Body Piercing FAQ's

Why Should I Get Pierced At Punktured?

We're responsible for over 1 million piercings Australia-wide and have been around for 25 years! Our team is expertly trained and love what they do!

We don't use piercing guns, we use high quality sterilised jewellery and can offer expert advice. Piercings are a procedure, not just an aesthetic choice. Make sure you leave yours in the best hands.

Do I Need To Make A Booking?

We DO now take bookings for standard procedures!

Please book through the link here.

Otherwise, we only do walk ins.

Photo ID & Age Restrictions

We accept photo ID such as Drivers License, Proof of Age Card, Passport or Key Pass as legal forms of ID for both parties. We can accept School ID with D.O.B and a photo.

For a parent to sign consent they must have Photo ID and a Medicare Card.

Under 16

You need consent from your parent / guardian. They must come in with you and show proof of relationship to you (e.g. a Medicare card with both your and their names on it).

Due to Australian Law, we cannot pierce people under the age of 10.

16 - 18

Standard piercings - you need photo ID.

Non-standard piercings, surface piercings and dermal anchors - a consenting parent or guardian with photo ID must come in with you.

Over 18

Just bring government issued photo ID.

You must be over 18 to receive a genital or nipple piercing.

WA only

Lobe piercings - you need to be over 16 with photo ID.

Other piercings - a consenting parent or guardian with photo ID must come with you.

SA only

Must be over the age of 18 to purchase tapers for stretching.

Piercing Prices

All piercing prices can be found here: Body Piercing Prices

All prices are for individual piercings.

Piercing Procedure


We use autoclave sterilisers in all Punktured stores. These use steam and pressure to kill germs. We also use new needles for each piercing - these are medically sterilised and sealed.

Our piercers are happy to answer any questions you have about sterilisation - Just ask!

Piercing Guns

We NEVER use piercing guns and you should steer clear of any piercing salon that tells you these are okay to use.

Piercing guns cannot be sterilised properly between clients which can lead to infections.
This method also causes great damage to tissue and can leave very visible and darkened scarring.

The earring studs used in piercing guns are also not appropriate for piercings other than the earlobes.


We don't sell numbing spray and will not perform procedures on anyone who has used numbing cream.

Jewellery Requirements

For hygiene reasons, we must pierce with jewellery that has been medically sterilised in our autoclave.

Previously used or unsterile jewellery is not suitable for a fresh piercing, so you will need to purchase new jewellery from us for the initial piercing.

Change Overs

Change overs won't incur a fee when you purchase jewellery from us on the day and change over at the same time, however there is a $10 fee any other time/ with your own provided jewellery.
You should wait until your piercing has completely healed before you change your jewellery.

You may put yourself at risk of infection or rejection if you don't wait. Healing time depends on what type of piercing you get.
For average healing times, check out the details in the Aftercare section below or ask your local Punktured piercer.


For all piercings during healing avoid:

  • Moving or rotating your jewellery where possible. This will allow your piercing to heal safely.
  • Touching your piercing as this can increase the chance of infection.
  • Over cleaning. Only clean your piercing as directed by your piercer.
  • Oral contact from others.
  • Chlorine as this can cause irritation. So avoid pools and spas.
  • Changing your jewellery until healed - you may damage the piercing or get an infection.
  • Shampoo, conditioner residue and soaps. Make sure you rinse these away while showering.
  • Tight and unwashed clothing and linen.
  • Restrictive clothing.
  • Illicit drugs and alcohol consumption initially (especially with oral piercings).

Remember to:

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Change bedding and towels regularly.
  • Contact your piercer if you have any questions or queries.

Eating & Drinking Before and After

Eating before a piercing and ensuring your body is well fuelled is great. Maintaining your regular diet after your new piercing is always suggested too, as the human body relies on sustenance. However, in the case of oral piercings, eating can be a slightly weird sensation so care is advised.

There is no situation where we can ethically pierce a person under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

In all cases heavy consumption of these things WILL slow the healing process and promote infection.

In the case of oral piercings alcohol consumption of any type or brand will cause further complications to swelling, slow healing or a multitude of infections.
It is strongly advised against until healing is nearly complete.

Healing & Aftercare

Use the PUNKTURED Saline Solution and a cotton tip to clean the piercing at both entry points twice a day.

This should be done for the duration of the healing time to ensure that your piercing looks great in the long term.

For Oral: Use oral aftercare spray to wash internally three times per day after food. Also use external aftercare spray to clean the outside of the piercing three times per day.



Bridge 2-4 Months
Nostril 2-4 Months
Septum 4-6 Weeks
Cheek 3-5 Months
Tongue 1 Month
Lip 2-4 Months


Earlobe 4-8 Weeks
Ear Cartilage 3-6 Months


Nipple 3-6 Months
Navel 3-6 Months
Surface 3-6 Months


Dermal 2-4 Months
Genital 4-8 Weeks

Dermal - Do not immerse your piercing in water and do not move the jewellery in any way for the duration of healing.

Genital - During showering, rinse the piercing site with anti-bacterial liquid soap. After showering, bathe the piercing with saline solution. Repeat twice per day, making sure to use a cotton tip to remove any excess secretion.


Make sure you’re following the aftercare instructions your piercer gave you.
Some redness and swelling is expected for certain piercings as your piercer would have explained.

If the piercing has any visible signs of pus or colour or major painful swelling, it may be worth heading straight to the doctor.
If you’re just not sure, feel free to call or go into your local Punktured store and have it assessed.

Even if you’ve been pierced somewhere else, we’re happy to help.

What should I do if my order can't be shipped to the address I entered?

If you encounter this issue, please take a moment to review the items in your cart and try the checkout process again. However, it's important to note that these items might still be only accessible for in-store collection at specific select stores.

If you experience any difficulties or require assistance in identifying these items, please don't hesitate to reach out to our support staff at They will be more than happy to help you.

How to use Punktured Saline Spray

For best results clean your new piercing twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night with your Punktured Aftercare Saline.

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How to use Punktured Oral Care Spray

For best results clean your new piercing twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night with your Punktured Oral Care Solution.

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How to use Punktured Foaming Cleanser

Advised Optional additional care for the best healing outcome – ‘Foaming Cleanser Wash’. For use on all external piercings. Use once to twice daily whilst showering. Use after all other products/soaps/shampoos have been completed, to aid in removing any unwanted traces of harsh ingredients that may irritate healing area. Use 1-2 pumps of foaming cleanser on fresh and healing piercings and tattoos to clean the affected area from bacteria and other unwanted contaminants. Gently but thoroughly rinse off with clean water before drying off. Use to aid the healing and cleanliness of fresh Piercings and Tattoos.

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