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How Much Do Body Piercings Cost?

 
low costLow: $20-$55 for earlobesaverage costMedium: $30-$85 for most other areas
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The cost of a body piercing varies depending on the location of the body being pierced, the type of piercing and the individual piercer.

Typical costs:

  • A body piercing typically costs $20 to $55 for earlobes, ear cartilage or cheek.
  • A body piecing typically costs $30 to $65 for the eyebrow, nose, navel or nipple.
  • A body piercing typically costs $40 to $85 or more for a medusa (a piercing above the lip), the tongue web or the surface of the body, such as at the nape of the neck.
  • Body piercings are considered cosmetic and are not covered by medical insurance. However, treatment for complications from a piercing, such as infection, would usually be covered.
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What should be included:
  • The piercing artist will disinfect the area, then use a hollow needle to pierce the skin -- or cartilage -- and then insert the body jewelry. The piercer should provide detailed aftercare instructions based on the type of piercing.
Additional costs:
  • Piercing costs usually include basic body jewelry, but jewelry upgrades cost extra. The body jewelry used should be made of implant-grade materials.
Discounts:
  • Some piercers offer discounts for multiple piercings, repeat customers or groups.
Shopping for body piercings:
  • Make sure the piercing studio you choose is licensed by your local health department and follows meticulous health standards -- including the use of a properly functioning autoclave machine for sterilization, use of gloves and only using equipment from individual sterilized and sealed packages. They also should never use a piercing gun, since these cannot be properly sterilized. The Association of Professional Piercers offers a detailed guide on how to choose a reputable piercer and a search-by-state function.
  • Tip: Once you have located a studio, ask how long the piercer has been practicing and ask to see before-and-after photographs of previous work.
  • Body piercing risks include: blood-borne diseases, such as hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis and HIV; allergic reactions, skin infections and scars or keloids, which are bumpy areas caused by a build-up of scar tissue. Oral piercings can cause dental problems, such as damage to gum tissue or cracked teeth.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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Nipples
Amount: $80.00 total
Posted by: Crystal96 in Dallas, TX.Posted: July 24th, 2015 03:07PM
Area: Nipples
Dominant side hurts a little more, the clamp is the worst part
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belly button peircing
Amount: $70.00 total
Posted by: Brooke Sipes in Peoria, AZ.Posted: July 22nd, 2015 01:07PM
Area: belly button
The only bad part to me was when he clamped the skin, i barely felt the needle go through. I had no problem with it afterwards because I would clean it everyday with sea salt & water. I now have had it for a year and it still is great :-)
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Septum
Amount: $50.00 total
Posted by: Dez in Charlotte, NC.Posted: July 7th, 2015 04:07PM
Area: Septum
Piercer did a great job and discounted $10 because it was crooked the first time (my nostrils are uneven)
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Nose
Amount: $70.00 total
Posted by: Ori in Palisades, NY.Posted: June 20th, 2015 01:06PM
Area: Nose
It was totally overpriced to the point where it makes me sick but they did a really good job and it has healed so well. The price is the only downfall.
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Industrial
Amount: $35.00 total
Posted by: sn in New Haven, CT.Posted: June 11th, 2015 07:06PM
Area: Ear
It was virtually painless. I heard my skin being punctured. Pretty cool
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lip
Amount: $45.00 total
Posted by: AmandaLeah in Kansas city, MO.Posted: April 8th, 2015 10:04AM
Area: lip
I didn't think it hurt, however it fell outthat same day and Iwent back it had already closed and re piercing through already irritated skin really hurts lol I went to revelation tattoo in Gladstone, they are very professional
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Navel and Ears
Amount: $40.00 total
Posted by: Immaculate_Misconceptions in Gold Coast, Other.Posted: March 27th, 2015 12:03AM
Area: Navel and earlobes
Loved them. So far my navel is my favorite. I'm getting a barbell put through my stomach tomorrow and a dimple below my belly button. I really want my Industrial done though and my tongue
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nose
Amount: $10.00 total
Posted by: Marlenr in Anaheim, CA.Posted: March 9th, 2015 03:03PM
Area: Anaheim Marketplace
Didn't Hurt , They After Put Vaseline
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Tongue
Amount: $25.00 total
Posted by: known_loyalty in Washington, NC.Posted: February 23rd, 2015 12:02AM
Area: Tongue
Got my tongue pierced at Rich Tattoos in Washington, NC wasn't painful at all and I ate normal foods the next day. Swelling wasn't bad and it healed really quickly.
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Daith
Amount: $35.00 total
Posted by: Brooke ashe in Burlington, NC.Posted: January 20th, 2015 06:01PM
Area: Inner left ear
Didn't hurt at all and healed super fast!
Now I have a heart in the piercing and it looks beautiful.
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Earlobe piercings
Amount: $0.00 total
Posted by: Reagen in Noblesville, IN.Posted: January 14th, 2015 05:01PM
Area: Earlobes
I've had my ears pierced 4 times I have double piercings and they sealed up so I got them done again and I love having my second one I am about to get an industrial done on my right ear and cartladge on my left
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eyrbrow
Amount: $25.00 total
Posted by: Samantha baker in knoxville, TN.Posted: December 17th, 2014 06:12PM
Area: eyebrow
Didn't hurt at all a small pinch at first for almost 3 seconds annd then its completely over and the next few days thare will be soreness in and arond the aria and it is also prone too infection but ad long as you clean it properly you should be 100% fine!!!!!
