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Is My Body Piercing Safe?

Lots of peeps, from your older sister to Hollywood celebrities, may have a body piercing of some sort, but that doesn't mean you should run right out to the nearest salon and get pierced! One Kidzworld member wanted to know if her navel piercing was safe, so we're here to fill you in on the basics of body piercing.

Body Piercings - The Perils of Piercings

It could be your ears, nose, eyebrows, belly button or tongue, but before you pierce that part, you're going to have to put your detective skills to good use. Finding a safe, clean and professional piercing shop is really, very, totally, extremely important - we can't stress that enough! Improper piercing techniques, like using dirty needles, can lead to viral infections like hepatitis B and C. And if you don't take care of your piercing afterwards, it'll get infected, ooze not-so-cool stuff and leave you with a not-so-pretty scar.

Body Piercings - Don't Believe the Hype

Now that you're down with the dangers, it's time to separate the myths from the facts!

Myth #1 - It's impossible to blow your nose if you have a nose piercing.

Peeps with nose rings are just as capable of blowing their noses as peeps without the jewelry. It just takes a little getting used to.

Myth #2 - Half of your face will go numb if an eyebrow is pierced incorrectly.

An eyebrow piercing should never be so deep that this becomes a concern.

Myth #3 - You'll bleed to death from a botched tongue ring.

Although there are major blood vessels in your tongue, you won't bleed to death. Excessive bleeding can happen, but piercers should always pull back the tongue and check the vein structure before piercing.

Myth #4 - Getting your navel pierced will damage your stomach, uterus, or some veins.

This isn't possible cuz your stomach and uterus are protected by your abdominal muscles. Also, your navel isn't a vascular area, so it doesn't contain blood vessels.

Myth #5 - Turning jewelry randomly throughout the day during the healing process is a must.

Doing this will only break the tissue, forcing the healing process to start all over again!

Body Piercings - After the Piercing

Healing times vary depending on what body part is pierced. Whatever you do, don't sleep on your piercing or remove the jewelry until it's completely healed.

  • Tongue - 4-6 weeks to heal.
  • Ear lobe - 6-8 weeks to heal.
  • Ear cartilage - 4-12 months to heal.
  • Eyebrow - 6-8 weeks to heal.
  • Lip - 3-4 months to heal.
  • Nose - 3-6 months to heal.
  • Navel - 6-12 months to heal.

The piercing will be sore and swollen for several days, so make sure you take good care of it. Keep it clean by gently washing the area with warm water and antibacterial soap twice a day, and resist the urge to touch or pick at it! For navel piercings, avoid belts, pantyhose, tight jeans or skirts cuz they'll rub up against the jewelry. For tongue and lip piercings, rinse with salt water after every meal. If you're concerned about how your piercing is healing or any discomfort it's causing, talk to the person who you were pierced by or your family doctor for advice on how to deal with it.

Body Piercings - Did U Know?

  • Navels and ear cartilage are the most difficult piercings to heal.
  • Tongue piercings can damage teeth over time, and tongue, cheek and lip piercings can cause gum problems.
  • Elaine Davidson from Brazil is the world's most pierced woman with 1,903 piercings in her body!

To find a safe and licensed body piercing salon near you, head to the Association of Professional Piercers.

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PARTYHAT
PARTYHAT posted in Family Issues:
hey,  im so sorry about that, but one thing this reminds me of is my grandpa. he passed away when my dad was 12 years old and i never got to see him, he sounds soo nice. keep going  :thumbsup
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Littkekawaiiigirl
I have a friend, she was so nice and funny when my best friend and I met her on the first day of school. As months passed she started getting annoying. The way she texts, acts, and talks is starting to get annoying. Then she is becoming such a drama queen now. What should I do?
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Kirsteeeeen
Thank you for sharing something that has helped you cope with loss, and I'm sorry that you lost your friend and had to go through the grief and pain. I don't know what it is like, but I know there are a lot of people who do and would appreciate that you shared that way of coping. I hope that you are continuing to find more ways to deal with it, and don't forget those good memories you have with her. They'll always be yours to cherish.
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Kirsteeeeen
Hi Wonderfulcalico, I'm sorry to hear you're in such a bad situation. It must be tough, and it must be having a profound negative impact on you and those around you. It sounds like your mom has some things she needs to work out. But know that this behaviour from your parents is not okay. You shouldn't have to be subjected to this type of environment, which is toxic for your health physically and mentally. It also sounds like it is physically dangerous and it is making you live in fear, which is not okay. It is NOT your fault. If you feel that you are being abused, please get another trusted adult involved. Don't act on things that make you feel unsafe or confront your parents directly if you know they will act in a dangerous way. Your safety is number one. Try contacting another adult such as a teacher, a nurse, a doctor, a worship leader, social worker, child protective services, or call the police. Remember that 911 is also an option in any emergency, and that includes yourself being in danger from physical abuse. You can also call Your Life, Your Voice at 1-800-448-3000 , message them online, or even text them, or contact another local help line that you know. Please take care of yourself and stay safe. I know you may not want to do any of these things, and it's okay to feel that way, but also remember how important your safety is and make that a priority. 
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KayKayZ posted in Friends:
Hmm, okay, well I'll try to give you the best advice that I can, Error. So you say you don't like your friend for a number of reasons: Liar, bad influence, uses swear words, too blunt, etc. I feel like some of these could be over-looked, such as the swearing and the 'bad influence' part. Really, all you have to do is just not copy her actions, and they won't be influential at all. If you disagree, it shouldn't be hard to just refuse to follow in her steps. However, lying isn't the best quality I would look for in a friend.  She doesn't seem like an enjoyable person to be around in general, which is why you are making this post, obviously. But I'm gonna ask you something here. Don't you think that, in a way, you're lying too? You're pretending to be her friend solely for purposes of monetary value because, I assume, your family cannot pay for or get you to gymnastic class themselves. If this is true, that's kind of bad, isn't it? It sounds like, to me, that your friendship isn't exactly a healthy relationship at all. But I'm gonna sympathize with you, since I know gymnastics must be important to you, and you wouldn't be doing this if you didn't have a good reason. So, what should you do about it? Well, personally I think there are a few things you could do. You could stop being her friend, therefore no longer having to deal with her; but in the process lose access to your gymnastics class and have to look for it in another way. On the flip side, you could continue to put up with her, which would probably not be in your best interests, but you'd still get to attend your class. Or, you could try talking to her about it. Ask her what she really thinks of your friendship, if she actually values you as her friend. Maybe you two can talk about problems that you're having with each other and work on fixing them. This option could have negative effects, since she might want to stop being your friend or things could become very awkward after that. But it's probably your best bet to be honest with her, as you'd hope she would be with you. How about if you tried being really nice to her? Kindness is contagious, and perhaps if you treat her well enough, she'll start doing the same to you. I feel like maybe if you complimented her, told her things that you really like about her, maybe even got her gifts or made her food once in a while, that she would come to appreciate you and all that you do for her. And in turn, she might start to respect you more herself, and become a good friend. That's about all I can say. If you're close enough with her mom, maybe you could even try asking her about her daughter and see if she can give you any advice. Hopefully that helped in some way, but if it didn't, maybe it at least made you think? I hope your problem gets resolved, Error, and you can be content with the outcome of it. :-)
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