Whatever kind of body piercing you get, the first time is usually a big deal. After knowing the different parts of your ear and determining the one you want to get pierced in, you must collect information on the process of what the process of getting a piercing is like and what to expect afterward. Whether you are getting a tragus piercing, daith piercing or lobe piercing.
Below are some things you need to be aware of:
Eat Something Before your Appointment
Experts always recommend having food beforehand. Having a full meal will ensure your blood sugar is stabilized during the process. If you have low blood sugar, you might feel dizzy or even faint while being pierced.
Ensure you are at a Legal Age
Every state has its own rules in terms of the legal age of consent to get body piercings. More than thirty states prohibit anybody under 18 from getting a piercing without permission from their parents. In a number of states, you need the presence of a guardian when getting a piercing while other states prohibit piercing a minor. Make sure you know the legal age for getting a piercing in your state.
Ensure the Salon Sterilizes their Tools and Jewelry
As you go into a salon to get a body piercing, anything that body your body touches must be sterile. This includes the needle, jewelry, chair, and the piercer’s hands. You must be pierced with a new, sterilized single-use needle that must be disposed of in a medical container after use on a single piercing.
Ditch the Gun
Resist the urge of getting pierced in one of those booths at the mall. Although professional piercing salons make use of sterile needles, the majority of accessory or retail shops that provide piercing may use a piercing gun. But, piercing guns cannot be sterilized since they are made of plastic.
Prepare for the Pain
Although piercings can come with some pain, everyone’s level of pain is different. Thus, just because your best friend feels significant pain during their procedure doesn’t mean you will have to deal with the same pain level. The pain is nothing when you are mentally prepared and ready to accept pain.
Moreover, aside from expecting pain during the actual piercing procedure, you also might feel uncomfortable for days or even weeks afterward. Expect itching, discoloration, crust formation, or even the secretion of yellow or white fluid. Although these are annoying symptoms, a normal healing process involves them.