Are surgical stainless steel and surgical steel the same thing?

Are surgical stainless steel and surgical steel the same thing?


i got the belly button ring from icing and its surgical steel are they the same things?

Best answer:

There are several different grades and specifications that are referred to collectively as "surgical steel," or "Surgical stainless steel" Non-stainless steel is not used for piercings and sutures and the like, because of the obvious reason that it tends to rust. 

surgical stainless steel
Surgical stainless steel
The most common grade referred to as "surgical" is 316L, which is also used for food handling equipment. 316L is tough and very durable and has outstanding corrosion resistance. But it is moderately expensive. 

Very cheap body jewelry may be made out of cheaper grades of stainless steel like 304 or even the dirt-cheap 409. 

304 is less corrosion resistant than 316L ; 

Almost nothing good cxan be said of type 409, except that's it cheap. 409 is not technically known as "surgical," but some manufacturers may claim it is, to increase their asking price and also to cause buyer confusion. 

Surgical tools, which are not meant to be implanted, are usually made of the well known 440C, which is extremely strong and excellent at holding and edge, but it is not very corrosion resistant and it is brittle. 

440C is not usually considered "surgical." It's also used to make kitchen knives.

Is Surgical Stainless Steel good when stretching your ears?

I found some surgical stainless steel tapers on hot topic and i just want to make sure if it's good and healthy when stretching? 

And how long do i have to wait before stretching again? 

Do i NEED to buy some lube or is that just an option? 

One last thing, do i have to wash the jewelry and my ears everyday?

Stainless steel tapers


Stainless steel tapers are the best thing you can use as far as tapers go. But honestly I would advise to buy your jewelry from a real place and not hot topic. Also make sure you wear either steel or glass jewelry(not tapers) until your ears heal. The waiting time between stretches depends on your size.. but if you're still using tapers and asking these questions, I'll assume you're just starting out. In general you should wait at least a month between stretches. 

You don't NEED lube, but I don't know why you wouldn't want some. It helps with the stretch. I'd sugest buying either jojoba oil, vitamin e oil, emu oil, or bio oil. You can use these oils for lube and also for oil massages. Which is something you'll want to start doing. 

No, you don't have to wash your ears everyday. But if you get crusties on your jewelry as your ears are healing obviously you should wash that off. Don't take your jewelry out to clean until your ears are healed (about a month). I didn't clean my ears as much at smaller sizes, but as you get bigger you'll want to clean them regularly. I clean mine about every other day. Good luck

Is Surgical Grade Stainless Steel good for body piercings?

Im buying a navel ring and the label says surgical grade stainless steel, is that a good type of steel for a piercing?


Yes, besides titanium, its the best thing to use

Their a difference between stainless steel and surgical steel?

Stainless is formulated to simply no rust or corrode as easily as regular steel. It can still scratch and lose it's edge after a while and quickly through heavy use. 

Surgical Steel is formulated with extra chromium, nickel, and molybdenum. 

The extra chromium gives the metal its scratch/corrosion resistance. The nickel provides a smooth and polished finish so it looks nice and shiny. The molybdenum gives greater hardness, so it will hold on to it's cutting edge longer. 

That's why it is used in surgeries (hence the name). It's easy to sterilize and it doesn't rust easily. I don't think you'd want to be cut or cut up with a dull, rusty, dirty knife/scalpel.

Are surgical steel and stainless steel the same thing? 

If something is labeled "stainless steel," it tells you that it's a metal mixture of steel and chromium and usually nickel. 

There are different grades of stainless steel, and "surgical steel" is a set of one of those grades. It means that the stainless steel is a blend of metals especially resistant to corrosion and easy to clean. In other words, it's a good choice for medical instruments. Or for earrings. 

But...because stainless steel (and surgical steel) often contains nickel, some people have reactions to the metal when it's in prolonged contact with their skin. So yes there's a difference

Is surgical steel the same as titanium? 

I have just gotten my belly pierced and i can only use TITANIUM is this the same as surgical steel as i do not want it to get infected and have it re-pierced. thanks

NO. They are not only not the same but totally different. So-called surgical steel refers to a range of stainless steel (SS) alloys. There are two main types of SS - martensitic and austenitic. 

Most surgical equipment is made out of martensitic steel—it is much harder than austenitic steel, and easier to keep sharp. Depending on the type of equipment, the alloy recipe is varied slightly to get more sharpness, or strength. 

Implants and equipment that are put under pressure (bone fixation screws, prostheses, body piercing jewelry), are made out of austenitic steel, often 316L and 316LVM, because it is less brittle. 

316 surgical steel is used in the manufacture and handling of food and pharmaceutical products where it is often required in order to minimize metallic contamination. It is also used in the manufacture of body piercing jewellery and body modification implants. 

The word 'surgical' refers to the fact that these types of steel are well-suited for making surgical instruments: they are easy to clean and sterilize, strong and corrosion-resistant. The nickel/chrome/molybdenum alloys are also used for orthopedic implants as aids in bone repair, as a structural part of artificial heart valves, and other implants. However, immune system reaction to nickel is a potential complication, so in some cases titanium is used instead in procedures that require a metal implant which will be permanent. Titanium is a reactive metal, the surface of which quickly oxidizes on exposure to air, creating a microstructured stable oxide surface. This provides a surface into which bone can grow and adhere in orthopaedic implants but which is incorrodible after implant. Thus steel may be used for temporary implants and the more expensive titanium for permanent ones 

Titanium is stronger, stiffer and lighter than steel. It is often thought of as being highly chemical-resistant, but this is because it is protected by the above-mentioned passivating oxide layer. It is this layer of titanium dioxide that is inert, and it protects the metal underneath from further oxidation. (The same thing happens with aluminum, zirconium, and many other metals.) 

That's probably a whole lot more than you wanted to know

Difference between surgical steel and stainless steel? 

I had my belly button pierced and it got infected when I tried wearing a stainless steel barbell so I had to take it out. I eventually got it pierced again, but before I change it, should I try surgical steel (or is it the same thing as stainless steel)? What is the difference?

Surgical Steel is a more advanced, safer type of steel. It is a little more expensive, but should be the only type of metal you put in your piercing holes. It can cause infection, your skin to change colors, and it is very weak and cheap. Surgical Steel, like it's name dictates, is what surgeons use during surgery. Therefore, obviously, being the safest type of steel to put in open skin.

Stainless Steel or Surgical Steel navel / belly bar? 

Do piercing places use Stainless Steel or Surgical Steel navel / belly bars? thanks

I had my navel done around a month ago now. 

The best type of bar to pierce with is titanium as its more compatible with your skin and the healing time tends to be shorter as well as rejection rate being less. some piercers also use surgical steel but it should be one of the two and nothing else, especially not Nickel or gold filled bars etc.