How to Choose a Body Piercer

Performing a PiercingThere are many bad piercers out these so you need to be extremely cautious when choosing a person to get you pierced. The choice of a studio and a person who is going to perform the procedure is vital in ensuring your safety and complete satisfaction. You should never get pierced unless you are sure that the person knows what they’re doing.

For these reasons, it’s important to take your time and research available piercers before you make your decision. There are some warning signs you should never ignore when choosing a piercer.

Here are some things to pay attention to when choosing a body piercer:

  • Is the studio reliable? Good piercers usually come with reliable studios, so you should always look for a good place to get pierced. While a piercing studio and a piercer as a person are not the same thing, keep in mind that no reliable piercer would want to work in a trashy, unsanitary studio. This is why it’s important to inspect the studio itself before you make your decision. Is the place clean? Does it adhere to all safety and hygiene standards? Does it have an autoclave? These are just some of the things you should consider before making your decision.
  • License. It goes without saying that you should only get pierced by a licensed professional. Always ask to see a business license in a studio and current health board certification.
  • Is the person qualified? It is vital that your piercer is qualified and can perform the procedure properly. One potential problem here is that there are no clear regulations on which qualifications a body piercer should have. Someone might only have one short course or a couple of weeks of training. These piercers are not reliable and you should not choose them. Keep in mind that successful training lasts for years.
  • Is the person knowledgeable? Another thing you should pay attention to is how much your piercer knows about various aspects of the procedure, health and aftercare. You need someone who has enough knowledge in all the aspects of the piercing process, starting from health and safety standards. A good piercer has to know a lot about cross-contamination, infection control and proper sterilization in order to ensure safety during procedure. They should also have some knowledge of anatomy and how to avoid important nerves and other body structures. A piercer should know how to choose proper jewelry based on materials, shape, size, and more. Also, a good piercer should know all about proper aftercare and to explain all steps to the clients to ensure they follow these aftercare instructions.
  • Is the person experienced? You should only get pierced by a person who has rich experience in performing piercings. Theoretical knowledge is not enough. Also, being experienced with certain piercing types is not enough: your piercer has to be experienced in the type of procedure you wish to get. While most professional piercers know how to perform popular piercings (earlobe, nose, eyebrow or navel piercing), if you wish to get something less popular or more complex, it is vital to make sure that your piercer is experienced with the given piercing type. This is particularly important for genital piercings and other highly sensitive piercing types.
  • The portfolio. Before you decide on a piercing artist, ask to see their portfolio. While portfolios are more common for tattoo artists, reliable piercers will have them, too. Piercers take photos of the piercings they perform so you can judge their work. Typically, photos are taken at various stages of the healing process. While many of the photos in the portfolio show newly made piercings, a good piercer will also have examples of healed piercings. This way, you should be able to see how this person’s piercing job looks when it’s healed.
  • Do they use a piercing gun? If a piercer uses a gun, it’s a clear sign they don’t know what they’re doing. While most professional places will not employ anyone who uses a piercing gun as a tool, it’s important to check. In case they use a gun, or even if they mention gun as a possibility to choose from, it’s a clear sign that the person is not a professional. You don’t want to be pierced by someone who uses gun.
  • Can you be comfortable around this person? Perhaps you don’t like a particular piercer without being able to tell why. This is ok. In case you’re getting bad vibes from someone, or if you just don’t feel comfortable around them, it is ok to request someone else. Someone can be a good professional but if you can’t be comfortable around them, you should not be pierced by them. This is particularly important for some more intimate piercings, such as nipple or genital piercings. You need to be relaxed around the person doing the piercing, so this is an important factor to consider.

Piercing and Pregnancy

Piercing and pregnancyMany women wonder if piercings are safe to be performed or maintained during pregnancy. It’s important to know that each person is individual, so the answer to this question will depend on the woman’s body and also the way her pregnancy progresses. Some of the individual factors also include a woman’s personality. For example, some women state that they would not like a piercing procedure to be performed while they are pregnant.
As usual, it’s important to listen to your body and to consider your wishes before you make a decision. However, it’s also vital to know all about health recommendations and potential risks associated with piercings and pregnancy. This is the only way to make an informed decision.

Getting a Piercing

Keep in mind that during pregnancy, your body is accommodating your developing child, so any invasive procedure may cause a shock for the immune system. This shock is usually not dangerous, but it may cause additional problems during pregnancy.

Many professional piercers will not pierce anyone they know is pregnant. You should respect their decision. Keep in mind that reliable piercers have your best interest in mind and that will not want to endanger you or your unborn child.

If you truly wish to get pierced while pregnant, you should consult your doctor. Tell them you wish to get pierced and ask for their advice. Don’t forget to tell your doctor what kind of a piercing you wish to get. A genital piercing is much different than piercing your earlobes. Ask your doctor if the procedure you want to get is safe for you. In case your doctor concludes that it’s safe for you to get pierced, you need to get an official permission to show to your piercer. Professional piercers will not agree to pierce you without this permission.

