Body piercings are not only for the young, they have been very popular for men and women of all ages and background for many years.
Once the decision to get a piercing has been made, a few questions may arise. We have summed up the most frequent Q’s and A’s for you below:
Does body piercing hurt?
It may sting a little, but generally there is not too much pain involved. We recommend booking a morning appointment right after breakfast and to carefully select a salon that specialises in piercings. You can actively help by breathing deeply and by moving your toes.
Does it hurt afterwards?
Most people don’t experience any pain after their piercing but the area will be a little sensitive while it is healing.
How high is the risk of infection?
Infection is highly unlikely and usually only occurs due to inappropriate aftercare. Strictly follow the aftercare regime that has been provided by your professional piercing salon to avoid infection. Be sure to only use a professional piercing salon. Piercings must only be performed in a clean environment with sterile equipment.
How long is the healing process?
The healing process varies and depends on the area that has been pierced. Please do not remove your jewellery during the healing period. Please be aware that your piercing might be tender and sore for up to 2-3 weeks after your piercing. If you notice any signs of infection or experience pain or redness, please immediately contact your piercing salon.
- Ear Lobe and Tongue can take anywhere from 1-3 months.
- Eyebrows, Nostril between 2-4 months
- Nasal septum, Lip/Labret 3-4months
- Cheek or Monroe 3-6 months
- Belly Button 6-12 months
- Nipple 4-6 months
- Dermal Anchor / Skin Diver 2-3 months
Can I get pierced while being pregnant?
Even though the risk of infection is next to none, we recommend waiting until after the birth of your child.
Which metal is safest and best to use?
The most recommended metals are Titanium, Niobium and Bioplast or a surgical implantation grade stainless steel referred to as 316L. Other options include Gold which should be higher than 14 carat for first piercings. Never use silver, gold plated, brass, bronze or copper. We recommend to only buy your jewellery at a professional piercing salon and refrain from buying jewellery online as you can never be sure what materials they might contain, especially if you are prone to allergic reactions.
Can I choose the size of my piercing?
Unfortunately, it is not just about the looks and design. Your jewellery needs to be customised to what works best for you personally.
When can I go swimming after my piercing session?
Any source of water is not recommended as it can increase the risk of infection. You should allow for the wound to properly heal or if you can’t avoid it at all, please cover the pierced area with a water proof bandage. However, please stay away from river water, ponds and lakes.
How do I prepare myself for a piercing?
Plan ahead and book an appointment with a trusted, well-experienced salon and therapist. We recommend getting your piercing first thing in the morning after a nice breakfast. If you feel unwell or are sick please re-schedule your appointment and contact your salon immediately. Being sick may greatly affect your healing ability.
Needle or Gun Piercing?
Piercing guns should only be used for piercing the ear lobes. A professional experienced salon and piercer would know this and we therefore recommend to always carefully select a proper salon when getting a piercing.
How soon after my piercing can I take the jewellery out and not lose the hole?
Usually the initial healing time for a piercing takes around 2-3 week and plays and important part in sealing the piercing hence minimising the chance of infection. During the second healing phase, new skin develops which toughens and thickens, this will take another 6-8 weeks. After the second healing phase, the jewellery may be removed for a certain amount of time. However, it is important to know that the piercing hole may shrink to a certain extent. Do not force the jewellery into a shrunken piercing hole, instead contact your piercing salon.
Are there any complications when getting a piercing?
The healing time depends hugely on your personal healing ability, how well you look after your piercing and how thoroughly you follow your aftercare regime. To avoid any complications, you should keep the piercing dry at all times and refrain from touching the area. Always wash your hands to avoid bacteria entering the wound. Don’t remove the scab which seals the wound and protects it from infection. Avoid swimming and hot tubs during the healing process. If you experience redness, swelling, pain or irritation or discharge, contact your salon or doctor immediately. Everybody reacts differently to foreign materials hence there may be a small chance of rejection or migration which may cause the piercing to move away from its area. To minimise the chances of rejection or other complications, we recommend choosing a professional well-experienced salon and a skilled therapist to perform the piercing.