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Top 10 Questions About Body Piercing

By Rian Haswanda

Body piercing has grown so much in popularity recently that it is now almost mainstream, with along with other sporting navel rings and multiple ear rings. Facial piercings, surface piercings and several others available can make things confusing. If you do not know what you should expect when you choose to obtain a piercing, it may be even more intimidating. Here are a few of the top questions people have about body piercing. 1. I must get a body piercing. How much will it cost? The price tag on a body piercing varies depending on several factors, including where you’re located, how close to a major city you are, and which kind of piercing you’re having done. Generally the more difficult the piercing, the higher the cost. Take into account that you get what you pay for as well, so don’t depend entirely upon cost to choose your piercer. If a piercer is charging significantly under the market cost close to you, he may be cutting corners in areas he shouldn’t, such as sterilization and other safety procedures. On average, the price tag on piercings fall somewhere in these ranges:

* Ears (lobes, cartilage, etc.)…..anywhere from $25-$50

* Navel……………………………..$45-$55

* Tongue……………………………$45-$55

* Labret…………………………….$50-$60

* Eyebrow…………………………..$40-$50

* Nipple……………………………..$45-$55

* Nostril…………………………….$45-$55

* Genital…………………………….$75-$100

2. Does it hurt? Essentially, yes. Does it hurt much? Most people will explain, “No, not really.” It’s usually more like a pinching or popping sensation than anything. The sensation of pain is relative–some people feel it more than others. The adrenalin rush of the piercing usually means the pain in minimal. After the initial pain when the needle goes through the piercing, you may feel some dull pain or an aching sensation for some hours, which is often relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever. One piercing that does hurt a little more than others is the tongue piercing, which will swell and be sensitive a couple of days. Ice chips and Popsicle will help soothe the pain of this type of new piercing. 3. How long does it take a body piercing to heal? The healing time for a body piercing varies depending upon what you’ve had pierced. Some areas of the body heal more quickly than others. For instance, if you pierce your earlobes, you will probably have them to heal within two months and be prepared for jewelry other than the original piercing jewelry. The belly button is in an area that heals slowly, however, because it’s right where the body twists and turns, which slows the healing process. It also doesn’t get as much air circulation which is covered most of the time. Normally it takes up to six months or possibly a year for a belly button piercing to heal completely. Some general healing times are:

