The trend of wrist piercing belongs to a class of body modification known as surface piercing. Instead of the chosen jewellery passing through tissue or cartilage, for example, it simply sits under a layer of skin. This allows flat surfaces to be pierced and, in this instance, for wrist piercings to be inserted.
In general, wrist piercings are located on the upper side of the wrist but they can also be found on the inner arm. The length and amount of skin they cover is entirely down to personal preference, although one that is too long may stand a greater risk of rejection. Because the body often rejects such surface piercings, it is important to research and make a careful decision when deciding whether or not to get a wrist piercing. They can leave scars and may not last very long; however, many choose to accept these side effects in exchange for the look they will achieve.
Anyone who decides to get a wrist piercing should look for a professional who has lots of experience with this type of body modification. Carefully choosing the artist will significantly lessen the chance of infection or a fast rejection of the piercing. The process is fairly straightforward. The palm is placed face down on a table and the top of the wrist is shaved and cleaned. The skin is grasped with skin clamps and marked for precision. After the person is satisfied with the placement, the piercer works a needle through the skin. Finally, the needle is replaced with a barbell, finishing the wrist piercing look.
Although each piercer should give individual instructions on how to care for a healing wrist piercing, there are a few general rules to keep in mind. For the first few weeks after one obtains the piercing, many people find it easier to keep the area covered with gauze and medical tape unless cleaning it. This reduces the chance it will be caught on clothing and aims to keep infections and bacteria away from the wound. Because the wrist is used so much during daily life, a wrist piercing is difficult to protect.
One should try to minimise the use of their joint immediately after the wrist piercing, although it is likely this will be difficult to do. Wearing short sleeves and removing any bracelets will help, as will staying away from crowded areas where it is likely to get bumped. The piercing should be washed daily with saline solution and any crusty material that collects beside the barbell should be soaked and removed with cotton wool. If performed properly and given the time to heal, a wrist piercing can be a unique and beautiful form of skin modification.
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