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The reality is yes, piercings do hurt but the pain is relative to different piercing locations on the body and person’s pain threshold. Often thinking about the piercing or waiting for the piercing artist to set up, your mind will overthink and you can become anxious and nervous about the piercing. The piercing itself is brief and the pain is only momentary, but if you have any fears or concerns speak to the piercing artist before you get the piercing.
The most important thing to do before getting a piercing is to make sure you have eaten beforehand so your blood sugar levels aren’t too low. If your blood sugar levels are low you may feel dizzy and in some cases it can cause you to faint.
Yes, the reality is that your piercing can easily become infected (especially in South East Asia due to the humidity), if you do not follow the aftercare guidelines given to you after the piercing. Professionally speaking the piercing artist should do everything possible to eliminate risk of infection at the time of the piercing, this includes sterilising the workstation before and after use; some piercing artists will also use disposable work mats on top of their workstation. All jewelry should be sterile packaged or sterilised before being used. The most important part of the piercing process is to make sure that the piercing artist is using a single use needle and it has been opened in front of you. The piercing artist should also be wearing disposable gloves and the needle should be disposed in a clear sharps container.
If you have any concerns about the sanity of the studio you should reconsider where you are getting the piercing or ask the piercing artist to explain their cleaning process and schedule.
Sometimes yes a new piercing will bleed. A small amount of bleeding the first day or two is not uncommon especially when you are cleaning your piercing. Sometimes there can be bruising to the tissue around the piercing site which causes discoloration to the skin, but this isn’t usually anything to worry about.
During the healing process you should be cleaning your piercing twice to three times a day, usually your piercing artist will specify how many times per day you need to clean your piercing and for how long. This will depend on the location of the piercing and if you’ve had multiple piercings at the same time.
You cannot swim during this period, or eat certain types of food as this will slow the healing period and also cause an infection. To minimise infection you need to make sure you wash your hand with anti-bacterial soap before touching the jewelry, when cleaning the piercing you should not move the jewelry as this will slow the healing period (but if you have a ring with a small opening you should always make sure that the opening is on the outside so your body does not heal over the opening causing the hole to close).
The answer to this question can vary depending on a number of different factors, including the location of the piercing, how well you have followed the aftercare instructions and how your body has reacted to the piercing. The simple answer is when your piercing has fully healed.
You can change your jewelry in faster healing areas, for example your earlobe, upper lobe or helix, after 2 months. But some piercings that take longer to heal like your belly button or piercings inside your ear you will need to wait around 4 to 6 months.
If you change the jewelry too soon it can cause your piercing to bleed and increase the chance of infection and the healing process will start over.