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Teenagers are drawn to piercings like moths to a flame, but as parents the mere thought of our child walking around with holes in their skin is mortifying. We’ve found some piercings that meet the middle ground to make both you and your teen happy if you feel that it’s time give in and let them get some new jewelry.
Getting a piercing might seem like a rite of passage to your teen, but for parents, they can seem like a lifetime of regret. If your teen has been at you lately about getting themselves pierced, you might feel as if you’re being backed into a corner and need to come up with a compromise.
Depending on the age of your teenager and what rules your family has in place, there might be a solution where you can find a piercing that both of you agree on. It needs to be enough to satisfy the itch that your teen has to rebel a little and gain some independence but also within reason of what you find acceptable.
Once you agree on the piercing, there’s a whole other range of things to consider. You’ll need to find somewhere that’s safe and hygienic, teach your teen about the important aftercare, and discuss with them the long-term consequences of having a piercing. After going through all of this, there’s a chance that your teen might give up and move onto something else, however, don’t hold your breath for that to happen.
What Is Acceptable For Teen Piercings?
You might have stumbled across this page doing a search for teenage piercings and looking for clarification on what is acceptable for their age. You’re not alone, as many parents feel clueless when it comes to choosing an appropriate age and piercing for their kids, and the answer will vary for each child and parent.
Obviously, younger teens and tweens will be restricted on the piercings they can choose, but it’s the older ones who will want to be a little more daring. It’s up to you and your child to agree on a compromise so that both of you can be happy with the end result.
Arguing teens might try to push the boundaries but you simply need to remind them that you’re being flexible as it is. In just a few short years they’ll be out on their own and fully free to make their own decisions, so if they want a more dramatic piercing then that will be the time to do it.
Also, you’ll need to decide on a piercing that is suitable in other areas that aren’t just the home. Does your teen have a part-time job with a dress code? What is acceptable at school? These are just some things you’ll have to take into consideration along with your own thoughts on the matter, so explain this to your kid as well.
The Teen Piercings You Might Agree On
Each family is going to have their own opinion on what’s suitable for their child, and again it will depend on a few factors. These are some options that you might be comfortable with for a teen piercing and what makes them acceptable for those that are younger in age.
This is the most common piercing for teenagers and the one that will stand out the least. The earlobe is that fleshy part of skin at the bottom of the ear and a piercing there is relatively painless. They also heal faster than the other styles with around 4-6 weeks wait time until they’re completely healed. There are a few different places on the lobe where you can get pierced but all look simple and classic.
The helix is the cartilage situated around the ear and piercings here are relatively simple. Anything that isn’t the fleshy lobe is considered the cartilage so there’s quite a lot of space on the ear that qualifies. Healing time is longer at around 6 months and you have options for the jewelry you wear, and it can be a small stud or a larger ring.
The forward helix is the cartilage at the front of the ear and the space for these is quite limited. However, with a small stud in them, they’re barely noticeable but might be rebellious enough to keep your teen happy. Healing time can reach up to 10 months with the forward helix.
This is the cartilage that sits on the outside of the ear, and not inside like the others. If your teen has an ear shape that folds over at the top then they will be better suited to this style. Healing time again is around 10 months for this area and it can be worn with a stud or ring.
This is the little nub of cartilage found in the middle of your ear right in front of the ear canal. The healing time for the tragus is only a few months but during this stage, it may be painful to listen to headphones, so it’s something for your teen to consider if they’re a music lover.
These piercings are placed on the inner ridge of ear cartilage and will stay relatively out of the way in your day-to-day life. A daith piercing can be expected to heal after about six months or so, but it may be longer.
The rook is the area of your ear that’s situated between the inner and outer conch. Usually, a longer bar stud is worn to accentuate the piercing. Healing time for rook piercings are about 10 months, so keep this in mind.
The conch is the back part of the ear where the cartilage is, and you’ll need quite a long bar or larger ring to go through it. This is the longest healing time of all of the ear piercings with around 12 months of waiting before it’s finally settled.
