A body piercing is a puncture made in your body by a needle or piercing gun, and then a piece of jewellery is inserted into that puncture. There are three types of body piercings;
1. Non-intimate areas – the ears, nostrils, belly button, tongue and eyebrow.
2. Intimate areas – the nipples and genitals.
3. Microdermal or surface anchor – practically anywhere on the surface of the skin.
Body piercings can be worn by men and women to enhance their appearance and express their personality.
If you are over 16 you can get a non-intimate body piercing without parental permission.
If you are under 16 you need the permission of a parent to have a non-intimate piercing. Your parent can do this by going with you or writing a letter but the letter must say what part of your body is to be pierced.
If you are under 16 a body piercer is not allowed to give you an intimate body piercing even if you or your parent gives permission for it.
If you’re ready for a piercing you’ll need to find an expert who you can trust that is knowledgeable and has a safe, clean, professional environment. Maybe look in the local phone book and call around or ask your family or friends, who have piercings, who they used. Most important, don’t pierce yourself or have a friend do it!
It’s a good idea to find out what risks are involved and how best to look after yourself if an infection occurs. Ask about the types of jewellery the shop offers because some people have allergic reactions to certain types of metals.
Just remember the risks and pierce wisely because if you decide you don’t want the piercing anymore it may leave holes long after you stop wearing the jewellery.
Piercing after care
Allow your new body piercing to heal properly. That means don’t play with it or poke it and by all means don’t allow anyone else to either. Keep the area clean with soap, don’t touch it without washing your hands first and follow your piercer’s instructions for aftercare strictly.
Depending on the where you get the piercing, healing times can take anywhere from a few weeks to more than a year. If your piercing doesn’t heal correctly or you feel something might be wrong, it’s important to go to the doctor for medical attention.