There are many things to think about before you get a body piercing or tattoo, and it’s not just about the part of your body you want to pierce.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 17, 2013
The first question to ask yourself is why you want a piercing at all, and whether you will still like it in ten or twenty years time. Will it affect your chances of getting a job in your chosen career?
Will it lower your chances of finding a girlfriend or boyfriend? Some people don’t think that a man (or woman) with piercings is the marrying kind.
At the same time, other people find it extremely attractive if done well, and it can be a way for people with a similar frame of mind to find each other easily.
It’s important that you don’t make the decision to get something like this done when you’re really drunk, and you should think about what you want done for many months or years before you get it done.
It’s not something you just jump into, as it may be something that stays with you for the rest of your life.
Some piercings are relatively normal, like a simple nose stud in the side of the nostril, while others like a bone through the middle of your nose are a bit over the top.
Once You’ve Decided What You Want
If you’ve thought about it for a while, and decided that you want an eyebrow piercing, or a belly button stud, the next step is actually doing it.
It’s important that you don’t do the piercing yourself, and especially don’t get a friend to do it, unless you’ve learned how to do a professional piercing safely, using the right equipment.
The right equipment at a bare minimum is:
- a professional hollow piercing needle in a sterile package
- a ring or stud made of the right metal in the right gauge
- saline solution
It’s not all that hard to do, you have to avoid major blood vessels, sterilize the area with the saline solution, put the ring inside the hollow needle, pierce the body part and thread the needle through, leaving behind the ring in the hole.
Having said that, it’s not the best idea to try to pierce yourself, because it really hurts, and you could make a mistake by flinching as you’re doing it.
If you have the money, it’s obviously better to go to a body piercing professional, and bare in mind that it is illegal in most parts of the world to pierce someone without a license.
Safe Metal Alloys And Aftercare
The best metals to use for rings and studs are surgical steel, titanium, niobium, gold, platinum, and biocompatible plastic polymers, in that order.
Some metals like stainless steel, sterling steel, silver, copper, brass, nickel, and plated gold are not safe, and can cause irritation or infection.
If you do notice an infection, you should see a doctor straight away, and get on antibiotics if they think it’s necessary.
There are many different types of infection, so it’s very important to treat the infection immediately.
There may be pain and a slight discharge from the wound even if it’s not infected, just keep the ring in, and wash regularly for the next week or two with saline solution to keep the piercing clean.
It may not seem like a big decision to get a tattoo or body piercing, but if you get something major done and make a mistake, you may regret it for the rest of your life.
Go to a professional piercing studio where the piercer has a license if possible, or if you’re doing it yourself, make sure you learn what to do very thoroughly first.
A body piercing done well in a tasteful, stylish place can look really cool, but if you go overboard and do something really weird or make a mistake, it can look terrible as well.