Getting a collar bone piercing is certainly not for everyone and it is still a relatively rare procedure in the piercing world. However, the daring forms of self expression in these modern times have also leveled up and surface piercings have become synonymous to being hip, punk and cool for teens and adults alike. It has become a common fashion trend to see men and women sporting an edgy outfit and wearing their numerous piercings and proudly showing it off to show their individuality.
While it is indeed another channel for expressing one’s creativity, it is more beneficial if you consider thinking about your options and giving it time to learn about the consequences and risks to avoid having regrets in the end. If the purpose is to show your unique sense of style and flair, you need to make yourself aware of how you must prepare yourself for a collar bone piercing procedure. Below is an informative guide about surface piercings, how the actual piercing is done and the aftercare instructions on how to keep it clean and free from infection!
How Safe Is a Collar Bone Piercing Procedure?
Before any surface piercing is done in any part of your body, especially in the collar bone area, it is imperative that you seek a consultation and interview a certified body piercing professional with an established name in the industry. The procedure is actually expensive because only the knowledgeable and experienced are allowed to perform it. Do not entrust your safety and health with an amateur because it is a skill that is not learned overnight and offered cheap. Do not trust anyone who will offer their service at a lower price than that of a trusted professional because there is also a great chance that your health and safety is at risk. Ask thoroughly how many clients he/she has had and about the techniques they use to guarantee your safety before the piercing session begin. The critical part of the procedure is how they will insert the jewelry (a small barbell shaped titanium #23 grade surgical steel) into the chosen location and to keep it secure, placed at the right angle and stay on the skin without any fear of having any complications from its delicate entry and exit points. This is the major difference why only an experienced professional is permitted to do it.
Things To Consider Before Having A Piercing
- Ask for the latest piercing shop business license issued by the local government authorities.
- Look for the latest and valid business health inspection report.
- Autoclave spore test results and certificates. It is required by every locality.
- Check the clinic and location of the service room where the procedure will be done. Check the hygienic quality and if it’s neat and well maintained from tools to equipments.
- In case of any emergency, ask if the studio equipped with First Aid tools and the required training certificate.
- Browse through their work portfolios. Most studios provides sample photos of their work and even hang them on their walls. Always ask for references or pictures of their satisfied clients and observe how neat their work and the end results are.
- Inquire if they do follow up or monthly check up or any post piercing issues dealt with their customers. A good studio takes care of their client even beyond the successful procedure.
- Don’t be shy to ask if they issue written aftercare instructions to avoid any problems regarding the piercing.
- Ask if they agree to or provide a pre-piercing waiver or release forms. It is an outlined written consent declaring the entire risk involved in undertaking the procedure and the medical complications you may experience after the service. You must sign it in the piercer’s presence and they must provide you with a copy of the agreement.
If you are having problems asking the above raised questions and the piercer starts to get annoyed and irritated by your right to be informed and answering your questions properly, take it as a sign that the piercer is not capable of handling the responsibility required from their part. It is time to move on and to look around for another studio who will meet these personal and required considerations.
The Piercing Procedure
After you have properly booked yourself for a consultation, deliberation and interview with your piercer, signed the legal documents, and paid for the service and professional fees, it is time to get the job done. Here is a detailed process of what one goes through in a piercing procedure.
Begin your appointment date with a balanced meal. When a body is under a stressful conditions, there is a big tendency that calories and sugar burn out quickly. A full meal will guarantee no dizzy episodes from you while the procedure is being done. A stressed out mind makes skin tight or easily contract, making it difficult for the piercer to find the right position on where to begin aligning the needle on your chosen location. If the tummy is full and the mind is conditioned well, you and the piercer will work together happily in the entire duration of the process. Eat well, relax and take deep breaths. It is also advisable not to take any other form of medication before the piercing is done. It may cause the body to react and contribute to any adverse allergic reaction to your body.
The entire process is simple and quickly performed so be upfront with your piercer. The piercer will then mark the entrance and exit point of the needle e.g. in your collar bone (4 small dots, 2 per each side) with a specially designed clamp, wipe clean the entire area with an antiseptic and freeze spray the anesthesia around and in the exact location. Next part is to insert the needle from one end to another, to fit and close the jewelry (bar) in the other end of the insertion, release the clamp and finish it with wiping the whole area with a saline solution to prevent infection and complications. If it appears red, bruised and inflamed do not worry, it is normal and will subside after a few hours. The piercing must appear even and symmetrical once you check in the mirror. Warm saline soaks must be done day and night to help heal the skin and make the pierced location easily adapt to your lifestyle and comfort.
The process may include the presence of blood, stinging, or tolerable pain, but it is all worth it. It is advisable to wear comfortable cotton clothes and to avoid sleeping on your side once the bars are securely attached. Bruising may be evident, but not on the extreme side. Eventually it will subside and completely heal and you can proudly show your friends your piercing and tell them how bravely you faced it. At the first sign of infection, the location changes in color and appearance (presence of yellow and white pus on the exit points) and you should immediately seek medical attention.
Like microdermal piercings, healing from a collar bone piercing procedure normally takes at least three months if the proper aftercare solutions are followed on a regular basis. Avoid touching or moving the ends of the small bar or you run the risks of having it entangled in your hair or any part of your clothing. The whole piercing process is a worthwhile journey that is fit for the daring and brave.