:: Body Piercing Frequently Asked Questions ::
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1. What type of metal do you recommend to be pierced with?
Steel that is ASTM F-138 compliant or ISO 5832-1 compliant
Steel that is ISO 10993-6, 10993-10, and/or 10993-11 compliant (EEC Nickel Directive compliant
Titanium (Ti6Al4V ELI) that is ASTM F136 compliant or ISO 5832-3 compliant
Titanium that is ASTM F-67 compliant
Solid 14 karat or higher nickel-free white or yellow gold
Solid nickel-free platinum alloy
Fused quartz glass, lead-free borosilicate or lead-free soda-lime glass
Polymers (plastics) as follows:
Tygon® Medical Surgical Tubing S-50HL or S-54HL
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) that is ASTM F754-00 compliant
Any plastic material that is ISO 10993-6, 10993-10 and/or 10993-11 compliant and/or meets the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Class VI material classification.
All threaded or press-fit jewelry must have internal tapping (no threads on posts).
For body jewelry purposes, surfaces and ends must be smooth, free of nicks, scratches, burrs, polishing compounds and metals must have a consistent mirror finish.
2. What is better for an initial piercing?
C.B.R.'s, Barbells or Curved Bars?
Barbells and banana bars sit flatter against the body, reducing the risk of snagging the jewelry. and irritating the piercing. A C.B.R. will stick out more than a barbell making it more likely to catch or snag and irritate the piercing. Either a ring or bar can be used to pierce with, but care must be taken to avoid snagging the jewelry.
3. How long does a piercing take to heal?
Healing times will vary from person to person. All types of things can increase or decrease the healing but a good choice of metal, good and careful aftercare, good health, a zinc supplement will reduce your healing time.
All standard piercings take 12 months to heal completely. Most piercing initial heal time is 6 to 12 weeks before changing the jewelry.
4. What should I use to clean my piercing?
Your body piercer will advice you on aftercare.
5. I really want a piercing but I'm terrified of getting infected. How can I prevent this?
Above all JUST DO NOT TOUCH IT! Infections are prevented with proper care and attention to your piercing. When your piercing is always being touched, picked, aggravated, cleaned to much or rarely cleaned it will be prone to problems.
6. I have a bump just by my navel or nose piercing. What is this and how do I get rid of it?
The bump is usually scar tissue or trapped fluid by the skin. A hot salt-water press can help draw out anything trapped in the bump and reduce scar tissue. This is caused mainly because of picking, playing or irritating the piercing, which you should avoid. HOT SALT WATER PRESS: heat water with a small amount of sea salt. Allow the mix to cool a little. Dip a clean cloth into the hot salt water and press against your piercing for 10 minutes or until the cloth is cools. You probably only need to do this once a day.
7. I'm pregnant. Do I have to take my navel piercing out?
Change your piercing to a P.T.F.E. This is a biologically inert plastic barbell, which will bend as your stomach expands. If you do keep your metal jewelry in, it will be pushed out as your belly gets larger.
8. My friend's piercing hasn't done any of the stuff mine did. Why?
Biologically, everyone is different, so what happens to one person after a piercing may not necessarily happen to another. Your friend may also be picking or playing with it.
These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research and extensive clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you suspect an infection, seek medical attention. Be aware that many doctors have not received specific training regarding piercing. Your local piercer may be able to refer you to a piercing-friendly medical professional.