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How to tell if a Piercing Studio is Safe

Piercing Studio SafetyOnce you have decided what kind of a piercing you want, it’s time to choose your piercer. It also means choosing a particular studio. You should never get pierced outside a studio, even by a professional. Studios are equipped with all the tools, furniture and devices needed to perform piercing successfully, and it just can’t be replicated in home conditions. Furthermore, piercing studios have to adhere to strict hygiene requirements. A reliable piercing studio is clean and all the equipment in it is properly sterilized. Again, this is not something you can achieve at home.

In order to pick the best studio to be pierced in, you need to know how to tell a reliable place from a shady one. A good studio doesn’t have to be big, but it has to follow all safety regulations to ensure client safety.

Inside a Studio

A typical piercing studio should have at least one bed reserved for performing piercings and consultations. Many studios have a bed located in the back, behind a piercing shop. This is not problematic, but it’s important that the area is private and separated from the rest of the shop. Larger studios have more than one bed, each in a separated, private area.

The area made for performing piercings and consultations should be perfectly clean, sterilized and well-organized. It should also offer privacy to customers. This is a place where you should be able to talk to your piercer, ask questions and relax before and after a procedure. In case a studio doesn’t offer a separated, private space for procedures it’s a sign that it’s not a good studio. It’s a sign that people there don’t care about your health and safety.

Apart from important furniture, such as the examination bed, a good piercing studio will also have all the needed equipment and tools for performing successful procedures.

A typical studio will also have an autoclave unit that is used for sterilization. Autoclave is a powerful sterilizator and the only thing that should be used to sterilize equipment and jewelry. Alcohol and other similar things are just not good enough. Never agree to be pierced in a studio that doesn’t have an autoclave.

Another important room inside a piercing studio is a sterilization room. It should be separated from the examination room. This is where all the tools, equipment and jewelry is sterilized in the autoclave.

Hygiene and Sterilization

It goes without saying that a piercing studio should always be clean and well-maintained. Piercing business is not a joke. There are numerous health concerns and it’s important that a piercing studio follows all the present standards of hygiene, sterilization and cleanness.

After sterilization in an autoclave, all equipment should be placed in special, sterile pouches. Piercers should not just keep the equipment around. Hygiene in a piercing studio goes beyond mere swapping the floor and removing dust. A piercing studio has to adhere to strict rules of sterilization and hygiene to ensure safety for all the customers.

These standards apply to piercers, too. All piercers have to wash their hands and sanitize them before work. In addition to this, piercers have to wear surgical gloves during procedures and consultation. In case of a more complex procedure surgical gloves have to be changed during work to ensure safety.

How to Check?

As a client, you have all right to know if a studio follows all standards and safety regulations. Don’t be afraid to ask a piercer to show you the examination room, autoclave and equipment. It is their job to present you with the evidence of highest hygiene standards and sterilization. Stay away from any studio that tries to hide its results or fails to produce a proof of hygiene standards.

Ask to see the examination room. Take a look around it. Is it clean? Are all tools in their sterile pouches? What about the needles? All needles should be packed and sealed until use. As a rule, a needle package should be opened in front of you before the procedure. A piercer should show you a packed needle and you should see it being opened. Never allow a piercer to use an already opened needle, even if they claim it’s “sterilized”. Once used, needles have to be disposed in special containers marked “biohazard”.

Also, don’t forget to ask about their autoclave. A proper autoclave has to be able to kill even the most persistent microorganisms, such as dangerous bacteria and viruses. Studios are required to perform regular checks and to go through inspections. If an autoclave is working properly, they are given a report that attests that such autoclave is safe to be used. When you go to inspect a piercing studio, don’t forget to ask them about the report. The staff should be willing to show you the most recent result proving that their autoclave is safe and working properly.

These are the basic measures you need to take before you decide on a piercing studio. Too many times, people are attracted by low prices so they don’t think much about consequences. Remember: you get what you pay for, so it’s advisable to spend a few bucks more to get pierced in a professional, safe and sanitized piercing studio.

