Do piercings hurt?
Piercings typically involve a little pinch of pain, but the amount and duration of pain vary from person to person and depend on the type and location of the piercing. Some piercings, like the anti-tragus, snug, and industrial piercings, can hurt the most and take the longest to heal. Others, like the belly button piercing, have a low pain level and heal faster. The lip piercing is more sensitive than the ear or nose piercing, but the pain lasts only for a few moments. Mild swelling and irritation are normal for any new piercing, but intense pain that gets worse over time may indicate infection or rejection¹.
It's important to note that every body has a different tolerance for pain. As a general rule of thumb: Earlobe, navel, tongue and eyebrow piercings are the least painful. Septum, labret, dermal (surface) piercings, cartilage piercings, nostril and male intimate piercings are typically a medium level of pain for most. The most painful piercings are in sensitive areas such as nipple and intimate piercings (for females)².
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