We are excited to offer you a quick, pleasurable experience for your piercing needs! Piercings are very quick procedures, and a relatively low commitment since they can be taken out at any time. We know you've got a little edge in your personal style, but which body piercing is the perfect fit for you? From a sterile procedure to aesthetically pleasing results, Pretty In Ink is sure to satisfy your needs. Please note, we do not do sternum (bullring) piercings or dermals.
001. What piercings do you do?
I do all piercings except for the septum and dermal implants.
002. How much do they cost?
Most piercings are $45 with the exception of the nipples (one for $60 or both for $100), industrial bar ($75) and hood ($60).
003. Do i need an appointment?
If you want to schedule in advance, yes. An appointment with a $25 deposit will be taken. If it is a spur of the moment impulse, you are welcome to contact me to see if i have availability between appointments. For the luck of the draw, call or text 301-404-2336 to see if i can fit you in!
004. Does it hurt?
Yes. Some more than others. Some people are more or less sensitive than others, so there is no way to really say how bad a piercing is going to feel to you. But, the point is this - could you handle a really bad pain for 30 seconds? Well, most piercings last even less time than that, and most piercings are not that bad. Yes, they hurt, but it's over so fast you really don't have much time to think about it. Some will bring a tear to your eye, but I've never heard anyone screaming bloody murder from the next room.
005. How do i take care of my piercing?
You will want to get dial anti-bacterial non-scented hand soap. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your new piercing, wash it using the soap and warm water to remove crusties and dried puss/blood from the surface. Keep it as clean as possible, don't mess with it and make sure the balls are tight. If it is swollen, you may apply ice or take ibuprofin. If you got your piercing in your mouth, you will want to purchase listerine and use it anytime you eat, drink, or smoke.
006. Do i need to rotate my jewelry?
In my own experience, I do find that it seems most effective to just wash the piercing thoroughly and not worry about rotating the jewelry unless you notice it trying to stick.
007. My piercing looks infected, should i take it out?
No, that's the last thing you want to do. If your piercing actually is infected, and you remove the jewelry, the bacteria and pus can get locked inside if the hole closes up. The solution to healing an infection is removing it - you need to keep the fistula (piercing hole) open in order to allow the infection to drain.
008. What is a Keloid and What Can be Done if You Have One?
Sometimes people get a blood or puss filled growth on a new piercing and mistake this for a keloid. It is not. Keloids are actual scar tissue that forms because the body over-defends itself as a result of trauma or surgical incisions. Keloids have to be removed with the help of medical treatment or surgery - you can't just wash them away. People with African-American descent tend to be more prone to keloids, although people of all ethnicities can be susceptible. Keloids also tend to be genetic. If you are prone to keloiding, piercings are strongly urged against. Tattoos can also lead to keloiding, although piercings and surgical modifications seem to be the most likely culprits
009. I have a little bump around my piercing! What is it and what can i do?
Please make sure you have a quality surgical stainless steel, niobium or titanium CBR in the piercing (not from Claires), if you don't--have a professional replace yours with one immediately. Second, you need to clean your piercing properly and do about 3 sea salt soaks every day until the bump is completely gone. Cleansing and sea salt soak instructions are here.