Today, tongue piercings are one of the most popular procedures available, helping people to make a fashion statement and have a piercing that not a large amount of people have. It is believed this form of body modification was originally performed during a ritual by a high priest or priestess in honour of their gods. The blood from the piercing was saved and offered up to their god. Conversely, in some cultures once the area was pierced, a rope was pulled through to inflict intense pain as a form of punishment. Unsurprisingly, tongue piercings have come a long way since then.
The procedure for tongue piercings is likely to be relatively similar no matter where you go and you will benefit by doing some research on the subject so you know if piercing is right for you. The piercer will first check the tongue to avoid piercing blood vessels. Once the area is selected, which is usually in the centre, a mark is made for the cannula tube’s targeted area. Next, forceps are used on the tongue to hold it still and the tube is then inserted on the top portion of the tongue piercing downward to the bottom. The initial barbell jewellery that is inserted during the piercing will be longer than necessary to accommodate the immediate swelling, which can cause some pain. That is the most common side effect of tongue piercings. Crushed ice and an anti-inflammatory may help to elevate much of the discomfort.
Since the skin is newly pierced, tongue piercings require special aftercare for a period of time. Avoid alcohol, spices and smoking since those factors tend to increase your discomfort level for the time being. The piercer will recommend, or have on-hand, the cleansing solution best used after the initial piercing. Secondary to tongue swelling, is mucous formation on the tongue. However, with proper oral hygiene that will pass. Once the mucous dissipates and your tongue returns to its original size, you are free to exchange the larger barbell for a shorter, properly fitted one. Proper care of tongue piercings is essential to prevent infection and other problems.
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