While there are no strict age restrictions, the law does stipulate that underage customers must have parental consent to get body piercings. Since the parent or legal guardian is responsible for the child, minors must be accompanied by a parent or, if that is not possible, the parent must send us a filled in and digitalli signed consent form. More information under For Legal Guardians.

We'll be poking you with a needle, so yes, it's going to sting a bit. However, keep in mind that each individual has a different pain tolerance. Most of our cutomers say that the procedure didn't hurt nearly as much as they thought it would.

The procedure itself only takes a couple seconds and any pain you may feel is momentary. Do keep in mind though that some piercings may take months or even up to a year to heal and can require quite a lot of patience.

Swelling and some redness are common during the first few weeks of healing. You are dealing with a small wound after all. However, if you're experiencing pressure or notice that the jewellery is sinking into the skin, get in touch and book an appointment for a check-up. You may need to have your jewellery upsized or a different aftercare regimen. More information under Aftercare.

Body piercings don't set any strict restrictions. You should maintain a healthy lifestyle. Try to limit smoking and alcohol consumption during the first few weeks after you've got a new piercing (especially important for oral piercings). Avoid picking or pulling at the jewellery, as this may cause piercing bumps or the jewellery to reject and can hinder normal healing. The best aftercare is the "leave it the hell alone" method. More information under Aftercare.

Some piercings are more prone to rejection and migration than others. Most correctly performed piercings that pass through the body at a 90-degree angle will rarely reject, but may migrate due to improper aftercare or injuries. Piercings that go under the skin, e.g. navel and eyebrow piercings, are more likely to migrate and reject.

If you think your piercing may be rejecting or has migrated, get in touch and let’s book an appointment for a check-up.

To each their own, but this might be a good time to quit. Try this test. Grab a clean napkin and blow the smoke out through the tissue. Keep smoking the cigarette this way and see what the tissue looks like when you're done. Now imagine all that gunk collecting on the fresh wound in your mouth.

It is recommended to significantly limit smoking until you oral piercing is fully healed. Make sure to rinse your mouth with clean water after every cigarette.

The healing period of a piercing depends on a lot of factors and can vary from person to person. If your piercing is still red, swollen or crusty, it’s definitely too early. However, if irritation persists for an unusually long period of time, get in touch with us.

Most piercings should only be changed at a piercing shop for at least the first 6–12 months. Certain piercings, like the nose, tragus and forward helix, are really difficult to change independently even when fully healed. However, most manage to change their own tongue, navel, septum and lip jewellery.

We recommend only wearing quality body jewellery in your piercings and avoiding costume jewellery sold at shops like Accessorize and Claire's. Your piercing will feel its best when you change jewellery in it as seldom as possible and use jewellery that suit your anatomy and are made from high quality materials.

Please book an appointment if you want to come change your jewellery at AlternaDiiva.

Most bumps that form around piercings are a form of scarring that results from minor traumas or unsuitable aftercare or jewellery. If you notice a bump forming around your piercing, make sure not to poke or squeeze it. Let your body piercing be and avoid cleaning it with a q-tip every single day. If you can, soak the area in cold water every morning for about 10 to 15 minutes and in lukewarm water or chamomile tea in the evenings for the same amount of time. It's also important to keep your piercing dry. This means that if the bump is on an ear or facial piercing, you should avoid going to bed with wet hair. If you notice a bump on your navel piercing, make sure to use a hairdryer on the cool setting to dry the area after each shower.

If you're doing all this and the bump still doesn't seem to be going anywhere after a week or two, get in touch and let's book a time for a check-up.

That being said, keloids do occasionally happen. People with a family history of keloids and people with darker skin are slightly more prone to keloids. Book an appointment for a check-up and if it looks suspicious, we’ll refer you to a dermatologist, who can give you better tips on how to manage the keloid.

If your piercing is oozing yellowish-whitish fluid, you’re experiencing a lot of swelling and redness and the area near the piercing is sore and warm to the touch, you may indeed have an infection. Please get it touch to book an appointment for a check-up.

Cold compresses and rinsing with a saline spray may help manage the discomfort but will not get rid of an infection. You may try over-the-counter medications, like Braunovidon, but sometimes prescription antibiotics may be necessary. Follow the advice of your piercer and GP.

If you’ve decided to get a piercing, please be sure to get it done professionally and with quality jewellery.

Some things to pay attention to.

If the piercer asks you to bring your own jewellery, turn around and choose another shop. A reliable piercer orders jewellery from a high-quality manufacturer and has everything they need to pierce you.

If the piercer fails to give you direct answers or gaslights you for your concerns, find another piercer. An experienced piercer knows their trade and understands that getting a piercing can seem scary for first-timers and repeat customers alike.

Touching surfaces with gloved hands, using a needle that is in an already open package or unsterilized tools and jewellery are all huge red flags. Turn around and leave the shop.