How to Choose Your Next Piercing?

How to Choose Your Next Piercing?Are you a piercing enthusiast? Or maybe you are preparing to get your first piercing? Regardless of your experience with piercings in the past, getting a new piercing is always a big decision. It is important to know what you want and where you want your next piercing to be even before you book and appointment with your piercer. While sudden decisions work in some cases piercings do require a certain commitment so it’s always best to think a bit about where you want to have your next piercing done.

For some people, this decision is easy. They have a list of body parts they wish to pierce and they always know where their next piercing is going to be. But what if you are not sure? There are many people who know that they want a piercing, but don’t know how to decide about the location.

Here are some quick tips of how to choose your next piercing:

Think about It

The first thing you can do to ensure you are satisfied with your decision is to think about it. Never rush things out. While it may seem great to be spontaneous and just walk into a piercing studio, this is not the best way to go. Nor is simply deciding to get pierced on the spot while accompanying your friend to the piercing studio. While these decisions don’t always backfire it is highly advisable to think about where you actually want to have a piercing done.

Consult Your Piercer

It is always advisable to consult your piercer before you make a decision. Speaking of which, you need to research potential piercers and piercing studios in the area if you already don’t have a reliable piercer. Finding a professional, knowledgeable piercer and a good studio is a must.

Once you have your piercer, book a consultation. Keep in mind that many piercings depend on the anatomy. Many piercings and placements can be done only if you are anatomically suited for them. It is therefore important to make sure that you are anatomically built to accommodate a certain piercing. Don’t have your heart set on a piercing only to find out on the day of the procedure that you are not suited for it.

A consultation with your piercer will help you not only make sure that you can accommodate a piercing but will also provide alternatives in the case that you can’t get a piercing you originally wanted. Your piercer can give you some great ideas on placements and piercing types that may look great on you, so make sure to listen.

Know Your No-Nos

Speaking of which, you need to know if some piercings are a sure no-no. You may want to get them, but there may be many reasons why you cannot have a specific piercing. One of the reason is mentioned above. You may simply not built to accommodate a specific piercing so it cannot be performed on you. Another reason may be medical. There may be certain reasons why it is dangerous to get a specific piercing or any piercing at all. This is why it is important to also consult your doctor before any piercing decisions.

Finally, keep in mind that sometimes outside factors can influence your decision. For example, you may be forbidden to wear body jewelry at work or to have visible piercings on your face. This is another factor that will influence your decision.

Make a List

When in doubt, make a list. This is the best way to sort things out. Maybe you don’t know what piercing you want to get next, but you might have a list of piercings you absolutely don’t like. Research your options. Look at pictures of various piercings and try to imagine yourself having one.

Making a list will also help you sort out your priorities. You may discover that you prefer some piercings over the others or that you really like one style over the other. All of these things are helpful when it comes to deciding which piercing to get next.

Ask Your Friends

Once you have a list of piercings you wish to get, you may ask your friends for their opinion. Keep in mind that this should not be the first thing to do – it is important to consult your piercer and to make a list of piercings on your own. It is vital to decide about your new piercing on your own.

If you are still undecided after all these steps, however, you may consult your friends and other people. Ask about their opinion and see what they say. Again, this should be your decision, but your friends may offer some helpful advice that will make the decision easier.

Checking Safety and Sterilization in a Piercing Studio

Safety and Sterilization in a Piercing StudioIn order for a piercing studio to be safe, it has to follow all the procedure requirements. This is particularly true for hygiene standards and sterilization. All the reliable studios will follow these procedures but sometimes it’s difficult to tell a good studio from the bad.

The main issue is that there are so many things that go behind the scenes. As a client, you will not be able to witness all the safety and sterilization measures in a studio. That being said, keep in mind that it’s your right to know that a studio is safe, and that you can request to see results of certain tests.

