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How much do piercings hurt?

Do Body Piercings Hurt?

Some of the most common questions we get about body piercings are about the level of pain associated with a specific piercing. The best answer we have is, it depends on your level of pain tolerance. Now, there are some areas that tend to hurt a bit more than others, it does depend on factors of skin thickness and nerve endings, but personal pain threshold does play a big part in it as well.

Something to keep in mind, there is some good news: even the most painful piercings can be done quickly and effectively when you choose a well-trained body piercer.


Most piercers will agree that earlobe piercings will typically be the least painful type of piercing, this is because they are positioned on a fleshy, easy-to-pierce portion of skin. Other typically low pain scale piercings are eyebrow piercings, and even navel piercings. Most people who have these done say these piercings can be compared to having your blood drawn at the doctor’s office, a slight pinch but not painful.

As far as what piercings rank higher on the pain scale, this varies, and if you are interested in getting a piercing pain level shouldn’t necessarily be a deterring factor. Some people do not feel much pain while others feel quite a bit, again, pain has a lot to do with your tolerance level is. Faith piercings can rank higher on the pain scale for people because that the needle piercings through the cartilage of a sensitive area inside of your ear, however it is also an acupressure point that some say may relieve pain for those who suffer chronic headaches. There are no formal medical studies that prove this, but there are many people who swear by this.

Body Piercings

Dermal anchor piercings are another piercing that people claim more pain with because the needle make entry on the surface on the skin. Nostril piercings fall in the middle of the pain scale, most people describe it as a brief sting, causing their eyes to water or making them sneeze. There are other more sensitive areas of the body that can be painful in the moment, however, it is quick and temporary. Piercings are simple to do and are done quickly. A experienced piercer will walk you through the process, explain what they are going to do and make you comfortable with the process. It will be over before you know it and you will be thrilled with your new piercing.

Are you ready to take the plunge and finally get that new piercing you’ve been thinking about? At Utopia Salon in Winchester, VA, our professional piercers have the knowledge and expertise to make the piercing process as simple, safe, and painless as possible.

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