Piercing Gun or Piercing Needle

When getting a new piercing, it’s been fairly common practices at local malls and even in some doctor’s offices to use piercing guns. For a while, even tattoo shops used piercing guns. But, more recently, piercing needles have been the norm in tattoo shops and for a good reason.

Piercing Guns

Pros

  • It’s convenient to go to a local mall shopping.
  • It can be cheaper to get a piercing at the mall or at a booth versus a qualified piercer.

Cons

  • Piercing guns cannot be properly sterilized, wiping it with an alcohol swab isn’t enough to properly sterilize the gun. Even if the gun doesn’t come into contact with the skin, the piercer’s hands do, and they’re touching the potentially contaminated gun.
  • Training on how to use the gun is generally only two weeks.
  • There can be major tissue trauma when a piercing is performed with a gun. The piercing guns hold blunt studs and when the studs are forced through your skin, which literally rips the tissue to make room for the jewelry.
  • The gun pinches the back of the jewelry into place, which doesn’t allow any room for the piercing to breath and heal properly.
  • The piercing guns use studs that have butterfly backs, which can harbor bacteria. The studs are also generally made of a low-grade material which cause allergic reaction, scarring, and infection.
  • Piercing guns are loud, which can scare younger children. If the child jumps, the stud can easily get stuck half-way through the tissue or enter the tissue at an odd angle, which means it must be removed and attempted again.
  • The piercing gun is inaccurate, and the stud can go through at a bad angle or at a bad placement, which may cause your body to reject the jewelry.

Piercing Needles

Pros

  • Piercing equipment can be properly sterilized in an autoclave with high pressured steam to thoroughly sterilize. Used needles are properly discarded; jewelry and hemostats can be put in the autoclave.
  • Professional body piercers generally receive training for months and must be certified in some areas.
  • There is less pain when piercing needles are used. The needle is hollow and extremely sharp so that it slices through the skin, pushing the tissues aside to make room for the jewelry.
  • The jewelry is design so that dirt and bacteria can be easily removed. Many base jewelry used is made of high-grade stainless steel or titanium, which is proven to help reduce reaction and infection.

Cons

  • It can be an inconvenience to find a reputable tattoo shop that offers piercings.
  • It can be more expensive than going to the mall.

Which would you choose?