We don’t have to tell you this, literally, everyone knows by now that piercings are quite a trend. Once done only for religious purposes, now is quite a fashionable trend and a way of self-expression. Piercings, if done right, can look a stunner without a miss. You have so many endless options with piercing that you can never run out of ideas, that’s for sure!
However, piercing comes with quite a responsibility and requires a lot of care. If your piercing isn’t done right, or if there is some negligence in care, it could lead to some complications. That is why if you ever decide to get pierced, you need to read our ultimate guide to piercing first. In this, we will tell you everything you need to know about piercings, so that you are well prepared for it.
Where Can You Get Piercings?
1. Ear Piercing
The most common type of piercing is ear piercing amongst women. To style the most amazing earrings, women often get their ears pierced. The common is ear lobe piercing. It is the least painful and easy to manage however, helix, conch and rook piercings are also getting equally popular.
Ear piercing is very common amongst both men and women now. They are one of the least painful piercings to be done which heals very fast and the chances of rejection are very minimum too.
2. Nose Piercing
The next very common type of piercing is nose piercing. The soft cartilage of the left or the right side of the nostril is pierced depending on what you prefer. They too hold less chance of rejection and quite a trend.
Nowadays, septum piercing is also in high demand. And the unique and new trend in nose piercing that is becoming a hit is bridge piercing. It is relatively risky because there is not much flesh to get hold of but it certainly looks good.
3. Eyebrow Piercing
Another surface piercing which is very much loved by many including the celebs like Beyonce and Emma Stone is none other than the eyebrow piercing. It can be done either horizontally or vertically depending on your liking.
4. Lip and Tongue Piercing
Yes, lip, as well as tongue piercings, are also a thing. The tongue piercing is slightly on the rarer side but many people get their upper or lower lip pierced including Cardi B. Getting a piercing on the tongue can be a painful process. It also even requires intense aftercare and precautions.
5. Body Piercings
You can literally get any part of your body pierced. But some common ones include navel or belly button piercing, nipple, hip piercing or even cleavage piercing. The body piercing looks good but holds many complications if not done right. They hold a very high percentage of rejection thus they need to be done very carefully.
Nail piercing is also a thing and has been quite a trend for a while but it is a temporary piercing and doesn’t involve any kind of pain.
Rejection Of Piercings
Getting a piercing is one part, but whether your body accepts that piercing or not is another. Your body sometimes may reject piercings which is a very normal phenomena. It happens because your body sees the piercing as a foreign object and activates your immune system. Pretty much what happens when a bacteria or virus enter the body. Your immune system is hell bound to get rid of this foreign object for which is tries everything! This leads to rejection and it could be often very painful and even leave a scar behind.
Literally, any piercing can be rejected but surface piercings are more often to be rejected. Eyebrow, lip, belly button, and hip piercings are more likely to get rejected by your immune system.
Therefore, any piercing when done needs to be done by someone who is a specialist or is experienced enough to know what they are doing.
Time To Heal
Once you get a piercing, it needs a proper time to heal in order to be accepted by the body fully. The healing time can be anytime between 6 weeks to even up to even 6 months depending upon the location and how thick the tissue is in the place where the piercing is done. The cartilage of earlobes generally takes 6-8 weeks while places like the hip, eyebrow or navel can take very long to heal.
If healing time isn’t given properly, the chances of infection arise which could lead to the rejection of the piercing.
Another important thing to keep in mind is while you are in the healing phase, do not change and experiment with the metals of your jewellery. Your piercing could be particularly sensitive to one metal than another especially nickel. Nickel is a metal many people are allergic to and you might not be aware of previously. So, use a safe metal like gold or silver for your piercing and do not change your metals very often without letting them heal completely.
How To Prevent Infections
A little bit of redness, pain and discomfort is normal for new piercings. Some swelling is also counted as normal and isn’t anything to be worried about however they should be monitored well for infections. Infections of the piercings are very common which you need to be very careful about. Clean your piercing twice a week so that it doesn’t pick up any dirt or bacteria.
Saline should be used to clean your piercings. Never ever use alcohol on your freshly pierced area as it could lead to further complications.
The thing you need to consider that help differentiate between normal discomfort and swelling at the area of the piercing to the infectious one is by checking it for extreme redness. This area will also be very hot to touch. If that happens, it is a sign of infection.
You can keep the piercing in to drain the infection out and can consume a antibiotic to give you relief from the discomfort and combat infection.
Precautions You Need To Take
Since piercings can be risky always make sure you are getting it from a place that knows and have good knowledge of what they are doing. Also, it is very important for you to know your immune system.
Research well about the salon and then only make an appointment. If you notice something is not right after getting a piercing, consider meeting a doctor immediately.
After Care Of Piercings
1. Clear your piercing with saline solution or oral mouthwash.
2. Avoid swimming for some time after getting freshly pierced.
3. Do not touch your piercing over and over again.
4. Do not take your earrings out as the new piercing can shrink back again.
5. Avoid rotating the earring straight away. Give some time to your new piercing before you start rotating the earrings.
Our Final Thoughts
Piercings look very beautiful but there is a lot of aftercare involved in it. It’s a commitment which you can not ignore. So, if you planning to get a piercing, make sure you are ready to take this responsibility.