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Common Ear Piercings

Common Ear Piercings

What part of the ear to get pierced in Sacramento

HELIX PIERCING
This is a type of piercing where the cartilage or the upper ear is punctured so that an earring can be placed. More often than not, a piercing gun is used to pierce the ear. But there are others who just use a bigger needle in order to create a helix piercing. Ear jewelries that are used for this are the studs or bead rings.

SCAFFOLD PIERCING
This is also known as the industrial piercing. In this type of ear puncture, there are two pierces located in the ear cartilage or helix. These are just like two helix piercings but connected together with a barbell earring.

ROOK PIERCING
This is a puncture done at the ear’s antihelix. It is actually considered as one of the most painful ear piercings since the needle would pass in different cartilage tissues of the ear. Moreover, it is also known to be very difficult to perform at the same time.

DAITH PIERCING
This is a type of perforation done at the ear’s cartilage so that a jewelry can be inserted. Using a curved needle, the daith piercing is performed. This is to prevent the other ear parts from being damaged due t piercing. Some also use a receiving tube as well that would catch the needle on the other side. More often than not, people use ear jewelries with small gauges so it can be easily inserted just like the captive bead ring.

SNUG PIERCING
This is located at the inner cartilage of the ear. It is at the lower part of the ear’s outer rim. More often than not, a snug piercing is shallow compared to the other types or ear piercing locations. Aside from that, a micro-jewelry can only be used as well. Earrings known as the curved barbells are usually used for snug piercing.

CONCH PIERCING
There are actually two types of conch earring namely the inner conch piercing and the outer conch piercing. The inner conch piercing is done at the center of the ear’s cartilage. This is just adjacent to the part called ear canal. When doing the inner conch piercing it is important that you use a big gauge piercing needle and put a barbell ear accessory as well. On the other hand, the outer conch piercing can be found at the outer cartilage of the ear. It can be found at the flat area of the outer ear. As long as the perforation is at the flat part of the cartilage, it is still considered as an outer conch pierce. However, if it is already done at the curled portion of the ear, it is already called as the helix piercing.

LOBE PIERCING
This is probably the most common part of the ear that is being punctured. The lobe is considered as the softest and the biggest part of the ear. The ear’s lobe can actually accommodate as much as three piercings because of its size.

Don’t Pierce Your Daughter’s Ears at the Mall

I remember getting my ears pierced for the first time (out of many) at 4 years old. It’s actually one of my first memories, even. My mom made it pleasant and fun and made sure I was responsible enough to help take good care of them. She also let me know that it WOULD hurt. In fact, the little girl that went before me was older, but bawled and screamed like it was hideously painful. It scared me, so we walked around the mall a bit before I was ready. I ended up not thinking it was that bad after all.

I intend on piercing my own daughter’s ears when she’s old enough, but unlike my own experience, I won’t be taking her to a piercing booth in a mall, and I especially won’t be having the piercings done with a piercing gun. The Association of Professional Piercers and Body Modification Ezine, two of the largest information sources on contemporary body modification, are BOTH against gun piercings. Why? I’ll tell you.

Sanitation of the facility: Piercing parlors are required to thoroughly and regularly clean their piercing area (which consists of easy-to-clean materials like a doctor’s chair) regularly, and only allow paying customers into the area to prevent any contamination of their sterile equipment.

A mall booth, on the other hand, can be touched by everyone who walks by, is often just a cloth stool in a highly trafficked area, and the only part of their equipment that is sterile is maybe the earring studs — which doesn’t matter if the gun and gloves aren’t.

Training of the piercer: Piercing artists undergo often one year or more of internships, take bloodborne pathogen courses, often take CPR just in case of a medical emergency with a client, have to learn about aftercare, potential medical problems, and proper jewelry choices for each piercing type, and have to watch procedures many times before being very closely monitored while learning to perform them.

