PANDA EAR PIERCING
Prices vary by package. Packages include a cleaning kit, the piercings, and one of six different stud sets.
Available to new and established patients over the age of 3 months who have an up-to-date Tetanus vaccination.
Call 785-842-4477 to schedule.
Package 1: $35
Traditional Gold or Silver Ball
Package 2: $40
Pink Cubic Zirconia Diamond with Gold or Silver Post
Package 3: $45
Cubic Zirconia Diamond with Gold or Silver Post
In order to speed your visit, please bring in the completed forms and records.
Before your visit
Vaccination Record (If new patient)
Valid parent ID
WHY CHOOSE MEDICAL EAR PIERCING AT PANDA?
In our office your child will receive professional care from a medical specialist who has been trained in sterile technique and wound management.
WHAT ARE THE RESTRICTIONS?
All eligible patients must be up to date on their tetanus vaccine. Our recommended age ranges are 3 months of age and up, however you may be asked to reschedule at an older age if adequate placement can not be guaranteed due to patient movement.
CAN I DO IT AT A WELL OR SICK VISIT?
Ear piercings are only done during visits solely dedicated to the medical ear piercing procedure. We do ear piercing by appointment only and not as an “add on” to another sick or well visit. This allows enough time to explain and perform the procedure, as well as, answer questions about the aftercare.
WHERE DO WE PIERCE?
We only pierce ear lobes and only do one piercing per lobe per visit. We do not pierce ear cartilage (the upper part of the ear), noses, or belly buttons.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Ear piercing is free with the purchase of an Earring Piercing Package per our Menu. Full payment is due when you check in for your ear piercing appointment and receive your chosen Earring Piercing Package. Since this is a cosmetic procedure, it will not be filed to your insurance.
IS SWIMMING OK?
We recommend avoiding swimming for 2-3 weeks after ear piercing. Chlorine from pools and bacteria in unchlorinated waters may irritate or contaminate the wound and delay healing.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
Before we start the procedure, we will ask you to sign an informed consent form that reviews the risks listed below. Infection: There is a risk of infection anytime the skin is broken. We reduce this risk significantly by using sterile technique, using sterile and providing specific aftercare instructions. Pain: Pain is brief and similar to vaccine injection using the Medisystem Ear Piercing Kit. Patients who are old enough to communicate verbally sometimes say that their earlobes briefly feel warm and flushed after the procedure. Nickel allergy: Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is an itchy rash that occurs when your skin comes in contact with a typically harmless substance. Nickel is one of the most common causes of ACD and once you develop nickel allergy you will always be sensitive to it. Unfortunately, nickel is commonly used as a metal hardener and most metals used for ear piercing contain (or “leak”) enough nickel to trigger a potential allergic reaction. Fresh piercings allow direct and constant contact between a minor open wound and the metal, which contains nickel. We chose to use an ear piercing system that uses medical-grade plastic in order to avoid nickel exposure during the ear piercing healing process. Keloids: Keloids are shiny, smooth and rounded skin elevations, which can form at the piercing site in some patients after ear lobe piercing because of altered wound healing. Keloids tend to be familial, are more likely to occur in patients with darker skin pigmentation, and generally occur in persons 10 to 30 years of age. In one survey of 32 patients with keloids related to ear piercing, keloids were more than three times as likely to occur when the earlobes were pierced at or after 11 years of age (80%) than before 11 years of age (24%) (Pediatrics. 2005; 115(5): 1312).
HOW LONG DO YOU KEEP THEM IN?
We recommend NOT replacing the original ear piercing studs for 6 weeks. The ear piercings studs we use are thicker (1.3 mm) than the standard earring post (1.0 mm). The larger piercing hole makes it easier to switch to normal earrings after the healing period and reduces the risk of repeatedly re-injuring the ear-piercing site when replacing earrings, which should therefore reduce the risk of piercing site infection.
HOW DO I CARE FOR THEM?
Clean the piercing site thoroughly twice a day, using ear care solution at least once a day (preferably after showering or washing the hair). Dry area well with clean gauze or a cotton tip applicator and leave open to air. Leave the ear piercing studs in the ear lobe for 6 weeks before replacing with earrings.
HOW DO YOU PIERCE?
At Panda Pediatrics, we use a gun to pierce the skin of the ear lobe. We do this because cartilage can be easily damaged and cause scarring, so for this reason, the skin of the earlobe is the only place on the body that we pierce. If receiving a piercing on any cartilaginous site of the body (the ear lobe does not contain cartilage) a needle should be used to reduce impact, trauma, and risk of secondary complications.