Checking Safety and Sterilization in a Piercing Studio: How To

It is important to ask and observe. Visit a studio and see how clean it is. Ask questions. Note how the staff behaves. During the procedure, observe how tools and other equipment is handled. Here are some important things to note when judging safety and sterilization in a piercing studio:

Cleanliness

The first thing you need to note is the state of cleanliness in the studio. It can be seen right at the door, even before you enter the piercing room. Make sure that the studio is clean and well-maintained. Clean, dust-free floors, chairs and counters. This is often a very telling thing about the hygiene in the whole studio, particularly the piercing room.

The room where procedures are performed should be extra clean. Pay attention to the state of the floors and any furniture in the room. Again, while it is not enough that the room is clean, it is an indicator about hygiene. That being said, there is more to safety and sterilization than just clean furniture, but it’s a huge red flag if the piercing room is messy.

Also, it is important that the room used for piercing procedures has adequate containers to dispose used needles, gloves and other equipment. Make sure that your piercer follows these procedures. If you notice that they toss used tools and needles around, it’s a bad sign.

Autoclave

Make sure that your chosen studio has an autoclave. It is an absolute must and you should never agree to get pierced at a place that doesn’t have an autoclave. Autoclave has to be used to properly sterilize all the instruments and tools in the studio.

That being said, having an autoclave is not enough. It has to be properly checked and inspected regularly. You should always request to see the spore test results at your chosen studio. All studios should have the spore test performed by an independent inspector. This is the only way to ensure that the sterilization process is complete.

Sterilization Pouches

All tools and equipment should be stored in special pouches after sterilization. There is no use in using autoclave if the sterilized equipment is not kept clean afterwards. To ensure safety, it is vital that everything sterilized in the autoclave is kept in special pouches or another type of a sealed packaging.

You should never allowed to be pierced by a person handling unsterilized equipment. The only way to know it’s safe is to see how the piercer handles the equipment (it has to be unpackaged in front of you).

Gloves

It is vital that your piercer wears sterile gloves throughout the procedure. Never allowed to be pierced if the person is not wearing gloves. The gloves should be new and unpacked in front of you. The piercer should not just use gloves that were used for another client before.

Keep in mind, however, that one pair of gloves will probably not be enough for the whole procedure. In other words, your piercer will likely have to change several pairs of gloves to perform a single piercing. Typically, one pair of gloves is used for preparation and marking while the new one is used to perform the actual piercing. In some cases, several pairs of gloves have to be used for a single piercing, particularly in the case of more complex piercings or if there is a bleeding.

Also, it is important that your piercer wears gloves for things like jewelry changing and any consultation work. Just because you are not getting pierced at the moment doesn’t mean that your piercer should not have the gloves on!

New Piercing Needles

The needle used to pierce you has to be new and come in a sealed packaging. This is an absolute must. For the obvious reasons, you should never allowed to be pierced with a needle that’s already been used on someone else. You should not even allow to be pierced with the same needle used to pierce you (in case something has to be repeated).

It is important to make sure that your piercer takes a new, sealed needle. The needle should be unpacked in front of you and used immediately. This is the only way to ensure safety. Make sure that your chosen piercer follows all of the needed safety procedures.

Top 5 Rare but Easy Piercings

Top 5 Rare but Easy PiercingsThere are many different types of rare and unusual piercings. Some of them are very difficult to get and can lead to numerous problems. Many rare piercings are also very extreme, which is one of the reasons why they are rare and unusual in the first place.

However, there are some original piercings that are not too complicated to get. If you wish to have a more effective and original piercing than the simple and common piercing types, check out these 5 rare piercings that are also easy to get.

  1. Madison Piercing

Madison piercing is rare and unusual but not really extreme. It is a surface piercing done one the jugular notch. This is a place on the neck directly above the collar bones. It got its name after a pornstar who made this type of piercing famous.

This piercing is not really complicated and the procedure is easy. As a surface piercing, however, keep in mind that it’s prone to migration and rejection. It is also not a permanent piercing, so you will probably need to retire it at some point.

That being said, Madison is an interesting and unusual piercing you can get if you wish to have a more original piercing that is not too extreme. Just be careful not to get it snagged on clothes since it can lead to tearing and other problems.

