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Body Piercing

Updated on August 2, 2012
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The art of piercing is quite an ancient art. But in the ancient times this procedure was more common among the strong half of mankind, as it often indicated that its wearer was a part of some tribe or possessed a higher rank in the society and served to demonstrate the power and masculinity.

Currently piercing performs decorating, erotic and some other functions. The most popular parts of the body for piercing are the ears, navel, eyebrows, tongue, nostrils, nipples, genitals and lips.

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The procedure of piercing

The procedure of piercing is quite simple: some body part is punctured to make a hole in it and then to inset a piece of jewelry. The jewelry can be made of wood, ivory, metal, plastic, etc. A thread or a small rod is also inset into the puncture, on which pearls, diamonds and amber are fixed.

Piercing jewelry

The modern industry of piercing offers a huge amount of piercing jewelry made of gold, silver, platinum or preferably of surgical steel (to avoid allergies) in the form of rings, chains, clamps, rods, threads, pearls and needles, which are inserted, screwed and bound. They are smooth or embossed, simple or complex and even combined.

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Aftercare piercings

Whatever kind of piercing you have preferred during the first two weeks you should avoid a sauna, swimming pools, swimming in natural ponds, especially in the sea because salt water prevents the puncture from healing. Careless attitude to the puncture may lead to local infections, abscesses or blood poisoning. You should not use liquids for wiping the puncture except for recommended ones. You must not remove the jewelry prior to the complete healing of the wound because it can lead to infections. To prevent drying you need to periodically move the jewelry in the perforated channel back and forth during the first week.

After piercing the nipple or navel you should put on a clean cotton T-shirt or pyjamas before going to bed. After genital piercing you should avoid sexual intercourses until the wound complete heals. Don’t cover the wound with a plaster or other protective materials.

If the oral cavity or perioral region was subjected to the piercing procedure, it is not recommended to smoke and drink alcoholic beverages in order not to irritate the wound. After meals you should rinse your mouth cavity with a disinfectant solution.

Choose the master and piercing salon

When complications like redness, swelling, itching appear, you should immediately go to see a dermatologist. Like any other surgical operation the procedure of piercing may be unsafe in the hands of amateurs. When puncturing the tongue it could lead to a big loss of blood, and the face and ears are places, where a lot of important vessels and nerves are situated, so if they are injured, it can cause considerable health problems. The injury of the facial nerve is especially painful. So you have to choose a beauty parlor and a piercing maker, who has a license for this kind of work. It goes without saying that you should trust the people you have to do with. First of all pay attention to the equipment and the choice of adornments. All the equipment has to be professional. And the procedure of piercing should be performed according to all hygienic and sanitary requirements. Only earlobes are punctured with a piercing gun and other types of body piercing are performed with a special needle. Specialists in the beauty parlor will always ask, how old you are. If you are under 18, the piercing is done only with the permission of your parents.

Though, there are some contraindications to piercing:

- acute condition of a chronic disease (gastritis, gastric ulcer, pancreatitis, glomerulonephritis, colitis, otitis media, sinusitis, rheumatic fever), systemic and skin diseases (lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, psoriasis etc.);

- fever heat;

- poor blood clotting. Besides blood diseases such diseases as hepatitis B and C and diabetes also disrupt the process of epithelialization and formation of the channel in the punctured site due to poor blood clotting;

- allergic reactions to drugs of the lidocaine group (when making a puncture with anesthesia) or to metals.

It is not recommended to perform the procedure of puncturing for people, who suffer from epilepsy and psychiatric disorders, because there is a high probability of the disease attack. The same problem concerns people, who have experienced a traumatic brain injury.

Women should not have the piercing done during menstruations or pregnancy. Forget about such adornments, if previously during the healing of severe cuts and injuries the formation of keloid scars occurred. Treating them is very problematic. If you are sick and tired of some earring you are wearing, after the perforation has healed, you can remove it any time you like. After a while the hole will disappear and there will be only a slight and almost unnoticeable scar left.

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      mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

      Love this hub...got my first piercing 4 mths ago...I got my eyebrow pierced...just wanted to do something different....and its was wayyyy out of my character...voted up and interesting...

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