There are many things to consider before getting a piercing or tattoo, and it’s not just about the part of your body you want to pierce.
The first question to ask yourself is why you want a piercing in the first place and whether you will still like it in ten or twenty years. Will it affect your job prospects in your chosen career?
Will it decrease your chances of finding a girlfriend or boyfriend? Some people don’t think that a man (or woman) with piercings is the marriage type.
At the same time, other people find it extremely attractive when done right, and it can be a way for people of similar moods to easily find each other.
It’s important that you don’t make the decision to have something like this done when you’re really drunk, and that you have to think for months or years about what you want done before you get it done.
It’s not something you just jump into, it can be something that stays with you for the rest of your life.
Some piercings are relatively common, such as a simple nose stud in the side of the nostril, while others, such as a bone through the center of your nose, are a bit over the top.
Once you’ve decided what you want
If you’ve been thinking about it for a while and decided you want an eyebrow piercing or a belly button piercing, the next step is actually doing it.
It is important that you do not do the piercing yourself, especially not have a friend do it, unless you have learned how to get a professional piercing safely and with the right equipment.
The right equipment is minimal:
- a professional hollow piercing needle in sterile packaging
- a ring or stud made of the right metal in the right size
It’s not that hard to do, you have to avoid major blood vessels, sterilize the area with the saline solution, insert the ring into the hollow needle, pierce the body part and pass the needle through, leaving the ring in the hole.
That said, it’s not the best idea to try to pierce yourself, because it really hurts, and you could be making a mistake in flinching while doing it.
Of course, if you have the money, it is better to go to a piercing specialist, and remember that it is illegal in most parts of the world to pierce someone without a license.
Safe metal alloys and aftercare
The best metals to use for rings and studs are surgical steel, titanium, niobium, gold, platinum, and biocompatible plastic polymers, in that order.
Some metals such as stainless steel, sterling steel, silver, copper, brass, nickel and gold-plated gold are not safe and can cause irritation or infection.
If you notice an infection, see a doctor immediately and use antibiotics if they think it’s necessary.
There are many different types of infections, so it is very important to treat the infection immediately.
There may be pain and a slight discharge from the wound, even if it is not infected, just keep the ring in and wash regularly with saline for the next two weeks to keep the piercing clean.
It may not seem like a big decision to get a tattoo or piercing, but if you get something important done and make a mistake, you could regret it for the rest of your life.
If possible, go to a professional piercing studio where the piercer is licensed, or if you do it yourself, make sure you learn very well what to do first.
A piercing done right in a tasteful, stylish place can look really cool, but if you go overboard and do something really weird or make a mistake, it can also look awful.