Blue Banana have been piercing since 1997 and now pierce over 70,000 people a year in 13 studios across the UK. As part of the piercing process you will need to fill out a consent form which outlines the most common issues occurring with new piercings, at the same time collecting information about you to make sure you get the best treatment from us. In particular we will ask you for relevant medical history, allergies etc. It is especially important that if you believe you are pregnant you let us know as we can not pierce you. Also if you have been drinking before piercing or have been taking blood thinning medication we may refuse to pierce you at that time. Piercing Procedures.
Since our very beginnings we have always worked with local environmental health departments to try to ensure our standards of piercing and hygiene are as good as it is possible to be. All our studios have been purpose built to minimize the risk of cross contamination, our jewellery and instruments are sterilized just before piercing with top quality autoclaves, and we use only sealed, pre sterilized, single use needles. The gloves our piercers wear can be latex or latex free but all are used only once and thrown away. After care advice is also given in both written and verbal forms to make sure clients understand how best to look after their new piercing. A piercing is essentially a small wound and when you leave us it is clean and sterile, what you do with it and the level of care you take will determine how it heals and ultimately looks. You are welcome to inspect our studio, piercers credentials and registration certificates, just ask in store.
Piercing Aftercare and Advice
Whenever you have a piercing, there are certain risks involved. Before you contemplate having a piercing, please bear in mind the following points:
BODY PIERCING HEALTHCARE
- Always wash your hands before touching your piercing.
- Use a solution of rock salt and pre-boiled water to clean the surrounding area of the jewellery, especially the entry and exit points.
- Remove any body fluids from the area and jewellery, but DO NOT turn or rotate.
- Lightly pat dry, then apply: 2 or 3 drops of Tea Tree oil (5%). Leave for two or three minutes, then rinse with fresh salt-water as above.
- In the event of any deterioration, increase from 2 to 3 times a day.
- For tongue and other oral piercings, gargle 2 to 3 times a day with the above mentioned salt-water solution or a solution of anti-septic mouth wash and pre-boiled water (50/50).
- A piercing is a fresh wound. If kept clean and dry at all times, it will heal quickly and completely. If however, it gets dirty or is not cleaned regularly it may become infected.
- Blue Banana sells 5% Tea Tree oil, which is a natural product developed to tackle such minor infections, but if you are in any doubt, your piercer can advise you on what treatment is suitable.
PLEASE ASK YOUR PIERCER FOR MORE DETAILS.
- Although uncommon, some piercings can migrate (move through the skin) to some degree.
- In extreme cases this can lead to jewellery 'growing out' of the body altogether.
- Some piercings, (eyebrow, navel, tragus, etc...) are more prone to migration than others.
- It is not dangerous or painful, but it may leave a small scar.
- Most piercings will swell to some extent, and at Blue Banana we always allow some space on your jewellery to compensate for this.
- Occasionally, however, a piercing may swell more than usual and can be painful. If your piercing swells more than 2 to 3 millimetres, or if there seems to be a possibility that your jewellery is too short to accommodate the swelling please return to Blue Banana so that we can fit longer jewellery and avoid any complications.
- For tongue piercings, a long bar is always used for the initial piercing, this can be changed for a shorter one after approximately 2 weeks. You may find it helpful to have ice or ice lollies to suck to reduce the swelling.
- Every 2-3 days you should check the tightness of the threaded balls on your body jewellery, (navel bars, tongue bars, etc...). They can become loose from rubbing against clothes, skin, etc... Make it part of your daily cleaning routine to just make sure the balls are secure.
- Trauma is caused by obvious pulling or catching and less obvious chaffing of clothes by movement.
- The best advice is to wear loose fitting clothes in the early stages. Try to avoid tight waist bands and heavy belts in the case of navel piercings, and hair gel or spray in the case of ear or eyebrow piercings.
Above all, if you have any worries about your piercing, call your local Blue Banana Store. Phone numbers can be found in our High Street section by clicking on the relevant store.