Have you heard about essential beauty in australia? I go there but i have heard some bad stuff about it
Essential Beauty is one of those chain stores like Hairhouse Warehouse or Cosmetics Plus that primarily specialise in the beauty industry, but do a little bit of piercing on the side. It would be like getting your car serviced at a carpenter who did some mechanical work on the side… but a whole lot more terrifying because we’re talking about human bodies, and all the bloodborne pathogens that go with them!
I have always been of the belief that if you want a piercing, you should see a specialist, someone that doesn’t do it on the side, and that uses only implant-grade jewellery from the best body jewellery companies.
I've recently looking at online stores trying to find piercings and I notice there a big range of prices on the same kind of piercings. In one store the surgical steel (or surgical stainless) for one straight barbell its $10, and then i see another store with the same piercing, same material for like $2. Should i be worried that the $2 dollar one is not actual surgical steel or worry about the fact the im being over charged for the $10?
"Surgical" steel is not something you want to wear in your body. Surgical steel is the grade of metal used to make surgical tools, it basically just means that it won’t rust. Surgical steel would be things like scissors, clamps, forks. We’re not talking high quality when we say surgical steel, but it sounds fancy to some people so they think it’s good for them. You might also see surgical steel marketed as “316L steel”, again trying to make it seem fancy, but it’s still low quality. That is the common grade of material you’ll find in the cheaper mall stores or in uneducated piercing shops.
What you want for body jewelry is implant certified steel, that’s the stuff that’s meant to be under your skin. That will be ASTM certified F-138 steel.
Surgical steel will have a significant nickel content, which is a toxic material and many people are allergic or sensitive to it. Poorly polished jewelry (cheap stuff) will expose your skin to more of the junk material in the jewelry like nickel or what ever else they mix in to keep the cost low.
So yes, beware $2 jewelry. Probably a good idea to be highly suspicious of $10 jewelry too. If we’re talking just a post or just a ball for $10 then you might be ok, but I can’t imagine anyone being able to sell a well made complete barbell for $10 unless it’s on sale or clearance. If you’re getting an implant certified, hand polished, internally threaded piece of body jewelry I’ll say the price will start more in the $20-$25 range.
Hi! Can you please explain why jewelry that's been worn more than a few hours shouldn't be shared/given away/sold even if its been autoclaved?
Because anything that has had prolonged contact within the body cannot be properly reprocessed. There can be bacterial regrowth within a matter of minutes even after it has been sterilized. So anything that has been inside of a piercing for I want to say 12 hours(I could have sworn that was the number, but I’m not 100% on that) or more cannot be fully resterilized. This is why we can reprocess tools like tapers and stuff, but we can’t accept used body jewelry back(think of a client coming back for a downsize) and pierce someone else with that jewelry. Yes, we can reprocess that jewelry, but would you really want to get pierced with jewelry that’s been inside of someone else?
If you have any more questions on the subject, I’d probably recommend to direct them to our industry sterilization genius, Brian Skellie. He could answer more about specifics and technical information. He’s all smart and stuff.
In your opinion, what's the best brand/website to buy jewelry from?
I’m going to break this into two portions for ease of understanding: best brand, and best website.
What’s the best brand of jewelry? What’s the best brand of shoes? Depending on what you need them for, the answer changes. Jewelry is the same way. For initial piercing jewelry, I like using a lot of stuff from ANATOMETAL, NeoMetal, BVLA, and Gorilla Glass. For jewelry for stretched lobes, there’s so many materials and designers, I could name a bunch and still live people out. I like the innovative use of materials I see from OneTribe, the love and attention to detail in Blessings to You, the handmade feel of Honeycomb Organics, the polish on Bishop Organics wood, the variety from The Stone Witch and The Stone Demuhn (Sammy and Mateo WAY), and the list goes on.
What’s the best website? I don’t really feel like any website is great for ordering jewelry from. Jewelry needs to fit you, it needs to be sterilized prior to insertion, it needs to be installed well so it doesn’t come undone, and you need to see it in real life to be able to decide if you like it. No website can do that for you. When you mix that with the fact that jewelry sales are largely what keeps your friendly local body piercers employed and happy… it seems kind of silly to go through a website, wait for shipping, and hurt your local studio.
