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It hurts, yet its tantalises!

You’ve got it done but make sure you know the pros and cons. Piercings can be painful yet exhilarating. Sujata Reddy speaks to some experienced 'piercers' who have 'done' it!

fashion and trends Updated: May 06, 2009 19:59 IST
Sujata Reddy
Sujata Reddy
Hindustan Times

Twenty eight-year-old Ashvini Sharma got her first piercing done when she was 20. “My first stab was on the earlobe... like it was with many of my friends. I loved the way it emphasised a body part. I still do.” she says.

Sharma has since had six piercings done — three in the ears, two on the eyebrow and one cutting the navel. “I think I’ll go for the tongue next,” she muses.

For Sharma, the first piercing was a traumatic experience as she did not know anything about post-care. She was under the impression that a jab in the ear was no big deal and it would heal on its own. Of course, she was wrong.

The lesson she learnt saw her sail through the next five stabs.

Attention grabbing
Piercings can be painful yet exhilarating. The pain is temporary, unless you do something to irritate the wound. Never rub the pierced area and ensure that it is dry at all times to speed up the healing process.

General practitioner Dr GM Rana is one of the few doctors in the city who specialises in piercings. “Since the last 15 years we’ve pierced all body parts for different clients... from ear lobes and navels to nipples and genitals,” he laughs.
Piercing the ear, eyebrow or any other visible body part is one way to attract attention. Jabs on private parts are for personal identification and self-gratification, says Rana. He uses surface anaesthesia for piercing of sensitive body parts. “Some patients come prepared for the pain. Others scream out loud,” he says.

Piercing artist Alvin D’Souza advises a medicated mouthwash for those who get a lip piercing done — before and after you eat something to avoid food particles from getting stuck in the wound.

He warns against piercing your cheek or temple from anyone other than a doctor. “These are highly sensitive spots and crammed with glands. A slip up could result in severe damage to the entire body,” he concludes.

First Published: May 06, 2009 19:52 IST