We’ve all seen the storefronts and kiosks advertising free ear piercings with the purchase of jewelry. You may think, “What’s wrong with a deal like that?” The problem is not in the price but the procedure, as these types of establishments use piercing guns. So what’s wrong with ear piercing guns? While we won’t go into all the reasons you shouldn’t get pierced with a gun—the Association of Professional Piercers already has—here are the main ones:
· Piercing guns cannot be effectively sterilized, and there are documented cases of disease transmission from piercing guns.
· Gun studs do not accommodate for the different thicknesses of ears and ear lobes, and the studs can easily become embedded. Additionally, piercing studs are not usually made from implant-grade materials, and as a result, reactions to the jewelry are not uncommon, especially for those with a sensitivity to nickel.
· Here’s why you may want to consider us instead of your local mall:
· We use single-use, disposable piercing needles and aseptic technique—the same as your dentist. Jewelry is sterilized prior to insertion, and any other implements used (forceps, etc.) are sterilized as well.
· We use jewelry at a length selected specifically for you, made of material proven to be safe for the body. The posts we use for initial ear piercings are the highest quality 316 LVM Surgical Steel.
· Everyone on our staff is certified with bloodborne pathogens training
· Getting pierced with a gun is considerably cheaper, but you get what you pay for.
Do I need to turn my earrings while they’re healing?
No. There is the opinion still held by some that if you do not rotate your jewelry occasionally during healing that your skin will adhere to or “grow into” the post. This is NOT true. With implant-grade surgical steel jewelry the surface is non-porous and will not adhere to skin. This is not to say that you won’t have some scabbing and dried lymph that adheres to your jewelry during healing. Just keep with your regular cleaning regimen and this will wash away naturally. As for twisting the jewelry: just leave it alone. Twisting and moving the jewelry will just add more irritation and trauma to the all ready healing piercing. If you’re not cleaning your piercing, keep your hands off it.
How soon can I change my jewelry?
The initial jewelry should be left in for the duration of the healing period, but you can change your jewelry as soon as it is healed. For earlobes, this means six to eight weeks; for cartilage, 5 to 6 months, minimum.
How soon can I leave the piercing empty?
For most, earlobe piercings tend to stay open (even without jewelry) after a year or more (but this is no hard, fast rule), while cartilage piercings can take considerably longer. A good rule of thumb: if you want to keep your piercing, keep something in it.
How long until I can start stretching?
You will want to wait until your piercings are healed before you begin stretching. For earlobes this is after about eight weeks; for ear cartilage, this means waiting until they are fully healed, which can be anywhere from six months to a year
I saw a picture online of an ear with multiple cartilage piercings. Can I get that?
Looking through images online is a great way to get ideas, but ears can vary greatly from person-to-person, so something that works well online (or on your friend) may not work for you. If there is a piercing configuration that appeals to you, bring in the picture and talk to one of our piercers. Even if you’re not suited for what you’re asking about, they can recommend something that will work for your particular ear.
I want to get my child’s ears pierced by you. Can you do it?
13 years of age is the youngest age we pierce. When piercing a minor we still need an ID from the person getting pierced and legal guardian needs to have a photo ID. (Drivers License, passport, Military ID, state ID, Birth Certificate and photo school ID)