It's better to go to a piercer if you're concerned about healing a piercing fast and with the least amount of pain. Here are some reasons that piercing guns can be problematic.
Piercing guns are commonly found in mall chain stores and kiosks, and they might seem like a quick and easy option for getting a new piercing. However, there are some serious risks associated with this method. They can be particularly painful for a cartilage piercing
1 - piercing studs are quite dull which can cause blunt force trauma, causing significant tissue damage. This not only hurts more but also prolongs the healing process, increasing the chance of complications.
2 - They can't be sterilized properly, increasing the risk of infection. Mall stores don’t have the right equipment to properly sterilize the gun. Bacteria that cause infections like hepatitis C can get into the gun and easily transfer to your new piercing, which is something you definitely want to avoid!
3 - They often result in improper placement and uneven piercings, which can result in dissatisfaction and the need for corrective procedures. Plus, improper placement can cause additional issues, such as migration or rejection of the jewelry.
4 - Piercing guns are typically operated by untrained individuals, putting you at risk for complications. The employees are not professional piercers. Their training isn’t standardized and may simply be watching a video, reading an instruction booklet, or practicing on cosmetic sponges or other employees.
So, what's the solution? Choose a professional piercer who uses needles instead. They're trained in proper technique, and needles provide a safer, more precise, and less damaging experience.
What if I already got pierced with a gun?
If you've already gotten a piercing with a piercing gun, and you're trying to heal, here are some quick piercing aftercare tips to help with that:
- Wash your hands with soap and water before they come in contact with your piercing.
- Clean your piercing gently with a saline solution or saline spray as needed. Warm water can be soothing. Dry with a clean towel or paper towel.
- If you're having trouble healing your piercing, you may want to consider switching to quality body jewelry, like implant grade titanium to heal your body piercing.
- Remember that healing time can vary depending on the piercing, and for an ear piercing that used an ear piercing gun, you can expect a little longer healing time than it would have been going to a professional body piercer.
- If you have any complications, check in with a professional piercer to have it looked at.
Once your piercing is all healed and you’re ready to switch your jewelry, check out our vast jewelry collection at bodyartforms.com.
As a final note, seeing a body piercer for an ear piercing may seem a little weird, but the piercing needles they use are super sharp, almost like a hypodermic needle, and they make healing much faster. Here are some big reasons why we like professional piercers over piercing guns for any piercing, including the earlobe.
- Expertise and Experience: Professional body piercers undergo extensive training and apprenticeships to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to perform piercings safely and effectively. They are familiar with proper sterilization techniques, anatomy, and aftercare procedures, reducing the risk of complications.
- Health and Safety: Professional piercers prioritize your health and safety above all else. They use sterile equipment, single-use needles, and follow strict hygiene practices to minimize the risk of infections and other complications. They also ensure that the piercing is done at the appropriate location and depth to avoid damage to underlying structures.
- Proper Placement and Aesthetics: Professional piercers have an eye for aesthetics and understand how the placement of a piercing can enhance your features. They take into account your anatomy, personal preferences, and the jewelry you wish to wear to ensure the piercing is positioned correctly and looks visually appealing.
- Aftercare Guidance: A professional piercer will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to promote proper healing and minimize the risk of infection or other issues. They will answer any questions you have and provide guidance throughout the healing process, ensuring you have a positive experience and the best possible outcome.
- Access to High-Quality Jewelry: Professional body piercers typically offer a wide range of high-quality jewelry options that are specifically designed for piercings. They can guide you in selecting jewelry that suits your style, anatomy, and the specific piercing you're getting. High-quality jewelry reduces the risk of allergic reactions, irritation, and other complications.
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