General Piercing Care

General Piercing Care

Be sure to keep your new piercing clean and never touch it with dirty hands. Wet with water, then lather up using Dial anti-bacterial soap, and remove any secretion and crusties around the ring and both sides of the hole. Only then, rotate the ring back and forth to work the soap into the piercing. Then rinse well.
Take care to keep clothing with lint, hair products, and makeup away from the piercing, as they, by themselves, promote irritation and infection.
Everyone will heal differently depending on to many factors to list, so if you have any questions or concerns, call or stop in. We are here for you.

Healing Time

For most piercings, the healing time is 8-12 weeks, so be sure to keep your new piercing clean during the entire time. We also do not recommend you changing your jewelry the first time. Come in, we can help you, and there is no charge for changing jewelry.

Tongue Piercing

The Tongue Piercing is a relatively painless piercing. If you bite the tip of your tongue it pinches. The further back you bite, it will feel more like pressure. This is because the tongue is mainly motor nerves. The only sensory nerves are on the surface, more surface area concentrated in the front. Thus the piercing itself is a quick pinch. The wait is worse.

Tongue Piercing Aftercare

The Tongue Piercing is a serious piercing and the after care is just as important. You will get a little bleeding which appears to be more due to blood mixing with saliva. You must rinse with Listerine any time you eat, drink, or smoke anything. Avoid beer and spicy foods. When you eat, do it slowly, starting with soft foods. Use caution not to bite down on the balls as this can chip your teeth.

The next thing we recommend is Gly-Oxide which is a peroxide like substance for the mouth. Use this in the morning and at night.

The swelling will last for 3 to 5 days. Be patient, and do not get alarmed. If you have any concerns, please stop down and talk to us.

I want to get my tongue pierced, but I wanted to know if when I have it done they could put a clear “retainer” in it instead of a noticeable metal barbell?

You have to leave the surgical/implant grade steel barbell in long enough for it to heal. You will have a very difficult time in the healing process if they use an acrylic barbell in the beginning. And it may not heal at all.

After the healing process has completed, you can change in an acrylic barbell/retainer, but they are not made to handle the extended wear like the metals, so it is suggested that you only wear acrylic for a short time, not as your normal jewelry.

I just got my nose pierced today and its sore and a bit red around the piercing, is this normal? And also I use a facial cleanser every night and morning will this affect the piercing?

It is rather normal for a a piercing to be sore and irritated for a few days after the piercing. As long as there is no yellowish or green discharge, you are fine.

As to the facial cleanser, you might want to avoid washing the nostril that is pierced. The cleanser may contain astringents that will slow the healing process. After washing your face make sure to rinse with plenty of clear, running water.

What are some main important things I MUST do to keep my Industrial piercing clean and away from infection??

The most important thing is regular washing with antibacterial soap(ie, Dial, SoftSoap, etc). Wash at least 3 times a day.

Secondly, never touch the barbell without washing your hands first. Even if you don’t think your hands are dirty, they probably are.

Third, never play with, or move, or rotate, the barbell when it is dry, while this may not lead to infection it promotes proper Healing, and will reduce chances of scarring.

If I were to get my conch pierced, what would I have to do to take care of it?

It is a relatively simple process, to properly care for any ear piercing. The most important part is proper cleaning.

Clean the hole 2-3 times a day with antibacterial soap. First, Cleaning the Hands, and then lathering the entry and exit wounds. From here you should proceed to slide the jewelry through the piercing(NOT removing the jewelry) merely enough to get soap into the hole ttself. Rotate the jewelry in the hole and then rinse with water. Be sure to thoroughly rinse, so there will be no soap residue in the piercing.

Never touch the jewelry without first washing your hands, and never play with, move, or rotate the jewelry when it is dry.

Can you be 15 years old and get your tongue pierced with your parent’s consent and them supervising. How much does it cost? Would there be problems getting two separate piercings at the same time?

While it would be technically possible to get your tongue pierced with parental consent at 15, I am not sure if any of our piercers will pierce a tongue that young.

A tongue piercing is a very serious piercing, and most people aren’t aware of the consequences of poor after care. If you need more information on why you probably shouldn’t get your tongue pierced at 15, bring your parent into one of our shops and talk it over with a piercer.

