The gun or the needle? This is a question that has long ignited quite a debate in the world of piercing. Both have their good sides and bad. And here we tackle some things you need to know to help you decide which method to go for once you get your body pierced.
For many years popular mall chains have been widely known for becoming home to establishments that use the piercing gun method because it doesn't take a professional with extensive training to be able to do the deed and it's cheaper for business. As promotion, some kiosks offer free gun piercing with a simple purchase of jewelry which goes for as low as $10-20. In other stores you can even get your own gun to make your piercings at home. Plus, the method is pretty quick--a single shot is so nippy that it's all over even before you begin to contemplate what's happening.
However, using a gun has its sterilization issues. They come into contact with bodily fluid and a simple swipe of an alcohol swab in-between uses is not enough to sterilize the instrument. The gun can also cause major tissue trauma. It holds blunt studs, and when these studs are forced through the tissues, it literally rips the tissue in order to make room for the jewelry. Furthermore, the piercing gun is inaccurate, so if the person using the gun doesn't position it just right, the stud can go through at an awkward angle, which may cause your body to reject the jewelry.
Unlike with the guns, finding someone who can do the needle method for you can be an inconvenience as they are usually found in reputable tattoo shops or specialized stores. The needle method is also more expensive, not to mention the fact that you also have to add a tip for the professional piercer's work.
Yet, you will realize that the inconvenience and price of having the needle method done on you are worth it. First, you'll be safe from infections. Piercing equipment can be properly sterilized in an autoclave that uses high pressured steam to thoroughly sterilize anything that may come into contact with a customer. The needles are also used only once, so you don't have risk of someone else's body fluids on your needle. Second, you'll be in good hands. Professional body piercers undergo extensive training that studies proper piercing techniques, infection control and healing practices. Third, contrary to popular belief, there is less pain when piercing needles are used. The needle is hollow and extremely sharp so that it easily slices through the skin, which pushes the tissues aside to make room for the jewelry.
So now, the big question is, would you use the gun or the needle? No matter what your decision is, just be sure that it will do you more good than the other way around!