What Does Implant Grade Mean?
Titanium is the one of the best choices for initial piercing, though it is rather expensive in comparison to the steel jewellery available.
It is a chemical element (Ti) just as strong as steel and around half as dense.
Titanium has excellent properties that are useful in relation to manufacturing body piercing jewellery: it is has the highest strength:density ratio of any metal element and is highly corrosion resistant, meaning it does not react readily with oxygen or body fluids.
Most people, even those who are sensitive to metals, can therefore wear Titanium without risk of a reaction or infection. Titanium is non-magnetic, will not set off airport scanners and can also be fully autoclaved (sterilised) and anodised (electro-polished/the surface colour can be changed.)
Implant Grade vs Mystery Metal Jewellery.
The Titanium used in initial piercings at Ethereal Aesthetics is of the highest medical grade, also known as ASTM F136 or ISO5832 compliant. This is the same material used by the NHS to make bone pins & joint replacements suitable for implant into the body. It is Bio-compatible which means that it won’t begin to break down when it comes into contact with body fluid or tissue.
It is found with any jewellery that isn’t certified implant grade, the piece begins to break down as soon as it’s inserted into the body. This process can take anywhere from a few days to a few years, but eventually the jewellery will cause the wearer an adverse reaction.
Whilst this jewellery might be more expensive, it is worth investing in pieces that you know are safe to wear inside your body and won’t pose a risk to your health.
Premium jewellery is built to be worn every day and all reputable manufacturers have a guarantee covering all pieces, usually covering them for a lifetime.
When choosing your titanium, check that it is either ASTMF-136.ISO 5832-3 compliant or is a form of commercially pure titanium graded ASTMF-67 and ensure your piercer has the mill sheets as proof.