Flexible PTFE curved barbell with steel cones, 16 ga
Quotes from Piercing FAQ
PIERCING KITS AND DOING IT YOURSELF
Piercing kits have many disadvantages. Most kits do not include everything considered essential to performing a safe, hygienic piercing. The jewelry and tools are usually non-sterile and have probably been handled with unwashed hands. The jewelry and all tools that come in contact with piercing and jewelry must be sterilized in an autoclave. Piercing kits usually do not contain gloves and skin disinfectants necessary for disinfecting the skin rior to piercing.
Piercing kits come with «one size fits all» jewelry which may not be appropriate in gauge or dimensions for your piercing. The instructions, when included, will not explain the anatomical considerations for placement. Nor will the instructions replace the knowledge and practiced technique of an experienced piercer.
Some piercings are more easily performed using forceps or a needle receiving tube. Some sizes of rings require pliers to open and close the ring or to remove and replace the bead. If you do not have the appropriate tools, the piercing may be difficult to perform and the results may be poor.
When the expense of everything that is required to perform a piercing safely and hygienically is calculated, the cost is often greater than getting pierced at a reputable studio. If you are unable to properly sterilize the jewelry, needle and tools in an autoclave, the cost may be greater if an infection results.
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