In the past, the only common body piercings were for earrings. Usually, women had one piercing in each earlobe. Then they started getting multiple piercings in the earlobe and along the ear’s cartilage. This was followed by lip, tongue, eyebrow and navel piercings. Piercings are now quite common among teenagers and young adults. If you’re thinking about getting a piercing, here are a few things you might want to consider.

• First of all, make sure you really want a piercing. Don’t just do it because your friend has one, or your boyfriend thinks it would be cool. A piercing isn’t permanent, but removing one can leave an ugly scar in a place where you don’t want it.

• Consider the source of your planned piercing. Check the facilities carefully. The studio has to be very sanitary. It’s easy to get an infectious disease like HIV or hepatitis at a dirty studio.

Don’t settle for the first piercing studio you find. Check several piercing artists, and ask for some references. If you have friends with piercings that you like, ask them who did their work.

• Before you get your piercing, make sure you have time to heal before you do anything important. If you’re going on a vacation or some other important trip, hold off on the piercing until after your holiday. Oral piercings heal quickly. Piercings in the navel area or on the cartilage of the ear can take many months to fully heal.

Don’t use alcohol to clean the piercing zone. Alcohol will dry the skin and will slow the healing process. Use antibacterial soap to cleanse the area.

Find out what the policy on piercings is for your school or job. If you need to keep your piercings concealed, make sure they’re in an area where they won’t be seen. Some companies won’t hire you if you have a piercing on your face.

• Think about the type of jewelry you’ll be wearing. If you have a large post you plan to use, don’t place it in an area where it won’t look attractive. Use small jewelry on your face, so the piercing doesn’t attract too much attention.

Piercings are more popular than they have ever been, but they are not without their problems. If you plan your piercing, you’ll have less issues to deal with in the future.



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