Medical Grade Ear Piercing
What are the age restrictions for ear piercing at SkinStatMD?
We recommend ear piercing occur between 3 and 8 months for infants and when school-aged children are 5 years old or older. There are no age restrictions for adults :).
Waiting until children are 3 months old ensures that they have had their first set of vaccines and allows the ear to grow big enough to allow for accurate placing of the earring. We do not recommend ear piercing for children between 7 months and 5 years of age because the child must either be small enough to allow us to completely control their movements during the procedure or cooperative enough to sit still during the procedure and be capable of actively participating in aftercare. All eligible patients must be completely up to date on all vaccines.
Medical Ear Piercing is now available at SkinStatMD!
Dr. Towolawi is excited to offer this service. We use the Blomdahl® Medical Ear Piercing System which is only available to physicians.
In our office you OR your child will receive professional care from a physician who has been trained in sterile technique and wound management.
The Blomdahl® Medical Ear Piercing System uses single-use cassettes which minimize the chance of infection at the piercing site and medical-grade plastic piercing studs which eliminates the risk of nickel allergy. Using this system eliminates the possibility of patient-to-patient cross-contamination because only the single-use part of the equipment ever comes in contact with the skin at the piercing site.
We also offer pre-procedure numbing cream for the ear lobe(s) (which needs to be left on for 30 minutes to be effective) in order to minimize pain during the procedure. This is optional and the procedure can be done without numbing cream.
We only pierce ear up to TWO lobes and only do one piercing per lobe per visit.
We charge $119 to pierce up to 2 ear lobes. This price includes the piercing studs which are removed after 6-8 weeks.
Full payment is due when you check in for your ear piercing appointment.
6-8 weeks after the procedure the piercing studs should be removed and replaced with earrings of your choosing.
How long do we keep the ear piercing studs in place?
We recommend NOT replacing the original ear piercing studs for 6 weeks. The ear piercings studs we use are thicker (1.3 mm) than the standard earring post (1.0 mm). The larger piercing hole makes it easier to switch to normal earrings after the healing period and reduces the risk of repeatedly re-injuring the ear-piercing site when replacing earrings, which should, therefore, reduce the risk of piercing site infection.
Clean the piercing site thoroughly twice a day, using liquid soap and clean water
Dry area well with clean gauze or a cotton tipped applicator and leave open to air.
For supplementary cleansing, or when running water is unavailable, ear care solution is available in our medical office, at Claire’s or you may purchase Blomdahl® Ear Care cleansing swabs from their website.
Leave the ear piercing studs in the ear lobe for 6 weeks before replacing with earrings of your choice.
What are the risks of ear piercing?
Before we start the procedure, we will ask you to sign an informed consent form that reviews the risks listed below.
Infection: There is a risk of infection anytime the skin is broken. We reduce this risk significantly by using sterile technique, using sterile, single-use piercing cassettes, and providing specific aftercare instructions.
Pain: Even without numbing cream the pain is brief and similar to vaccine injection using the Blomdahl® system. Patients who are old enough to communicate verbally sometimes say that their earlobes briefly feel warm and flushed after the procedure.
Nickel allergy: Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is an itchy rash that occurs when your skin comes in contact with a typically harmless substance. Nickel is one of the most common causes of ACD and once you develop nickel allergy you will always be sensitive to it. Unfortunately, nickel is commonly used as a metal hardener and most metals used for ear piercing contain (or “leak”) enough nickel to trigger a potential allergic reaction. Fresh piercings allow direct and constant contact between a minor open wound and the metal, which contains nickel. We chose to use an ear piercing system that uses medical-grade plastic in order to avoid nickel exposure during the ear piercing healing process.
Keloids: Keloids are shiny, smooth and rounded skin elevations, which can form at the piercing site in some patients after ear lobe piercing because of altered wound healing. Keloids tend to be familial, are more likely to occur in patients with darker skin pigmentation, and generally occur in persons 10 to 30 years of age. In one survey of 32 patients with keloids related to ear piercing, keloids were more than three times as likely to occur when the earlobes were pierced at or after 11 years of age (80%) than before 11 years of age (24%)