Getting a body pierced can be a big decision, especially if you're doing it for the first time. It's a good idea to find out about this first before you get your piercing, especially if you intend to do a more complex piercing such as an industrial piercing, to prevent infection and unwanted things. The industrial type of piercing refers to two piercings that are done at the top of the cartilage of the ear; then the two holes are connected with an earring rod. Almost any piercing studio can do industrial piercing; but for the best experience, choose a clean piercing studio and earrings that you feel comfortable with, then follow all the care instructions you should do after your piercing.
Part 1 of 4: Choosing Earrings
Step 1. Find a piercing studio in your area
You can check the internet or the phone book to find and find the nearest piercing studio. Also include a tattoo place in your search, because usually places like this also provide piercing services. You can also ask friends or family members if they can refer you and provide recommendations for good piercings, as well as places to avoid. Write down all the piercing studios you want to contact, with their addresses and phone numbers for each.
Step 2. Make a list of things to watch out for
Before you choose a piercing studio and the type of earrings you want, make sure the studio you choose meets all the criteria ranging from cleanliness, hygiene, sterility, safety, competence, to experience in piercing. You can see some of the factors above from the information provided on each studio's website, but you'll get more explanation by visiting and asking the studio directly. You can create a graph or diagram to make it easier for you to record information from each studio. Write down questions like these:
- How do you keep the work environment in the studio sterile?
- Do you use special tools to sterilize all equipment that has to be reused?
- Do you routinely check your sterilizer with a spore test?
- Do all the earrings in your studio have the necessary qualifications and certificates? This may vary depending on the area where the studio is located. However, you should know that many piercing places do not have official certificates for their earrings.
- Has your piercing studio passed the inspection, and do you have all the required licenses and permits? Again, this varies depending on the area where the studio is located. Contact your local health department for more specific rules on this in the area where you live.
- Does your studio provide consulting services?
- How much experience do you and your staff have with industrial piercing?
- How much does industrial piercing cost?
Step 3. Contact a piercing studio that you feel is quite qualified and add it to your list
Prepare a list of questions and ways to record the answers. Pay close attention to the person you are talking to; how you felt talking to them and how they made you feel comfortable when they explained the process. Cross the piercing studio off the list if it refuses to answer your questions, tries to rush you into getting your piercing, makes you nervous, or gives you an unsatisfactory answer. A good piercing studio will take the time to answer all your questions, as well as take you through the process. Make sure you only add good studios to the list, based on their answers and their treatment of you.
Step 4. Visit the piercing studio that you have listed
Meet the staff, including those who specialize in piercing work, and make sure that you feel comfortable with the people as well as the environment. You can request available portfolios and ask permission to see when the staff is piercing. Make sure each studio is clean and prohibit anyone from smoking or drinking inside.
- Find out if the studio uses syringes that have been sterilized and packaged individually. Then see if the needles that have been used are stored in a special sharps container, which is a special place to store potentially dangerous objects.
- Be careful if the studio uses a piercing gun. Piercing guns cannot be sterilized, which could indicate that the studio is not completely clean.
- See if the piercing and tattooing staff wear clean gloves, and change them every time they handle a different client.
Step 5. Choose the studio you want based on all the information you have previously collected, either from the website or from visits to the studio
Choose the studio that you think provides the best service, the most sterile environment, the friendliest staff, and the most talented piercing artist. If you are allowed to choose the staff who will pierce you, consider choosing one who:
- Give the best answer.
- make you most comfortable.
- Have the best and most experienced portfolio of works.
- Shows the piercing process at the time he did it directly.
Part 2 of 4: Preparing for Piercing
Step 1. Make an appointment in advance
Some piercing studios require you to make an appointment; but if it's not a must, make an appointment in advance if you can. A good studio can be full of clients who come straight to the studio without making an appointment. Also, discuss with the staff if you have any specific allergies, as well as the choice of accessories you would like. Pay attention to any instructions they give before you visit for a piercing.
Talk to your doctor about your decision to get a piercing, especially if you have certain medical problems or concerns, or if you are taking certain medications
Step 2. Get ready to leave on the appointed day
Follow all instructions given to you by the piercing studio, at the time you make your appointment. You should eat at least four hours before your piercing, take a shower first, tie your hair back and away from your ears if you have long hair, and bring some extra bobby pins. Wear loose and comfortable clothing.
- Bring your ID photo with you when you go to the studio.
- Don't come drunk, because a studio with a good reputation will not want to pierce or tattoo someone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Even if you just drank alcohol last night, the alcohol is still in your body and can cause heavy bleeding, because alcohol thins the blood.
- Don't take aspirin or other medications that thin the blood before you go to the piercing studio to get your piercing.
- Some tattoo and piercing studios accept cash only. If the studio doesn't accept credit or debit cards, make sure you have enough cash to pay for the piercing.
Step 3. Arrive a few minutes earlier than the promised time
This is a habit that needs to be done for every appointment. Plus, you can get ready early and ask a few final questions before the piercing. When you arrive, tell the staff your name and tell them you made an appointment beforehand. Or if you haven't made an appointment yet, say that you intend to get industrial piercing.