At any rate, tongue piercings cost $40 with a stainless steel barbell.

Also, there is no problem with getting multiple piercings in one sitting.


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Laser Tattoo Removal

General Information aboout laser tattoo removal

Laser tattoo removal can help you get that new look you want. Removing an unwanted tattoo or tattoos has never been easier, and state-of-the-art laser technology Laser Tattoo Removal can help you remove the tattoo that doesn’t fit into your life anymore. Whether you feel that your tattoo limits your clothing options, sends the wrong message to your children, family, friends, or work colleagues, or doesn’t look the way you want it to, Laser tattoo removal has a safe and effective treatment that will work.

What are some examples of tattoo’s that can be removed?

Here are some examples of tattoos that have been successfully removed with Laser Tattoo Removal:

• Names and words – written in cursive and block letters

• Rings – symbols, words, bands worn under rings or jewelry

• Designs – hearts, characters, animals, flowers, tribal art, barbed wire, ….thousands more

• Sleeves/large artwork

• Portions of tattoos – we can remove sections of a tattoo that you no longer want

The laser we use (a q-switched, Nd:YAG and Ruby laser with 1064nm, 532nm, and 694nm wavelenghts, to be specific) is able to break up the ink in your tattoo over a number of sessions spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Your body needs several weeks between each laser treatment to flush away the ink that the laser breaks apart. For many patients, significant fading will be evident within the first few sessions. Generally, anywhere between 3 and 10 sessions are required to remove a tattoo completely.

What are some Side effects of laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal patients frequently ask about the side effects and discomfort they will experience from laser tattoo removal. These vary from patient to patient, and all of them are short-term. Almost every patient will experience some swelling and redness in the treated area immediately after the procedure.

This is a result of the body responding to the laser treatment and bringing blood to heal the area and begin to flush away the ink. Some patients experience blistering, which is also part of the normal healing process.

The side effects of laser tattoo removal are temporary when the right laser is used, though. The procedure will not scar your skin and although the skin will be slightly lighter because patients keep the area covered or protected with sunscreen, normal coloration will return after treatments are complete.

I got my tattoo removed. Now what? (After Care)

Tattoo removal laser treatment may create a superficial burn wound. Some patients may experience bruising or swelling. There is immediate whitening of the treated area, which usually lasts for several minutes. Many clients then develop blisters, crusts, or scabs within 8-72 hours, which may last for 1-2 weeks or more. The treated areas may be pink or pale after the scab separates. Scarring, which can be hypertrophic or even keloid, can occur but is very rare. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area can occur, and is temporary except in very rare cases. Healing is usually complete within 4 weeks, although this may vary.

With the newest technology in tattoo removal lasers, the skin is able to heal fairly quickly and easily. Clients are back to their normal routines almost immediately so that laser tattoo removal does not interfere with all the more important things we have going on in our lives.


Having said that, the after care instructions are basically a couple steps:

1. Right after your laser treatment, we will put an over the counter antibiotic ointment like Neosporin over the entire lasered area. We will place a bandage on it as well.
2. You will want to keep the area covered with a bandage for three days after your treatment putting neosporin or triple antibiotic cream over the area 2-3 times per day.
3. After the three days are over, leave the area open to the air and do not put any additional antibiotic cream in on it so that it will dry out and heal up more quickly. There is sometimes a temptation to leave it covered for longer but don’t, the air circulation is good for healing.
4. Continue with your normal activities of daily living and return to for your next session at the scheduled time. You are one step closer to having that tattoo removed!

What do you use to remove a tattoo?

Laser removal uses the one and only way to remove a tattoo without scarring – a tattoo removal laser. Magic creams don’t work, surgery leaves horrible scarring, and a variety of other methods have been tried and discarded with the advent of safe, effective, and gentle lasers. The lasers we used is the gold standard for tattoo removal, and used exclusively for this one procedure. It is a q-switched, Nd:YAG lasers with wavelengths of light that can remove dark as well as light colors of ink.

How exactly does the laser break up the tattoo ink?

