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Titanium vs Stainless Steel

Why you should skip the piercing gun and go to a professional

What's the difference between titanium and stainless steel?

You finally took a leap and got the piercing you've always wanted, (how metal of you) now it's time to pick a sick piece of jewelry, but what kind of metal do you pick? Titanium and stainless steel are two commonly used and recommended metals. While both are widely used, there are few things that differentiate the two and things you should consider.


This is a big factor that can affect comfort and proper healing of your piercing. If you are an individual who has a history of skin allergies, steering clear of alloy metal within your jewelry is important. Alloy metals have other allergenic materials such as copper, nickel and chromium within them causing issues such as tarnish, greening of the skin and allergic reactions.


If you are someone who does not wish to change their jewelry frequently or simply wants something that will last, investing in a sturdy material may be the route for you.


Ti or Titanium is a great material to consider. It is completely free of alloy metals making it superior to other options. Being hypoallergenic, it is perfect for someone who has skin sensitives. Titanium is long lasting and will not lose its luster or deteriorate over time. Due to its quality and purity, choosing titanium is an investment. With proper love and care this sturdy metal will rock on for many years to come.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is cost effective and the most used option for body jewelry. There are two different types of stainless steel, surgical grade and implant grade. Both contain small amounts of nickel within them. Implant grade has a higher level of steel and less alloys than stainless making it the better option of the two. While they are cost effective, the risk of allergic reaction for those with sensitivities is still prevalent. If you are someone who does not have a history of skin sensitivities, this could be a great versatile option for you.

Both metals are great options for any piercing depending on what works best for you and your body. If you are unaware of what type of jewelry you need, always ask a professional. Platinum ink in Austin, TX has numerous skilled body piercers and a wide range of jewelry options to choose from. They are always willing to help you live your best pierced life.

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Disclaimer: All content is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult with your individual piercer or a doctor for your specific questions or needs.

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