  1. Horizontal Lip Piercing

Horizontal lip piercing is one of the rarest lip piercing placements. It’s also a great way to get a rare and unusual piercing without going too far. If you don’t like extreme piercings but would like to have a more original piercing, horizontal lip piercing might be a good way to go.

This is considered a unique lip piercing placement. It goes through the lip horizontally. Typically, lower lip is used for this piercing, though there are some people who choose to have a horizontal piercing through the upper lip.

One potential problem with this piercing is that it goes through a lot of flesh. This is a long piercing so it requires a lot of care. Also, the jewelry for this piercing needs to be long enough. Long straight barbells are the best jewelry types for horizontal lip piercing.

This is a very effective piercing type that will sure draw a lot of attention. One possible drawback is that it may affect the functionability of your lower lip. It will make the lip less flexible, which can interfere with certain functions. However, if your piercer is experienced and knowledgeable most of the problems can easily be avoided.

  1. Finger Piercing

If you wish to have a relatively small piercing that is still very unique and rare. There are many different ways to pierce a finger. Horizontal piercing through the fingertip is one of the more popular variants, but there are many more. Also, you can choose which finger you wish to have it pierced.

As with any other unusual piercing, it is important to find an experienced, knowledgeable piercer who will know how to perform the procedure without a problem. One of the most important things is to avoid hitting the bone in the finger, which is why it’s important to find a piercer who has some experience with this type of piercing.

While you may choose any finger you want, it’s probably for the best to go with a finger you rarely use. Also, it’s better to use your non-dominant hand for a finger piercing. All these things will help you minimize the risk of infections and other problems.

  1. Neck Back Piercing

This is another rare piercing form that is not too extreme, so if you want something unusual, neck back piercing might be the right choice for you. A neck back piercing is another form of a surface piercing and as such, it brings all the usual risks associated with surface piercings. This piercing is prone to migration and rejection, so this is something to think about. Also, as any other surface piercing, neck back piercing is not made to be permanent, so it’s another thing you need to keep in mind.

Neck back piercings can be done alone or in pairs. Some people even choose to do them in groups. Whatever your preference may be, it’s important to find an experienced piercer who is knowledgeable enough with this piercing type. That’s the only way to avoid infections and other problems associated with rare piercings.

  1. Eyelid Piercing

This is a very unusual piercing and some people consider it more extreme than others presented on this list. Luckily, it is not really complex but it’s vital to find a knowledgeable piercer who knows how to perform this piercer properly.

Since the piercing is done so close to the eye it is a risky procedure that can lead to numerous problems. In order to stay safe you need to get pierced by an experienced piercer.

One good thing about this piercing is that it’s actually relatively easy and painless. The eyelid piercing is thus not really extreme in the true sense of the word. The skin is thin and it doesn’t require a lot of time to get pierced. In that sense, eyelid piercing is not the most extreme piercing type you can get.

However, there is a reason why this is a very rare piercing. The jewelry will sit next to the eye and rub on it, which can pose a problem when blinking or sleeping. The jewelry can rub against the eye, which can be uncomfortable and risky. For these reasons, eyelid piercing is not for everyone. If you want to get this piercing it’s important to be informed about all the potential dangers and drawbacks.

Tips for New Piercings: What to Do If…

how-to-clean-your-nose-piercingFirst hours and days after getting your piercing done are crucial. This is when you should take special care of your new piercing so it can heal properly. Many people are unsure what to expect during this time, because even the normal, healthy piercings will show some warning signs during this period.

Here are some handy tips on what to do during this time.

Keep in mind that the healing time is long so you’re definitely not off the hook after the first few days. However, these first days are crucial for ensuring success with your piercings.

What To Do if…

… You don’t know how to clean properly

Many newbies do not know how to clean their piercings properly or how to perform adequate aftercare. This can be very detrimental to the health, so it’s important that you know how to care for your new piercing at all times. This is the job for your piercer, so if there is something you don’t understand, do not hesitate to ask them, even if it means going back to the studio to clarify.

