Piercing Kits: Nowadays everyone is all about home improvement. It’s amazing what people create themselves. With the right tools and a good YouTube video, you can re-tile your own bathroom, paint a mural on your wall, knit a sweater, and anything else you might want to try.
The search term “piercing kits” has recently been used on Google, probably due to the current restrictions for non-essential companies. Many people want to get the piercing they have been dreaming of for a long time, and are looking for ways to do it while many studios remain closed.
A quick Google search shows that there is an abundance of piercing kits with professional looking tools and a whole arsenal of jewelry. Due to the easy availability, it seems like a good idea to pierce yourself with one of these kits at home.
We are here to tell you that you should do it unless you are a certified piercer in a piercing studio never Pierce yourself even if you use one of these kits. Here’s why.
You dont know what you are doing
- 1 You dont know what you are doing
- 2 No matter how much research you’ve done, you won’t know enough to safely do your own piercing.
- 3 You don’t have the right equipment
- 4 You don’t know the jewelry you need
- 5 You need a professional to determine the size of your starter jewelry.
- 6 But I know someone who pierced themselves and it turned out to be good
- 7 Buy one while you wait
Piercings seem simple – you just pierce your body, don’t you? – but, as any professional piercer can tell you, you have to go through a whole series of training sessions to safely perform a piercing.
Many common piercings, such as tongue piercing and dimple piercing, occur near nerve endings or other important parts of the body. If you do not know the correct placement of these piercings, you can do real and irreversible harm to yourself. In addition, the cartilage is brittle and can easily be damaged. If you do not have the right equipment or do the piercing laboriously, you can cause damage that leads to unsightly scars. Piercings must also be placed at the correct angle and depth to avoid complications such as rejection of piercings. In short, you lack the training you need to pierce yourself safely and the risk is not worth it.
No matter how much research you’ve done, you won’t know enough to safely do your own piercing.
Piercers are also trained in aspects such as blood borne pathogens, infections, and other medical risks associated with piercings. New piercings have a low risk of infection in a piercing studio. However, if you prick your bedroom without the right equipment, the likelihood of infection increases significantly.
No matter how much you read, how many YouTube tutorials you see, or how many piercings you have received in the past, if you are not certified, you simply do not have the know-how to pierce yourself. Would you pull out your own tooth instead of seeing a dentist? Probably not. The same applies to your piercing.
You don’t have the right equipment
No matter how serious the website you ordered from, or how many great reviews the piercing kit has, you still won’t have the right equipment you need.
All tools must be sterilized in an autoclave sterilizer. If you don’t have any of those lying around, you’re not properly prepared to pierce yourself. An autoclave sterilizer uses steam to completely rid the tools of all bacteria. Simply disinfecting the tools with a bacteria-killing disinfectant is not enough. These are only used to kill most bacteria – not all.
In addition to proper sterilization, the needles you use must be very sharp. If the needles are too blunt, they will not perform a clean piercing (and it will be painful). There are also many piercing kits that contain piercing pistols. These seem to be easier to use, but they’re a big no-no, even when used by a professional. (You can find more information here.)
You don’t know the jewelry you need
Since every body is different, every piercing will be different. The type and size of your starter jewelry depends on your individual anatomy. If you are not trained, you do not know which jewelry to choose. Even if you do your research beforehand, you need to know the size of the jewelry that fits your body.
You need a professional to determine the size of your starter jewelry.
In addition, some piercings, especially in the cartilage, need to be pierced at a certain angle, depending on the jewelry you want to wear. (If you want to wear a tire, the piercing may have to be at a different angle than if you want to wear a stud.) You cannot find the correct angle by simply researching it. It takes practice that you don’t have.
But I know someone who pierced themselves and it turned out to be good
Many of us know at least one person who has pierced himself at some point in their lives and it could have been successful. Do not let this entice you into a false sense of security. Piercing yourself is never a good idea.
The fact is that they were probably just lucky. Some areas, such as the rag, pose a lower risk than other areas, such as the cartilage, and are more likely to forgive poor piercing practices. Even the rag can be infected and scarred by an amateur.
It is not worth piercing yourself between increased infection risks, scar risks and possible irreversible damage. Remember that every success story you’ve heard is purely anecdotal. The fact is that piercing at home is a big risk that the new piercing is not worth it.
Although it’s so easy to buy a piercing kit online, just don’t do it. The cost of the kit and the risk of performing the piercing at home are not worth the piercing you may or may not end up with. Wait until a reputable professional can safely pierce you in a clean studio. Your body will thank you.
Buy one while you wait
If you’re impatient for a new piercing, scratch the itch by dreaming of the jewelry you can wear after the piercing. You can go to the piercing studio one day and it will be worth the wait. Here are some pieces that we love to satisfy your pervasive desire.