However, let’s first start with a word of caution in regards to your health, both short-term and long-term. You should know that medical studies have been conducted which have concluded that body piercing can lead to heart disease later on in life, as well as heart infection. Also, if you have existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, skin disorders or an immune system deficiency, you need to check with your doctor to make sure getting a body piercing is safe.
If you are pregnant, you will have to wait until you give birth to have a piercing done. Getting a body piercing while pregnant means running the risk of acquiring a disease or infection; you don’t want to pass anything along to your child that may affect him/her. Such infections can occur when you have a piercing done in the mouth or nose area of your face. The reason for this is that millions of bacteria already live there, and by piercing these areas, you are essentially providing them with an open wound in which to thrive.
Lastly, it is also important that you understand that if you decide on a tongue piercing it can damage your teeth over time. The metal barbell stud that rests in the middle of your tongue over time will rub and collide with your teeth, weakening enamel and causing chips or cracking. Also, piercing your tongue, cheek or lip often leads to gum disease and other periodontal problems later in life.
If you’ve reached this point and have still not been deterred on your quest to acquire a body piercing, then you should at least know how to prepare for it and how to choose the right parlor in which to have it done.
Before you even walk into a parlor for the piercing make sure your immunizations are up to date to better lower your chances of an infection. Once this is done, then you can begin deciding on the right body piercing parlor.
For anyone who is under the age of 18, credible body piercing parlors require a parent’s consent. If you know of a parlor that does not enforce this rule it is a good idea you not go there yourself. Establishments such as these are often unsanitary and may employee people unqualified to handle body piercing.
In addition to finding a parlor that is in compliance with the law, you should have your piercing done in a parlor where the floors are linoleum, and the furniture in the waiting room is not made of cloth material. This is important because parlors with carpet and cloth furniture carry hidden bacteria that can lead to an infection. Linoleum makes it harder for bacteria to live, as well as makes it easier for shop employees to sanitize.
Lastly, you should also make sure you get to watch the person performing the piercing remove the needle he/she will be using from the sanitized package in which it comes. There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking. Any credible establishment should actually do this without you even having to ask.
Body piercing is not a bad thing, and is not as risky as it probably seems now that you’ve read this; however, it is very important that you understand the risks involved when getting a piercing. If you want a body piercing, then you should get it, but for your own well being make sure and visit a few shops and ask questions. If you don’t feel comfortable in a certain shop then go to another one. Remember, ultimately it is your body.
By Joe Goertz