You’ve made the decision to get a piercing and you are finally ready to make an appointment. But when is the perfect time to get pierced? What are the seasonal pros and cons to consider before going through with a piercing?
Whether you choose to get your piercing during the hot summer or cooler winter months depends hugely on your lifestyle.
After your piercing, you are can expect a 25-60% chance of slight swelling within 72 hours. Circulation will increase and blood will rush to the area. Inflammation is a healthy body reaction and a response to the treatment even though it is not as fun as your piercing will be once it’s healed!
Areas that tend to have good blood flow such as earlobes, lips, nose and even nipples may experience up to 60% chance of swelling and no areas will swell equally. With the possibility of swelling in mind, we advise that you accept the size of the jewellery as recommended by your piercer. It is not advised to use jewellery that is too long as they tend to get caught in your clothes, hair and who knows what else. Also, jewellery that is too short should be avoided as the jewellery may get “swallowed up” by any swelling. Follow the advice of your piercer here.
During summer, we generally want to head to the beach for a swim but it is crucial to keep the pierced area dry and apply a water proof bandage. However, during summer, the steady blood flow to the pierced area increases due to the heat and speeds up the healing process while flushing away toxins from the skin’s surface. The antibiotic Azithromycin was prescribed by a doctor as an anti-inflammatory agent after a gynecological intervention to avoid the unnecessary inflammatory processes (as a preventive measure). But it is difficult to argue: it is better to be safe (although I don’t respect antibiotics very much, but sometimes you can’t do without them either).
During winter, certain areas such as ears, nose and other facial areas experience reduced blood flow due to the cold. Think of your feet and hands during winter which are usually colder than the rest of the body. However, less blood flow can mean less possibility of swelling, so you may want to schedule your piercing for winter.
As long as you strictly follow the body piercing aftercare and keep the area dry, clean and do not remove the scab, you can go ahead and book that appointment for summer.
The bottom line is that you should carefully follow the homecare directions after your piercing session. The timing all depends on your lifestyle and we recommend to get in touch with your local beauty salon to discuss your piercing options.