* Ear lobes……….6-8 weeks

* Cartilage………..4-8 months

* Eyebrow………..6-8 weeks

* Nostril…………..3-4 months

* Septum………….6-8 months

* Labret…………..2-3 months

* Tongue………….4-6 weeks

* Nipple…………..4-6 months

* Navel……………5 months-1 year

* Genitals…………6 weeks-6 months

The better you take care of a body piercing, the more quickly it will heal, so make sure you discuss the proper care of your piercing with the piercing professional who does your body piercing to ensure a quick, clean piercing and you will probably heal at all period of time possible. 4. How do i tell if a piercing is infected, or it’s just normal healing stuff? All body piercings will have some drainage during the first several days. For the reason that you have basically given your body a puncture wound, and your body will bleed for some time, and then have drainage of some fluids as it heals. These fluids are actually healthy for you, as they keep the area moist and clean and will wash away many of the dirt and germs that might otherwise stay in the region. Bleeding should stop within several hours or the very first day and be only small amounts. Often it will look watery. Drainage will be mostly a clear, watery discharge, although it can be somewhat white in color. The drainage will form “crustiest” around the jewelry which can be washed off with warm, soapy water when you clean your piercing each day. A piercing is infected when the discharge is either green or yellow. Also, if the area becomes swollen or inflamed again after the initial swelling has subsided. When you see green or yellow pus or discharge; you should see a doctor and get appropriate medical treatment. It won’t necessarily mean you will need to remove your piercing; you may can simply take a course of antibiotics. If the area becomes red and inflamed with red streaks radiating out from the area, see a doctor right away. 5. What should I look out for in a good body piercing studio? A good body piercing studio must first of all be clean, clean, and clean! The most frequent cause of infection is piercings is simple exposure to germs, so locate a piercing parlor that is very strict about its cleanliness and sterilization procedures. They should have a separate room where nothing else is done but piercings. They should always have an operational autoclave, the industry wet steam sterilization unit that will be used to clean and sterilize all equipment and tools used during piercing. They should also pierce only with single-use, disposable needles that are pre-wrapped. Ask them if this sounds like what they use, and insist that the needles not be opened until they are actually ready to do your piercing to help you confirm they are sterile-wrapped. Look for experience and qualifications. Have all the piercers been through an apprenticeship program? If so, for how long did they train and where? Also make sure they are licensed to operate a piercing studio by their state’s department of health. In most states this is now mandatory. Also check the date to make certain it isn’t expired. Finally, locate a certificate of membership in a professional society like the Association of Professional Piercers, an organization that supports safe and professional piercing practices and offers extensive ongoing training. 6. Why can’t I just pierce myself? You can pierce yourself, but it’s just not a good idea. It’s simply too hard to keep the area in your house (or wherever you will be) sterile and clean enough. You also may have trouble lining up and placing a piercing squarely where you want it, and if you lose your nerve half-way through the piercing, you’re stuck with it half done. Should you it at home, you’ll probably do it on an impulse, which will mean you won’t have a working system. Piercing needles are incredibly sharp to be able to reduce the pain making a good, clean cut. It doesn’t matter how sharp that sewing needle is at home, it’s not as sharp as a piercing needle, so it will hurt more, bleed more, and may not heal as cleanly. 7. What should I clean my piercing with? Today most professional piercers agree that the easiest method to clean a fresh piercing is with a mild antibacterial soap. These should not contain perfumes or dyes, which can irritate a piercing and lead to discomfort or an allergic reaction. There are some available on the market that are specifically designed for body piercings, including Provo and Satin. After cleaning, you should telephone a sea salt water soak. Sea salt is available at natural health stores, piercing and tattoo studios and a number of other stores. The sea salt solution helps soothe the area and draw impurities out from the wound to promote faster healing. H2Ocean is a superb pre-mixed sea salt solution that may be sprayed on for convenience. It’s highly recommended by many professional piercers and is convenient especially if you’re traveling or out and about. 8. What type of jewelry should a piercing be done with? A body piercing is, in the simplest terms, a puncture wound, so you’d like to utilize a high quality metal that won’t react with your body chemistry to create an allergic reaction or contaminate the open wound. Never use cheap or base metals to obtain a body piercing. The best metals to use are titanium or surgical steel, both or which are essentially inert and won’t react with your body. Occasionally, you need to use high quality gold, but even this sometimes creates a reaction due to the nickel content, so do be cautious. Once a piercing is completely healed, you have more leeway on what you need to use, but in case you are at all nickel sensitive, in all probability you’ll always have to stick with surgical steel and titanium for you piercings, unless you are using alternatives such as glass, which is completely non-reactive and safe for nearly everyone. 9. What causes migration? Is it similar to rejection? Rejection is a more severe form of migration. Migration is when a body piercing begins to move through the flesh because the body is trying to force it out of your skin and do away with it. Occasionally, the body only partially succeeds, and the piercing “migrates” so that it ends up being crooked or misaligned. When the body completely forces a piercing from the body, it is termed a “rejection,” because the body has completely rejected the piece of jewelry, basically “spitting it out.” For the reason that any piercing jewelry is a foreign object that the body sees as an invader to be gotten rid of, particularly piercing is poorly done so the jewelry aggravates the skin tissues. 10. What if I wish to become a professional piercer? Behave responsibly. Visit a few piercing parlors you are aware are top quality and ask about internship programs and other options. Order some videos that guide you through the introductory steps of piercing and educate you on the whole process of proper preparation and sterilization. A lot of the larger piercing websites offer these video series’ at a reasonable cost. It’s also sensible to take courses in first aid in blood borne pathogens and other illnesses that are commonly transmitted by needles. Several courses are offered through community colleges or local hospital extensions. The main thing is usually to be fully trained and completely experienced in various piercing before setting yourself up as a piercer on your own–both to your own legal protection and the safety and well-being of those that eventually is yours for body piercing. The Association of Professional Piercers is loaded with information on how to begin as a professional piercer. In Conclusion Body piercing and wearing body jewelry should be an informed choice, not a snap decision. A good way thinking about getting a body piercing, talk to others who have done the same and get their feedback. Ask them if they’re happy with the results and for their suggestions on good piercing studios. Determine that you’re ready for the commitment to proper care and the expense of a body piercing. Remember that a body piercing is a variety of body modification that will affect how others perceive you. Obviously, this is the main appeal for most of us. However, the reactions will be mixed, and you ought to remember that while some people will love it, others will not. So think through the consequences of body piercing thoroughly before you proceed. Then, if you decide its right for you–follow the tips above for a safe, attractive body piercing you’ll be proud to wear!

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