Before evaluating piercing studios' hygiene, it is important to ask friends and family members where they received their piercings. Take the time to obtain several recommendations for a clean, reputable studio. Once inside the studio, take a close look around. If the place appears to be poorly maintained, this may be a good indication of how seriously they take cleanliness. Unfortunately, even if a studio appears to be clean, this is not always a definite indication of good piercing studio hygiene practices.
Proper piercing studio hygiene means that a studio uses a new needle on each client, sanitises each work area between uses and that each piercer wears a new pair of gloves for every new client they pierce. If these steps are not taken, diseases and infections can be spread among clients. To make sure that new needles are used, watch to see whether the needle is taken out of new packaging. If a piercer does not do this, request that he or she does.
Clients may also want to request to see pictures of a piercer’s past work. Most professionals will have documented some piercings they have given right after the procedure, as well as after the piercing has had time to heal. Each client should be made to feel comfortable and should be sure that the piercing studio hygiene is up to par.
Another important part of piercing studio hygiene is that the piercer educates each client on how to maintain their piercing. Each client should be informed as to how long they will need to wait before changing their body jewellery. They should also be told how long the piercing will take to heal, how to properly clean the area and how frequently to do so. If the client should use a specific cleanser or solution to clean the area, the piercer should let them know this information.
While getting a new piercing can be exciting, it is important to evaluate a piercing studio's hygiene before deciding to go to a specific place.
The information contained here within is based on our experience as one of the UK’s largest piercing chains. Please note that each individual’s experiences will be subjective and therefore each person will have a different experience of pain, healing and maintenance. For more information, please view our article guides terms and conditions page