Tongue Piercings – What Are They (like you don’t know!)

Tongue piercing is a form of body design where a straight rod is usually inserted into a channel pierced through the tongue.  Usually this is a piercing placed vertically in the middle of the tongue – a rod with 2 balls (less sniggering in the back there please!).   It is often possible to carry several tongue piercings behind or next to one another.  However, this is individually dependent on the person and their choices.

Tongue Piercing Process

First, you should look for a reputable and professional piercer of course, who already has experience in this area and works in a clean and sterile environment.  Since a tongue piercing is a typical piercing, however, it is offered by most studios and can be pierced for comparatively low prices.

The piercer should hold a detailed consultation with their potential client and educate them about possible risks.  It is important, however, that the piercing is carried out with great care and not set too far back, so that the tongue band remains intact.  Furthermore, care must be taken that the position of the piercing can not cause damage to the teeth.

After all the risks have been discussed and a contract has been signed by the customer,  it is ready to go.  Before piercing, the affected area is cleaned with a cloth and disinfected so that there are no bacteria at the injection site.  So that the piercing can be carried out straight, the tongue is fixed with special pliers.  The canal itself is pierced with a hollow needle or a plastic tube.  This makes it possible to put the after piercing into it so that it slides when pulling the needle or hose into the puncture channel.  Then the tongue piercing is closed.

Over the next three to eight days, the tongue can become very swollen, which is why the piercer uses an excessively long tongue barbell.

Pain and Numbness Through Tongue Piercing

Many people are often afraid of getting a tongue piercing because of the alleged pain.  Correctly pierced, the piercing itself is not as painful as often assumed.  It is important to note, however, that the perception of pain varies from person to person and the puncture of the piercing needle is perceived with varying degrees of intensity.

Healing of Tongue Piercings

The healing of a tongue piercing should usually be done in 3 – 6 weeks.  During the healing phase alcohol and nicotine should be avoided (sorry!).  Food intake may be somewhat painful during the first few days, so liquid and pulpy foods should be eater/drank.  Patients should also refrain from having acidic foods, such as lemons, pineapples or other fruits.  Since this is a fresh wound, acids can burn severely and ignite quickly.

Taking Care of Your Tongue Piercing

So that the new tongue piercing can heal best and quickly, piercing care is particularly important and should be carried out conscientiously.  For this, affected persons should receive instructions from the piercer usually special agent in a small bottle, which may be dripped several times a day at the piercing sites, so that the wound is free from bacteria and heal.  Furthermore, after eating, the mouth should always be rinsed thoroughly, but gently, so that no leftovers get to the wound and it stays nice and clean.

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