Even though they are currently very popular, piercings are nothing new. As a form of body modification, body piercings date back to ancient civilizations. In fact, one of the oldest mummies that were ever discovered, Otzi the Iceman, had stretched ear lobes. Nowadays, piercing is being done not only on the ear lobes but on almost every body part. However, just because ear and body piercings have been around for ages and have grown more socially acceptable, that doesn’t mean that we have all the answers. It’s really important to pay close attention to how you get an ear piercing and who does it, because if you don’t, there could be scary and unpredictable consequences.
Whether you’re getting yours or your child’s ears pierced, here are the 4 most important things you should know before going under the needle.
1. Think About It
People get tattoos or piercings for different reasons. Piercings are a form of self-expression, but before getting your ears pierced, you must think carefully,especially if you’re stretching your ear lobes. Think about it before you do something you can later regret it. If you’re unsure whether you want piercings or not, it’s probably better to wait until you’re ready.
2. Go To A Reputable Place
One of the most important things, if you to do your research before you just go into the first piercings place or jewelry shop you see. Make sure to choose an experienced piercer that has been trained properly and then find out what ear piercing equipment is being used. Whether the ear piercing is for you or for your child, sterility and safety always come first.
3. Choose The Right Earring
Choosing your piercing stud is the most interesting part of the ear piercing process. Choose carefully an earring that you will love, because that earring will have to stay in place for the entire healing period. This is usually six weeks for an earlobe piercing and twelve weeks for cartilage piercing. However, be careful when choosing the earring because sometimes piercing metal can cause allergic reactions. Nickel and other materials can cause redness, itching, rash, and oozing. Stainless steel and 14KT gold are less likely to cause allergic reactions.
4. Take A Good Care Of Your Piercing
Ear piercing aftercare is important as the piercing process itself. Keep in mind that you need to keep your piercing location clean to ensure safe and fast healing. Clean your piercing two to three times a day using an aftercare solution and always wash your hands before touching your earring. You will also need to gently rotate the piercing in the ear three times a day to avoid scar tissue buildup.