Body Piercing Instructions And Risks

Body piercing is all the rage. While it is advisable to have a professional do the job, here are some tips for doing it yourself.

While it is always better to have a professional do any type of body piercing, it can be done at home with the proper equipment and sanitary precautions.There is always a risk of infection, however, and the key to prevent this from happening is to keep the area clean and never touch the area without first washing your hands thoroughly.

There are a number of kits on the market designed for people who want to do the job themselves, and it is recommended that such a kit be used. Here are some instructions for a variety of different body parts.

Ears

Piercing one's own ears is probably the simplest and least risky self-piercing procedure. You will need ice, alcohol, a clean (rust-free) safety pin (small gauge), and a good gold or silver ear stud.

Soak the pin in alcohol for at least a half-hour before beginning this procedure.Start out by marking the spot where you want the piercing.Then, use the ice to freeze the area thoroughly.Take the pin and push it quickly through the ear lobe.Allow it to remain in place for at least fifteen minute.Then, quickly remove the pin and replace with the ear stud.After you have completed the procedure, clean the entire area with anti-bacterial cream.

An ear piercing will usually heal within four to six weeks.While it is healing, clean the area twice a day with alcohol.Once a day, twist the earring around to keep the earring free and loose. Never touch this area without first washing your hands with anti-bacterial soap.Be very careful when combing your hair that you do not pull on the earring.Always mention your newly pierced ear to the hairdresser when you get your hair cut so that he or she does not inadvertently pull out the earring.



NOTE:Piercing ear cartilage is extremely painful, and the piercing can take up to six months to completely heal.Additionally, a hole in the cartilage will close up very quickly if an earring is not left in it.

Navel

To pierce your own navel, you will need a pre-lubricated piercing needle, cotton swabs, alcohol, a ball closure ring, and an anti-bacterial cream.

You should only consider piercing your navel if it is inverted. Before beginning this procedure, wash you hands in hot water using an anti-bacterial soap.Then, clean off the area with alcohol.Next, isolate the skin that you want to pierce and pull it outward.Push the piercing needle straight through the skin to the other side.Keeping the needle in place, open up the ball closure ring, and carefully insert it in the hole behind the needle.Slowly remove the needle while at the same time, pushing the ball closure all the way through. Once the jewelry is all the through the hole, close the ring.Then, apply the anti-bacterial cream with a cotton swab.

The piercing will take between three and six months to heal. While it is healing, the piercing must be cleaned twice a day.First, clean the area off with water and blot with a cotton pad. Then, clean the jewelry and area with antibacterial soap.Finally, apply anti-bacterial cream to the area and blot dry. The first week, it is best to avoid swimming in a chlorinated pool.

One the area is healed up, the jewelry can be changed if desired.

Eyebrow

To pierce your own eyebrow, you will need a pre-lubricated piercing needle, cotton swabs, alcohol, a ball closure ring, and an anti-bacterial cream.

Clean the area first with alcohol. Pull the skin that you want to pierce forward and then push the piercing needle through the skin to the other side.As with the navel, keep the needle in place, and then open up the ball closure ring. Insert it into the hole behind the needle.Remove the needle slowly and follow through by pushing the ball closure all the way through. After the ball closure ring is in place, close it and then apply bacterial cream with the cotton swab.

A pierced eyebrow takes between four and six weeks to heal. Aftercare is important, and the new piercing should be cleaned twice a day, using anti-bacterial cream.After the area has completely healed, new jewelry can be inserted.

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