There are of a lot of different types of piercings. Navel piercings, cartilage piercings, gauges, tongue piercings, so to name a few. Reasons behind getting a piercing varies from person to person.
- Navel Piercings: A navel piercing or belly button piercing, is a type of piercing located in, or around, the navel. The actual navel is not pierced when a navel piercing is performed. The most common form of navel piercing is through the upper rim of the navel. A true navel piercing requires the person being pierced to have an “outie” navel to some degree, and is getting more popular these days. This kind of piercing is popular with, but not exclusive to females. Some might get this type of piercing to show off, or just for fun to wear during the summer at the beach. Getting this piercing is not painful, unlike a few other ones. Healing usually takes less than six months to a year, and as long as it is cleaned, it will heal nicely. Non-iodized sea salt, lavender oil and tea tree oil have all been known to speed the healing process. The APP recommends using a vented eye patch on the area to protect it during the healing process.
- Gauges: The term, ‘ear gauges’ can be used to describe somebody who has stretched ears and would refer to the size of the jewelry that is used to gauge the ears. These ear plugs can be made out of several materials, such as wood, stone and acrylic. The smaller the number, the bigger the size of the piercing.Maybe you’ve seen someone walk past you with an “earring” in that is see through. Commonly, yet incorrectly, known as gauges.
- Cartilage Piercings: Very popular among young people, this piercing involves the top or side of ones ear being pierced. The two most common areas with cartilage piercings are the ear and the nose. Many people outside of the body modification community often informally use the term “cartilage piercing” to refer a helix piercing.
- Tongue Piercings: This piercing goes without saying. There are different types of tongue piercings, most commons ones involves piercing the middle of ones tongue and tongue venom piercing, piercings the tongue twice, side by side. Most tattoo and piercings shop just call it a regular tongue piercing, but piercing it twice. With that being said, not many shops will do a venom piercings for varies reasons.
There are many different types of piercings, but the ones listed above are only a few. But with any piercings, comes risk. So if you or someone you know is planning on getting a piercing, get it done professionally. It’s never a good idea to do them yourselves, for fear of infection or hitting a vain. Some doctors offices will even do some, mostly ear lobes and cartilages piercings. But if you do decide to do them yourselves, make sure the needle you are using, your hands, and the area you are piercing is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. If you think your piercing is infected, it’s best to go see a doctor or go to your local piercing shop to get an opinion. In no way should you ever remove the piercing, for fear that bacteria can become trapped while your hole is healing.