Naples Plastic Surgery is pleased to re-introduce pediatric ear piercing to our Naples, Florida, clients. The safety of this popular procedure has been significantly enhanced with the adoption of a piercing process that protects your child from infection and nickel allergy exposure. Dr. Andrew M. Bonett MD conducts pediatric piercings with the Blomdahl system, developed under the healthcare industry’s modern aseptic technique.
The system uses a single-use, disposable piercing tool to ensure that piercings are entirely hygienic and that children are protected from transmissible infections. The piercing earrings are made of medical plastic, the same type of material used for skin sutures. This ensures that metal allergies will not become an issue concerning the piercing.
Your child’s ear-piercing procedure at Naples Plastic Surgery is conducted with the simultaneous piercing of both ears to mitigate potential discomfort safely. Dr. Bonnet begins the procedure by surgically marking the piercing spot on each lobe, which he then sterilizes with alcohol swabs. The patient’s chosen sterile ear-piercing earrings are then positioned into disposable cassettes that are protected from potential contamination with safety covers. Once these are removed, Dr. Bonnet simultaneously places the cassettes over each of the lobe’s marked spots and inserts the earrings with the push of a button.
Blomdahl piercing earrings are designed to promote healing and make it easy for your child to transfer to regular earrings after the earlobes have healed. The earrings promote healing-inducing air circulation with slightly longer posts and earring backs affixing at the post’s tip. They also produce slightly larger entrance holes to ease the transition to regular earrings.
To reduce the risk of infection, Naples Plastic Surgery will provide you and your child with aftercare instructions before leaving. These instructions include twice-daily cleaning of the earlobe holes with soap and water or with Blomdahl’s specialized cleaning swabs.
Dr. Bonett considers your child’s health and comfort the highest priority, so he works with great care to ensure that your child’s ear piercing will be safe and comfortable. He takes pride in helping patients reach their aesthetic goals and strives to ensure that patients obtain the beautiful results they seek.
An ear piercing is in fact a small wound. It is important to take proper care of it throughout the healing period (approx. 6–12 weeks), in order to avoid it getting infected. By following the aftercare instructions, you can minimize the risk of infection. In the written aftercare instructions you are advised to clean the hole thoroughly twice a day, using soap and water or Blomdahl Piercing Aftercare cleansing swabs, which are gentle on the skin and easy to use. Watch this video on how to clean a newly pierced ear.
A common misconception is that, if you do not rotate the piercing earring, the skin will get stuck to it. This is not true. What is true is that rotating the piercing earring without first having cleaned your ear, earring and hands thoroughly, can infect the ear piercing.
If your child has had an earlobe pierced, you can remove and replace the piercing earring after 6 weeks, at the earliest.
Have more questions? Check out Blomdahl’s frequently asked questions about ear piercing or call Naples Plastic Surgery for more information!
Naples Plastic Surgery offers pediatric ear piercing to children three months and older who are up to date on their vaccine status. The $150 cost includes the piercing, piercing earrings, aftercare kit, free preferred patient program (PPP) for a parent for the year, and a complimentary cosmetic consultation if the parent desires. Online medical history is required for all pediatric ear-piercing appointments.
At Naples Plastic Surgery, our cosmetic services are designed to contour and enhance your body to help you achieve the body image that you desire. Known for offering among the best facial plastic surgery in Naples, our board-certified surgeons are known as much for their artistry as they are for their surgical skills. We understand that your image is the key to feeling great, so we will provide you with the most reliable advice and services to help make you look and feel your best.
The surgical team at Naples Plastic Surgery has the training and experience necessary to help you pursue your own individual cosmetic goals down to the very last detail, all in a warm, comfortable, and private environment.
Dr. Paul Gardner, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. As one of the leading plastic surgeons in Naples, FL, Dr. Gardner has more than 25 years of experience performing facial procedures including composite facelift, mini facelift, brow lift and skin cancer removal procedures. He also possesses expertise in breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and labiaplasty.
Dr. Mark Walsh, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. Dr. Walsh participated in the prestigious plastic surgery training program at Duke University. He has also served as an invited reviewer and has provided expert commentaries for multiple surgical journals, including the highly regarded Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
Dr. Andrew M. Bonett, MD specializes in both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, with specific interests in reconstruction after breast and skin cancers, including Mohs reconstruction. His experience also includes reconstruction following traumatic injuries, body contouring, and general cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.
The plastic surgery process at Naples Plastic Surgery begins with a one-on-one, confidential consultation in which your surgeon conducts an examination to determine which procedures are likely to produce the most robust aesthetic improvements. This includes a comprehensive discussion with you to identify the benefits, risks and costs associated with each procedure. It may be possible to combine a number of surgical procedures into a single surgery if you desire and if your medical condition permits it.
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