What piercings are allowed for children/teens?
We’re happy you’ve decided to give your child a great piercing experience. What we offer here is likely much different than what you experienced as a child and what you’ll find in “piercing gun” establishments.
One of the biggest differences is that we do not use piercing guns. Our process uses tools specifically designed for piercing, which provides a safer, gentler, and more accurate experience for your child. Here’s more information from the Association of Professional Piercers (APP). Everything we use is sterilized for each procedure and properly disposed of afterward. Nothing is used from person to person for safety.
Jewelry has also been improved. “Starter studs/earrings” are a thing of the past. We offer a range of earrings/studs in implant-grade titanium or solid 14k/18k gold with disk backs for more comfort and easier cleaning. This initial jewelry is safe to wear for a lifetime, and many prefer this style for daily wear in healed piercings. (PICTURE OF JEWELRY)
Suggested aftercare has changed as well. Gone are the days of harsh, burning chemicals like alcohol/peroxide/etc. and twisting/turning your jewelry, ‘cause that just hurts! And it’s not good for your piercing. Our recommended aftercare focuses on protecting your piercing and allowing your immune system to heal. You can read more here.
General Policies for Children/Teens
- For anyone under 18, we are required to have additional paperwork. We must have ALL of the following for each piercing:
- Valid photo ID of person getting pierced, such as a passport or Georgia State ID card. (We are not able to use school IDs or military IDs.)
- Valid photo ID of parent.
- Proof of parental relationship, such as a birth certificate or this NOTARIZED form (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD). We also need legal documentation of any name changes, if names on documentation do not match IDs.
- Parent present during piercing.
- All IDs/proof of relationship must be original documents or *certified* copies. We are not allowed to accept photos or copies.
- Only children under 18 getting pierced are allowed in the piercing room. Any other children present must have another adult to supervise them in the lobby. We cannot allow unsupervised children in the studio.
- For those under 18, we will only perform one appointment at a time.
We do not pierce babies and likely never will.
First, babies cannot consent to the procedure. While ear piercing may not seem like a big deal, it is a permanent change to your child’s appearance. We feel it’s important for the child to be old enough to ask for this permanent scar and to understand what that means to them. Bodily autonomy is a very important concept to us, and we feel that performing piercings on children without their consent violates that.
Children’s ears also change size and shape significantly the first few years of their lives. This makes placing piercings on babies in such a way that they will be centered, even, and attractive difficult if not impossible. We redo many, many piercings on older children and adults to fix bad placement from being pierced as a baby.
For these reasons, we feel that it is worth waiting until the child is a little older.
Children Ages 5-9: Earlobes
We can now offer earlobe piercing services to children ages 5-9. Because we expect there to be more “nerves” and more questions from both parent and child, we do require an in-person consultation with one of our piercers at least one day before offering the piercing.
The consultation will allow everyone to see the studio and get more comfortable, to get a quick walk through of the actual piercing process, to have any questions answered, and to see what jewelry options are available. It will also allow our piercers to asses the readiness of the child, to make sure the piercing process will proceed smoothly and safely for both the child and piercer. Our piercers need to see that your child really wants the piercing, understands how to properly take care of it, and will be able to sit still during the procedure to avoid injury to them or the piercer.
At the end of the consultation and at the discretion of the piercer, we’ll schedule an appointment for the actual piercing within 2 weeks of the consultation. For the best experience on the day of the piercing, the child should eat within 2 hours of the piercing appointment. We also recommend bringing a comfort object like their favorite stuffed animal! While we understand wanting to bring family or friends for moral support, we cannot accommodate guests or other children for these appointments.
We currently offer these services by appointment on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The consultation is a $20 service. For children who are ready to schedule an appointment for a piercing within 2 weeks, we will credit that $20 toward the piercing service. Click here to book. We will need to have ALL necessary paperwork on the day of the consultation (see above) and both photo IDs on the day of the piercing for verification.
Children Ages 10-17: Earlobes
For children ages 10-17, we offer standard earlobe piercings. We do not require a separate consultation, but do require appointments on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Please see above for required paperwork.
Children Ages 16-17: Various Cartilage, Nostrils, Navels
For teens ages 16 & 17, in addition to earlobes, we can also offer various cartilage piercings like tragus and conch (and others!), and nostril piercings. These longer healing piercings (generally 6+ months) take a little more maturity to successfully heal. Following our recommended aftercare is crucial to avoid complications like excessive scarring.
Navel piercings are another possibility. This piercing is very anatomy dependent and can be difficult to heal. We estimate that only about 40% of the population has the ideal anatomy to properly heal a navel piercing, with maybe an additional 20-30% with anatomy that isn’t ideal but may be heal-able with alternative jewelry. This piercing does have a risk of migration or rejection, especially if the teen is still growing. Migration occurs if the piercing grows towards the surface, where rejection happens if the body fully pushes it out, like a splinter. The pictures below show what that may look like.
Piercings We Cannot/Do Not Perform under 18
While it may seem obvious, we must state that we cannot and will not pierce the nipples or genitals of those under 18. It is illegal and unethical. Anyone offering these services is no true professional.
We do not offer oral piercings like lip or tongue piercings on those under 18. First, these piercing present a risk for permanent damage to teeth and oral tissue (read more from the APP). We feel that risk is not warranted on someone who may not fully understand the permanence or possible cost to fix the damage. Second, touching the mouth of someone under 18 is enough of a legal grey area that we are not comfortable offering the service.
Other piercings are either not covered by our liability insurance, are more difficult to pierce, or have additional risk.