What You Should Know Before Getting A Piercing

What You Should Know Before Getting A Piercing

13th May 2024

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Although it’s a procedure carried out many, many times, helping women of all kinds find their personal style, and usually it goes without a hitch, if it’s your first time getting a piercing beyond the stand earlobe piercing, then you might be a little trepidatious. It’s only natural, but going in there with the knowledge of what to expect can help you feel a lot more at least, so here’s what you need to know.

Arrive fed and hydrated

It’s not uncommon for people to feel a little queasy or faint at the prospect of a new piercing. It’s a visceral reaction to imagining something being stabbed or inserted. It passes easily for most people. However, most piercing artists will recommend that you get yourself a snack or have lunch and make sure that you hydrate. Low blood sugar and dehydration can make those queasy feelings much stronger, and it’s not impossible for someone to straight up faint while getting their piercing done as a result. You might want to have a health check to see your blood sugar levels before making an appointment, too.

What You Should Know Before Getting A Piercing

Know the potential complications

While most piercings are going to go without any issues, it’s still important to make sure that you’re aware of the potential health complications. This can include things like allergic reactions, skin infections, and scars or keloids. You should also be sure to inform your piercing artist of any health issues that they need to be aware of, such as haemophilia issues, skin diseases, allergies, and the like, that could affect their ability to pierce you. You might be more prone to certain complications depending on these health issues, so keeping everyone informed as best as possible is always wise.

Know what to expect after

A piercing is a cosmetic procedure. As such, you should anticipate that there is going to be some aftercare. What kind of aftercare you have to provide will largely depend on the type of piercing. For instance, a lip piercing might demand its own level of aftercare versus a nose piercing. You should be aware of how long it takes for a piercing to heal, as well as how often you have to clean it until it heals properly, as well as what to avoid. For instance, you want to avoid playing with or moving, nudging, or otherwise bothering a piercing that is still healing.

What You Should Know Before Getting A Piercing

Choose your piercing partner with care

You can avoid many of the complications associated with piercings by making sure that you’re choosing the right professional to work with. Don’t let just anyone do it. Ensure that you’re working with properly trained employees, and keep an eye on their standards as they work. Do they have a clean workspace and studio? Do they use the right equipment and sterilise it beforehand? Are they wearing gloves? If you see anything that gives you the impression that your piercing artist hasn’t taken the appropriate steps to provide a clean and safe environment, don’t hesitate to call a halt to things.

Piercings rarely offer anything to be really concerned about. Just follow the tips above, and you should have no problems at all. If you have any more specific questions, don’t be afraid to ask the shop doing the piercing.

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