General questions: e.g. Opening hours, appointments, etc.

 

When can I visit your shop?

Opening hours starting in 2011

Sales area:

Mo-Fr. 09: 00 – 19: 00

Sat. 09: 00 – 18: 00

The morning hours may vary due to product deliveries.

Piercing and Permanent Make-up in the Studio

Mo-Fr. 12: 00 – 18: 40

Sat. 11: 40 – 17: 40

For appointments you can reach us at 0676/7003000, generally between 09: 30 – 18: 50 (Sat. 17: 50).

Always make an appointment in our studio for piercings and permanent make-up.
Provided you make your appointment beforehand, the waiting times may be even shorter than usual.

– We reserve the right to vary our opening hours. –

Do I need an appointment?

Yes, absolutely.

Without a prior appointment, a piercing will rarely be possible, given that we are almost always booked up.

The chances of getting a piercing without an appointment are more or less those of winning the lottery :).

A phone call will suffice: 0676 7003000 – see our opening times.

How old do I have to be to get pierced?

  1. Any person who is of age (18 or older) can get pierced at our studio after filling out a declaration of consent.
  2. To verify the identity of the customer we need a valid photo ID (passport, driver’s license, etc.)
  3. Teenagers from the age of 14 (emancipated minors) can also get pierced once they’ve filled out a declaration of consent and had it signed by their legal guardian.
  4. To verify the identity of the customer we need a valid photo ID from the legal guardian (original or copy) and from the teenager in question.
  5. Teenagers from the age of 14 (emancipated minors) can be pierced after filling out a declaration of consent, and without their legal guardian’s consent, if the piercing in question is expected to heal within 24 days.

These regulations are in accordance with the Federal Law Gazette (BGBI) II 261, n.º 1 from July 2008, in conjunction with the Federal Law Gazette II 141 §2 (1) from 14 February 2003, which we are obliged to and wish to uphold down to the letter.

What do I need to take with me to the piercing appointment?

Please have a valid photo ID with you so that we can verify your identity.

The following requirements need to be met:

  1. Any person who is of age (18 or older) can get pierced at our studio after filling out a declaration of consent.
  2. To verify the identity of the customer we need a valid photo ID (passport, driver’s license, etc.)
  3. Teenagers from the age of 14 (emancipated minors) can also get pierced once they’ve filled out a declaration of consent and had it signed by their legal guardian.
  4. To verify the identity of the customer we need a valid photo ID from the legal guardian (original or copy) and from the teenager in question.
  5. Teenagers from the age of 14 (emancipated minors) can be pierced after filling out a declaration of consent, and without their legal guardian’s consent, if the piercing in question is expected to heal within 24 days.

These regulations are in accordance with the Federal Law Gazette (BGBI) II 261, n.º 1 from July 2008, in conjunction with the Federal Law Gazette II 141 §2 (1) from 14 February 2003, which we are obliged to and wish to uphold down to the letter.

Why do you have a trading license, hygiene certificate, or other awards & certificates?

Because we are not amateurs. We are one of the few studios who are officially authorized to pierce. We are recognized by the government and our piercer is officially certified.

We also have the annually updated hygiene certificate for our operation room and for the autoclaves. This provides you, the customer, with the assurance that you are in safe hands. That is also why we obtained a trading license.

How much does a piercing cost?

You can find the exact prices for individual piercings on our homepage under the category “Prices”.

My boss does not allow me to get pierced. What can I do?

Your boss cannot actually forbid you from getting a piercing, but your boss’s objection is understandable if you have a lot of contact with clients. You should try to find a solution by discussing it with him/her. Perhaps opt for smaller, or more transparent balls. For example, in the case of the Labret, Madonna, or Medusa, we have labret studs made of PTFE using a transparent plate which is hardly visible. You can also come visit us and we will show you some of your options.

Do you offer a guarantee for my new piercing?

Yes and no. In the strict sense of the term, we cannot offer you a guarantee. That said, if you follow the guidelines we outlined for the healing process, you should be fine. If unexpected problems should crop up, you should contact us by phone or come to us in the studio and we will have a look at it. If we should make a mistake during the piercing, we will offer you a new piercing free of charge; note that this is not the case if you happen to lose or remove your piercing, or if it closes.

Piercing-Questions: Pain, Problems, Risks

 

What should I be eating or drinking before getting pierced?

