✨We are a Private Studio – By Appointments Only!✨
⚠️NO WALK INS! All services including jewelry sales will need an appointment! ❌Sorry, we do not offer emergency jewelry replacement!
⏰ I typically section off 30min session per client for 1-2 piercings on the ear.
Your piercing session includes: consultation/curation, jewelry selection, and answering questions.The actual piercing part is fast! 🙂
If you will be getting more than 3 piercings please consider booking 1 full hour (2x 30min session).
If you are booking with a friend please select SEPARATE services & write in the notes! (ex. 2 people = 30mins each client).
For safety and healing reasons, I am only willing to do up to 4 total fresh piercings anywhere on the body + ears in a single session (1 hour total).
*Please kindly note that I am only 1 person providing all the service: consultation, piercing, jewelry change, jewelry sale, troubleshooting, updating social media, answering customer service… so my schedule can fill up fast! It is not uncommon for me to be booked 1-2 months in advance! I never have time for same day requests! Please consider booking early to avoid disappointment! Thank you!
The base piercing charge includes:
1x ASTM F136 (implant-grade) Titanium jewelry (plain).
Downsize backing sold separately.
💎 A curated selection of jewelry is available at extra cost if the client wants to wear something different:
We are the Asia exclusive stockist of…
- ASTM F136 ELI Titanium (Implant-grade) selections imported from UK.
- Nickel-free solid 14K Gold selections from BVLA, Buddha Jewelry Organics, Junipurr Jewelry, Maya Jewelry, Kiwi Diamond …, all imported from United States and Canada.
The exact placement of the piercing will be determined by your piercer based on your anatomy and jewelry selected, but please give a general idea of what/where you want to get pierced (ex. Ear Lobe, Helix/ Flat, Tragus, Daith, Conch, Rook, etc.) so I can provide an accurate quotation.
Some piercings such as Daith, Navel, Industrial, Rook, Forward Helix, Snug, Anti-Tragus are anatomy depending, and may not be possible on every client. Please consider an alternative piercing just in case the one you want is not suitable for your anatomy.
💍Curated Ear: I am happy to consult and help plan your dream collection! You can use photos in my portfolio or elsewhere to help you express which area/placement you like and I can work with your own personal anatomy to curate a personalised collection fitted for your ear 🙂!
Please keep in mind that piercings are an open wound! People with a large collection of piercings is usually collected over a period of time!
For safety and healing reasons, I am only willing to do up to 4 total fresh piercings anywhere on the body/ears. This is because your new piercing is basically a wound on your body. The more wounds you have, the more stress there will be on your body’s immune system as it heals the new piercings. So to promote safe and healthy healing, I don’t do more than 4 piercings per visit, and the client is also recommended to wait at least 2 months after any multi-piercing session.
⚠️You cannot sleep on the piercing as it is healing, so it may be a good idea to focus on one side of the ear when considering getting multiple cartilage piercings!
❌Piercings I do not offer: I don’t do microdermal, genital piercings, cheek piercings, surface piercings, “snake eye” horizontal tongue piercing, tongue web piercing, and other ‘experimental’ and risky piercings that I think are problematic and won’t heal well.
I prefer to do piercings that can heal successfully with many jewelry options for your future upgrades! For this reason I stay away from “experimental” placements. 👍
WHAT KIND OF JEWELRY DO YOU USE?
In accordance to Association of Professional Piercers’ standards, with maximum safety and optimal hygiene in consideration, I use a flat-back Labret stud for most piercings on the EAR (except Rook, Daith, Anti-Tragus, Snug, Orbital, Trans-Lobe, Industrial).
Trans-Lobe, Rook, Anti-Tragus, Snug, Eyebrow, Vert. Labret, Navel: Curved Barbell
Daith, Orbital, Septum, Smiley: Circular Ring (clicker) or Circular Barbell
Industrial, Nipple, Tongue, Bridge: Straight Barbell
I also use a flat-back Labret stud for initial Nostril and Lip piercings, and do not offer rings to start!
WHY IS IT BETTER TO USE IMPLANT GRADE (ASTM F136 ELI) TITANIUM?
✔️ASTM F136 ELI Titanium is the one of the best choices for initial piercing, though it is very expensive by comparison to Steel. It is a chemical element (‘Ti’ on the Periodic Table), stronger than steel but much more lightweight.
