If you are considering having a piercing for the first time it cannot be stressed enough the absolute importance of finding a licensed professional who is a member of the Association of Professional Piercers. This assures that the procedure will be conducted in compliance with health and safety standards. A professional will comply with safe piercing practices and will use sterile instruments to minimize the risk of infection and reduce your exposure to horrid bacteria. Do not be lured to unaccredited piercers that offer bargain prices as the discount you receive will not be worth it if a shoddy job is done or a nasty infection sets in.
It takes no longer to locate a professional piercer via an internet search than it does to discover a veritable horror story of unprofessional piercings that have gone wrong. Complications arising from tongue piercings have resulted in the American Dental Association opposing this particular body modification due to such factors as resultant dental problems, speech and swallowing issues, prolonged bleeding and infection. Future problems can arise from tongue piercings that may necessitate surgical removal.
While all piercings carry a certain risk of infection other piercings are lower risk than the tongue. Scarring or tearing can be factors to consider down the line and it is a sensible precaution to not wear enormous hoops that dangle from the ears or nipples and can catch in foreign objects. A rip can lead to long term scarring. Professional piercers also advise to stay away from piercing guns in all circumstances as it is impossible to ensure sterility. The use of piercing guns on ear cartilage runs the risk of causing significant damage and even deformity. Even if the first piercing you are considering is a relatively simple earlobe piercing, professionals do advise to steer well clear from piercing guns in the mall.
You are choosing a piercing to enhance your appearance with body jewelry and it is wise to remember not to take unnecessary risks with possible adverse health consequences. Always seek out a reputable professional to ensure you get the result you want.