For sure, tongue piercings look fabulous and these days, tongue piercing is a fad amongst youngsters. However there are things that most of the youngsters are not aware of and because of this lack of awareness they often face consequences as tongue piercing is a complex process and could be hazardous. Did you know that not everyone can have tongue piercing?
Yes, tongue piercing doesn’t suit everyone but some people can have them without any complexities and problems. The success of a right piercing depends upon the length and positioning of veins of the tongue.
There are many stereotypes about tongue piercing, like a pierced tongue is believed to get infected very easily. While the fact is that they won’t get infected if they get proper aftercare.
It is said that eating and drinking can cause infections while it isn’t true. However, kissing soon after getting a piercing done can cause infection as the piercing needs time to settle.
You should always research a body modification before getting it done. You need to know the process, what questions to ask, what to look out for, and how to choose a studio.
You must select a studio that has at least more than 5 years of experience and has an experienced staff of piercers. You should never settle down with any random piercing studio for cheaper prices. A studio with government approved license and certification is what you are supposed to choose. A studio that has a reputation and doesn’t reuse the equipments is what you require.
After you have found the right studio, you must ask all the questions you have in your mind before you get the piercing done. You can also ask for their certifications and licenses if you have doubt.
When you first go in, you will be asked to sign a consent form. You must tell your piercer whether you are on any sort of medications or not, whether you have any health conditions or any sort of allergies. These small considered things can have major impact on your piercing process.
Make sure that you are fit and fine when you go in. You cannot have piercing if you have cold or getting over an ailment or are on antibiotics.
Also, be sure to brush your teeth, floss, and rinse your mouth with an anti-septic mouthwash beforehand to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth.
After you have signed all the documents and chosen the jewellery, your piercer will get ready with the equipments and at that time you can make sure that all the equipments are clean or not and you can also ask about their past piercing experience, just to get acquainted with their skills and expertise.
Before starting piercing, the piercer will check your veins. They will use a blue light to locate your veins, just to be more certain of the positioning of your veins. They will pierce straight down the middle of the tongue as the piercing should never be too close to the tip of the tongue. Piercing closer to the tip can cause a speech obstruction and discomfort in mouth as the piercing will always touch the teeth.
Here are the basic steps of the actual piercing:
Once you are done and have left the studio, the care of piercing is in your hands. The piercer will do it professionally with aseptic equipment. People should understand that an infection that follows is majorly a cause of negligence. If you are not taking proper care of your piercing and the piercer is not at fault and that is why you are asked to sign the consent form.
Aftercare is the most integral part of tongue piercing. Once you are done with it andhave the tongue piercing in your mouth, you are solely responsible for whatever happens to it. It is totally up to you to take care of the piercing. Your piercer will share all the necessary aftercare tips with you and you must follow all the tips shared by them as they are experienced and professional.
After a piercing, make sure that to use a clean toothbrush, alcohol-free toothpaste and mouthwash. Rinsing your mouth with alcohol will worsen up the piercing and may give you discomfort and swelling. It could react and can stain your teeth and cut your mouth.
Things that you must not do after a fresh piercing:
Most of the tongue piercings can heal in 2 to 4 weeks. Actually, healing time depends from person to person, the way they care for the piercing after getting piercing done. Also the swelling is a major deciding factor. A piercing will heal within eight weeks but most piercing are healed before that.
You must clean your piercing at least 1 to 2 times in a day, morning and at night. You can brush your teeth like always and can rinse your moth normally but use warm water if possible and a non-alcoholic mouthwash. Even after eating you can rinse your mouth with warm water.
Swelling after piercing is normal. You can take an ibuprofen to reduce the pain and the swelling. You can also suck on ice cubes (make sure the ice cubes are made out of clean water) and drink cold drinks. The swelling will be worst first three days.
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