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Needle Piercing vs Gun Piercing

Piercing Updated October 26, 2020

Ear piercing with a gun has been the traditional form of ear lobe piercing since the early 1960’s.

The system uses a β€˜gun’ (piercing device) to fire a loaded ear piercing stud into the ear lobe.

Improvements in recent times have included that the stud loaded into the gun is completely encapsulated in plastic so that the operator who places the stud into the gun, does not touch the stud.

The Contactless Sterilear System exclusive to Essential Beauty uses earrings that are pre-sterilised and packaged in a single use, disposable cartridge plastic that is loaded onto the piercing system. The pre-sterilised earring is used to pierce the ear and at no point does the device come into contact with you or your child’s ears to ensure that no contamination takes place.

Essential Beauty use the Sterilear System for ear lobe piercing only. All other piercings are strictly performed with a single use needle. Ear lobe piercings can also be done with a needle if you prefer this method of body piercing.

Some people argue that the back of the ear piercing stud is not razor sharp, yet this is what creates the piercing hole. By contrast, a needle creates a cleaner piercing being razor sharp.

This is certainly one view point and can be accepted but at the same time, with the hundreds of millions of ear piercings that get performed worldwide using the gun system, one can accept that piercing the lobe with a gun is acceptable and has minimal risks.

We recommend that gun piercing is the best form of piercing for children and babies, as it is quick, effective and can be performed with double operators.

The needle piercing method uses a catheter needle which is a surgical needle with a plastic sheath (catheter) around it, which when pierced through skin, can be removed leaving the catheter to remain in the part of the anatomy pierced.

The selected jewellery is then inserted into the catheter and pushed through. The catheter is single use and can be used on all parts of the body.

The two systems can happily co-exist with the limitations as mentioned.

Confusion occurs when ear piercing guns are used for other parts of the ear other than the lobe and for nose piercings or cartilage piercings for example, which should not be allowed and never performed by a professional and reputable piercer.

In summary, ear piercing guns, are just for ear lobes and no other part of the ear or body.

Salons like Essential Beauty offer both needle and gun piercing, allowing customers greater flexibility in the decision-making process.

Book online now or download the Essential Beauty app.

To book children’s double operator ear piercing using our unique Contactless Sterilear System call your local salon.