Anti-Tragus Piercing

Anti-Tragus PiercingAnti-tragus piercing is one of the common ear piercing types. While it’s not as popular as some other types (earlobe piercing, helix, or even tragus piercing), it is not a rare kind of a piercing. It means that you will easily find a piercer experienced enough to do this type of piercing correctly and to your great satisfaction.

Anti-Tragus Piercing Placement

Anti-tragus piercing is not really related to tragus piercing. Its name comes from the anatomical position: anti-tragus piercing is made on the specific fold of cartilage that is located opposite of the tragus, on the outer side of the ear.

It’s important to know that the size of this cartilage fold differs from person to person. Most of the people have an anti-tragus that is big enough to pierce. However, some people have anti-tragus that is too small to be pierced.

Another potential problem for the placement is the number of other piercings. If you have too many piercings on your ear, especially near your anti-tragus, and if you wear big, heavy ear jewelry, there might not be enough room to have your anti-tragus pierced.

This is why it’s always important to check with your piercer and make sure that you can get an anti-tragus piercing without a problem.

The Procedure

If your ear is anatomically suitable for anti-tragus piercing, the procedure itself is pretty straightforward and does not take long to perform.

The piercing is usually done with a relatively small gauge piercing needle. As with any other type of piercing, it’s important not to use a piercing gun. Piercing needles are safer and should be used to perform this piercing.

Jewelry

There is no specialized jewelry for anti-tragus piercings, so you should use general, multi-functional body jewelry.

The most common jewelry type for the anti-tragus piercing is a small curved barbell or a circular barbell. Some people also love to use ball closure rings.

Depending on the gauge you’re pierced with and if there’s no much room on the ear, you should consider microbarbells and other jewelry types with small beads and balls.

Additional Info

  • Always make sure there is enough room to have an anti-tragus piercing. If you have other ear jewelry, it may cause a problem. Jewelry can rub against the piercing and cause discomfort. It can also prevent your piercing from healing properly.
  • Don’t forget to clean your anti-tragus piercing at least twice per day using a saline solution.
  • During the healing time, avoid swimming and submersion in water. You should also make sure not to irritate your ear in other ways. Don’t hold the phone on this ear and try not to sleep on that ear during the healing time.
  • Anti-tragus piercing can take 6-8 months (often even more) to be fully healed.

The Beauty of Circular Barbells

14k Double Gem Side Set Circular Barbell

14k Double Gem Side Set Circular Barbell

Circular Barbells are common body jewelry types you can use in many different ways and in many different piercing types. While they are not as popular nor widespread as some other jewelry types, such as Captive Bead Rings or curved barbells, circular barbells can be used for many different piercing so they are definitely jewelry pieces you want to consider.

The Design

The basic design of a circular barbell is a U-shape (or a horseshoe shape). This is how you’ll recognize them. Most of the circular barbells are not round nor do they make a full circle, so don’t be confused by their name.

Circular barbells have a nice round shaft and two open ends with balls or other ornaments attached to them. The ends (and the balls) are usually parallel to each other.

This type of jewelry tends to be simple yet elegant, discreet yet attractive, so it’s suitable for many different piercing types.

Circular barbells can be made of many different materials, such as surgical steel or titanium, though there are also soft, acrylic circular barbells and circular barbells made of other materials. Most of the time, the choice is yours, just make sure to pick a circular barbell made of a body safe material.

When to Use Circular Barbells?

Circular barbells can be used for many piercing types. As a general rule, you may use them in all the piercings where Captive Bead Rings can be used. Unlike Captive Bead Rings, however, circular barbells offer certain advantages.

First of all, the beads of a circular barbell are attached to the barbell so there is no fear you may lose them. With Captive Bead Rings, losing a bead is always a risk. You simply don’t have to worry about it for circular barbells.