Existing Piercings

What about existing piercings you already have? Will you be able to keep them during pregnancy? Again, a lot will depend on your individual body and the way your pregnancy progresses. Many women are able to keep their existing piercings, but you should always consult your doctor to make sure it’s ok to keep your piercings.

It’s also important to listen to your body. In case a piercing becomes uncomfortable for whatever reason, it may be the best thing to remove jewelry.

This is particularly important for certain piercing types that may be affected by pregnancy. First and foremost, that’s belly button piercing, but nipple piercings will also be affected due to changes in woman’s breasts during pregnancy.

Many people wonder if they will be able to keep their navel piercing during pregnancy. As your belly grows, it will affect your belly button and the placement of the piercing. You may find that your jewelry catches or clothing or it may irritated your skin.

However, these is usually a way to retain your navel piecing during pregnancy. Instead of metal jewelry, you should wear specially designed retainers made to keep your piercing until you are ready to wear regular jewelry again. These navel retainers are soft, transparent and very comfortable. They will not irritate your skin and chances are that you will be able to use them throughout pregnancy to keep your piercing.

Additional Information

  • Even with these recommendations, keep in mind that women are discouraged from getting any piercing during pregnancy. This is particularly true for piercings done on sensitive body parts such as nipples, navel or genitalia. During pregnancy, these body parts change and it may prevent the piercing to heal properly.
  • Always notify your piercer about being pregnant. It may not be obvious during the first months of pregnancy, so you need to be honest with your piercer.
  • In case you observe changes with your piercing, it’s vital to remove jewelry straight away. You should not endanger the health of your baby or yourself. In case the piercing becomes inflamed, red or irritated, or if it becomes uncomfortable, you should remove jewelry straight away. It is also recommended to visit your doctor to make sure there is no danger for your or baby’s health.
  • Remember, even if you have to retire your piercing during pregnancy, you can always get pierced again.
  • For new moms: breastfeeding should never be performed with nipple piercing on! Nipple jewelry is a choking hazard for the baby and makes it more difficult for baby to suck on the nipple. Even if you remove jewelry during breastfeeding, it may be a source of infection for the baby. This is why it might be best for nipple piercings to be retired during breastfeeding.

GUIDE – PA Piercing and Recommended Jewelry

Surgical Steel Curved Barbells

Surgical Steel Curved Barbells

Men who wish to get a Prince Albert piercing should not worry about the available jewelry. There are many jewelry pieces suitable for this type of piercing, even the stretched PA piercing. Largely due to the fact that the jewelry used is often multi-functional, it can be used for other jewelry types as well. It’s important to note that PA piercings are usually done at a relatively large starting size. Typically, the starting gauge is 10g, though there are some piercers who recommend starting at 8 g. These two sizes are the most common ones, so men who have this size of Prince Albert piercing can easily find great jewelry to go with it. One of the main reasons that PA piercing is never done at small sizes (16g, 14g or even 12g) is that the jewelry is too thin and can easily cut through sensitive tissue (the unpleasant and dangerous “cheese cutter effect”. This is why larger needles are used to perform this type of piercing and this is why it’s important to wear jewelry that’s thick enough so it won’t be rejected easily and it won’t hurt the tissue.

The good news is that PA jewelry is in many ways multi-functional, so you don’t have to go with any specialized Prince Albert jewelry pieces. This makes it much easier for you to get the best jewelry, regardless of the piercing size. Finding jewelry you like and that fits you is not a problem for people with PA piercing. What can be tricky, is to find jewelry that suits you best when it comes to comfort and sexual satisfaction. There are many jewelry pieces suitable for PA piercing. The most popular are curved barbells (you can get them in all sizes and they look impressive when inserted), circular barbells, captive bead rings and segment rings. Most curved barbells used for PA piercing are 7/8 of an inch in length. This jewelry style is made so that one ball of the curved barbell sits at the urethral opening, while the other is on the lower side of the penis. Curved barbells are recommended because they don’t move around during wear, so they prove to be very comfortable. However, a lot will depend on your anatomy and preference, so you may find other jewelry types more comfortable. One note about sex: while there are many men who choose PA piercing for aesthetic purposes or any other non-sexual reason, there are many who want to use their Prince Albert piercing to enhance sexual pleasure for both them and their partner. The choice of jewelry in this case is crucial, because it helps both the wearer and his partner enjoy sex more (or less, if the jewelry is not chosen wisely).

