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Here are a few factors to consider when choosing a body piercer.

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Ensure the body piercer you are considering is licensed and practices proper sterilization and infection control standards.

Seeing a body piercer’s work on a client is one of the best ways to get a good idea of their work. The second best way is by looking at their portfolio. The Association of Professional Piercers suggests you review whether or not the piercings are placed to accent the anatomy or if they look awkward.

Get a referral from someone you know that has a piercing you admire or inquire at your local health department. Most important, always trust your instincts.

Do not base your decision on price. Remember, “You get what you pay for.” Ask questions o your body piercer; how long have they been piercing, what was the length of their apprenticeship, how they continue their education in the field. The APP reminds us that before taking your money a qualified professional body piercer will sit down with you, inspect your anatomy, discuss the procedure, potential risks, healing process, jewelry options, and aftercare guidelines. Again, trust your instincts, if at any point you feel something is wrong, leave.

Visit our FAQ page for the answers to your most frequently asked questions.


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