Things to know before you get your ears pierced
There are two ways to have your ears pierced, with a hollow sterile needle or a piercing “gun” or “device.” Most tattoo and piercing shops will use the hollow sterile needle, while hair salons or spas will use the “gun” or “device.”
Things to Look For
- Make sure the area where the piercing is being conducted appears clean.
- The piercing device must have disposable cartridges or adaptors that are used only once and then discarded. The only part that touches your earlobe should be the cartridge/adaptor and not the actual device.
- Only ear lobes can be pierced using the piercing device. Cartilage can only be pierced using the sterile hollow needle method. The device could crush the cartilage causing infection and/or deformation of the ear. Other parts of the body such as the nose or naval must be pierced using a hollow sterile needle and not a piercing device.
- The piercing device must be stored in a clean, closed container. It should not just be sitting out on a counter top.
- The person piercing your ears must wash his or her hands first and wear disposable gloves.
- The ear must be cleaned using a skin antiseptic, marked with an iodine pen, then wiped again with the skin antiseptic.
- After your ears have been pierced, the cartridge must be discarded.
- Before leaving, you must be provided with written and verbal aftercare instructions.