Another advantage to circular barbells is that they are much easier to put on and take off. Since they don’t make a full circle, it’s much easier to open them and to take them out. It makes the whole process of changing the jewelry much easier. Not to mention that circular barbells provide some unique visual styles not available with rings.

Tragus Piercing

Tragus Piercing Tragus piercings are popular, even though they are not as common as other ear piercing types. Tragus piercings can be very stylish and they accentuate your ear in a discreet but fashionable manner. It is a great piercing for those who prefer cute jewelry that is not too big or “in your face”. It also goes well with other ear piercing types.

Tragus Piercing Placement

A tragus piercing is made on a specific part of the ear (tragus). This is a little projection located in front of the ear canal. Most people have this part of the ear developed enough so they can have a tragus piercing performed without a problem.

In fact, it’s very rare not to be able to have a tragus piercing because of the anatomy. The vast majority of people have a tragus big and developed enough to accommodate this type of a piercing.

The Procedure

While tragus piercing is not the most common ear piercing type, it’s still pretty common, and it’s not a challenge for an experienced piercer. The procedure is pretty straightforward.

This piercing is typically done with a small gauge, hollow piercing needle. It’s important to be pierced with a specialized needle and not with another instrument (such as a piercing gun).

Users may choose to be pierced with a straight or a curved needle, which means the hole itself will be either straight or curved. This may dictate the type of jewelry you can wear in your piercing.

It’s important to note that tragus piercings are nor particularly painful. This area of the ear has small number of nerve endings. This way, even beginners and those who fear pain can have a tragus piercing without a problem.

After the piercing is done, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions and to take a good care of your new piercing during its healing time.

Jewelry

Jewelry worn in a tragus piercing is usually small and discreet, but still attractive and stylish. There is no specialized tragus jewelry made, so people opt for universal and multi-functional jewelry pieces.

Some of the most common jewelry types include small diameter Captive Bead Rings, studs and posts. Some people also like to wear barbells in their tragus piercings.

Additional Info

  • While tragus piercing is usually not problematic and doesn’t tend to cause problems, some people report minor discomfort while wearing earbuds and other types of earphones. This is something to think about.
  • Clean your new piercing twice per day using a saline solution. You should use a cotton ball soaked in the saline solution so you can easily clean around your piercing.
  • Resist the urge to touch your new tragus piercing or to play with the jewelry. This is never a good idea for any piercing.
  • Wait until the piercing is healed (at least partially) before you change your tragus jewelry.
  • During the initial healing time, do what you can to avoid irritation. Don’t hold your phone on the pierced ear and avoid sleeping on that side.

Sex & Genital Piercings

SexMany people wonder if genital piercings improve sexual experience and make it more exciting. There are also those who fear that piercing on their intimate parts will actually make them enjoy sex less, or that the piercing will make sex impossible.

There is no one straight answer to these questions, but chances are that genital piercing won’t prevent you from having sex. In fact, some of the most popular intimate piercings are made with the goal of improving sex.

Great Sex and Piercing – How?

While they may seem serious, genital piercings are usually not dangerous when it comes to sex. It means that they will not prevent you to enjoy your favorite activities (alone or with a partner). However, it’s important to understand that there will probably be some changes.

First of all, you will need to wait until the piercing starts to heal. Most people can’t wait that long, so they start having sex almost as soon as the first pain is gone. It’s better to postpone sex for a few weeks, but if you can’t wait, you need to be very careful.

Another thing you need to know is that genital piercing change the sensations in certain erogenous zones. If done correctly, most standard piercings will improve your experience. You just need to get to know your body again and learn the new ways you can give and receive pleasure.

Genital piercings are a great way to start experimenting and discover what feels good. You can share this experience with your partner. After all, genital piercings are often stimulating for your partner, too. You need to be patient and learn how to experience new pleasure and how to use your piercing and jewelry to satisfy yourself and your partner.

Genital Piercing and Oral Sex

Many people claim genital piercings greatly improve oral sex. Sometimes, it means heightened pleasure and all the news ways your partner can manipulate the jewelry with their tongue. Other times, the idea of orally pleasuring someone with a genital piercing is arousing on its own.

