OUR STANDARDS & BODY JEWELRY QUALITY
At Prestigious Piercing we choose to carry only the highest quality biocompatible materials for your piercings. Since we are working with fine jewelry rather than costume jewelry, when you get a piercing with us you are not limited to a small selection of “plain” or “starter” pieces. You can wear a stylish piece of jewelry whether it be a diamond stud, a fun design, or even a gold hoop in your piercing.
We prefer to only use Nickel Free* 14k solid gold, Implant Grade Titanium, and in some cases glass jewelry for clients needing retainers to create a less noticeable look. We will never use any plated, hollowed or fake gold, externally threaded, “surgical steel” or other dangerous, non compliant non certified jewelry materials in your piercings.
Choosing jewelry for a new piercing is obviously quite different from shopping for a ring to wear on your finger. Because body jewelry is worn inside a wound and is in contact with your internal tissues, only certain products are suitable.
The look of the jewelry that is placed in your fresh piercing must be secondary to aspects that affect safety and compatibility with your body. The size, style, material, and quality of the initial piece of jewelry all affect your ability to heal. Remember that the piercing location is fixed, but the jewelry can be changed after you have successfully healed.
Consider the following when selecting body jewelry for a new piercing:
In order to achieve sterilization, all of the necessary steps must be done thoroughly and correctly. This includes sanitation, disinfection, and thus finally, sterilization.
HEALTH AND STERILIZATION PRACTICES.
As professionals our number one focus is your health, happiness and the successful healing of your piercing. We believe in limiting your risk of infection by practicing aseptic techniques at all times and cross contamination prevention techniques. One of the steps we take to reduce your risk and make things more comfortable is a free-hand technique used for almost all piercing services. Sometimes tools can be helpful or even necessary, so when we do need to use them we make sure they have already been cleaned and sterilized properly.
Sanitation is more than just cleaning and scrubbing, removing visible contamination and debris dramatically lowers the number of germs on the surface. However, a proper sanitizing product will be able to greatly reduce the amount of viruses on the surface that scrubbing in soap and water can leave behind.
Disinfection is the destruction of viruses, bacteria, and fungi on surfaces that have come in contact with a client’s skin. Proper disinfection leaves a surface highly unlikely to transmit infection or cause disease. Disinfection is only for non-living surfaces because disinfectants are damaging to living skin and may lead to irritation or allergic reactions.
Sterilization is the complete destruction of all microscopic life on a surface including the elimination of disease causing pathogens and viruses. Tattoo/piercing studios, salons, spas and hospitals should use a universal safe sterilization method and should all be held to the same level of cleanliness..
At Prestigious Piercing we use a Statim G4 autoclave that vacuums out any non sterile air first, and propels hot, sterile steam through the chamber to effectively sterilize all surfaces of the tools or jewelry inside. The sterilization process only takes about 4 minutes, with prep and dry time the whole process takes about 15 minutes.
After all materials, tools, and jewelry needed is sanitized, disinfected, and packaged it is then processed in our vacuum Statim G4 Autoclave for approximately 15 minutes at 260 degrees and is complete once all of the steam has been dried out from inside the chamber.
We test our autoclave each use in addition to a weekly spore test. Which not only makes sure our autoclaves are reaching effective temperatures, but also that there is not any bacteria present on the spore strip, to ensure all bacteria is effectively eliminated.