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Cheek piercings
Amount: $110.00 total
Posted by: JustGotMyPiercings in Claypool hill, VA.Posted: December 11th, 2014 06:12AM
Area: Richlands VA
They was lincenced and it didn't really hurt all that much I got surgical Steele jewelry wit a diamond ball got it did at soul body included before care and after care
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Piercing
Amount: $80.00 total
Posted by: Scotlyn in Tallahassee, FL.Posted: December 7th, 2014 05:12PM
Area: Navel
Painless
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Navel
Amount: $50.00 total
Posted by: Sienna in Boston, MA.Posted: December 5th, 2014 08:12AM
Area: Belly
I would say go for this piercing if you want it, its really cute and it felt like a quick pinch, not much pain. I got mines in March 2014 and it was fully healed by June. Something I did to make it heal faster was I made a paste out of aspirin and water and put it around the piercing, and that helps with bumps/swelling and scars on piercings
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nose piercing
Amount: $20.00 total
Posted by: kaylaisatree in Pensacola, FL.Posted: November 20th, 2014 05:11PM
Area: Florida
I got my nose done at Koaz on Bayou and the girl was really nice, she showed me the sealed package with the needle and reciecing tube in it and the expiration date, she told me exactly what she was going to do before she did it, she was really patient, and she made sure I knew how to take care of it afterward. I think it might have been a few dollars extra for the jewelry, but I can't remember. Everything healed up perfectly, I love it.
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septum and ear cartilage
Amount: $80.00 total
Posted by: The Sadist in erie, PA.Posted: November 10th, 2014 07:11AM
Area: ear cartilage and septum
Great job by a app certified piercer using top of the line jewelry the guy matty did a.great job septum was painless i honestly expected it to hurt like hell
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monroe
Amount: $45.00 total
Posted by: annonymous in mastic beacb, NY.Posted: November 8th, 2014 11:11AM
Area: monroe (above lip)
Went to juicy's and i was a little nervous because the town it was in, but the shop was actually very clean. Above my lip was cleaned and the lady placed the clamp and put the needle through and then the ring. It didn't hurt how i thought it would and it was done quickly. I was 17 at the time and needed parent consent. But they pierce well and they do amazing tattoo's as well
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Belly Button
Amount: $36.00 total
Posted by: Jacquelyn Williams in conway, AR.Posted: October 25th, 2014 04:10PM
This was also fast and painless. I just didnt like that she counted down before doing it. I also got this one during the winter season cause of my birthday. Anyways, if youre thinking of getting yours done...Do it!!
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nose
Amount: $36.00 total
Posted by: Jacquelyn Williams in conway, AR.Posted: October 25th, 2014 04:10PM
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NAVEL !
Amount: $25.00 total
Posted by: Tiffy in Miami, FL.Posted: October 24th, 2014 01:10PM
Area: Carol City / NW 2nd Ave 183rd Str
The only thing that hurt was the ring going thru my belly button , the clamp and everything else was ok. I was bleeding the first day but after that it was just oozing. ((:
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Ayeee
Amount: $30.00 total
Posted by: Bae. in Colorado Springs, CO.Posted: October 8th, 2014 06:10PM
Area: Nose and Industrial
My nose was quick and pretty painless. And the bottom, or outward, hole of my industrial didn't hurt. The inside one, hurt like a bitch. That was a year ago and I'm still feeling it.
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piercings
Amount: $53.00 total
Posted by: patticope in daytona, FL.Posted: October 8th, 2014 01:10AM
Area: nose
Had nose pierced at hardcore tattoos in Daytona/ after 4 weeks it fell out. I still have the ring and looking for someone to zap it back in pretty cheap.
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:)
Amount: $35.00 total
Posted by: Selena p in Bullhead city, AZ.Posted: July 4th, 2014 08:07PM
Area: Monroe piercing (above lip on left side)
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Belly Button
Amount: $85.00 total
Posted by: Katelyn in Reading, PA.Posted: June 20th, 2014 07:06AM
Area: Belly Button
Didnt hurt .
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Belly Button
Amount: $85.00 total
Posted by: Katelyn in Reading, PA.Posted: June 18th, 2014 06:06PM
Area: Belly Button
Didnt hurt .
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VCH
Amount: $150.00 total
Posted by: Adrianne :) in St. Petersburg, FL.Posted: October 19th, 2013 02:10AM
Area: Clit hood
Vertical clit hood piercing. If I'd searched more pics on the internet I would have went with horizontal instead.
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Piercing
Amount: $120.00 total
Posted by: lovepierceed in Altoona, PA.Posted: August 20th, 2013 05:08AM
Area: Ear
I have my ear pierced 10 times in both ears. It was basically painless, I didn't feel much of anything.
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belly button
Amount: $25.00 total
Posted by: ooke1 in sedalia, MO.Posted: November 20th, 2012 04:11PM
I love it Ive had it for about 1 year now
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Love them
Amount: $235.00 total
Posted by: Daina in Edmonton, Alberta, Other.Posted: June 21st, 2012 01:06PM
Area: Lobes, tragus, belly button
I had my lobes done when I was 13. At 14, I did my second lobes and helix by myself. 15, I did a third hole on my lobe, again, by myself. They didn't get infected and healed really nicely. At 17, I got my tragus and belly done. Tragus feeling was cool, I could hear the cartilage being punctured! Belly hurt the worst. She didn't clamp it, and she said that was best. What was good about the tragus was she clamped it, so I felt the clamps, but not the needle. I want to get double microdermal hip piercings next.
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