Alternative Piercings

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The possibilitie for alternative piercings are endless.

There are those who find that simple ear piercings are not enough and will consider piercing alternate places on their body. The piercing acts as a creative way of expressing oneself though, unlike tattoos, it is only permanent so long as the wearer wants it. You still must strongly consider what piercing you want, the risks involved, where to go and how to properly care for it.

  1. Popular Piercings

    • Just because your friend got a piercing doesn't mean you should too.
      Just because your friend got a piercing doesn't mean you should too.

      Odds are, you have already seen someone with a nose, tongue, eyebrow, lip or belly button piecing. These are by far the most popular body piercings apart from the traditional ear piercing. Following the crowd is not a reason to get an alternative piercing, however, if this is something you have personally wanted over time, feel free to look into the process.

    Unconventional Body Piercings

    • Some body piercings are a little less conventional.
      Some body piercings are a little less conventional.

      What you probably have not seen so abundantly are piercings on the back, in the cheek or in the webbing between the thumb and forefinger. Even the idea of nipple or genitalia piercings can make one cringe at the thought. Yet there is a market for these piercings as well, pushing the notion that the body can be pierced almost anywhere.

    Jewelry for Piercings

    • What goes into the piercing also matters.
      What goes into the piercing also matters.

      It is not just the piercing but what is put into it that can change. Body jewelry comes in many shapes, colors and styles, further reflecting ones creative expressions. However, jewelry made out of nickel should never be worn as it can quickly cause allergic reactions.

    Knowing the Risks

    • Know beforehand that belly piercings should be taken out during pregnancy.
      Know beforehand that belly piercings should be taken out during pregnancy.

      The success of piercings vary. You should consult a professional on the pros and cons of the piercing and how to care for it. Piercing can result in infection from lack of proper care, but you also risk contracting Hepatitis B or C, tetanus, or AIDS if dirty needles and equipment are used. There can be oral or skin complications and scar tissue can build up. Accidents can cause tearing of the flesh which may require surgery to repair. Understand the risks of the piercing you want before you get it.

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