To have fun with oral sex, it’s best to wait until the genital piercing is fully healed. Once it’s ready, you can start experimenting with all the exciting new ways you can give and receive pleasure.

Jewelry can help a lot: it is there to touch and rub all the sensitive zones. You may use your tongue or teeth to pull and manipulate jewelry and make your partner experience new and exciting pleasures.

One word of warning: make sure that jewelry is secured and made of high-quality materials. Never give or receive oral sex if the jewelry is loose or poorly made. You don’t want jewelry caught between the teeth or swallowed. For these reasons, use only high quality, body-friendly jewelry you know it’s safe.

What about Condoms?

Safe sex is important, and condoms are there to ensure it. Genital piercings may seem to make this matter more complicated. Many men wonder if they can wear condoms during sex and if the jewelry will make condoms break.

The good news is that genital jewelry is usually not a problem for condoms. While it may seem sharp, most of the standard genital jewelry is actually pretty smooth. There are no rough edges that would make condoms to break.

In fact, you are required to wear a condom during the first stages of the healing. Fresh piercings require a condom to be present because it’s important to keep the piercing clean and without contact to other person’s bodily fluids. Not to mention that the piercing itself is very sensitive and prone to inflammation. For these reasons, wearing a condom during the first stages of healing is a must.

All in all, you shouldn’t worry about wearing a condom with your penis piercing. However, make sure that the jewelry you choose is smooth and without any ornaments or rough edges. This will minimize the chances of breakage.

Also, let’s not forget about female genital piercings. Most of them do not come in close contact with the condom itself, but some piercings (such as inner labia or fourchette) do come in contact with the penis and condom. If you have one of these piercings, make sure to always wear smooth, simple jewelry that will not scratch the condom.

D – Rings

Surgical Steel D Ring

Surgical Steel D Ring

D- Rings are specially designed jewelry pieces that are not just striking in looks, but also offer some advantages to the wearer. They are particularly suitable for eyebrow and nipple piercings, or whenever you need your jewelry to rest comfortably against the skin.

The Design

Rings make some of the most popular body jewelry pieces. The most popular rings are Captive Bead Rings, but more and more people move to other ring types these days. The reason? While considered classic, Captive Bead Rings offer certain disadvantages. The beads often fall out and the rings themselves are often difficult to open and close, so you need to use special ring opening and ring closing pliers.

Not to mention that Captive Bead Rings are round, which is suitable for certain piercing types, but not the others. In some cases, you want the ring to rest nicely against the skin, without moving unnecessarily.

This is where D Rings come in handy. The D Rings are specially designed to offer all the practicality of Captive Bead Rings, with some added advantages. The D Rings are ideal for many piercing types and they are known for their comfort.

What makes these rings special is that they are not round. Rather, the body of the ring is elongated so it resembles letter D. It has a straight portion and then it curves into the D shape. This gives the ring unique and eye catching design. There are many different rings and gems that can be used as the main ball or decoration for the ring, so D-Rings come in all sizes and styles.

The Advantages of D-Rings

D-Rings offer several notable advantages:

  • They are comfortable. D-Rings offer a better comfort than the traditional round rings because their body lies against the skin without moving. These rings have a flat top, which keeps the ball away from your piercing. Accidental rotations are less likely to happen than with traditional rings. Many people report that D-Rings are so comfortable it almost feels like you’re not wearing any jewelry.
  • They are secure. The ring is made to rest against the skin without much moving. This makes the wearer safe. Also, the ring rests lower so there’s less chance of accidental tugging or pulling the ring. This is very important if you want to use these rings for some sensitive body parts (nipples, for example).
  • They are great for many piercing types. While many other jewelry types, such as barbells or Captive Bead Rings can be used for many different piercings, D-Rings are truly an example of ideal jewelry for certain piercing types. Eyebrow piercings and nipple piercings are great for this type of rings. However, it doesn’t stop there. Many people like to use D-Rings for other piercing types, such as septum piercing or even certain genital piercings.
  • They are unique and beautiful. The D-Rings are simple, yet very striking. These jewelry pieces are truly special so they will draw a lot of attention to your piercing. Even the simplest ones are unique so it will never feel like you are wearing a plain jewelry piece.

