Body Piercing FAQ's

Does it hurt?
How can I be sure of Hygiene in the studio?
What Type of Jewellery is used for my Piercing?
Do I have to Book and Appointment for my Piercing?
Can I bring and use my only Jewellery for my Piercing?
What do I use to clean my piercing with afterwards?
How long will my Piercing take to heal?
What should I do if I’m worried or can’t change the jewellery myself once my piercing has healed?
School/Work don’t like me wearing my piercing, is there anything I can do to make it more discreet?
Can I film my piercing being done (or a friends)?

Does it hurt?


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A question asked by almost everyone who comes into the shop for a piercing, and as much as we like to reassure our customers at Tribal Voice we do like to point out that any piercing of the skin surface will cause slight discomfort for a few seconds whilst it is being carried out. We do make every effort to make the experience as pleasant as possible and use numbing gel and freezing sprays where safe on certain piercings.
Everyone has a different pain threshold and some people may find it more painful than others, the good thing with piercings is that they are quick so buy the time you have said “Ouch” the piercing should be just about finished!
Most people will agree that the mental anxiety before hand is often the worst part and that the actual piercing itself wasn’t as bad as they had anticipated and more often than not they leave the studio very pleased with themselves and their new piercing.
The chart below is not guaranteed but shows from experience the least painful up to what could be the most painful piercing you may experience. Please do not be put of by this chart as I have said, a piercing is a quick procedure, practised in a very safe and hygienic environment here at Tribal Voice, the followings are just guidelines 1 being the most painful and 14 the least, these will not apply to every individual:

1 Male Genitalia

8 Nose - Nostril

2 Nose - Septum

9 Eyebrow

3 Nose – Bridge

10 Female Genitalia

4 Male Nipple

11 Tongue

5 Ear – Tragus

12 Top Ear

6 Female Nipple

13 Naval

7 Lip

14 Earlobe

How can I be sure of Hygiene in the studio?


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Hygiene and Safety are an imperative part of the piercing procedure and Tribal Voice take this responsibility very seriously.
Tribal Voice is registered with Plymouth City Councils Health and Safety department and subject to yearly inspections. Body Piercing could not be carried out by any establishment without this and the Council ensures that the studio and practise within comply with their code of conduct.
The Body Piercers at Tribal Voice are all experienced and qualified to carry out the piercing procedure and again take this responsibility very seriously, to name a few, the studio is cleaned daily with a thorough weekly clean, the piercers will always wash their hands before and after each piercing as well as wearing gloves during the procedure. All instruments are sterilised and a disposable, sterilised needle is used for each piercing.
Tribal Voice is also licensed by Plymouth City Council to carry out Body Piercing procedures.

What Type of Jewellery is used for my Piercing?


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There are 5 types of material in the Jewellery recommended to use for Body Piercing Procedures:
Titanium
Niobium
Stainless Steel (Grades 316L & 316LVM)
PTFE (Plastic
Gold (14 Carat & Above)
The reasons these 5 types are recommended are because they contain the least percentage of nickel. Titanium contains the least of all these and because of this Tribal Voice will use Titanium Jewellery for your piercing with the exception of a Tongue Piercing where we will use a PTFE Barbell, this is because for the first 2 weeks of a tongue piercing it is likely to swell and the plastic bar allows for more movement and flexibility, it is also a much more lightweight material therefore more comfortable whilst the piercing heals initially.

Do I have to Book and Appointment for my Piercing?


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You do not have to book an appointment with Tribal Voice as we work on a walk in policy. Due to piercing being a fairly quick procedure we do not anticipate you will need to wait for long, there might be the odd times where we have a few piercings waiting but again it will not take too long to get to you.
The only exception where we would recommend you book an appointment for a piercing is if you require a genital piercing. This is due to the fact the Body Piercer will require another member of staff to assist them and may result in closing the shop for 15 minutes if there are only 2 members of staff (including the Piercer) in the shop that day.

Can I bring and use my own Jewellery for my Piercing?





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For Health and Safety reasons and the need for the jewellery to be sterilised we will only use jewellery that has been purchased and sterilised by Tribal Voice. This way we can guarantee that the jewellery we use for your piercing has been properly sterilised and is made of titanium, we cannot guarantee this of your own jewellery purchased elsewhere therefore it is imperative that we use our own with peace of mind for us both. All jewellery is included in the price of your piercing.

What do I use to clean my piercing with afterwards?


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Our Body Piercer's at Tribal Voice will explain to you in detail how to look after your piercing once you leave the studio.
We recommend that you use Sea/Rock Salt and hot water solution twice a day with a cotton bud around the piercing. Sea or Rock salt can be purchased from any supermarkets.
When making the salt solution make sure you boil the water and allow it to cool down before using it on your piercing and use a quarter tea spoon of sea salt to half a pint of boiling water.
We recommend this solution to clean your piercing with as it is a very natural solution and contains no chemicals. We do not recommend using any other solution than this due to the strength of chemicals in others such as TCP, Tea Tree Oil or Savalon. Your piercing is a small puncture in your skin and your body will react to this and heal the piercing appropriately; you only need to ensure that your piercing is clean and left alone to heal, your body will do the rest!
Once you have left the studio it is your responsibility to look after you’re piercing and important that you follow the aftercare advice.

How long will my Piercing take to heal?


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Healing times will vary depending on the piercing that you have had done? Some piercings can take a few weeks and others can take months. Soft tissue such as lips and genitals will only take 4-8 weeks and surface piercings such as a naval piercing can take as long as 4-6 months!
The following reflects each piercing and it’s expected healing period:

Piercing

Healing Time

Ears - Lobe

6-8 Weeks

Ears – Cartilage

4-6 Months

Nose

2-3 Months

Eyebrow

6-8 Weeks

Lip

6-8 Weeks

Tongue

6-8 Weeks

Nipple – Male

4-6 Months

Nipple – Female

2-3 Months

Naval

6-9 Months

Surface

6-9 Months

Genital

4-6 Weeks

What should I do if I’m worried or can’t change the jewellery myself once my piercing has healed?

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If your having problems changing your jewellery or are worried about it once your piercing has healed we recommend that you pop in and see us at Tribal Voice so we can take a look at your piercing and reassure you that you can change the jewellery, we will also change it over for you and charge just £1.00 to do so. We will always do our best to advise you and ask that you do not hesitate to contact us if you are experiencing any problems with your piercing.

School/Work don’t like me wearing my piercing, is there anything I can do to make it more discreet?

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Tribal Voice would recommend that you buy a Retainer if you want to make your piercing more discreet.
A Retainer is plastic see through jewellery which works well and is available in all forms i.e. Barbell, Labret etc.

If you have a specific question you would like to ask please email: piercings@tribalvoice.co.uk

Please note if the question is already answered on the website we most likely will not reply.

Can I film/photograph my piercing being done (or a friends)? 

It's always good/polite to ask our piercer's first before whipping out your camera. Please don't be offended if we say no, this could be because we prefer not to be filmed, may feel it's not appropriate for it to be filmed or we're just having a bad hair day (just kidding we never have bad hair days here at Tribal Voice!)