Ban Piercings With Use of Guns

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As a professional body piercer, myself and my staff adhere to the highest levels of sanitation. We only pierce with needles because it has been proven to be the cleanest and safest method of piercing. 

With the recent news of the drug store Superdrug now offering free piercings with the purchase of jewellery, it is vital to change the laws around the piercing industry. Stores such as Superdrug and Claire's Accessories offer piercings created with the use of a piercing gun rather than with needles. Below are a list of reasons why the use of a piercing gun is dangerous for the client. 

  1. Risk of Infection and Disease Transmission
    Disease transmission is possible even with disposable cartridges when the parts are used incorrectly or when the operator doesn't understand or follow standard hygiene practices. Body fluids or common bacteria could potentially become deposited onto any area of the piercing gun and then later transferred to another client because the guns simply are not sanitised. 
  2. We Don't All Have "Standard" Size Earlobes
    Piercing guns use stud earrings of a standard length. People with thick earlobes may find that their new earrings are tight when lobes swell after piercing. They will have little to no post length to use for expansion to relieve the pressure.

    A professional body piercer has access to many styles of initial jewellery that won't inhibit comfort or the healing process. 

  3. Piercing Guns Cause Blunt Force Trauma to Earlobes
    Most guns force blunt-ended studs through the tissue of your ears, a painful process that can cause damage. The shock isn't typically a huge issue for the lobes, but why risk it? A piercing professional will pierce you with razor-sharp hollow needles that pierce through areas quickly without damaging the surrounding tissue. This process is usually less painful than using a piercing gun.

    Piercing guns should never be used to pierce any area of the body except an earlobe. Do not use them on the harder cartilage of the ear. Ear cartilage can be shattered by guns. Many states have enacted laws to prevent inappropriate use of piercing guns, but be alert: if you opt for a gun piercing, and the operator says it's okay to pierce other areas, run out the door.

  4. Possible Lack of Piercer Training
    People who have worked in retail establishments that use piercing guns often report they began to pierce after just a short amount of training, sometimes only a few hours. With that little training, how can piercers be aware of the sanitary precautions that must be followed to prevent contamination? Or how to instruct for proper aftercare?
  5. Poor Quality Jewellery
    Your first earrings should be made from a high-quality material that's suitable for new piercings.

    Some jewelry used in piercing is not ideal for healing and can create an irritation that leads to infection when exposed to the fluids that result from a piercing.

    Most ear piercing retailers will probably use studs that are either stainless steel or stainless steel plated with nickel-free 24K gold. But gun supplies are sold cheaply all over the internet to anyone who wants to buy them, and not all ear stud contents are labeled. If you must be pierced with a piercing gun, verify that materials are safe.

    Butterfly backs are standard piercing gun backs. Their many crevices and folds are perfect spots for fluids to accumulate and dry to a crusty mess -- keep them clean. Remember that plain ball earrings are easier to keep clean than fussy designs.

  6. Uneven Piercings
    A professional body piercer is far more likely to give you even lobe holes than a person holding a piercing gun.

    Pros have the experience required to get it right, while guns aren't designed for top-notch accuracy, even in experienced hands.


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