Cheek Piercings – 4 Things You Need To Know
Admit it, there is just something undeniably endearing about people with dimples. It’s one of many genetic gifts that nature decided to bestow on only a select few, but now, with the help of your local body piercing expert, you can tell nature to suck it with your perfectly placed man made dimples.
Charming? Absolutely! But this piercing is not for everyone, and some serious research is required before committing.
As with any modification, sometimes things go wrong. Occasionally they go terribly wrong. Articles featuring ordinary people after complications arise can paint the whole industry as irresponsible, and the piercing itself as a potentially deadly decision.
It’s the media’s job to sensationalize the news and in their need to stick to a set word count, situations can be over simplified. But there are however, many real concerns that any piercer worth their salt should be addressing before they hand you the paperwork.
Here are the points that we cover with every single person who walks in the shop wanting this piercing:
1. Cheek piercings are high maintenance.
When we get pierced, our bodies can swell, which is normal. Some parts swell more then others. Cheeks think that swelling is some sort of contest, and they are playing to win. This means that the initial piercing will be done with very long barbells, leaving you with antennas sticking out of your face for weeks.
2. Cheek piercings are expensive.
Remember that swelling? Well it will do down gradually, and as it does, it’s critically important to have your piercer switch your barbells out for shorter ones (downsize), to prevent damage to your teeth. Depending on your anatomy and how competitive your cheeks are in the swelling contest, this may require 2-3 or even up to 5 downsizes before your “perfect” length.
(And don’t think that you can squeak around this step by avoiding downsizing until they are fully healed, or getting them really short to begin with. The potential dental damage of too long bars and the potential imbedding of too short bars is not worth the money saved.)
3. Cheeks are full of surprises.
Surprises like salivary glands, which, if pierced, can secrete salivary fluid incessantly, and in some cases ever require cauterization to fix. (Ie: There is a very small chance that your new piercing will drool like a basset hound until a doc scalds the hole shut.) Unfortunately, since your cheeks are so thick, it’s difficult for even the most skilled piercer to see what’s hiding in there before piercing.
4. Cheeks like to leave their mark.
Once retired, many piercings leave behind only a small scar resembling a large pore. Not cheeks. Still in the mindset that wreaking havoc on your body is some kind of contest, a retired cheeks piercing can reward you with puffy, hypertrophic scars (essentially, an “outie” scar).
Now that you have a complete understanding of the time and money needed, and the potential complications of this piercing, are you still interested?
No? Then you are welcome my friend! Best you find out now so that you can start looking into fun alternatives!
Yes? Brilliant! Time to find a qualified piercer to help make your dimpled dreams a reality. We can help with that.
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(Warning – this link contains *graphic* photos of Extreme Cheek Piercings)