Before you get pierced

Seems like most people are familiar with the procedure of piercing. In general, the practice of body piercing involves puncturing a part of the body to create an opening in which jewelry can be worn. Popular body parts for piercing include the nose, tongue, navel, nipples, lips and even the genitals.

An individual considering piercing should make it a point to have all the necessary information about the piercing proper care, professional piercing studio, and possible risks.

Before you get pierced, there are several things you should keep in mind:

Visit Piercing Studios
Nowadays, there are a lot of piercing studios. Make it a point to visit several different studios that offer piercing services to make sure you find one that appears sterile and trustworthy. You can even ask friends who have had piercings for recommendations, and if they feel like they had a good experience.

Check Policies
Check your school or employee handbook for the dress code policy. Some schools and professional agencies or businesses may not allow visible piercings other than earrings for the female students. Make sure that the piercing area is for you!

Research the Risks
Many health risks are involved with piercings caused by using non-sterile needles. These can include hepatitis A, B and C, bacterial infections, staph infections, or even HIV or AIDS. Make sure you ask how the person doing the piercing sterilizes his equipment, or ask to watch the sterilization process.

Research the Required Care
Research the care required for the type of piercing you are considering. Nowadays, there are a lot of tattoo websites that educate people how to take care for your new piercing or tattoo. The proper care is very important to avoid infections and complications during the healing time. Make sure that your piercing artist give you the proper aftercare advice. Make sure that you get the info about piercing's healing time- how much time will take till the pierced area heal. Some types of piercing take 2-3 weeks to fully heal, some of them even months. So make sure that you can handle this.

Remember that a piercing is permanent. Even if you leave out the jewelry and let the piercing close up, you can still have a scar, scar tissue, small indentations in the skin or even small lumps where the piercing once was.

If you're not willing to follow the proper care instructions you may want to re-think getting piercing as improper care can lead to some serious infections.