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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: $40.00 total
Posted by: HaileyJay in Decatur, IL.Posted: July 2nd, 2017 11:07PM
Area: Nipples
Got it done on Friday the 13th so it was like buy one piercing get the other free (aka both nipples for the price of one $40). Worst pain I've ever felt in my life. I actually passed out. The more stressed out you are, the worse it will hurt bc the adrenaline pumping. Try to relax yourself. They're all healed up now and I absolutely love them! Worth it.
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Piercings
Amount: $240.00 total
Posted by: William h in Jacksonville, FL.Posted: May 20th, 2017 06:05PM
Area: Ears, nose, lip
Ear lobe piercings at Claire's normal priced normal quality for a Claire's. Then an upper lobe piercing done at Walmart for their normal price. 2 helixs from the place I now regularly visit for $10 when the piercer was in training. A 3rd helix on my right ear for $20 when it was half priced. A nostril stud for $40. Then a ring for $40 and a 2nd ring for $40. Then I messed up went to a new place got a lip piercing for $43 that was crooked and had to take it out to get it redone in the near future. These prices don't include tips.
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Navel
Amount: $20.00 total
Posted by: Airion in Chicago, IL.Posted: March 12th, 2017 10:03AM
Area: Belly button
Didn't hurt at all quick and easy
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Industrial
Amount: $70.00 total
Posted by: Melina in Lakeland, FL.Posted: February 23rd, 2017 09:02AM
Area: ear
The inward hole hurts and am currently trying to clear the bump with sea salt mixed with chamomile. I am finally able to change the Jewelry after 8 weeks 😀
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Smiley piercing
Amount: $60.00 total
Posted by: Courtney F in Puyallup, WA.Posted: February 17th, 2017 08:02PM
Area: Upper inside lip
Seriously hurt so little that after she did it I had to ask if she had done it yet! Lol
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Our Shop Offers The Best And Are Certified
Amount: $20.00 total
Posted by: INKadelphia Tattoo Studio in philadelphia, PA.Posted: February 9th, 2017 08:02AM
Area: overall body
Inkadelphia Tattoo Studio is the best and very affordable... Right now they have a special on navel piercings and they do these specials quite often $10 for a navel piercing normally $20 any surface piercing is $40,Dermal anchors are $60 each but if getting more then 1 we drop the price to $50 (The more you get the less they are)isnt that great!septum piercings cost up to $50 but can also be less... give us a call 2156448900 you wont regret it.
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3 collarbone dermals
Amount: $150.00 total
Posted by: Alyssa Huerta in Antioch, CA.Posted: January 25th, 2017 04:01PM
Area: Collarbone
I got 3 dermals underneath my left collarbone, the first two were fine, just a lot of pressure but the third hurt a lot because it pushed against my collarbone. It was fast, maybe 15 min but everything was sterilized. I love them
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Navel
Amount: $30.00 total
Posted by: Manda 😍😘💞 in Yakima, WA.Posted: January 3rd, 2017 09:01PM
Area: yakima on 1st street
I was nervous because who wants a 14 guage needle going through your skin? Hollow tube hurt so much that the pain was terrible. Definitely worth it though.
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Septum
Amount: $50.00 total
Posted by: Karah in Charlotte, NC.Posted: January 2nd, 2017 07:01AM
Area: Septum
Got my septum pierced at Sadu Body Modifications in Charlotte. It was a great experience. Great starilization and the piercing didnt hurt at all! Even the healing process isn't terrible.
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Nose piercing
Amount: $70.00 total
Posted by: Tina Powell in Charlotte, NC.Posted: September 19th, 2015 12:09PM
Area: 27
I got my nose pierced with a small gemstone titanium jewelry at Krazy kats last August. The piercer was excellent and it didn't really hurt, only bled for a few minutes. She gave me great aftercare instruction. I got it for more than a year ago and have changed the jewelries a couple of times since then.
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Belly
Amount: $45.00 total
Posted by: Madi in Destin, FL.Posted: August 31st, 2015 07:08PM
Area: Destin, florida
The clamp was annoying so it took away concentration of the tiny sting of the needle. I had just turned 15 at the the time and I've had it for almost a year and it has healed fast and never given me any trouble. The only pain was when the piercer threaded the jewelry through. I plan to get dual microdermals in my hips next 😜😜
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Venom Bites
Amount: $100.00 total
Posted by: Julianna in Holland, PA.Posted: August 28th, 2015 09:08PM
Area: Tongue
Soooooo painful . The piercer was awful and I went to a pretty reputable place . She had to be new . And when I went to get them out she wouldn't do it so I had to go to another parlor to get them taken out so add on another $60 . Totally wasn't worth it . The pain was insane and I was starving .
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Tongue
Amount: $60.00 total
Posted by: C.c. in Woonsocket, RI.Posted: August 17th, 2015 07:08PM
Area: Rhode island
It's been a year the pain was temporary and now I forget it's even there... Just watch out for swallowing your ball when you eat.. Love it though..💜
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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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