Cairns Body & Ear Piercing
The concept of body piercing
Body piercing dates back to over 5,000 years ago as the earliest mummified remains ever discovered had pierced ears. This practice has been evident throughout ancient cultures in some form or other for thousands of years and the earliest nose piercings were dated back to around 1,500 years ago. Tribal cultures have used piercings for many reasons; in some cultures young men have hung themselves from hooks pierced through their skin in rites of passage, others to show affluence and to separate the classes. Genital and nipple piercing has been evident in ancient Roman and Indian cultures and is still used today for the added stimulation of erogenous zones. It would seem the practice of piercing in western culture has risen dramatically in recent years as the global influences of other customs become more apparent in our society. Body piercing has not only become more accepted, but a mainstream part of our fashion and culture, no longer the domain of the strange, denigrated or culturally misaligned.
The health benefits and issues of body piercing
Generally body piercing has been accepted to have similar effects to acupuncture methods used in Asian cultures since around 100 BC. The main differences are that the effects from piercing can be permanent and piercing practices are not based upon the Qi and meridians accepted by acupuncture practitioners. Today the placement of dermal punctures or surface piercing can be almost anywhere on the body. However there have been some studies into the effects of piercings and how they can enhance our spirituality. Areas on the ears and nose have been reported to be uplifting and cleansing. There is also the Daith piercing that has been very helpful to sufferers of migraines and major headaches.
There are however some important things to remember for your own safety when having piercings done. Your body is a closed system and opening it up can allow bacteria to cause major infections. If your piercer is inexperienced or uses unhygienic practices they may pierce through arteries, nerves or any other important and sensitive areas in your body or give you a very nasty bacterial infection all of which can cause permanent damage and even death.
Why choose Karma House for your next piercing?
Karma House has been a successful government approved Cairns piercing studio since 1999. Our fully qualified and experienced professional body piercers perform around 5,000 piercings a year and we have a great many repeat customers. We only use surgical-grade 316L stainless steel or grade 23 titanium jewellery for your initial piercings (please click here to learn more about this...) and our piercing room is fully certified and strictly adheres to government regulations and sanitation requirements. It is completely sanitised after every piercing to ensure your health and safety. We also have an extensive after care program included with all our piercings so you will have peace of mind that your piercing will heal quickly and without any issues. If something does come up we will be there with you to ensure you receive the best advice and care to minimise any complications. We will not perform any piercings we consider to be unsafe and will explain the dangers to you and the reasons why we don't do them. We also offer certified piercing training courses in conjunction with TAFE learning. You can be sure to have the best possible experience with us and we will even sign you up for our loyalty programme, giving you every 5th piercing FREE!
Don't forget to check out our affordable pricing at the bottom of this page.
Our professional 17 step body piercing procedures
Utensils & Instrument Sterilisation
- Warm soapy wash
- 100°C wash
- Sterilised in Autoclave pouch for a minimum of 15 minutes
- Sterile indicator checked on pouch to ensure sterility
- Pouches are batched & dated Consulting Process
- Consent forms filled out
- Questions & answers including health issues, healing times, piercing types and safety issues
- Jewellery selection - Initial titanium or medical grade stainless steel plus free piece of cosmetic jewellery. Note: Free offer not included with ear piercing
- Payment Piercing
- Piercer sterilises hands & dons surgical gloves
- Sterilization of body area & mark insertion points to ensure correct placement
- Piercing procedure with applicable surgical instruments & single use needles
- Medical grade stainless steel jewellery inserted into piercing
- Piercing site cleaned with sterile wipes and dressed/covered if necessary After Care
- Full explanation of after care procedures
- After care documentation given to client
- Ongoing after care service and health assessment
11 essential things to look for in a body piercing studio
Ensure they are a fully qualified body piercer!
- A clean, clear & hygienic body piercing studio
- The appropriate required certificates
- Council registered and approved
- Authentic training certificate
- Health & safety certificate
A guide to the types of body piercings
Ear Lobe PiercingThe lobes extend right up to the base of the cartilage and is a gun piercing
Top Ear PiercingThis is a cartilage piercing in the outer upper region of the ear
Tragus PiercingThis is the small cartilage protrusion above the lobe
Conch PiercingThe shell like hollow in the middle of your ear
Helix PiercingSituated on the rim, above the Tragus, before the the top rim of the ear
Rook PiercingThe Rook is the cartilage fold above the Daith and below the top ear
Daith PiercingThe Daith is a small section of cartilage between the Rook and the Conch. Can assist with headaches & migraines
Tongue PiercingGenerally in the centre of your tongue or the front of the tip. Can have double or triple tongue piercings
Navel PiercingMost commonly upper or lower navel above or below the actual belly button
Nipple PiercingPiercing at the base of the nipple and not through the areola. Must be 18yrs old. No known issues with breast feeding
Labret PiercingA Labret piercing is generally in the centre of the lower lip, although it can be placed anywhere on the lower lip area
Beauty SpotAlso called Monroe after Marilyn Monroe's beauty spot. Generally located above the top lip on either side of the mouth
MedusaThe Meduasa is located above the top lip in the philtrum (groove above the lip) central to the septum
Nose PiercingThrough the cartilage on either nostril. Can generally have more than one
Eyebrow PiercingGoes behind the eyebrow and is generally on the outer half of the brow on a slight angle
Surface PiercingCan be anywhere on the body where you can pinch more than a cm of skin. Be mindful of placement due to migration, irritation & discomfort
Industrial PiercingGenerally at the top of the ear through the outer rims
Dermal PunctureA single insertion puncture that can be placed in almost any part of the body. Once again be mindful of placement due to migration & discomfort
Septum PiercingThe septum is the cartilage between the nostrils.
Cairns ear & body piercing price listAll piercings include surgical grade piercing jewellery and after care. All non-lobe piercings also receive 1 piece of body jewellery FREE!
- Lobe Piercing$15ea
- Top Ear Piercing$35ea
- Tragus Piercing$49ea
- Conch Piercing$49ea
- Helix Piercing$49ea
- Rook Piercing$49ea
- Daith Piercing$49ea
- Tongue Piercing$59ea
- Navel Piercing$59ea
- Nipple Piercing$59ea
- Labret Piercing$59ea
- Beauty Spot$59ea
- Nose Piercing$45ea
- Eyebrow Piercing$59ea
- Surface Piercing$69ea
- Industrial Piercing$69ea
- Dermal Puncture$75ea
- Septum Piercing$69ea