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How weight changes can affect body piercings
Small fluctuations in your weight are not liable to make any difference to your body piercings. However if you loose or gain noticeable amounts of weight you and everyone else are likely to be able see the difference. In your case you may be able to actually feel the difference.
Apart from choosing to diet and lose weight there are many things that could happen to increase your weight. Weight gain in pregnancy will hopefully be temporary but in many other instances it may be permanent or for a long period of time. Various disorders such as Thyroid problems and Diabetes can change you weight rapidly and significantly. So what may happen with these changes.
Significant weight loss.
Whether you need to loose weight or not significant weight loss will have some effects on your piercing or piercings. Many of the changes will depend where on your body that your piercing is. Also your age may contribute as younger flesh and skin tends to be more supple, resilient and capable of bouncing back, so to speak. The effects may be:
- Piercing looking lost in folds of skin
- On something like a belly button piercing it may look lost altogether
- The jewelry may start to look too big
- The jewelry may become loose
Most of these can be rectified with new jewelry. However the tummy of someone who has lost a lot of weight may look hideous initially. Many dieters eventually need corrective surgery. Until this problem settles or is attended to belly button piercings are probably best left out.
Significant weight gain
Increasing weight has a habit of creeping up on us before we realise it. However depending where your piercing is you may feel it as your piercing becomes tight. I imagine a breast piercing can become quite painful in this scenario. Overall the effects may be:
- Tenderness around the piercing
- Piercing becoming to small and feeling tight
- The jewelry popping open or undone
- Recurrent infections around the piercing
- Actual tearing of the flesh and skin
These effects will probably be troublesome and painful. It may be best to leave the piercing out until you find a new, more suitable one. If you have any sores or infections you must treat these considerably with anti-septic products and keep yourself scrupulously clean, especially your hands and the wound.
You may find that whether you have gained or lost weight that you need to reconsider your piercing. It may be that with the change in your body shape you will feel that the old piercing is now inappropriate and you would like a totally new one. If that's the case try to wait until your weight has settled. However if you are constantly gaining large amounts of weight and then losing it piercing may not be for you except for parts of the body such as the tongue or nose. I should think these will not change much either way .
(First published @helium.com under pen name ethel smith)