piercing is hot and happening now a days with more and more
youth piercing the various parts of their body. The various
body parts that are normally pierced are nose, ears, navel,
eyebrow, lips, nipple, tongue and other genital parts. Often,
it's a statement of individuality and style but some portray
it as a sign of rebellion too. Sometimes, it's nothing more
than a desire to adorn various body parts with jewellery.
With piercing becoming more and more popular it is always
advisable to be more aware of its method, precautions, consequences
and other small questions, which will cross your mind before
taking the plunge. In this article we have tried to answer
mostly all your questions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does body piercing hurt?
This is probably the first question that crosses anybody's
mind. Well sorry to say but body piercing does hurt. A hollow needle
is passed through the body part followed by the insertion
of the body jewellery in the hole. A small amount of bleeding
may occur as a result of the piercing. But isn't the pain
a part of the fun. After all to gain something you have
to bear the pain.
Does a piercing cause health risk?
Well piercing shouldn't cause any kind of health risk but for
that you have to take care of the piercing properly while
they're healing. A competent piercer will give you an aftercare
guide. Follow it religiously, but know your own body: if
a particular disinfectant irritates you, don't use it. If
you have any problems call your piercer and take his advice
or consult your doctor.
Where should I be pierced?
Well this will broadly depend on you. You can visit various
sites on the net as well as take advice from your piercer
as to where you should pierce. If you're considering a particular
piercer, talk to him or her and to their clients; check
out their equipment and piercing room. Whatever you do don't
pierce at jewellery shops, don't ask your friend's to pierce
and don't do it yourself. Remember piercing is your decision
so please take it wisely.
How to choose a piercing artist?
Visit several piercers and check out the work area. The
work area should be kept in a clean and sanitary condition
and it should have proper lighting. If they refuse to discuss
cleanliness and infection control, go somewhere else. Check
if all the instruments used for piercing are properly sterilised.
The piercer parlour should have an autoclave - a heat sterilization
machine used to sterilize equipment between customers. Also
check if the piercer uses proper gloves and keeps them on
all the time.
jewellery to wear?
The type of jewellery inserted will depend on the body part.
For example, a short barbell in the tongue will lead to
problems when the tongue starts to swell. The type of jewellery
used must accommodate the swelling that follows the piercing
procedure. Piercers recommend non-toxic metals such as surgical
steel, 14K gold, niobium, or titanium to avoid infections
and allergic reactions. Gold-plated jewellery should not
What is the healing time for various
body parts piercing?
Well every body part will take different healing period.
It also depends on person to person. Following is the chart,
which gives the average time for piercing to heal.
Ear lobe: 6 to 8 weeks
Ear cartilage: 4 months to 1 year
Eyebrow: 6 to 8 weeks
Lip: 2 to 3 months
Tongue: 4 weeks
Nostril: 2 to 4 months
Nasal septum: 6 to 8 months
Nasal bridge: 8 to 10 weeks
3 to 6 months
Navel: 4 months to 1 year
Female genitalia: 4 to 10 weeks
Male genitalia: 4 weeks to 6 months
arising out of piercing:
Clean the piercing area with an antibacterial soap. Gently
remove all crusty formations from the piercing and jewellery.
Rinse off the soap, making sure that all the soap and
crust formations are gone. You can also remove crystal
formation by making a salt water liquid (solution of one
quarter teaspoon sea salt and eight ounces distilled water).
your hands with soap before touching or cleaning the pierced
part during the healing process. Don't let anyone else
touch the pierced part during the healing period.
Be sure to leave the starter jewellery in during the entire
minimum initial healing time. Check tightness of balls
on threaded jewellery twice daily with clean hands. For
tongue piercing check threaded ends on the jewellery twice
daily with clean hands to make sure the ends are tight.
Eat slowly and take small bites of food at first, when
you are getting used to the new jewellery.
wear clean clothing and change bed-sheets every week during
healing. If the piercing is an ear piercing, clean your
telephone and sun or eyeglasses.
For ear and cartilage piercing, avoid make-up and powders
around your face and neck during the healing process coz
this can cause infection. Cover the pierced part with
a tissue when using hair spray.
For navel piercing don't wear tight clothes coz that will
not give you proper air circulation that is very important
for healing. Don't sleep on your stomach. · If you swim
then be careful where you swim. Avoid public pools and
hot tubs until the piercing has healed.
For tongue or lip piercing, choose an antibacterial mouthwash
that does not contain alcohol and rinse your mouth every
time you eat. If you notice bad breathe and an off-coloured
tongue the mouth wash may have killed the mouth's own
bacteria. If this happens switch to salt water rinses
instead of mouthwash.
For tongue piercing avoid all oral sexual contact including
French (wet) kissing during the entire healing period,
even if you are in a monogamous relationship. Avoid chewing
on gum, tobacco, fingernails, pencils and sunglasses while
healing. Reduce or quit smoking when healing (smoking
increases risks and can prolong the healing process).
use band aids on a piercing as they can limit air circulation.
If taken proper care then piercing does not really cause any
complications but still you should be aware of a few minor
complications. If you are going for tongue piercing then initially
you will have to bear lot of swelling and pain. It might also
affect your taste buds for a few days. Nipple piercing may
burrow through some of the milk-producing ducts and cause
infection or problems if a woman wishes to breast-feed an
infant later in her life. Navel piercing becomes infected
easily because tight-fitting clothes do not allow enough air
to circulate and allow moisture to collect around the piercing
site. Nose piercing should be taken special care from infections
since it can be very deadly if it gets infected. If the piercing
drains thick pus discharge instead of the normal yellowish
liquid secretion, you may want to consult a physician. If
there is an infection present, do not remove jewellery. If
the jewellery is removed, the holes can close up and an abscess
can form. Avoid stress and all forms of recreational drug
use. Avoid aspirin, large amounts of caffeine, spicy, salty,
acidic or hot temperature foods and alcoholic beverage for
the first several days to prevent bleeding, swelling and discomfort.
Do not play with the piercing during the entire healing time
except for necessary functions (eating and speaking). Stress
on the piercing during the healing process can cause scarring,
migration and other complications. Even after healing, excessive
play with oral jewellery can result in permanent damage to
teeth, gums and oral structures.