This is a type of ear piercing that goesthrough two areas of the ear but is connected with one bar. Effectively, your teen will need to get two piercings at once in order to achieve this look sohealing time may vary.
For those teens who want something a little bolder, a nostril piercing is a great choice. You can specify with your child that they must wear a minuscule stud at all times until they’re older, and this will keep the piercing discreet. Of all of the nose piercings, this is the only one that would be suitable for teenagers.
If you’re not concerned about them having their bellybutton pierced as it’s never on the show, the navel is the way to go. Teenage girls especially love these piercings and parents do as well because they’re covered up most of the time. They can take some time to heal though and there is the potential that they will leave some scarring.
The Stats on Body Piercing and Tattoos
As much as we might not want to admit, times are a-changing. What used to be frowned upon 20 years ago is now acceptable, and we’re certainly seeing these changes when it comes to body modification like piercings and tattoos.
It’s been reported that 47% of millennials have a tattoo, compared to just 36% of Gen Xers. Compare this to the generations before and you’ll see a huge dive in numbers as well. The piercings have also become more popular and also more socially acceptable than tattoos, especially when teenagers are involved.
Although times are shifting towards acceptance, recent stats show that 76% of 3,000 people surveyed believed that piercings and tattoos could hurt an applicant’s success rate of getting a job. These are all things to consider before you allow your teen to get anything that might hinder their future chances in the workforce.
Points to Consider Before Agreeing On A Piercing
Once you and your teen have come to an agreement on where they’re allowed to be pierced, you’ll need to consider all of these potential ramifications. Here are some points to discuss with your child before you take the final step.
If your family belongs to a certain cultural or religious group, there may be separate notions about what’s acceptable for piercings. Consult with a leader from your group to discuss what they think is acceptable for their age if you’re concerned about this.
Age requirements and law
Each state has its own requirements for the age of consent, with most of them requiring adult consent for anything other than ear piercings if you’re under 18. You will need to accompany your teen to the procedure and possibly sign documentation to confirm that you approve.
School dress code
Almost every school will have a dress code about what they expect from their students, and this includes acceptable piercings. Check with the school code before you proceed and your teen may need to accept that they’ll have to wait until graduation to get their piercing if their school says so.
Many teenagers have part-time jobs or plan to get one shortly. Keep in mind that most employers have dress codes in place, regardless of the industry, and there may be a need to either remove or cover up their piercings before they start work.
Almost every piercing on your body will cause a permanent scar, with some areas less obvious than others. Do your research on the potential scarring that might occur with the piercing that your teen has chosen and show them the pictures. Even if they decide they no longer want the piercing one day they may be left with an obvious scar so it’s a lifetime decision to make.
Most professional salons will give your teen paperwork with instructions for aftercare. This could include how to clean the area, the healing process, when and how to change the jewelry and any antiseptic creams or liquids that they need to apply to their piercing.
Health and safety
Discuss with your teen the potential consequences of getting pierced and why they should also go to a professional salon. There is the risk of infection from the equipment as well as other issues and infections that can occur following the piercing. They will need to understand the health and safety side of things before they agree to a piercing.
Qualified piercing salons
Always do your research before you decide on a piercing salon. It’s helpful to go look at a few different places before you make the final choice. Look for one with a good reputation, hygienic equipment, and qualified staff who have been piercing for years.
A Mutual Decision Between Parent and Teen
No matter how much research you do on the topic, the only who can decide what’s suitable for their teenager is themselves. Each parent will have their own views on the matter and their own flexibility for what they consider acceptable, so it’s a choice that each individual family has to decide.
Piercings can look wonderful when done the right way and placed somewhere that’s suitable for the age group. This one little thing might give your teen a huge boost of confidence and instill a sense of independencewithin them.
Before you agree to any piercings though you need to have a serious talk with your child about the health and safety risks, and what’s involved with making such a life-changing decision. Once everyone is educated and aware of the potential risks involved, you’ll have peace of mind about allowing your teen to get their first piercing.