Things You Should Know Before Getting A Body Piercing

If you’re thinking about getting a body piercing for the first time, then there are some things that you should know before you go for it. You may have an earring or two, but body piercings like lip rings or eyebrow studs are specialized and they feel and heal differently. So, if you are looking to get a body piercing, here are the things you should know before you brave the hollow needle.

They Hurt

Body piercings aren’t a ten on the pain scale, and most people usually don’t feel them that much at all. However, you are still getting a needle through your skin, which has a number of issues in itself and you will feel it. You may feel sore, or heat coming from the fresh piercing, and it may bleed a bit. All of these things are normal while the piercing is freshly done and they are your body’s way of healing itself. So, know that these things may happen, and if they do, don’t worry about it! Just keep it clean and you will be fine.

Healing Takes Time

Healing times vary for each body piercing, and the times depend on the person getting it done. Everyone heals a little bit differently. So if you and a friend get the same piercing done together, but theirs seems to be healed sooner, that’s OK! Plus, not only does the healing time differ from person to person, but it depends on a number of outside factors as well. If you are someone who has to do a lot of bending and reaching for work, then the chances of your belly button ring getting caught on something is higher. So, make sure you know which piercing works for your lifestyle.

Prices Vary

Depending on which shop you go to, and which piercing you get, the prices can vary quite a bit. If you go to a high-end shop that has a body piercing on payroll at all times, then you may have to pay a little bit more. But if you go to a dinky shop with one person working that does a quick piercing in between tattooing, then you may get a lower price. Beware of the lowest prices because it’s true that you get what you pay for! You may think of a piercing as a fun thing, but the fact of the matter is that there is risk of infection if it’s not done properly, or if it gets dirty. So, do your research and go to a reputable piercer.

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Leave Them Alone

It’s a given that with an open wound, even a body piercing, you need to keep it clean. But, that doesn’t mean that you are constantly moving it around to clean each side evenly. This can actually hurt the healing process and make the piercing take longer to heal. The inside of the piercing takes much longer to heal, and since you can’t see that part, you may think that it is fully healed from the outside when it still needs some time. The best way to let them heal is to simply leave them alone. Our bodies are meant to keep themselves up, so it will heal itself in due time. Keep up with your washes, and let your body naturally do the rest of the work.

You Will Love It

A body piercing can seem like a big deal, depending on where the piercing is, but the pain and healing time will be well worth it. If you go to a good shop, keep it clean, and let your body do its work, then you will have a healed piercing in no time. Many people find that once you get one done, you see how easy it is, and some go back for more! Whatever your style is, don’t let anything hinder you from getting the body piercing you want, because you will love it.

Don’t go into a body piercing blindly, but don’t be nervous that it will be too much to handle. You can sit through a few seconds of pain for a brand new piercing that you will love. What advice would you give to someone getting a first body piercing? Let me know in the comments!

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