Ear Piercing Q&A

Since 1969, Piercing Pagoda has safely pierced over 20 million pairs of ears. All Piercing Pagoda associates are thoroughly trained in ear piercing procedures.


Is the ear piercing system used by Piercing Pagoda safe?

Yes, the system is 100% safe. All piercing earrings are sterilized and stored in capsules. The piercing earrings sold by Piercing Pagoda are either hypoallergenic or have nickel content that is less than half of 1% total, which significantly reduces the risk of allergic reaction.

Does ear piercing hurt?

Ear piercing is fast and very gentle. Most people feel little to no discomfort during the piercing.

Will I be able to leave the earrings out without the hole closing?

Some people assume earrings can be removed and easily re-inserted; this is not the case. You should only switch into new earrings after the healing period, which is 4-6 weeks for an earlobe piercing and 8‐12 weeks for a cartilage piercing. Wearing earrings continuously is required for the first 6 months after the piercing to prevent the piercing from closing.

Is it safe to pierce infants and children?

Yes, however Pagoda does recommend that babies have a current D.P.T. shot. The first D.P.T. shot is usually administered by a pediatrician at 8 weeks of age.

How long does it take for an ear piercing to heal?

Piercing earrings should be left in for at least 4-6 weeks after an earlobe piercing and 8-12 weeks for a cartilage piercing.

How is the cartilage different from the earlobe?

Cartilage is the translucent, elastic tissue located in the upper portion of the ear. Think of the cartilage area as two separate sections – the skin covering the cartilage and the cartilage itself. Cartilage differs from the earlobe primarily in that it has a limited blood supply.

Is a cartilage piercing as gentle as lobe piercing?

Yes, with the system used by Piercing Pagoda, cartilage ear piercing is just as gentle as a lobe piercing.

What is the age limit for ear piercing?

Minors must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Anyone under 18 years of age must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to obtain ear piercing services. Those over 18 must have either a valid driver's license or state-issued identification card for all ear piercings.

What does it cost for ear piercing?

Free ear piercing is provided to our customers with an in-store purchase of piercing earrings. Half piercings are available for an additional $3.50 restocking fee. Cartilage piercing is available in select stores for an additional $2.00 charge.