Cause and Effect | Piercing Infractions

Getting your piercing done is likened to mini surgery of the sort. Most of the time this is a relatively painless and straightforward procedure without any unusual events. However in some instances especially when safe and recommended practices are not adhered to, a piercing procedure can lead to complications.

Complications from piercings are a relatively uncommon occurrence with only 1 in 10 procedures requiring further attention. Even so, such difficulties are quickly abated before they can induce further damage, the key here, like is with most medical conditions is detecting the problem as early as is possible.

What causes a piercing problem?

While there are many factors that could potentiate a piercing infarction, by far the most common is poor piercing aftercare. Caring for your piercing is paramount to prevent the development of complications, and in the case were after care is neglected the following are likely comeuppances;

  • An infection

Infections are the result of piercing contamination by disease pathogens. As you go about daily activities, the chances are high that you would come in contact with such harmful microbes. The fundamental objective of an aftercare routine is to rid the piercing surface (and surroundings) from such microbial life. When aftercare is non-existent or inadequate a suitable environment for infections to thrive is therefore created.

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  • Prolonged Healing time

Apart from fostering a suitable environment for infections to develop, which invariably extends the healing time of your piercing. Poor aftercare also significantly slows down the natural pace of the body’s healing mechanism. Proper aftercare helps remove residual tissues from the surface of the piercing thereby propagating the growth of newer and more viable tissue that facilitates the healing procedure. In the absence of aftercare, the body has to then first deal with the accumulation of the residual tissue before tackling the actual healing process.

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  • Scarring

An infected piercing, which took an extended period to heal will most likely develop scar tissue. The dimension of the scarring is dependent on the severity of the complication that led to it. In any case, scarring presents a serious threat to the final outlook of your piercing. As no matter the quality and beauty of the body jewelry you finally decide to adorn, scar tissue at the piercing site constitutes a visual distraction. This then further emphasizes the importance of piercing aftercare as a preventive measure; why risk total damage to your piercing when you can prevent it by engaging in simple yet effective piercing aftercare practices.

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  • Outright closure of the piercing

Instances, where a piercing closes up, are relatively common in the world of body art. This can be as a result of the build of debris and/or scab tissue that would have been otherwise cleaned out by routine piercing aftercare. Re-piercing a closed piercing can prove to be a painful endeavor especially if the piercing did not heal well before it closed up.

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Taking care of your piercing

The general concession among piercing experts is that aftercare procedures should be undertaken twice daily, in the morning and at night. And yes there is something as too much aftercare, so inasmuch as it may seem wise to clean your piercing constantly, it is in your best interest to stick to the twice daily routine.

Before starting off any aftercare process thoroughly wash your hands either with a mild disinfectant and lukewarm water.

Soak a Q-tip in lukewarm water before dabbing the surrounding area of the piercings with it to remove any residual tissue or debris.

Using another Q-tip this time soaked in the aftercare product of your choice, carefully apply it to the piercing and its accompanying body jewelry.

Again with a dry Q-tips, proceed to remove all excess aftercare solution.

Finally, rinse all equipment utilized in lukewarm water and store in a cool, dry place in preparation for subsequent piercing regimens.