Despite the piercings being so popular and common these days, people still appear not to know much about them and their aftercare.
First-time piercings are almost always special. For some people getting pierced is a doorway to finding themselves, for others, they mark a special life event.
Regardless of the reason, there sure are a few things your piercer would want you to know before you make your choice.
- Forget everything you have heard about piercing aftercare
What your piercer will tell you about how to take care of your piercing will probably be opposite than what you have heard by now. Unfortunately, store employees and online forums pass a lot of misinformation along. In reality, using those recommendations can work against you. Listen to your piercer advice as they already know the best care you can take regarding the piercing you just got. Doing what you are told will help you decrease your chances of any discomfort in the long run.
- Pay attention to your physical condition
Just like listening to your piercer, we strongly advise you to listen to your body as well. Pay attention to your own physical condition. Postpone your appointment in case you are not feeling well. A healthy body always heals quicker, so make sure you are perfectly fine the day of your piercing. Also, avoid drinking the night before your appointment because feeling hangover can, in fact, make you more sensitive to pain.
- Quality piercings are not cheap
The prices for piercings are what they are. Even if the charges seem a little too high for you, the artists are the judges of them. Every artist best know how much they are worth, what they do, how they do it and what they need. Don’t argue about that.
Expect the cost to always vary from artists and materials to techniques. For an instance, you can find some nipple piercing rings for $20 but you can also buy a quality titanium nipple piercing rings for $60 or more. Remember, your piercer makes the prices, not you.
- It will take a while to heal
This is where the difference between piercings and any other kind of body art, comes into play. When it comes to piercings, there is no such a thing as a quick heal. Earlobes heal pretty quickly due to its fair amount of blood flow. Still, they generally heal in about four to six weeks. Cartilage piercing can take between three to six months to heal. Nipple piercings also take approximately six months to heal, sometimes even longer. The difference is owed to the piercing type, monitoring of the healing as well as the maintenance of good hygiene and care.
- Don’t change the piercing until it is fully healed
You may not like your initial piercing but that’s what you will have to deal with until it fully heals. Unless it is a matter of material or size, don’t even think about replacing your original jewelry. Rushing into removing your piercing will increase the potential of healing improperly, getting infected or even your body rejecting your piercing generally. Therefore, stick with what you have for a while. It will get better.