If you don’t ask the question, you don’t learn the answer. You spend your life just not knowing.
many of us hold ourselves back from asking questions as we worry that it is a “stupid question”. Even if the question does come across as stupid, you shouldn’t let this concern you.
When you go to a professional piercer to get a piercing, they don’t expect you to know everything. It’s part of the piercer’s job anyway, to be full of knowledge on piercings.
In fact, there are certain questions I recommend you ask before you get your piercing done. Some of these questions may seem obvious but they are actually very important!
- Have you done this piercing before?
Before you get pierced you should make sure your piercer has experience in doing the piercing that you intend to get done. If the answer to this question is anything other than ‘yes’ then you should go to get your piercing elsewhere.
- Can I see your portfolio?
If the answer to the previous question is ‘yes’, you should ask to see some photos of the piercing you want, done by them. All reputable piercers should have a portfolio and be willing to show it to their clients.
- How much will the piercing cost?
Yes, this does sound like an obvious one but you need to know how much you are going to be charged for the procedure. You should be aware of what the average price in your area is for the piercing you plan to get done. Afterall, you don’t want to be overcharged!
- How do you sterilize your equipment?
Assuming that all equipment gets sterilized, which it should be. If they do not sterilize equipment before use, go elsewhere. The desired answer to this question is that they autoclave their equipment. This is by far the most effective method of sterilization. Although there are other methods, none can match up to the autoclave. An alternative to this question would be “Can I see your autoclave?” or “”Do you have an autoclave?”
- Do you explain aftercare thoroughly and give out printed instructions?
I cannot stress enough how important aftercare is. Your piercer should give you direct instructions on how to care for your new piercing and also hand you a printed aftercare sheet.
- What type of body jewelry do you use?
You need to make sure the jewelry that goes in your new piercing is high quality. You should also ask if their jewelry contains any nickel (even small traces). Stainless steel usually does, even the highest of quality steel. The reason you want to avoid nickel is because nickel has been known to cause skin irritation and reactions. You may not even realise you are sensitive to nickel. You really don’t want to find out the hard way.
- How do you go about ensuring the health and safety of your client?
When you ask this question a good piercer would take you on a small tour of their studio. They would go over all the health and safety measures taken. You should make a point of asking this question.
- How long will my piercing take to heal?
Everyone heals at a different rate but it is always a good idea to ask this question and get an idea of the average healing time.
- Will you be wearing sterilized surgical gloves?
It is very important that your piercer wears surgical gloves when they do your piercing. The gloves should be sterilized. Be sure to ask this question before you go ahead and get the piercing. This lowers the risk of bloodborne pathogens and disease spreading.
- What is the piercing procedure?
When you ask your piercer this question they should be able to explain the procedure to you step-by-step. This will show you whether or not the piercer actually knows what they are doing.
- What cleansing products would you recommend I use?
I do not mean asking what brand you should use. I mean you should ask what type of cleansing solution you should use. For most piercings you will be recommended to use saline solution, but there are exceptions.
- Is there anything I should avoid during the healing period?
Whilst you are healing up there are certain things you should avoid doing. This can vary between different piercings. Some of the more obvious things you should avoid are touching your piercing, using strong chemicals to clean it and removing your jewelry. You should always ask this question though as there may be some less obvious things you need to avoid.
- What type of marker is used to mark your skin?
The marker that is used to mark the position of the piercing on your skin should be a single use disposable surgical skin marker. The same pen should never be used more than once. This is to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens.
Next time you get a new piercing done in an unfamiliar studio, make damn sure that you ask questions! Seriously, don’t worry about looking or sounding stupid. You really are not expected to know much, if anything about piercings.
If you don’t ask the questions you will never know the answers. When you are trusting someone to make a hole in your skin as safely as possible, the more you know the better!
What questions do you ask when you get a piercing done? Let us know by leaving a comment below. I love hearing from you guys!