At NUTZTATTOO we pride ourselves on a high standard of hygiene and as a Professional Piercer, I only use the best quality equipment and jewellery for body piercing. We are registered with the East Herts District Council Health Authority and our premises are inspected regularly. FULL ONSITE AUTOCLAVE STERILISATION is carried out. Each piece of jewellery is individually sterilised in a sealed packet prior to piercing. A new needle (sealed packet) is used every time and disposed of after use. All equipment i.e. clamps etc are also individually sterilised in separate packets and new surgical gloves are worn every time. 316L surgical steel is now illegal for initial piercings due to the higher nickel content which does not conform to the new E.U nickel sensitisation law (E.U. directive 94/27/EC). It may be used in healed piercings only. Instead, we use medical grade titanium Ti 6AL 4V (used since 1950 for medical implants), niobium (less nickel than titanium, Implantanium (low nickel surgical steel), P.T.F.E. and titanium nitride coated over titanium (as used in hospitals to coat pacemakers, and orthopedic implants etc). All metals conform to the new E.U. nickel directive.
Here at NutzTattoo we require our piercing customers to be of a minimum age of 16. Added proof will be required to show the age of 18 years for genital piercing. I.D. will be required if you appear to be under age. With parental consent we can pierce an ear or navel of someone under 16. But this is down to the piercers discretion
We will not pierce anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Anaesthetic (numbing) can be used in the procedure if requested.
Dermal anchors and skin divers:
Microdermal implants (also known as surface or dermal anchors) are the latest thing to hit the piercing/body-mod scene. They can be placed everywhere a surface piercing can, and many places they can’t! They are a form of body modification which gives the aesthetic appearance of a transdermal implant, but without the complications of the much more complicated surgery associated with transdermal implants.
Although they look similar to a surface piercing, they are different from conventional piercings in that they are composed of two components: an anchor, which is implanted underneath the skin, with a step protruding (or flush with) the surface of the surrounding skin, and the interchangeable jewellery, which is screwed into the threaded hole in the step of the anchor.
Fitting them is very similar to getting a surface piercing, with very little trauma to the skin.
Although considered a permanent piercing, we can remove them safely. The base of the micro dermal is only 2.5mm wide so it only leaves a very small mark, much less than a standard piercing that has migrated.
Skin divers are very similar to dermal anchors except they are smaller and they are not interchangeable like the anchors are. They are fitted in the same way but the anchor is not considered permanent. They look like a small disk on the skin.
You must be over 18 for dermal anchors and skin divers.
Ear Stretching advice.
Although I always recommend getting procedures like this done by a professional and I do offer such services at the studio. I appreciate that some people like to stretch their own piercings. I stock all the appropriate jewellery for doing this and can offer some advise.
The key to stretching is time and patience. Your body tissues need time between each stretching stage to adjust, heal and grow new cells. The slower you stretch the easier and more comfortable it will be and the further you will be able to go. If you do not allow sufficient time for tissue regeneration, your skin may tear and scar, or keloid tissue can build up which will not only prolong the healing process but will also limit future stretches.
As ear lobes get plenty of circulation they tend to heal quickly but the soft tissue is easy to injure if pushed too far too soon.
Lightly lubricate the ear and jewellery pushing the stretching crescent from front to back, supporting the tissue at the back of the ear until you feel resistance. A good time to do this is after a bath or shower as the warmth causes the tissue to expand and soften making your skin stretch more easily.
Water based or oil based lubricants can be used – KY jelly. Cocoa butter, vitamin E oil, bio oil, baby oil etc. However, do use oil based lubrication in moderation as they make an oily film keeping oxygen out.
Remember although jewellery is measured in diameter what your body feels is circumference. The bigger you go the greater the area you are increasing the stretch by, so can be more difficult. It is more important that you do not rush these stages.
As the stretching process causes irritation and tiny tears in the skin leaving it open for bacteria, cleanliness is of the utmost importance. Washing with a gentle antibacterial or mild soap, with and without the stretching crescents in, will not only kill these germs but also remove the dead skin cells which can make your holes itch and smell!
Once the hole loosens around the jewellery and you have allowed time to heal, you are ready to move on.
Massage can help maintain healthy tissue and promote cell growth by increasing circulation. This may help speed the healing process and the breakdown of scar tissue. Gently knead the skin between your clean fingers, with or without coca butter or oils (bio, vitamin E etc).
Although you may feel some slight discomfort during the process (this is normal) if you do experience excessive swelling, rash, redness or itching, soak your stretched piercing with hot salt water several times a day until cleared (1/4 tea spoon salt to 250ml boiling water allowed to cool). Should your symptoms persist, remove the jewellery and concentrate on healing.
No matter how much care you take, allergic reactions are always possible. We are all unique and can react to anything at any time.
Just remember to listen to your body, be patient and don’t force it – you will get there.
Surface piercings and growing out.
Surface piercings are fairly extreme piercings. They require quite a bit of patience and care to heal. For this reason we often recommend that you have experience with other easier-to-heal piercings before getting a surface piercing.
There have been many methods over the years for trying to coax surface piercings to heal. The main obstacle has been that when flat surface skin is pierced, the body’s natural reaction is to gradually reject the jewellery. The body adds new skin cells from the inside-out. As new layers of skin are added beneath the jewellery, the old layers are pushed toward the surface and where they are eventually sloughed off. The jewellery is often pushed out with the layers of skin it transverses.
When normal piercing jewellery (e.g. a ball closure ring, straight or curved barbell) is inserted into a surface piercing, the jewellery may begin to put pressure on the tissue between the jewellery and the surface of the skin, typically causing a “speed bump”-like rise. This pressure can cause problems during healing as it restricts blood flow to the tissue, and further encourages growing out. The less healthy the tissue, the more likely rejection is to occur. To avoid this outcome, our preferred method is the use of special barbells (“surface barbells”) which are shaped like a staple. With a surface bar, there is minimal pressure on the piercing, allowing blood to flow to the tissue between the jewellery and the surface, facilitating easier healing and increasing the probability of the piercing remaining.
However, even with the correct aftercare and jewellery inserted, there is still a higher risk of rejection with surface piercings. If a piercing is allowed to grow out completely, a scar will be left which can often look unsightly. If you suspect your piercing to be growing out come to the studio to get it checked out and possibly removed to keep scarring to a minimum.
We also do “micro surface piercings” which can be inserted virtually anywhere on the body! They are not usually painful, quite discreet and can be placed singly or multiply for that extra freaky look!
Anything else you’d like to know about piercing. Please get in touch and I will do my best to answer your questions.