Most people who have had a tongue piercing describe it as an erotic experience and never regret getting one!
It certainly looks very cool and unusual, though it is quite popular. You need to make sure that the tongue piercing healing process is complete if you truly want to enjoy your tongue piercing. It is no fun suffering from infections!
The good news is that it does not take very long to heal; your tongue piercing healing can take just about four to six weeks, although some people are lucky enough to heal in just two weeks!
Since the tongue is a muscle that is rich in blood vessels, it helps in speeding up the healing process. There is an enzyme called ptyalin, which along with a substance called lingual antimicrobial peptide, kills bacteria. You must take care not to use too much mouthwash since that can prevent the bacteria from doing its job of healing.
Another good thing about tongue piercing healing is that the process of getting the piercing done is not too painful. The needle does the piercing smoothly and quickly. One thing to watch out for is swelling and tenderness, so an expert piercer would use a longer barbell to accommodate this. Donâ€™t be worried about the swelling as it will go down gradually. In fact, you may find it tough to speak or eat regular food. During the tongue piercing healing, it is better to eat soft food like mashed potatoes, soft fruit and shakes.
The glands that produce saliva in your mouth will be on an overdrive and you will end up swallowing quite a bit, but be patient as it will all become alright as the tongue piercing heals. You might even find that your taste buds are somewhat tender. The barbellâ€™s balls may feel uncomfortable while pressing down under your tongue and roof of the mouth. Do not panic if you see a whitish fluid coming out of the piercing since this is just the natural cleansing process- getting rid of dead cells.
The swelling will reduce in eight to ten days. How quickly your tongue piercing heals will depend on the length of your tongue, where the piercing is on the tongue and the care that you follow. Longer tongues are said to take more time to heal. If the piercing is farther back on the tongue, it would take longer to heal. Usually after a couple of weeks when the swelling clears up, the right sized tongue jewelry can be fixed in!
By Holly aged 18, Texas
Hi I’m Holly from Texas and I had my tongue pierced about a year ago now. My experience has been a little different to most people as it took two attempts to get the piercing that I wanted. I’ll start by giving my experience of the first piercer I went to see.
I was 17 and I had decided to have a tongue piercing after my cousin had shown me hers. It just seemed so cool. So I booked myself in with our local piercer and went to see him to discuss what tongue stud I wanted. When it came to the actual piercing it was quite painful. But that wasn’t the end of it.
Even after I had my piercing, the guy hadn’t told me how to look after the piercing. I didn’t know what to do and so I just left it thinking I could eat just about everything. I was so wrong. A few days into the piercing and my tongue really hurt. I went to the doctors and they said I had an infection as the piercing hadn’t been done properly.
I ended up taking the tongue stud out and it took months to heal my tongue. You would have thought that the experience would have put me off but after talking to my cousin she persuaded me to try her piercer. So I went and was really nervous about the whole thing (understandably). But this time the piercing went really well. I hardly felt anything, the guy was really nice and he told me exactly how to look after the piercing. It healed after a few months and I love my new piercing.
So my advice is to be sure about the piercer that you choose. If you have any doubts then go to see another piercer and see which one you prefer!
By Andrew aged 18, New York
My tongue piercing was my third facial piercing and so I kind of knew what to expect. I’d had my cartilage pierced and I’d had two earlobe piercings too so I was fully prepared for any pain that my tongue piercing would cause me. I’d heard a lot of horror stories about piercings going wrong and how hard to heal tongue piercings were. I was a little nervous but how much I wanted the piercing far outweighed the potential down sides!
I went to the same piercer as I always went to in New York. I live quite a distance from the salon but I prefer them over my local. That’s one thing I would advise – always go to a piercer that you can trust. Your local piercer may not be the best option and if they don’t do it right you could end up with a nasty infection – not pretty!
Anyway I had a consultation with the piercer; they told me how to look after the piercing to prevent an infection. Then I chose the jewelry that I wanted to go in it. Then the process began. I was lucky that they weren’t fully booked that day so they could do the piercing then and there. It didn’t leave me much chance to get nervous so if you are worried about it I definitely recommend you do it on the spur of the moment!
My tongue was numbed, the piercing began and I felt absolutely nothing. Even when the ring went in I didn’t really feel anything. It was less painful than my cartilage piercing which I found quite bizarre. Anyway I looked after the piercing well and now I love it and I’m glad I had it done.
I’d definitely recommend it!