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Will it hurt?

Not nearly as much as you might think! In fact, the actual piercing is so brief that usually the worst part is the worrying before hand. And, no matter how the piercing felt, almost everyone who gets pierced can't help but laugh or smile when it's over. Don;t get me wrong, piercing is not a painless experience - but pain is completely relative to the individual and the pain incurred during a piercing is nothing that the average person can't handle. Remember: the piercing process only lasts a split second, while the new addition to your body can be enjoyed as long as you like!

Is piercing some new fad or trend?

No. Piercing has been around a long time and has been practiced in nearly every culture all over the world for thousands of years.

Why do I have to start with titanium?

This is the best material to prevent adverse reactions to the new jewellery in your body. There will be plenty of time for the fun involved with changing your jewellery to express yourself or reflect your personal style.

How long before I can change the starter jewellery?

In accordance with healing, this time period can vary from person to person. There are two things to consider: the initial and full healing periods. The initial healing period is that time when the body creates a nice layer of skin between you and the starter jewelry. The full healing period is when the new piercing is entirely healed. Now, when deciding how long to wait before changing your jewelry you have to remember that you don't want to reopen the wound. This will delay your healing process and require intense aftercare to prevent possible infection. And when you change your jewelry you are going to irritate your new piercing no matter how gentle you are. So, my advice is to wait until the piercing is no longer tender (meaning, you can play with your piercing without experiencing ANY discomfort). At this point you can consider changing your jewelry. However, use as much care as possible when changing your jewelry for the first time.

What should I do during the healing period?

Basically, treat your piercing like what it is: a wound. You should treat your piercing as carefully as possible--at all times, at all costs. This will insure that your body is healing your new piercing at the fastest rate possible. And always remember to wash your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap before touching your new piercing.

What if a shop doesn't seem clean?

Do not get pierced there. Try and do some research before choosing a shop or piercer. Ask around and find a shop that has a reputations for being clean, sterile and friendly.

For how long can I keep out my jewellery?

This depends. Each piercing has a different lifespan without jewelry. For example, I removed my second tongue barbell to go to the dentist and after an hour and a half the hole closed up. On the other hand, I've kept my earlobe jewelry out for days without having my holes shrink or close-up. Bottom line, if you have to remove your jewelry, get a retainer. This will prevent any chance of losing the piercing. And retainers are made with clear lucite, flesh colored or clear acrylic ends, and other styles of "hideable" accessories. So hiding your piercing shouldn't be an issue. And for athletes, a PTFE tongue retainer, monofilament nylon, or other types of inert metallic substances may serve to keep your piercing open while engaging in activity.

Will a piercing increase sensitivity in the pierced area?

Yes. While all piercings will make you more aware of the pierced area, there are definitely some piercings that heighten sensitivity more than others. Typically,  the tongue and nipple.

Should I use alcohol to clean my piercing?

DO NOT use any type of alcohol to clean your piercing. Alcohol is not meant for internal use, and will only irritate and further complicate the healing process.

My piercing is red and seems to be infected.

First, make sure that you are NOT using an  alcohol cleanser or perfumed moisturiser The largest amount of complaints come from those who use these products to heal their piercings. Second, make sure that you are only using anitbacterial or antimicrobial soap and a salt solution to clean your piercing.Remember, piercings such as the navel and nipple tend to get irritated easily because they are in active areas of the body. So be careful not to pull on your jewelry while the piercing is still healing.

How long should I wait before stretching my piercing?

It's a good idea to wait at least 3 times as long as the healing period before attempting to stretch.

Can I breast feed if my nipples are pierced?

As long as the piercing are well healed one would not have a problem with breast feeding. The nipple has plenty of cells of mammory glands. If the piercing is at the base of the nipple, jewelry doesn't matter. A lot of people choose barbells so they can remove them during the great feed. Some leave them in.

Can you please tell me about "migration"?

Curved bars, when placed properly, are the one type of jewelry that is least likely to be rejected. Rejection is usually caused by "back pressure" often caused by using straight bars, or simply the body refusing to accept the piercing. Rings can get knocked around quite a bit and that irritation can also cause rejection. In fact, any piercing, it it received enough trauma, can be rejected. Infection and allergy/sensitivity are also types of irritation and can lead to rejection. Some piercing will "migrate" to a more comfortable setting without being rejected. Eyebrows that are pierced too deeply will often migrate to a more comfortable position and stop. This is common with Guiches, Frenums, Brows and even Navels. You can tell a piercing is rejecting when the skin is pink (not infection) and sometimes tender. The holes begin to get closer together leaving a thin scar in their wake. This can happen extremely quickly or over a long period of time. And it can happen to a brand new piercing or one that is 5 years old.