The body piercing process is not the same for all the areas of the body. Special tools are required for cutting or puncturing the body parts. Some professionals may use surgical steel needles or some may prefer a piercing gun. However, the general piercing process is as follows:
- The body piercer will examine the area for scars or other skin problems to make sure it is safe for piercing.
- The chosen area will be thoroughly cleaned with an antibacterial solution before the whole process begins. Body hair may be shaved off if needed, as in the case of an eyebrow piercing.
- The piercer will mark the location of the needle insertion using a sterile disposable marker. This will include an entrance point and an exit point.
- At this time, the piercer may decide to clamp the area with forceps to steady the skin for a straight, even puncture, making the body piercing process easier for them. Clamping also reduces blood flow which helps numb the area to pain if freezing or anesthetics aren’t used.
- The piercer will ask you if you are ready. When you are, the area will be pierced with a surgical steel cannula that comes wrapped in a plastic sheath. Once the needle is removed, this plastic sheath remains in place.
- The clamp is removed, starter jewelry inserted and then the sheath is removed. After the body piercing process is done, you will be given instructions on caring for your new piercing to prevent any infections. The professional will also let you know what the average healing time is for your item, bringing the body piercing process to an end.