✔️Titanium is non-magnetic, will not set off airport scanners, is MRI safe, and can also be fully autoclaved sterilized.
✔️Titanium has very unique properties: it has the highest strength to density ratio of any metal element – making it highly corrosion resistant – so it does not react with oxygen or body fluids! Even those who are sensitive to nickel can safely wear Titanium jewelry for longterm in fresh and healed piercings!
However, Titanium has various grades…
✔️Titanium for use in initial piercings must be of the highest medical grade, known as ASTM F136 or ISO 5832 compliant. This is the same material used by the NHS to make bone screws and hip replacements suitable for maximum biocompatibility into the body.
Titanium has a natural silver-tone lustre and can be highly polished, and Titanium can be “anodized” to alter the color appearance of the metal without compromising its safety to be worn in the body.
✔️ The only quality recommended for use by the Association of Professional Piercers is Titanium that is certified to meet ASTM or ISO standards for surgical implant applications.
WHY IS IT BAD TO USE SURGICAL STEEL?
“Surgical steel” is a blanket term that is commonly used to refer to “stainless steel”. With no formal definition or standard to regulate what metal content is used to make the alloy, companies and manufacturers can use this term to describe any corrosion-resistant steel, like pots, pans, door handles, silverwear etc., and it’s not exclusive to medical or even “surgical” instruments. “Surgical” makes it sound like it is safe, but we don’t actually know what metal is used – it could be the same mix as your belt buckle – so “surgical steel” is a misleading term.
316L Surgical Steel is unsafe for use in piercings due to its high nickel content, which can cause complications for those with a sensitivity to nickel (as many as ten per cent of the population is sensitive to nickel!)
⚠️Using poor quality jewelry can cause hypertrophic scarring (bumps), itchy flaking skin, excessive discharge build up, and perhaps eventually migration or rejection of the piercing entirely.
According to the EU Nickel Directive it is illegal to use any jewelry in initial piercings with a nickel release rate of 0.2 micrograms per cm2 per week or less. Nickel is significantly cheaper and easier to manufacture than certified implant grade Titanium, this is why most mass market jewelry will contain lots of nickel, and is not safe for prolonged wear!
925 SILVER IS NOT SAFE FOR PIERCINGS!
The purity of silver is measured in hundreds, so 925 silver is 92.5% silver and 7% other metals – usually a high percentage of nickel!
⚠️925 Silver should never be worn in a fresh piercing, and ideally, should only be worn “outside” of the body such as necklaces, bracelets, rings… not even for healed piercings/earrings!
This is because 925 Silver oxidises very easily!!
Silver should not be worn in the body (as earring / body jewelry) because silver will quickly oxidize when it comes in contact with our natural body’s acidity. In a healed piercing the oxidation can stain the skin black which can be permanent. And if silver is worn in a fresh piercing, toxic “silver salts” can form as the silver reacts to our bodily fluids, which can be highly dangerous. Long term silver exposure in porous body tissues such as mucosal membrane (septum, nostril, oral and genital areas) can result in Argyria – aka Silver Poisoning.
IS IT SAFER TO GET PIERCED WITH GOLD OR TITANIUM?
Lots of clients have the age old idea that “Gold is the safest, and only material they can wear”. Along with my nickel-free solid Gold selections, I also carry a wide range of certified implant grade Titanium jewelry, so which material is “better”? Solid Gold and Titanium both have their pros and cons…
Gold is ranked in a “Karat” system representing the purity of Gold. Each Karat is 1/24… that would mean 24K is pure gold. So 18K would be 18 parts gold to 6 parts of filler alloy, and 14K is 14 parts gold to 10 parts filler. Please keep in mind that Gold by nature is very soft and to create wearability, mixing Gold with another metal is common practice in jewelry making. The key is to avoid companies that cheaply mixes with nickel! Pure 24K Gold is so soft, you can easily scratch with just a fingernail, it is too soft to wear as body jewelry, so 18K and 14K nickel-free Gold is safe to use as piercing jewelry.
✔️Gold by nature is a precious metal, so Gold jewelry will be more expensive than Titanium.