Stretching and Jewelry

Preventing rejection and the “cheese cutter effect” is also the reason why it’s not recommended to start stretching your piercing aggressively even if it’s fully healed. While it goes without saying that any stretching requires your piercing to be fully healed, a special attention should be taken in this case. Go slowly and never stretch for more than one size at a time. Wait until it’s fully healed to go to the next size. Another good news is that penis piercing stretching is done relatively easily. The tissue itself is elastic and you can even observe some form of auto-stretching (albeit, a mild form of it), especially at larger sizes. You need to take heavy jewelry for a continuous period of time for this effect to show, but it can make stretching to the next size much easier (to the point of simply putting bigger jewelry without any problems). Also, it’s important to know when to stop and what’s the most appropriate size for your PA piercing.

Many people stretch their piercings to 6g, 2g, 0g or even further, but that’s a matter of preference. Whatever your choice may be, you will be able to find the appropriate jewelry for it. Jewelry choices are the same, only made in larger sizes. It means you can wear curved barbells or captive bead rings at the sizes of 6g, 4g, and more. There are many titanium curved barbells made specifically for PA piercing. Surgical Steel is another popular choice for jewelry material. One thing to keep in mind: while it’s easy to find appropriate jewelry for your stretched Prince Albert piercing, large, heavy jewelry might prove to be uncomfortable. This is why you need to check if this type of jewelry is something you enjoy wearing. If you experience pain or if it gets uncomfortable, it’s advisable to use lighter jewelry pieces or to downgrade your PA to a smaller size.

How to Tell if Your Piercing is Infected

Infected PiercingMany people know that they should monitor their piercings closely for any signs of infection, inflammation and other problems. However, not everybody knows what exactly they should be looking for.

While pain and tenderness are usually the first signs you’ll notice, these are not the only ways to tell that there’s something bad going on with your piercing. Keep in mind that infection or inflammation may start even before you can feel pain. This is why it’s so important to observe your piercing regularly to notice any potential early changes. It is particularly important for new piercings during the healing time, but even old, healed piercings can be affected.

Warning Signs

There are several important warning signs you should not ignore. If you notice any of these, it’s a sign that something is going on. It may not be dangerous or too serious, but it’s important to keep an eye on your piercing and to do some measures to remedy the problem. In case the problem persists, you need to consult your doctor.

Here are the usual warning signs that will show that your piercing is infected:

  • Swelling. Swelling is a typical sign of infection. While some swelling is normal on new piercings, it should go away quickly. If the swelling persists, or if your older piercing gets swollen, it’s a sign that something is going on.
  • Redness. Redness of the skin is another sign that infection might be underway. Redness is also a common sign of other common problems, such as allergies. It is important to check your piercing regularly to notice any color changes of the skin around piercing.
  • Itchiness. Itchiness is another common sign of infections and allergic reactions. If it persists, it’s important to address the problem and see what’s going on. In some cases, changing jewelry might help. It’s important to choose body jewelry made of medical-grade, body-safe materials. Avoid jewelry with harmful alloys, such as nickel. For example, if you wish to use gold jewelry, make sure that the gold used is nickel-free.
  • Yellowish fluid. If you notice a bad-smelling fluid coming from the hole, it’s a clear sign of infection. Such infection is well underway so you should seek medical help immediately. You need to treat the infection as soon as possible or it will cause even more harm and endanger your health.
  • Discomfort. General discomfort on the pierced area is usually the first sign that something is going on. You should never ignore it. Check out your piercing if it suddenly feels uncomfortable or if your new piercing fails to ever become comfortable. While it might not happen due to infection, you need to know what is going on.
  • Pain. Pain is another common symptom, and usually the reason why people pay attention to their piercing. Pain is a clear sign that something is not right, so you should consult your doctor immediately. In case of a new piercing, don’t wait too long before you consult your doctor. While a new piercing can be expected to hurt in hours after procedure, the pain should go away quickly (usually within a day). In case the pain persists, consult your doctor. In the case of old, healed piercings, pain is a sign that there is a problem underway. However, you should do your best to catch any sign of infection even before it causes pain. This is the best way to treat the problem as soon as it arises.

Additional Problems

Keep in mind that there may be other problems associated with your piercing. Improper procedures done in unsanitary spaces are more likely to end in infections and they also put you at risk of contracting a disease. This is why it’s important to choose a safe, reliable piercing studio.

Another problem you may encounter are mechanical damages made by jewelry. Jewelry can push against the skin. Oral piercings, such as tongue piercings, may lead to a chipped tooth or gum damage. It is therefore important to make sure that your jewelry is positioned properly.

It is also important to use only high-quality jewelry made of body-friendly materials. Pay attention to jewelry design: is it suitable for your type of piercing? If jewelry is too thin, it can cut through the skin. If it’s too short, it will press your skin and scar tissue may even form on top of it. Also, cheap jewelry can break easily, which is particularly dangerous for nose and oral piercings because jewelry pieces can be inhaled or swallowed on accident.