Precise wavelengths of light generated by the tattoo removal laser are designed to be absorbed by the ink in your tattoo. Like absorption of any other kind of energy, this absorption will lead to a transfer of energy, leading to the ink in your tattoo heating up. This heating happens in a fraction of a second and causes the ink to shatter into tiny pieces. Before, the ink particles were too large for your body to remove. Now, though, they are fragments that are able to be flushed away by your body’s immune system.

How does the body remove the shattered ink?

As with any other time the body senses out of the ordinary influences or substances, an immune response will occur. With tattoo removal this takes the form of some swelling and redness in the treated area. In your blood are phagocytes that will carry away the shattered ink particles away and fade your tattoo. Over a number of sessions your body will remove more and more ink until your tattoo is completely gone.

Why do I need multiple sessions?

As you may remember getting your tattoo – the tattoo artist likely put several layers of thick, rich ink in your skin. Over time, this ink drifts deeper into your skin and forms even more layers. Each time we perform a laser treatment on a patient’s skin we cover the area as completely as possible and break up as much ink as we can. Each layer will shatter ink and your body will flush away this ink in the weeks after your treatment. We’ll keep removing layers of ink until your tattoo is no longer visible. Some tattoos that have shading (less-dense ink) are quicker to remove than tattoos with very thick, dark lines or designs.

What is the cost of every session??

Cost varies and depends on the type of tattoo and the complexity of the design.

How many sessions will I need to remove my tattoo?

This is definitely a frequently asked question! Every tattoo has unique features that make it difficult to predict how many sessions you will need. However, we’ve seen thousands of tattoos and can predict within a range of treatment how many treatments your tattoo will need in most cases. The number will depend on the age of the tattoo, the color of the ink, the density of the ink, the depth of the ink in your skin, and several other factors.

Age, Color, Density. Does that all matter?

Older tattoos can be removed with less treatments than newer tattoos. A black ink tattoo that is 10 years old may take one or two treatments less than a 1 year old black tattoo. A 20 year old tattoo may take two to three treatments less than a 1 year old tattoo. A name tattoo written in black (also called “dark green”) ink that is 1 year old may take 5-7 sessions to be removed completely.

Do “tattoo removal creams” help?

Older tattoos can be removed with less treatments than newer tattoos. A black ink tattoo that is 10 years old may take one or two treatments less than a 1 year old black tattoo. A 20 year old tattoo may take two to three treatments less than a 1 year old tattoo. A name tattoo written in black (also called “dark green”) ink that is 1 year old may take 5-7 sessions to be removed completely.

Will the laser procedure scar my skin?

No, for almost all patients scarring will NOT occur. The only patients that have concerns over scarring are patients with a history of keloid scarring, and we screen for this very rare condition. Even with patients that keloid in most cases they will not scar from our tattoo removal procedure. Our goal is to make your skin look great – like it did before you had your tattoo!

Modern q-switched Nd:YAG lasers such as Cynosure’s Affinity QS are gentle with the skin – they do not penetrate deep enough to cause a scarring response and they don’t burn off skin like old lasers did – they use selective wavelengths of light to target the ink in your tattoo. Decades ago tattoo removal lasers were much more damaging to the skin (and some clinics that use old equipment still use these lasers so beware!) because the wavelengths used would transfer a huge amount of heat to the skin causing layers of skin to be burned away. Modern lasers – including all of those used for Laser Tattoo Removal – work differently. Adhering to the principle of selective photothermolysis, individual chromophores in your skin (tattoo ink, in this case) are targeted and others are ignored. This selective application of energy is much, much more gentle on the skin.

Does the procedure hurt?

Almost every patient we treat compares the pain from the procedure with that of getting the tattoo applied. A key difference is that laser tattoo removal is much quicker – most treatments take between 5 and 30 minutes, with the average being around 10-15 minutes. Patients compare the discomfort with that of a rubber band snapping against their skin. Black ink tattoos are slightly less uncomfortable to remove than colored tattoos due to the wavelength of light we use to break up the ink.

What side effects might I experience?

Most patients experience some redness, swelling, and minor blistering of the skin after a laser treatment. Blistering is the most pronounced, but the blisters heal quickly and leave no long-term damage to the skin. These side effects are temporary and your skin will heal back completely. We provide our patients detailed after-care instructions to help them manage their skin after the treatment.