✔️Gold jewelry is handmade so the designs are more detailed and intricate, and can feature a wider variety of genuine gemstones.
✔️Gold jewelry must be handled delicately – it can break – and is not suggested to change/remove everyday.
✔️Gold brands I carry: BVLA, Buddha Jewelry Organics, Junipurr, Maya Jewelry offer a lifetime manufacturer guarantee on their jewelry.
Titanium is a very durable and lightweight metal with many uses from cars to building materials, watches, electronics etc. The classification we focus on for piercing is ASTM F136 ELI “Implant Grade” Titanium, the same level used in the medical world such as pacemakers, bone screws, hip replacements to ensure “biocompatibility”, meaning we want to use most inert material to promote the body into accepting this jewelry as part of our body, and grow a tunnel of “fistula” around the piercing.
Using jewelry that is not biocompatible can result in problematic piercings that “never heal”, and at worse, can reject or migrate the piercing entirely.
✔️ASTM F136 ELI “Implant Grade” Titanium jewelry is typically more affordable than solid Gold.
✔️Titanium jewelry is machined and “less intricate” than Gold jewelry.
✔️Titanium is very durable – less prone to breakage – better suited for clients with a “rougher” lifestyle.
Gold is often more desirable, and commonly regarded as “an upgrade from Titanium”. While I can understand this mentality, I don’t agree that “Gold is better than Titanium” because both materials I carry are equally safe and suitable for fresh and healed piercings – the only difference honestly is personal and budget preference!!
HOW DOES YOUR JEWELRY WORK?
I only carry Internally Threaded and Threadless!
❌ We do not encourage the use of Externally Threaded jewelry because the bumpy threading on the outside of the stem can be “scratchy” and scrape the piercing channel when changing jewelry. The threading on the outside can also harbour bacteria, and push contaminates inside the piercing channel when changing jewelry. This type is often sold at mall kiosks and commonly used by piercers that are less experienced and not certified.
⭕️ Internally Threaded – rotate clockwise to tighten, and anticlockwise to release. “Righty tighty, Lefty loosey”. This type is more secure, but can also be more difficult for the client to change themselves.
⭕️ Threadless – push pin style, push into the stem to secure and twist + pull to release. This type is easier for the client to manipulate, but can also be accidentally pulled out.
WHAT IS DOWNSIZING?
⚠️Client is responsible for booking the Downsizing / Check Up session!
WHEN TO COME BACK FOR A CHECKUP / DOWNSIZE… (approx.):
Ear Lobe (6-8 weeks), Helix/ Flat/ F.Helix/ Conch/ Tragus/ Industrial (2-3months), Tongue (6-8 weeks), Lip (2-3months), Nipple (4-6months),
⚠️The client is allowed to change the jewelry to their own after the piercing is fully recovered – when the skin feels normal, with no soreness and no sensitivity!
⚠️The base piercing charge includes 1x basic ASTM F136 Titanium jewelry (Initial longer size post).
⚠️Downsized post is sold separately – $200 hkd each ASTM F136 Titanium backing (Short bar).
WHY IS IT BETTER TO GET PIERCED WITH A NEEDLE, THAN WITH A GUN?
All my piercings are performed by hand with a single-use surgical needle. Using a needle-prick is more precise, allowing for extremely accurate angles and more aesthetically pleasing curations.
Piercing needles are sharp and cause the least amount of damage when pushed through the skin. They glide through while creating a smooth channel for the jewelry to settle in, and assisting your body in adapt to and healing a “fistula” around the jewelry. This reduces irritation and scarring so your piercing can heal properly and stay healthy.
Piercing needles are surgically designed to glide thru the skin – this method is definitely LESS PAINFUL than gunned piercings!!
You can see the piercing gun stud looks pointy but they are NOT sharp at all.
When this blunt stud is forced through the ear with the spring-loaded gun, it is basically smashing thru the ear! It is very painful and causes blunt force trauma. This trauma can lead to a large amount of damage especially in the cartilage, resulting in keloid scarring, persistent irritation, constant oozing, prolonged discomfort… basically the piercing never truly healing. A fistula will not properly form, and even years later, jewelry changes can still cause bleeding and discomfort. This is because the channel (fistula) cannot fully form from blunt force trauma.
