Piercing Awareness

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Ear piercings became the norm years ago. Creating originality, enthusiasts started piercing jewelry on other areas of their bodies. Many areas can be pierced however, some areas are more popular than others.


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  • Belly button or Navel Piercing: These piercings are popular with younger women. These piercings, however, can be difficult to heal. Precautions need to be taken as clothing and bed linens should not rub against the body and tug or snag the area while healing.
  • Nipple Piercing: Popular with men and women. These piercings can sometimes take up to six months to heal. Some women report having trouble breast-feeding after piercing their nipples. It's important to take precautions and prepare first by talking with your piercer about potential complications if you intend to breastfeed.
  • Tongue Piercing: These piercings tend to heal quickly, often you can use your tongue normally soon after. Know however, many germs live in the mouth and can aim for your new piercing, infecting the site. Dentists warn that the metal balls in tongue rings can damage and sometimes crack your teeth.
  • Facial Piercings: These piercings include eyebrow, nose, lip and Monroe Piercing face piercings. They are beautiful, but you should know that there are also downsides. Infection in both the mouth and nose piercings and rejection in eyebrow piercings can occur. Know the risks of complications or infections prior to having any piercing.
  • Tragus Piercing: This type of piercing is a variation of the traditional ear piercing in the ear lobe. This piercing is on the small 'nub' of cartilage that is attached to skin next to the ear. Tragus piercings can take much longer to heal than lobe piercings.
  • Labret Piercing: Much like the lip and Monroe piercings, it also goes into the mouth, and carries the same possible infections as lip and tongue piercings.
  • Genital Piercing: Both women and men are having various parts of their genitals pierced. Talk with your piercer prior to this sort of piercing and the risks with them. Address also proper placement and know that loss of sensation or heightened sensation may occur in the area after piercing has been done.
  • Surface Piercings: These type of piercings may be a little less common but include pierced areas like the wrist, neck, forehead, hip, between the eyes or the breasts. All surface piercings are foreign objects being placed into your skin and have a degree of rejection. Understand all risks to any piercing.

Pierced areas can present risks and sometimes problems can occur. Piercing procedures done properly and aftercare practiced, is helpful in prevention of problems, however, problems can arise after piercing. These problems may include:

  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Keloids
  • Piercing rejection
  • Nerve damage and potential facial paralysis
  • Tooth and gum problems (for any jewelry in the mouth)
  • Loss of sensation in the area being pierced

Have a candid conversation with your piercer about any concern before the procedure.  

Selecting Your Piercer

Piercing studios, much like Tattoo Parlors are regulated by the state they practice in. Some states require licensing of the person performing the procedure, most states mandate that they also are educated in procedures of pubic health and some require certification. 

Before being pierced, you may want to check the state in which you are considering the procedure and learn the requirements that the piercer should have. Ask the piercer to see their certifications, checking to see that they are registered and licensed with the state. You should also ask about training and certifications they might have. Make certain that this person is meeting the state's criteria before you get pierced.

Body Piercing Aftercare

Proper care of your piercing from the beginning is the biggest difference between a long-lasting, attractive addition of jewelry to your body or not taking care and risk infection...ewww and ouch. Aftercare instructions that your piercer gives you, should be followed carefully. Also, make certain that the business that you have your piercing done is clean and uses new needles every time. Some aftercare procedures include:

  • Keep pierced area clean. Your hands or anyones, need to be clean before touching. ALWAYS.
  • Avoid clothing that rubs the area, however, some clothing that is a snug fit, such as a bra for a nipple piercing, may make it feel a bit better as it is more the movement of loose clothing that is irritating. Clothing that rubs against the skin can also make the area swell.
  • Clean the pierced area daily according to your piercer's guidelines. Usually antibacterial soap and water will do the job. It is not recommended to use alcohol-based products because they often dry the skin.
  • If the piercing area or around the area becomes swollen, hot or red, these are signs of an infection most likely. Seek medical advice. 

Be Informed

Body piercing is not quite as permanent as a tattoo, but, it will change your look and some risk is involved. Choose your piercer wisely, where you would like the piercing to be, and the jewelry. Just these few things should always be considered and know too, it is extremely important that YOU take responsibility of proper aftercare. 

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