Body Piercing FAQ'S (0)

GENERAL

We're responsible for over 1 million piercings Australia-wide and have been around for 25 years!

Our team is expertly trained and love what they do!

We don't use piercing guns, we use high quality sterilised jewellery and can offer expert advice.

Piercings are a procedure, not just an aesthetic choice. Make sure you leave yours in the best hands.

We do not take booking. Unless, you're getting an advanced/genital piercing, we recommend calling the store to ensure a slot is available. We will also take bookings for "training" piercings. Otherwise, we only do walk ins.

PHOTO ID & AGE

Yes, all our clients need photo ID. If you're under 18, you might also need consent from a parent or legal guardian - see next question for further details.

We accept photo ID such as Drivers License, Proof of Age Card, Passport or Key Pass as legal forms of ID for both parties. We can accept School ID with D.O.B and a photo.

For a parent to sign consent they must have Photo ID and a Medicare Card.

Due to legal requirements in Australia, we are unable to pierce children under the age of 10.

Under 16

You need consent from your parent / guardian. They must come in with you and show proof of relationship to you (e.g. a Medicare card with both your and their names on it).

16 - 18

Standard piercings - you need photo ID.

Non-standard piercings, surface piercings and dermal anchors - a consenting parent or guardian with photo ID must come in with you.

Over 18

Just bring government issued photo ID.

You must be over 18 to receive a genital or nipple piercing.

WA only

Lobe piercings - you need to be over 16 with photo ID.

Other piercings - a consenting parent or guardian with photo ID must come with you.

SA only

Must be over the age of 18 to purchase tapers for stretching.

PROCEDURE

We use autoclave sterilisers in all Punktured stores. These use steam and pressure to kill germs.

We also use new needles for each piercing - these are medically sterilised and sealed.

Our piercers are happy to answer any questions you have about sterilisation - Just ask!

We NEVER use piercing guns and you should steer clear of any piercing salon that tells you these are okay to use.

Piercing guns cannot be sterilised properly between clients which can lead to infections.

This method also causes great damage to tissue and can leave very visible and darkened scarring.

The earring studs used in piercing guns are also not appropriate for piercings other than the earlobes.

You can have as many piercings as you want done in one session.

However, the body's ability to heal suggests more than three piercings in one session can be a slower healing process.

We don't sell numbing spray and will not perform procedures on anyone who has used numbing cream.

We have a wide range of body jewellery in different materials, for use after your piercing has healed.

For freshly done piercings, we use 316L surgical steel (available in a range of colours), great for new piercings in 99.97% of the population.

We also offer a higher grade of implant grade titanium G23 (Ti6AL4VELI) which is bio-medically inert (Completely safe for all).

For hygiene reasons, we must pierce with jewellery that has been medically sterilised in our autoclave.

Previously used or unsterile jewellery is not suitable for a fresh piercing, so you will need to purchase new jewellery from us for the initial piercing.

We sure can! It costs nothing when you purchase jewellery from us on the day, however there is a $5 fee any other time.

You should wait until your piercing has completely healed before you change your jewellery.

You may put yourself at risk of infection or rejection if you don't wait. Healing time depends on what type of piercing you get.

For average healing times, check out the details in the Aftercare section below or ask your local Punktured piercer.

You can view of piercing prices here: Body Piercing Pricings

POST - PROCEDURE

For all piercings during healing avoid:

  • Moving or rotating your jewellery where possible. This will allow your piercing to heal safely.
  • Touching your piercing as this can increase the chance of infection.
  • Over cleaning. Only clean your piercing as directed by your piercer.
  • Oral contact from others.
  • Chlorine as this can cause irritation. So avoid pools and spas.
  • Changing your jewellery until healed - you may damage the piercing or get an infection.
  • Shampoo, conditioner residue and soaps. Make sure you rinse these away while showering.
  • Tight and unwashed clothing and linen.
  • Restrictive clothing.
  • Illicit drugs and alcohol consumption initially (especially with oral piercings).
  • Remember to:

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Change bedding and towels regularly.
  • Contact your piercer if you have any questions or queries.
  • Eating before a piercing and ensuring your body is well fuelled is great. Maintaining your regular diet after your new piercing is always suggested too, as the human body relies on sustenance. However, in the case of oral piercings, eating can be a slightly weird sensation so care is advised.

    There is no situation where we can ethically pierce a person under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    In all cases heavy consumption of these things WILL slow the healing process and promote infection.

    In the case of oral piercings alcohol consumption of any type or brand will cause further complications to swelling, slow healing or a multitude of infections.

    It is strongly advised against until healing is nearly complete.

    Make sure you’re following the aftercare instructions your piercer gave you.

    Some redness and swelling is expected for certain piercings as your piercer would have explained.

    If the piercing has any visible signs of pus or colour or major painful swelling, it may be worth heading straight to the Doctor.

    If you’re just not sure, feel free to call or go into your local Punktured store and have it assessed.

    Even if you’ve been pierced somewhere else, we’re happy to help.

    Use the PUNKTURED Saline Solution and a cotton tip to clean the piercing at both entry points twice a day.

    This should be done for the duration of the healing time to ensure that your piercing looks great in the long term.

    For Oral: Use oral aftercare spray to wash internally three times per day after food. Also use external aftercare spray to clean the outside of the piercing three times per day.

    HEALING TIMES

    FACIAL PIERCING

    HEALING TIME

    Bridge 2-4 Months
    Nostril 2-4 Months
    Septum 4-6 Weeks
    Cheek 3-5 Months
    Tongue 1 Month
    Lip 2-4 Months

    EAR PIERCING

    HEALING TIME

    Earlobe 4-8 Weeks
    Ear Cartilage 3-6 Months

    BODY PIERCING

    HEALING TIME

    Nipple 3-6 Months
    Navel 3-6 Months
    Surface 3-6 Months

    DERMAL GENITAL

    HEALING TIME

    Dermal 2-4 Months
    Genital 4-8 Weeks

    Dermal - Do not immerse your piercing in water and do not move the jewellery in any way for the duration of healing.

    Genital - During showering, rinse the piercing site with anti-bacterial liquid soap. After showering, bathe the piercing with saline solution. Repeat twice per day, making sure to use a cotton tip to remove any excess secretion.