It’s obvious today that being pierced using a piercing gun is unsafe and can cause significant damage to the tissue!
🩹DO PIERCINGS HURT?🩹
💆🏻♀️I direct the client to do a deep breathing motion: (“Take a Deep Breath in….”/ “Slowly Breathe out…”) during the piercing process to help the client focus attention on their breathing.
This makes the the process feel more natural and helps reduce discomfort!
🌬Most piercings are completed within a “breathing in and breathing out” motion.
Remember that piercing needles are surgically designed to glide thru the skin! This method creates the smoothest incision and least amount of trauma!
General Recovery (approx): Ear Lobes (2-4months), Ear Cartilage (6 months+), Septum/ Tongue (6-8 weeks), Lip/ Nostril/ Navel/ Nipple (6 months+).
Please note that recovery time is only suggested because factors like lifestyle and aftercare can affect the healing duration.
⚠️DO NOT TOUCH/ DO NOT TWIST/ DO NOT ROTATE / DO NOT PLAY WITH YOUR NEW PIERCING!!
Treat your new piercing like it is a fresh open wound!
⚠️Basic “wound treatment” should be considered, for example:
⚠️Initial bruising and bleeding is normal and to be expected! Please keep in mind I am penetrating your skin with a sharp needle. It is a deep puncture wound, so the site will take longer time to recover than your typical surface wounds.
⚠️Anything that comes in contact with your new piercing needs to be clean. This includes YOUR HANDS (!!!), cellphones, pillowcase, headphone, ear buds… anything that touches your piercing needs to be clean! Pets and children should not touch your new piercing.
⚠️You should not immediately go swimming after getting a piercing!
⚠️Piercings are semi-permanent. Your skin is elastic, and it is in a constant state of regeneration. Even a well healed piercing can risk closing or blockage when left empty without jewelry.
⚠️PIERCINGS ARE ANATOMY DEPENDANT! For a piercing to heal successfully, careful consideration of the client’s anatomy AND using appropriate sized+shaped jewelry is very important!
For clients that cannot get a “traditional” type of (Navel, Snug, Industrial) piercing, there are very excellent alternatives to consider:
⚠️Piercings are not for everyone! Even the best jewelry, by the best piercer, and even if aftercare is followed exactly… Not all piercings can be successful… as inserting an object into our body is not a natural process! Our bodies are constantly changing, growing, and renewing, and as organic beings, our bodies will sometimes detect these “unnatural” objects inside our bodies and try to expel them. This process is called rejection. Rejection can happen naturally, at any time, even after the piercing is well healed for years. Rejection can happen more often to piercings that constantly get tugged or snagged, like navel piercings.
Selecting a trusted and experienced piercer can help reduce the chances of rejection by positioning the piercing accurately, along with using jewelry that is biocompatible and measured precisely for each anatomy to help reduce irritation.
⚠️“Migration” can occur, which is when a piercing’s position is moved or shifted from its original position. Migration happens most often on Helix Piercings, especially if the client sleeps on the piercing while it is healing. We can always tell if the client sleeps on the piercing!!
⚠️It is extremely important the client cannot sleep on the healing piercing!!
Prolonged excessive pressure (sleeping, hats, helmet, headphones etc.) can make the piercing heal crooked and change the angle, which will make the piercing impossible to wear a ring comfortably!
⚠️Clients that wish to get Cartilage piercings on both ears will be strongly encouraged to sleep on their backs OR they can focus collecting on a single ear, until the other piercings are more comfortable to handle.
⚠️Ear Lobe Piercings: You can change into your own jewelry after the piercing feels like normal skin again, with no soreness and no sensitivity to the touch. Usually after 6-8 weeks with recommended aftercare. Ear Lobes are the only exception that can be safely pierced on both sides at same time, because the skin heals faster than cartilage.
⚠️When your piercing is healing, your skin will undergo some visible changes. In the beginning week, the piercing area will begin to swell. It will be sore to the touch, and there will be some localised redness, and maybe some bruising too.
*Bleeding is also very common and to be expected because I am cutting a hole in your skin!
⚠️Due to the initial swelling that will happen to your skin – the new piercing will first need to wear a longer post (backing) – this is intended to help accommodate swelling.
