WHAT IS BODY PIERCING?
Body Piercing has been in vogue in our culture from times immemorial. But now it has moved to a different level with people becoming more adventurous and wanting to make a statement. The common areas are the ears, nose and navel.
It is usually done under all aseptic precautions under local anaesthesia hence making it a ‘Painless Body Piercing’ experience. After care is very important and the healing period for piercings may vary between 3 months to a year depending on the area involved.
Though Body piercing is a simple procedure, it has to be done with proper knowledge of the anatomy and under proper aseptic conditions to prevent any complications. The most common complication is a keloid formation and the second being infection.
Infection in the ear cartilage is a devastating complication as the whole ear cartilage could die leaving behind a shriveled, deformed ear.
Points to remember:
1. Read about the procedure and assure yourself that you want it. Remember that once done it’s going to be there for life if not the jewelry, at least the scar.
2. Always go to a qualified professional or a surgeon. Most importantly if the centre looks unhealthy or dirty …Walk right out.
3. Allow the piercing to heal properly before you change the ornament.
4. Clean the piercing regularly as advised and don’t neglect any signs of infection or pus
5. “Spin” the ornament (turning the jewelry to allow the ointment to reach all areas of the piercing) as advised regularly.
6. Look for jewelry where the gems are mechanically set into the metal rather than glued. Glued body piercing jewelry cannot be sterilized
Remember you can rush yourself and the surgeon but you cannot rush your body to heal! So, give it proper time according to the area.
How to care for a body piercing?
Daily Care Routine:
· Do not touch your piercing unless you are cleaning it.
· While healing, your piercing will need to be cleaned once daily.
· Cleaning more often than this will harm your piercing.
· You will need to use a body piercing foam soap antibacterial soap (e.g. Dettol Liquid Soap).
1. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and wet the piercing with Luke warm water.
2. Put a few drops of antibacterial soap on the piercing and work it into lather & clean with a cotton bud (ear bud).
3. Try to loosen any crusted discharge and tease it off the jewelry and your skin with the cotton bud.
4. Leave the antibacterial soap on the piercing for a few minutes while moving the body piercing jewelry back and forth (spin), allowing the disinfectant to penetrate the piercing.
5. Rinse with water and air dry thoroughly. Do not dry with a towel, which may get entangled and pull on the jewelry and may also carry bacteria.
So the best way to have a beautiful body accessory is to be educated about the procedure, knowing what you want, taking care to get it done by qualified professionals, using proper medical grade body piercing jewelry and not neglecting any problems that may arise.
Prepare for your Painless Body Piercing
- Make an appointment for your piercing.
- Talk to our doctors about any medical conditions that you think may affect your healing.
- Discuss a procedure date and plan for work and holidays. Remember you need reshaping time of 10-15 days.
- Drink plenty of water before your appointment.
- Have something to eat.
- Shower and thoroughly wash the area to be pierced.
- Download, print and fill in the body piercing consent form.
- NOTE : If you are under 18 , you will need to fill in the form and bring it with photo ID. A parent (with photo ID) must also accompany you
- Stay relaxed.
- Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth slowly and regularly – don’t hold your breath.
- Wiggle your toes.
- ask for numbing cream if you would like it.
- If you feel faint, dizzy or ill after piercing, let your doctor know straight away so he/ she can help you.
- Your doctor will help you choose your jewellery and discuss where you would like to have your piercing. She will explain any restrictions on what type of jewelry you can have to start with.
- Your doctor will put on gloves and clean the area with an alcohol wipe before marking the piercing location with a surgical marker pen.
- Once you and your doctor are happy with the positioning, numbing injection will be given with a small tiny needle which might sting like an ant bite.
- The piercing is over in minutes.
- Clean your piercing 2 to 3 times a day using saline solution for the first 2 weeks
- Continue using the spray 2 times a day in the third week.
- Keep your jewellery in and do not remove it until the piercing has fully healed.
- If you have a tongue or lip piercing, at least 3 times a day also rinse with Listerine for 60 seconds. Always do this after eating too. Drink plenty of water so that your mouth doesn’t get dry. Eating crushed ice is also a good idea initially.
- If you have a dermal anchor or surface piercing, wear a band-aid over the piercing for at least 24 to 48 hours. Also wear a bandage over your piercing for the first 7 to 10 nights, but remove it during the daytime to allow for proper healing. Avoid tight clothing or touching your piercing which can spread infection.
- If you have a nose stud, you can secure it at night with a band-aid to prevent the stud from falling out. Also try not to sleep on your face, as this may embed the stud deep into your nose.
- Drive immediately after your piercing.
- Touch your jewelry with your hands for the first 2 weeks. Only touch and rotate your jewelry in the shower.
- Smoke or drink alcohol until your tongue or lip piercing has healed. Also avoid biting or clicking against the jewelry.
- Knock your piercing (through rough play, sports) until it has healed.
What happens next…
- Because you are having a foreign object inserted into your body, you may have redness in the area for up to 6 months due to trauma on your skin. Eventually though, your body will always try to heal itself.
- If you follow our aftercare instructions, the chances of you getting an infection are low. However, even in the strictest of conditions (and we do have regular health inspections), it is possible for your piercing to become infected and possibly leave a scar. If you are unsure about the state of your piercing, please contact our staff.
- After your piercing has properly healed, you may want to change your jewelry and have an entirely new look.