Tongue piercing is just one of the many body piercing ideas done is basically done through the center of the tongue. It is the standard way of doing the piercing, only one hole in the center of the tongue, and is considered to be the most common and safest way to do it. However, there are some who goes extreme and do more than one piercing on their tongue. Pierced Tongue have always been popular, especially to the Westerns, although the number of men and women in the rest of the world who wants to have this body piercing has declined.
Common Misconceptions About Tongue Piercing
In the past years and up to these days, it is so sad to note that there are a lot of misconceptions about this piercing. This is actually the main reason why there are many people who are close-minded as far as this piercing is concerned. Here are some of the common misconceptions pertaining to this kind of piercing:
- Piercing on the tongue is a sign of prostitution. People think this way since almost all of the prostitutes they see have this kind of piercing. Even in a number of porn movies, porn stars used to wear this piercings. Hence, we cannot blame these people of thinking this way. But it can still be changed if they will just open their minds.
- You can do the piercing procedure if you know where your tongue veins are. There are a lot of people who believe on this nowadays. Well maybe, their reason of thinking this way is so that they can save some money in going to a professional piercer. Keep in mind that getting pierced involves a complex process, so an expert should handle such thing.
- Smoking cigarettes is alright after getting pierced on the tongue. This is definitely a wrong idea. Various harmful chemicals are contained in a cigarette, so you should be very careful.
- This kind of piercing may cause your teeth to break. This is not true since your teeth can never have direct contact from the jewelry pierced on your tongue.
- Terrible scars may appear from undergoing this piercing procedure. This is a ridiculous thing that people believe is true. Scars are not possible to exist on tongue since it is purely made of muscles. Scars may just occur on the body parts that have skin.
Who Can’t Have Their Tongue Pierced?
Are there really people who are not allowed to have tongue piercings? Yes, not everyone can have a tongue pierced although many can have it. Having this can be risky, and can be complicated sometimes. Usually, it depends on how long your tongue is and where your veins are positioned. For this reason, having a professional and licensed piercer assess your tongue before the actual piercing is very important.
- Those who have a very short tongue, as well as those who are not able to stick out their tongue, are not recommended to have this piercing.
- If you have a lot of webbing that extends up to the tongue, piercing will cut the webbings and may cause you severe swelling, bleeding, and suffocation.
- People who have a vein exactly down the center of the tongue, though the piercing can be put slightly away from the center.
- If you have certain health conditions, you may not be allowed to have this as it will make you experience nerve issues or any form of paralysis.
Things to Consider When Looking for a Piercing Studio
Finding a reliable piercing studio and piercer is important for you to get the tongue pierced properly done and to prevent potential infections or complications. So, how can you be sure you have the right one? You may ask yourself the following questions to guide you:
- Is the piercing studio established and licensed, with clean, neat, and properly-lit rooms to conduct the procedure?
- Is their staff of piercers well trained and experienced? Are they using sterile equipment, especially the needle?
- Are they able to answer your questions and concerns about the procedure directly and without hesitation?
Additionally, asking for referrals from friends or someone you know who already have tried piercing on their tongues also help to find one to do your piercing. If they provide good feedback about the studio they went to, you can consider going to the same studio or you may continue with your search. It’s all up to you.
Unlike what most people thought, tongue piercing is actually the least painful, a lot less painful than accidentally biting your tongue. Although you may feel uncomfortable having it on your tongue for a few days, you can still talk and eat the usual way. Just try to ignore it because the more you think of it, the more it will be difficult for you to speak and eat.
The Procedure – Before, During and After
- Before. Checking of the veins is very necessary for piercers to do before they pierce. They will even have to use blue light if they are not able to see it clearly just to be certain. They do this to assess if they have to do the piercing straight down to the center, off to one side, at a slight angle, or in another position.
- During. After marking the position for your pierce, they will clamp the area to start the piercing. They let the needle to go through and remove it after while sliding the jewelry through the tube that is left in the tongue. Lastly, they will attach the ball to lock it. As simple as that.
- After. Right after you leave the piercing studio, proper care of your pierce is now all your responsibility. It is expected that the piercer did the piercing professionally and with the utilization ofsterilized equipment. Infections may likely to occur after, and you should understand that the piercer cannot be blamed for it. That is why it is advised that you only have it done by a professional, and in most instances, you will be asked to sign a consent form first prior to doing the procedure. Furthermore, they also give some advises on aftercare of your piercing. So, there is really no reason for you to forget taking care of your own piercing and blame the piercer if you experience swelling or infections.
Aftercare – Things to Avoid
Having a tongue piercing requires you to take good care of it properly because it can easily get infected when not given proper attention. Days after you got the piercing, you should not be surprised to see light bleeding, swelling, tenderness, and other symptoms related to piercing. Well, allowing ice ship melt in your mouth can help reduce the swelling. Other than that, there are some things that need to be avoided after you get your piercing. Here are some of those:
- Playing with your jewelry or putting your hands in your mouth while you are still in the first week of healing.
- Drinking large amounts of caffeine, and hot drinks like coffee or tea.
- Drinking alcohol or even just gargle with alcoholic mouthwash.
- Kissing and oral sexual contact as it may cause infection.
- Eating spicy, hot, salty, or acidic foods is discouraged as it may give you stinging and burning sensations near or on the tongue area.
- Removing or changing your piercing close the fastest, they can heal and close quickly.
The Healing Process
It can take 3 – 4 weeks to fully heal. It is one of the fastest healing piercings. Among the various kinds of piercings that are attached on a person’s body, tongue piercing is one of those that can be healed faster. The swelling that you may experience after undergoing the piercing procedure is just normal, and it may take 10-14 days before it will finally vanish on the pierced area. Moreover, the entire healing process on the pierced area may take three up to four weeks. This goes to show that you need to have a lot of patience with you, so that you can stand waiting for this time to come. The waiting time is actually nothing when you already have this piercing since you will surely look fashionable and brave in front of those people who consider getting pierced not a bad thing.
How much does it cost?
The piercing is $30 plus the jewelry. A standard barbell starts at $26. So you’re looking at about $56 plus tax.
What can I do to avoid damaging my teeth?
You must want to size down the length of the barbell after the initial swelling. The size that you are pierced with at first is longer to accommodate for the swelling. Best way to prevent teeth damage is to not play with it. Don’t bite it or click it against your teeth.
We frequently move our tongues, and for this reason, the size of jewelry and comfort are considered important. Hence, straight barbells are the most common and most appropriate pierced jewelry on tongues, usually 16 to 18 mm by 1.6 mm and made either from surgical steel or titanium. However, there are some people who later opt to stretch their piercing to avoid migration, which causes irritation and discomfort, and to have a snug fit, which is more stable. Stretching the pierce further beyond 10 mm is possible too. Barbells can come in any type and color depending on your preference. Moreover, the beads found at the end of the barbell can have decorative pieces, which are often worn to hide the piercing.
Without a doubt, tongue piercing is a beautiful and fashionable adornment that people can have on their body. But before considering having this piercing, putting all these important points in mind is very important.