Some of these questions can be answered through research and experience. But sometimes, no matter how much information you search or ask, there's still no clear answer. That's where this guide comes in! It will give you information and advice so you are in the best position to make a decision. Read on!
What is a piercing and why do people get them?
Piercings are small holes, usually made of metal or other materials, that puncture the skin. Some people get piercings for aesthetic purposes or to show off their unique style. However, some piercings are there for functional purposes like alleviating migraine pain and providing relief.
The look of a piercing can also be a personal preference. When it comes to piercings, there’s no real rule - and surely implementing rules goes against the rebellious spirit of piercings anyway. No matter your body type or the aesthetic you subscribe to; you can find the perfect piercing to complement it.
Types of Ear Piercings
Many people choose ear piercings because they are discreet, easy to hide, and generally acceptable in a professional setting (so long as you stick to studs). The most common types of ear piercings include cartilage piercings, helix piercings, and of course, the lobes. However, there are plenty of others, such as:
Types of Body Piercings - Nipples, Face, and Navel
When choosing a body piercing, there are a few things you need to consider for each option.
The first question is usually "why should I get my nipple pierced?" This is a tough one and there are many factors to consider. If you're still not sure, there are some questions you can ask yourself that will help narrow down whether or not this bold but beautiful piercing is for you:
- Are your nipples already sensitive?
- Do you plan on keeping the piercing short-term?
- Do you have any allergies or sensitivities towards metals or other materials?
If your answer is "yes" to any of these questions, then a non-piercing option for your nipples would be more appropriate. Nipple piercings are generally painful - nipples are naturally sensitive - but if you’re good with pain, they really shouldn’t hurt more than the average piercing.
One thing to consider though is your approach to bras during the healing process, as you might find they are causing you irritation & pain, so consider whether you’re willing to abandon the bra for a while to make the healing process as smooth as possible.
Decided to give the nipple piercing a go? Great! There are two main types of nipple piercings: surface and subdermal. Surface piercings involve piercing the tip of the nipple to create a hole so jewellery can be threaded through. Subdermal piercings involve making an incision underneath the surface of the nipple so that jewellery can be inserted without creating a hole in the upper layer.
Once you’ve chosen your desired piercing it’s time for the fun part - choosing the jewellery! Popular choices for nipple piercings include diamond nipple rings, a sexy yet sophisticated choice. Be sure to research and find the perfect piece for your tastes, and of course - be mindful of any allergies and shop quality!
Okay, you want something bold that stands out. Something that will get you noticed. So, you’re after a facial piercing! Facial piercings are the most noticeable of the lot, and include things like the eyebrows, nose, lips, and tongue - but there are so many more.
Whilst facial piercings are awesome and look very stylish, unfortunately, these types of piercings may not translate too well to a professional setting. Most professional environments will see them as unprofessional and may request that you remove them during working hours.
If you’re working in a more relaxed atmosphere, perhaps in hospitality or retail, you’ll likely be fine going in for a bold facial piercing. But consider when you’d be potentially heading into a professional job (if that’s your goal of course), as depending on the time frame, it may not be worth getting a piercing.
If you’re set on getting a facial piercing and removing it during working hours, the good old reliable nose piercing is probably the easiest one. Clear studs can be bought to substitute your regular stud (or ring) during the working day. Just make sure you let it heal before you change it - or else it’s really going to hurt.
The navel is a very popular body part to get pierced. It’s the perfect spot for a piercing because it’s flat, easy to hide, and doesn’t take up much room on your body.
There are so many options for a navel piercing, such as:
Standard belly button piercing,
Belly button dermal piercing, and
Belly button ring.
As always, you should speak to your chosen (professional!) piercer about your options, look through pictures of all the different types, and find which one is the best fit for you (and your belly button!)
What should you do after getting a new piercing?
When you get a new piercing, it's important to take care of it. The first few days after getting a new piercing can be difficult, but your body adjusts to it and soon you're able to enjoy the piercing fully.
It's also important to find the right aftercare products that are designed for your piercings.
First of all, don't touch the jewellery! You should let it heal on its own. This can take anywhere from a few hours to a week or more depending on the type of piercing.
But if you have any questions about how long it will take for your piercing to heal, contact your piercer for advice or visit their website or Facebook page.
You must take care and prioritise cleaning the pierced area, otherwise, you could end up with an infection that could lead to scarring. If unfortunately, you do end up with a scar, you should read How To Get Rid Of Scars For Good and try a few of the methods there. As always though, preventative measures top reactive panic!
The key to choosing the right piercing is research, communication - and more research! Ask as many questions as you can, and make your decision based on what is best for you!