Body Piercing News
Archive for May, 2011
Forceps are used in the medical field by doctors when performing surgery, allowing adjustable tension to be set so that tissue is held to assist in a medical procedure. In body piercing, forceps are primarily used as a means of holding tissue that has been designated for piercing. Once the exact spot to be pierced has been determined, a pair of forceps (also referred to as ‘clamps’) can be fastened in a way that will secure the spot for accurate (and sometimes less painful) piercing.
The types of forceps used vary, along with their sizes and material composition. The most durable forceps are made of surgical grade stainless steel and can be autoclaved and re-used. Other forceps are made of plastic and are intended for single-use. No matter what forceps or tools you use, make sure that all of your body piercing supplies are always sterilized prior to use.
One of the most important steps in a body piercing or tattoo is proper preparation of the skin. Not only should the skin be cleansed, but the area should also be disinfected using an antibacterial agent such as benzalkonium chloride. Benzalkonium chloride (also known as ‘benz’) is actually superior to alcohol in that it not only disinfects better than alcohol, but it does not burn like alcohol does in an open wound. Furthermore, unlike alcohol, benz does not dry out the skin.
Make sure you are using fresh skin preparation supplies that are well before their expiration dates to insure effectiveness. You may purchase Benzalkonium Chloried towelettes from respected companies that offer body piercing supplies online. Or, you can usually find them at your local drug store or pharmacy.
In body piercing, as in tattooing, a body artist should always wear gloves. The reason for gloves should be obvious, but for clarification, we will give them here. First, a glove acts as a barrier, and protects the client from exposure from any bacterial or pathogens that may be present on the artists’ hands. Secondly, a glove acts as a form of protection to the artist against exposure to blood during a procedure. Another reason why gloves are a good idea is that they provide a smoother surface to interact with the client’s skin, allowing the artist to move freely during the procedure without pulling or aggravating the client.
It is also crucial to use Non-Latex gloves that do not have powder. Why? Because many people (unknown to them) have allergies to latex. Also, the particles in the powder contained in some gloves are contaminants and can cause infection or reaction if they fall into the open tissue. Make sure you use only nitrile gloves sold by respected suppliers of body piercing supplies at all times. Not only is it common-sense but they look cool!
The proliferation of body piercing kits offered today reflects a growing trend; self piercing. Since body piercing is not an easily mastered craft, and because there are serious complications that can arise from incorrectly piercing (or using un-sterile body piercing supplies and tools), many of us are left to ask why someone would risk it and decided to do it themselves?
The answer to that is probably unique to the individual, with reasons ranging from the desire to save money to not wanting a stranger piercing a personal area of the body. If you are amongst the growing number of piercing devotees electing to purchase body piercing kits, make sure the kit you purchase includes the proper piercing tools and materials suited for the piercing you are going to do. Also, make sure the body piercing kit you buy includes sterile body jewelry and is offered by a company that actually knows what they are doing when it comes to body modification. Sadly, there are many unqualified individuals offering dirty piercing kits that are nothing more than a few mismatched pieces thrown into a bag. Take the time to research where you are buying your body piercing kit from and make sure that your kit is designed by a professional body piercer to insure you will have the best chance possible for a safe and successful piercing.
Although the demand for micro-dermal implants is still high, the move to ban and outlaw this procedure is still gaining momentum throughout the states. Already, more than half the states have outlawed implants outright, or deemed them as medical procedures (that can only be performed by physicians). The reasoning behind the ongoing banning of this procedure are due to the fact that dermal implants are amongst the most dangerous and difficult body modifications that are common today. Extreme cases of migration, rejection and severe infection are well documented, as well as improper implantation techniques that endanger the client.
The proper method is through the use of a dermal punch, where a circular plug of skin is removed to allow the easy insertion of the dermal anchor under the surface of the skin. Other (improper) techniques involve using hollow piercing needles and scalpels that can cause major complications during healing and migration afterwards. If you going to get a dermal implant, make sure you body art technician is registered through the county health department and using a dermal punch, as well as other proper body piercing supplies and tools for the procedure. If you are unsure of anything you see don’t be afraid to ask, or leave on the spot. Remember, unlike other standard body piercings, dermals are permanent and cannot be removed without surgery.