Ear Piercing

For thousands of years, ear piercing has been done by people all over the world as a symbol of beauty, uniqueness, and social status. When done by a dermatologist, ear piercing carries far fewer safety risks. Dermatologists understand that ear piercing:

  • Must be clean and sterile: When done in a clean environment with sterile tools, ear piercing infection risk is much lower. Medical ear piercing is the safest way to pierce ears, when compared to non-sterile, non-medical environments.
  • Takes time to heal: It takes at least 6 weeks for pierced ears to heal. Follow all dermatologist recommendations for cleaning and caring for pierced ears, being sure not to remove the earrings they were pierced with until after the piercings have healed completely.

We pierce ears with sterile needles after thoroughly cleaning the area. While everyone's pain tolerance is different, you should expect to feel a slight pricking or pinching sensation for a few seconds as the needle goes through the cartilage. Your eyes may water or tear up during the piercing.

Be sure to let us know of any allergies, including metal allergies, you may have before we start the piercing process. If tenderness, redness, or swelling occurs after your ear piercing, let our office know right away so we can help you treat irritation and infection, as well as avoid worsening discomfort.

A Note for Parents: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting til at least 6 months of age before having a child's ears pierced. The older children are. the more readily they will be able to take the responsibility necessary to clean the piercing appropriately and prevent infection.

Ear piercing can increase confidence and improve self-esteem. When cared for properly, ear piercings can last a lifetime. If you, your teen, or your child are ready for ear piercing, don't take chances. Make an appointment with your dermatologist today for a safe, clean, and comfortable experience.

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