Piercing Guns: Good or Bad?

Piercing GunThere is an easy answer: piercing guns are bad. You should never allow to be pierced with one.

Piercing guns are common tools in department stores and other non-professional piercing settings. For many people, piercing gun is the first thing they encounter, usually through earlobe piercing at a young age. There are many mall kiosks and basic jewelry stores offering “quick piercings”. Most of the time, these piercings are performed using a gun.

Guns are also used in numerous dubious piercing studios, mainly by unprofessional personnel. These people do not know what they’re doing, so they use piercing guns to perform piercings. Most of the time, these piercings are done on earlobes, but there are examples of piercing guns being used for other types of piercings, such as nostril, ear cartilage, septum, and other types of piercings.

Whatever the reason may be, it’s important to know that piercing guns are harmful. They should not be used to perform piercings and they always do more harm than good. You should never allow to be pierced with a gun. Never.

Why Piercing Guns are Bad

There are numerous reasons why piercing guns are bad. In fact, they are so harmful that professional piercers fight to get them banned. Piercing guns are already illegal in some states, and there is a serious effort to ban them in the remaining states as well. Also, there are some countries that forbid the use of piercing guns.

It’s clear something is really wrong about piercing guns. They can’t be properly sterilized so you’re risking an infection whenever you get a piercing this way. There is no way to perform the procedure properly so it all depends on luck. You don’t want to risk complications, inflammation and other problems that may arise from using a piercing gun.

Another major issue is lack of professionalism. Whoever wants to pierce you using a gun simply shows that they don’t know how to do piercings properly. Well, what can you expect from a kiosk at a mall? Professional, reliable piercers with years of experience don’t work in such places. Do you really want to risk your health in the hands on someone who doesn’t know how to perform a piercing?

How Piercing is Done with a Gun

Piercing guns are made to perform earlobe piercings quickly and they don’t require much skill from the person doing the piercing.

Technically, piercing guns are designed not to come in contact with customer’s skin or blood. However, as the stud is being pushed to the skin, the tissue breaks and blood shoots from the wound. While the wound is small, it’s large enough to spread tiny blood particles all over the place. There is no way to clean these particles properly or to sterilize a piercing gun.

As the gun is fired, it fires jewelry through the skin. The jewelry itself rips the tissue to make room for itself. When jewelry is in place, the back of the gun presses the closing butterfly end of jewelry snugly against the skin. It doesn’t allow the skin to breathe and your new piercing can’t heal properly. During the procedure, there is no way to know what kind of a hole the jewelry makes, and there is no way to tell later, since jewelry is inserted immediately in place.

Another problem is that customers are told to turn (rotate) jewelry a few times a day, which only furthers the problem and pushes even more bacteria into the wound. It is no surprising there are so many infections that happen as a result of using piercing guns.

Piercing Needles are Better

Even though they may seem a bit scary, piercing needles are much better tools for performing a piercing. In fact, this is the only way to do a piercing properly and to minimize any risk associated with the procedure.

A piercing needle is specially designed to cause least damage to the tissue, so it’s actually less painful than a piercing gun. There is no blunt force that pushes a stud through your skin. A needle is very sharp and hollow, so it goes easily through the tissue. It makes for a very quick process that doesn’t cause damage. The pain is severely reduced under these conditions.

The use of a needle also allows the piercer to control the angle and shape of the piercing hole, which is impossible to achieve with a piercing gun. This way, a piercer can give you just the type of a piercing you want, and even account for certain jewelry types you may want to use.

Furthermore, being pierced with a needle also means that you are pierced by a professional. Unlike workers at malls and department stores, professional piercers are trained on all the aspects of a procedure. They learn not only how to sterilize their equipment properly and how to adhere to the safety standards, but also how to do least damage to the tissue. Professional piercers learn about the ways piercings affect the body, including tissue and the circulatory system. Professional piercers learn how to avoid hitting important nerves that may cause more pain and endanger customer’s health.

Another advantage piercing needless bring is the choice of jewelry. With a piercing gun, the only jewelry type you can get is a stud. This isn’t the best initial jewelry you want for your new piercing during healing time. Captive Bead Rings and various barbells are much safer jewelry choices for a new piercing. They allow for full movement of the jewelry, so it means it won’t get stuck even if you don’t touch it, which is important, since you want to avoid touching your jewelry during the healing time. Materials professional piercers use for initial jewelry are all body-friendly so they will not endanger your health.

Common Problems and Complications of Tongue Piercings

Tongue PiercingOral piercings are getting more and more popular each year. While they are still not as popular as some other piercing types (earlobe piercing or navel piercing), they are among the most common piercing types.

