While piercings are, for the most part, a very enjoyable and satisfying experience, it’s important to know that they, just like any other body modification, carry a certain risk. Luckily, there are effective ways to prevent problems. This is why being informed about all the aspects of a piercing procedure and having a piercing is so important: you need to know all of this in order to be able to prevent problems or notice a problem when it appears.
While risks associated with piercings can never be completely removed, there are many effective ways to minimize them or to make them so rare that most people will never encounter any of them.
Body Piercing Risks
Broadly speaking, risks can be divided into three categories:
- Risks associated with the procedure. This is the initial risk relating to the procedure itself and the way it’s performed. It includes the procedure as a body-invasive event as well as the surrounding in which it’s done and the person’s health.
- Risks associated with the healing process. This is the risk during the healing time, which can last from one month to several months or even a year (or more, in case of some more complex piercings). This is when your new piercing is the most prone to infections, migration, rejection and other issues.
- Risks associated with piercings in general. These are risks you may face with your old, well-established piercings. Typically, these piercings do not pose a problem but it’s important to always observe them in order to notice a problem. Problems with jewelry can also be counted as this type of risks.
How to Minimize Risks
There are several ways to minimize these risks. What you need to know is that the first type of risks (those associated with the procedure) is that other people, not you, are the ones who should prevent them. Mainly, it’s about your piercer – this person is the one who should take care of your well-being. Your piercer should make sure that everything goes smoothly and without a problem. They will ensure a proper procedure and placement, and they will have to make sure not to harm the surrounding tissue.
Also, it’s about the piercing studio as a whole. The place should be clean and well-maintained. All of the tools and equipment should be properly sterilized.
Since the other people, not you, should be the ones to take care of your piercing at this stage, you should do everything you can to choose the right people for the job. This is why it’s so important to pick the right piercer and a reliable piercing studio.
One thing you can do to help at this stage is to never get any piercings when you are sick. Being healthy will help the healing process and minimize the risks associated with the procedure.
Other risks – those occurring after the piercing is done – are all on you. You are the one who should work at minimizing them, so it’s very important to do everything you can to prevent problems and other issues with your piercing.
In order to recognize a potential problem with your piercing, it’s important to know what a healthy piercing looks like and how it feels like. While most people know that an old, well-established piercing should not pose any problems, it’s a bit more difficult to know with new piercings. New piercings are tender and sensitive, which is a normal part of the healing process, so people are sometimes confused about what to expect.
You will need to be well-informed about the aftercare and all aspects of the healing process to know what to do to ensure proper healing of your piercing. By knowing all the facts, you will also be able to tell if something is wrong.
The same goes with your old, well-established piercing. While thee piercings pose less risks than the new ones, they, too, can get infected or develop other problems. This is why it’s vital to always observe your piercings and react as soon s you notice a change.
When it comes to jewelry, the best way to minimize risks associated with it, is to always wear high-quality, well-crafted jewelry. Cheap, bad jewelry you can find at a mall is not a good way to go. Keep in mind that a jewelry has to be made of body-friendly materials to avoid problems, and cheap jewelry can get you into trouble. To avoid these problems, stick to quality jewelry from reputable stores.
Donna Carlson is a staff writer for TheChainGang. She combines her love for body piercings with adult fun, such as sex toys, BDSM and other forms of pleasure. She says: “Piercings and sex toys often complement each other in the most sensual ways. I am happy to help you discover new ways to pleasure yourself and your partner. With a bit of practice, anyone can learn how to enhance their love life. And with a bit of courage, anyone can enjoy body piercings”. In addition to intimate piercings and adult toys, Donna also writes about body jewelry and other piercing adornments.