How Much Does a Tongue Piercing Cost?
A tongue piercing is a piercing done directly in the center of the tongue.
How much does it cost?
- Overall, without any sort of jewelry, you are looking at the $25 to $50 price range for a tongue piercing. When you add in the jewelry, the costs will more than likely double to $50 to $100.
- At Piercology.com, a studio based in Ohio, a tongue piercing costs $30. The price does not include the cost of the jewelry.
- At Body Piercing by Bink, a studio located in Tallahassee, Florida, the basic cost of tongue piercing is $72.57 (after tax) and $88.70 with a bezel gem. The approximate average of healing time is two to three months.
- Extreme Graphix Tattooz in Rochester, New York, offers tongue piercing for $40 with a stainless steel barbell.
What is going to be included?
- Depending on the piercer or shop, tongue piercing may include plain basic piercing and charge extra for the jewelry. Others include the jewelry in the price they offer for tongue piercing.
- The shop should show the highest levels of cleanliness. Make sure that the tools they use are fresh out of an individual package, that the piercer is wearing a fresh set of gloves, and that proper care is taken in the clean up following the piercing.
- After the procedure is done, you will need to wait until the swelling is reduced so that you can get refitted for a barbell with a smaller size.
What are the extra costs?
- With some piercers, the cost of the jewelry is separate. There are different types of jewelry used in tongue piercing and these include titanium, yellow gold, and stainless steel. They come in barbell (either with designs or with gems), ring, or curved designs. The estimated price ranges of these jewelry options are as follows: titanium jewelry – $5 to $30, yellow gold (14 carat) – $75 to $1,500; stainless steel – $10 to $30; and white gold – $75 to $160. Jewelry prices depend on design and gauge.
- Aftercare products are also required to help the piercing heal properly. Usually, a peroxide-like solution will be prescribed to help with the swelling. Some shops provide a mouthwash that costs $5 and include it with free sea salt. These solutions should be gargled as many times as suggested by the piercer.
- Piercers may also charge extra for hiding the piercing after it is done. Some charge $3 on top of the price of the barbell.
Factors that influence the price:
- Jewelry. The type of jewelry chosen has an influence on the cost of the whole procedure. Titanium, yellow gold and stainless steel are among the most common jewelry used for tongue piercing. Stainless steel is usually the least expensive while titanium, white gold and yellow gold are more costly. The more expensive the jewelry piece is, the better the quality and the lesser the odds that it will be rejected by the body or cause infection. Likewise, the more elaborate the design of the jewelry is, the higher the cost. The barbells used will also add up to the overall cost.
- Location. There is no standard price for tongue piercings and the price in two various shops will definitely not be the same. In general, however, tongue piercing can cost anywhere from $25 to $80 depending on the piercer’s reputation and experience, the jewelry used and the other services included.
- Services. Some piercing shops offer just the basic tongue piercing service. Others provide extended services such as a doctor’s visit to ensure that the customer is fit enough for the piercing procedure, follow-up consultations at the shop to check for infection and monitor the healing process, and change of jewelry in the event that complications arise.
Tips to know:
- It is recommended that you choose a piercer who comes highly recommended by customers instead of making price the main concern.
- Make sure to check the credentials of the piercer. This is to ascertain whether he or she has knowledge on the structure, cross-contamination, aseptic methods, sterilization and aftercare. This also helps ensure that you do not run the risk of getting an infection or a disease such as H.I.V.
- Ask to see the portfolio of the piercer. This will enable you to get a good idea of the quality of his or her work.
- Check the sanitary records of the place you plan to have your tongue pierced. Also, the right sterilization procedures must be followed to perfection.
- Eat plenty of food before your piercing appointment. After the procedure, you will be unable to take in solid food for at least one day.
- After the piercing, your tongue may swell to double its typical size. You will need to suck on ice chips to help diminish the swelling, which can last for around two to three weeks.
- Make sure to stick with the oral aftercare the piercer recommends to help with the healing process.
How can I save money?
- Getting tongue piercing is not about price. Piercing experts advise against choosing a piercer based on price. While good quality tongue piercing from a reputable shop can be costly, it guarantees excellent results and is likewise safer, especially shops that observe sanitary procedures in their establishment.
- When changing your jewelry for the first time, go to a shop that does not charge for changing jewelry.