When you’re small, in most cases parents put earrings in your ear. In high school, some girls add a piercing in their navel and the boys in their eyebrow. Of course, the ears are punctured with some sort of patterns in an attempt to be “cool,” or simply each person to highlight their personality.
There are people who have done their piercing just to make their parents mad or others who thought this way they would not be hired to any job and would be able to stay more with their parents. However, others take piercings very seriously, consider them a form of art, give them different meanings, and make a passion for them.
Regardless of why you choose to make a piercing, it’s good to know as much as possible about this subject, about how to take care of it shortly after you`ve add it and avoid problems (infections), but also about what models to choose.
Table of Contents
- 1 How to Prepare the Piercing Area?
- 2 What Is the Process Itself?
- 3 How the Pain Differs Depending on the Piercing Area
- 4 What Types of Piercings Exist?
- 5 How Long Does a Belly Piercing Take to Heal? How About the other Areas?
- 6 Who Should Not Get a Piercing?
- 7 Piercing during Pregnancy
- 8 When Should I Give Up Piercing while Breastfeeding?
- 9 The Possible Dangers of a Piercing
How to Prepare the Piercing Area?
The area where the piercing will be inserted is sterilized with various substances, just like the materials that are used. Then it is anesthetized with a local anesthetic and the place where the hole will be is marked. – Learn about this!
What Is the Process Itself?
After the place is picked it is punched with a needle, and the jewel is inflated through the needle and pulled through the resulted hole. There may be a slight bleeding, and the person who makes the piercing needs to know human anatomy well, so there will be no health problems.
The pain you feel can be compared to that of a vaccine, but it can hurt much harder if you do not look for professional help.
It is important to avoid taking drugs, coffee or alcohol before piercing, because it will increase the sensitivity to pain and the amount of lost blood.
How the Pain Differs Depending on the Piercing Area
Basically, the pain does not differ according to the piercing area; it is the same everywhere.
However, some people may feel it more in the septum area, where there are more nerves. The same happens with the Anti Tragus piercing, from the cartilage above the ear.
What Types of Piercings Exist?
Piercings are done in many areas; for example, the ear`s areas – the upper or inner cartilage, the bottom of the ear; practically any part of the ear.
Then there are the ones in the eyebrows, those in the nose placed on the nostrils, which originate from the Indian culture, but also those in the middle of the nose, in the sept (the painful ones).
Next are the piercings from the lip (lower and upper), tongue, nipples, chin, and those in intimate areas.
How Long Does a Belly Piercing Take to Heal? How About the other Areas?
After a piercing, the client has to take care of the specific area for 10 days by using various antibiotic creams. Under no circumstances should the jewelry be changed sooner than 4 weeks, but if you wait even longer, it`s even better to.
A piercing in nipple or navel need around 2 to 6 months to heal, but sometimes it may take up to an entire year for the whole area to completely heal.
A piercing in the ear lobe usually lasts 4 weeks, and all other piercings in other areas of the ear heal in about 2 – 3 months because the cartilage does not store blood well. Piercings in the eyebrow heal after about 6 -12 weeks. Those in the nose depend on the exact location, because they last about 2 months on the outside and even 3-4 months in the septum.
According to specialists, the ones on the tongue heal a little faster – they only take about 2 weeks until they are healed. Even if the lip was used, a piercing in the lower lip area lasts for 6 weeks and in the middle for 4 – 6 weeks.
Who Should Not Get a Piercing?
First of all, people who have an increased sensitivity of the skin and who know they develop serious allergies should not get a piercing. – Check this out!
In addition, those who have had a heart attack, have a congenital defect or have a low immune system would be better to avoid them.
A higher risk is also experienced by those with diabetes or following a treatment of corticotherapy.
Piercing during Pregnancy
Be careful! It is not recommended for pregnant women to add a piercing in the nipple, navel or in the genitals because during this period they are subjected to many body and hormonal changes. As the breasts and abdomen grow, the holes do not heal completely, often becoming larger and more susceptible to infections. During pregnancy, you should avoid the earrings fixed in the navel and breasts.
If you have already added a piercing that does not pose a problem, the place being healed, there is no medical reason for having to remove these jewels. As they grow breasts and abdomen, they can cling to clothing and can damage the skin. You can replace them with jewelry of flexible material (e.g. polytetrafluoroethylene)
In the cabinet where the piercing is mounted:
- Ask for details on how to maintain the area.
- Ask for details about flexible jewelry.
- Be aware of the hygiene conditions in the cabinet where the piercing is installed: the cabinet should have a license to operate, the gloves as well as all the instruments need to be sterile, the sterilization equipment needs to be present, the cleaner should be clean, the jewels should be sterile, and to be sure you can contact the person who puts your piercing in the next 24 hours if there are any changes in the piercing area.
When Should I Give Up Piercing while Breastfeeding?
You should give up piercing if the area where they were placed aren`t properly healing, the hole is red, inflamed or irritated. You should also give up the idea of getting a piercing in the nipple when have to breastfeed, the risk of infection in this case being very high.
Removing Completely the Piercing during Breastfeeding
The recommendation of doctors is to remove all the jewels. The milk flow channel will be lifted up, and in order to breastfeed the baby you must reopen the nipple. – More info!
If you pull out the piercing when breastfeeding, it should not be a problem. But, you have to be very careful in the hygiene bin. On the other hand, pulling out and putting back the piercing may become an unpleasant habit. A major cause when removing and putting the piercing back is the appearance of inflammation.
Breastfeeding with a Piercing
It has been noticed that when asked if you can breastfeed with a piercing, many mothers answered affirmatively. The perforated nipple is not uncomfortable when breastfeeding, but favors the flow of maternal milk flow (only flow, not production). Doing this, you have to be very careful every time, because a piercing is a “pepper” of bacteria.
The decision of breastfeeding with or without piercing belongs to you.
Remember that in the first few days the newborn will receive the best milk.
What Effects Could the Piercing Have on Breastfeeding?
A piercing in your breasts can be “installed” in various ways in the nipple. The greatest attention should be attached when removing the piercing because the channel through which the milk flows may close.
Other effects may be from the skin reaction. Usually, when are breastfeeding and remove the piercing, you will feel pain and discomfort. If you are breastfeeding, it is advisable to remove the “ring”. – Click here!
If you are sleeping with your baby and nursing it during the night, it is best not to have a piercing.
The Possible Dangers of a Piercing
Piercing should be done by professionals in a sterile environment to avoid serious infections. Just as important is the care that the client does later at home.
Piercings made unprofessionally can lead to various complications. Often, local swelling may occur, which fortunately improves in a short time. The piercing cartilage piercing can easily lead to inflammation. The piercing in the eyebrow or nose can touch or hurt the trigeminal nerve. The result would be paralysis of the respective areas of the face.
The dangers of teeth and dental appliances are known to occur regarding piercings in the mouth. Therefore, dental fractures may occur due to a piercing in the tongue. The gums can be damaged by piercings inside the mouth or on the lips and in extreme cases they can be irritated and the teeth can fall. – Read more!
Genital piercings by an open wound may transmit diseases, such as hepatitis or HIV. When piercings that involve jewelry are concerned, this risk is very low because the body can usually reject a foreign body. If the piercing area is brutally stimulated, the jewelry can even cut the skin.
However, all this can be avoided if you go to a certified office with all the health checkups to date.