Nowadays, there is a vast array of styles and types of body piercing out there. Nonetheless, it is safe to say that ear piercing is by far the most popular type of piercing. The fact is, people do body art for one or a few out of a number of reason:
shock value (and, sadly, no further reason beyond the urge to shock)
the aesthetic effect
the erotic effect
But let's stay focused on the ear piercing. There are several types of ear piercing one can undergo:
cartilage piercing (that of the upper portion of the external ear)
piercings across the helix.
How is it Performed?
There are many different piercing methods available out there. Piercing a body part means putting a hole through it with a particularly shaped sharp object. The way of going about it is up to the artist as well as the client, and these may involve:
standard, needle methods
indwelling cannula method
dermal punching, and lastly, everybody's least favorite,
the piercing gun.
No matter how risky and dangerous it is, the piercing gun is the most commonly used amongst the above mentioned methods.
Before proceeding, the following requirements must be met:
all piercing instruments should be properly sterilized
the artist ought to wear gloves during all piercing procedures
titanium and surgical stainless steel are the best idea for beginner's jewelry.
This step is considered critical in order for the healing process to last no longer than eight to ten weeks. Dispute the said, upper ear cartilage piercing may lead to some level of complications even though.
The following is a list of tips for piercing aftercare:
cleaning the piercing on a daily basis, no more, no less than once a day
the piercing ought to be rinsed with saline; this is done so that the crust should peel off
the hair shouldn't come in contact with the piercing so that it doesn't transmit any hair products to the wound
perfume-free or dye-free hair products should be used during the healing stage; this is because they may cause inflammations
the pillowcase ought to be kept extra clean during the healing process, so that possible bacteria don't interfere with it
staying away from alcohol and drugs, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle also enhances the healing process
adding multivitamins to the diet also helps, vitamin B and zinc are favorable component in particular
Now for the list of things to avoid:
touching the piercing frequently
removing the piercing for at least three months (this is to provide for adequate healing process circumstances)
witch hazel, alcohol or hydrogen shouldn't be used for cleaning
applying ointments on the wound
keeping hats, headphones, telephones, glasses
using public telephones.
And that should about cover everything a newly pierced person should know about maintaining personal hygiene around the newly pierced bits.