Body piercings are becoming more popular and accepted. Some fear getting it done due to the pain it causes. Every part of the body doesn’t cause equal pain. It’s like, the fewer nerves in the area, the lesser it pains.
Body piercing is an art that involves making a hole in the skin to insert a piece of jewelry. Earlier it used to be only earlobes but these days, piercing is done on numerous parts of the body, some of which are mentioned below-
- Ear piercing (most commonly pierced area with least pain).
- Nose piercing (the wall of a nostril, high nostril, and the center of the septum can be pierced).
- Belly button piercing (second least painful piercing as what’s pierced is flesh and not nerves).
- Genital piercing (most nerve-dense area, very sensitive, and painful).
- Nipple piercing (another sensitive area that is commonly pierced these days).
- Dermal piercing (such piercings enter the skin but don’t come outside, done generally on the face, neck, lower back, or chest).
- Tongue piercing (less painful; exposed to bacteria while eating or drinking but brushing and rinsing the mouth with a saline solution can help in healing quicker).
- Eyebrow piercing (pain depends on the location of the piercing).
There are two ways of getting piercings done.
As the name suggests, this method uses a gun that can be reused for piercing. It is a contactless method of piercing wherein a plastic cartridge holding the jewelry is inserted in the skin and then disposed off. The jewellery is pointed and sharp enough to pierce the skin.
This is the traditional way of piercing wherein a fresh needle is used for every piercing. The needle makes a clean hole in the skin thereby making proper space for jewellery to set in.
Cleaning and sanitization are done in both cases.
Though no major risks are associated with piercing, a few physical changes can be witnessed, such as
- Little scarring,
- Skin embedding, meaning growing of skin over piercing,
- Rejection, means the body pushes the piercing outside,
- Excess bleeding,
- Skin tearing,
- Damage of nerve, and
- Bacterial infections due to poor hygiene during piercing or improper aftercare.