If you think body piercing is painful or you can do all piercing yourself, you need to read these myths relating to body piercing.
Body piercing is an age old practice and an evergreen fashion as well. Whether it’s a traditional form like ear piercing or a progressive one like belly button, piercing is popular in every culture around the world among both sexes.
In the USA, nearly 80% women have ear piercing while 14% have belly button piercing.
Like every popular or staple thing, piercing is not free from several myths and misconceptions. Here we have busted such myths about body piercing.
BODY PIERCING IS EXTREMELY PAINFUL:
Well, it is the number one misconception most people have, especially those who are newer to the piercing. Some piercings are not that painful due to the less nerve ending and soft tissues in that area. For example, ear piercing is less painful than a belly button piercing as there are less nerve endings while the tissue is soft. You can use Dr.Numb® numbing cream to feel less or no pain during your piercing. This is because Dr.Numb® numbing formula will dull your nerve endings so that you feel less pain.
GETTING PIERCED WITH A PIERCING-GUN IS SAFE:
Many people prefer piercing with a piercing-gun as it may sound relatively easy and comfortable than a needle. What about safety? Many experts think that piercing gun is not safe due to these risks:
- The piercing impact is like “thrust” which can trigger infection and unpleasant healing process.
- The needle attached to the guns is not properly sterilized, thereby increasing the chances of bacterial infections.
- The metal used in these guns is not safe and can cause contact dermatitis or nickel allergies.
To avoid all these risks, you must choose reputed and experienced piercing artist, no matter if he is expensive.
A PIERCING AREA GETS INFECTED:
Piercing is safe and risk free process as long as you get it done from reputed artist, and follow aftercare. Your pierced spot is prone to infection if your artist doesn’t use sterilize equipment. You have the risk of infection if you choose wrong jewelry; touch the area with contaminated hand and take swim or bath in public pools. It simply means that you have to take care of your piercing spot to protect it from infections.
BELLY BUTTON PIERCING WILL DAMAGE MY STOMACH, VEINS AND UTERUS:
This belief is completely false. Belly button piercing doesn’t damage your stomach or veins in any manner. This is because it is done on the outer flap of the navel, meaning that the needle doesn’t penetrate upwards or downwards on the stomach. However, your artist should be careful to avoid the needle’s wrong movement.
PIERCING A VEIN IN THE TONGUE CAN LEAD TO THE DEATH DUE To BLEEDING:
In spite of having the major veins in the tongue, you can’t bleed to death if these veins are pierced. However, you have excessive bleeding, for which, you should seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
USE ALCOHOL AND HYDROGEN PEROXIDE TO CLEAN YOUR PIERCING:
While alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are the efficient antibacterial solutions, you must not use them to clean your piercing. This is because the strong agents can damage your tissues and prolong healing times. Use saline water instead to clean your piercing. However, you can clean your jewelry with alcohol and hydrogen peroxide solutions.
YOU SHOULD USE ANTIBACTERIAL LOTION ON PIERCING WOUNDS:
A thickness of antibacterial lotion will cut the air supply from the wounds, thereby aggravating the problem. Avoid using any kind of cream or petroleum based ointments around your new piercing.
I CAN DO ALL PIERCING MYSELF AT HOME:
Not all body piercings are DIY. You can do belly button piercing or ear piercing at home if you have experience and confidence as well. But you should avoid it if it is near to the eye or on the tongue. A minor error can damage your skin tissue. It is better if you consider a professional for all piercing jobs.
So these were the common myths with eye-opening facts about piercing. Summing up above points, one can say that safe piercing is built upon choosing the right artist, precautions and aftercare.