⚠️To assist in the last stages of healing, we strongly encourage the client to schedule a piercing check up session for us to assess the halfway point of recovery, and check if a downsize of the jewelry is needed.
⚠️Infection and Irritation are not the same, and they have different solutions. Click here to learn more on Infection vs Irritation…
The most important focus when caring for your piercing is hygiene. Try your best to keep the area as clean as possible, away from contamination and irritants. If you need to touch the piercing site, only do so with clean hands!!
Your body will do most of the recovery work, so staying healthy is actually the most important! Keep up with your vitamins, and keep up with your sleep.
⚠️Because a fresh piercing is basically an open wound, keeping the piercing site clean and free from contamination will prevent bacterial infections.
Leave your piercing alone – don’t touch it unless you are cleaning the piercing!
Specifically tuned for the local smoggy and humid climate of Hong Kong:
I recommend a two-step process of (1) using a mild skin cleanser in the shower to degrease/ clean the general skin around the site, and then also (2) use a saline solution to irrigate/flush the actual piercing.
Clients that are experienced with piercings can develop their own aftercare routine best suited for themselves, but generally the idea is to always keep the piercing site clean and free from bacteria.
Do not remove the jewelry during cleaning!
I suggest using a 🧼CLEANSER in the shower to topically clean the surrounding skin around the piercing. Recommend using a cleanser that has no alcohol and no fragrance. (You can check my Aftercare Guide for a picture suggestion).
🚿IN THE SHOWER: Use a drop of cleanser with your finger’s gentle touch – lather away surface sebum, dead skin accumulation, dried discharge, make up, etc.
🥛Sea Salt Soak / Saline Soak: 2 times per day, Morning + Night 3-5mins each time. This step is very important. Consistency is key!
🥛Saline is very gentle and its mild properties will help soothe irritations and help reduce swelling. The focus is to envelop the entire piercing site under the saline, so the solution can penetrate into the piercing channel and flush out irritants. This can also help dissolve away dried matter, and help irrigate hard to reach piercings.
Sterile bottled Saline can be purchased from Watson’s Pharmacy and local drug dispensaries:
Clients with experience may develop their own aftercare method. In which case they are welcome to adapt the more convenient spray method:
💦NeilMed Piercing Aftercare is a sterile Saline Solution spray that can be used to conveniently irrigate and flush the piercing. Great to keep in your purse or school bag to clean on the go. This is an easy alternative to the soaking method. (Due to the nozzle tip, Septum and Nostril Piercings should always use Soaking method) $150 hkd each or +$100 hkd with piercing service. Recommended by: Maria Tash and Association of Professional Piercers
WHAT CAN I DO WHEN MY PIERCING IS IRRITATED?
When your piercing is irritated, the best way to soothe that issue is to do a Saline Soak (as explained in my Aftercare Guide). Even piercings that are well healed can sometimes flair up if cleaning has stopped. Depending on location, you can choose to use NeilMed Piercing Aftercare (sold by me) or follow my suggested Saline Soak/ Sea Salt Soak.
CAN YOU HELP ME WITH A PIERCING DONE BY SOMEBODY ELSE?
Please understand that an irritated piercing can be due to a number of different reasons. Because the original piercing was not done by me, I may not be able to comment on your situation with certainty. If the original piercing was done improperly such as incorrect position or angle, changing the jewelry won’t solve the issue. I charge a basic service fee of $300 hkd when troubleshooting piercings not done by me. The cost does not include jewelry and aftercare products. My service fee also applies to jewelry installs on piercings not done by me. If a needle is used to reopen a blocked/ closed piercing, this process is the same as a fresh piercing procedure so full piercing charge applies.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE BEFORE GETTING PIERCED?
- Please read my Aftercare Guide before your visit so I can answer your questions in person during our appointment.
- Please check the map and learn our location before your visit to avoid getting lost.
- Do not consume alcohol 24hrs before and after getting pierced.
- Get a good night’s sleep before the piercing day.
- Eat a full meal before your appointment to ensure proper blood sugar levels.
- Please wear a face mask.
- Please use hand sanitiser at the front desk when you enter, and you will also be asked for a temperature check.
- Bring Cash! We are Cash only, and only accept credit card for purchases over $2000 hkd.