Your skin will be marked with a special antiseptic called "Gentian Violet" using a sterilised cocktail stick as a pen. This serves four purposes:
- It marks your skin for accuracy of piercing.
- It kills organisms that are present on your skin on contact.
- It cleans the piercing as the piercing is made.
- It then keeps the piercing clean for up to 2 weeks.
When this is used in conjunction with a special dressing called an occlusive dressing, your piercing looks after itself for the first week. This means that whilst your piercing goes through the very important first stage of the healing process, you don't even touch or clean it! How easy is that.
Once the marks are checked for accuracy your skin will be held very lightly in a pair of custom made clamps. DON'T PANIC. The clamps most people are used to are called Duval Clamps. These are vicious, toothed clamps that are clicked down to cut off blood supply so that you feel less from the piercing. DO NOT USE DUVAL CLAMPS. The clamps most piercers use are designed specifically for the job of piercing.