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Piercing Q&A

Piercing is actually a word that has two meanings. Piercing, which takes its origin from the English word “pierce” is the name given to the earring that is attached to the cartilage area of ​​​​the ear. The perforation process itself is also called piercing.

The wonderful thing about piercings is that they can be placed on any part of your ear. The choice is up to you. Once you arrive at our stores, our professional piercers help guide you in selecting the appropriate location for your piercing. Our piercing specialist will pierce the preferred area, whether it be the cartilage or the earlobe.

Piercings are produced with a special screw back mechanism. Unlike push back earring backings, piercings are secured with a specially produced screw mechanism. Additionally both our piercings and the rest of our designs are all nickel-free, making them safe and anti-allergenic. Our piercings are smooth. Their surface does not contain indentations or protrusions, preventing irritation and the formation of bacteria in the ear. Another important feature that distinguishes a piercing from an earring is that the backings are in the form of a bar. Depending on the anatomy of your ear, different bar lengths such as 4,5,6,8 and 10 mm can be chosen. If it is a new piercing, the healing process is taken into account and therefore, an 8mm bar is utilized so that the earlobe or cartilage can breathe comfortably against possible swelling. After the area is completely healed, our piercing specialist may shorten the bar size if necessary.

It is an American institution that standardizes the production and application of piercings. The Association of Professional Piercers determines working conditions that will minimize possible complications that may occur after the piercing process. Piercings that are not approved by the Association of Professional Piercers cannot be administered in piercing studios in the United States. Kismet by Milka is the only Turkish jewelry brand that has obtained this certificate. Our products are produced with the patented approval of the Association of Professional Piercers, resulting in a safe piercing process.

As of 2019, we have professional piercing studios in all of our stores. You can easily get pierced with the help of our professional piercers who will also happily help you create a stylishly curated ear! 

Absolutely! We provide our piercing service in every single one of our stores. Click here to call us and arrange an appointment. You can also click here to make an online piercing appointment.

Our perforation service is free of charge once you purchase an earring/piercing from Kismet by Milka. If you do not want to get immediately pierced although you’ve made an earring/piercing purchase, you can easily visit our stores for free perforation in the future. Customers who have received a gift item can also come with their purchase and invoice to benefit from the free perforation service.

Since it is a momentary process, we do not do use anesthetics. The usage of local anesthetics are known to considerably slow down the healing process of the ear.

We only perform ear piercings with our own designs. Our piercing experts will help you create the most suitable combination for both your ear anatomy and your style. One of the most important details regarding the piercing process is choosing a design that perfectly fits your ear.

We only pierce with our own designs.

Those under the age of 18 can come to our stores with their family and benefit from the piercing service. Piercing is not an operation that solely involves the cartilage. This procedure, which is performed with a needle, can also be applied to the earlobe and is a much healthier method than using a piercing gun. Children who will get their ears pierced for the first time can easily come to Kismet by Milka with their family and benefit from this service.

Your preferred piercing/earring is sterilized under UV light for about 5 minutes in a special sterilizer. The materials used during the piercing process are disinfected and disposable. The needle used is a packaged, single-use angiocath needle. The ear itself is sterilized, providing us a clean area to work with. After the piercing is done, the ear is cleaned once more, and then the piercing/earring in the sterilizer is attached to the pierced area. Considering the possibility of rubbing, bumping and snagging after the procedure, we hand out our customers a piercing after-care manual which explains the necessary instructions. Additionally, we also advise them in terms of the care products they will have to purchase, that will keep the area clean while speeding up the healing process.

Helping you is our top priority. Our piercing experts stay in touch with you to follow the post-procedure stages. Therefore, we’re able to regularly check and observe the treated area by keeping contact with our customers. 

