stock to help keep existing piercings open we tend not to use them in fresh piercings as they are substantially less secure than our titanium jewelry options.
If you decide to get a piercing and hide it while it’s healing we do have a “freckle” option that is still the high quality implant grade titanium we use on most of our piercings. This option works well for nostrils and ear piercings and looks a bit like a freckle or mole instead of a piece of a traditional piece of jewelry.
Some piercings are easy to hide while they are healing, like the septum. Septum piercings are fully capable of being hidden while healing - let your jewelry specialist know you have to hide it and they will show you style options that will allow you to do so.
I want a __________ piercing, but need to hide it for work/sports, can I get pierced with a retainer?
If you know you have an appointment for a procedure where you cannot wear jewelry coming up, wait until after your appointment to get a new piercing.
If something comes up while you’re healing a piercing come into the studio a day or so before your surgery/MRI and a piercer can install a safe glass style retainer into the piercing to keep it open and remove the obstruction as required by your dentist/doctors office.
Occasionally you can speak with your healthcare or dental professional and explain that you’re wearing implant grade materials - which are technically safe to leave in during an MRI as they aren’t magnetic reactive - and leave them in during your procedure. Be sure to talk to your doctor or dentist and see what they will require ahead of your appointment.
Whether it's newer or older we will be able to help you with the process of preparing for a medical procedure.
I have an MRI/Surgery/Dentist appointment, can I wear a retainer?
State of Ohio body art laws require for new piercings that we use pieces of body jewelry that are implant grade and internally threaded.
More about jewelry quality is discussed below in the next question: "What is surgical steel/What is implant grade?"
We never treat body jewelry in a “one size fits all” manner. Our skilled piercers select the appropriate length based on each person’s unique anatomy and allow room for swelling as necessary. This makes sure the jewelry quality along with proper fit will allow the piercing to heal well and look great while it’s healing.
If you have pieces already you may be able to wear them later when the piercing has healed. Bring them along and a piercer can check to see if they’re the right dimensions and style for the place you want to wear it!
Can I bring my own jewelry?
“Surgical steel” is a blanket term used to describe a broad range of things… from the externally threaded body jewelry sold at the mall, to the hemostats and other tools our piercers use day to day in our studio. This classification only really means the metal will not melt or rust when exposed to heat and moisture (meaning it can be sterilized via autoclave). Even surgical steel can be alloyed with nickel - which is what most people with metal sensitivities are sensitive to. While this is good enough for a tool that will only temporarily contact the body, it is not good enough to be worn within the body.
At Good Life we only stock jewelry made of ASTM certified implant grade stainless steel (ASTM F-136 implant-grade) and ASTM certified implant grade titanium (ASTM F-138 implant-grade titanium).
The ASTM is an independent organization that certifies material standards - and the body jewelry manufacturers we work with are capable to supplying mill certificates to us - which detail out line by line what percent of each metal makes up the metal they are using. This means we can prove what our jewelry is made of.
The FDA has rules in place that make it required to use these implant-grade alloys of stainless steel and titanium in things like pacemakers, bone pins, etc., since the alloy content is not likely to cause reaction in a majority of the population. In the body piercing industry we’ve adopted an implant-grade material standard to help ensure the safety of the client and avoid material reactions or delayed healing due to poor jewelry quality.
What is surgical steel? What does implant grade mean?
We are happy to assist you in getting beautiful jewelry into your Daith (rhymes with “moth”), but since we are not licensed medical professionals we are unable to speak about the potential of any “cure”. We have performed hundreds if not thousands of this piercing and can ensure it is done in a clean and professional manner with a beautiful piece of jewelry that will fit well in your ear.
Will a Daith Piercing cure my migraines?
We do not use rings for most initial piercings. Healing a piercing comes down to healing a tunnel of skin around of a foreign object and hoops inherently move more than stud styles. Movement of the jewelry damages the tunnel you’re trying to grow, so we avoid that unnecessary movement whenever possible.
While we are strict about not using hoops in fresh piercings, some piercings require being pierced with hoops (daith, septum).
Can I get my _______ pierced with a ring/hoop?
There is no right or wrong side to have a piercing done on and there are a lot of ways you can choose. We suggest considering things like which side you sleep on, which side you part your hair on, and what other piercings you already have (and where) to help determine ultimate piercing location.
Other things to consider before getting ear piercings is whether your job requires you to put a phone to your ear, wear headphones, or stethoscopes as they are conductors of germs and can bump the area.
If you’re unsure your piercer can work with you to help determine which side would work best for both looks and practicality in healing.
Which side should I get my ________ pierced on?
If you even so much as *think* you’re having problems with your piercing come in! Our studio has a piercer on staff each day we are open, and all piercing check-ups/consultations are free of charge. We can assist you with any issues your piercing may be experiencing by visually checking them, adjusting jewelry if necessary, and talk through potential causes, as well as methods/routines for recovery.
Most piercings are only having minor issues related to the healing process when we see them and in many cases can be relieved with a simple visit to the shop for help troubleshooting aftercare.
I'm having problems with my _______ piercing, when should I get it checked on?
Getting paired piercings is common, gettting 8 piercings at the same time is not. We typically recommend consulting with a piercer on projects and not trying to heal more than 6 together at any given time. Healing lots of piercings at once tends to mean slower healing as there is more maintenance required, and more work for your body’s immune system.
Each person can sit for different amounts of piercings at a time - just be sure to communicate about your energy to your piercer so they can continue to make you as comfortable as possible.
Getting ear cartilage piercings on both sides can be an issue for healing because you will likely need to sleep on one side or the other. A good option is to work on one ear at a time to avoid compromising one or the other. Earlobe piercings are a slight bit more resilient and can certainly be healed on both sides of the head without too many problems.
Can I get multiple piercings in one sitting?
Stretching piercings is a really fun way to get different looks and take control of your body! The process when done safely is long and slow. There are a lot of factors that weigh into how a piercer will recommend you stretch any given piercing and how long you should wait between stretches. If you’re interested in stretching a piercing you have or want to get piercings to stretch in the future contact a piercer and they can set up a consultation to discuss with you one on one, or even answer your questions via phone/email.
In our studio we focus on safe stretching processes where tapers, acrylic jewelry, wood jewelry, and double flared jewelry are never worn in fresh/healing stretches. We always wait for a previous stretch to heal before moving up again.
Stretches can be performed for you by a piercer in studio or if the situation is right a piercer may guide you through how to stretch safely on your own.