I want to get my body pierced! Where do I start? (Part1)
Are you interested in body piercing, but don’t know where to begin? We’ll guide you through the process and try to answer any questions you may have.
If you are considering getting pierced, make sure you are prepared. It’s definitely a good idea to eat something before seeing your piercer to keep your blood sugar up. For optimal healing, get pierced when you are absolutely healthy- make sure you aren’t healing anything else major in your body. Do not go to your piercer under the influence of alcohol or drugs- this can make the process hurt even more, excessive swelling can occur which can make placement of your piercing inaccurate. Shower before you see your piercer- depending on where you get pierced, I’m sure you want to be clean before letting anyone get up close and personal. Don’t forget to bring a few bucks to tip your piercer after a job well done.
Don’t know where to get pierced? Here’s a list of the most common body piercings:
Earlobe – This is the most common piercing. The earlobe is the fleshy tissue at the bottom of the ear. Plenty of blood is supplied to this portion of the ear, so healing is relatively quick and painless. Other than standard earrings, labrets, barbells (straight tongue rings, twisted, or circular), or rings can be worn.
Ear Cartilage - Pretty much anything can be worn on your ears, depending on where on your ear you’ve been pierced. Ear cartilage piercings include the conch, tragus, anti-tragus, vertical tragus, daith, helix, forward helix, rook, industrial, auricle (rim), orbital, scaffold, snug, and transverse lobe. Cartilage piercings generally take longer to heal than standard lobe piercings. That can depend on the location of the piercing, type of jewelry used, and the tension that that jewelry creates on the cartilage. Healing of cartilage piercings take a lot longer than lobe piercings, so keep that in mind when you go to get pierced. Depending on the type of cartilage piercing, a wide variety of body jewelry can be worn on the ears. This includes barbells, industrial barbells, rings, cartilage studs, circular barbells (horseshoes), and pretty much anything else you can think of.
Continue to Part 2