How to tell if a Piercing Studio is Safe

Piercing Studio SafetyOnce you have decided what kind of a piercing you want, it’s time to choose your piercer. It also means choosing a particular studio. You should never get pierced outside a studio, even by a professional. Studios are equipped with all the tools, furniture and devices needed to perform piercing successfully, and it just can’t be replicated in home conditions. Furthermore, piercing studios have to adhere to strict hygiene requirements. A reliable piercing studio is clean and all the equipment in it is properly sterilized. Again, this is not something you can achieve at home.

In order to pick the best studio to be pierced in, you need to know how to tell a reliable place from a shady one. A good studio doesn’t have to be big, but it has to follow all safety regulations to ensure client safety.

Inside a Studio

A typical piercing studio should have at least one bed reserved for performing piercings and consultations. Many studios have a bed located in the back, behind a piercing shop. This is not problematic, but it’s important that the area is private and separated from the rest of the shop. Larger studios have more than one bed, each in a separated, private area.

The area made for performing piercings and consultations should be perfectly clean, sterilized and well-organized. It should also offer privacy to customers. This is a place where you should be able to talk to your piercer, ask questions and relax before and after a procedure. In case a studio doesn’t offer a separated, private space for procedures it’s a sign that it’s not a good studio. It’s a sign that people there don’t care about your health and safety.

Apart from important furniture, such as the examination bed, a good piercing studio will also have all the needed equipment and tools for performing successful procedures.

A typical studio will also have an autoclave unit that is used for sterilization. Autoclave is a powerful sterilizator and the only thing that should be used to sterilize equipment and jewelry. Alcohol and other similar things are just not good enough. Never agree to be pierced in a studio that doesn’t have an autoclave.

Another important room inside a piercing studio is a sterilization room. It should be separated from the examination room. This is where all the tools, equipment and jewelry is sterilized in the autoclave.

Hygiene and Sterilization

It goes without saying that a piercing studio should always be clean and well-maintained. Piercing business is not a joke. There are numerous health concerns and it’s important that a piercing studio follows all the present standards of hygiene, sterilization and cleanness.

After sterilization in an autoclave, all equipment should be placed in special, sterile pouches. Piercers should not just keep the equipment around. Hygiene in a piercing studio goes beyond mere swapping the floor and removing dust. A piercing studio has to adhere to strict rules of sterilization and hygiene to ensure safety for all the customers.

These standards apply to piercers, too. All piercers have to wash their hands and sanitize them before work. In addition to this, piercers have to wear surgical gloves during procedures and consultation. In case of a more complex procedure surgical gloves have to be changed during work to ensure safety.

How to Check?

As a client, you have all right to know if a studio follows all standards and safety regulations. Don’t be afraid to ask a piercer to show you the examination room, autoclave and equipment. It is their job to present you with the evidence of highest hygiene standards and sterilization. Stay away from any studio that tries to hide its results or fails to produce a proof of hygiene standards.

Ask to see the examination room. Take a look around it. Is it clean? Are all tools in their sterile pouches? What about the needles? All needles should be packed and sealed until use. As a rule, a needle package should be opened in front of you before the procedure. A piercer should show you a packed needle and you should see it being opened. Never allow a piercer to use an already opened needle, even if they claim it’s “sterilized”. Once used, needles have to be disposed in special containers marked “biohazard”.

Also, don’t forget to ask about their autoclave. A proper autoclave has to be able to kill even the most persistent microorganisms, such as dangerous bacteria and viruses. Studios are required to perform regular checks and to go through inspections. If an autoclave is working properly, they are given a report that attests that such autoclave is safe to be used. When you go to inspect a piercing studio, don’t forget to ask them about the report. The staff should be willing to show you the most recent result proving that their autoclave is safe and working properly.

These are the basic measures you need to take before you decide on a piercing studio. Too many times, people are attracted by low prices so they don’t think much about consequences. Remember: you get what you pay for, so it’s advisable to spend a few bucks more to get pierced in a professional, safe and sanitized piercing studio.

How Not to Regret a Piercing

Pierced girlPiercings are fun, exciting and great in so many ways. To make sure that your piercing experience a positive one, it’s important to follow certain guidelines. Let’s face it: there are many things that can go wrong, from unprofessional piercer to inadequate aftercare. Cheap jewelry made of dubious materials can also ruin your experience, not to mention endanger your health.

Also, there are some other things to keep in mind. Even a professionally-done piercing can turn into a mistake if you regret it. Contrary to some opinions, people usually don’t regret a piercing simply because they had it done; after all, in most of the cases, you can easily retire a piercing if you don’t want to have it anymore. So, simply having a piercing done is usually not a cause of concern and regret.

What people regret is not making a proper decision on what they actually want from their piercing. They never took the time to properly figure out where they really want to have a piercing or what kind of a jewelry would suit them. None of these mistakes are dangerous (not in a way improper piercing procedure or dangerous materials are dangerous, anyway), but they can sure make you regret a piercing and diminish your enjoyment.

To prevent this problem, it’s important to think about what you truly want from your piercing and to take some time to research it. Inform yourself about the type of the piercing you are interested in, take time to find a reliable piercer and think about the type of jewelry you want to wear.

Things to Take Into Account

Here is a list of things you should consider when getting a new piercing:

What type of the piercing do you want? It usually translates to: which body part do you want to pierce? There are some common ones (ears, navel, eyebrow, tongue, etc.) and more “exotic” ones. There are even very rare piercing types you can get at various parts of your body (such as knuckle piercing or uvula piercing). Keep in mind: originality when it comes to body part to pierce is not always the best way to go. There is a good reason why certain piercing types are more common than the others. Certain areas of the body and certain piercing types are less prone to rejection, migration, infection and other problems.

Find a reliable piercer. This should go without saying. It becomes even more vital if you want to have a rare piercing. Any good piercer can perform a successful belly piercing, but not everyone is experienced with rare piercing types, such as Fourchette piercing and many others. If you wish to get one of these piercings, make sure to find a piercing who is experienced in that exact piercing type.

Before you go to get your piercing, make sure that your anatomy allows you to have this particular piercing. Certain piercings are dependent on the anatomy so not all people can have them.

Follow aftercare instructions. This can’t be stressed enough. It’s vital that you take a good care of your healing piercing so you should follow all of the aftercare instructions carefully.

Take time to observe your piercing so you can note any potential changes, such as redness, inflammation and other warning signs. If you react promptly, there is a good chance that you can treat the problem and avoid further complications.

Choose your jewelry wisely. Body jewelry has to be made of material that will not cause allergies and other problems. This is why it’s vital to get jewelry at a reliable store. Jewelry used for piercing has to be made of body-friendly material that will not hurt you. Never go for cheap jewelry you can get at a dollar store or at a mall – it can cause more harm than good.

Think about your style and what kind of jewelry you like to wear. Experiment until you find the ones that might suit you perfectly. Just make sure to wait until the piercing is fully healed before you attempt to change it.

Follow these simple tips and chances are that you will never regret your piercing.

10 Dumb Questions to ask your Body Piercer

You might have heard the saying, ‘There are no dumb questions’, Well, it is time to revisit that statement and come to terms with the fact that there actually are questions which can be defined in no better way than dumb. If piercing is painful for the person getting a piercing, then what is it that pains the Professional Piercer? No points for guessing, it is obviously Dumb Questions that people ask before, during and after the procedure of body piercing. Asking questions is a very good habit and should be encouraged in order to get proper information, especially about the aftercare. However, asking dumb questions is kind of well dumb!, and more than you actually learning something useful, it can really just piss off the piercer in whose hands lies your ‘flesh’ to be pierced. Continue reading