Tongue piercings are very beautiful and you can find some truly gorgeous jewelry pieces to go with your tongue piercing. Not to mention that some people claim these piercings are functional when it comes to kissing and oral sex. It is not a secret that genital piercings can be used to enhance sexual pleasure, but a nice tongue piercing can help, too.

In order to enjoy your tongue piercing to the fullest, you need to know all about the procedure and all the possible risks. This is the only way to protect yourself and to avoid problems that may arise with a tongue piercing.

Are Tongue Piercings Dangerous?

One of the first thing many people as is whether tongue piercings are dangerous or not. The truth is that they can be harmless and very dangerous, and it all depends on the person who pierces you. If done correctly, tongue piercings are no more dangerous nor complicated than earlobe piercing. However, if you are pierced by an inexperienced piercer, there are some serious problems that may arise.

In order to avoid these problems, the key is to choose a reliable piercer who is not just professional and follows all the health and safety standards but is also knowledgeable and experienced in tongue piercings. You need someone who has a rich experience in performing this procedure.

This is the most important step: find a good professional. This person will know how to take care of the procedure and how to avoid all the possible complications that may arise from piercing a tongue.

Another way to avoid problems is to follow the aftercare instructions carefully. This is vital. You have to clean your piercing regularly and follow other aftercare instructions recommended by your piercer.

If you keep in mind these two tips (choosing an experienced piercer and follow aftercare instructions) you should not have problems with your tongue piercing.

Common Tongue Piercing Issues

There are some issues and problems that may arise with a tongue piercing, particularly if the procedure is not performed correctly. You need to be aware of these problems and you need to know how to recognize them in case you need to seek professional and medical help. Keep in mind that these problems don’t happen often if you choose a reliable piercer and if you follow the aftercare instructions, but it’s still useful to be informed about them.

Common problems with tongue piercings include:

  • Excessive bleeding. Most of the time, it’s a consequence of inadequately performed procedure.
  • Injuries to the mouth and teeth. Again, most of these occur as a consequence of inadequate procedure. However, some of them can happen due to inadequate aftercare. Some of these injuries occur later, as a result of people cracking or chipping their teeth with tongue jewelry.
  • Infections. If a piercer follows safety measures, they rarely happen as a result of procedure. They usually occur when inadequate aftercare is performed.

In case some of these problems occur, it’s important to seek medical help immediately. In case of the infections, you will probably need to take antibiotic. In some of the cases, you will need to remove your tongue jewelry, which may leave scarring.

Some other problems you may face are: receded gums (as a result of the jewelry pushing against the front teeth) and teeth crowns being scratched. Sometimes, tongue jewelry can break certain tooth restorations, such as porcelain crowns.

Why Choose Titanium Jewelry

Single Captive Titanium Curved Barbell

Single Captive Titanium Curved Barbell

Titanium is a great body jewelry material. It offers numerous advantages and it ensures that your jewelry is body-friendly, comfortable and enjoyable to wear. All reputable jewelry makers offer titanium body jewelry because they know many people enjoy this type of jewelry.

Titanium Keeps You Safe

Nickel allergies are a very serious problem that affects many people. This is why it’s important to always use only body-friendly and, preferably, medical-grade body jewelry for all your needs. Not just for piercings: even regular jewelry, such as necklaces, bracelets or watches should be nickel-free to avoid allergic reactions.

While titanium is not the only nickel-free material (medical-grade Surgical Steel is another good choice, or you may use nickel-free gold), titanium offers numerous advantages so it’s definitely a body material you wish to consider.

Titanium is a high-quality material with no alloys in it so you know you will always be safe with this type of jewelry.

In fact, titanium is such a great material that it’s highly recommended for initial jewelry pieces. When you get your piercing, it is very sensitive and it takes some time to heal. During this healing process, it’s important to wear only highest quality, medical-grade jewelry, and titanium is a perfect material for these needs.

Titanium is Lightweight

Titanium offers many additional benefits. For example, it is very lightweight for a metal. Unlike steel, which tends to be heavy, titanium is light and very comfortable to wear. While many people don’t mind heavy jewelry (some people even prefer big, heavy jewelry pieces), in case you are looking for something lighter, titanium is your friend.

Titanium is a hard and durable metal, but at the same time it is light enough to always stay comfortable. This is why it’s perfect for certain jewelry pieces and certain body parts where heavy jewelry would be uncomfortable.

Titanium is Colorful

In addition to all of the above, titanium also offers an additional advantage: it is available in many different colors.

Titanium can easily be anodized to create a wide range of colors, even multi-colored, rainbow jewelry pieces. This process is safe and doesn’t include harmful colors or simple color coverings – the metal itself acquires these different colors without affecting its quality.

It means that your colored jewelry stays perfectly body-friendly and safe even after acquiring all these bright colors. This is the best and safest way to get some colorful body jewelry and spice up your style without compromising your health.

