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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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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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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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Piercings
Amount: $125.00 total
Posted by: Ohp in Las Vegas, NV.Posted: June 20th, 2012 07:06PM
Area: Back Dermals
I got them done back in January, they were about $180 for both and $90 for one. I was able to pay $125 for them because my friend is the one that pierced me and I had the hook up.
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first, second holes on both ears, belly button, bottom right lip
Amount: $90.00 total
Posted by: swillsey in manchester, KY.Posted: April 24th, 2012 06:04PM
first holes barley hurt, second ones i couldnt feel anything, belly button the only thing that hurt was the clamp they used on it and bottom right lip only felt like a bee sting in my lip
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My piercing
Amount: $15.00 total
Posted by: taylor016 in bardstown, KY.Posted: April 18th, 2012 03:04PM
Area: Tragus
I did not think it hurt. But it hurts worse than the cartilage and earlobes.
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pircing
Amount: $200.00 total
Posted by: sexy 19 in augusta, GA.Posted: March 19th, 2012 07:03AM
Area: ear belly cit eyebrow n more
it does hurt a lil and it was simple n my boy friend love them especiall the one on my clit.. that one hurts so i would thinktwice about it but other then that it was ok i guess
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Second ear piercing.
Amount: $23.00 total
Posted by: McKenzie in West Valley, UT.Posted: March 4th, 2012 01:03PM
Area: Ear
I got a second piercing just above my original one. It doesn't hurt one bit! And I got them pierced at a kiosk in the middle of the mall. If you're scared to get them done, don't be. It's almost PAINLESS.:)
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Barbell Piercing (:
Amount: $50.00 total
Posted by: Bee in Hope Mills, NC.Posted: December 29th, 2011 05:12PM
Area: Ear
Um, I got it done at the Chop Shop.
Kinda painful.
the $ 50.00 covers piercing and barbell.
Enjoy!
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tounqee andd lip
Amount: $3.00 total
Posted by: tokxteraaaaxiv in N$Atwater, CA.Posted: December 1st, 2011 08:12PM
Area: Tounqe&&Lip
lip didnt hurt my friend just stuck the needlee through , and tounge she stuck it through too and it too about a day too heel it didnt hurt at all. Im 14 & got them at 13 (: im curios about getting my cheeks im worried about the pain)': buy yup.
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Backdimples:)))
Amount: $0.00 total
Posted by: Lizzzzz in Woonsocket, RI.Posted: October 8th, 2011 06:10AM
Area: Back
I just want to get my back dimples pierced but there hasnt been anyone on this site that has. I dont know uow much it shoupd be or which place is the best.
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belly button :D
Amount: $55.00 total
Posted by: karley in wilmington, NC.Posted: September 4th, 2011 09:09AM
Area: navel
it didnt hurt im 13 and now i want my hips done. (:
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These prices are based on losy piercers and horrible jewelry!
Amount: $0.00 total
Posted by: Piercer in All over the USA, Other.Posted: August 29th, 2011 07:08AM
I'm yet to see any one in these comments that has actually been pierced with proper jewelry, as the numbers simply do not add up here. For the prices mentioned, It's honestly impossible to have been pierced with quality jewelry [like anatometal, industrial strength, neometal, etc] and by a decent piercer. Look for people that are members of the APP on safepiercing.org, not some idiot that will do it for a few bucks. Read up, educate, care for your body. This is ridiculous! Also, from having worked all around the usa, prices at better piercers will usually NOT include jewelry; you will pay a basic service cost [ranging from 20 to 60$ depending on the piercing and parlor] and the jewelry of your choise. Never accept crappy steel externally threaded junk for initial piercings.
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