Body piercing is the practice of puncturing any part of the body for the addition of jewelry or ornamentation. This practice is governed and regulated by various regional agencies, most frequently health departments. A body piercer must meet specific requirements and have specific training before he or she is lawfully permitted to perform this activity on the public.
It may surprise many people to learn that, before a person can offer body piercing to the public in a lawful environment, he or she is required to have health-related training. A basic study of both anatomy and physiology, along with a course in preventing transmittable diseases and blood borne pathogens, is required in most locales. Other courses may be necessary to obtain a license and registration.
Many people mistakenly believe that piercing is unsanitary and a high health risk. It’s true that infections can occur, even in a sterile environment with a properly trained piercer, but in actuality, there are many studios that provide a more sterile service than a mall jeweler shooting a piercing gun all day. In fact, experts often recommend that individuals do not get their ears pierced with a piercing gun, because the machine can not be properly sanitized and because it creates unnecessary blunt force to the skin and tissue, The person wielding the gun is also probably not licensed or trained in any way.
A piercing by a licensed and registered professional will be accompanied by thorough instructions regarding caring for the fresh piercing and preventing infection during healing. All body piercing done by a licensed piercer uses sterile needles, which are disposed of after single use. Any equipment that is reusable is capable of being thoroughly sanitized.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to follow expert advice and skip the mall piercing gun when young girls want their ears pierced, because some licensed piercers will not pierce children under a certain age, even with parental consent. It’s also important for people to realize that no one under 18 should be able to receive a body piercing without parental consent. People who are interested in getting a piercing should check with local licensed professionals regarding the risks and procedures.