Whatever you wish, but please do not come to an appointment on an empty stomach. To avoid circulation problems, you should eat something and make sure you drink enough liquids.

Does it hurt?

Pain is subjective, and everyone experiences pain to a different degree, so this is not a question we can effectively answer. In general, though, we can say that it is not all that painful.

Can the pierced area be anesthetized?

Yes, this is possible in some places, but isn’t really necessary.

What is an autoclave?

An autoclave is used to sterilize the tools that have been used. They are first placed in a bacteria-killing bath, washed, then individually packed and sealed. Then they are put in our new Melag autoclave.

Finally, they are dried and brought back into our studio. The same procedure applies to used piercing jewelry.

Can some ear and facial piercings result in facial paralysis?

No. The stories which have claimed that this is so are simply fabrications.

Often you’ll hear something like, “Yes, but I have a friend of a friend whose sister experienced this when she got pierced.” I can assure you that if you actually try to track this person down, you’ll find that she doesn’t exist.

What is the difference between titanium and surgical steel?

Unlike titanium, surgical steel possesses an excessive amount of nickel; that is why it is not suitable as a first application and forbidden. For this reason we use titanium, which doesn’t contain any nickel at all.

Why can't I use my own stud as a first application following a piercing?

Because the jewelry we use as a first application is packaged and sterilized. Our jewelry is first wrapped using our Melafoil machine, then heated to 135° in the autoclave, and sterilized by means of the chamber’s constant pressure.

This process is not possible using your personal piece of jewelry. Although we could disinfect it, that would not suffice for the open wound created by the piercing.

Moreover, we only use the highest-quality titanium which is delivered to us by specialized suppliers.

Can I use balls with Swarovski rhinestones as a first application?

Yes, this is possible. We have titanium balls with rose, blue, and white Swarovski stones packaged and sterilized.

Why isn't it always possible to pierce a second or third hole in the ear using a gun?

Every person’s ear has a different anatomical structure. It all depends on the where your cartilage tissue begins. If it begins higher up, then piercing a second or third hole will not be a problem.

Why can one use a piercing gun for the earlobe but not higher up, e.g. on the tragus, helix, or the nose?

Because in those areas you’re dealing with cartilage tissue which is considerably tougher than the tissue in the earlobe (connective tissue). Besides, the piercing gun will tear the cartilage tissue, because the jewelry is shot directly through the cartilage. In this case the cartilage dies (resulting in necrosis, which makes it look like you have another hole in your ear) or additional cartilage is created with the cell tissue in the exit canal, resulting in a “bulge” behind your ear.

Furthermore, if you use a piercing gun you can only use the traditional medical ear studs, which are very uncomfortable if worn in the nose or in other areas apart from the earlobe.

Can a tongue piercing result in the loss of the sense of taste?

No, with a tongue piercing performed in the middle of the tongue septum that is impossible since the taste buds are located on the outer edge of the tongue.

What is PTFE?

Polytetrafluoroethylene. It can be used as a first application and can be sterilized in an autoclave.

Like Titanium, it contains no nickel.

Navel piercing and pregnancy?

During the final two-thirds of a pregnancy, the woman’s belly swells, which can cause the navel piercing to grow out. In this period, a PTFE stud can be used because it is flexible, but a better option would be to remove the navel piercing and reinsert it periodically to prevent the canal from closing completely. Following the pregnancy, the piercing can be worn normally.

Nipple piercing and pregnancy?

It is recommended that you remove the piercing when breastfeeding, in order to facilitate the process for the infant, and prevent the baby from swallowing the piercing.

Can I bring a friend along to the piercing appointment?

Of course you can bring someone along, perhaps even to hold your hand or lend you support during the piercing process. We have nothing to hide.

What are dermal anchors, microdermals, and implants?

Dermal anchors are small implants that are inserted beneath the skin and take root in the surrounding tissue. The upper attachments can be switched according to the customer’s preferences. For more information on the process, please see the HOW WE PUNCH section on our homepage.

What are Skindivers?

Skindivers are also small implants, even smaller than dermal anchors. They do not allow you to switch the attachments, however, but they can be placed in spots where there isn’t too much skin tissue available, like the back of the hand or the knuckle. Again, refer to HOW WE PUNCH on our homepage for more information.

