Piercing has a long tradition in many cultures and has been experiencing a real renaissance for years. A ring in the navel or a piece of jewelry in the nose are certainly an eye-catcher - but they also carry risks. Who wants to undergo such beauty interventions, must therefore take into account health aspects. The observance of certain hygiene rules is the basic prerequisite for largely excluding risks.
Piercings - what dangers exist?
- When selecting the material, pay attention to high purity. Recommended are pure titanium, high gold or platinum. Alloys containing nickel or other base metals can cause allergies and therefore should not be used.
- When piercing it comes to open wounds. If the hygiene rules are not adhered to, there is a risk of viruses or bacteria getting into the wound.
- Incorrect insertion of a piece of jewelry also risks damaging blood vessels or nerves.
- Proper wound dressing with a sterile dressing prevents purulent wound inflammation.
- In rare cases, it can come after about 6 weeks to a so-called keloid, an excessive form of scarring. Then the jewelry must be removed immediately and should not be used at this point.
8 tips for piercing piercings
- Prerequisite for a complication-free healing is a sterile procedure when inserting the piercing and sterile instruments and materials.
- First, the skin in the entrance and exit area of the branch canal must be carefully cleaned and disinfected.
- The ring is then placed under absolutely sterile conditions. Therefore, all instruments used and the ring to be used must be sterile.
- All required instruments may only be removed from the sterile packaging immediately prior to surgery.
- The use of sterile gloves is also required. Before putting on the gloves, a hand disinfection lasting at least 30 seconds must be carried out.
- Even if a plug or other shape is used later, first of all, a ring that ensures that the puncture channel is lined by skin is the best.
- After inserting the piece of jewelry, the wound must be cleaned, disinfected and covered with a sterile bandage. Careful wound care is necessary for a good and fast healing process.
- A separate room with sink, soap and disinfectant dispenser and disposable towels is also necessary for hygienic work.
A piercing in the navel, the eyebrow or a plug in the nose are responsible for professional introduction. A piercing of the lower lip or the tongue is more problematic, since it can lead to damage when eating, drinking or swallowing. These piercings easily touch the inside of the teeth when swallowed. Since we swallow many hundreds of times a day, teeth can be smashed over time in this way.
Conclusion: If you want to be pierced, go to a specialist who can estimate the risk and can guarantee a professional, sterile intervention.