Ear Piercing Procedure
Procedure for Ear Piercing
Preparing the Customer
- Have the customer select the style of piercing stud they would like from the ear piercing stud sample board.
- Sit the customer down in the designated piercing area. The piercing should be carried out within a sterile (field) zone.
- A consent/release form must be completed and signed with piercee details including date, name, address, age, ID details (a parent or guardian must be present to give written permission if the customer is under the age of 16), a disclosure of pertinent information with respect to infectious diseases and conditions that may have an impact or be impacted on by the procedure.
- Clip back or tie back all hair to create easy access to the ear. Have all other earrings removed from the area.
- Wash hands up to the wrist with antibacterial soap, drying with a single-use paper towel, or apply an antibacterial cleaning agent.
- Put on disposable gloves.
- Check the customer’s ear for cysts. Cysts are embedded skin tissue surrounding foreign debris. When you pinch the earlobe and feel a small, hard lump that can be moved, it is probably a cyst. If you see and feel a small lump that does not move, it is most likely scar tissue. Cysts are not visible and can be moved, whereas scar tissue is visible and does not move. You may pierce through scar tissue, but never through a cyst as it may rupture, releasing debris into the surrounding tissue which can cause infection.
- When carrying out the procedure a “sterile field” should be set up containing all of the pre-sterilised products used to carry out the piercing. Ancillary products not used in the piercing should not breach this space.
Marking the Ears
- Cleanse the customer’s ears with an alcohol prep pad or Studex after piercing solution and a cotton ball.
- Mark the ear(s) with a non-toxic (70% Alcohol) marking pen.
- Have the customer check and approve the marks BEFORE proceeding with the piercing ensuring that the customer does NOT touch the area of piercing.
Loading the Cartridge
- Make sure the instrument is cleaned with a mediwipe (Sulco) before and after each use.
- Peel off the paper backing from one blister, exposing the piercing cartridge; do not remove the cartridge from the blister.
- Holding the sides of the plastic blister firmly with the opening on the bottom, slide the clasp end of the cartridge down and forward into the channel in the instrument until it is seated fully forward.
- Rotate the back of the cartridge down into the channel until it is firmly seated. Make sure to snap the cartridge completely down to sit level with the instrument.
- Lift off the plastic blister. Do not discard the blister as you will need it later.
The Piercing Process
- Place the ear between the end of the earring (sharp point) and the clasp, carefully aligning the point of the earring with the mark on the ear.
- While maintaining proper alignment, slowly squeeze the handle. This will slide the earring forward for more accurate positioning.
- Keeping the proper alignment, squeeze handle firmly to pierce the ear. The clasp (butterfly) will be automatically on the earring post with proper spacing.
- Release pressure on the handle and carefully pull the handle down from the ear. This will release the earring from the clear plastic carrier and the clasp from the cartridge. No further adjustment for the clasp (butterfly) is needed after the piercing.
- Remove the used cartridge from the handle using the saved blister and discard the cartridge and blister. Do not touch the cartridge with your fingers at any time.
- Repeat this procedure for additional ear piercing with a new cartridge.
- When the piercing is complete, ask the customer if they are OK to stand up, or if they need a few minutes. If they stand up and feel dizzy, help them sit down, and have them wait 3-5 minutes before leaving.
- Instructions with respect to aftercare should be conveyed to the customer and stated in a simple instruction sheet.
- Do not remove the earrings during the 6 week healing period, or the holes will begin to close.
- Twice daily, wash your hands with anti bacterial soap, clean the front and back of the ear with Studex after piercing solution (aqueous Benzylkonium Cl solution) or a sterile saline solution, Alcohol based solutions should never be used. After cleansing, slide the earrings back and forth to work the lotion into the piercing ensuring no stray hair gets tangled in the earring.
- Keep soap, shampoo, perfume, hair spray and hair dye away from the new piercing. After the healing period other post earrings may be worn. Heavy earrings should not be worn for at least 4 months after the healing period.
- Avoid swimming in pools and the sea for 4 weeks.
- Should redness, pain or swelling occur return to the store for immediate attention. Do not remove studs until you have sought help.