Collarbone Piercing: Procedure, Precautions, Aftercare, and more…
Piercing is not a child’s play. Even a slightest alteration to your natural look could go awfully wrong. Hence, people debate if it really is worth it. The answer is subjective – it could be yes for you and no for someone else. It all depends on how you perceive it. In this article, we won’t debate the issue rather give you information on this particular type of piercing, Collarbone Piercing, so you can make an educated choice.
What is Collarbone Piercing?
Collarbone Piercing is relatively new and probably one of the most risky piercings. Also called Clavicle Piercing, it is not popular yet and therefore, most piercers might not been experienced enough to handle it. Knowledge about human anatomy is undeniably important because it is not very difficult to get this done right. This surface piercing is trickier than most due to the fact that the piercing is done underneath the collarbone and has two ends. It penetrates the skin under the collarbone to pass through one point to the other in order to make two jewelry heads visible. Two types of collarbone piercings are available – in the first one, collarbone skin is pierced while in the other the piercing is done under the collarbone. Both are highly risky and susceptible to infections.
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Collarbone Piercing: Procedure
Little is known about the procedure of Collarbone Piercing because it has been introduced very recently. One thing is for sure though that not a lot of people can carry this kind of complicated piercing successfully. For starters, a good idea about the nerves and arteries is required – one could so easily puncture the nerve in the attempt. For the love of all that’s Holy, don’t try this at home. As it is the piercing is dangerous, without any training you can injure yourself badly. Regardless to the method, the expert would first wear gloves, clear the area where the piercing is to be done and mark the entry and exit points before making the piercing.
The basic idea is to get the needle through one side of the collarbone, usually at the middle, to the other so that exit points are on either side. It is sometimes done on the hollow of the throat too. Jewelry is attached to the needle and when the needle is pushed out gently, it stays in. Barbells made of PTFE are used for this piercing with length about 4 inches. It takes more than 6 weeks for this kind of piercing to heal but the chances of it healing completely are too less and it might never heal completely even years after. The outside heal faster than the inside so you should not get too cocky if it looks patched up.
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Being the deepest piercing known to man, it is the most painful too. It is not child’s play so prepare yourself for a lot of pain. No pain, no gain right? Once it starts, you won’t be able to take it back – make sure you are up for it. A lot of research should be done to avoid any doubts in your mind. Because this is a new kind of piercing, not a lot of people do it or know how to do it which results in two things – first, you won’t be able to find a piercer easily and second, you will have to pay a lot for this.
Internet might help you find a good piercer who can carry it out and he would be the right person to talk to. An expert’s advice on this will help clear the conflicts in your head for he can explain to you the whole procedure with its risks and how much it could hurt. If you want to know more, talk to the people who have collarbone piercings and ask them about their experience.
Collarbone Piercing: Aftercare
When there is a long list of risks involved, aftercare becomes the most sensible thing to do. Collarbone piercing could get infected, rejected; it can cause allergies or scars or may even damage your nerves. Cross contamination and keloids are possible too. When you go to a studio, first ensure that it is safe and the expert follows hygienic piercing practices. It can reduce the chances of infections to a great extent. Moreover, you need to take care of your piercing. Touching it with dirty hands or playing it with the jewelry is a bad idea and you should refrain from it at any cost. Not only would it hurt you but it could also scar your skin. In any case, don’t try to take out the jewelry before the piercing has healed. The hole closes within a few hours when the piercing is fresh and getting the jewelry back again is a painful process. Most of the surface piercings hurt a bit initially, they get swollen and turn red but if you experience a lot of pain or if there is pus coming out of it, you need to go to a doctor.
Wiping it twice everyday with saline solution is a must. You need to keep it clean in order to protect it from bacterial infections. Also, remove the crust from around the area gently but don’t use any anti-bacterial ointments or soaps or alcohol on it. All the surface piercings need to be kept safe and uncontaminated so refrain from swimming, sharing clothes, sleeping on dirty sheets. Besides that, you need to relax your collarbone area as much as possible because jerking it around is not going to help anyone. Sleep on your back till it is healed and don’t let anything like hair or tank tops or seat belts irritate the piercing. Disturbing the piercing even a little prolongs the whole process of healing; the body rejects the piercing sometimes and pushes it out against your wishes. You have to do all that you can to avoid that if you want the piercing inside. To others, it is a cool piece of jewelry on your collarbone, to you it is so much more than that.