What to Expect

Before Booking:

  1. Browse some of the beautiful jewellery available to purchase.  These lines are lifetime guaranteed, certified as safe and approved by the Association of Professional Piercers and made with the highest quality materials.  They all boast a mirror-finish polish which enhances the speed of healing compared to other standard jewellery available.  There is no better industry-assured implant grade gold or titanium jewellery.  View our collections of AnatometalNeometalIndustrial StrengthAuris, LeRoi and Junipurr.  To save any disappointment, contact us to secure your piece before the day of your piercing.  

  2. There are some medical conditions/medications that can be affected by a piercing or subsequent healing. Some may also hinder or cause the healing to be problematic.  These include diabetes, epilepsy, haemophilia, heart conditions, blood thinning medication, pregnancy or breast feeding.  Please contact us in advance to check, to save any disappointment on the day.  In most cases, we can provide a letter for your doctor to complete to bring to the appointment.

  3. Some piercings have a minimum age limit which is stated on the booking details.  Apart from lobes (age 8 and up), the minimum age for all piercings is 16 years with parental consent.  We ask that all clients bring Government issued photo ID to verify age and identity.  This can be a passport, driving licence, Citizen Card etc.  In the case of piercings on a minor, both the parent and child will need Photo ID.

  4. Plan your piercing appointment – wait until after the holiday! We do not recommend submerging the piercing in shared pools or seawater as this can risk infection or cause other problems.

On the Day:

  1. Our COVID-19 Protocol​ now requires all clients to wear face masks/coverings inside Dorchester Aesthetics Centre & throughout the appointment.  

  2. Please ensure you have eaten a good meal within the four hours before the appointment. This will ensure good sugar levels and a smooth recovery if you are particularly nervous.

  3. Get a good night’s sleep to ensure you are well rested. Fatigue, stress and hangovers can make you more sensitive on the day!

  4. Optimum health is important- if you are poorly or under the weather, your body will struggle to heal a piercing.

  5. Personal hygiene is important – please ensure you are showered particularly if the piercing is below the neck.

  6. Wear loose clothing to avoid trauma to your new piercing.

  7. For piercing jewellery inspiration, have a look at the gallery.

  8. Prior to piercing, we will ask to see your Government issued photo ID and you will need to complete a consent form and answer questions on your medical health.  We are legally required to keep this as a record of the procedure.  You will also receive a copy.

  9. If you are under the influence of drink or drugs, your booking will be cancelled and you will be charged a cancellation fee.

  10. Please do not bring young children into the studio – it is not a safe environment and the piercer will prefer to remain 100% focussed on the client. Children do not always create a relaxing environment.  If the client is aged 8-17, only one consenting parent/legal guardian is permitted.

  11. Bear in mind that the skin preparation used prior to piercing will remove nearby facial makeup. We advise avoiding the use of foundation or face powder on the day.  This must also be avoided close to the piercing throughout healing.

  12. If you usually shave in the piercing area, do so before you arrive. It may prove a little difficult to shave once the piercing is in.

After the piercing:

  1. Celebrate and enjoy the new you!

  2. We will give you aftercare advice verbally and in writing. NeilMed Piercing Aftercare Spray will be given out within the free aftercare pack and available to purchase in the Studio.  If you have any queries on this at all, please contact us.

  3. It is important to follow our guidelines. This aftercare advice has been tried and tested for over 20 years of body piercing and mirror that of the globally recognised Association of Professional Piercers.

Size Chart

Gauge (G) / Post Thickness

Length / Internal Diameter

1mm = 18G 3.1mm = 1/8"
1.2mm = 16G 3.9mm = 5/32"
1.6mm = 14G 4.7mm =3/16"
2.0mm = 12G 5.5mm = 7/32"
2.4mm = 10G 6.4mm = 1/4"
3.2mm = 8G 7.1mm = 9/32"
4mm = 6G 7.9mm = 5/16"
5mm = 4G 8.7mm = 11/32"
6mm = 2G 9.5mm = 3/8"
8mm = 0G 11.1mm = 7/16"
10mm = 00G 12.7mm = 1/2"
12mm = 1/2" 14.2mm = 9/16"
14mm = 9/16" 15.8mm = 5/8"
16mm = 5/8" 17.4mm = 11/16"
18mm = 11/16" 19mm = 3/4"
20mm = 13/16" 20.6mm = 13/16"
22mm = 7/8" 22.2mm= 7/8"
See how and where to apply these measurements on our handy pictorial guide.