What Is Bio-Flex Made of for Piercings?

by Ryan Spaulding ; Updated September 28, 2017

Bioflex plastic revolutionized the piercing trade since its conception in 2001 in the UK. With it's versatility, healing factor and sterility, Bioflex not only is highly regarded by piercers, but by the medical community.


Bioflex is a bio-compatible and hypo-allergenic plastic that was manufactured into piercings by a British piercer in 2001.

Medical Piercings

Bioflex is medical grade plastic and has been approved by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration having passed United States Pharmacopoeia testing including the class 4 biocompatibility test. Bioflex has also passed the European Pharmacopoeia, fifth edition and supplement 01/2007 regulations.


Bioflex plastic is flexible, ultralight, highly adjustable to get a perfect fit, minimizes irritation and can even help heal piercings faster.


Bioflex has distinct advantages over other piercing materials like polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and titanium, such as it's transparency, the ability to be ultra-violet reactive and is temperature resistant.


Bioflex is 65 percent biodegradable PVC coating and 35 percent polyester scrim.

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Ryan Spaulding is a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in film and video production and an associate's in journalism. He was a writer and editor for Alpena Community College's monthly newspaper, The Lumberjack. He has also been published in The Alpena News, a daily newspaper.