One way many people express themselves is through tattoos and body jewelry. If you are interested in either of these forms of self-modification, you will have to do research to understand the procedures as well as the risks involved. While tattoos are less reversible than piercings, each should be considered permanent. As with anything permanent, you should not rush into the decision without giving plenty of time to think it over. Often times what can simply be a fad among friends can turn into a regret not long after. Try to avoid this scenario by being absolutely certain of your decision.
Next, you should be prepared for the pain of each procedure. Tattoos can be incredibly painful, depending upon the location on your body and the size of tattoo you end up going for. It’s important to talk it over with the tattoo artist before you decide to go through with the procedure. They should be able to provide you with a realistic idea of the time involved as well as the pain you can expect. They also will give you directions on how to take care of the area after the procedure. You should be completely decided on your design choice when you arrive for your appointment to ensure you won’t have any regrets. If you think you might change your mind, perhaps body jewelry is a better way to go.
Unlike tattoos, body jewelry is generally pretty reversible. If you end up deciding it’s not for you, it can be fairly simple to take the piercing out and let the hole close up. Some areas of the body close faster than others. Tongue piercings can close in a matter of hours during the first year, so it’s very easy to reverse should you change your mind. Like with tattoos, make sure you have the procedure done by a professional in a clean and sterile environment.