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What should I know before I get a body piercing?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Piercings are reversible; you can always take them out. But you may be stuck with a scar, or keloid (pronounced kee-loyd); that’s when you get thick scar tissue around the site. Darker skin may be more at risk for developing keloids, which can be difficult to remove. So be careful where you pierce. A scar near your belly button may end up just looking like a smile or a frown, but keloids can be a bummer, especially if they’re on your nostril or along your eyebrow line. Make sure that the person doing the piercing uses a new needle for safety.

Warning: The not-so-visible piercing sites may hurt, because those nerve endings are designed to be fairly sensitive, as opposed to earlobes, which have fewer sensory fibers.

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