Feb 28, 2010

Practical Guide to Body Piercing


When you decide to have any part of your body pierced, remember that this is more than fashion, it involves your health. It is wise to keep these points in mind: * The piercing studio should be registered, check for the appropriate permits and certificates. * The person who performs your body piercing should wear gloves, protective clothing, hair covering and should wash their hands before they pierce you. * All instruments should be sterilized and all surfaces, including the floor are smooth and wipe able. * Only disposable needles should be used, with all dressings (gauze, cotton pads) and gold body jewelry sterile packed. Piercing Guns The gold body jewelry used with ear piercing guns are not ideal for piercing for several reasons, first being that the guns cannot be sterilized because they are made of plastic and would melt in the sterilization unit. Second, they do not provide a clean, surgical cut, the jewelry is forced through the tissue, causing extensive trauma, because the ends are rounded, not sharp. Piercings done in this fashion are slow to heal and there is an increased risk of inflammation and/or infection. After Care Piercings done with the proper equipment usually take from six to eight weeks to heal at which time the jewelry can be changed without any problem. Quality aftercare of your piercing has a great impact on the amount of time your body needs. Healing is one thing, it takes much more time for the pierced skin to adjust and be accepted by your body. After the initial change, is it s a good idea for the jewelry to be left in the piercing at all times for at least the first six months but a longer period is better.

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