What You Need To Know About Getting Your Ears Pierced
We routinely put holes in our body for purely cosmetic reasons, which is crazy when you think about it! From our ears to noses, labret piercing to belly buttons – there are very few parts of the body that cannot be pierced. Here are the things you should know about before getting a piercing.
Do Your Research
Once you have decided on the type of ear piercing that you want (Lobe? Tragus? Conch? Make sure you know which one is which!), you do need to do your research on reputable and safe piercers. Look for one who is fully licensed to help reduce the risk of injury and infection. When you visit the piercer, check that it is clean, and if you are not happy with their hygiene, find somewhere else. If you look young for your age, they may (should!) ask you to prove your age and ask about any allergies. They may also check that you have no health conditions or that you are not pregnant before carrying out the piercing – this may seem invasive, but it is good practice for keeping you safe.
Find Out What Equipment Is Being Used
There are various ways of carrying out a piercing, and different places have different preferences. As long as they are sterile, it shouldn’t make too much of a difference, but you may find that ear piercing specialists, such as those you find in tattoo parlours rather than in jewellery shops, prefer to use a needle as they are more likely to be completely sterile.
A needle essentially takes out a core of flesh to pierce the ear and is obviously a lot quieter, while a spring-loaded piercing gun shoots the earring through the earlobe and is a lot louder.
Is The Piercing In The Right Place?
Before they do the piercing, they should clean the area with an antiseptic wipe and mark them with a water-based marker. Check that they are in the place that you want them and that they are aligned. Remember, once those holes are there, they are there for a long time!
Understand The Aftercare Involved
You have a brand new open wound in your body, and so it needs to be looked after carefully to prevent any infection. The first and most important rule is to never touch the site of the piercing with dirty hands. Make sure they are thoroughly cleaned before going anywhere near it. Clean it twice a day to keep it clean as doing it any more than that may irritate the piercing. Use a mild cleaner, such a wound wash saline, and try to avoid twisting the earring too much while it is healing. The stud should be left in for a minimum of twelve weeks, but to be honest, the longer it is left, the better the healing process.