Claire's provides ear piercing services and some cartilage piercing services. The company claims to be the leading ear piercing service in the world, having pierced the ears of 87 million people. Claire's is a jewelry and accessory retailer with stores in 95 percent of the malls in the United States and has a target market of young women and girls. Claire's began its ear piercing service in 1978.Know More
Claire's provides free ear piercing to customers who buy a pierced-ear starter kit, which includes piercing studs and hygienic solutions for aftercare. Piercing is done with presterilized piercing studs, as opposed to needles, and a wide variety of studs are available.
Claire's provides piercing to one or both ear lobes. The company also does second piercings on the lobe, and some stores also offer cartilage piercing. Claire's also offers dual piercing, in which both ears are pierced simultaneously; this service is usually used with young children.
Customers wishing to have their ears pierced at Claire's stores in the United States must sign a written consent form. Minors must have consent forms signed by parents, and parents or guardians must accompany the minor during the ear piercing. Claire's provides aftercare instructions in the starter kit and on the company website.Learn More
Piercings naturally tend to be a bit painful because it involves sticking a pointed object into the bare skin. Topical creams like Emla that contain lidocaine, or similar numbing ingredients, is sometimes applied to the area to soften the sting.Full Answer >
There is a significant generational gap with regard to attitudes about body piercings, according to the Denver Business Journal. Young adults are overwhelmingly positive about body piercings, while those over 40 are more likely to see non-ear piercings as negative.Full Answer >
Dermal piercings are available at most tattoo and piercing parlors. A needle is inserted into the skin and removed through another, creating a perforation. The dermal anchor goes into the perforation under the skin, and the jewelry attaches to the anchor.Full Answer >
Minor piercing infections are treated with antibiotics targeted at the most common bacterial pathogens. Surgical excision and drainage may be necessary in cases of abscess formation. In these cases, cosmetic damage may be permanent because of the disruption of cartilage architecture, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.Full Answer >