Piercings. They look good, and you can get one about everywhere you want, with the type of jewelry that most suits you, your lifestyle, and your personality. Plus, piercings are becoming more and more accepted by the work environment. A lot of celebrities also have piercings, including Rihanna, Scarlet Johansson, and Demi Lovato. So why not get a piercing?
But is the pain really worth it, you might wonder? Well, the different areas where you can get a piercing have different pain levels. So the level of pain will depend on where you get a piercing, but also will depend on your level of pain tolerance.
Also, if you really want a piercing, the pain is probably worth it, as you are generally keeping your piercing forever. It’s a moment of suffering that is usually worth it. And, if you want to know a bit more about piercings, the most and least painful places to get them, just continue reading!
Here’s an initial Q&A to respond to all of your possible questions concerning piercings and pain.
Are All Piercings Painful?
This will mostly depend on your pain tolerance level. It also depends on your anxiety and stress levels. So one piercing might feel more painful to one person, and it won’t feel painful at all to another person.
Also, the level of pain will depend on which area of your body you decide to pierce. But if you know what pain level to expect, as you will know after reading this article, it can be easier to prepare yourself mentally to get a piercing.
Remember that getting a piercing actually goes quicker than what you think. So sometimes, you don’t even realize that you felt the pain. So no, not all piercings are painful, some are more than others, and it depends on you at the end of the day. And it’s often less painful than what you think.
How Can You Diminish The Pain Of Getting A Piercing?
There are a few ways you can diminish the pain of getting a piercing. The most important thing is to be relaxed, and there are natural ways to be less stressed. And no, it’s not a good idea to take any alcohol or other drugs.
Avoid dangerous substances as most piercers won’t pierce you if you look like you’re under the influence of something. Also, you might regret your piercing. Obviously, you should go to a professional, reputable piercer who you trust. You could even book a pre-appointment to be more reassured. Also, why not try the following methods:
Try Different Relaxations Methods
Why not try to relax yourself before your piercing appointment? You could try out different methods, like meditation, taking deep breaths, or even just listening to your favorite music. You can also try these out during your appointment.
Your piercer might also advise you on other natural methods, and he or she is probably used to people being a bit nervous, especially if it’s their first time getting a piercing!
Apply A Topical Numbing Cream Before Your Appointment
You can apply a topical numbing cream or even a spray before your appointment on the relevant area so that it will hurt less. If you’re not sure which one to get, you could always ask your piercer in advance or even your local doctor or pharmacist.
Just follow the instructions, which you can see on the packaging, and this cream or spray will numb the area for a while. So the piercing won’t hurt as much or not at all, depending on the product and your pain tolerance level.
Distract Yourself During Your Piercing
You could always try to distract yourself during your piercing appointment. Why not bring a friend, a family friend, or your partner with you? Usually, if you ask your piercer before they start piercing you, he or she won’t mind.
Having someone that stays with you during the appointment can reassure you and make the appointment go by faster as well. Make sure that the person you bring with you is calm and will make you feel calm as well and that they’re not afraid of blood or needles. This would be unfortunate and just stress you more.
How Should You Take Care Of Your Piercing?
After you get your piercing done, it’s important you take care of it, just like after you get a tattoo. It’s important the pierced area heals properly, so you get the nicest result possible.
Usually, if you go to a professional piercer with a good reputation, he or she will give you all the aftercare advice you need to know. If you still have any questions, you can always go back or call for more tips. You’re not bothering the piercer, it’s part of their job and it’s better to ask than do nothing and have anything go wrong or even have the area pierced again!
But don’t worry: the aftercare for a piercing is not too difficult. Just clean the pierced area twice a day and always wash your hands before touching the concerned area. Avoid touching the area, except when you clean it twice a day. The more you touch it, the more bacteria you’ll introduce in your piercing, no matter how clean and sanitized your hands are.
Also, make sure you wear loose clothes instead of tight, fitted clothes. Use an aftercare product recommended by your piercer, your local doctor, or your pharmacist, adapted for your skin type.
How Long Will Your Piercing Hurt After The Piercing Appointment?
The pain doesn’t end at your piercing appointment, unfortunately. You will experience soreness, pain, and discomfort for up to a week after you get your piercing. But luckily, there are a few ways to reduce all of these.
