Things to keep in mind before getting a piercing

With half of 16-24 year old’s possessing body piercings in sites other than the earlobe, the piercing trend is going nowhere. (According to the British Medical Journal). Celebrities such as Bella Thorne (@BellaThorne), can be especially thanked for popularising the more unknown piercings like the nipple and septum piercings through her social media.

A few years ago, having more than just your ear lobe pierced was uncommon, only trending in the ‘edgier’ fashion circles such as the ’emo’ and ‘goth’ scene. However, thanks to recent trends such as ‘constellation piercings’ emerging: (small clusters of jewellery positioned on the ear to replicate stars in the sky), having multiple piercings couldn’t be more of the norm. Whether this is your first or fifteenth piercing, these handy tips will ensure you have a safe and pleasant experience.

1. Do your research

Don’t just walk into the first piercing shop you can find. Ask a friend, or look online at official review websites. Yelp is a good place to look as the reviews are likely to be recent and authentic. Once you have found a trustworthy store, check out their website. If the shop uses piercing guns then stay away! Piercing guns are dangerous to pierce with: According to the Association of Professional Piercers, ‘Reusable ear piercing guns can put clients in direct contact with the blood and body fluids of previous clients’. It is also a good idea to research the body piercers performing in the store. Remember, do not compromise quality for the price.

2 Prepare for the day

Make sure you drink a sugary drink beforehand so you don’t faint! Also, prepare for some pain. Everyone is different when it comes to pain tolerance, a slight pinch for some could feel a whole lot more unpleasant for others. Most piercing studios have numbing cream so never hesitate to ask if it’s available if you know you have a low pain threshold. Most numbing creams contain the active ingredient lidocaine which some experience allergies to, so remember to always check the ingredients over with the piercer. Recovery times can be different for everyone. Don’t panic if your friend’s nose piercing healed within a week whilst yours still feels tender after a month!

3 Aftercare

So you survived and you’ve got a new piercing! Now for the most important part, aftercare. It’s best not to take out a fresh piercing. Instead, be gentle, try not to put pressure on your piercing by sleeping on it. This will cause trauma to the piercing area which could cause infection or cause large bumps of scar tissue called Keloids to develop around the area. Also, clean your piercing at least twice a day with salt water, or a special antiseptic lotion which you can buy from your piercer. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to contact your piercer they will be more than happy to give you advice.

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