A mall piercing employee often has one day of a seminar, or even a video, then practices a few times on a piece of cardboard with dots or a teddy bear. Sometimes pediatricians offer this procedure, but they’re no more trained with a piercing gun than you are.

piercing needleQuality of the equipment: A piercing needle is incredibly sharp and cuts a crescent shape that then gently folds down the excess skin to make room for the jewelry. It’s a clean cut with clean edges in a shape that helps relieve pressure, and therefore healing is often quick. The procedure is notably less painful than other methods and is always, always sterile.

A piercing gun — originally designed for tagging the ears of cattle — cannot be sterile (except rare metal guns, which are only sterile if autoclaved after every single use). It carries the risk of passing blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis and even HIV (alcohol wipes are NOT sterilization), in addition to any dirty hands or machinery that touched it in packaging, if it’s a flimsy one-time-use gun. They are inaccurate at best, and use blunt force to actually rip a hole in the ear (yes, even the “sharp” piercing studs are still considered blunt). It also shoves a back on too tightly, which doesn’t leave room for normal swelling, doesn’t allow for airflow, causes too much pressure on the surrounding tissue, and often can even swell and prevent any healthy drainage. Ick.

Jewelry itself: Real piercers use sterile implant-grade stainless steel or titanium jewelry that is tailored to each individual piercing — the right shape, size, and width (gauge) to help allow proper healing, prevent migration, and also almost eliminate allergic reactions.

piercing earringPiercing guns use cheap metal that almost always contains high levels of nickel despite the fact a good 15 percent or more of the population has a nickel allergy. The studs are so thin that they have a tendency to migrate into the healing flesh, and they are not long enough to allow for normal healing in even the thinnest earlobes. How many times do you hear “The skin will close over the back of the earring if you don’t twist it!” This isn’t because of twisting (which is not advisable nor healthy!) but because of improper jewelry to begin with. The butterfly back earrings also have so many grooves that they can trap bacteria against the new piercing wound.

The aftercare: Real piercers have been trained to not just hand you a bottle and piece of paper, but show you how to care for a piercing and help recognize potential problems and solve them.

Piercing booths hand you a bottle of cleaning solution that is about 99.8 percent water … and the remainder is Benzethonium Chloride that actually damages healing tissue. Their healing care almost looks satirical to educated piercers, which includes twisting piercing daily, a move that unless the earring is totally free of “crusties” (dried healthy fluid) and totally clean, twists bacteria into and tears sensitive tissue in the newly healing piercing. BAD idea.

I know a lot of people don’t want to take little children into piercing salons, under some false pretense that they’re just like they were decades ago with slutty women and smoking bikers sitting around, but the truth is, if you can’t take your child to the real professionals, you shouldn’t have the procedure done. Wait until it can be a special, healthy memory, instead of something that has plenty of potential to go very wrong. You wouldn’t have the Safeway bagger give you a flu shot, right? Don’t let a store clerk pierce your children (or you!).

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Ear Piercing for Kids

Thinking of getting your child’s ears pierced? Here are answers to common questions about this rite of passage.

What is an appropriate age to get my child’s ears pierced?

Experts agree that this is a very personal decision, but some do warn of potential risks in piercing your daughter’s ears too early. “Any time you puncture the skin, you open up the opportunity for infection, and because infants still have developing immune systems, I encourage parents to wait until their child is at least 6 months old to get her ears pierced,” says Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., a Parents advisor and a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital. On the flip side, if you want your child to make her own decision about ear piercing, it’s best to wait until she’s around 10 or so to have that discussion. The older the child, the more likely she’ll be able to take responsibility for keeping her ears and her new studs clean.

How can I make the experience less painful for her?

Ask your doctor to prescribe a topical numbing cream with lidocaine derivatives that can help anesthetize the earlobes. Layer a thick coat of the cream onto the lobes 30 to 60 minutes before the piercing. Experts also say that applying ice 15 to 30 minutes before the piercing might help numb the pain receptors. If you do this, you might consider covering your child’s ears with plastic wrap or a similar substance, as the ice can cause discomfort if applied directly to the earlobe. These interventions won’t completely diminish the pain, though. “When your daughter gets her ears pierced, it will be somewhat painful,” Dr. Swanson says. Talk to your child about the piercing in the same way you would talk about an injection at the doctor’s office — reduce her anxiety by saying it’s a quick procedure and encourage her to breathe deeply.

