Take precautions before you get pierced
From traditional set-ups to pop culture, piercings have found a place in almost every strata of modern society. They also double up as a fashion statement, and that is especially true prior to Navaratri, when many take their style to the next level by opting for new piercings that can be flaunted throughout the nine-day dance celebrations.
While getting pierced is often considered a simple process than getting a tattoo, it is important to pay careful attention to how it is done and who does it, too.
Always run a background check on the piercer and if any of their former clients had issues with their piercings. Also, make sure you choose the right metal and jewellery.
GUN VERSUS NEEDLE
Piercings are done in two ways: with a needle or with a hand-held piercing gun. Sunny Bhanushali, tattoo artist and founder, Aliens Tattoo Studio, suggests the traditional style. “A professional will never recommend a piercing gun. A piercing gun pierces your skin and shoots out that part of your skin, whereas, a piercing needle actually pierces your skin by just tearing through it. The torn skin joins up again during the natural healing process. I would suggest one to always go for piercing needles, as they are hygienic and safe,” says Bhanushali.
Despite using sterilised instruments, piercings can get infected without proper care. Rahul Gaikwad, tattoo artist, RK Tattoo And Piercing Studio, says, “Often, people are excited and do not have the patience to wait for it to heal completely. Piercings are high maintenance. Do not touch your piercing unnecessarily or put your weight on it. Also, clean the area twice a day. Do not wear tight clothing in case of belly button piercings.”
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