Additional Information

  • Since these rings have a straight and a curved portion of the shaft, they can be seen as something between a straight barbell and a typical body jewelry ring.
  • The length of the D-Ring is typically measured along the straight part of the ring, before it starts to curve.
  • Most of the D-Rings are highly polished for your comfort and security.
  • D-Rings are great for new piercings because they are comfortable and they don’t allow the jewelry to rotate much. There is also less chance of accidentally pulling the jewelry.

Conch Piercing

Conch PiercingA conch piercing is a stylish ear piercing made on the specific parts of the ear cartilage. The name of this piercing comes from the fact that this part of the ear resembles a conch shell. Conches are beautiful sea creatures known for their elegant shells.

There are two main types of conch piercings: inner and outer conch. Both are very popular among many piercing enthusiasts and are among the most common ear piercings, even though they are not as popular as earlobe piercings or the Industrial piercings.

The Inner and Outer Conch Piercings

The Inner conch piercing is positioned at the cup-shaped area of the ear cartilage in the center of the ear. This area is located adjacent to the ear canal.

The outer conch piercing is positioned on the flat part between the helix and the antihelix.

Both inner and outer conch piercings are considered cartilage piercings and are often worn in pairs, though many people opt to have them only on one ear.

Important Things to Remember

It’s important to note that conch piercings tend to be tricky because they can lead to infections. However, they don’t pose any problem for an experienced pierced. The most important is to take a good care of your new piercing and listen to your body. Proper aftercare is important and you must prevent infection and inflammation at all costs.

Typically, the piercing is done with a 14 gauge needle. In case you want a larger gauge to be pierced with and to have a larger conch piercing, you need to have it done with a dermal punch. Dermal punches are less damaging. Keep in mind that cartilage can’t be stretched, so in order to be able to wear plugs and other large gauge jewelry pieces, the hole has to be cut out with a dermal punch.

Conch piercings are located near the center of the ear, which makes them relatively secure against migration and rejection.

Matching of the conch piercings is not always easy. They are relatively tricky to position to align properly, so it’s another thing to keep in mind if you decide to have conch piercings on both of your ears.

Conch piercings take about 6 months to fully heal.

Jewelry

There are many beautiful jewelry pieces you can wear in your conch piercing. The most common jewelry types are studs and rings. The studs are usually small and discreet. They are made to rest inside the ear.

Thee rings are typically Captive Bead Rings made to encircle the outer rim of the ear. Some people also opt to wear barbells.

There is also another option: conch orbital. Those are actually two piercings (two holes need to be made) connected by the ring. This way, the ring “orbits” around the ear cartilage, giving it a very unique, striking looks.

Snake Bites

Snake BitesA Snake Bites piercing is a popular yet unique type of lip piercing. Snake Bites actually consists of two different piercings done on the sides of a lower lip. It produces a very striking visual look so many people love to have.

Snake Bites

In essence, Snake Bites are two lip piercings done together. Two holes are made and the procedure is pretty straightforward: the piercer will make one piercing, than the other, because Snake Bites always go in pairs.

Snake Bites are done on the lower lip, one on the each side. A good care is taken that both piercing are done at an equal distance from the center of the lip. The goal is to produce a unique appearance of the snake fangs. This is why it’s important for the piercings to be perfectly aligned.

As usual, finding an experienced piercer is crucial for your satisfaction. Luckily, Snake Bites are getting more and more popular, so many piercers know how to perform this procedure correctly and to a great client satisfaction.

What you need to pay attention to is the inside of your mouth. Keep in mind that Snake Bites are partially oral piercings, which mean that the hole is inside your mouth and that the jewelry touches your gums and/or teeth. This is why it’s important to pay attention to hygiene and to be very careful so the jewelry won’t damage your gums or teeth.

