Things You Should Definitely Know Before Getting Any Piercing
Body art is a thing and while there’s nothing wrong with wanting to pierce certain parts of your body for aesthetic, there are important things you should know before you let anyone stick a needle or a gun through your skin in the name of art.
Having experienced an infection from both my second lobe piercings, I can honestly say that the whole problem could have been avoided if I had just done some homework before getting my piercing. And to save you from the pain I had to go through, here are some things I wish I had known back then before getting my piercing.
1. Know the type of piercing
Did you know that just for your ear alone, there are 14 different types of piercings you can choose from? Which is why you need to be specific about where you want your piercing and how you want it to look like to avoid getting pierced at a wrong spot.
There are also some important things to consider about your piercing placement as this will affect the healing process. For example, if you tend to sleep on your left side, you should avoid getting pierced on your left ear as the pressure will cause discomfort and pain to your wound.
Another thing to note is that some body piercings, especially navel or nipple, might move from its initial spot over time (aka piercing migration), followed with redness, discomfort and a widened piercing hole. So just remember this the next time you plan to have a body piercing, and be extra careful with it during the healing process.
2. Find out the piercing method (No piercing guns)
As convenient and cheap as piercing guns are, they are absolutely not ideal for any type of piercing other than your lobe (even that is questionable). Firstly, a piercing gun is reusable, which means you’re potentially exposed to the previous user’s blood and body fluids.
Not to mention, a piercing gun is known to cause tissue damage because the high impact of the needle piercing through your skin from the spring of the gun can result in blunt force trauma. Which is why if you ask anyone who has gotten a piercing with a gun, they’ll probably tell you that the healing process for that piercing was a long and painful journey.
Instead, you should always opt for piercing needles from professional body piercers who know how to guide you through the process to ease your concerns and give you a comfortable piercing experience. Side note: do ensure that the piercing studio you visit is clean and uses sterilised equipment to minimise the risk of infection.
3. What jewellery you should get
Similar to the piercing method, please don’t end up choosing a cheap jewellery just to save money because they tend to contain higher traces of nickel, which can cause allergic reactions. Instead, go for hypoallergenic options like surgical steel, titanium, or real gold if you’re feeling generous.
You should also make sure your jewellery is the right size for your piercing, but don’t worry if you don’t know how to identify this because any professional piercer would be able to advise you on this.
Depending on the piercer, some individuals may advise you to avoid using a ring or hoop jewellery on a new piercing as that may delay the healing process.
This is probably the most important part when it comes to getting a new piercing because this is when things can very easily go wrong. While some piercers may advise you differently on the aftercare dos and don’ts, one universal tip is to NEVER touch or pick at your new piercing because that’s basically a one-way ticket to infection.