Take extra care when choosing where you’ll get your new body piercing. All body piercing shops are not created equal. You’d be surprised to find out how many body piercing studios don’t use ethical practices.

There are a number of things you can look for when selecting a body piercing studio.
Here is a list:

Body piercing shops should be clean. The first thing you should look for is a clean facility. Make sure that the counters, floors and windows are clean. This is a sign that the shop may also practice clean and safe piercing procedures.

The proper setup. When shopping around for a body piercing studio, check out the waiting room, piercing room and the bathroom. The shop should also be a sterilization room.

Look for a license. In some states a piercing shops has to have a license to operate. Ask to see this license if it’s required by the city or state. If they don’t have the proper licensing, then move on to another studio.

body-piercing-needleProper sterilization. When checking out the body piercing studio’s sterilization procedures, make sure they have a properly working autoclave to clean their piercing instruments. An autoclave is used to sterilize supplies and equipment with high pressure steam. Make sure they do a spore test to ensure that the autoclave is working properly. The piercer should use new needles for piercings. They should not resterilize them.

Check for experience. While you’re interviewing the potential studio, ask the piercer about their experience and training. The professional should be able to provide you with jewelry suggestions as well as aftercare information.

Jewelry selection. Make sure the shop has a good selection of jewelry that is nickel-free surgical steel. The jewelry can also be titanium.

Trust your instincts. You should feel comfortable that the studio you’re interviewing knows its stuff and will offer you a safe and sterile piercing. If the body piercing shop doesn’t feel right, leave and find another one.