As with any other piercing, proper aftercare is a must. You should clean your Snake Bites every day with a saline solution. If you care for your piercing properly, the initial healing will be done in about 8 weeks, when is the good time to change the jewelry. The complete healing will take longer, but you should wait at least 6 to 8 weeks before you attempt to change the jewelry.

Jewelry

There are many different jewelry types you can wear for this type of piercing. Usually, the jewelry used is typical lip jewelry: labret studs, rings, etc. Since the jewelry should be worn on both sides of the lip to achieve the snake fang look, most people choose to wear the same jewelry types in both piercings. This will make piercings appear as a pair.

However, this is not mandatory and some people like to experiment with mismatched jewelry or different jewelry types in each of the hole.

While labret studs are commonly used for this type of piercing, some people prefer to wear a pair of Captive Bead Rings instead. This would give you a very unique look and your Snake Bites will truly resemble the snake fangs. Very stunning and effective! This is why it’s best to go with simple yet elegant jewelry that will draw attention to your Snake Bites.

Prince Albert and Reverse Prince Albert

Prince Albert PiercingThe Prince Albert (PA) piercing is the most popular male genital piercing in the world. Many men enjoy the look – and feel – of a penis that’s pierced in this way. It can bring sexual pleasure to the man, and many people claim that the look of a penis with PA is very striking and sexually stimulating.

Another popular male genital piercing with a similar name is the Reverse PA. While they tend to look pretty similar, these are actually different types of piercings.

Regular PA Piercing

While it may seem complex at the first glance, the ordinary PA piercing is surprisingly easy to perform. The piercing itself goes from the urethral opening on the tip of the penis to the underside of the penis. It means it largely uses the existing space – urethra, so there’s no much flesh to pierce at all. For the most part, the piercing goes through the urethra, so the only part of the penis that is actually pierced is the thin tissue on the underside of the glans. It’s one of the reasons why this is the most popular male genital piercing.

Both circumcised and uncircumcised men can get a PA piercing. Uncircumcised men will have the piercing done a bit off-center so the frenulum and the surrounding tissue is not damaged. Other than that, one’s circumcision status doesn’t dictate PA, so most men can get this piercing without a problem.

Since there’s so little tissue to actually pierce, the procedure is not as painful as some think it might be. Men who are not used to urethral stimulation often report that this part of the procedure is the most unusual one, because special receiving tube has to be inserted into urethra before the piercing is done. None of this is painful, and men who enjoy urethral stimulation don’t have any problems with it.

It takes about 2-4 months for PA to fully heal. During this time, it’s important to perform adequate aftercare and to be careful with any sexual activity you might want to engage in.

Since PA is a popular piercing type, there is a lot of elegant and suitable jewelry you can find to go with it. Most commonly, people wear curved and circular barbells, captive bead rings and segment rings.

Reverse PA

Reverse PAThe Reverse PA is another popular type of male genital piercing, even though it’s very different than the regular PA.

In this piercing, the jewelry goes through the urethra and exits in the hole pierced in the top of the glans. Because there’s more tissue on the upper side of the penis, the procedure is a bit more complex and more painful. However, it’s done quickly enough so usually it doesn’t pose much of the problem.

The main difference between PA and Reverse PA is the placement of the hole. In regular PA, the hole is made on the underside of the penis, while in Reverse PA, the hole goes through the top of the penis.

This difference is not just aesthetical, but also functional. There is more tissue on the top side of the penis head, so Reverse PA goes through more tissue.

The Apadravya piercing (vertical penis piercing) can be seen as a combination of PA and Reverse PA, because the hole goes through the whole penis, from the bottom, through the urethra and on the top.

