Getting your ears pierced can be a rite of passage. But where to commence the ceremony might stump you. Do you play it safe with a local doctor? Or do you spring for the mall experience where picking out new earrings is part of the fun? We’ve rounded up the best doctors, piercing parlors, jewelry stores and classic mall hot spots in the DMV to help you suss out the right solution for little lobes.
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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. 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. in McLean, VA also offer ear piercing.
15204 Omega Dr.
DC Derm Docs
1828 L St. NW
Capitol Medical Group
8401 Connecticut Ave. Suite 201
Chevy Chase, MD
Tyson Corner Pediatrics
8365 Greensboro Dr. Suite A
121 Old Solomons Island Rd.
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 in Arlington where children are welcome with an accompanying parent or legal guardian.They are all licensed piercing professionals and make you feel comfortable. 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.
421 Church St. NE Suite C
Mr. B’s Tattoos
7554 Bel Air Rd.
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. 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
4015 Chain Bridge Rd. Suite L
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., 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.
1102 King St.
Union Station, Pentagon City, Tysons Corner, National Harbor
Lakeforest Mall, Potomac Mills, Montgomery Mall
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