Going gun free was never even a second thought for us. Hopefully after reading this you will only ever be gun free yourself.
1. risk of infection and disease transmission
Guns cannot be sterilized thus making disease transmission likely. body fluids from one client, or common bacteria that’s only a problem when it enters a cut, could potentially become deposited onto any area of the piercing gun, and then later transferred to a new client.
2. we don’t all have “standard” size earlobes
Piercing guns use post earrings of a standard length. people with thick earlobes may find that their new earrings are tight when lobes swell after piercing, and that they have little to no post length to use for expansion to relieve the pressure. a professional body piercer has access to many styles of initial jewelry that won’t inhibit comfort or the healing process.
3. piercing guns cause blunt force trauma to earlobes
Most guns force regular, blunt-ended studs through the tissue of your ears, a painful process that can cause damage. the shock isn’t typically a huge issue for the lobes, but why risk it? a piercing professional will pierce you with razor-sharp, hollow needles that slice through areas quickly without damaging the surrounding tissue (a process that’s usually less painful than gun piercing). piercing guns should never be used to pierce any area of the body, especially not the harder cartilage of the ear (which can be shattered by guns).
4. lack of piercer training
People who have worked in retail establishments that use piercing guns often report they began to pierce after just a short amount of training, sometimes only a few hours. with that little training, how can piercers be aware of the sanitary precautions that must be followed to prevent contamination? or how to instruct for proper aftercare?
5. poor quality jewellery
Your jewellery should be made from a high quality implant grade material that’s suitable for new piercings. all jewellery used in piercing guns is not, and can create irritation that leads to infection when exposed to the fluids that result from a piercing. they also have a much higher risk of allergic reaction.
6. uneven piercings
A professional body piercer is far more likely to give you even lobe holes than a person holding a piercing gun. professionals have the experience required to get it right, while guns aren’t designed for accuracy, even in experienced hands.
Talk to a professional piercer
free or cheap piercings can quickly become expensive if you become sick or if the site becomes infected. there are no guarantees you won’t have problems after any piercing, but a professional body piercer is trained to follow standard safety protocol and help you choose the best jewellery for your new look. a pro’s procedure might cost you a little more, but prices are usually not prohibitive. talk to a professional piercer before you make the decision to use a piercing gun.