Additional Tips and Information

  • When looking for titanium jewelry, it’s best to go with the highest-quality, safe materials. It is best to look for medical-grade titanium jewelry. This titanium grade is recommended by the Association of Professional Piercers and it meets ASTM or ISO standards. One of the best titanium types is Grade 23 (6AL4V ELI F-136) implant grade titanium.
  • Titanium jewelry weights only about 50%-60% of weight of the stainless steel.
  • Titanium jewelry is less likely to react with body fluids, which is another significant advantage.
  • Titanium is highly corrosion resistant material and it’s not magnetic.
  • The basic color of titanium is dark-grey but of course it can be anodized to produce many different colors.
  • The most common titanium colors are blue, purple, green, yellow and rainbow (multi-color).
  • Some colors are not available. For example, titanium can’t be anodized to produce red or black jewelry.
  • Titanium can be easily sterilized in an autoclave, so it can be kept clean and completely sanitary.
  • It’s important to know that colored titanium pieces will probably fade over time. However, it is not dangerous and it won’t affect the quality or safety of titanium jewelry. Jewelry pieces won in the mouth (for tongue piercings, for example) tend to fade the fastest.
  • To clean your titanium jewelry, use antibacterial soap and warm water. You may also use specialized cleaning products if they are suitable. Don’t use alcohol or harsh cleaners on your titanium jewelry.
  • Titanium is a very tough material. In fact, it has the highest strength to weight ratio of all metals used for body jewelry.

10 Smart Questions to Ask Your Body Piercer

Piercer in StudioWhile there are many stupid, unnecessary questions people ask their piercers, there are also some good questions you should be asking. These questions will help you make a decision about a piercing and allow you to inspect a piercing studio for safety and professionalism.

What to Ask?

Many people understand that researching a studio or a piercer is an important step you need to take before you get your piercing. However, not everybody knows what exactly to ask, or when.

Some people are very shy when it comes to asking questions, or they don’t remember what they want to ask. If this is a problem with you, keep in mind that piercers are there for you and it’s their job to answer all of your questions. In case someone seems too busy to answer your questions properly or to help you make a decision, simply go somewhere else. You deserve to be informed about every aspect of the piercing process.

In case you are one of those people who can think of great questions but forget them all when they enter a piercing studio, the best way to go is to simply write your questions down. There’s nothing wrong about it. Simply think of all the things you wish to ask your piercer and take this list with you to the piercing studio. This way, you will never forget to ask the essential questions.

Another problem may be that you don’t really know what to ask, or you ask questions that may not be the most important, but forget the vital ones. In this case, it’s important to keep in mind that the safety should always come first. Meaning, you need to be informed about all the aspects of the piercing process that will ensure your health and safety. It’s also vital to ask these questions before you get pierced and to also be informed about proper aftercare. This is the only way to ensure safety and not to endanger your health.

Essential Questions to Ask

Here is the list of top 10 questions to ask your body piercer:

1. How long have you been piercing? This is a vital question to ask. You need someone who knows what they’re doing.

2. Are you experienced with the type of piercing I am interested in? (Very important for all sorts of rare piercings or complicated piercings, such as male and female genital piercings).

3. What are the measures you take to ensure client safety and reduce health risks? This is one of the most important questions to ask. Your piercer should show you the studio and go through all the safety measures they take to minimize any health risk for customers.

4. Does the studio have an autoclave? All piercing studios have to have autoclave. They should also show you the latest test results proving that the autoclave is working properly.

5. How much do you charge for piercing? Ask them to give you the exact quote for the type of piercing you request. Ask if initial jewelry is included in the price or not. Also, don’t forget to ask if jewelry change is done free of charge. Sometimes, you will need to change your jewelry when the first swelling is gone, and it’s best to be done by a professional.

6. Can you describe the procedure for me? Ask for details. Your piercer should guide you through every step of the piercing process.

7. What kind of body jewelry do you use? This question should answer several concerns. Ask them about the exact materials they use. If they offer gold jewelry, ask them if their jewelry contains nickel.

8. What is the aftercare routine for this type of piercing? Ask your piercer to guide you through the aftercare process and to describe the routine you need to follow.

9. What kind of cleaning products you recommend? Ask your piercer to tell you the type of cleaner you need to use. This should not be a brand recommendation; your piercer should tell you the type of solution best suited for your piercing. Usually, it’s a saline solution, but you need to make sure. Also, ask what kind of cleaning solutions are definitely not recommended.

10. How long is the healing time? Keep in mind that healing time is individual and will depend on your lifestyle. However, your piercer should be willing to give you an estimate.

Are You Scared of Piercing Pain?

Piercing PainThere are many people who would love to get a piercing, but they are terrified of the pain. These people appreciate the look of a pierced body part and they would love to wear all those amazing jewelry pieces available for various piercings, but the thought of getting pierced with a needle is too scary for them to try.