The Association of Professional Piercers (APP) is aware of a piercing incident reported on February 24, 2014 in the lifestyle/health section of the Birminghammail.co.uk website.
A Birmingham, UK resident visited a local tattoo and piercing studio for a pair of cheek piercings and reportedly lost four pints of blood in about 5 days.
The article states an artery was ruptured and required surgeons to cauterize the wound. It’s important to know bleeding and swelling are among the most common symptoms of a fresh piercing, and some piercings may take several months to appear healed. A small amount of bleeding is normal with any piercing and not usually considered life-threatening or a cause for alarm.
Also, some health conditions and medications may influence the amount of bleeding a piercee may have.
This particular client’s situation required medical attention and we hope she recovers quickly.
Cheek piercings have special anatomical considerations and elevated risk which is evident in this client’s experience.
Further, the use of a light is not always effective for mapping blood vessels in such thick tissue.
The APP encourages piercees to educate themselves with what to look for when choosing a studio to ensure the piercer is properly trained and experienced for the piercing they desire, offers jewelry made of an appropriate material and finish, and performs piercings in a safe and aseptic manner.
To learn more about picking a piercer and appropriate jewelry standards for initial piercings please visit the APP’s website, SafePiercing.org.
The Association of Professional Piercers is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of vital health and safety information about body piercing to piercers, health care professionals, legislators, and the general public.
Okay -I had to travel pretty far to get my nose pierced, and they used threadless jewelry. I don't have any body piercing places anywhere near me, I'd have to travel out of state which I won't have the time or means to do for months, but I want to change out my jewelry and it's fully healed (I got it pierced almost 1 year ago - but haven't had the means to get to a piercer to change the jewelry). How could I change it myself? I've only had threaded jewelry before, so this seems tricky.
Not that tough to change yourself if your piercing is fully healed. Just try not to accidentally pull the post out. Sometimes it can be a little annoying getting the post back in from the inside.
I had my helix pierced three days ago but my usual place was closed and they always used needles on me. the shop I went to used a gun and it feels okay but I really don't want an earring in my ear because I never heal properly with them. would I be okay if I changed the jewelry? I'm a bit scared of the healing etc because it was done with a gun. what should I do?
Take it out and have it redone professionally. Professional piercers do not use guns. Don’t risk the damage that guns can do to cartilage because the professional studio you want is closed that day.
For anyone reading this I would really just like to touch on something that I get very often. Please, if you prefer one studio and they are not open the day you go to get a piercing, just wait a day and go back. Don’t just go find another place that is open on short notice. Be patient, wait for the quality you want. Either that or take the time to find a safe professional piercer, not just the closest one to where you are.
What exactly are synthetic opals made of, and are they safe for use in oral piercings?
Synthetic opals are made of polymer. Not all synthetic opals are the same, I can really only speak on my experience with ones I have personally used. That would be synthetic opals from Anatometal, Neometal, Industrial Strength, Body Vision, and Intrinsic. I have used opals from all of those companies on either lip or tongue piercings and have never had any problem related to allergic reaction or any other significant issue such as chipping or discoloring. They are made of a polymer blend and can withstand high temperature autoclave sterilization without cracking, as some naturals opals can.
This quote is from the manufacturer of the synthetic opals used by Anatometal / Industrial Strength / Neometal…
"Synthetic opal (GIA: Polymer Impregnated synthetic opal) is impregnated in laboratory in around a year and has similar properties as that of natural opal. The main difference with natural opal is that the naturally occurring process has been sped up in the laboratory. Our synthetic opal is a beautiful opal with a perfect color dynamicity - revealed the beauty of Precious Opal. ” (sic)
I would love to become a professional piercer one day but I have no idea where to start, I live in the US and as far as I've heard there are no schools or places to take classes and receive proper certifications around my area. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough but I'm so stuck! If you have any advice I would love to hear it!