Medical Ear Piercing*

Beansprout Pediatrics is excited to offer Medical Ear Piercing to our patients.

Why should I choose medical ear piercing at Beansprout Pediatrics?

In our office, your child will receive professional care from a pediatric nurse practitioner who has been trained in sterile technique and wound management.

Our ear piercing system uses single-use cassettes and medical-grade plastic piercing studs in order to minimize the chance of infection at the piercing site and eliminate the risk of nickel allergy. Using this system also eliminates the possibility of patient-to-patient cross-contamination because only the single-use part of the equipment ever comes in contact with the skin at the piercing site.

We also offer pre-procedure numbing cream for the ear lobe(s), which when applied 30 minutes prior,  minimizes pain during the procedure.

What are the age restrictions for ear piercing at Beansprout Pediatrics?

We will perform ear piercing on infants between 3 and 12 months and school-aged children. Waiting until children are at least 3 months old ensures that they have had their first set of the AAP/CDC recommended vaccines and allows the ear to grow big enough to allow for accurate placing of the earring.  When considering ear piercing, keep in mind that your child must either be small enough to allow us to completely control her movements during the procedure, or cooperative enough to sit still during the procedure and be capable of actively participating in aftercare.

* All eligible patients must be completely up to date on all vaccines.

Can I get ear piercing done at my child’s well or sick visit?

Ear piercings are only done during visits solely dedicated to the medical ear piercing procedure. We do ear piercing by appointment only and not as an “add-on” to another sick or well visit. This allows enough time to perform the procedure, explain and answer questions about the aftercare, and allow the numbing cream to take effect.

Where do we pierce?

We only pierce ear lobes and only do one piercing per lobe per visit. We will perform a second, but not a third piercing, in a single earlobe. We do not pierce ear cartilage (the upper part of the ear), noses, or belly buttons.

How much does it cost?

Our fee for piercing both ears is $70. This price includes the piercing studs which may be removed after 6-8 weeks.  Full payment is due when you check in for your ear piercing appointment. Payment covers the cost of numbing the ear prior to the procedure, piercing the ear(s), and the ear piercing studs (which you leave in for at least 6 weeks).  Since this is a cosmetic procedure, it will not be filed to your insurance.

Pink Daisy     Blue Daisy                          Medical Plastic Crystal

          Daisy in pink or light blue                                      Crystal Clear

Medical Plastic

Medical Plastic contains no nickel which ensures zero nickel exposure. This eliminates the risk of developing nickel allergy. Medical Plastic is recommended for anyone who wants to avoid developing nickel allergy or for anyone that already has a nickel sensitivity.

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS – DURING THE HEALING PERIOD

  1. Never touch your ears with unclean hands.
  2. Wash your newly pierced ears (on both sides) thoroughly twice a day. Do not remove the earrings when cleansing.
    • When showering/washing your hair, use liquid soap and rinse thoroughly with clean running water. Dry with a Kleenex or Q-tip.  Do not clean with alcohol.
  3. Make sure that the area around the holes are kept clean, dry and airy at all times.
  4. Cover your ears when applying make up, hair spray, spray perfume, hair-dye, etc.
  5. Take extra care when you are putting on/pulling off clothing over your head, in order to prevent the earrings from getting caught.
  6. Bathing in a swimming pool, lake or sea: wait for as long as possible after the piercing and avoid keeping your head under water. When you come out of the water, cleanse with liquid soap
  7. After approx. 6 weeks (cartilage approx. 12 weeks) you can change to new earrings. This is how to remove the ear piercing earrings: wash your hands and ears thoroughly. With one hand, take hold of the jewelry part (front) of the ear piercing earring. With the other hand, wriggle the earring back, back and forth, until you feel it loosens. Carefully remove the ear piercing earrings and put in new, clean earrings.
  8. It takes up to a year before the holes are completely healed. Hence consider the following:
    • Always wear earrings. If you go without, the holes can shrink and/or close completely.
    • Take extra care when changing earrings. The skin that has grown within the holes is still thin and delicate and can easily tear, which may cause an infection. Therefore, always make sure to wash your earrings and your hands before the change, and make sure that the area around the holes is kept clean, dry and airy. If you use earrings with earring backs, these should not be pressed tightly against the back of the ear.
    • The risk for developing a contact allergy is at its greatest during the first year after ear piercing. This is why it is extra important to wear safe earrings during this time. We recommend using skin friendly jewellery suitable such as that available from Blomdahl.

IMPORTANT! Redness and/or swelling and/or pain and/or rashes are indicative of a possible infection. If the hole is placed in the soft part of the ear (ear lobe), remove the earring and cleanse. If there is no improvement the following day, contact your doctor. If the hole is placed in the cartilage part of the ear, remove the earring, cleanse and seek immediate medical attention.

Questions

Is swimming ok immediately after ear piercing?

We recommend avoiding swimming for 2-3 weeks after ear piercing. Chlorine from pools and bacteria in unchlorinated waters may irritate or contaminate the wound and delay healing.

 

What are the risks of ear piercing?

Before we start the procedure, we will ask you to sign an informed consent form that reviews the risks listed below.

Infection: There is a risk of infection anytime the skin is broken. We reduce this risk significantly by using sterile technique, using sterile, single-use piercing cassettes, and providing specific aftercare instructions.

Pain: Even without numbing cream the pain is brief and similar to vaccine injection using the medical grade ear piercing system. Patients who are old enough to communicate verbally sometimes say that their earlobes briefly feel warm and flushed after the procedure. In order to minimize any discomfort, our price includes the use of numbing cream.

Nickel allergy: Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is an itchy rash that occurs when your skin comes in contact with a typically harmless substance. Nickel is one of the most common causes of ACD and once you develop nickel allergy you will always be sensitive to it. Unfortunately, nickel is commonly used as a metal hardener and most metals used for ear piercing contain (or “leak”) enough nickel to trigger a potential allergic reaction. Fresh piercings allow direct and constant contact between a minor open wound and the metal, which contains nickel.

We chose to use an ear piercing system that uses medical-grade plastic in order to avoid nickel exposure during the ear piercing healing process.

Keloids: Keloids are shiny, smooth and rounded skin elevations, which can form at the piercing site in some patients after ear lobe piercing because of altered wound healing. Keloids tend to be familial, are more likely to occur in patients with darker skin pigmentation, and generally occur in persons 10 to 30 years of age. In one survey of 32 patients with keloids related to ear piercing, keloids were more than three times as likely to occur when the earlobes were pierced at or after 11 years of age (80%) than before 11 years of age (24%) (Pediatrics. 2005; 115(5): 1312).

How long do we keep the ear piercing studs in place?

We recommend NOT replacing the original ear piercing studs for 6 weeks. The ear piercings studs we use are thicker (1.3 mm) than the standard earring post (1.0 mm). The larger piercing hole makes it easier to switch to normal earrings after the healing period and reduces the risk of repeatedly re-injuring the ear-piercing site when replacing earrings, which should, therefore, reduce the risk of piercing site infection.

Products & Services Disclaimer

*Beansprout Pediatrics is an independently owned and operated care center that may promote, sell, or provide Medical Ear Piercing products/services. Privia Medical Group is not responsible for these products or services. Privia’s Authorization & Consent to Treat, Financial Policy and HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices are not applicable to these services or products.