Generations of people have invented different ways of beautifying and these days
we wear stylish clothes, do make-up, add accessories and wear jewelry. For many
centuries people have been piercing their body to protect themselves from the evil,
as a part of religious rituals, to show their importance in the tribe, as the sigh
of courage, as a symbol of wealth and power, etc. And nowadays body piercing is
one of the most fashionable trends. Itís an art that helps us to express our individuality.
We pierce the body for sexual enhancement, to rebel or to become a part of social
group but still the most common reason for people to go for piercing is the desire
to look attractive and stylish. Of course, some piercings are more popular and
widespread and some are still not accepted by society. Some piercings can be hidden
while others are always at the sight. And itíd great to have such as wide choice
of piercing types and body piercing jewelry for them.
Tongue and lip piercings are the most popular trend especially among the youngsters and people all over the world go for piercing of the tongue or/and different types of lip piercing.
Lip piercing was used in the Dogon tribe of Mali and the Nuba tribe of Ethiopia. Tongue piercing was famous among the ancient Haida, Aztecs, Mayas, Kwakiutul and Tlinglit tribes of the Northwest of America. It was done to please the gods with blood and to create a state of consciousness for priest to be able to communicate with high spirits.
Tongue piercing and lip piercing as well as other types require not only your wish and money but also your time and preparedness for healing aftercare and for attentive choice of piercing shop. If you or your close one are going to get lip or tongue piercing, you should carefully examine the trusted piercing shop, make sure that the piercer is professional and all supplies and tools, and especially piercing needles, starter jewelry and the gloves of the piercer should be sterile.
The healing time depends on your attitude to the care recommendations, the placement of piercing and on individual characteristics of the body and its reaction on the jewelry. Lip piercing usually takes about 7-8 weeks to heal. For about a week after the piercing, there would be swelling. Tongue piercing heals in 4 weeks but complete healing may end later. For the first several weeks you should go for special diet, not smoke and drink no alcohol.
Recommended jewelry for lip piercing is a ring and a labret. Labret studs and captive bead rings are available in variety of materials, sizes, designs and styles. Tongue piercing jewelry is a straight barbell. It may have acrylic koosh ball, spike, dice or vibrating end and are susually made from surgical stainless steel and titanium with variations of the end.
Take care of your piercing and enjoy its beauty!