Thinking about getting a body piercing? You’re in the right place. While not as permanent as a tattoo, body piercings should still be given some thought. They’re an aesthetic modification to your body, and can add to your overall appearance. Where you choose to place your piercing, and the type of jewelry you get should be based on factors such as your personal style, your job, and your lifestyle. There are a number of things to consider when choosing a body piercing. Here are 5 beautiful body piercing ideas for women.
5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Body Piercing
- Take your time to figure out where on your body you want to get pierced. Think about aesthetics, your job, as well as your lifestyle.
- Go to a licensed and well-reviewed piercer. Especially if you’re getting a more unusual piercing like a septum or dermal piercing, make sure to find a highly experienced piercer who can show you examples of their work with the piercing that you want.
- Some piercings require more maintenance and upkeep than others. Do your research and make sure you can commit to the after care.
- Do you play sports or do any sort of physical activity? You may need to take precautions with certain piercings. Ask a professional piercer about any concerns.
- Consider the type of jewelry you want. Whether you prefer the look of a stud, hoop, or barbell can help determine where to place your body piercing.
5 Body Piercing After Care Tips
- A simple saline solution is best for cleaning. Clean your piercing one to two times a day, according to the care instructions from your piercer.
- Avoid touching the area as much as possible. When you must touch it, make sure your hands are clean. Also, try not to sleep on it as this can cause irritation.
- Prevent anything that can snag, push, pull, or otherwise move your piercing. Depending on placement, this could be your hair, t-shirts, a hat, or glasses.
- Getting enough sleep, eating well, and drinking water will help boost your immune system and contribute to a faster healing process.
- Never use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, as these are too strong and will irritate your piercing.
5 Beautiful Body Piercing Ideas for Women
1. Nose Piercings
There two main types of nose piercings: a nostril piercing, where people wear a small stud or hoop ring on one side of their nose, and a septum piercing, which is placed in the softer flesh below the cartilage separating your nostrils. Nose piercings aren’t too high on the pain scale. You will feel a sharp sting or tickle for a moment, but the pain should subside quickly. You may see a slight bruise or feel warmth afterward. Septum piercings will likely be more painful than nostril piercings, and always keep in mind that everyone’s pain tolerance is different.
Your piercer will provide you with aftercare tips, but it will likely involve spraying the area with saline solution daily to keep it clean. You shouldn’t change or remove jewelry for at least six weeks, unless you’re taking it out due to pain or infection. When you wash your face, use fragrance-free skin care and avoid your nose piercing as much as possible. Using a bunch of different serums and formulas can result in major irritation.
2. Belly Button Piercings
A belly button piercing is typically pierced through the skin located directly above the belly button (although it can be placed below the belly button or on the sides as well). The “normal” way allows the jewelry to hang slightly over the belly button. A belly button piercing won’t hurt too much (it’s a level 4 or 5 on the pain scale), and don’t worry if you experience bleeding, pain, or redness immediately after the piercing- it’s completely normal.
Implant-grade stainless steel is ideal for belly button piercings due to its low irritant or allergic sensitizing potential. If you know you’re allergic to nickel, medical-grade titanium will be your best bet. Gold is another option if you like the look better- just make sure it’s at least 14 karats, as anything else is too soft for a body piercing. A belly button piercing can take six months to a year to fully heal.
3. Lip Piercings
There are many different types of lip piercings, but some of the most popular placements include under the bottom lip (Labret), centred on the indent beneath the nostrils (Medusa), and the side of the upper lip (Monroe or Madonna). Unfortunately, since your mouth holds a lot of bacteria, there’s a high potential for infection with a lip piercing. And with the sensitive nature of the piercing placement, you’ll need to be extra careful not to snag, bite, or bump your jewelry.
When it comes to aftercare, be sure to practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day, rinsing with alcohol-free mouthwash three to five times a day, not smoking, and avoiding alcohol. The mouthwash will flush the inside of the piercing, so should be done anytime after you eat or drink. For the outside of your piercing, use a sterile saline wound wash twice daily. Be diligent about cleaning the area for the first three months while it’s healing.
4. Dermal Piercings
Dermal piercings, or single-point piercings, are piercings that lie flat against the surface of the skin. They don’t have a separate entry and exit point, but instead are anchored using barbells- the barbell is inserted underneath the skin and the decorative top rests on the skin’s surface. Dermal piercings can be placed on almost any flat surface of the body, but are most commonly pierced on the cheekbones, the collarbones, back dimples, back of the neck, arms, hips, forearms, or chest.
Dermal piercings take about one to three months to heal, and pain level depends on the placement of the piercing, but is about 3/10. Dermal piercings feel like pressure, and unless you have a high pain tolerance, you’ll likely feel some discomfort. Make sure to follow care instructions from your piercer carefully. You may be told to keep it covered for a certain amount of time. Once you uncover it, clean it twice a day with saline solution, then gently wipe away any crusty build up, and pat it dry with a new paper towel each time. Also, try not to submerge the piercing during the healing process.
5. Eyebrow Piercings
You can get an eyebrow piercing vertically or horizontally anywhere along your brow. Placement is up to you, and your piercer can help you determine what will look best. Pain level for a brow piercing is 3/10, and it heals in about three months. One thing you should know about this type of piercing is that it’s susceptible to rejection and migration, so proper care is especially important.
Your skincare and brow grooming routine can affect your piercing. Try to avoid irritants like face wash, creams, lotions, serums, hairspray, and makeup in the area. Skip waxing appointments and stick to tweezing while your piercing heals. Keep cleaning simple with a saline solution, and avoid over cleaning, which can delay the healing process.
The right body piercing will look absolutely stunning. Consider one of these ideas for your next (or first!) piercing.
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