A Piercing Needle or Piercing Gun? The Lowdown.

June 2024
Let's face it - many of us have experienced the piercing gun at our local chemist or fashion jewellery store - most likely between the sweet ages of 6-16. Automatic devices have been used for years to perform our rite-of-passage piercings, but now professional body piercers are calling for a ban on them. Curious about why? Let's dive in.

Sterilisation Is Everything.

Let's begin with the yuck (but very important) stuff. When it comes to any procedure involving blood or bodily fluids, sterilisation is crucial. Unfortunately, piercing guns are often made of plastic, which cannot be properly sterilised in an autoclave. Sure, the technician may wipe it with alcohol or antiseptic between uses, but how sterile is that really? Frankly, it's highly unlikely that mall piercers, some of whom have minimal training, are adequately educated on infection control and blood-borne pathogens. So, if you're considering a quick, in-the-moment piercing with a gun at the mall, think about this: a quick wipe with a sterile pad isn't sufficient to remove disease-carrying blood.

Cross-Contamination. It's Real.

Some argue that the piercing gun never directly touches the customer's skin. While that may be true, the piercer's hands do. If they touch the customer's skin and then handle the gun, guess what? The gun becomes contaminated. Period.

Piercing Guns - The Name Says It All.

Sterility is just one of the many problems associated with piercing guns. Another major concern is significant tissue trauma. When a gun is used, it forcefully pushes a blunt stud through the skin, causing it to tear in order to make room for the jewelry. Moreover, the gun secures the back of the jewelry tightly against the skin, preventing proper breathing and healing of the new wound. To make matters worse, customers are often instructed to rotate the jewellery a few times a day, which only pushes bacteria deeper into the wound and increases the risk of infection.

'Ear piercing with sterile needles is a quick process and for most people, virtually painless' 

What The Professional Piercers Are Saying.

Professional body piercers undergo extensive training, sometimes lasting up to three years. They study the human body, learning how piercings affect the circulatory system. They also develop expertise in avoiding nerves that can cause intense pain. Most importantly, they are trained in cross-contamination prevention and proper sterilization techniques. Any equipment that cannot be autoclaved is immediately discarded, and workstations are thoroughly disinfected before and after every procedure.

The actual piercing process performed by professionals is much safer and less painful than having a blunt stud forced through your skin. Professional piercers use hollow, extremely sharp needles that slice through the skin, gently pushing the tissue aside to make room for the jewelry. While it might not sound particularly appealing, it's a quick process, and for most body parts, it's virtually painless.

Superior Jewellery Options and Personalised Procedures

The jewellery used in professional piercing studios, including Covetear, is of a higher quality and more suitable for your well-being, with piercing post lengths adapted to each individuals anatomy. Additionally, the metals used in professional jewellery are less likely to cause skin reactions.

The reality - opting for professional piercers, despite the potentially higher cost, ensures you receive personalised service. Covetear piercers are trained professionals, with the highest infection control certifications. They are trained to provide ongoing Aftercare support, have the knowledge and experience to answer any questions you may have, and offer their expertise in treating any potential infections.


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