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  • Is ear piercing safe with an ear piercing instrument?

    Yes it is! System 75 is a state of the art instrument. The earrings are drawn from pre-sterilised vacuum packs and the procedure is completed without any direct touching. The studs are made from surgical stainless steel and are hypoallergenic. After the procedure the stud cartridges are disposed of in their original pack.

    The standard Universal Medical System uses a pre-sterilised stud with a separate pre-sterilised disposable cartridge. The instrument requires intermediate level sterilising between procedures.

  • Does ear piercing hurt?

    System 75 utilises a very sharp fine gauge stud. It is a slower mechanism but is not at all invasive. Localised trauma is minimal. The Universal Medical System uses a spring loaded trigger and is fast but gentle. Most people feel no discomfort during the piercing.

  • Is it safe to pierce infants and children?

    YES. System 75 is the appropriate system to use for babies and children. The procedure is normally carried out by two piercers who use two instruments simultaneously. Aftercare of young ones should be carried out or supervised by an adult. Children are unlikely to be diligent about not touching the piercing and completing the appropriate cleaning regime twice a day. Some scrutiny will be necessary.

  • Can Studex piercing systems be used for body piercing?

    Studex System 75 is designed to pierce ear lobes and the outer (trailing) cartilage of the ear. There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that tragus (the lug adjacent to the opening of the ear) and noses have been pierced using a piercing instrument. We do not recommend either system be used for these piercings.

  • How long does it take for a piercing to heal?

    6 weeks for an earlobe piercing and 12 weeks for cartilage.

  • How is the cartilage different from the ear lobe?

    Cartilage is a tough, elastic, fibrous connective tissue found in various parts of the body including the joints, outer ear and larynx. Ear cartilage has a limited blood supply compared to the lobe.

  • Is a cartilage piercing as gentle as a lobe piercing?

    Cartilage ear piercing done with Studex System 75 (or a needle) is a more invasive procedure than lobe piercing. However, the studs are sharp and create very little localised trauma. Short term pain is not significant.

  • How soon can I change my earrings after my ears have been pierced?

    The earrings must be left in the ear continuously for 6 weeks (10-12 weeks for cartilage piercing). After this time, if you have followed our Aftercare Procedure correctly you will be able to change your earrings. We suggest using post-type earrings from our Euro range for the first 6 months from the date of piercing.

  • What age do I need to be to have my ears pierced?

    This differs all over the world. Ear piercing in many countries (particularly countries with a robust legal system) is controlled by laws or local bylaws. In some New Zealand cities ear piercing requires guardian or parent accompaniment or documented consent for children under 16 years. Body piercings and tattoos normally carry age restrictions of 18 years (without consent). Piercers in cities where no bylaws exist often set their own similar standards.

    With ear piercings the age limit is mostly to do with the maturity required to diligently carry out the procedure of aftercare. This is often the most problematic area of any piercing. By 16 one hopes that a person can take responsibility for their ear-piercing for 6 -12 weeks! When younger than 16 the responsibility rests with a parent or guardian.

  • Will I be able to take out my earrings or will the piercing close up?

    If you remove your earrings during the healing process you may not be able to get them back in and risk traumatising the delicate piercing walls and introducing infection. Even a well-healed piercing left without jewellery for more than 24 hours in the first few years can close over. The body is quite amazing at resolving local issues!

  • What should I do if my ears become infected?

    It is normal for there to be a small amount of local pain and swelling for up to 48 hours after being pierced. Continuing significant pain, swelling or redness may indicate a bacterial infection. If this local "anger" persists consult with your piercer. Seeking medical attention and removing the stud is normally a last resort.

  • How soon can I go swimming after I have had my ears pierced?

    We recommend no swimming until the ears are properly healed (6 weeks for ears, 10-12 weeks for cartilage).

  • Is it true that swimming in the sea is okay after an ear piercing?

    Strangely, no! While sea water contains salt, which is good, it has as many harmful micro-organisms as your local pool. Six weeks may seem like a long time in the summer but it is not long in winter.

  • I have very sensitive ears. Do you have any earrings I can wear?

    You are in luck! Most people who have sensitive ears are allergic to the nickel in earrings. Here at Glamuzina we especially cater to your needs. Our Studex and System 75 earrings for piercing have surgical stainless steel posts which will not release nickel at a level sufficient to cause sensitivity. If you are one of the very rare people who are hyper-sensitive we also offer surgical titanium earrings.

    Our range of Euro earrings is designed for people with sensitive ears who still want to wear fashion earrings. Euro earring posts are made from surgical stainless steel.

    Low carat gold jewellery can carry a lot of unspecified metals, including copper, aluminum and nickel. Even 18ct white gold can contain nickel. Glamuzina's white gold and gold is nickel free.

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