Piercing looks cool but a bad job may invite life long trouble

By  , Jagran Cityplus
Jul 30, 2010

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PiercingThese are some of the thoughts which occupy the mind while going for body piercing. It is an art of puncturing or cutting a part of body to create an opening on which jewellery may be worn.


Body piercing has become a rage and is being seen as 'cool' by many youngsters. Visit a campus, a café or a popular market and you'll find lots of people with a pierced ears, nose, navel, eyebrows & even lips. "Body piercing among adolescents is as common as having mobile or wearing low-rise jeans," says Mehul a DJ.


Piercing is not new to Indians. Epics mention  that in ancient times both men and women  used to get their ears and nose pierced. A stud (Phul) or a ring (Nath) used to be worn in the left nostril and the custom had been brought to India in the 16th century by Mughal emperors. "I've got piercing done on my right eyebrow and navel and  am thinking of getting it done on the left side of my nose as well," says Mallishka, student of a reputed college.
This contemporary chic is associated with an Ayurveda belief. According to it a woman who gets her nose pierced is assumed to experience less pains while delivering the child. The reason behind this belief is that through piercing some vein is pressed that makes childbirth easier. Apart from the Ayurveda, few astrologers even suggest spinsters to pierce their nose in order to find the right match!


Types of piercing


Ears: Generally, the ear lobe is the only place where most people get piercing done. In certain religions it is a belief that if someone pierces his/her ears then there is no way an evil spirit can enter inside the body.

More than one piercing can be done in an earlobe. Piercing on tragus is also in trends. This is the part of skin that extends beyond your head, covering the ear canal. Ear piercing usually take 4 - 6 weeks to heal however cartilage heals more slowly.

Nose: Nose piercing has always been considered as a fashionable and gorgeous fashion accessory. Girls these days are found wearing a mini ring on their nose. Usually nose piercing falls into three categories-nostril piercing, septum piercing and bridge piercing, but over the years nostril piercing has become the most popular form of nose piercing.
Eyebrow: Eyebrow piercing is usually done vertically. It is done anywhere along the eyebrow from directly above the eye to the edge of the eyebrow. This type of piercing is one of the safest piercings on face. Eyebrow piercings usually take 6-8 weeks to heal.

Navel: Navel piercing is also referred to as belly button piercing. The most common form of navel piercing is through the upper rim of the navel. It may heal quickly and with no problems.

Lip: It is a type of body piercing that penetrates the lips or the area surrounding the lips, which can be pierced in a variety of ways. Healing time for most lip piercing is  between 3 to 4 weeks.

Other than these areas some people find a pleasure in getting a piercing done on some unusual places as well. This includes oral (on the tongue, a flexible skin below the tongue & even on the internal shaft of lip), genitals (male & female both) & on breast. However this is usually not advisable as it may cause a serious infection. " I was really excited to get a piercing done on my both nipples but after seeing one of my friend who has to bear pain everyday I backed out. He cannot wear body hugging clothes as it irritates his body" reveals Rehan a BPO employee.

Though piercing may make you look cool but an unsafe piercing or a shoddy job can invite life-long trouble. Before going for piercing make sure:

o Pierced area should be cleaned with germi-cidal soap.

o Be up-to-date with immunizations (especially hepatitis B and tetanus).

o The person doing the piercing should wash his hands with a germicidal soap.

o The needle or an instrument used is being used for the first time.

o Jewellery used should be rust-free.

o It's done by a professional in a safe and clean environment.

o Confirm everything with the piercer before going in for the job.


According to an Ayurveda belief a woman who gets her nose pierced is assumed to experience less pain while delivering the child. The reason behind this belief is that through piercing some vein is pressed that makes childbirth easier.


o Should I go for piercing?

o Will it look nice on me?

o From where should I get it done?

o On which part of the body will it look trendy?

o What if it pains like hell?

o How long will it take to heal?

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