Piercing has steadily been on the rise in the world today and its steadily practiced by just about all demography of persons both young and old. The only difference is some cultures, moral ethics and religion have restricted the practice on some parts of the body especially on children. While piercing have settled into many societies as a normal part of life, some societies are yet to fully adopt the practice.
Therefore, to the demography leaving in such societies who are interested in piercing any parts of their body for aesthetic reasons as its mostly the motive of body parts in the past centuries, may not have or find professional artists in that regard within them. At such, they may opt to use crude unsafe tools to get their desired piercing which may expose them to danger and risk of infections.
At such, there is need for a piercing guide, this guide will show you areas of the body that is safe for piercing and how to safely go about getting your piercing among other things. Also, media and culture have made a strong positivity on body parts over the last recent decades which have made piercing all the more acceptable alternative attractive with lots of positivity. We wrote a whole article on it, to assist you, keep reading!
What is a Piercing Guide?
A piercing guide is basically anything that provides knowledgeable and enlightening information as well as step by step approach to help a person achieve his or her desired piercing goal. However, it is also a person(preferably an artist) who possesses great insight on how to safely make a piercing on another person’s body using the safest methods and techniques necessary.
Must Know about Piercing
1. Body Jewelry
Every deliberate act of piercing on the body requires some sort of jewelry to fill in that position and rarely not left to sit vacant, except for extreme reasons. For different people, Jewelry is the first option and most commonly beautifying object used on any body part piercing, and at such it is important to take cognizance of their weight, design, type of stone, size, etc.
This will help you choose the best type of jewelry that will be, not just aesthetically pleasing to your persona but also without allergies on your skin. Though, tech advancements have made jewelry types and materials a lot safer, as well as the procedure itself, it’s still important to know which is best for you. Common and best jewelry for your piercings are usually gold, diamonds, silver, titanium etc.
2. Safe Body Parts for Piercing
There are many different body parts that piercings can be safely done on, but all of which carry their own unique beauty as well as risks if not done right.
Things to consider before piercing any part of your body are:
- Where to pierce (usually the easiest part)
- Pain tolerance level
- Number of piercings to be done there
- Any skin disorders or previous skin allergies
- Pre and Post-care necessities
3. Ear Piercing
This is one of the most dominant type of piercings in practice and with very noticeable aesthetic qualities. Hence, it’s not surprising the number of persons who opt for ear piercing in a year. A statistics report says, about 83 percent of people in the United States have had their earlobes pierced. Oh! and that number isn’t diminishing rather its increasing on a daily basis. No doubts, that for some people with pierced ears it could be their first while others their tenth, and the fact that most jewelries are designed to be used on the ears makes it all the more irresistible.
Piercings on the ear are mostly done arounds the areas below,
- Ear Lobe: The Lobe is the most popular area of piercings. It is also an easily pierced area with little or no pain, due to the thin level of cartilage as well as quick healing. Though it depends on the level and professionalism it may heal between 6-8 weeks.
- The Conch: This is a piercing done on the cartilage that goes through the back part of your ear. Most flatback earrings are the jewels for Conch piercings. Takes a longer time to heal than the love, about half a year -a full year, depending on care practices.
- The Helix: This type of ear piercing are cartilage piercings that are done along the curled edge of the upper part of your ear. It heals within 6 – 12 months.
- The Tragus is the rounded piece of cartilage just outside of the entrance to your ear. We recommend
- The Flat: The Flat is located on the flat part of the upper cartilage and requires flatback studs for its piercings and heals within : 6-12 months
- Further types of ear piercings include Root and Daith which takes 6-18 months to heal.
4. Nose piercings
Another now popular form of piercings is the nose piercing, which is almost impossible to spot. The ideal place for the nose piercing is on the septum, and it involves piercing the center area of the nose. You can have more than one piercing in a particular nostril, or even on both nostrils. When having a nose piercing, note that the pain is different for different individuals. While, it maybe severe and take longer healing time some may feel little or practically nothing really at all. Also, get a professional as your nose is a delicate organ.
