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EAR & NOSE PIERCING GUIDE

EAR & NOSE PIERCING

We are experts in ear piercing with over 50 years of experience. We take great pride in offering safe, professional methods to get you the piercing you want.

EAR PIERCING OPTIONS

Unlike other piercers, we offer two methods of piercings with both a sterilized hand-pressurized piercing device or a pre-sterilized, single-use hollow needle.

HAND-PRESSURIZED DEVICE

Free with piercing earring purchase

Performed with a hand-pressurized, FDA approved medical device and a single-use, pre-sterilized piercing cartridge for a quick, gentle experience.

Benefits:

  • · It's a quick, safe process.
  • · Piercing earrings are sterilized and hypoallergenic, making them a good option for anyone with sensitive ears or allergies.
  • · Can safely be used on ear lobe and some cartilage*.
  • · A good option for babies, children, or anyone who doesn't like needles.
  • · Many of our locations offer the option to have both ears pierced at the same time.
  • · The hand-pressurized device allows our piercing pros full control over the pressure applied.
  • · The patented device design ensures proper space between the stud and clasp for optimal healing.

Is it a "gun"?
NO. We do not use piercing “guns” which use spring-loaded power to “shoot” the piercing earring through the earlobe or cartilage. Instead, we proudly use the most innovative and advanced ear-piercing system available. The STUDEX® System 75 uses a sterile hand-pressurized, FDA approved medical device to pierce the ear quickly and precisely in one smooth motion.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT *Must be age 13+ for cartilage device piercings.

HOLLOW NEEDLE

$35 - $55

Performed with a pre-sterilized, single-use hollow needle for precision and accuracy.

Benefits:

  • · Good option for anyone 13+*.
  • · Provides even more piercing options, including ear, nose, lip, and eyebrow.
  • · Performed by our trained body piercing professionals who go through an extensive apprenticeship process.
  • · Large selection of hypoallergenic piercing jewelry to choose from.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

* Age requirements vary by state. Must be 16 in AR.

NOSE PIERCING

Free* with purchase of piercing jewelry.

We now offer nose piercings performed with a hand-pressurized, FDA approved medical device and a single-use, pre-sterilized piercing cartridge at selcet Banter locations!

Benefits:

  • It's a quick, safe process.
  • Piercing jewelry is sterilized and hypoallergenic, making them a good option for anyone with a sensitive nose or allergies.
  • Handheld system for customer comfort.
  • The hand-pressurized device allows our piercing pros full control over the pressure applied.
  • Good option for anyone who may be needle averse.

Is it a piercing “gun”?

No! We do not use piercing “guns” which use spring-loaded power to shoot the piercing jewelry through the cartilage. Instead, We proudly use an innovative and advanced nose piercing system. The MEDISEPT® NOSE PIERCING system is an FDA approved medical device that is a safe alternative to traditional needle piercing. The MEDISEPT® SYSTEM uses a hand pressurized mechanism with sterilized cartridges to pierce the nose quickly and precisely in one smooth motion.

Must be age 13+ for nose device piercings.

*With purchase of device piercing jewelry.

FIND A LOCATION

Nose device piercing is currently available at the following locations.
Check back soon, as we are regularly adding stores!

