Age Restrictions

The UK piercing laws have been tightened in recent years in a move to offer more protection to customers. A common myth regarding piercing is that there is an age limit but this is not true in most cases. Anyone can have a piercing in most areas of the body as long as they consent to it. While a council may issue recommendations, a studio does not need to enquire about age unless a certain request is made. It is then that UK piercing laws need to be followed. 

Under UK piercing laws, there are restrictions on piercings in certain areas of the body. Under the age of 21 for genital piercing and 18 for nipple piercing, women are prohibited from having these piercings performed, even when consenting, as this can be classed as indecent assault. Men under this age are allowed to get their nipples pierced but the same age limit applies to genital piercing. Any studio or professional who says they will do this procedure when you are under age should be avoided at all costs. If the individual or business is caught breaking UK piercing laws, they can be prosecuted. 

There are also UK piercing laws regarding the process before and after a procedure. Beforehand, the piercer is required to ask if you have any allergies or health problems that could be affected, and will often give you a run-through of the whole process. It is also necessary under UK piercing laws for them to make sure you have all the aftercare advice you need to keep the area free of infection. 

Of course, there are consequences if UK piercing laws are broken. If a person aged under the age of 21 is found in the act of having their genitals pierced, the piercer would be found at fault. If the piercer is charged with a serious offence, it will most likely be indecent assault. This could lead to a fine, prison sentence and even having to sign the sex offenders register. Therefore, it is thoroughly recommended that both the piercer and the customer check that they are not breaking any UK piercing laws before commencing a procedure. 

To comply with UK piercing laws, it is best to wait for several piercings until you reach the age of consent. It is also best for piercers to check the age of all their customers before a procedure begins. These measures will allow a customer to make sure they are sure of their piercing and the professional to safeguard their business. UK piercing laws are not difficult to follow, but it is wise to know them nonetheless. 

Article Disclaimer: The information contained here within is based on our experience as one of the UK’s largest piercing chains. Please note that each individual’s experiences will be subjective and therefore each person will have a different experience of pain, healing and maintenance. For more information, please view our article guides terms and conditions page.
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