Frequently Asked Questions

Q?How old do I have to be to get a piercing?

We do not pierce anyone under the age of 14.  Most piercings require you to be 16 years and over and any nipple or genital piercings are 18 years and over.
Under 16s may be pierced with parental/guardian consent.  Please note that not all piercings are available to under 16s. ID may be required before we can continue with the procedure.

Q?Can I bring my own jewellery to be pierced?

Unfortunately not.  We only pierce with the highest implant grade titanium that we supply. It is cleaned and sterilised and opened infront of you with each piercing. This is the best material to prevent adverse reactions to the new piercing in your body.  With the jewellery we supply, we can guarantee its sterile, its quality and origin.

Q?Whats the best aftercare for my new piercing?

At New Image we recommend warm sea salt soaks.

1/4 teaspoon of sea salt (not table salt!) to 1/2 pint of pre boiled water.

Leave the solution until its cooled.  Use cotton pads as a warm compress or depending on the area, you can fully submerge the piercing (navels, nipples) Cotton buds should only be used to gently remove any crusting or matter from the edges of your piercing.

The heat applied to the piercing, will relax the piercing site when cleaning, helping the piercing to drain any fluid etc aswell as encourage the blood flow back to the area.   The salt soaks will also help to soften any crusting and matter surrounding the piercing, and make it easier to wipe away.

Always make sure that after a bath or a shower your piercings are dry as damp environments with a new piercing can bring on infection.
Always have fresh bed sheets with a new piercing, and change regularly.  No pets in bed with healing piercings or in direct contact with the piercing.

Do Not:
Poke, fiddle, twist, touch or play with your new piercing! Moving the jewellery back and forth to clean is also a bad idea, you can irritate the piercing site and re open the wound as its healing! Cross contamination and dirty hands are a no1 cause for infections, irritations etc

Q?Does a piercing hurt?

Of course it does, but the real question is how much? Thinking about or waiting to have your piercing will increase your anxiety and fear about the procedure. The initial piercing itself is quick, but pain is relative to each person. Talking through any fears or concerns you may have with your piercer will help.

Q?How long before I can change my jewellery?

Healing times will vary from person to person. Stick to the guidlines that we provide. Most piercings will look healed on the outside very early on, but your piercing is still healing on the inside. Changing jewellery too early can lead to reopening the wound which can delay healing times all the more. With this, intense aftercare may be required to prevent possible infection. When the piercing is no longer tender and shows no discomfort then this should be the right time to experiment with new jewellery. Please do take care changing jewellery for the first time! Any concerns feel free to pop into our studio where we can help.

Q?I have a “bump” on my new piercing, what is this?

The dreaded bump! Hypertrophic scarring as we know it, can be caused from many different issues including, jewellery thats not suitable for the area, playing with or touching the piercing, sleeping on the piercing, cleaning with harsh agents or somthing as simple as accidentally knocking the piercing.
The bumps may look red/purple and shiny and look like a spot. DO NOT try and burst this, hypertrophic scarring are prone to bleeding when irritated or knocked.  Simple cleaning with salt soaks, not touching your piercing other when need be, caution when sleeping, brushing hair etc will help ease these to shrink and go.  The more stressed you are with this, the more these bumps will stay!
The biggest cause of these is irritation.

Q?My piercing seems to be weeping white stuff, is this infected?

No. This is called lymph, a fluid which leaks out of the lymphoid tissue around the jewellery. This is the body ís way of clearing out bacteria as well as healing. This will harden round the jewellery and crust a little, working as a barrier so no infection can get in.  Wiping this away everytime its in its fluid form wil encourage the body to keep reproductiong this secreation.  Let the piercing crust before cleaning, this is completley normal. Just use the warm salt soaks with a cotton pad to gently clean these away.

Q?Does Laser Removal hurt?

Everyones pain tolerance varies. The best way to describe the pain would be like and elastic band snapping off the skin. So to some, although there might be some pain to tolerate is is alot quicker than getting the inital tattoo.

Q?How will my skin look after a treatment & will I scar?

Your skin will most likely be red and feel like it has mild sunburn. This typically goes away after a couple of hours. There may also be some bruising. At times and with certain inks, there may be mild blistering that usually heals in about a week. After each treatment you will be given detailed instructions on how to care for your treated area.

The type of laser used leaves virtually no scars, however, in rare cases, those with scarring disorders, such as keloids, have an increased risk of forming a scar.

Q?How often will I need treatment and will it fully remove?

Everyone takes to laser removal differently.  There is no guarantee that a tattoo can be fully removed, the machine is simply designed to break down the pigment, its down to how well the client responds to the treatment.  The number of sessions is dependent on the tattoo complexity, ink type, colours used, tattoo depth, tattoo age and skin colour of the client. Anywhere from 10-20 laser tattoo treatments may be required before the tattoo fades entirely. Roughly 3 to 8 treatments will lighten an old tattoo enough to cover with a new design.

You will need treatments roughly every 6 weeks.  Laser treatments take anywhere from 10 - 30mins depending on the size of the tattoo.

Q?Can all colours be removed?

Most colours can be removed with laser tattoo removal. Black, dark blue and red tattoos respond really well to laser removal. More difficult tattoo colours to remove are white, yellow, purple and pink, but are easier to cover up. Green is probably the most difficult tattoo colour to remove. The light will only see the colour ink it is attracted to as different wavelengths absorb into different things. It is not possible to produce a laser that can see all colours as some wavelengths are too shallow when absorbed to affect the ink, others can absorb into other matter and damage the skin in the process.

White, flesh tones, and permanent make-up can turn darker with laser, and must be tested before treatment

Q?Is Laser Removal expensive?

Not at all, with sessions starting from £30, it's a lot cheaper than most people expect. If you wish a quote on a tattoo you have, simply pop into the studio and the guys will be happy to help you out.