Part 3 of 4: Piercing
Step 1. Observe how the staff prepares before piercing
The first thing the staff had to do was wash their hands, then put on the new, disposable gloves that surgeons often wear in operations. Each piece of equipment must still be in its packaging and sealed, and freshly opened in front of you. After that, the equipment will be placed in the tray. At this time, the staff will select the appropriate accessory for your ear as well as a needle of the appropriate size.
- A good piercing staff will explain one by one the piercing process as he does it. Ask if you have something to ask.
- Make sure staff use earring rods that are long enough to make room for puffiness.
- It is recommended to use only one earring, so that the two piercing holes can be aligned.
Step 2. The staff will disinfect the ear to be pierced
In addition to cleaning these parts, disinfecting will reduce the risk of infection occurring and make it easier to make holes in the ears.
Step 3. Observe the industrial piercing parts and angles suggested by the staff
After the disinfection is done, the staff will mark the two points to be punched with a marker, and explain how the two holes will be aligned with the earring rod. Don't be afraid to ask staff to change the position or angle of the hole to be made. You can't do it again if your ears are pierced!
Step 4. Take it easy when the staff starts making the first hole
The staff will insert a disposable needle with a hollow center into the skin to make the first hole. Once the needle is pierced through the skin, the staff will immediately place the earring which will be aligned so that it can connect to the second hole. So, it is important that you sit still and remain calm during your piercing. Try some of these ways to relax yourself:
- Take a deep breath.
- Imagine something that can distract you from the pain.
- Do meditation.
- Talk to staff or people close to you.
Step 5. Stay calm and get ready for the second hole
Continue to take deep breaths and do something relaxing, like the example above. First, the staff will stick a needle to make a second hole. Only then will the earrings be placed in the ears.
Step 6. The staff will clean the ear to be perforated and disinfect again
When it's all over, you'll feel pain and a burning sensation. Your ear has just been perforated twice, so it's natural to feel pain with a burning sensation.
If you don't feel sick yet, discuss with the staff about the care that should be done after the piercing, before you go home
Step 7. Pay the piercing fee
Just like the service industry, most piercing staff will be very happy to receive a tip, the standard is 15-20 percent.
Do not forget to take a form or paper that contains an explanation of the care procedures that must be carried out after the piercing
Part 4 of 4: Caring for Piercings
Step 1. Be prepared to go through a long healing process
Industrial piercings can be painful and usually take longer to heal than other types of piercing. Generally, industrial piercings are painless from three to four weeks, or up to six months.
Most over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to treat pain after a piercing in the first few weeks. Do not compress the piercing area with hot compresses; use a cloth that has been moistened with cold water and apply to the piercing area to relieve the pain if necessary
Step 2. Clean your piercing regularly
The best way to clean industrial piercings is to use a warm saline solution. Mix teaspoon of sea salt/non-iodized salt with 237ml of warm water. Wet the piercing with the solution for 7-10 minutes. Repeat this process 2-4 times a day.
Do not clean industrial piercings with soap more than once or twice a day. If you use soap, use a mild, natural-based liquid soap, such as castile soap
Step 3. Avoid doing strenuous activities such as sports, especially sports that involve a lot of physical contact
Do not change earrings until the piercing has healed and do not twist or twist the earrings. Avoid sauna baths, hot tubs, and swimming in pools.
- Industrial piercings are very sensitive, so they won't heal properly if the piercing is moved, pushed, or rubbed.
- Keep long hair away so the strands don't fall near industrial piercings and get caught in the piercing.
- Avoid sleeping positions that put pressure on the piercing, at least until the piercing has healed.
Step 4. Avoid using substances that can aggravate the pierced skin
Certain products can cause irritation, dry skin, cell damage, and clogged pores. Do not clean your piercing with: scented soaps, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial ointments, and petroleum-based gels or creams. Also avoid the use of ear care fluids that contain the ingredients mentioned above.
- Make sure the objects that come into contact with the piercing are clean, such as hair, fingers, clothes, and even the phone.
- If you use cosmetics and hair care products such as shampoo, hair softener, hairspray, or other make-up, try to keep them from coming into direct contact with your piercing.
Step 5. Treat the infection immediately, if any
There is an approximately 30% chance of infection occurring in a piercing done on the cartilage of the ear. If the infection is not treated immediately, it can cause permanent damage. If you suspect an infection, immediately consult a doctor. Don't remove the earrings first, at least until your doctor tells you to. Some of the symptoms of infection include:
- There is pus around the piercing.
- Numbness, tingling, or the color of the skin around the piercing turns pale.
- Great bleeding.
- Swelling, redness, pain, and throbbing.
Step 6. Watch for signs of an allergic reaction
Nickel metal allergies are quite common. Since accessories usually contain nickel, look for nickel reactions, if any. If you show signs of allergies, immediately return to the piercing studio where you got your ear pierced. Piercings may not heal properly if you are allergic to the accessory. In general, symptoms of an allergic reaction begin to appear within 12-48 hours of getting pierced. These symptoms include:
- Itching and swelling.
- Redness, rash, dry skin flakes around the piercing area.
- There is a bubble with a crusty side.
- If you have any doubts about getting your piercing at your chosen piercing studio, look elsewhere. Cleanliness and safety must be a top priority.
- The cost of industrial piercing ranges from IDR 522,600, 00-IDR 1,175,850, 00. Don't make your choice of a piercing studio based on price alone.