Piercing pain is the pain associated with a piercing procedure. There are two types of piercing pain: pain during the procedure (when the tissue is pierced) and pain following the procedure (when the wound starts to heal). Many people are typically interested only in the piercing pain during the procedure but it’s important to note that sometimes, the most painful is the initial healing time that starts a few hours after you get your piercing. The pain of the procedure itself varies depending on the body part that is pierced, your anatomy and piercer’s skills. This is why it’s always important to choose an experienced piercer who knows how to perform piercings quickly and with the least amount of pain. While there is always some pain present, remember that many people say that their piercing hurt way less than they feared. Also, certain piercings are less painful than the others, such as earlobe piercing, nostril piercing, eyebrow piercing or tongue piercing. Other piercings, such as genital piercings, tend to be more painful.
Is there a way to prevent piercing pain? Some piercers agree to use anesthetics and numbing creams on their clients, so you may ask about this. However, keep in mind that these numbing creams are often not desirable, because they make the procedure more difficult – the piercer needs to know that they are not hitting any big nerve or blood vessel. This is why many piercers refuse to use numbing creams. Also, numbing creams and other anesthetics can make the healing more difficult and prolonged. If you want to minimize the piercing pain, you may ask the piercer to use some ice to numb the area. Most of the time, however, piercings are performed so quickly that any pain lasts for a very short period of time. If you experience pain after the healing you may take some pain killers. However, make sure not to take them before the procedure because they won’t work.