While unusual piercings were once considered popular among freethinking and non-conformist individuals, body piercings have remained one of the most creative options for self-expression. And one of the most common body piercings that people of all ages gravitate towards is ear piercings. Although non-medical professionals at your local mall typically performed ear piercings, the advent of at-home body piercing kits has allowed the average person to bejewel their body (and that of their friends) as they wish to.
Thus, there has been a rise in at-home ear piercings, belly button piercings and nose piercings. However, after talking to a professional, such as a Studex brand representative, about purchasing a kit, there are still some things you should bear in mind before piercing your body. Below are two of the primary considerations to have when contemplating piercing your nose, belly button or ears.
Have you ever developed keloids?
Scar tissue is normal after any trauma. However, keloids are not your run-of-the-mill scars. Unlike scar tissue that forms over the wounded area, keloids have a propensity of crossing over the boundary lines of the injury. As a result, the keloids form excessive scar tissue around the injured area. If you have ever developed keloids after trauma, you should note that you could end up developing one once your pierce your body.
Are you allergic to metal?
If you have never had a body piercing before, you may be unaware of any potential allergic reactions to this material. The thing about metal allergies is that they do not encompass all the metals. There are some types of metal that you could be allergic too and others that will not affect you in any way. So how can you tell? The first thing you should do is avoid experimenting with non-conventional metals. Sterling silver is one of the least irritating metals, which makes it great for first-time piercings. Another metal that is consider non-irritating is titanium.
Titanium may be more expensive than sterling silver, but it is stronger than silver, so you can be assured your body jewellery will have a long shelf life. If you are worried that you may be having an allergic reaction to your body piercing, you should be wary of symptoms such as inflammation, itchiness, swelling and chronic pain. The moment you notice these signs, you should take out the body jewellery and see a dermatologist as soon as possible.