Piercings are safe when done properly and that is why it is very important to choose the piercing shop or professional who will be doing the procedure. Though there are still risks, as for any another type of invasive procedure, these can be minimized by researching which piercing shops and professionals are most equipped and trained. Body piercing should always be done in a hygienic facility by a trained professional.

It is also good to know what type of jewelry your teen would need. There are several types of body jewelry that are used depending of the piercing site. Earrings, ear studs, labrets, bellyrings, industrials, tapers, plugs, and dermals are just some of the types of jewelry used in piercing. In addition, besides for the type of jewelry to be used, it is also important to know what kind of materials this jewelry is made of. For new piercings, it is highly advised to use inert metals like high karat gold, platinum or titanium. These metals are ideal because they can be made with very little or no nickel, which is the leading cause for irritation due to contact dermatitis. If you are on a budget, there are also affordable options like 316L stainless steel body jewelry which is hypoallergenic and, even though have nickel, has been found not to trigger dermatitis.

Understanding what to expect after the piercing is also important like aftercare and healing duration. Each body part has different times on how long it will take to heal and each person also has different reaction after the procedure. On average, a body piercing can take a few weeks to heal or take a year depending on the body site. Oral piercings, for example, can take six to eight weeks on average. It is also worth mentioning that oral and nasal piercings have less prone to infection because of the body’s tremendous defensive strategies, though this can be different for person to person. Navel piercings, on the other hand, can take up to nine months to fully heal.

If body piercing really appeals to your teen, as a parent, it is best to understand the process of having one so that you can fully explain it to your son or daughter. Because of teens are at the time where they are passionate about certain things, outright forbidding it can push some of them to rebel and get it themselves. Because it is a permanent body modification, parents should be informed on the advantages and disadvantages of wearing body jewelry so that you can fully explain it to your teen.