Ear piercing seems a simple enough process.  After all, we’ve all seen young girls and even infants sitting in the mall or department stores, waiting for their first set of studs.  However, making a hole in the flesh and introducing a foreign object such as an earring can increase the chance of infection, especially if the equipment used is not properly sterilized.  Using a dermatologist for ear piercing can reduce the risk of complications and ensure that you and your child are both pleased with the results. Furthermore, when performed in our office, local anesthetic is used to minimize discomfort.

How is Ear Piercing Performed?

First, marks are made on the ears and checked in a mirror to ensure proper placement of the piercings.  Next, the ears are prepped with a local anesthetic.  Finally, a piercing instrument is used to make the piercings while simultaneously placing the new studs in the ears.  All instruments are completely sterile.  In total, the process of ear piercing will take an average of 15 minutes.

Who should not have Ear Piercing?

Most individuals are perfectly suited for ear piercing.  However, there are some situations in which the procedure should be avoided.  These include those who:

·        Are prone to infection

·        Are prone to allergic reaction

·        Are pregnant or breast feeding

·        Are taking cortisone, anti-coagulant medications, or NSAIDs

Learn More about Ear Piercing

If you are interesting in having your or your child’s ears pierced and have none of the concerns listed above, contact our Baton Rouge dermatology office or Lafayette dermatology office to schedule your consultation and treatment.