Are you thinking of doing it? According to a publication by Nemours , one of the largest non-profit organizations dedicated to health, before getting a piercing it is important to make sure you keep your vaccination schedule up to date (especially in relation to the hepatitis vaccine B and tetanus). If you have a medical problem such as congenital heart disease, allergies, diabetes, a weakened immune system or a bleeding problem, they suggest that you contact a health professional before piercing your skin. In the case of piercings, they recommend making sure that your teeth and gums are completely healthy and also emphasize that if you have keloids (excessive growth of scar tissue) you should not undergo such a procedure.
The tattoo artist and body modifier Adrián Méndez explains that the most used materials in piercings are surgical steel and titanium. He assures that although the most used is steel, the second option is more recommended because it is a lighter material and the healing of the perforation is faster and easier. Other alternatives are jewelry made of silver and gold. Mendez suggests looking at silver as an option until the point where the pierced skin has healed because otherwise it will put you at risk of infection. As for gold, he mentions that you must consider that its price is much higher than any other material.
There are many sizes and shapes of body jewelry.
In addition to choosing your piece, you must make sure that the place where you will have the drilling meets certain standards and that the person in charge of doing it is a professional. Follow these tips:
- Make sure the location is a licensed business and looks clean.
- Talk to your drilling survey manager about it. As in any other type of business, you can review the products and find out about the procedure. If something makes you feel uncomfortable or you doubt whether or not it is a good option, don’t move on.
- If you feel comfortable in the place and make the decision to get the piercing, there are a few things to watch out for: the person doing the work should wear new, disposable gloves, the needle you will use for the piercing should be sterile, just like the piece to be placed on your body. Before doing the piercing, the area of the body chosen to do it should be cleaned very well.
Any tool used to pierce you must be disposable or sterile. (Free Press Photo: Services)
How To Care For A Piercing ?
Once the perforation is done, a stage of special attention and care begins with the aim that the healing process is carried out without problems. Follow these tips:
- Before touching your piercing it is important that your hands are completely clean.
- If you have any scabs around the piercing, moisten them (you can do this with a cotton swab) and gently remove them.
- You should clean the area properly every day with water and an alcohol-free soap. Twice a day will be enough. At the end of your cleaning it is important that you dry the area with a clean gauze or a cotton swab. Do not use paper, towels, or your own hands as this could cause an infection.
- Do not remove jewelry until healing is complete. Also, do not exchange the part for another, regardless of whether the other alternative is in good condition and free from contamination.
- Avoid handling jewelry constantly.
- Do not apply makeup, cream, or any other product to the skin when it is healing.
How Do You Know If Something Is Wrong?
Piercings are at risk of infection. The reasons are various, but the signs that show something is wrong can be easily determined. If the skin is still very red after several days or begins to turn purple, you notice that a yellowish liquid comes out of it or you feel a lot of pain when you touch the area, the wound is bleeding or has a temperature, it is very likely that you have an infection. In this case it is best to visit a doctor as quickly as possible.