Titanium – (Ti)
Titanium is our number one choice for initial piercings. It is an extremely light but strong metal. It weighs 45% less than steel but is twice as strong. Because Titanium has an excellent corrosion resistance and is hypoallergenic, it is the best metal for someone with hypersensitivity. It does not contain any nickel. It is a very popular metal in the medical industry. Titanium is used in Micro Dermal implants as it is used as implants during surgery in the medical profession.
An electrochemical oxidation process (water and electricity) is used to control the oxide build up on the metal. This process causes the final colour you see on the metal. Titanium is available in High Polish as well as Blue and Rainbow. We also have Rose Gold and Gold coloured Titanium. You can’t get better than that for quality!
Surgical Steel – SS316L
This is a corrosion-resistant, composition D Implantation steel. Grade 316L steel is stainless steel that has been treated to contain the alloys, such as nickel, within the material and therefore does not release them into the body. Very few people have an allergic reaction to SS316L. Surgical steel can be treated with an oxidisation process to create new colour on the metal such as black steel. Our steel is medical implant grade, which is the most commonly used metal for body piercing.
Gold body jewellery must not be a lower purity than 14 carot (58%). Because gold is a soft metal it can be damaged easily and harbour bacteria. The best option for body jewellery is gold coating over surgical steel or titanium. Gold can become discoloured in the autoclave. At Trendez we stock a wide range of 24k Gold plated Steel and Titanium, which is stong and can withstand the heat of the autoclave, it does not fade or scratch and is hyper-allergenic
Silver is a very common metal used in ear lobes (not upper) and nostril piercings but is not recommended for use in other body piercings. Silver may contain nickel as a compound metal therefore it can create nickel allergy. Silver can oxidize causing the metal to turn black. This is usually caused by an unhealed piercing omitting discharge, sweat or blood. The oxidisation process can cause severe allergies and discolour the skin around the piercing. If this starts to happen, remove the jewellery immediately. We recommend only using 925 silver (92.5% pure) as stocked by Trendez.
Bioplast is hypoallergenic, flexible acrylic and is great for all piercings including initial piercings and can assist in the healing process. For someone with metal sensitivities, bioplast is a great option. If your piercing is in a continual state of not healing then switching to bioplast can be extremely effective, even just for a short healing period. It can be autoclaved and it is a non-stick material therefore great for tongue piercings as it will not attract plaque. It also will not damage teeth. It can be cut to size and easily threaded to fit steel or titanium balls. Bioplast can be worn in navel piercings during pregnancy, as it is flexible.