For several decades, body piercings have been almost as popular as getting your ears pierced. Most parts of the body can be pierced, though there are definitely some more common than others. Aside from the ears, the nose, belly button, eyebrow, and lip tend to be the most popular. However a popular phrase “if you can pinch it, you can pierce it” tends to be true for body piercings. More people are getting other body parts pierced including the skin between their fingers, face piercings known as “monroes” for Marilyn Monroe and even the neck. If you plan to get a body piercing, you should be aware of the dangers, proper after-care instructions and what to look for to find out if it is infected.
Types of Body Piercings
There are many different body parts that can be pierced which fall under three categories; cartilage, soft tissue and surface-to-surface. The most common type of body piercing is a soft tissue piercing such as on the earlobe. They tend to be quick and easy, and relatively pain free. This type of piercing will heal easily and doesn’t need a lot of aftercare. Next is the cartilage piercings which consists of cartilage in your body being pierced such as your nose or ear cartilage. This type of piercings can be partially closed without jewelry in it, such as the skin over the cartilage, but the cartilage remains pierced permanently. Septum piercings are done through the skin between the front and back of your ear cartilage, but are considered to be cartilage piercings. Lastly is the surface-to-surface piercings which can be any skin surface such as the throat. They can be rejected by your body and you get to choose between a bar or ring type of jewelry.
In order to prevent possible infection or a badly done body piercing, there are some safety guidelines you should follow. First of all, do your research on the piercer; make sure they have proper licensing and use new needles in sealed packages. Their shop should be clean and hygienic. Never get a piercing by someone who uses cheap equipment. Before getting your piercing, make sure the piercer uses sterilized forceps, latex gloves, hollow needles and proper safety procedures. Health wise, it is best that you are well rested before your piercing. If you’re afraid of needles, it can help for the piercer to explain the procedure before they begin so that there aren’t any surprises. If you take medications or have any medical conditions, let the piercer know beforehand.
Your piercer should give you full aftercare instructions to prevent infection and help the piercing heal properly. If you notice it is not healing quickly or shows sign of infection, consult a doctor immediately. Follow the piercing shop’s instructions exactly, including not taking the piercing out too early and cleaning it properly with hydrogen peroxide or the recommended ointment.