Additional Information

  • PA piercings tend to bleed when they are fresh. This is normal. Many men are not prepared for this, so it becomes a source of discomfort. You should not worry if you notice some blood. However, if the blood persist, you should consult your doctor.
  • While PA piercings (or other genital piercings) sometimes make men to sit down to urinate, it doesn’t always happen. Many men can control the stream while standing, so if you really hate the idea of urinating while sitting down, there’s a chance that you won’t be forced to do it. It will probably take some patience to learn how to control the stream while standing.
  • Penis heals quickly, so you should always have the jewelry in place, unless you are ready to retire your piercing. Most men can have sex without the jewelry, even though most prefer to leave it in. In case you want to take your jewelry off during sex, make sure to get it right back after sex, because the piercing will start to heal (close).
  • Most PA piercings are done at 10 or 8 gauge. Many men prefer to stretch their PA to 6g or 4g, or even larger. In case you want to do it, make sure to go slowly. Also, never accept to be pierced with anything smaller than 10g. Jewelry that is too thin can lead to the “cheese cutter effect” you sure want to avoid!

How Not to Regret a Piercing

Pierced girlPiercings are fun, exciting and great in so many ways. To make sure that your piercing experience a positive one, it’s important to follow certain guidelines. Let’s face it: there are many things that can go wrong, from unprofessional piercer to inadequate aftercare. Cheap jewelry made of dubious materials can also ruin your experience, not to mention endanger your health.

Also, there are some other things to keep in mind. Even a professionally-done piercing can turn into a mistake if you regret it. Contrary to some opinions, people usually don’t regret a piercing simply because they had it done; after all, in most of the cases, you can easily retire a piercing if you don’t want to have it anymore. So, simply having a piercing done is usually not a cause of concern and regret.

What people regret is not making a proper decision on what they actually want from their piercing. They never took the time to properly figure out where they really want to have a piercing or what kind of a jewelry would suit them. None of these mistakes are dangerous (not in a way improper piercing procedure or dangerous materials are dangerous, anyway), but they can sure make you regret a piercing and diminish your enjoyment.

To prevent this problem, it’s important to think about what you truly want from your piercing and to take some time to research it. Inform yourself about the type of the piercing you are interested in, take time to find a reliable piercer and think about the type of jewelry you want to wear.

Things to Take Into Account

Here is a list of things you should consider when getting a new piercing:

What type of the piercing do you want? It usually translates to: which body part do you want to pierce? There are some common ones (ears, navel, eyebrow, tongue, etc.) and more “exotic” ones. There are even very rare piercing types you can get at various parts of your body (such as knuckle piercing or uvula piercing). Keep in mind: originality when it comes to body part to pierce is not always the best way to go. There is a good reason why certain piercing types are more common than the others. Certain areas of the body and certain piercing types are less prone to rejection, migration, infection and other problems.

Find a reliable piercer. This should go without saying. It becomes even more vital if you want to have a rare piercing. Any good piercer can perform a successful belly piercing, but not everyone is experienced with rare piercing types, such as Fourchette piercing and many others. If you wish to get one of these piercings, make sure to find a piercing who is experienced in that exact piercing type.

Before you go to get your piercing, make sure that your anatomy allows you to have this particular piercing. Certain piercings are dependent on the anatomy so not all people can have them.

Follow aftercare instructions. This can’t be stressed enough. It’s vital that you take a good care of your healing piercing so you should follow all of the aftercare instructions carefully.

Take time to observe your piercing so you can note any potential changes, such as redness, inflammation and other warning signs. If you react promptly, there is a good chance that you can treat the problem and avoid further complications.

Choose your jewelry wisely. Body jewelry has to be made of material that will not cause allergies and other problems. This is why it’s vital to get jewelry at a reliable store. Jewelry used for piercing has to be made of body-friendly material that will not hurt you. Never go for cheap jewelry you can get at a dollar store or at a mall – it can cause more harm than good.

Think about your style and what kind of jewelry you like to wear. Experiment until you find the ones that might suit you perfectly. Just make sure to wait until the piercing is fully healed before you attempt to change it.

Follow these simple tips and chances are that you will never regret your piercing.