While most of these people are newbies who might not have any piercings (apart from pierced earlobe, perhaps), there are also some experienced people who are terrified of getting pierced. There may be several reasons for this. For example, a person might be ok with one type of a piercing but the idea of piercing a different body part terrifies them. Other people have a bad experience with their previous piercings so this is what makes them so scared to get pierced again.

Whatever the reason may be, it’s important to understand that there are many ways to get rid of this fear and finally get that gorgeous piercing you’ve been dreaming of! The most important thing is to get informed and know what to expect. Another vital thing to keep in mind is that you need to choose a knowledgeable, experienced piercer at a reputable studio. By doing these precautions you are minimizing the risk of something bad happening.

The Pain

Pain is one of the main reasons why people fear piercings or avoid to get a piercing they like. For most people, this fear is not so big that they would never consider getting a piercing, but there are those who are absolutely terrified by the thought of getting pierced. The thing is, most of the people who have such a big phobia of needles and piercings usually don’t have any wish to get pierced. So they don’t need advice on how to overcome this fear.

However, some people who adore piercings do have a fear of pain that may prevent them from actually going through the procedure. They often look at all those beautiful photos of various piercings or different body jewelry styles but they never pick up the courage to actually go and get pierced.

If you are one of those people, it’s important to know that, if done by a professional, piercing procedures are not traumatic. In fact, many people report that the piercing procedure wasn’t as bad as they thought it would be, even for some more extreme piercings, such as genital piercings.

Also, the pain typically lasts for only a few seconds, so you don’t have to go through this for a long time. Very few piercing procedures require a long time to perform. These are usually very extreme body modifications, such as transscrotal procedures. Your typical piercing (even if it’s a more sensitive one, such as nipple or genital piercing) do not last long. The procedure itself may take some time to be performed, but the actual pain and the needle involved still take only a few seconds at most.

Another thing to keep in mind is that usually the most painful process is not the procedure itself but the initial healing period (typically a few hours after getting pierced). By this time, you are back home and can take pain medications. Many people are actually terrified of a “doctor-like” atmosphere of a piercing studio and can take more pain afterwards, away from needles, in the comfort of their own home.

The best way to prepare yourself for the pain is to get informed. Go to your chosen studio and ask a piercer to explain the procedure to you. Also, ask about the pain and don’t be afraid to voice your concerns. A good piercer will explain the whole procedure to you and will also talk to you about the pain involved. Professional piercers will not lie to you. Nobody will tell you that “you won’t feel a thing”, but they will explain to you the whole process and tell you about the painful part. They will also help you estimate the “kind of pain” you will feel. It will help you understand the procedure and the pain involved.

Another thing you can do is to search for people who already have a piercing you are interested in. Ask them about the procedure and the pain. Their experience can help you a lot. However, keep in mind that each person is individual – we all have our pain tolerance levels. Also, a person might have a very bad experience (or a very good one!) with a certain piercing and it might not match your experience. So, ask around, but take all the answers with a grain of salt.

The important thing is to get yourself prepared. All these things (researching a piercing type, asking your piercer for info, asking people about their experiences, etc.) will help you prepare yourself for the procedure. Keep in mind that usually the scariest part is the unknown, so the more you know and the better prepared you are, the better.

Useful Tips

Always, always choose an experienced piercer and a reliable piercing studio. This is vital. It is also the only way to minimize risks associated with a piercing procedure. A knowledgeable piercer will not only know how to perform the procedure quickly, skillfully and with minimum pain involved, but they will also know how to minimize the risk of infections and other problems.

You may be scared of the pain, first and foremost, but keep in mind that the pain is usually the least problem you should worry about. The pain lasts for a few seconds. There are more serious consequences a piercing can bring, such as infections, migration and rejection, as well as various health risks. You need to do everything to minimize the chances of this happening. Choosing a good piercer and a reliable studio is a must (see above). In this sense, focus less on the pain part and invest your energy into finding a good piercer.

Inform yourself about all the aspects of a piercing procedure and aftercare. Don’t be shy to ask your piercer to explain the procedure over and over again, if needed. You need to be informed about all the aspects of a piercing procedure. Don’t forget to ask about aftercare and healing time associated with your chosen piercing.

You may feel tempted to use painkillers before the procedure. Or, worse, you may wish to take another substance (alcohol, drugs) to ease your nerves. Don’t do that. It is a recipe for a disaster. Not to mention that it will bring more pain, not less. Also, professional piercers will not want to pierce anyone under influence, so it’s not really something you should try.

