are two types of sterilizers that you may find in a tattoo studio. The
first is an Autoclave Sterilizer and the second is a Dry Heat
Autoclave Sterilizer is the approved an accepted method used for
sterilizing surgical instruments. It is 100% safe!! An Autoclave
Sterilizer uses pressurized steam heat to kill any disease causing
bacteria. This is the type of sterilizer that you should make sure the
studio has and uses.
Just because they have one doesn't mean it works. Ask to see if they have documentation,
from a third party, proving that the sterilizer functions properly and is
maintained on a regular basis.
Dry Heat Sterilizer resembles a toaster oven and is not accepted or
approved by the medical community. Why? It does not create the level of
heat or pressure required to kill many disease causing bacteria. It is considered
to be only 60-80% effective AND has only a 20-40% chance of killing AIDS
or Hepatitis. I don't know about you but a tattoo or piercing is not worth
Note: Assimilated sterilization such as bleach, boiling,
open flame, and boric acid ARE NOT effective. Also, don't be fooled into
thinking an ultra-sound cleaner will do the job. Just ask to see the water
that the instruments are sitting in and you'll know what I mean.