Finding the right piercer is difficult since there might be many competitors in the same city. You want to get a piercing but you’re scared whether it will work out alright? This blog post will help you decide whether you found the right place for the right piercer or not. Let’s start with the basics.
What defines a “good” piercer?
Trust your gut feeling. When you walk into a piercing studio, what do you see and feel? You might feel anxious and that’s okay! But if you notice it is a mess and they don’t work very hygienic, I would consider this a red flag. Piercers have to work hygienically with gloves and sterile equipment, as this prevents any complications during or after piercing e.g. someone’s ear.
A piercer often has some sort of certificate or proof of an internship they have done for a longer period of time. If you’re doubting, ask or look up if they have any certificate that might show they have followed a course or so to prove they have any experience. Often, the piercing shop’s social media will show pictures of previously pierced piercings. Definitely check out their portfolios.
Read reviews. Google reviews and social media are a great way to find out what other people think about the piercing shop. They might have gotten the same piercing as you want or another similar one but have a good/bad experience. If the reviews are full of negative, bad experiences, I would trust these reviews and not take the chance of getting an infected, scarred piercing.
A good piercer will be very patient and educate you on what’s going to happen and what to do after. They wear fresh disposable gloves and explain the process to you. Before piercing the jewelry with a sterile needle they will mark the spot and ask you if this is good enough for you.
Why should they use a needle?
A piercing needle is much more considered cleaner and more sterile than a piercing gun. Piercing guns are not recommended for anything else than earlobe piercings. If they get used on cartilage piercings, they will damage the skin tissue as the needle is not fit enough.
A piercing needle is often easier as it has to do with placement as well. It has less force and shock when getting pierced and is less painful.
The risks of a wrong-chosen piercer
It is quite a challenge to differentiate different good and bad piercers. The risks of a bad piercer are quite dangerous for your own health and ear as well as it can cause infections or misplaced piercings and dissatisfaction.
A piercer should give you the right aftercare advice as well, as they should recommend or offer an alcohol-free sterile saline solution or any aftercare tips that do not contradict any of our given advice.
The jewelry used should be high quality (if chosen) and to start with, we recommend nickel-free, implant grade titanium as many people are sensitive or allergic to nickel. Implant grade titanium is a safe option for people who have a nickel allergy.