File this in the TMI file.
Katy Perry took a break from her Prismatic World Tour to have her nose pierced. And she posted it on Instagram, with the caption:
“Last time I did this I was on my own with a safety pin & cube of ice @ 13. This time I thought it was best I left it to the pro’s. Sorry mom (again):
Katy currently has 6 small tattoos and 2 piercings:
Katy has both ears pierced (once in each) and had the nose pierced at an earlier age, but didn’t use it. Had it re-pierced as above.
Body piercing has become increasing popular over the past several years. Eighty-three percent of Americans have had their earlobes pierced, and 14% of Americans have a body piercing other than the ear lobe. Other than the earlobes, the most common piercing locations are the tongue, lips, nose, eyebrows, nipples, navel, and genitals:
Bleeding, infection, and scarring are the most common complications of body piercings.
Infections can include:
1. Impetigo: a superficial skin infection caused by Group A β-hemolytic Streptococcus or Staphlococcus aureus. Impetigo has blisters, pimples and yellow crusts. It can be treated topically or with oral antibiotics. Fig. 1
2. Cellulitis: The spread of an infection into deeper layers of the skin. It is often cause by Staph and Strep as well. The skin is found to be red, hot, and tender to touch. This infection is treated with oral antibiotics. Fig. 2
3. Boils or abscesses: a collection of pus under the skin at the site of piercing. The surrounding skin is red and warm. These infections may need to be drained. Oral antibiotics may also be added to the treatment regimen. Fig. 3
Scarring can include:
1. Pyogenic granuloma: sometimes called “proud flesh,” it results from an overgrowth of blood vessels at the site of a piercing. It looks like a small reddish purple or brown-black nodule (lump) that bleeds easily.
2. Keloid: a tumor which consists of abnormal overgrowth of fibrous tissue. It can occur after an injury or surgical procedure. It is much more common in the African American population.
Certain piercing sites have their own unique problems:
The nose can be pierced either in the fleshy portion of the nose, or through the septum. Piercings through the septum is usually done in the lower part where there is flesh, as opposed to the upper portion which is made up of cartilage. Piercing the cartilage is more likely to cause excess bleeding, hematoma (blood clot) and infection. Infection of the cartilage can lead to cosmetic deformity of the nose.
Nasal jewelry has the potential to be aspirated or swallowed as the nasal passages are connected to the back of the throat. The studs can become embedded in the surrounding tissue.
1. Make sure you are immunized against Hepatitis B and tetanus
2. Go to a professional piercing business. Don’t be afraid to look around and ask questions:
3. Use only nontoxic metals for body piercings, such as:
4. Afterwards,take care of the site carefully. Follow the instructions given to you by the piercer.
5. Don’t pick or tug at it. Clean with soap and water. Then keep it dry. Don’t use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the site.
6. If you have had a mouth piercing- use alcohol-free mouthwash.
7. If you notice increasing redness, swelling or pain at the site, seek medical advice.