Body piercings are a popular trend all over the world. It is a display of self-expression and confidence.
One can get a body piercing almost anywhere on the body, and piercers push the envelope all the time with willing (indeed very willing) subjects.
Piercing, simply put, involves puncturing a body part with the help of a piercing needle and then inserting a piece of jewellery into the punctured hole.
Common piercing jewellery includes earrings, studs, and rings. Piercing must be done in a hygienic environment to avoid the risk of infection.
Here is how different piercings are performed on the body.
Eyebrow piercings, while not as common today, are still fairly popular. The most common piercing is done on the outer corner of the eye by simply piercing the outer surface of the skin in this area. Caring for this kind of piercing is relatively easy although it needs to be cleaned at least two to three times a day while healing. A simple saline solution is enough to prevent the occurrence of infections.
There are two different types of nose piercings. Nostril piercings are performed by simply puncturing a hole in the cartilage of the nose. These holes need to be taken care of with caution as they tend to close up very quickly. The jewellery should not be removed for at least three months after the piercing.
Septum piercing is another increasingly popular style of nose piercing. The septum is the bone and cartilage that divides the nose. Although it is called a septum piercing, only the flesh at the front of the nose is pierced.
Caring for a septum piercing is slightly more difficult since it is such a delicate area. During the first two weeks, the piercing has to be cleaned with a sea salt solution for 5 to 10 minutes at least twice a day.
Piercings in and around the mouth are becoming increasingly popular. They heal faster than other body piercings, but they also have a tendency to swell so oral piercings are usually done with the help of longer jewellery. Oral piercing jewellery should not be changed for at least six to eight weeks or until complete healing has taken place.
Navel piercings are done either at the bottom or the upper curve of the navel. Proper care must be taken and the piercing should be handled very gently to avoid tearing the flesh. Aftercare includes cleaning the area with sea salt solutions at least twice a day for the first two weeks.