Archive for May, 2010

Getting Pierced? Think it through before you do

05 31st, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

As with any permanent or semi-permanent cosmetic procedure, it is always wise to think it over carefully before proceeding.  Make sure you have considered all of the factors involved (i.e. your job, your spouse, your lifestyle, etc. etc.) before having a procedure done so you will be prepared.  Also keep in mind that certain facial, surface piercings and skin stretching may be impossible to conceal.  If you are a minor, make sure you have your parent’s permission before piercing and only go to a reputable shop that uses the correct body piercing tools and requires that a parent be present during the procedure.   Don’t let anybody (body-piercers included) rush you or pressure you into getting a body-piercing.  The decision should come only when YOU have decided it is the right thing for you, and not a moment sooner.

When to go ‘Top-Down’

05 30th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit
rainbow pride top-down navel dangle

Rainbow Top-Down Belly Dangle

Top-Down Belly Rings feature jewelry at the top of the piece instead of the bottom, allowing for a different effect altogether from the traditional style belly ring.  These top-down belly rings are preferred by customers that do no want long dangles and are ideal for concealing an unattractive belly button.  Many (but not all) of these top-down style belly rings are hinged at the top so they will not cut or poke the skin when sitting.  Other pieces feature loose gem settings (as shown) that allow for additional comfort.

The Receiving Tube

05 30th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit
Body Piercing Receiving Tube

Angle-Tipped Receiving Tube

One of the most important body piercing supplies for a professional body piercer is the receiving tube.  The receiving tube is a tube that is made of either glass, steel or plastic and features a flat or angled end that is placed against the tissue to be pierced.  This tool is designed to ‘receive’ the piercing needle as it exits the pierced tissue.  Corks are also used instead of tubes for the same purpose.

Navel Piercing

05 30th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Navel piercing process

In body piercing, one of the most popular choices for women is the navel piercing.  This piercing consists of a piercing made either above or below the actual belly button (piercing through the actual navel is rarely done and requires a protruding belly button).   This piercing is done with forceps and straight piercing needle and usually heals completely in less than six months time with proper aftercare.   The jewelry inserted is commonly a 14g curved 316L Surgical Stainless Steel or pure titanium barbell at least 1/2 of an inch in length and large ball ends to allow for any swelling that may occur during initial healing.

sterile captive bead rings

pre-sterilized captive bead rings

The sterility of the initial (first) piece of body jewelry inserted into freshly pierced skin is crucial.  This is because the jewelry comes into contact with ruptured skin that is most susceptible to infection.  Make sure your body piercer uses body jewelry that is pre-sterilized properly and packaged in sterile color-changing pouches (see photo).   Failure to use sterile body jewelry can lead to serious infections and if left untreated, can lead to serious injury or even death.  Even if there is no complications from infections, it can lengthen healing time considerably.

If you are not sure your piercer is using sterile body jewelry, feel free to inquire if he/she does and ask to see the sterile pouch and color-changing area of the pouch that indicates it has been properly sterilized.  Legitimate body piercers will not have a problem allowing you to see their sterilized items.  If the piercer balks or refuses, leave immediately.  It is your right as a customer to be pierced by a sober, certified piercer who uses sterile tools, needles and body jewelry.  It is also the law.

Body Piercing Forceps

05 29th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit
Slotted Steel Sponge Forceps

Steel Forceps used for Body Piercing

The right body piercing tools for the job are critical to ensure a successful piercing.  Forceps are made of either steel or plastic and are distinguished by the tips which are either round, slotted, triangular or straight.  Plastic forceps are available that are pre-sterilized and ready for use, while steel forceps can be autoclave sterilized.

Some piercings do not require the use of forceps, while others should be performed with forceps to achieve best results.  Piercing without the use of forceps is called free-hand piercing and is generally performed by experienced professional body piercers only.

Body Piercing Needles: Sharper is Better

05 29th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

When it comes to body piercing, it is important to use the right kind of body piercing needles.  Professional piercers use piercing needles that are pre-sterilized and as sharp as possible so the needle will go through quickly and comfortably.  You want to make sure you are using Tri-Bevel cut pre-sterilized needles (usually sterilized by E.O. Gas method).  These needles will come in individual packaging and are to be used only once, then discarded into a Sharps container.

Cool or Fool?

05 29th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

This female body piercing has taken the phrase ‘You need to zip your mouth shut’ to a new level.  Tongue bifurcation, or tongue splitting is an underground and illegal procedure due to the danger involved.   Anyone who splits their tongue risks the chance of hospitalization or paralysis of the tongue.  Even if completed successfully, this type of extreme body modification is even more difficult to reverse, requiring surgery.  We ask your opinion: Cool or Fool?

Body Jewelry: There is a difference …

05 28th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

It is a common misconception that all body jewelry is of the same quality and origin.   When it comes to body jewelry it’s important to deal with a reputable seller who will stand behind their products with a replacement guarantee for defects in manufacturing.  Make sure the body jewelry you purchase incorporates 316L Surgical Stainless Steel where the piece makes contact with the pierced area of the body.  For instance, in belly rings (or navel jewelry) it is common for the shaft of the piece to be made of surgical stainless steel while the dangle (the part that hangs off and away from the body) may consist of other materials such as rhodium, gold plated stainless steel, silver or gold.

Body piercing kits: How do you choose?

05 28th, 2010 Author: justhurtabit

Whether you choose to pierce yourself or are an apprentice body-piercer beginning your career you will need the right tools and materials to do the job correctly.  Many sites offer varying sizes and prices of piercing kits and it can be very confusing to know which kit is the right one for you.  At the outset, you will need to know what type and how many piercings you are going to perform.  The answer to these questions will determine the type of kit you will need.

The other crucial factor is choosing a body piercing kit that is sterile, not only including sterile needles, tools and prep but also including pre-sterilized body jewelry.  If the listing does not say ‘pre-sterilized’ or ‘sterile’ body jewelry (and does not come in a sterile, color-changing pouch) it is NOT sterile!  Common sense begs the question: what good does it do to use a sterile needle, sterile tools, and prep, if you are just going to stick an un-sterile piece of jewelry into the skin?  There is a reason why professionals use pre-sterilized body jewelry, and so should you.  Thankfully, sterile body piercing kits are available and can be purchased for a surprisingly low cost.