As if the idea of an ear gun isn’t scary enough, knowing who to trust with your little one’s lobes can be terrifying. We can’t tell you what the right choice is for your family, but we can make it easier: We’ve rounded up the best doctors, piercing parlors, jewelry stores and classic mall shops in the DMV. Read on for ear piercing inspo. 

9282486467_e80fb04231_zphoto: Loren Kerns via Flickr

What’s up doc?!

Start with your own pediatrician as many will perform piercings for patients. If yours doesn’t offer ear piercing, try Potomac Pediatrics in Rockville The cost is $95 and includes a pair of 24 karat gold stud earrings and the option to use numbing cream. DC Derm Docs, a local dermatologist specializing in cosmetic and general medical dermatology,offers ear piercing to patients of all ages using a brand of earrings only available to medical professionals. They provide Blomdahl earrings and offer both gold and silver studs which are available with or without a crystal. The posts themselves are Titanium, which guarantees protection from nickel allergies. Blomdahl earrings are available exclusively to physicians.Capitol Medical Group has ear piercing available on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday with Dr. Markovic.  The piercing includes a pair of 24 karat gold plated or stainless steel stud earrings. Tyson Pediatrics in McLean, VA also offer ear piercing.

Potomac Pediatrics
15204 Omega Dr.
Rockville, MD
Online: potomacpediatrics.com

DC Derm Docs
1828 L St. NW
Farragut North
202-822-9591
Online: dc-dermdocs.com

Capitol Medical Group
8401 Connecticut Ave. Suite 201
Chevy Chase, MD
301-907-3960
Online: capitolmedicalgroup.com

Tyson Corner Pediatrics
8365 Greensboro Dr. Suite A
McLean, VA
703-356-4444
Online: tysonscornerpediatrics.com

Chesapeake Pediatrics
121 Old Solomons Island Rd.
Annapolis MD
410-224-3663
Online: chesapeakepediatrics.com

photo: Maren C. via Yelp

Off to the piercing parlor we go…

Okay, so most parents aren’t too excited about taking their kids to a piercing parlor but many can actually provide a clean, friendly, safe place for ear piercing. Check out Craig Pokes Uin Arlington where children are welcome with an accompanying parent or legal guardian.They are all licensed piercing professionals and make you feel comfortable.Brilliance Piercing in Vienna, pierces children ages 7-12, by appointment, to make sure there is plenty of time to ask questions and thoroughly explain the entire process.  You are even encouraged to visit the studio any time to ask questions or meet their piercers.  

Craig Pokes U
4818 Lee Hwy.
Arlington, VA
703-268-6583
Online: craigpokesu.com

Brilliance Piercing
421 Church St. NE Suite C
Vienna, VA
703-261-6130
Online: brilliancepiercing.com

Mr. B’s Tattoos
7554 Bel Air Rd.
Baltimore, MD
410-668-3567
Online: mrbstattoo.com

Photo: Guiomar Ochoa

A day at the spa

For a more glitzy experience for your pink loving, tutu wearing girly-girl, check out Sweet& Sassy, a little girl’s spa and salon in Leesburg. Earrings and a little kit to commemorate the event are included in the price of piercing. Belezza Lase in Fairfax will even give your little princess a tiara, wand and “brave kid” certificate. They also have  tons of different earrings to choose from.

Sweet & Sassy
1601 Village Market Blvd. SE
Leesburg, VA
703-552-8390
Online: sweetandsassy.com

Belezza Lase
4015 Chain Bridge Rd. Suite L
Fairfax, VA
703-273-5273
Online: bellezalase.com

photo: La Lobe Piercing via Yelp

Take a jaunt to a jewelry store…

The usual suspects, Claire’s and Piercing Pagoda, are where most kids in the DMV go to get their ears pierced. Probably since one or the other is located at just about every local mall. Drop-ins are welcome and both are well set up to manage the excitement and anticipation of children’s ear piercing.Today’s Cargo, a jewelry store in Old Town Alexandria, offers ear piercing to 7 year olds and up. Appointments are accepted only during weekdays. Their experienced piercer uses the Inverness system and only 14K gold. 

Today’s Cargo
1102 King St.
Alexandria, VA.
703-836-6866
Online: todayscargo.com

Claire’s
Union Station, Pentagon City, Tysons Corner, National Harbor
Online: claires.com

Piercing Pagoda
Lakeforest Mall, Potomac Mills, Montgomery Mall
Online: pagoda.com

–Meghan Yudes Meyers, Guiomar Ochoa and Tricia Mirchandani

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