The right body piercing tools for the job are critical to ensure a successful piercing. Forceps are made of either steel or plastic and are distinguished by the tips which are either round, slotted, triangular or straight. Plastic forceps are available that are pre-sterilized and ready for use, while steel forceps can be autoclave sterilized.
Some piercings do not require the use of forceps, while others should be performed with forceps to achieve best results. Piercing without the use of forceps is called free-hand piercing and is generally performed by experienced professional body piercers only.