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Our biggest concern is first your safety and ours. You can research reasons why  professional Piercers are against piercing guns online. Seriously, they are horrible and should be banned. We use tri-beveled laser cut needles, that are hallow, and extremely sharp. They are made from the same materials as our body jewelry. We obtain them from the same vendors as we purchase our body jewelry from. High quality sharp needles are a must.

Why “piercing guns” are unsafe. There are a variety of reasons. The number one reason is that they are primarily made of plastic, and cannot be sterilized in an autoclave. Everything that we use in our studio is sterilized in house, in our autoclave, or comes pre-sterilized. . There are two types of sterilization, one that uses a combination of steam and pressure, and one that uses ethylene gas oxide. Any tools or supplies that come in contact with our clients have been sterilized. Cleaning with alcohol or peroxide will not properly clean, or sterilize tools and surfaces. An unclean environment can lead to infections, not only bacterial, but also leaves the piercee susceptible to diseases and infection. The other issue with piercing guns is that when the very blunt earring stud (made of who knows what kind of materials, copper, nickle, lead perhaps) tears it’s way through your fleshy bits, it merely pushes the tissue aside to make room for the jewelry. The jewelry made of low quality materials, also runs the risk of being too small. Improperly fitted jewelry will hinder healing. A fresh piercing requires room for swelling, and room to breath. Another risk is the chance of the jewelry becoming embedded within the piercing. If the jewelry becomes trapped inside the piercing site, the option at that point is to have it removed surgically by a medical professional. Lastly, metal sensitivity and allergies is an issue in many individuals. This will also cause healing problems, and can lead to pain, swelling, and rejection.

In our studio we use Implant grade surgical steel or sometimes referred to as stainless steel. What matters is that it is made of 316 LVM ASTM F-138. The next important element is that the implant grade steel be highly polished with no marks or abrasions on it. This matters because in a fresh piercing, the fragile tissue is susceptible to excessive damage and trauma made by imperfections in the jewelry. It is important to keep that mirror finish in tact. Using metal tools at home, and scratching with your finger nails will damage your jewelry. Another aspect of jewelry that has been damaged, is that it creates the perfect environment for harboring bacteria inside the abrasions made on the jewelry. So please, be gentle with your jewelry, and be mindful when cleaning, inserting and removing it.

Other types of acceptable Professional grade jewelry are  6AL4V ELI F-136  Implant grade Titanium, CP1 ASTM f-67 Commercially pure titanium, Niobium and Glass. Organics are also acceptable when they are well crafted, but are unsuitable for fresh piercings or stretching. The reasons being that organic materials are porous, and bacteria can thrive within the porous materials. They are wonderful for well healed piercings. We use titanium and niobium jewelry on request, but it may require a special order to be placed before the piercing is performed.

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Above is a screen shot from Hot Topics website. It is a disclaimer about their body jewelry. You can do further research online, or by calling the company directly. Other companies such as Spencer Gifts, Clair’s, and Piercing Pagoda may also have a similar disclaimer. Remember, when investing in body jewelry, cheaper is not always the best option. Invest in high quality jewelry that is safe for you, and will likely last you a life time with proper maintenance.

The question of bringing in your own jewelry to have a piercing performed is often asked. The short answer is no, but there are exceptions. If you can provide high quality, implant grade jewelry, that has been purchased from a reputable company such as Industrial Strength, Anatometal, LeRoi, BLVA, or NeoMetal, that you obtained from another shop, with proof, then the answer is yes. I understand that we may not have jewelry on hand that you wish to be pierced with, and may already have the jewelry. If the jewelry meets the requirements, and passes an inspection, i.e. has no marks on the finish. Then we can sterilize the jewelry to be used for your piercing. This will have to be done in advance before the appointment.

We do not perform most surface piercings or surface anchors, also known as Dermals. These types of piercings are considered temporary, and are subject to rejection. Can we order ends for them? Yes. Can we assist in changing the ends? Yes. If you have one that is rejecting, I highly recommend seeking the assistance of the piercer/shop who performed the piercing, or another reputable shop who is experienced with them. We will not assist with the removal of the base that sits under the skin.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our shop.