5. Lip and Tongue piercing
Better put, oral piercings have gained increasing popularity in this age, especially amongst women. Piercings are done on the lips and tongues, sometimes not necessarily for aesthetic reasons but for a more personalized fulfillment.
With a small stud as mostly seen, you recognize a tongue pierced individual, a stand in jewelry. The downsides of a tongue piercing is teeth scraping teeth with your tongue, as it may cause wear and itching thereby exposing you to health problems. The tongue piercing healing time is said to take within 2-4 weeks or about 2 months for complete healing and it’s the second most popular piercing among the women demography of age 18 and 25.
The most significant risk in a tongue piercing is infection shortly after the piercing due to many reasons such as food particles causing bacteria etc. In rare cases, a person might develop a more serious infection, such as an abscess. Hence, serious after piercing care guidelines should be religiously followed.
6. Nipple piercings
A huge trend in L.A and some celebrities, nipple piercing is still getting on the rise. They heal fast, in about 6months and are less prominent in dressings, so you do not have to bother about them shooting out. The pain level too are tolerable for many, possible risks include redness and pain likely from jewelry, fever, swollen lymph nodes etc. Any severe conditions will need immediate call in to a hospital for certainties.
7. Belly button piercings
This is mostly done by your artist at the center above your belly button. Oftentimes there’s a little bit of bleeding during the piercing process, itchiness and little discomfort is normal after the process. When to worry, when there’s a white, yellow, brown or smelly bloody discharge that shows there’s an infection and should be looked up by a doctor. Others include redness, persistent pain, rash, swelling etc. Healing is more extended on a belly button piercing.
8. Genital piercings
Asides, cultural grounds where people have had to be forced or required to make genital piercings it is not a so popular type of piercing. Though for other reasons like, having something more unique people opt for genital piercings. Areas of piercings include: Areas around the vagina, for women, and around the frenulum of the penis for men, also some on the lower navel.
The level of pain for a genital piercing as well as possible risks of complications and infections are much higher on this choice of piercings than any other area of the body, so be sure to deal with a professional to lessen any complications that can arise in such sensitive areas.
How piercings are Done
Most ideally by professional with long successful experiences in the field and with the use of more helpful technologies and materials to ease the process both with pain and safety. Some of these tools include:
- A hollow needle which comes in different shapes and sizes, is used in order to puncture the areas to create the needed cavity for the desired jewelry type.
- Your artist will usually use the necessary tools required for the type of body part piercing you need. As, no one took matches all.
- Then the jewelry needed may follow immediately or after a few days. This way, there won’t be any extra space to breed bacteria or cause infection.
Before your Piercing Appointment
Do not attempt to pierce yourself or use plastics to experiment on anyone you know who needs a piercing. This is to reduce chances of inflation or even exposure to accidents and complications. The professional pierce artist have the necessary skills and equipment needed for the process that you lack and these equipment are designed to pass through thicker cartilage thereby preventing the creation of bacterial infections into the new space, as well as increase any allergies that a person may have had, prior to the piercing.
Also, clothe type matter on appointment to the piercing studio, make sure that you’re wearing the appropriate clothing for the type of piercing you’re getting, so that you’re comfortable during the procedure and the artist has access to the spot.
Aftercare Piercing Guide
Your piercings healing time varies on both the type of piercing, and also how well you take care of it and maintain good hygiene around it. The use of antibacterial soap is greatly encouraged, preferably something without scents in the first few days after the procedure.
Observe your piercings incase of potential signs of infection such as redness or severe pain that persists after a few days and visit a personal doctor about the next steps to take, as you may have a bacterial infection or severe allergy.
Always researching everything beforehand, gather as many vital information as you can so you’ll have a better and safer grasp on the piercing topic, as well as a unique affinity for the type of body art that represents the ultimate in artistic expression.