Body Piercing

Body Piercing

I have provided a very safe service for those wanting body piercing since 1995.

My piercing techniques involve the same health and safety procedures and standards as other surgical procedures. This is very important, as the risk of HIV and hepatitis transmission is very high where strict sterilisation and surgical technique is not used.

I am also able to deal with any health complications that may arise after body piercing. These are usually infections.

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Procedure

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What needs to happen before the piercing?

You need to bring your jewellery with you to your appointment.  The type and size of your jewellery depends on the piercing.  Surgical steel is generally the best.  Ask when purchasing your jewellery what size etc is best for you.

How is the piercing done?

  1. I sterilise your jewellery in a sterilising solution prior to insertion.
  2. The area surrounding the piercing site is cleaned with a sterile swab.
  3. The piercing site is then injected with local anaesthetic to numb the area.
  4. I then use a special needle to pierce the skin and your jewellery is then inserted and tightened.
  5. You are done!

After

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How do I care for a new body piercing?

"Don't fiddle with your jewellery" is the golden rule,  touching piercings transfers a host of bugs that will live and grow in the wound. Turning unwashed jewellery carries bacteria from the surface to inside the body resulting in inevitable infection.

  • Wash the piercing and surrounding skin once a day in the shower, with loads of hot water only. This is sufficient to dissolve scabs and clean the piercing.
  • Wash again during the day (even twice if needed), with warm salty water. The mixture should be 1 teaspoon (5g) of salt to 1 pint (600ml) of warm water. 
  • Pat dry with a clean towel.

After washing, and only after washing, you can turn the jewellery to straighten it up.

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  • Genital piercings should be protected from others' body fluids until fully healed.
  • Naval piercings usually take the longest to heal - many months is not unusual. Some redness in the skin around the piercing is normal.

 

If your piercing starts to become infected, use an antibiotic soap when washing.  "Betadine" is good if you are not allergic to iodine but should not be in contact with your skin for more than 2 minutes. Rarely, further treatments including oral antibiotics may be required. Please  contact me if in doubt.  

When fully healed, the jewellery can be manipulated as you wish, and simply washed in your daily routine.

Is there anything else I should avoid when caring for a new body piercing?

Alcohol, meths, Dettol, peroxide, Savlon etc can all delay healing, as well as dry out the skin.

How do I care for a new piercing in or around my mouth?

For the first two days after a new oral piercing, you may not be able to eat, but the pain usually settles over the next few days. It is quite normal for the tongue to get a white coating on it.

After each meal or snack, rinse with Listerine diluted to half with water.  If you prefer, you can dilute half a level teaspoon of salt in water. Rinse vigorously for a full minute each time.

For oral piercings, I will normally prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug to help with pain and swelling. You can also drink cool water, or suck ice to help pain and swelling.

Check with me or another health professional before taking other medications, or if you have a pre-existing health problem. 

Costs

How much does body piercing cost?

Body Piercing is $80 for one piercing.  Additional piercings are $25 per piercing.

Booking

Please phone reception at Broadway Medical Centre to enquire about booking.

Phone:   03 477 4335

Fax:       03 477 4337

E-mail: enquries@broadwaymed.co.nz