Body Piercing Guide

Body piercing has been widespread among different cultures for centuries. Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians decorated their bodies with tattoos and piercing to protect from the evil, to show their wealth and power, as a part of religious ritual and for other reasons. Nowadays body piercing is usually done for the sake of beauty, as a part of musical culture and to get unordinary outlook. And it's a great decision and if you want to pierce definite part of your body, ask your friends, trusted adults and learn some piercing information first. There are some risks connected with body piercing and it's important to decide if you really need and want it. If you do, professional piercer and trusted piercing salon with all necessary equipment and sterile piercing needles, sterile gloves and other stuff should be found. You should also find what material is best for you and what doesn't cause any irritation or allergic reactions.

If you haven't decide what part of your body you want to pierce and you just want to pierce and get a healthy piercing so you can wear quality body piercing jewelry as soon as it's possible, you'll probably should know the healing time of various types of piercing. Of course, it differs depending not only on the pierced part of the body, but also on the individual physical characteristics. But the piercing healing time is approximately the same and may last just one or several weeks longer.

Earlobe piercing heals during 6 to 8 weeks and ear cartilage piercings take 4 months to 1 year to heal. Nostril piercing requires 2 to 4 months, nasal bridge piercing- 8 to 10 weeks and nasal septum piercing- 6 to 8 months to heal. 2 to 3 months is the healing time for lip piercing and 4 weeks for tongue piercing. Belly button piercing heals during 4 months to 1 year. Nipple piercing takes 3 to 6 months to heal.

When you are already in a piercing salon after you've decided to pierce and what to pierce, you should look around and make sure that your piercer has a certificate saying that he is registered with the APP. The place should be clean and sanitary, all the instruments should be disposable, new or sterilized in pouches. The lighting should be good and the main thing is that the piercer will wear the sterile gloves during the procedure and use only new sterile piercing needles.

Many people wonder what they should bring to the piercing salon. If the jewelry you need is there in the piercing shop where you are going to be pierced and you are already above 18, you need nothing to bring with. If you are under 18 you need your parents' permission in written and authenticated form or your parents should go with you. (It differs from state to state).

The choice of jewelry should be discussed with the piercer and if to speak about the material, surgical stainless steel is standard for new piercing. It's been approved by the American Society of Testing and Materials. Titanium and gold are other approved choices. Gold piercing jewelry should be at least 18k gold for fresh piercing and 14k gold for already healed piercings. If you are too sensitive to all metals, nylon or teflon jewelry is for you. Sterling silver piercing jewelry is recommended only for healed piercings where the skin isn't moist- ear piercing, nostril piercing and belly button piercing.

Take proper aftercare and be careful with your piercing and your jewelry to feel nice, beautiful, safe and be healthy and look fashionable.