All you Need to Know About Ear Piercing

Are you thinking of thinking of piercing your ears or your child’s ears? After all it’s a trend a tradition, and to most it’s an ear piercing serves both as a trend and a tradition.

However, you might have a few questions on the ear piercing process.

Below Queen and Collection online store answers your most pressing questions.

Why Should your Pierce your Ears?

Ear piercing is a common practice, with most people preferring to pierce the ear lobes.

People pierce their ears for different reasons, for some it is a fashion statement while for others it is a cultural practice.

Whatever the reason you choose to pierce your ears for, make sure you do it the right way, using proper equipment.

How much does it hurt?

The earlobes are considered among the least painful parts of the ear because it doesn’t contain a lot of nerves. The earlobes also tend to heal much faster since it is fleshy. Most of the people describe the pain as a quick pinch that doesn’t last.

Should I pierce with a gun or needle?

Professionals have cautioned against using piercing guns for various reasons the most important being that most of their components can’t be easily sterilized after every use. Also, they aren’t disposable.

It is also not safe to use piercing guns on parts of the ears other than the lobes because the can cause damage to the tissue and cartilage.

With that said, it comes down to your personal preference. Most people prefer piercing with a gun compared to the needle. Guns are also preferred by most jewelry stores and salons.

The advantage of the gun other than the fact that it is not so painful is that it’s not easy to get a professional who pieces with a needle. It only means that you might end up with infections from not piercing correctly when using a needle.

How to find a Professional piercer?

It is necessary to find a piercer who knows what they are doing. Because you don’t want to end up with infections. Ask you friends for referrals. Alternatively check the online reviews

Below are important tips:

  • Consider the cleanliness of the studio.
  • Find out about the sterilization process.
  • Check the piercer’s references and portfolio.

What’s piercing like?

Whether you choose a salon or a piercing studio to get your ears pierced, here’s a basically what to expect:

  • You’ll need to fill a consent form then choose appropriate earrings.
  • The piercer should mark the piercing site then you approve.
  • The piercer will then clean the piercing site using an antibacterial solution.
  • Your ears will then get pierced.
  • If they use a gun, the earring will be inserted instantly.
  • If they use a needle, the earring will have to be inserted immediately after the piercing has been done.
  • Lastly they’ll clean the piercing site to avoid any infections and provide you with instructions on aftercare

While your piercings are healing

  • Do not touch them with dirty hands to avoid contaminations
  • Avoid touching them unnecessarily unless you’re cleaning them
  • Clean two to three times every day with a saline.
  • Gently wipe any crust that forms between cleanings.
  • Make ensure the pierced area is always dry.
  • Change your pillowcases frequently.
  • Have your jewelry on during the entire healing time. Ear piercings take about six to eight weeks to fully heal.

Who Can Pierce their Ears?

Ear piercing though safe may not be for everyone.

It’s best to check with your doctor before getting a piercing especially if you have any conditions that make wounds heal slower

Babies can have their ears pierced, it’s all up to you to make that decision. Though there have been recommendations to wait until children can take care of their ears afterwards on their own.

Are there any risks involved?

Earlobe piercings rarely pose any risks and they also take less time to heal.

Still, there might be those one off experiences like:

  • Infection. Bacteria can get into the piercing and cause an infection with symptoms like redness, swelling, discoloration, discharge and pain
  • Allergic reactions.  There are people who react to different metals used in making the earrings.
  • Blood borne disease. Unsterilized ear piercing equipment can transmit microorganisms that cause blood borne diseases.
  • Keloids. Sometimes ear piercings create a bump on the lobe referred to as a keloid.

 With all this said, we welcome you to the Queen and Collection online store for you best jewelry buys.