It’s looking like it’s gonna be a long, hot summer here in Western New York. Higher temperatures means that many of us will be showing more skin. We can expect to see a lot of the tattoos that our friends and coworkers were hiding under their long sleeves, and maybe even a piercing or two we didn’t know existed. 

If you’ve been debating getting a new (or your first) piercing for a while, why not take the leap this summer?

Here's Why Summertime Is The Best Time To Get A Piercing In Western New York

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Piercings Are Often Less Permanent Than Tattoos 

For one thing, getting something pierced is a lot less permanent than a tattoo. It’s still a statement piece, but depending on where or what you get pierced, it’s not as permanent. You can always take it out once it heals if you get sick of it, and the evidence it was there is a lot less visible than, say, a giant piece of ink. 

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Piercings Typically Heal More Quickly In The Summer

According to Essential Beauty, summer is ideal for a new piercing because of the steamy incoming weather. Steady blood flow to the area increases with heat, helping to flush away toxins and speed up the healing process. 

(Just keep out of the pool or the lake, and be careful in the shower - sorry! You shouldn’t get your new piercing wet for at least a few weeks.)

What You Need To Know Before Getting A New Piercing

Piercing Jewelry

If you’ve decided to go for it and get something pierced this summer, it’s essential to do your research ahead of time. 

Be sure to browse online for photos, look into the healing and maintenance process, and find out how much the piercing (and the jewelry) will cost.

Here’s What To Look For In A Piercing Shop In Buffalo, New York

There’s two things you want to investigate before you even step foot into a piercing shop here in Western New York:

  1. What You Want To Get Pierced
  2. Where You Want To Get It Done

These days, there’s many places you can go under the needle besides a mall kiosk or the kiddie jewelry store at the mall, and here in the Buffalo area, there are tons of them. 

It’s crucial to investigate which shop, based on their location, vibe, or design, is the right one for you to get your new piercing.

Additionally, if you’re planning on getting a piercing in a tricky area (aka any place but your earlobes), it’s best to go to an expert who can make sure it’s done correctly and completely sanitary. 

Getty Images, Google Images
Getty Images, Google Images

Western New York Is Full Of Well-Reviewed Piercing Shops

Thankfully, here in the Buffalo, NY area, there’s no shortage of great places to get your piercing.

Tons of local shops have rave customer reviews on sites like Yelp, and have been around long enough to earn a great reputation in the Western New York piercing community. 

If you’re set on sporting a new piercing this summer, we’re so excited for you! Before you go, here are 10 piercing shops that fellow Western New Yorkers are raving about. 

10 Best Piercing Shops In And Around Buffalo, New York

Looking to get a new or your first piercing? These piercing shops in Western New York all have rave reviews from their customers.

Gallery Credit: Yelp/Canva

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