When choosing earrings, which metal is best?

Surgical stainless steel earrings and posts can be your best bet — especially because this metal doesn’t contain nickel or any alloys that might cause an allergic reaction. Nickel and cobalt allergies are extremely common, so experts recommend avoiding earrings that contain these metals. Some kids may even be sensitive to white gold, as it can often contain nickel, says Bruce A. Brod, M.D., clinical associate professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Besides surgical stainless steel, the safest options include platinum, titanium, and 14K gold. The key when choosing earrings is to ask which metals were used — and talk to your doctor about what might be safest.

How should I choose a piercing place?

First, ask if your dermatologist or pediatrician does piercings. Many don’t, but it’s worth inquiring since they’ll use sterile equipment and follow basic safety procedures. If that’s not an option, ask your doctor where she recommends that you go and check in with trusted friends to see where they took their children to get their ears pierced. Once you determine a piercing location, make sure the technician has had at least a year’s experience doing several piercings each day. Most important, says Lisa Garner, M.D., a dermatologist in Garland, Texas, check that the technician follows basic safety protocol: Make sure she has washed her hands or used antibacterial hand gel, put on new gloves, cleaned your daughter’s earlobes with an alcohol pad, and taken an individual sterile ear piercer out of its previously unopened packaging in front of you for each ear.

What kind of post-piercing care should I follow?

After the ears are pierced, avoid infection by always keeping your daughter’s earrings clean. Wash your hands with a mild soap and then clean the front and back of the earrings twice a day by using a cotton ball or pad that’s been dipped with a little rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or cleaning solution provided by the piercing locale. Allow the pierced hole to maintain its shape by gently rotating the earrings and sliding them back and forth a few times. Make sure the earring is not too tight. Do not remove the first pair of earrings until at least six weeks have passed — if you do, the hole will immediately start to close. After six weeks, remove the initial pair of earrings and replace them with another, but make sure your daughter wears earrings continuously for six months so that the holes will become permanent.

What are the signs of infection?

Redness, swelling, or drainage, or any pain, itching, or tenderness are signs you should contact your doctor to determine if it’s an infection or a possible allergy, says Jenny Murase, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. If it’s an allergy to the metal, choosing new posts will likely solve the problem. If it’s an infection, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to treat it. If there is a reaction, remove the earrings right away and wait at least six months or longer before you consider getting the ears pierced again. Keep in mind that keloid tissue (a thick scar tissue) is more likely to develop when there’s an infection or allergic reaction. “Repeatedly traumatizing the area greatly increases the chances that a person will develop keloids,” Dr. Murase says.

Are there any other safety measures I should consider?

“When getting your daughter’s ears pierced, avoid piercing the cartilage — doing so carries a much higher risk of infection and keloid formation,” Dr. Brod says. When your little one is changing her clothes or brushing her hair, make sure she doesn’t irritate her newly pierced ears. Put her hair back with a headband or up in a ponytail. Try to keep hairspray, shampoo, perfumes, and similar products away from the earrings.

Will my child have to avoid certain sports or activities after getting her ears pierced?

Some experts say no; others warn that children should be extra careful, especially during the first two weeks after a piercing when the wound site is more prone to infection. Dr. Garner suggests avoiding swimming in a lake or ocean, which might contain unknown bacteria, for those two weeks. As for sports, horseback riding and softball requires a helmet, which might rub against the ear. It’s ideal to take earrings out before the sport, but if your child is playing during the first six months after piercing, consider putting small bandages over the earrings to protect them. Or, before you pierce your daughter’s ears, check with her team coach to see if earrings are allowed — if they are not, you might have to wait until the season is over.

COMMON EAR PIERCINGS

Sacramento Ear Piercings

HELIX PIERCING

This is a type of piercing where the cartilage or the upper ear is punctured so that an earring can be placed. More often than not, a piercing gun is used to pierce the ear. But there are others who just use a bigger needle in order to create a helix piercing. Ear jewelries that are used for this are the studs or bead rings.

