We pierce using blade needles and titanium jewellery*
*earlobes are pierced with surgical steel
What is Blade Piercing?
We pierce using blade needles because they are less abrasive to the skin, the process is quicker and piercings often heal faster. Many people also find the blade piercing process less painful.
There are 2 types of piercing needle – blade and cannula and we are one of the only studios in London to offer piercing using a blade needle. In America, the blade method is the industry standard, but for some reason here in the UK cannulas are used almost universally.
Cannula needles are designed for medical practices – when you give blood, that’s a cannula. Cannula needles have a thin plastic sheath around them which is temporarily left in the piercing so jewellery can be inserted into there and pulled through. Blade needles are designed for piercing, (there’s no need for added plastic; the jewellery is attached to the needle) so in one fast and smooth movement, as the needle is removed the jewellery remains. This means the piercing is performed quickly and the healing process is usually faster.
We use titanium because it is lightweight, comfortable and suitable for those with hypersensitivity issues. Our goal is for your piercing to heal as quickly and easily as possible.
For initial piercings, the most common options are Surgical Steel and Titanium. We use surgical steel for earlobe piercings. Any alloys in the steel are trapped inside the material through a special process so they cannot be released from the metal – meaning those with alloy allergies will be unaffected.
When it comes to piercings other than the earlobes we universally use titanium. Titanium is an elemental metal which doesn’t contain nickel, which makes it extremely body friendly. Titanium is lightweight, meaning it’s more comfortable and more likely to heal in a quicker time.
We know that having a new piercing is exciting and you may have already picked out some beautiful new jewellery, but we recommend 6 – 8 weeks healing time (2 weeks for tongue piercings) before you change from the initial piercing. It will be worth the wait.