If you are contemplating getting a new piercing or if this is your first time, there are a few things that you should consider. What follows is not meant to scare you. They are merely steps that you should take to make sure you do not have a bad experience. And yes, even someone who has had piercings before can have a bad experience. The recent revival of piercing has everyone and their brother either getting one or experimenting with giving them. That is why you should be aware of a few points before you make your final decision. Do not be the guinea pig for your brother who has aspirations of opening his own piercing and tattoo shop. If he wants to practice, tell him to practice on himself.
1. You Get What You Pay For
The art of piercing is not merely jabbing an earring or a tongue ring through and presto, you are done. If the person who is doing the piercing does not know what they are doing, you may end up with a hole somewhere you do not want it. Or worse yet, matching holes that do not match. The spot has to be marked and checked to make sure that it is centered, especially on the ears. You do not want to look lop-sided. Oh, sure it is not the earrings, it is your ears. We have all heard that one before. Find a reputable piercing business. Word of mouth is always a good way to find out who has had problems and who has not.
2. Sterilized – It's Good to Be Clean
Another step involved that can determine whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is the sterilization process. You DO NOT want to be pierced with anything that has not been properly sterilized. The risk of infection is definitely not worth taking a chance on. Not only is it painful, but you could end up in the hospital if the infection gets too bad. That is why you have to choose carefully when you make the final decision to get pierced. You definitely are not ready to lose an ear or an eye or heaven forbid; your tongue. We have all heard the horror stories of someone losing the bottom half of their ear due to infection. Well, if you would like to keep all the parts you were born with, make absolutely sure that the person who pierces you has sterilized and re-sterilized that needle.
3. Which Spot to Pierce First?
Ok. You have made sure the piercing person is qualified. You have determined that this is a legitimate set-up, and that you are not going to get gangrene in a week, so you have to decide what part of your body you are having pierced. This is easy for some people. They already have an idea of what they want pierced. However, others may be wavering between a couple of spots or several. Since the hole will close up if it is not kept open by an earring or whatever type of body jewelry you choose, it is not going to be something that can never be reversed. If this is your first piercing you may want to start small and work your way up to something more radical. If however, you already have plenty of piercings, you may be in a dilemma when it comes to finding a new spot. This is basically a personal preference, so wherever you choose is all right with me.