FAQ > Piercing

Frequently Asked


Do I need to make an appointment to get a piercing?

We recommend to call ahead to book an appointment for a piercing.  All booked in clients get priority over walk-in appointments. 


How old do I have to be to get pierced and do I need ID?

The age for piercing without parental consent is 16 with proper ID.  Under the age of 16 only a limited amount of piercings can be performed with a parent or legal guardian present, and they require proper identification.  Accepted forms of ID are: Driver’s License, Passport, Health Card with photo, BYID card, Birth Certificate with Student Card.  We require all clients present ID upon appointment.

How much are piercings at Thrive Studios?

Most piercings here at Thrive Studios are $50 plus the cost of jewellery.  We are proud to offer you the largest selection of QUALITY jewellery to get pierced with in the area. 

Can I get pierced with the piercing gun instead?

Our studio is strongly against using a piercing gun for ANY piercing.  Piercing guns cannot properly be sterilized and therefore they shouldn't be used. 

Will you pierce my baby or young child?

Our studio's policy for piercing children's earlobes is 8 years old and up if they express they want it for themselves.  Piercing must be with parental supervision and proper ID. 

Is everything sterilized?

At Thrive Studios we use two separate autoclaves and test each one weekly.  In the piercing room we use one of the fastest sterilizers available today called a Statim 2000 G4, which can sterilize our piercings tools and jewellery within a 6 minute cycle.  This allows you to choose any style of jewellery for your new piercing that you see in our showcase.

I'm going on vacation in a couple weeks; can I still get a piercing?

You should stay out of pools, hot tubs, lakes, and the ocean in the beginning stages of healing your piercing.  Just wait till you get back from vacation and you'll probably enjoy your vacation a lot more! 

I'm allergic to most jewellery; will I have a problem with my piercing?

The jewellery we carry is made from hypoallergenic materials that have been proven to be safe in fresh piercings. It is machined from a solid stock of implant grade titanium (ASTM F-136), implant grade stainless steel (ASTM F-138), niobium and either 14 or 18 karat gold. 

Can you pierce me with my own jewellery?

Sometimes we can pierce with your own personal jewellery if it meets the same standards of jewellery that we offer.  In many cases we can’t.  Most jewellery that clients will bring in are intended to be worn after the piercing is healed as costume jewellery and cannot be sterilized or worn as your first piercing.  It’s not suggested using hand me down jewellery from friends and family as it may contain small scratches or pits which bacteria can grow in.  We suggest visiting us with your jewellery in a sealed container to get the best advice.  If your piece of jewellery requires sterilization we may need to reschedule your appointment to give us the time to properly clean and sterilize your jewellery.

My piercing looks infected what should I do?

Visit your piercer immediately to help find a solution.  In most cases piercings become irritated, not infected.  An experienced piercer will be able to tell the difference between the two.  Don't take out the jewellery before having the issue assessed.


I need my jewellery out temporarily for medical reason, what do I do?

If you need to take your piercing out for surgery/MRI or for your job placement you can visit us in order to find the best solution to the problem.  Our studio offers retainers that are less visible than jewellery and can keep the hole open during these times.

Can I bring my toddlers and family pets to watch?

Please arrange for babysitting prior to your appointment.  No pets in the treatment areas.


I'm pregnant; can I still get a piercing?

It is not recommended to get pierced while pregnant or nursing.


I’ve had a couple drinks at lunch, can I still get a piercing

All clients must be in a sound state of mind and have the ability to make clear decisions.  Arriving under the influence is not tolerated, and will result in cancelling your appointment

Can I cancel a piercing appointment?

Please call the studio directly to cancel or reschedule an appointment.  We appreciate as much notice as possible to be able to offer that time to another client.

Should I tip my piercer?

Tips are greatly appreciated but not expected.