This is one of our most asked questions, so much so that we feel the need for as much information on it as possible. For many years the most common and generally only way to get your earlobes pierced was by the infamous "piercing gun". The piercing gun is a mechanism through which a piece of jewelry is pushed through the tissue using blunt force and a butterfly backing attached to said jewelry. We first would like to go over why the piercing gun isn't safe and should never be used.
1) Using blunt force on any part of the body creates an excessive amount of trauma to the area. While the earlobe is generally way more fleshy and fatty than say cartilage, the trauma caused by the gun can create issues in the healing due to the damage of the tissue surrounding the channel that forms.
2) There is absolutely no way to sterilize a piercing gun. They may sanitize and disinfect; however, there will always be bacteria left on the mechanism after each client. The only way to sterilize (kill all bacteria) would be to heat to approximately 273 degrees Fahrenheit via the means of an autoclave. If you try to sterilize a piercing gun, the plastic would melt and render the item useless. What this means is SEVERE cross contamination and the very possible transmission of Hepatitis among other diseases.
3) You will NEVER find suitable implant grade jewelry that is used for piercings done with a gun. The quality of jewelry is one of the most important pieces of information you need to know as this is what will be in your child's body. (Please check our Jewelry Info section for more information on what materials you should looking for to be pierced with).
4) The individuals doing your piercing at a mall kiosk have had 30 minutes of training and are usually kids themselves. Most reputable professional piercers have had rigorous training and realize that this is not "just an earlobe piercing."
With all that being Said Yes we would love to Pierce your Child's Earlobe(s)
REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN'S EARLOBE PIERCINGS
We do have restrictions which are here to benefit only the child and their well being as health and safety are our number 1 concern above all else. The child must be completely coherent and understanding of the process and able to tell our staff explicitly that they want the piercing.We do not force any procedure on anyone at any time and this is no exception. If the child plays sports we will most likely say no depending on the sport/activity they are involved with. We absolutely recommend/require a small 10-15 minute consultation with the parent and child to make sure all of these items are discussed and to make sure we are comfortable knowing that the child wants the procedure.
Child's Minimum Age
5 years old
Any US state or government issued ID
Any photo ID with child's name*
Verifies relationship of parent and child**
*Acceptable forms of ID include state or government issued, school picture, library card etc. For children as young as 5, we understand finding photo IDs may be difficult. An option includes taking your child to the DMV and obtaining a state issued ID.
**In special cases having to do with guardianship please contact us and we will discuss the situation with you.