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You may have had your ears pierced with a piercing gun back in the day. While this is not so terrible a method for soft flesh like that found on the earlobe, piercing guns are not recommended for any other type of piercing. The reason for this is that guns tend to crush the tissue they are penetrating. This doesn't allow for adequate healing to occur. Instead, your piercing technician should use an autoclaved (sterilized) hollow needle for all body piercings (technically, even earlobes). Needles may sound scary, but they actually do less damage to surrounding tissue when they pass through your skin. The difference can be thought of this way: Would you rather slice a tomato with a razor blade or a butter knife? The analogy may be a little extreme, but you get the picture!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|