A few things you may not know about PTFE body jewellery:

You may or may not have heard of PTFE – it is a unique material used for body jewellery, best known as the brand name “Teflon” which is used to coat non-stick frying pans -The very same material you may have used to help slide your fried egg from pan to plate this morning! The three main qualities of PTFE which make it ideal for body piercing jewellery is its flexibility, meaning that it can move with your body and feels very comfortable, making it an ideal choice for parts of the body that move a lot, such as oral piercings where metal jewellery is worn is at risk of tooth and gum damage and navel piercings especially during pregnancy. It’s one of the most biocompatible materials around, meaning it will not irritate the skin and a great choice for sensitive and damaged piercings as it can help reduce swelling and healing times. Thirdly, its non-stick qualities - this makes the jewellery much easier to clean as lymph and other bodily fluids will not stick to it and does not attract build up. [caption id="attachment_670" align="alignnone" width="286"]The length of the shaft can be altered during pregnancy and provides a more comfortable fit. Pregnancy belly bar - The length of the shaft can be altered during pregnancy and provides a more comfortable fit.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_671" align="alignnone" width="281"] An unusual surface chin piercing, using PTFE to promote clean and healthy healing on a difficult body placement.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_672" align="alignnone" width="300"] An example of PTFE used on surface piercings to ensure a more comfortable fit[/caption] Other interesting facts about PTFE and its use include:
  • PTFE was discovered by accident in 1938 by Roy Plunkett.
  • It is also used to coat certain types of hardened armour piercing bullets.
  • It is the only known substance to which a gecko cannot stick to!

Bioflex/Bioplast is another form of biocompatible plastics that holds similar qualities to PTFE.

There are visual differences; PTFE has an almost milky appearance, whereas Bioflex/Bioplast is clear and transparent. Although both flexible materials, Bioplast/Bioflex is firmer which can make it easier when attaching ball endings. [caption id="attachment_673" align="alignnone" width="266"]Example of a Bioflex labret stud. Example of a Bioflex labret stud.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_674" align="alignnone" width="300"]The top just pops in and out of the Bioflex post. It is easy to insert, sits flat against the skin and holds in securely. The top just pops in and out of the Bioflex post. It is easy to insert, sits flat against the skin and holds in securely.[/caption] You can find a wide range of Bioflex jewellery on the BMG website Here. If you would like more information, please send us an email all@bodymattersgold.com Katie Mitchell Apprentice body piercer @ Real Piercing Studios