The healing process may vary from person to person. After the piercing is done, it is important to not lie on your piercing, to keep it clean, and to not to touch your ear. Otherwise, there may be a risk of infection, which will slow down the healing process. The recovery time of ears pierced with angiocath needle is much faster than those pierced with a gun. We recommend that you take into account the

When a new piercing is placed in your ear, a longer bar (8 mm) is preferred for your ear comfort. Since the pierced area will swell, the usage of a longer bar will allow the ear more space, helping with the healing. You can easily change your backing with a 4, 5 or 6 mm bar by coming to your post-perforation appointment approximately a month after.

If you remove the piercing/earring before the healing process is complete, the perforated area will begin to heal itself and will quickly close up. As long as you do not remove your earring, the inside of the ear will heal but the hole will remain. Since our cells are constantly renewed, empty holes will close after a short period of time. 

If you have a rash, burn, broken skin, or sunburn in the piercing area, you must wait until the skin has healed before you can get pierced.

If you are being pierced by us, we politely request that you refrain from consuming alcohol until after your appointment for health and safety reasons. We will not pierce and individual who is visibly intoxicated. Alcohol can cause blood thinning and may lead to excess bruising or swelling.

We recommend you come in six weeks after your new piercing for a complimentary checkup to ensure your piercing is healing properly and, if you were pierced with a stud, to see if you are ready for a downsize.

Clean your piercing until it is fully healed, which can take several months depending on the placement and your body. To clean, apply a pre-soaked saline wipe or sterile saline spray on non-woven sterile gauze and use a gentle compress for five minutes, morning and evening. Do this no more than twice a day. Moisture can lead to bacteria, so we recommend drying the area well with sterile non-woven gauze or using the cold setting on a hairdryer.

Discover more aftercare information here.

It is ok to go to the gym after getting pierced, just remember to follow the aftercare advice outlined by your piercer. We advise waiting six to eight weeks to go swimming after an initial piercing. Avoid swimming in lakes or ponds while your piercing heals, as these bodies of water may contain bacteria that can interfere with the healing process.

We do not pierce clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as any infection that could possibly occur within the parent’s piercing can be transferred to the child.

It’s fairly easy to identify an infected ear piercing. Symptoms may include:

• Yellow, pus-like discharge

• Swelling

• Redness

• Ongoing pain or tenderness

• Iching and burning

As long as yourinfection is minor, you may be able to take care of it at home. If you’ve had a cartilage piercing and it seems infected, seek medical treatment. These types of infections are harder to treat and may require oral antibiotics. Significant infections of the cartilage can require hospitalization.

Follow these steps to take care of a minor piercing infection:

• Wash your hands before touching or cleaning your piercing.

• Clean around the piercing with a saltwater rinse three times a day. Use sterile saline (you can find some online) or combine 1/4 tsp. of salt with 8 oz. of distilled water.

• Don’t use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or antibiotic ointments. These can further irritate the skin and slow the healing process.

• Don’t remove the piercing. This can cause the hole to close up and trap the infection.

• Clean the piercing on both sides of your earlobe. Pat the area dry with paper towels. (Other materials may leave behind fibers.)

 

After the infection appears to have cleared, continue this cleaning regimen twice a day until the piercing is totally healed. Remember, an earlobe piercing can take six to eight weeks to heal. Routine care is important during that time.

Usually, a minor infection of an ear piercing can be treated successfully at home. But if any of the following symptoms occur, seek medical attention:

• The earring doesn’t move.

• The earring clasp becomes embedded in your skin.

• The infection doesn’t improve with home treatment within two days.

• You develop a fever.

• The infection, or redness and inflammation, spreads beyond the piercing site.

Every client heals at a different rate and healing times change based on piercing location. Speak to your piercer about healing time for your particular piercing, or consult the healing time chart in our piercing guide for a general idea of how long your piercing will take to heal.

For most individuals, Earlobe piercings tend to stay open without jewelry in place after a year or more, while cartilage piercings can take considerably longer. There are no definitive rules for how long it takes for a piercing to stay open, so be cautious and reach out to one of our piercers or stylists if you have questions.