Here are a few things you can do to reduce the pain, soreness, and discomfort after getting pierced:
Apply Ice To The Pierced Area
If you want to reduce the soreness and pain, you can apply ice to the pierced area. If you don’t already have ice in your freezer, you can use a bag of frozen veggies, for example. It will work just as fine! The important thing is to keep the area cool.
Don’t apply the ice directly on the pierced area, as it’s not recommended. Instead, wrap the ice up in a clean towel or rag. Otherwise, some bacteria could come in contact with your skin and the wounded area and infect it. For the same reason, you shouldn’t apply any ointments or creams on your pierced area as well.
Use A Chamomile Compress On The Pierced Area
If you want to try a less conventional method, you could always try to use a chamomile compress on the pierced area. Using a chamomile compress can help your pierced area to heal quicker, and it can also help reduce the chances of scarring.
Also, chamomile is soothing and a plant that’s naturally healing. So where can you get chamomile compresses? Well, the good news is that you can make them yourself! Just use some chamomile tea bags, use them by making tea, and take the used ones and put them in the fridge.
Then, you’ll just need to apply the tea bags to your piercing directly for a couple of minutes. You can do that as often as required in a day.
Contact Your Local Doctor Or Pharmacist
If the last two methods don’t work and you’re still feeling pain after a week, don’t hesitate to contact your local doctor or pharmacist.
Which Are The Least Painful Piercing Areas?
Here is a list of the least painful piercing areas:
- Earlobes piercing
- Eyebrows piercing
- Navel piercing (AKA belly button piercing)
Most Painful Places To Get A Piercing And Painful Piercing Types
The more nerve connections a body area has, the more sensitive it will be and the more prone to pain the piercing will be. So if you’re getting a sensitive body area pierced, it’s going to hurt more. The pain level will not only depend on where you get your piercing but will also depend on your pain tolerance.
Here are the most painful body places and piercing types there are:
This is without a doubt the piercing that will hurt the most, no matter if you’re a man or a woman. That’s because of the multiple nerve connections, especially if you decide to pierce your clitoris. Genitals are really sensitive areas, so make sure you are aware of that before getting pierced.
The good news is that genital piercings heal pretty fast, only four to six weeks if you take good care of your piercing. But it’s a 9/10 pain level, if not 10/10 level.
Nipples are one of the most sensitive areas of your body, especially if you’re a woman, since there are so many more nerve connections. So if a needle pierces your nipples, it will hurt. A lot. Nipple piercings probably are the piercing that hurt the most after genital piercing.
If you still decide to get a nipple piercing, it will also take longer to heal than another piercing, about six to 12 months approximately. And it will be a 9/10 pain level for most people.
The anti-tragus area is in the cartilage area that’s close to the ear canal. So it will also hurt as much as the industrial piercing. But I’d say that this one is an 8/10. It’s quick to pierce but will hurt a lot. It also takes eight to 16 months to heal, which is a really long time.
A dermal piercing will pierce a lot of nerves under the skin so that it will hurt about a 7/10. But it only takes one to three months to heal, so that’s good.
It’s pretty common to get your septum or another part of your nose pierced, but it still is painful. It’s not the place that will hurt the most, but you will experience some discomfort and pain.
Also, the bigger piercing jewelry you get, the longer your body part will take to heal.
If you get a helix piercing, which is the curved part of your ear, it will hurt as much as getting your nose pierced. So I’d say it’s about a 6/10 pain level, just as with a nose piercing, especially a septum piercing.
A daith piercing is also in your ear, so you won’t be able to wear headphones for a while. The needle goes through the cartilage, so it’s painful. But it’s also an acupuncture spot, so it’s supposed to relieve anxiety and headaches.
A tongue piercing is more painful than most people think it is. The piercer has to make sure he doesn’t accidentally pierce an artery or your gums. Also, you have to be careful not to choke, as that can happen with your own saliva.
A rook piercing is in a thick, small area. So it might hurt to insert a needle in there. I’d say it hurts 6/10. It takes three to six months to heal.
The industrial piercing is close to the cartilage, so it will hurt to pierce, especially because it’s a double puncture. It can take one to six months to heal, and it will heal faster the more you take care of it. So the pain is about a 6/10, but like all these piercings, it will depend on the person as well.
The places that will hurt the most to get pierced are in order: genitals, nipples, anti-tragus, dermal, nose, helix, daith, tongue, rook, and industrial piercing, which is close to the ear.
The pain level depends on which areas you’re getting pierced but also on what your pain level is. Pain will depend on everybody and will change.