Chandler Fashion Center

3111 West Chandler Blvd K105A
Chandler, AZ 85226

Chandler Fashion Center

3111 West Chandler Blvd K208
Chandler, AZ 85226

Arowhead Towne Center

7700 W Arrowhead Towne Center K100
Glendale, AZ 85308

Arowhead Towne Center

7700 W Arrowhead Towne Center K103
Glendale, AZ 85308

Superstition Springs

6555 East Southern Avenue K108
Mesa, AZ 85206

Desert Sky Mall

7611 West Thomas Road KOB-2
Phoenix, AZ 85033

Scottsdale Fashion Square

7014 Camelback Road K48
Scottsdale, AZ 85033

Arizona Mills

5000 South Arizona Mills Circle 129
Tempe, AZ 85282

Arizona Mills

5000 Arizona Mills Circle 6-14
Tempe, AZ 85282

Park Place Mall

5870 E. Broadway Blvd 5519
Tuscon, AZ 85711

Danbury Fair

7 Backus Ave. K2
Danbury, CT 06810

Danbury Fair

7 Backus Ave. KIO02
Danbury, CT 06810

The Shoppes at Buckland Hills

194 Buckland Hills Dr K0001
Manchester, CT 06042

The Shoppes at Buckland Hills

!94 Buckland Hills Dr K2
Manchester, CT 06042

Westfield Meriden

470 Lewis Avenue 9001
Meriden, CT 06540

Connecticut Post

1201 Boston Post Road 9020
Milford, CT 06460

Connecticut Post

1201 Boston Post Road 9204
Milford, CT 06460

Westfield Trumbull

5065 Main Street K-16
Trumbull, CT 06611

Crystal Mall

850 Hartford Turnpike KI01
Waterford, CT 06385

Westfield Annapolis

8230 Annapolis Road 9005
Annapolis, MD 21401

White Marsh Mall

8200 Perry Hill Blvd K102
Baltimore, MD 21236

Westfield Montgomery

7101 Democracy Blvd 9003
Baltimore, MD 20817

The Mall in Columbia

10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy 5547
Columbia, MD 21044

Centre at Forestvillage

3393 Donnell Dr 102
Forestville, MD 20747

Francis Scott Key Mall

5500 Buckeystown Pike #2
Frederick, MD 21703

Valley Mall

17301 Valley Mall Rd, 1-81 Halfway Blvd 720
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Arundel Mills

7000 Arundel Mills Circle K109A
Hanover, MD 21076

The Mall at Prince Georges Plaza

3500 East West Hwy K-6
Hyattsville, MD 20782

The Centre at Salisbury

2300 N. Salisbury Blvd. K-2
Salisbury, MD 21801

Towson Towne Center

825 Dulaney Valley Rd 1072
Towson, MD 21204

St. Charles Towne Center

11110 Mall Circle KIO3A
Waldorf, MD 20603

Westfield Wheaton

11160 Veirs Mill Road 9106
Wheaton, MD 20902

Southpark Mall

4400 Sharon Road K102
Charlotte, NC 28211

Concord Mills

8111 Concord Mills Boulevard K129
Concord, NC 28027

Streets at Southpoint

6910 Fayetteville Road 5610
Durha, NC 27713

Eastridge Mall

246 N. Newhope Road 9110
Gastonia, NC 28054

Greenville Mall

714 S.E. Greenville Blvd. K110
Greenville, NC 27858

Valley Hills Mall

1960 US Hwy. 70 SE K100
Hickory, NC 28602

Monroe Crossing

2115-K1F W. Roosevelt Blvd. K6
Monroe, NC 28110

New Bern Mall

3014 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. 0
New Bern, NC 28562

Carolina Place

11025 Caronlina Place Pkwy. B-21
Pineville, NC 28134

Triangle Town Center

5959 Triangle Town Blvd 161
Raleigh, NC 27616

Crabtree Valley Mall

4325 Glenwood Avenue K13
Raleigh, NC 27612

Capital City Mall

3495 Capital City Mall Dr K-2
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Capital City Mall

3495 Capital City Mall Dr K004
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Millcreek Mall

5800 Peach Street K-9
Erie, PA 16565

Westmoreland Mall

Route 30 East K10
Greensburg, PA 15601

Kind of Prussia Mall

160 N,. Gulph Road K1028
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Oxford Valley Mall

2300 E. Lincoln Way KI06
Langhorne, PA 19047

Monroeville Mall

200 Monroeville Mall M
Monroeville, PA 15146

The Mall at Robinson

100 Robinson Centre Drive K-6
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Ross Park Mall

1000 Ross Park Mall Drive KI02
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Ross Park Mall

1000 Ross Park Mall Drive KI04
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Lehigh Valley Mall

229 Lehigh Valley KI12A
Whitehall, PA 18052

Wyoming Valley Mall

77 Wyoming Valley Mall K002
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702

Berkshire Mall

1665 State Hill Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610

York Galleria

2899 Whiteford Rd K3
York, PA 17402

The Empire Mall

1670 W Empire Mall 3512
Sioux Falls, SD 57106

La Palmera

5488 S. Padre Island Dr. K-4
Corpus Christi, TX 78411

Galleria Dallas

13350 Dallas Parkway 2445
Dallas, TX 75240

Cielo Vista Mall

8401 Gateway Blvd W. K3
El Paso, TX 79925

Hulen Mall

4800 South Hulen Street 5538
Fort Worth, TX 76132

Stonebriar Centre

2601 Preston Road 5597
Frisco, TX 75034

North East Mall

1001 Melbourne Road KI12
Hurst, TX 76053

Mall Del Norte

5300 San Dario Ave 3504
Laredo, TX 78041

South Plains Mall

6002 Slide Road K110
Lubbck, TX 79414

La Plaza Mall

2200 S. 10th Street KI03A
McAllen, TX 78503

Midland Park Mall

4511 North Midkiff Road K107A
Midland, TX 79705

North Star Mall

7400 San Pedro Avenue 5571
San Antonio, TX 78216

First Colony Mall

16535 Southwest Freeway 5540
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Woodlands Mall

1201 Lake Woodlands Drive 5537
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Richland Mall

6001 W. Waco Drive 213 Richland Mall K-1
Waco, TX 76710

The Outlet Collection Seattle

1101 Outlet Collection Way 555
Auburn, WA 98001

Alderwood Mall

3000 184th St. SW. K-3500
Lynnwood, WA 98037

Captial Mall

625 Black Lake Blvd 9016
Olympia, WA 98502

South Hill Mall

3500 Meridian St. T-4
Puyallup, WA 98373

Kitsap Mall

10315 Silverdale Way NW N14
Silverdale, WA 98383

Westfield Southcenter

2800 Southcenter Mall K0557
Tukwila, WA 98188

Westfield Southcenter

2800 Southcenter Mall K1042
Tukwila, WA 98188

Westfield Vancouver

8700 NE Vancouver Mall
Vancouver, WA 98662

YOUR PIERCING EXPERIENCE

Personalized
Consultation

Our piercing professionals will consult with you to help determine the best placement method and jewelry for your new piercing.

