Piercing is one of the oldest kinds of body modification: it was used by different nations several thousands of years ago. Despite such a long history, there are still quite a lot of misconceptions about these modifications. And this lack of knowledge may lead to some trouble and complications.
We decided to dispel the most popular myths so that you can enjoy the attractive piercing of different parts of the body.
1. Piercing guns are better than needles.
Piercing the earlobe with a gun is probably one of the most popular and most dangerous kinds of piercing. There are several reasons why:
- During piercing, blood might get on the device and the plastic gun is impossible to disassemble or put in boiling water for sterilization. So there’s a risk of getting infected with something really serious like hepatitis.
- In order to make a hole with a gun, they use a sharp earring. Unlike a special hollow needle, the earring literally tears the tissue of the earlobe. Such wounds take much longer to heal.
- When using a gun, the ear is pinched which only increases the risk of getting injured. For the same reason, it’s not all that simple to get the right hole: there’s a big change of asymmetric piercing.
2. Once you get a puncture, you need to put earrings made of gold, silver, or surgical steel in them.
This is another popular myth that can lead to allergic dermatitis.
- It’s hard to find gold of good quality which is why a lot of people buy cheaper kinds that might contain nickel. It’s believed to cause allergic reactions.
- Stainless steel doesn’t cause allergic reactions. This is why piercing needles are made of it. But not all stainless steel is good for wearing during the healing period. You need the kind without any additives which can be hard to find.
- For the first piercing, it’s better to choose materials that don’t come into active contact with the skin. This can be, for example, light and safe titanium (which is used in prosthetics and tooth implants).