Want to make sure you ask all the right questions when you go for your piercing? Then check out our hit list of important Questions to Ask to make sure you're fully prepared!
Above: Mixture of body piercings and body jewellery materials
Important Things To Remember
Many people feel that they're somehow bothering or annoying their piercer by asking questions about the piercing process or aftercare, when in fact the opposite is true. It's your body, so you have the right to ask as many questions as you want! Your piercer will be happy to answer any questions you have and will most likely give you all the information you need without any prompting. If any piercer is reluctant to answer your queries or makes you feel uncomfortable for asking questions, then think twice before allowing them to pierce you.
By going in prepared and asking these piercing questions, you’ll know that you’re making an educated decision about your piercer and getting a great, professional service to boot.
If you're curious about what the procedure involves, or want to know more about the piercer's experience, ask a few of these questions:
How long have you been piercing?
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.
Have you performed this piercing before?
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.
How do you ensure that your equipment is sterile?
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.
What will you be using for the piercing?
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 disposable hollow needle. It's very important for you to understand exactly how the piercing will be carried out and you should never be afraid to get the piercer to repeat themselves if you don't understand at first.
What kind of body jewellery will be inserted?
EU regulations state that titanium should be used for all new piercings, so ensure that your piercer is following this by asking questions baout the jewellery. Where a barbell is required, especially in the ears, lip or tongue, the correct length is incredibly important. If a piercer advises to insert a specific kind of body jewellery for your new piercing, always follow their advice. They will recommend jewellery that's best suited to your needs and the needs of the piercing during the healing time, as you can always change for something more your tastes once the piercing has healed.
Will you be able to return to get your piercing changed for free or will this cost extra?
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 and catch on your teeth. 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 a material change is required for you.
If you have problems, will you be able to return for advice regarding your piercing?
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. Our piercers are here to help throughout the life of your piercing, so please do not hesitate to ask for advice!
Please remember, if you want to remember your piercing by getting the process filmed or photographed, you should 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!
In regards to pain, it's advisable to ask the following questions:
How long will this hurt for?
As everyone reacts differently to piercing, it's hard to approximate how long you'll feel post-piercing discomfort for. Certain piercings tend to be a little uncomfortable for longer than others (For example, cartilage piercings can be uncomfortable for a few days or even weeks following the initial procedure), so your piercer can only provide you with a general idea.
What if it hurts so badly that I swear/cry/scream?
Our piercers are professionals who see dozens of clients each day, so it's pretty safe to say that they've seen every reaction under the sun! They will not be fazed if you cry out in pain, sob or swear, as they've seen it all before. However, it's a good idea to pre-warn your piercer if you're prone to screaming, as it may be a bit of a shock to them otherwise!
Remember, nobody can tell you exactly how painful a piercing will be! Your piercer can provide a little information regarding other people's experiences, but as pain is completely subjective, everyone's experiences will differ hugely.
If you're looking for more aftercare advice, here are a few questions that you can ask to keep yourself informed:
Is there anything you should be doing for your particular piercing to help it heal?
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!
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.
What is a normal reaction for this piercing?
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.
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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
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