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Inverness Frequently Asked Questions

How many ears have been pierced with the Inverness System?
The Inverness Ear Piercing System has been in use for more than 45 years now in jewellery stores, department stores, salons, pharmacies, doctor's offices, and body piercing shops in over 40 countries around the world. To date, we have pierced over 200 million pairs of ears.

What makes the Inverness System "safe"?
The Inverness System has two unique features designed to ensure the safest ear piercing experience possible.
1. Inverness is the only ear piercing system with fully-enclosed earring capsules that prevent our piercing earrings and exclusive Safety Back from being exposed to potential contaminants prior to piercing. Our earring capsules are sealed in sterilized cartridges that are not opened until selected for piercing. Unlike other systems on the market, our earrings are not exposed until they are safely inserted in the ear.
2. Our exclusive Safety Back allows for the safest healing possible by shielding the piercing tip and preventing the earring back from being squeezed too tight. This allows for proper airflow and prevents the earring back from becoming embedded during the healing process.

Why do you say "gentle"?
Most people report they feel no discomfort at all when pierced with the Inverness System. Here's why:
1. Unlike loud piercing guns that shoot a spring-loaded piercing earring through the tissue, our hand-pressured instrument is smooth and quiet.
2. Our system will pierce your ears and attach our exclusive Safety Back in one quick, smooth motion.
3. Our piercing earrings are specially-designed and with ultra-thin piercing posts & a finely honed piercing tip to help the earrings glide through the lobe as easily as possible.

Is there a risk associated with the sharp tip of the piercing earring?
To provide you with as comfortable an ear piercing experience as possible, all Inverness piercing earrings are carefully crafted with a sharp tip. For your protection, each earring comes with our exclusive Safety Back, designed to cover the sharp piercing tip. We recommend checking that your Safety Back is securely in place daily, ideally after cleaning your piercing and before bed.

Why do you use the word "instrument"? Isn't it a piercing "gun"?
No. In fact, we cringe when people call our piercing instrument a gun. Unlike our specially-engineered, hand-pressured instrument, piercing guns are spring-loaded and LOUD. Piercing guns "Shoot" the piercing earring through the lobe. Our human-powered instrument is designed to pierce the ear clearly and accurately in one smooth, quiet, hand-pressured motion.

What is the gauge of your piercing earrings?
The posts of our earrings are .030" in diameter which is between 20 and 21 gauge.

Ear Piercing for Babies & Children

Is it safe to pierce my baby's ears?
Yes. Babies are pierced at a very young age worldwide.

Do you have any ear piercing tips for babies & small children?
1. Do your homework. Make sure to choose a location that carries the Inverness System. Only Inverness piercing earrings have our exclusive Safety Back to shield your little one from the earring's sharp piercing tip.
2. Consider selecting a location that is able to provide two associates to pierce your child's ears simultaneously. The Inverness System is ideal for babies because it is extremely fast and quiet. Simultaneous piercings make the process even easier for children and their parents.
3. Celebrate and record this happy milestone and be sure to Share Your Piercing Story with us!

Cartilage & Other Piercings

Can the Inverness System be used for body piercings?
No. The Inverness Ear Piercing System is designed to pierce the earlobe and the outer cartilage of the ear. Our system should never be used to pierce any other body parts.

Is the cartilage piercing as gentle as a lobe piercing?

Yes. Cartilage ear piercing with the Inverness System is just as gentle as a lobe piercing.

Tips for Newly-Pierced Ears

How long does it take for an ear piercing to heal?
The average healing time is 6 weeks for an earlobe piercing and 12 weeks for a cartilage piercing. We recommend leaving your piercing earrings in and following your aftercare instructions for the entire healing period.

Is it OK to change my earrings or take them out during the healing period?
You should only switch into new earrings after the healing period: 6 weeks for an earlobe piercing and 12 weeks for a cartilage piercing. Newly pierced
ears are very sensitive and require special care and attention. If you take your earrings out for any length of time during the healing period, the holes may close, or you may find it to be very difficult to re-insert earrings into a piercing hole that has not fully healed


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