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Nose Piercing

Question Posted Sunday August 8 2010, 2:54 pm

I got my nose pierced a few months ago, then removed it once I got a job. If I go to get my nose re-pierced and already have the starter piercing, will the piercer let me use it and not charge me full price?

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Peeps answered Sunday August 8 2010, 4:58 pm:

It really depends.

The problem is with sanitation here.

Do you really, honestly, truly want to shove a piece of metal through your skin, into a fresh wound, that has remains of dead skin cells and the live bacteria growing off of that?

Did you know that alcohol doesn't necessary kill all of those nasty, icky germs?

Call your piercer. Ask if they have an autoclave to sanitize jewelery. If they're worth anything as a professional body artist then they have an autoclave. If they don't have an autoclave then you should, for your own health, step away and find a different piercer. Seriously.

Then, ask if you're allowed to bring your own jewelry in with you if you were to get pierced.

Now, the catch here is this:

Many reliable, health-conscious piercers are going to say, "Yes," and most certainly allow you to bring your own jewelry as your initial piece to get pierced with. The catch is that the autoclave machine they use to properly sanitize the metal costs big bucks. They have the ability, as a professional artist, to charge you a price to sanitize the jewelry you brought in with you. Essentially, the autoclave is necessary BUT the jewelry they already have handy has already gone through the machine to be sanitized. Why should they shove another piece of dirty, icky jewelry into their high-cost machine just because someone wants to whine about getting pierced with this oh-so-special piece, right?

So, ask.

"Hi there. I was interested in coming in for a piercing, specifically a nose piercing, but I had a really important question. Do you all have an autoclave machine at the shop?"

"Yes, we do have an autoclave..."

"Great! That is wonderful that you care about my health by sanitizing the metal. Anyway, I was curious if I came in for the nose piercing this week if you would allow me to get pierced with my own jewelery that I've already purchased. I know you would have to autoclave it for sanitation..."

"Yes, we allow you to bring in your own studs..."

"Wonderful. So, out of curiosity, would I get charged for having to use the autoclave for bringing in my own piece? I actually had a thought to ask if I could get a discount of some sort for bringing in my own stud but then I got to thinking about it needing to be properly sanitized for my own health. Do you know if I actually could get a discount, if this would actually cost me more, or if all of the charges would be the same anyway?"

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And there you have it. Grab your phone book and go searching for the number. Ask a few questions. They get lots of them each day and don't mind a bit about you wanting to know their usual procedures.

For note, if they charge you for sanitation purposes on your stud then it will probably be less than $10 or $15. In the end, it might be more expensive to want to bring your own materials in. Make sure to call and ask before setting up an appointment so you're not caught off-guard if this particular shop does charge.

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XSugarPieX77 answered Sunday August 8 2010, 3:11 pm:
They will most likely charge you full price. I got a piercing re pierced and I told them it was already pierced and they made me pay the whole amount. Hope I helped!


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