The good news is that cleaning and aftercare are not complicated: the most complex thing about aftercare is that it has to be done consistently! Since many piercings take months to heal, many people may skip cleanings or do them sloppily. This is where things get nasty. However, as long as you stick to the recommended aftercare you don’t have to have any special technique for cleaning. In other words, it’s not difficult to clean properly.

There are only a few things you need to keep in mind when it comes to cleaning:

  • Clean as many times per day as recommended (no more, no less)
  • Use only gentle cleaners (saline solution works wonders)
  • Try to disturb your new piercing as little as possible while cleaning. No turning or twisting the jewelry!
  • If you touch your new piercing or jewelry, make sure your hands are absolutely clean

…You notice fluid coming out of your piercing

Some secretion is not uncommon for new piercings. You may notice some fluid coming out of the piercing in the first days after the procedure. This fluid should be liquid, almost clear (or just a bit yellow). It will typically form a crust around the hole and on the jewelry. This is a perfectly normal thing and it’s actually a sign that your piercing is healing properly. All you need to do is to clean your piercing as instructed. It should remove the crusts from the skin and jewelry. However, never scrub hard or try to remove the crusts with force. Just clean the piercing as you always do and leave it alone.

Fluid coming out of the piercing can be a sign of an infection, but it’s usually easy to tell when there’s a problem. You will notice swelling and increased tenderness if that happens. Also, the secretion will be darker in color (darker yellow, white, or another color). This is pus and it’s typically not as liquid as the normal secretion. If in doubt, it’s best to seek medical advice.

… Your New Piercing is Swollen

Tongue_piercingAfter you get pierced, you can expect some swelling. Most piercings will swell right after the procedure and in the following days. This swelling is normal and it’s just a body’s reaction to what happened.

Keep in mind, however, that this swelling should be temporary. It should not hurt much and it should go away on its own within a few days. You should definitely see it getting better every day. This is a good sign of healing.

If, on the other hand, the swelling becomes worse or if you experience pain and discomfort, it is a sign that something is wrong. Your new piercing may be infected. The best course of action in these situations is to consult your doctor, not your piercer. Keep in mind that piercers are not medical professionals. Most of the time, these infections and problems are not serious, but only if you get medical help straight away. Never wait for too long to seek help if you experience any prolonged swelling or other signs of infection.

… Your New Piercing Hurts

Your new piercing will definitely be sensitive in the first hours, if not days, after the procedure. This is normal and you should not worry about it. You may take painkillers to ease the pain, but other than that, it’s not a sign that something is wrong.

However, keep in mind that your piercing should get better quickly. The pain should be gone within a day or a few days. The exact time needed for a piercing to stop hurting will depend on numerous factors, first and foremost, the body part and the type of piercing you have. Make sure to ask your piercer about the normal time in which you can expect your new piercing to be painful. This way, you will know if everything is healing normally or if there is a reason to be concerned.

If the pain persists for longer than normal or if it gets worse, it’s important to seek medical help immediately, because it can be a sign of an infection or another problem. It’s vital to react quickly because piercing infections can progress quickly.

… Your jewelry cuts into the skin

The initial swelling after the procedure can make the jewelry become “tight” so it might cut into the skin. If the swelling is barely noticeable this should not cause any problems. However, it can become an issue if the swelling is more pronounced. It can also be a sign of an inexperienced piercer, because knowledgeable piercers know they need to use longer jewelry to account for swelling.

This is the reason many initial jewelry pieces are longer than the regular ones. The longer ones are used for swelling and the jewelry is changed once the swelling is gone. If you feel you didn’t get proper jewelry and if you feel the jewelry is too short, go back to the studio and demand a longer jewelry piece.

What if you have a healed piercing and the jewelry still cuts into the skin? This should never happen with healed piercings so it’s either a sign of improperly fitted jewelry or a swelling. If your piercing is healthy (no swelling or other signs of infection), you will need to get new jewelry. It is vital for your body jewelry to be long enough to sit comfortably: it should never cut into your skin.

