Body piercings give you the chance to transform your body unlike any other. In the same way, you can also change it any time or return to your original style just as quickly. If you're interested in getting a body piercing or wearing body jewelry then the following sections should help guide you.
Preparation is a Must
Any body modification (body piercing among others) decision requires careful planning. You should know what you want before doing anything else. It might seem obvious thinking about it, but a lot of people think they're ready for it only to find out they haven't thought as much as about it.
For example, are you sure about the location of the piercing? Have you thought about the actual jewelry that you will wear? Not having the answers to these things can mean holding the line in a store or wasting too much of your time just browsing aimlessly. Likewise, choosing a body piercing does not just boil down to knowing the location of the piercing or picking the right jewelry. You must also prepare your body for it.
Specifically, you should try to eat as healthy as possible before the procedure. It is also best not to go drinking the night before your scheduled piercing. The idea is simple, if your body is not at its best condition, then it can be a little more uncomfortable and even painful.
Do your best to gather as much information especially about the piercer. The right piercer will help you avoid risks of infection or a visit to the hospital. Also, take note that "licenses" can be misleading at times. One of the best ways to see if the piercer is legit is by looking at their previous work. What other customers say about the person is one of your best filters. Word of mouth, usually, can't be bought.
Be Ready for the Pain
Always remember that pain is relative. It means that while other people will find their piercing a little painful or not, it may not be the same for you. People have different body chemistry. So some may be able to tolerate the pain a little bit better than the others. Generally speaking, many people find earlobe piercing as the least painful because it has fewer nerve endings. However, it's also prone to many complications because it constantly rubs against so many things. It has so much exposure.
For the painful areas, people generally consider the genitals and the nipples as the top ones. They are highly sensitive and have many nerve endings. At the end of the day, people react differently to piercings. Think back on how you tolerate pain before. That may be a good indication of how you will respond to piercings.
As mentioned in the first part, preparation is everything. Decide what type of body piercing you want including the body jewelry. This should give you information on what to expect.
It's All About the After-Care
Once you complete the process, keep your piercing as clean as possible. What you do after the piercing will make or break it. It will affect the healing process significantly. While most shops provide a pre-made saline solution, you should also know how to take care of it. For example, water and sea salt will work well with your healing. Just add a pinch of sea salt to a cup of water then pour over your piercing, three times a day. As with pain tolerance, healing time can vary per person. It also depends on where your piercing is.
Nonetheless, here are some of the general healing times of body piercings per part:
- Ear Lobes - two months
- Ear cartilage - four months (the forward helix can be quite tricky)
- Eyebrows - around two to three months
- Nostril - four months
- Tongue - four to six weeks
- Nose septum - six to eight weeks
- Dermal - depends on the person
- Mouth - two to three months
- Genitals - three months
- Belly button - four to six months
Also, one of the best ways to make sure that your body piercing won't be infected is to select the best quality of body jewelry.
If you have done your homework, then you should find the right or best quality of body jewelry. Take note that there can be signs of healing that can be confused with infection. For example, blood discharge with dead skill cells and plasma is not automatically an infection. Usually, infected piercings will appear in dark purple. Don't take out your piercing immediately. It is best to consult a professional about it.
Getting your first body piercing can be overwhelming if you don't know much about it. However, you shouldn't' worry because there is also a ton of information available to guide you. With the right research then you should be good with your first piercing.
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