Piercings are a trend that will be around forever. It’s been here since the dark ages and there’s really no sign it will ever go out of style, even if some parents and employers loathe them. Jewelry and accessories are a statement after all, so we look at it as self-expression and personal branding.
Local celebs like Kathryn Bernardo or K-pop idols like BTS make piercings their fashion statement and they give us so much inspo! But before you run to the nearest tattoo shop on an impulse, jot down these important reminders first before being chaotic.
Different types of piercings you can get
Before anything else, zero in on what kind of body piercing you REALLY want. Technically, you can get pierced anywhere on your body (and as many times as you want) if you’re bold and creative enough.
Whether it’s ears, oral and facial (eyebrows, lip, tongue), surface (chest, neck), navel, or genital,research first on its pain level, cost, and healing time. See the chart above to determine which part you want to get pierced.
Piercing guns are a no-no
Once you’ve decided on a body part, know where to go and what not to do. Don’t just go to a sketchy accessory shop where they use piercing guns. The use of guns is generally frowned upon as it causes trauma, making your puncture wound heal longer or be infected.
Piercing guns also can’t get sanitized so there’s a risk of infection. We know it’s cheaper, but if you don’t want your money to go to waste, stay away from the piercing gun, hun.
Healing times depend on which area is affected. For ears, lobes generally heal fast, as early as 3-4 weeks, but cartilages take 3 months and sometimes, even more time is required since the cartilage areas are thicker.
Upper cartilage piercings like conch, upper, and inner take even longer but that still depends on how properly you clean your piercings. Refer to the chart above for specific body piercing healing time.
Go to a reputable piercing studio
Honestly, this goes without saying. Your skin is getting punctured so make sure that a qualified professional will do it. Research about different parlors and check if their tools and equipment are up to par with sanitary standards.
Needles they use should be disposable, chairs should be wrapped with protective cover, artists should wear gloves, and all tools must be sterilized. Go for reputable tattoo shops like Vimana, Whiplash, 55Tinta, or Arte so you’re guaranteed a safe and clean session.
According to safepiercing.org, a saline rinse or salt water is recommended to cleanse your new piercing, but you can also use gentle soap if recommended by your artist. Washing your hands before cleaning your piercing is a must, and afterwards, carefully pat it dry with a disposable paper towel since cloth towels harbor bacteria.
Remember to avoid touching or moving it, or cleaning it with solutions like Betadine, alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide because those can be damaging. Also avoid putting cosmetics or sprays as it can be irritated. For more info, check this website.
Irritation or localized swelling can occur. Bumps can form on or around a piercing when it is irritated. If that happens, determine what could be causing these bumps: wrong jewelry, improper aftercare, being moved too much, and improper placement could be the culprit, among many other things.
Make sure to wear the special medical-grade jewelry provided by the parlor as healing time is quicker and you won’t be prone to infection.