What are Surface Piercings?

Surface piercings are placed on the surface of the body, so that the entry and exit canals are on the same plane. This form of piercing is confined to specific areas of the body. We use 90° surface piercings which are stable and do not grow out.

Do Surface Piercings, Dermal Anchors and Skindivers grow out?

In general the answer is NO! The risk of them growing out is minimal, since the jewelry used is designed specifically for this purpose.

Can I shower normally with my new piercing?

Yes. And you should.

Just make sure that you don’t snag the piercing while soaping yourself or drying off.

Do tanning beds, saunas, or steam baths pose a problem for piercings?

Yes; you should avoid a full bath in the first two weeks following the piercing, because this multiplies the bacteria exponentially and is detrimental to the healing process.

For how long should I abstain from sex after getting a genital piercing, and what should I look out for?

There are no fixed guidelines for this; if it isn’t painful, then you can have sex. You must, however, be as meticulous as possible when it comes to personal hygiene. You should also clean the piercing thoroughly before and after sexual intercourse, and initially use a condom.

Why should I have the first switch of piercing jewelry done by a professional piercer?

Because if you do it yourself, you may not be able to get the new piece of jewelry inserted fast enough (you may be too nervous, for instance), or you might drop the ball and the piercing might close up on you before you have time to reinsert it (this is a question of minutes).

In addition, your piercer will be able to tell you how long the piercing should be and whether it is the right time to make the switch.

How long can I go without jewelry before the piercing canal closes up?

This question cannot be accurately answered simply because everyone is different, and will also depend on how long you’ve had the piercing. For example, if you’ve had it for 10 years, you will certainly have more time than if you got it last year. In any case, I would not recommend that you try it.

If you’re undergoing surgery, you will be asked to remove it; but if you make it clear to the doctors that you wish to avoid this if possible, most of them will allow you to keep it in. If they don’t allow it, then make sure you put it right back in following the operation.

When getting an X-Ray, an MRT, or a CT, you can use a PTFE or a Bioplast piercing. They are “invisible” and have no magnetic properties. Your best option is to come to us and we will change it for you.

Does it bleed when I get pierced?

No, there is no excessive bleeding.

Healing: Procedure, duration etc.

 

What exactly occurs during a piercing?

This is a general outline of a piercing procedure:

You start by filling out the declaration of consent, after which we verify your photo ID. Then you take a seat and we discuss what kind of jewelry and ball you would like to wear. Before piercing, we disinfect the area and mark the spot on the skin; you can then check the designated spot in the mirror to confirm it is exactly where you want it. If not, we repeat the process. Then we proceed with the piercing. Of course we are there to answer any questions you may have along the way. And finally, after we’ve performed the piercing, we will discuss care and maintenance with you in detail.

How long does the piercing procedure take?

The actual piercing lasts less than a second. However, you should allow about 20 minutes for the discussion beforehand, the marking, and the post-operation treatment including any questions you may have.

How long does the piercing take to heal?

This varies, since every piercing is different. The healing process also depends on your health at the moment, e.g. if you have/had a cold. In general, the healing takes anywhere between 2 – 12 weeks.

What products should I use during the healing process?

This too will vary. For the mouth (tongue, lip frenulum, labret, Madonna, Medusa, etc.): Tantum Verde for rinsing your mouth, Octenisept for disinfecting and cleaning the piercing, as well as Tyrosur Gel to apply on the skin.

For piercings that are not in the mouth area, you can leave out the Tantum Verde mouth rinse.

We will give you a detailed guide for care and maintenance.

How long do I need to care for the piercing?

Even if your piercing no longer looks inflamed after 1 or 2 weeks, you should continue caring for it. In fact, you can never care too long for it, but you can stop too soon.

Why is my piercing stud so long?

Initially the stud needs to be longer in case the area should begin to swell. If the pierced area does swell and the stud is too short, it puts undue pressure on the piercing, which may slow down the healing process and in some cases even force you to remove the piercing altogether. If this happens, there is a risk that the canal will close within a few minutes, requiring you to pierce it all over again.

At what point can I wear a shorter stud, or have it shortened?

Once the piercing has healed, which is usually after about 2 weeks.

How often should I treat the piercing?

Twice a day is ideal. Any more than that can irritate the piercing canal and is counterproductive.