ear and body piercing faqs.

age limits.

See table for minimum piercing ages. Under 17s must be accompanied by parent or guardian. For 18+ piercings ID may be asked for.

about piercing.

Katy has been trained by the London Piercing Academy and offers above waist piercings and microdermals using single use sterile disposable needles.

What do you use to pierce the skin?

A single use disposable sterilised needle is used. A gun is never used, here are some reasons why: It cannot be sterilised. When piercing with a gun, the jewellery itself is used to pierce the ear. It forces the jewellery to part the skin around it in order to create a hole. The end of the jewellery can cause blunt force trauma and tissue damage to the surrounding skin. At Bodylines a sterile, disposable, single use, medical grade hollow piercing needle/cannula is used. This pierces a hole in a controlled way and because it is hollow, removes a tiny piece of skin forming the hole or piercing. When the needle is removed from the piercing the plastic tube surrounding it remains. The jewellery is then fed through the tube and into the piercing where it is secured by a titanium ball(s). All equipment used during this process including the jewellery has been sterilised in an autoclave. 

Does it hurt?

It may feel uncomfortable for a few seconds. A small pair of sterilised forceps is used to hold the skin in place, which feels like a firm pressure. 

How long does it take?

The piercing itself only takes a few seconds.

What jewellery do you use?

You can choose from a range of sterilised implant grade titanium and 14ct white gold jewellery for your piercing. These are some of the most suitable metals to be positioned in or near the human body for long periods of time without causing side effects. Please note: the piercing jewellery used at Bodylines is specific to needle piercing and is of the highest standard. It is pre-sterilised. Please do not bring your own jewellery as the salon cannot use it for initial piercings.

You will be asked to fill in a piercing consultation form online before your appointment. When you come for your appointment we will discuss your piercing requirements. The area to be pierced will be sanitised and marked with temporary ink. When we are both happy to go ahead, the piercing will be done using a single use sterile disposable needle, and the jewellery inserted.  It is essential that you follow a proper aftercare routine to keep the piercing clean and free from infection. You will be given an aftercare leaflet and saline solution is available for purchase. 

healing times.
Lobes 6-8 weeks. 

Oral piercings 2-4 weeks 

Nose/septum 3-4 months

Helix/cartilage 3-4 months

Navel 6-12 months


Saline aftercare solution is available to buy for home care use and makes aftercare easy! Please follow the advice on your aftercare leaflet. Your piercing has been completed using sterile equipment and jewellery and you need to continue to look after it to prevent infection and allow it to heal properly. The best thing you can do is to leave the piercing alone. Touch it as little as possible and allow it to settle. do not twist or turn it as this can tear the piercing. Every couple of days, with clean hands, check that the balls are screwed tight onto the stem of the jewellery. Clean the piercing twice a day with saline solution. You can gently remove any crusting or discharge when you have soaked the piercing. Try to do this until the piercing has healed. 


One lobe

Two lobes (7+)




Tragus, Forward Helix, Daith, Rook, Conch, Snug, Anti-Snug (14+)



Industrial / Scaffold (14+)


Nose, Lip, Smiley, Frowny, Tongue Web (14+)
Tongue, Eyebrow, Nose Bridge, Septum (16+)


Navel (14+)


Nipple (18+)

Two nipples 



Microdermal (18+)