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Piercing History
Piercing Procedure
Piercing Sanitation
Piercing Health Risks
Piercing Aftercare



 
          

 

 

 

PIERCINGS

 

Piercings at Perfect Image are done on a walk-in basis. Our welcoming and knowledgeable staff will walk you through the process and jewelry options that are available for the specific piercing you want.

You may be asked to provide valid photo ID; for most piercings you must be 16 years of age to sign for yourself. For piercings like genitals,female nipples, and micro-dermal anchors you must be 18. If you are under age you may get pierced with a parent present along with valid photo ID for both you and your parent. However, we have the right to refuse piercings on minors on an individual basis. This is usually based on anatomy, but sometimes it may just be something your piercer is not comfortable doing on a minor.

Your piercer will advise you on how to take care of your piercing using the aftercare kit available for purchase in store. If you choose not to purchase the aftercare they will give you suggestions on alternative methods to ensure you have a perfect heal. Follow your piercers advice, they truly do know what's best. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to stop by or give us a call, we are always willing to help. 

 

 

 

 

 

Piercing History

 

Body piercing has a diverse and rich history. With many different types of piercings performed by different cultures and in numerous time periods, it's difficult to say exactly where it originated. The oldest mummified remains discovered had ear piercings that were stretched 7-11mm in diameter. These remains were dated back 5300 years.

The Bible references earrings in Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy. Nose piercings are also referenced in the Bible, as well as by the Vedas, in Hindu culture, and by the Aztecs and Mayans, all for varying reasons and beliefs.

Some of the newer socially acceptable piercings such as lip and tongue also date back to Aztec and Mayan cultures where the tongue was pierced with a thorn and the blood collected and burned in honor of the Gods.

The history of the nipple, navel and genital piercings are more widely debated. Records do suggest the popularity of the nipple and genital piercing prior to the 20th century while the navel was considered to be a sign of manliness in Roman men. 

Today, body piercing is more socially acceptable than it has ever been.  It is a growing industry and is becoming acceptable by employers, some, changing their dress codes and policies on visual body piercings to allow them in the work place. It is extremely prevalent in pop culture and will only continue to become more acceptable and enjoyed whether for religious or cultural reasons or just for the beauty of them.

 

 

Piercing Procedure

 

Before you get pierced you will be required to fill out a waiver. This is for legal purposes and to make us aware of any medical conditions that may affect your piercing or healing. (See Health Risks) Proof of age may be required. Persons under the age of 16 must have a parent present and consenting to the piercing. (Note; Not all piercings will be performed on persons under the age of 16 even with a parent present. It is at the discretion of the piercer and what they are comfortable with performing on a minor) For nipple or genital piercing persons must be over the age of 18. Persons that are intoxicated, pregnant, nursing, or incapable of consent due to mental incapacity will be refused.

When the appropriate paperwork is completed you will then sit down with your piercer and they will go over the procedure with you to help you feel more comfortable and at ease with the process. They will also discuss your piercing and any details to ensure that you are satisfied before beginning.
There are a number of different methods used today that depend entirely upon which type of piercing you will be getting. 
The Standard method involves making an opening using a hollow medical needle. The needle is inserted into the body part being pierced. While still in the body, the initial jewelry to be worn in the piercing is pushed through the opening, following the back of the needle. Piercing using hollow medical needles does not actually remove any flesh, the method cuts a slit and holds it open in the shape of the cross section of the needle, in this case, a circle. In this method, the needle is the same gauge or larger than the initial jewelry to be worn.

Dermal Punching is a method which is used to remove a circular area of tissue, into which jewelry is placed. This method is usually used to remove both skin and cartilage in upper ear piercings, where cartilage must be removed to relieve pressure on the piercing to ensure proper healing and long term viability of the piercing. The healed fistulas created or enlarged using a dermal punch will usually not shrink over time.

The Pierce and Taper method is similar to the standard method. It is a more advanced technique though, sometimes used to pierce where large gauge initial jewelry is desired. In this method, after the needle is inserted and the opening is created, a tapered steel bar (usually one gauge larger than that of the needle at the large end) is inserted instead of initial jewelry. Then the jewelry is pushed through the opening, following the tapered bar. The success of this method is dependent on the elasticity of the skin in the area being pierced, the skill of the piercer and the type of piercing being done.

 

 

Piercing Sanitation

 

Each Perfect Image location is in compliance with it's regional heath unit. Health and safety is the first and foremost concern for both the client and the piercer. Every precaution is taken to protect you and your piercer. Each studio is equipped with bio hazard containers for objects that have come into contact with blood or bodily fluids and sharps containers for used needles. All tools are sterilized in state-of-the-art autoclaves and all surfaces are cleaned with hospital grade germicidal disinfectant between clients. Sterile single-use gloves are worn by the piercer to protect both the piercer and the client.

 

 

Piercing Health Risks

 

Body piercing is not without risks. Each Perfect Image location is in compliance with it's regional health unit to ensure minimal procedural risks. (See Piercing Sanitation) In addition to procedural risks there are other things to consider such as pre-existing health concerns and allergies, and whether the piercing is suitable for your anatomy.

 

Health Concerns
It is recommended that persons with diabetes, hemophilia, auto-immune disorder, or persons taking blood thinning medications or persons with other medical or skin conditions that may hinder the healing process of your piercing should consult your doctor before getting pierced. Recipients of organ or bone marrow transplants should also consult a doctor to ensure a proper prescribed regimen of antibiotics is administered prior to getting pierced. It is also advised that you inform your piercer of any metal allergies or allergies to certain healing agents that could be found in aftercare.

Pregnant or Nursing
Women who are pregnant or nursing will be refused so as to allow the appropriate attention the body requires for the demanding and complex task it is already performing.

Damage caused by Oral Piercings
Oral piercings can affect the teeth and gums if proper jewelry is not selected. Your piercer will advise you on the type of jewelry you will require for healing your new piercing. This jewelry can be changed once the piercing is fully healed. Most often, the jewelry you are pierced with is longer than regular jewelry to allow for swelling. When the piercing is healed it is recommended that jewelry be switched to a more fitted piece to avoid damage to teeth and gums.

Anatomy
For some people certain piercings are not possible. In most cases your piercer will be able to tell you if certain piercings will not heal properly, they will reject, or if anatomically it is not suitable for you and it will be at the piercers discretion whether to pierce you or not.

 

 

 

 

 

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