Sterile
Equipment

Each method uses sterile equipment every time following all legal and industry standards.

Sanitary
Environment

Our strict safety and precaution standards during and after the piercing procedure ensure a sanitary environment and a comfortable piercing experience.

Cleaning
Instructions

We provide detailed care and cleaning instructions, which are crucial to enjoying your newly pierced ears and nose.

Attentive
Aftercare

Have a question or concern? We’re all ears! Check in with us any time for a complimentary follow-up visit. Our piercing professionals are here for you.

Children's
Piercing

We offer a customized device piercing technique for infants’ and children’s lobes, which includes piercing both ears simultaneously (when possible) to avoid stress and discomfort. Cartilage device and hollow-needle body piercings are available for ages 13+.

GENERAL CARE AND CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS

Felt cute, got pierced. Now what? Follow these steps for optimal healing. Ask your piercing professional if you have any additional care and cleaning questions.

  • PREP

    Thoroughly wash your hands before touching your piercing.

  • CLEANSE

    Liberally spray aftercare solution to the front and back of the pierced area.

  • DRY

    Use a clean cotton swab or gauze pad to gently pat the area dry.

Follow this routine twice a day for the duration of time advised by your piercing professional.

AFTERCARE DOS & DON'TS

  • Use a cleaning solution or saline piercing recovery spray to clean your piercing. Regular soap can leave behind harmful residue that may irritate the skin and make you susceptible to developing an infection.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your piercing. It may be tempting to play with your new piercing, but bacteria is everywhere, so try to avoid touching it.

  • Wait the recommended period before changing your piercing jewelry. We get it, it’s tempting to want to change your jewelry earlier!

  • Avoid things that thin your blood such as alcohol, aspirin, and too much caffeine. You may experience bleeding if your blood is too thin.

  • Avoid swimming in a lake, ocean, swimming pool, hot tubs, or other community water locations in the first two weeks.

  • Avoid cigarettes and smoking as they can slow down the healing process.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

· Piercing customers, or parent or legal guardians, need to provide a government-issued photo ID to get pierced.
· In the state of NJ, minors must provide government-issued identification of the minor, and government-issued photo identification of the parent or legal guardian.

· Device ear and nose piercings are free with purchase of piercing jewelry. Explore our wide selection of fine piercing jewelry here.
· Needle piercings have a unique service fee between $35-$55 dollars depending on the piercing. Piercing jewelry is an additional cost.

· Yes. Our commitment to safety ensures a positive piercing experience every time.
· All needle piercing tools are either single-use or sterilized in an autoclave.
· All piercing jewelry is sterilized and stored in capsules.
· Any piercing jewelry sold by Banter is either hypoallergenic or has nickel content that is less than 0.5% total, which significantly reduces the risk of allergic reaction.
· All of our piercing professionals attend Piercing University, an annual comprehensive recertification program that ensures all team members understand and adhere to our latest ear and nose piercing policies, procedures, and best practices.

· While everyone has different comfort levels, earlobe and nostril piercings with a device are quick and generally low-pain.
· Piercing cartilage with a single-use hollow needle may cause a little more discomfort, but our piercing professionals will make sure that your experience goes smoothly.

· Piercing jewelry should be left in for at least 4-6 weeks after an earlobe piercing, 8-12 weeks for a cartilage piercing, and 12+ weeks for a nose piercing.
· Wear earrings continuously for the first six months to prevent the piercing from closing.
· After the initial 12 weeks, we advise that you do not go longer than 24 hours without having a stud or hoop in the nostril.

· Yes. Please note, Banter does require that babies have a current DPT shot. The first DPT shot is usually administered by a pediatrician at eight weeks of age. For more information, see our resource on Children's Ear Piercing.
· Minors age 13+, when accompanied by their legal guardian, or adults 18+ are eligible for needle piercings at the certified piercing professional’s discretion.
*Must be age 13+ for cartilage and nose device piercings.

· In many cases, continuing proper aftercare procedures will clear up any irritation in the earlobe. However, pain, redness, or swelling that persists for more than 24 hours after piercing is not a normal result. In such cases, you should consult your doctor.
· If redness or swelling persists for more than 48 hours after a cartilage piercing, continue to cleanse the ear and consult your doctor.

· Yes! We offer body piercings using a hollow needle technique in select stores. Learn more here.