There are many piercing questions that you’ll want to ask your piercer when you visit but we know it’s easy to forget in the moment. That said; it’s important to get as much info as possible from your piercer, though many will most likely volunteer the information to keep you as informed about your body modification as possible. When it comes to your body, always remember that you have a right to ask as many questions as you want and you certainly won’t be bothering the piercer by asking them. If a piercer is reluctant to explain the process of your piercing or makes you feel uncomfortable then perhaps you should think twice about allowing them to pierce you. When it comes to piercing advise, here are a few piercing questions that you can ask to keep yourself informed.
Piercing Advice Before You Get Your Body Modification
Many piercers learn practically on the job, whilst others may have taken a course. All Blue Banana piercers have been thoroughly trained and are required to work for us for three months before they even begin training, so you can be certain that you’ll have an experienced piercer.
- How long have you been piercing?
This question is very important if you’re looking to get a more advanced or unusual piercing. A piercer should never attempt to perform a piercing they’re unfamiliar with and many should have a portfolio of piercings they have performed to show you how well their piercings have gone in the past. They should also be familiar with the anatomy around the area you wish you get pierced as well as familiarising themselves with your body specifically as everyone is different.
- Have you performed this piercing before?
Incredibly important for ensuring that your safety in maintained, all Blue Banana shops use approved equipment to keep their piercings and piercing tools sterile. If you feel uncertain about the conditions then always trust your instincts.
- How do you ensure that your equipment is sterile?
Many piercers disagree with using piercing guns for the lobes and guns are not advised for cartilage piercings throughout the ear. Some unusual piercings require different equipment but many piercings are done with a hollow needle, which will only be used once. It's very important for you to understand exactly how the peircing will be carried out and you should never be afraid to get the peircer to repeat themselves if you don't understand at first.
- What will you be using for the piercing?
EU regulations state that titanium should be used for all new piercings, so ensure that your piercer is following this. Where a barbell is required, especially in the ears, the correct length is incredibly important. If a piercer advises one kind of body jewellery for your new piercing, always follow their advice as you can always change it once the piercing has healed.
- What kind of body jewellery will be inserted?
In the case of lip piercings, the flesh will swell a great deal initially so you’ll most likely need to get your piercing changed after the first month or it may become uncomfortable. With cartilage piercings, some people need to change to plastic jewellery to help the healing process so find out what your options will be if that is required for yours.
- Will you be able to return to get your piercing changed for free or will this cost extra?
This question is obviously very important as you will most likely want support throughout your piercing. Most piercers are happy to take calls and talk to you in person after your piercing, particularly if you become worried about something.
- If you have problems, will you be able to return for advice regarding your piercing?
- If you want to remember your piercing by getting the process filmed or photographed ALWAYS ask the piercer's permission first and keep in mind that they have every right to say no. You don’t want your piercer distracted!
Piercing Advice After You Get Your Body Modification
Don’t forget that all piercings are different and will react differently. Don’t assume that if you’ve had one piercing your next one will be the same story, always ask!
- Is there anything you should be doing for your particular piercing to help it heal?
- What is the rough healing time for this piercing?
Keep in mind that this is not gospel, some people have to routinely clean their piercings throughout the rest of their lives so healing can be different for everyone.
Your piercer will be able to outline for you any reactions that should give you concern. They can also give you advice about how to detect if you’re developing an infection and whether you can return to them or if you should consult your doctor first.
- What is a normal reaction for this piercing?
By asking these piercing questions, you’ll know that you’re making an educated decision about your piercer and it’s very important that you trust their judgement. Your piercer should be happy to answer any questions you have and will most likely give you all the information you need. That said, you should keep the above questions in mind to make sure that you know exactly what’s going on with your body modification. Information is the most important way to ensure that your piercing heals quickly and looks great so never be afraid to ask these important piercing questions, or asking your piercer to repeat information they have already given you.
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