SCAFFOLD PIERCING
This is also known as the industrial piercing. In this type of ear puncture, there are two pierces located in the ear cartilage or helix. These are just like two helix piercings but connected together with a barbell earring.

ROOK PIERCING
This is a puncture done at the ear’s antihelix. It is actually considered as one of the most painful ear piercings since the needle would pass in different cartilage tissues of the ear. Moreover, it is also known to be very difficult to perform at the same time.

DAITH PIERCING
This is a type of perforation done at the ear’s cartilage so that a jewelry can be inserted. Using a curved needle, the daith piercing is performed. This is to prevent the other ear parts from being damaged due t piercing. Some also use a receiving tube as well that would catch the needle on the other side. More often than not, people use ear jewelries with small gauges so it can be easily inserted just like the captive bead ring.

SNUG PIERCING
This is located at the inner cartilage of the ear. It is at the lower part of the ear’s outer rim. More often than not, a snug piercing is shallow compared to the other types or ear piercing locations. Aside from that, a micro-jewelry can only be used as well. Earrings known as the curved barbells are usually used for snug piercing.

CONCH PIERCING
There are actually two types of conch earring namely the inner conch piercing and the outer conch piercing. The inner conch piercing is done at the center of the ear’s cartilage. This is just adjacent to the part called ear canal. When doing the inner conch piercing it is important that you use a big gauge piercing needle and put a barbell ear accessory as well. On the other hand, the outer conch piercing can be found at the outer cartilage of the ear. It can be found at the flat area of the outer ear. As long as the perforation is at the flat part of the cartilage, it is still considered as an outer conch pierce. However, if it is already done at the curled portion of the ear, it is already called as the helix piercing.

LOBE PIERCING
This is probably the most common part of the ear that is being punctured. The lobe is considered as the softest and the biggest part of the ear. The ear’s lobe can actually accommodate as much as three piercings because of its size.

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Ear Piercing Reviews in Sacramento

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First Ear Piercing Tips: Daughters

If you are thinking of getting your child’s ear pierced, then there are some things you need to keep in mind. When you pierce your baby’s ears, every parent should be careful post the piercing. Ample amount of care needs to be taken after you have pierced your baby’s ear cause it is as this time when an infection might set it. According to experts, it is said that parents who get their baby’s ears pierced should make sure that their child does not fall ill. If a fever develops with your child after piercing its ears, you should see to it that there is no infection which ha caused it. A parent should also make sure that their baby is over 3 months of age before setting a piercing date. Piercing your daughter’s ears, should be done out of great care.
baby ear piercing sacramento

Take a look at these first ear piercing tips for your little daughter. Before you set a date for your daughter first ear piercing, make sure that she has completed all her vaccinations. This will prevent her from catching on an infection or from getting sick. Parents should always keep this in mind. Immediately after the piercing is done, you need to clean the pierced area with an aftercare. This will burn a little but will help to cease an infection. After the first ear piercing is done, you need to turn the earring at least twice in a day for at least the next six months. Parents should note that when it comes to the first ear piercing, the earrings has to be worn on constantly for at least a year. Makes sure you apply a little coconut oil on the ear after a few days from piercing. These are some of the tips to keep in mind after you are done with first ear piercing for your daughter.

 

Best Places For Ear Piercings In Sacramento CA

It is fairly common for people of all ages and genders to get a body piercing these days. Once a person decides to get their ears, or any body part pierced, the next question is where to go. You are going to pay someone to poke a hole in your body and hang jewelry from it. It is a good idea to go to someone who is experienced and knows what he or she is doing. You want to find places that have a good reputation, have a clean well-lit environment and have piercing experts that can help you select the jewelry appropriate for your piercing. You also need to know that they will pierce the right location and give you advice on how to care for you new piercing. If you are not an adult, the law in California since 1997 says you must be at least 18 years of age to get a body piercing. Piercings can only be given to youth between 16-18 if their parent or guardian is present, or with a notarized written note. The law does not apply to ear piercings however. It is best to call first since each situation is different. Here is the best place in Sacramento to get your ears pierced.

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