Age and ID Policies
You must be 18 years old or older to get pierced at Gamma. You must provide a government issued photo ID (i.e. a State ID Card, Driver's License, or a Passport). The ID cannot be expired.
Minors 4 years old and older can get their earlobes pierced at Gamma, by appointment only, with a parent or legal guardian present. The parent or legal guardian must provide a valid, government issued photo ID and the minor's birth certificate. The ID cannot be expired. The adult that consents for the piercing must be listed on the birth certificate or provide legal guardianship paperwork. For more info on Children’s Earlobe piercing, click here.
Minors 15 years old and older can get limited facial, oral, ear, and navel piercings at Gamma, by appointment only, with a parent or legal guardian present. The minor must provide a school or state issued photo ID and their birth certificate; the parent must provide a government issued photo ID. The IDs cannot be expired. The adult that consents for the piercing must be listed on the birth certificate or provide legal guardianship paperwork. If you are 15-17 years old, please contact Gamma via phone or email before arriving for your piercing appointment to ensure that the piercing you want is available to you.
Gamma requires a parent or legal guardian be present to consent for jewelry change and jewelry removal procedures on all clients under 18 years old. The parent must provide a government issued photo ID. The ID cannot be expired. The minor’s birth certificate is also required if they were not originally pierced at Gamma.
For procedures on minors, Gamma requires that a parent or legal guardian be present in the piercing room.
If you have questions about your ID or our policies, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gamma Piercing cannot pierce you if you are: taking the prescription drug Accutane, pregnant, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We also recommend not swimming for at least 4-6 weeks following any piercing procedure.
Before any procedure, the piercers at Gamma will consult with you about your individual anatomy. Our piercing staff may decline to perform certain piercings on you based on this anatomy consultation. It is very common that a client requesting a particular piercing does not possess the anatomy required to safely heal said piercing; we will do our best to suggest similar, alternative piercings that have a better chance of healing.
Frequently Asked Questions
My child wants their ear lobes pierced! How do I make that happen?
Thank you for considering us for your child’s first piercings! Please visit our dedicated Children’s Earlobes page for information on making this a positive, comfortable experience.
Can I bring jewelry I bought from somewhere else?
No. Gamma Piercing does not perform fresh piercings with jewelry purchased from outside our studio. This policy exists to maintain our strict jewelry material and construction requirements, to maintain our piercers’ membership in the Association of Professional Piercers, and to ensure the safety of our clients. We will insert jewelry from elsewhere into a healed piercing, as long as it will fit comfortably, is made of a safe material, and can withstand a sterilization cycle without sustaining damage.
Can I get pierced with previously-worn jewelry?
No. Previously-worn jewelry, even when disinfected and sterilized, presents additional risks during healing. Once worn, jewelry is covered in an impossible-to-remove biofilm that could lead to infection in a fresh piercing. Previously-worn jewelry is also likely to have nicks and scratches on the wearable surface which could harbor dangerous bacteria. We want to give you the best possible chance at healing your piercing safely, and in order to do that, we cannot pierce with previously-worn jewelry.
Can I bring friends/family with me into the piercing room?
Absolutely! This is your experience, and we want you to feel as happy and comfortable as possible. We understand the value of moral and emotional support, and we encourage you to bring as many or as few people with you as you’d like. As long as everyone in the room is able to maintain a calm, relaxing presence, we are happy to have them. We reserve the right to ask any individual or group to leave the piercing room if their presence is harmful, either to the client’s experience, or to the piercer’s ability to perform their duties. For procedures on minors, Gamma requires that a parent or legal guardian be present in the piercing room.
Can I request a specific piercer?
Yes. We are happy to schedule you an appointment with the piercer of your choice. If you would like to be pierced by a particular individual, please make an appointment via telephone at 734.436.4765 to ensure that we are able to schedule you with that piercer. If the appointment is made online, we cannot guarantee the presence of the piercer requested.
Do you take walk-ins?
Sometimes. We recommend making an appointment, as that ensures you will be seen, and allows us to budget our time easily throughout the day to help as many clients as possible. Appointments are our priority, so if you walk-in you may have a (sometimes substantial) wait. We value your time, and want to help you as efficiently as possible. Appointment booking is available both online and via telephone at 734.436.4765.
What should I do if I’m running late for my appointment?
Please contact us at 734.436.4765 as soon as possible to let us know. If there is an appointment immediately after yours, and you arrive 15 minutes late or more, we will have to treat you as a walk-in client, meaning you may be waiting for some time. This policy exists to ensure that we do not fall behind on every subsequent appointment. You also have the option to reschedule your appointment for a more convenient day/time. There is no fee for rescheduling.
Where are you located, and where should I park?
We are located inside the Galleria Mall at 1214 S. University Ave., south of the Starbucks entrance and across the hall from the United States Post Office satellite facility. If you are having a difficult time locating us, please call 734.436.4765 and one of our staff members will direct you to the studio. We recommend parking in the Forest Avenue Parking Structure on the corner of Forest Ave. and Willard St. Exiting from the north side of the structure should lead you directly to the back entrance of the Galleria Mall. From there we are inside, the first door on the right. Metered parking is also available on surrounding streets. You must pay for metered parking Monday-Saturday from 8am-6pm. You can park at meters for free after 6pm Monday-Saturday, and all day on Sundays.
Gamma Piercing requires your doctor fill out a “Physician Acknowledgement form” if you have any of the following conditions: hemophilia, excessive bleeding, epilepsy, seizures, fainting, narcolepsy, diabetes, or any other health condition that would prevent your body from fighting infection. We also require this form be filled out if you are receiving treatment with anticoagulants, medications that thin the blood, or other treatments with medications that prevent blood clotting. This form must be presented to the staff of Gamma Piercing before you are pierced.
If you do not have any of these conditions, but you have a condition you feel may complicate your healing process, please contact us before you arrive to be pierced.