Piercing Decisions: Do Your Research

Piercing DecisionsGetting a new piercing is a very rewarding experience, but also an important decision. In order to be fully satisfied with your new piercing and its results, it’s worth to think about it beforehand. Acting on a whim may seem exciting and spontaneous but it’s not the best way to go. Remember, piercings are a form of body modification and as such, they should not be treated lightly.

Since piercings are done on the body there are numerous health and safety concerns you need to know about. This is why it’s highly recommended to always think beforehand and get informed before you decide to get a piercing.

Are Piercings Permanent?

Some people wonder if piercings are permanent and if this is the reason why one should be careful when getting a piercing. Generally speaking, the reason one needs to think before getting a piercing is not really about the permanent nature of piercings. The truth is, piercings do not need to be permanent.

While many piercings do leave scars and marking when retired, many piercings can be retired easily and without any trace. It means that piercings are not permanent the way some other body modifications are. In fact, maintaining a piercing is often an effort. Often times, all one needs to do to retire a piercing is to take the jewelry out and the hole will close on its own. Of course, it’s not always that easy – some types of piercings are more difficult to retire and will leave an open hole in some cases (particularly true for piercings stretched to very large gauges). However, it is true that so many piercings can be retired without a problem.

In this sense, one doesn’t need to worry that a piercing is a permanent modification. However, getting a piercing is still a big deal. If you intend to wear your piercing for years you will need to come to terms about having a piercing. It often involves people’s reactions. These reactions are not always positive (many people with piercings face discrimination on the job, for example). This isn’t a reason for anyone to give up on piercings but it’s definitely something to think about when deciding to get pierced. It is one of the reasons why you should be informed before making such a decision.

Health Issues

Another reason why you should do your research before getting a piercing is health. Health and safety are the most important things to think about when deciding on a piercing. Remember, piercings are body modifications and as such, they can affect your health and overall wellbeing if something goes wrong.

This doesn’t mean that piercings are dangerous. On the contrary: in the hands of an experienced, reliable piercer, they are very safe. This is why it’s vital to do your research and find the most reliable piercing studio and the most experienced piercer you can get. It’s an imperative to be pierced by people who have all the knowledge and technology to do it right.

Choosing a good piercer will guarantee that you have an access to all the necessary information you need regarding the procedure, aftercare, safe jewelry choices and other aspects of having a piercing. A good piercer will also instruct you on how to recognize a potential problem with your piercing, such as an infection, migration, rejection or another issue.

For all these reasons, it’s vital to get informed about all of the aspects of the procedure and having a particular piercing before you decide to book an appointment. Keep in mind that such a decision should never be done without prior research.

Will My Piercing Bleed?

Piercing BleedingMany people wonder if their new piercing will bleed and, if yes, for how long. It’s important to note that there is no one, universal answer to this question. Most of the piercings will bleed a little, at least initially. However, this bleeding should not be prolonged. How long the piercing will bleed depends on many factors, so it’s always vital to ask your piercer to explain you the details about your chosen piercing.

Piercings and Bleeding

Since piercings are perforations made on the tissue, it’s not surprising that some bleeding will occur. That being said, not all piercings bleed, and some bleed very little. Other piercings are known for more extended bleeding, so you need to know about it.

It’s also important to know that bleeding occurs during the procedure, but it will be cleaned immediately by your piercer. You should not be worried about this bleeding, as long as you are healthy. If you do have some sort of a condition that might interfere with this process (such as hemophilia) you should consult your doctor before getting a piercing done and you should always inform your piercer about any medical condition you might have.

He initial bleeding will be cleaned at the studio and you will go home. This is where you might notice additional bleeding during the following hours. It’s important to talk to your piercer and ask about the bleeding so you can be informed and know what to expect. It is also vital because you need to know if the bleeding you experience is normal or if there is something wrong about it.

Most piercings do bleed a little after the procedure, but this bleeding should not be extensive nor prolonged. You should not bleed for days or weeks. The only exception are some genital piercings: these are known to bleed for days after the procedure. This is why it’s important to ask your piercer about what to expect.

How Much will it Bleed?

