Once 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.