The art of cheek piercings, also called dimple piercings, are a type of body modification that are relatively new, but are becoming increasingly popular among the younger crowd. They are usually done in pairs, one on each cheek, and are designed to create artificial dimples. As a general rule, they are inserted a couple of inches from the side of the mouth and usually feature jewellery such as labrets or barbells. For the majority of people however, cheek piercings are not an option due to work commitments.
As with other facial jewellery, cheek piercings can carry a greater risk of infection and other problems. Because of the number of nerve endings and the amount of blood in the cheeks, the piercing process can actually be more painful than other facial piercings. Because of this, it is extremely important to go to a trained professional to have the piercing done.
As a rule, cheek piercings are done by piercing the facial tissue from the outside to the inside of the oral cavity. This is usually done using a needle either 14g or 16g in size. Once the hole has been made, the jewellery is inserted. Though the choice of jewellery for cheek piercings varies from customer to customer, the most common jewellery for cheek piercings are labret and jewelled studs.
Proper aftercare is vital when discussing cheek piercings. Because they are in the mouth, the risk of infection is greatly increased and two types of care are needed. During the procedure there is likely to be some blood and a fair amount of discomfort and swelling for a period afterwards. Talking and eating will be difficult for a while and it is important to eat mostly cold foods and talk as little as possible to allow the cheek piercings to heal.
All cheek piercings require both external and internal oral aftercare and mouth washing during this period is essential. Rinsing with salt water several times a day is required and the outside of the piercing can be rinsed too, reducing the chance of infection. Healing times vary greatly from person to person, but it generally takes between two and six months for the cheek piercings to fully heal. During this time, they must be left alone and not played with and the wearer must make certain the jewellery is firmly secured at least once a week.
One of the disadvantages of cheek piercings that affect some people are the scars that can be left once they have been removed. The holes can become large and noticeable and there is no guarantee that the scars will ever heal, although most people heal completely. However, most people who have cheek piercings done are committed to wearing them for a long period of time and are therefore unworried by scarring that may occur.
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