What about an anesthetic? While many studios provide numbing creams that may help with the pain a little, in many cases these things are not recommended. For many piercings it’s important to feel what’s going on and to report it to the piercer. Also, numbing may interfere with the piercing process in other ways. Many piercers do not like numbing creams and same goes for many people who get piercings. However, if you really want a numbing cream and if you don’t even want to consider a piercing without it, ask your piercer. It may be possible to use a numbing cream or another type of anesthetic during the procedure. Whatever you do, however, it’s vital to inform your piercer. Never hide something like this from your piercer or you might endanger your health!

Know what you are comfortable with and ask your piercer to accommodate you, if possible. For example, some people like to watch their body being pierced while others like to turn the head or close their eyes. Depending on the piercing type, you might be able to choose how you want to proceed. Same goes for piercer talking: some people prefer to hear about every step the piercer takes during the procedure, while the others simply want to hear those magic words: “done!” Talk to your piercer about various ways in which a piercing can be performed so they can help you decide what to do.

In most cases, visitors are allowed during the procedure, so if you really want someone to be there for you or even to hold your hand, it might be arranged. Just ask at the studio and find a reliable person you’d like to be there for you. Choose wisely, though: it has to be someone who is not nervous about piercings and who won’t freak out during the procedure.

Inverse Navel Piercing

Inverse Navel Piercing For those who enjoy navel piercings but would like to have something more unique, an inverse navel piercing may be the best solution. Navel piercings are beautiful, classy and made to draw attention to your belly. An inverse navel piercing is no different.

The best thing about this piercing is that it can fit any style and outfit. There are many different jewelry options you can use for an inverse navel piercing, from simple rings to richly ornamented curved barbells, so you don’t have to worry about your jewelry options being limited.

An inverse navel piercing is a great way to try something new while still getting a stylish, popular piercing type. Inverse belly button piercing is just that – a navel piercing with a twist!

Inverse Navel Piercing Style

An inverse navel piercing is very easy to perform. In many ways, it is similar to a regular belly button piercing. The only difference is the part of the belly button skin that is pierced. With a regular navel piercing, the pierced part is the upper ridge of the navel (skin above the belly button).

With an inverse navel piercing, the piercing goes through the lower ridge of the belly button. It is a small difference, but it allows for some very unique styles and produces a different look than a regular navel piercing.

Not to mention that an inverse navel piercing can easily be combined with a regular belly button piercing. This way, you can use two jewelry pieces, one to go through the hole on top of the belly button and the other to go through the hole on the bottom. Also, another interesting way to combine jewelry is to have an elaborate jewelry piece that goes through both holes at the same time. The possibilities are endless and the only limit is your imagination.

Suitable Jewelry

An inverse navel piercing is very similar to regular belly button piercing, so all the jewelry types suitable for a typical navel piercing can be used here. The difference doesn’t come so much from different jewelry types but form a different placement.

Since the inverse navel piercing has a hole through the bottom edge of the piercing, the jewelry is made to sit under the belly button. With a regular navel piercing, the jewelry sits either above the navel or falls from the top and covers the belly button itself.

Great jewelry pieces for an inverse navel piercing include curved barbells, rings (such as Captive Bead Rings) and circular barbells. There are many jewelry types and designs to choose from, so you won’t have any problem finding suitable jewelry for your inverse navel piercing.

Since most jewelry made for navel piercings is manufactured for the regular (upper rim) navel piercing, it may not completely right when worn on the underside of the belly button. While most jewelry pieces are made to be universal enough and would fit almost any piercing type, some elaborate or richly decorated pieces may work better on the regular navel piercing. In case you like a particular jewelry type and would like to have it in the inverse navel piercing, perhaps you can ask the store to reverse gems (top and bottom) so the jewelry would sit better in the inverse navel piercing. Keep in mind that there are many different gem placements and in some cases you might be able to ask for a different placement.

The Chain Gang Body Jewelry store offers many different jewelry types that would fit both regular and inverse navel piercings. If you want to change a gem placement, you can contact us and ask about different gem placement for your navel pierce.

Additional Tips

  • ·         An inverse navel piercing works best for people who have a prominent “lip” on the underside of the belly button. It means you have to have enough skin on the underside of the navel to get pierced successfully. Typically, it means you should be able to pinch the skin under the belly button.
  • ·         If you are unsure whether you can get an inverse navel piercing or not, consult your piercer. Experienced piercers should be able to tell you straight away is you are a good candidate for this type of piercing. Many people can get an inverse navel piercing, so chances are that you will be fine. However, it’s best to ask beforehand, just to make sure.
  • ·         An inverse navel piercing is a bit more sensitive, not in terms of pain but because it’s more likely to get snagged on the clothes. It is usually not a bit issue, but you need to be careful during the healing period.
  • ·         Since inverse navel piercing is almost like a surface piercing, you need to take a good care of it during the healing period. It may take months (around 4-5 months) for it to heal fully. You should also pay attention and note any potential signs of infection, migration or rejection.