Most piercings are safe, especially when performed by a professional. There are some areas of the body that can be severely damaged if not pierced correctly. A professional piercer has to know how to avoid harmful mistakes. They also understand the weight of the responsibility when they take another's life into their hands.
- The studio should have a working autoclave for sterilizing all reusable equipment. Autoclaves should be clean and in good working order. They must be regularly maintained and tested often for accurate spore termination.
- Your piercing artist should wear medical gloves at all times. Their ungloved hands should not come in contact with your skin or any of the piercing equipment or jewelry. Period.
- Under no circumstances should you be pierced anywhere on your body with a piercing gun, squeeze piercer or any other object other than a clean, sterile body piercing approved needle. Also, the jewelry placed in your new piercing should be a captive bead ring or barbell, not regular stud jewelry intended for piercing gun use.
- The forceps, needle, jewelry and any other metal equipment should be removed from an autoclave bag, with gloved hands, in your presence. You have no way of knowing if that equipment is clean if you don't watch them pull it out from the bag. An autoclave bag is a long, skinny pouch used to hold the equipment during sterilization. It remains in the pouch until it is time to use it on a client.
- Many piercers will use some kind of pen to mark your skin before inserting the needle. This is to ensure proper placement and even matching. If any kind of pen or marker is used, it should be brand new and then thrown in the trash after they are finished.