Many of the types of tools and materials used in body piercing are tools that were originally invented for medical purposes to aid doctors during surgical procedures. One of the most common types of forceps used in body piercing is called a ‘sponge forceps’ which was designed as a surgical instrument used to grab and hold small sponges used during surgeries.
Catheter-type needles were also developed in the medical field and borrowed by body art for piercing use. Of course, other types of body piercing supplies that share use with doctors and nurses are surgical exam gloves, alcohol and benzalkonium chloride skin prep pads and towelettes, lubricating jelly and autoclaves, used to sterilize tools, body jewelry and needles. For more information on how to purchase body piercing supplies, click on the link provided.