There are several factors that determine how much a piercing will bleed:

  • Piercing type (body part that is pierced). This is by far the most important factor. Different body parts bleed differently, so it largely depends on the type of your piercing.
  • Gauge. Typically, large gauge piercings bleed more at the beginning, but this is not always a rule.
  • Instruments. The instrument used to perform a piercing will also contribute to potential bleeding. For example, piercing guns are more invasive than a piercing needle, and they tear the tissue. Not that you should ever get pierced with a gun.
  • Your anatomy. Your individual anatomy may make the procedure easier or more difficult, which may contribute to bleeding.
  • Your health. It’s important to be healthy when you go to get a piercing. It can contribute to many things, including the bleeding level.
  • Jewelry. Sometimes, the initial jewelry contributes to bleeding. Your jewelry should be fitted nicely to minimize any pressure and damage to the tissue in order to avoid bleeding. Needless to say, you need to use medical-grade jewelry and avoid any cheap, poorly made jewelry for your fresh piercing.

What to Do?

It’s easy to handle the bleeding. Use a cotton pad or a fresh tissue and apply it to the piercing with a gentle pressure. Do your best not to disturb the piercing. In some cases, applying ice to the affected area may also help, and it may also reduce the swelling.

In case of excessive and prolonged bleeding, or any type of discomfort, make sure to consult your doctor to check everything is fine. You may also visit your piercer, but do not ignore a doctor’s advice.

Are Genital Piercings Right for Me?

Genital PiercingGenital piercings are popular but still often misunderstood form of body modification. There are many piercing enthusiasts who would gladly have many piercings all over their body, save for their genitalia. On the other hand, and as curious as it may sound, there are people who don’t have any piercings – except for genital ones. Obviously, the choice of piercing is a highly personal one and there are no two people who will approach this subject in the identical manner. What is important to know is that genital piercings are popular and if you are interested in them you are definitely not alone.

Is it Right for Me?

Many people wonder if genital piercings are the right choice for them and if piercing such a sensitive area brings unwanted consequences. In a way, this sort of attitude is understandable. After all, genitalia are highly sensitive and people want to keep them as healthy and functional as possible.

On the other hand, it’s important to know that, at the end of the day, these are piercings just like any other. While it’s true genital piercings may seem more extreme or even exotic, the truth is: this is a piercing like any other. Meaning: the same rules apply.

Just like with any other piercing, when deciding to get a genital piercing, it’s important to ask yourself the following things:

  • Would I like to have this sort of piercing?
  • Which particular piercing am I interested in?
  • Will this piercing fit my lifestyle?
  • Am I informed enough to know about the procedure and aftercare?
  • Did I do my research to find a reliable, experienced piercer?

All of these questions are crucial to ask yourself before you decide to get a genital piercing.

Would You Like to Have a Genital Piercing?

This is probably the first and most basic thing to ask yourself. There are many reasons why you might wish to get a genital piercing, just like there are many reasons why you might not want to have one. Think about yourself, your preferences and your desires. Usually, the idea of having a genital piercing doesn’t come to those who absolutely hate the idea. So, let’s just say you are intrigued. Good. This is a great way to go.

Your reasons for wanting to have a genital piercing are your own and you don’t have to explain them to anyone. Some of the most common reasons to get this sort of piercing are aesthetics and functionality. Namely, genital piercing look good but they can also make sex more pleasurable for you and your partner.

Your Choice of Piercing

Once you have decided that genital piercings are for you, it’s important to think about the exact type of a piercing. Chances are that you already have some ideas. After all, people rarely think about wanting to pierce “something down there” – they usually have a pretty good idea on the piercing they want to get.

Before you make a final decision, though, search around. Get informed about all the good and the bad sides of this piercing. It’s also helpful to talk to an experienced piercer. They can give you a lot of advice and help you decide.

Genital Piercing and Your Lifestyle

Chances are that a genital piercing can fit your lifestyle, whatever it may be. In a way, genital piercings are more versatile and suitable for many different lifestyles because they are largely invisible in the workplace and in everyday life. For this reason, it’s often impossible to tell if someone has a genital piercing or not.

