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Needle Piercing vs Gun Piercing

Piercing Updated October 26, 2020

Have you been thinking of getting an ear or body piercing, and you’re not sure about piercing guns, or needles? We’re here to answer any questions you have and help you out! We look forward to seeing you in your local Essential Beauty salon soon.

Piercing Guns:

Ear piercings with a gun has been the traditional form of ear lobe piercing since the early 1960’s. This method works by pushing through a stud into the ear lobe.
Essential Beauty’s Contactless Sterilear System uses pre-sterilised and packaged studs. These are in a single use, disposable cartridge, and loaded directly onto the device. The pre-sterilised earrings pierce the ear lobe, at no point coming into contact with the ear. This ensures best hygiene practices, and no contamination takes place!
A piercing gun is only suitable for ear lobe piercings, as they are a soft and fleshy part of the body. All other ear and body piercings can only be pierced with a single use piercing needle. You may also pierce your earlobes with a needle, if you prefer this method of body piercing.

The Sterilear System for lobe piercings is the best way to pierce children and babies earlobes. It is quick, effective and can have double operators in salon. Essential Beauty promotes our Sterilear Piercing System over needle piercing for young children and babies. This is because it is a faster method, creating an easier experience for your child’s first piercing. Our Sterilear system is contactless; sterilised jewellery is very quickly inserted into the ear lobe via our push through hand piece.

Needle Piercing:

We pierce all other parts of the ear and body with a single use, sterilised cannula needle. Piercing with a cannula needle does not remove tissue, instead opens space in the skin to allow room for the jewellery to sit in. These are also known as catheter needles used by medical professionals.
Pre-sterilised jewellery inserts into the catheter (which keeps the piercing open) and feeds through the space created by the needle.
Ear piercing machines are only ever used for earlobes. Piercing guns are never used for other parts of the ear or body such as the helix or nose. Needles work best in cartilage areas, due to their scalpel-like sharpness and precision. Needle piercing in these areas promotes better healing!
Both piercing methods can happily co-exist. If you are having your lobes pierced and would prefer we use the needle method, that is completely fine!

Book your next body piercing online now or download the Essential Beauty app. To book children’s double operator ear piercing using our Contactless Sterilear System please call your local salon.

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