Cheek piercing is a perforation on the cheek which is done for wearing aesthetic jewelries. This type of piercing is often done on the existing dimple area or on an estimated approximate spot. Generally this is said to be symmetrical piercing which means that both the cheeks may be simultaneously punctured to ensure that the piercing spots are matched on both sides. Since people like dimples, this kind of piercing has grown to be one of the most popular piercings. This type of piercing augments the looks and innocence of an individual. It adds a childish essence to the persona of the wearer. It is not so pleasant to get your cheeks pierced, especially if you have to do it on both the sides. This is because the cheek is a thick layer of mass comprising small veins.
Cheek piercing in some cases may take longer time to heal and in some cases it may also lead to infections. To avoid such incidences, it is essential to follow appropriate aftercare techniques. Aftercare usually involves facial piercing and oral piercing care techniques. Women should be careful while using hairspray and makeup if piercing of cheeks is done. Men also do cheek piercing in such a case one may have to avoid shaving for sometime or pay especial attention while doing so. One of the most important things is that you will have to stop smoking strictly.
Usually cheek piercing is affixed with 12 – 16 gauge labret studs. The part that remains in the inner side of the piercing, in your mouth; is usually flat and does not pose any danger to the mouth. However, it is not suggested for people with dental fixations such as braces as it may rub against the jewelry causing issues. One may probably have to remove the piercing if gum bleeding, flattening or other issues are noticed. Make sure that your oral health is your priority and not the pretty looking piercing. It may take approximately 8 to 12 weeks for the piercing to heal completely with help of appropriate aftercare. Initially and during the healing process it is crucial that you wear smaller labret bar to avoid contact with teeth and gums.
Does cheek piercing hurt?
It is said that the process of piercing and aftercare period does not hurt. The painlessness of the procedure may come as a surprise to the wearer. Initially the process may seem painful and cause nervousness but professional piercers can make it extremely quick and painless. However, there may be other possible complications experience after piercing the cheeks. Some people may experience swelling at the affected region. This may make things difficult such as eating, smiling and laughing, etc.
Sometimes the inner balls may get chomped between the teeth. You need to be careful and ensure that your skin does not grow on the jewelry, set on the inner side of the cheeks. It is suggested to have the ball end inside the mouth which may probably cause you to chomp it sometimes intentionally but it will prevent skin to grow on the jewelry. In case if the inner moist skin of cheek grows on the jewelry then it may have to be cut to be removed.
While going for cheek piercing, you need to be determined about what type of jewelry you want to wear. This is because you may not want to change it for long due to safety reasons. Later even if you desire to change the jewelry you may have to visit a professional or take help from a friend, as sometimes the adornment may be tricky to change.
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Cheek Piercing Scars
Cheek piercing may need approximately 6 month to be completely healed; however, some may not even heal properly. There may be foul discharge accumulated on the perforated area. These can be little annoying in most cases there is nothing to be concerned of as these are merely dead plasma and cells of the skin. Most pricing of the cheek start to look okay after 6 to 8 weeks but in some cases the puncture may aggravate.
Scaring caused due to cheek piercing may vary greatly. Some may appear as minute discoloration of skin which may go unnoticed while others may appear as dimple like crater. There are also chances that wearer may also develop hypertrophic scarring as well. After two to three weeks from the time of perforation the wearer may try to change the jewelry, but it should be ensure that the adornment is changed only after swelling is healed.
Jewelries for cheek piercing can include flat-back labret studs which measures 1.6 mm. However, commonly used adornment for this type of piercing is regular barbell which is beneficial to avoid grown-over tissues on inner lining of cheeks. These are a few jewelry suggestions but one can choose from a range of adornments.