To be sure that no aspect of your life will suffer because of a genital piercing, think about any problematic areas. Are you physically active in sports? If in doubt, check with your doctor. What about your partner? What do they think about the idea? Keep in mind that when it comes to a genital piercing it affects your sexual partners. It doesn’t mean that you have to ask for their permission to get this piercing but depending on your partner’s feeling toward it you may need to adapt to new circumstances. For example, if your partner doesn’t like it, you will probably need to remove the jewelry before the intercourse.

Do Your Research

Once you are ready to have a particular genital piercing, it’s time to do a research. Find about the procedure, healing time and aftercare instructions. It’s very important to be informed about these things. It’s also highly advisable to ask your chosen piercer before you make an appointment. It’s vital that you are familiar with all aspects of a procedure.

Also, if you are scared of pain, you may wish to research this aspect of a procedure, too. However, keep in mind that focusing too much on the pain usually makes the whole experience more uncomfortable.

Choose a Good Piercer

The last step before you get a genital piercing is to choose a good piercer. It goes without saying for all types of piercings, but it becomes even more crucial for genital piercings. Since genital piercings are highly specialized, not all piercers can perform them properly. Perhaps your local piercer is not experienced enough with this type of piercings, in which case you will need to search elsewhere. Remember: you are looking not just for a reliable, experienced general piercer but a good piercer who is experienced in the type of a piercing you want to get.

How to Choose a Body Piercer

Performing a PiercingThere are many bad piercers out these so you need to be extremely cautious when choosing a person to get you pierced. The choice of a studio and a person who is going to perform the procedure is vital in ensuring your safety and complete satisfaction. You should never get pierced unless you are sure that the person knows what they’re doing.

For these reasons, it’s important to take your time and research available piercers before you make your decision. There are some warning signs you should never ignore when choosing a piercer.

Here are some things to pay attention to when choosing a body piercer:

  • Is the studio reliable? Good piercers usually come with reliable studios, so you should always look for a good place to get pierced. While a piercing studio and a piercer as a person are not the same thing, keep in mind that no reliable piercer would want to work in a trashy, unsanitary studio. This is why it’s important to inspect the studio itself before you make your decision. Is the place clean? Does it adhere to all safety and hygiene standards? Does it have an autoclave? These are just some of the things you should consider before making your decision.
  • License. It goes without saying that you should only get pierced by a licensed professional. Always ask to see a business license in a studio and current health board certification.
  • Is the person qualified? It is vital that your piercer is qualified and can perform the procedure properly. One potential problem here is that there are no clear regulations on which qualifications a body piercer should have. Someone might only have one short course or a couple of weeks of training. These piercers are not reliable and you should not choose them. Keep in mind that successful training lasts for years.
  • Is the person knowledgeable? Another thing you should pay attention to is how much your piercer knows about various aspects of the procedure, health and aftercare. You need someone who has enough knowledge in all the aspects of the piercing process, starting from health and safety standards. A good piercer has to know a lot about cross-contamination, infection control and proper sterilization in order to ensure safety during procedure. They should also have some knowledge of anatomy and how to avoid important nerves and other body structures. A piercer should know how to choose proper jewelry based on materials, shape, size, and more. Also, a good piercer should know all about proper aftercare and to explain all steps to the clients to ensure they follow these aftercare instructions.
  • Is the person experienced? You should only get pierced by a person who has rich experience in performing piercings. Theoretical knowledge is not enough. Also, being experienced with certain piercing types is not enough: your piercer has to be experienced in the type of procedure you wish to get. While most professional piercers know how to perform popular piercings (earlobe, nose, eyebrow or navel piercing), if you wish to get something less popular or more complex, it is vital to make sure that your piercer is experienced with the given piercing type. This is particularly important for genital piercings and other highly sensitive piercing types.
  • The portfolio. Before you decide on a piercing artist, ask to see their portfolio. While portfolios are more common for tattoo artists, reliable piercers will have them, too. Piercers take photos of the piercings they perform so you can judge their work. Typically, photos are taken at various stages of the healing process. While many of the photos in the portfolio show newly made piercings, a good piercer will also have examples of healed piercings. This way, you should be able to see how this person’s piercing job looks when it’s healed.
  • Do they use a piercing gun? If a piercer uses a gun, it’s a clear sign they don’t know what they’re doing. While most professional places will not employ anyone who uses a piercing gun as a tool, it’s important to check. In case they use a gun, or even if they mention gun as a possibility to choose from, it’s a clear sign that the person is not a professional. You don’t want to be pierced by someone who uses gun.
  • Can you be comfortable around this person? Perhaps you don’t like a particular piercer without being able to tell why. This is ok. In case you’re getting bad vibes from someone, or if you just don’t feel comfortable around them, it is ok to request someone else. Someone can be a good professional but if you can’t be comfortable around them, you should not be pierced by them. This is particularly important for some more intimate piercings, such as nipple or genital piercings. You need to be relaxed around the person doing the piercing, so this is an important factor to consider.

