Here are more than 10 quick tips for both new and experienced piercing lovers! This page could be your digital guidance through the piercing world.

#001

Are you planning on getting a new piercing? Great! Just make sure that you do some research to find a good piercer. You could for example ask for their portfolio. Online reviews might also help you with finding the right piercer. piercer. You can also ask an acquaintance, your friends or family about their experience with a certain piercer.

#002

When it comes to piercing aftercare, sterile saline is the way to go! It helps to reduce the swelling, irritation, and it stimulates the circulation of blood. All of the mentioned points will benefit the healing of your piercing. Keep away from aggressive products like alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, soaps, etc. Remember, patience is virtue.

#003

If you are not sure whether you can get a certain piercing done, the best thing you can do is to visit your local piercer. We can check if it is possible to get it pierced or we could look for an alternative. The possibilities will mostly depend on your anatomy. As piercers we are required to work with your anatomy not against it.                   

#004

You cannot swim for the first 6 – 8 weeks with a new piercing. The water in both swimming pools and the sea are full of bacteria. When you do swim, those bacteria will get into your piercing, which can hinder the healing. The best advice would be to get pierced well ahead of summertime or right after it.                                                      

#005

Are you considering a new piercing, while you already have an appointment for surgery? The advice would be to postpone the piercing until after your surgery. Most surgeons will ask you to take out all the jewellery to prevent electrocautery burns during surgery. Taking out the jewellery will cause your piercing to close up.

#006

There will always be parents, employers, or partners who will disagree with your decision to go for a piercing. However, they should not prevent you from making your own decision. It is your body, your money, your life, and therefore your choice. You should only make your appointment when you are 100% sure!

#007

According to Dutch law, we are not allowed to pierce an individual under the influence of alcohol or other substances. Alcohol reduces the number of platelets the body makes and their effectiveness. This results in more bleeding. Avoid the consumption of alcohol or other substances 24 hours before your appointment!            

#008

Do not forget to bring your ID, passport, or driving licence to the appointment. According to the guidelines of the GGD, you must first identify yourself before you can fill in the form. A picture will not be accepted. You never leave your house without your phone, so why not put your ID inside your phone case?                                          

#009

When it comes to piercing aftercare, sterile saline is the way to go! It helps to reduce the swelling, irritation, and it stimulates the circulation of blood. All the mentioned points will benefit the healing of your piercing. Keep away from aggressive products like alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, soaps, etc. Remember, patience is virtue.

#010

When getting a new piercing, implant grade titanium is the best material there is. It enables your piercing to heal faster and better compared to other materials. Acceptable alternatives that can be used for a healing piercing includes, titanium, niobium, solid gold, glass, or PFTE. Make sure to be well informed.                                        

#011

A lot of jewellery shops will tell you to twist your jewellery to prevent it from growing stuck. This is the most common misconception when it comes to piercings. It only does more harm than good. Do not touch your piercing unless you are applying the aftercare. This is the best way to let it heal as fast as humanly possible.               

#012

If you recently got a cartilage piercing in your ear avoid sleeping on it. The pressure on the jewellery will have negative effect on the healing of your piercing. A great way to avoid pressure is by using a neck cushion. Even if you sleep on the side that got pierced, you will avoid pressure on your new piercing. It is almost magical.

#013

Avoid bleaching or dyeing your hair with a new cartilage piercing in your ear. Both bleaching and dyeing products contain harmful chemicals. When these chemicals get in contact with your piercing, it can cause a lot of complications. The best advice would be to bleach or dye your hair before getting pierced.         

#014

Avoid wearing bandanas, caps, hairbands, helmets, or headphones. They can put pressure on the jewellery. The pressure on the jewellery will have negative effects on the healing of your piercing. An example would be your piercing growing crooked. Depending on the piercing, earphones could be a great alternative to headphones.

#015

During piercing we use a longer piece of jewellery to make room for the swelling. This might be an issue if you recently got a cartilage piercing in your ear. In case of long hair, your hair might constantly get caught behind my piercing. You can avoid this by letting the jewellery stick out towards the front or by putting your hair up.