10 Smart Questions to Ask Your Body Piercer

Piercer in StudioWhile there are many stupid, unnecessary questions people ask their piercers, there are also some good questions you should be asking. These questions will help you make a decision about a piercing and allow you to inspect a piercing studio for safety and professionalism.

What to Ask?

Many people understand that researching a studio or a piercer is an important step you need to take before you get your piercing. However, not everybody knows what exactly to ask, or when.

Some people are very shy when it comes to asking questions, or they don’t remember what they want to ask. If this is a problem with you, keep in mind that piercers are there for you and it’s their job to answer all of your questions. In case someone seems too busy to answer your questions properly or to help you make a decision, simply go somewhere else. You deserve to be informed about every aspect of the piercing process.

In case you are one of those people who can think of great questions but forget them all when they enter a piercing studio, the best way to go is to simply write your questions down. There’s nothing wrong about it. Simply think of all the things you wish to ask your piercer and take this list with you to the piercing studio. This way, you will never forget to ask the essential questions.

Another problem may be that you don’t really know what to ask, or you ask questions that may not be the most important, but forget the vital ones. In this case, it’s important to keep in mind that the safety should always come first. Meaning, you need to be informed about all the aspects of the piercing process that will ensure your health and safety. It’s also vital to ask these questions before you get pierced and to also be informed about proper aftercare. This is the only way to ensure safety and not to endanger your health.

Essential Questions to Ask

Here is the list of top 10 questions to ask your body piercer:

1. How long have you been piercing? This is a vital question to ask. You need someone who knows what they’re doing.

2. Are you experienced with the type of piercing I am interested in? (Very important for all sorts of rare piercings or complicated piercings, such as male and female genital piercings).

3. What are the measures you take to ensure client safety and reduce health risks? This is one of the most important questions to ask. Your piercer should show you the studio and go through all the safety measures they take to minimize any health risk for customers.

4. Does the studio have an autoclave? All piercing studios have to have autoclave. They should also show you the latest test results proving that the autoclave is working properly.

5. How much do you charge for piercing? Ask them to give you the exact quote for the type of piercing you request. Ask if initial jewelry is included in the price or not. Also, don’t forget to ask if jewelry change is done free of charge. Sometimes, you will need to change your jewelry when the first swelling is gone, and it’s best to be done by a professional.

6. Can you describe the procedure for me? Ask for details. Your piercer should guide you through every step of the piercing process.

7. What kind of body jewelry do you use? This question should answer several concerns. Ask them about the exact materials they use. If they offer gold jewelry, ask them if their jewelry contains nickel.

8. What is the aftercare routine for this type of piercing? Ask your piercer to guide you through the aftercare process and to describe the routine you need to follow.

9. What kind of cleaning products you recommend? Ask your piercer to tell you the type of cleaner you need to use. This should not be a brand recommendation; your piercer should tell you the type of solution best suited for your piercing. Usually, it’s a saline solution, but you need to make sure. Also, ask what kind of cleaning solutions are definitely not recommended.

10. How long is the healing time? Keep in mind that healing time is individual and will depend on your lifestyle. However, your piercer should be willing to give you an estimate.

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.