Is There a Better Season to Get a Piercing?

A Seasonal Pros & Cons Guide to New Piercings

Summer has finally arrived, and with the heat and sunshine comes swimsuit season. Therefore, there’s no better time than to show off a new body piercing, especially when your clothes won’t be covering it.

Because there are so many different piercing options, including styles, placement, jewelry, and more, it might seem overwhelming to decide which piercing is best for you. However, we’ve put together a guide to help you decide which piercings are best to flaunt in summer and which are better to get during the colder months of the year.

Guy with Stretched Ears & Tattoos

Why It’s Best to Get a Summer Piercing in Spring

Summer often means lounging by the pool or hanging at the beach, and with this comes swimsuits. Additionally, summer is the most popular time to show off brand new piercings.

When you get a fresh piercing, it is prone to the following:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Crusting
  • Oozing

While these do go away on their own, you definitely don’t want to show off your new piercing if it’s in the midst of the healing process. Therefore, we recommend getting your piercing done with enough time for it to heal completely. This is not only safer for your piercing because it will help you avoid the risk of infection, but it will also help your piercing look its best.

Another thing to take note of is the healing time for each piercing. This is because when you get pierced, you’re stuck with the initial jewelry. This means that you can’t switch out your jewelry to properly accessorize it or match it with your outfit of the day. Most healing times for piercings are around 6-8 weeks. The warmer weather in the springtime allows for better blood flow, which will speed up the healing process and flush away toxins on the skin. Therefore, getting your piercing in the springtime will allow for enough healing time so you can mix and match all you want.

Lastly, you have to avoid going in the pool or hanging out at the beach while you are healing a new piercing. There’s nothing less fun than staying indoors instead of soaking up the sun during the summer!

Recommended Piercings to Get in Spring & Show Off in Summer

Having a hard time deciding which piercing to get in spring so you can show it off in summer? Here’s a list of our favorites:

Belly Button Piercings

Whether you’re wearing a crop top or a new swimsuit, navel piercings are amongst the most popular to flaunt in the summer time. Located directly above the navel, this piercing allows you to decorate your belly button with a cute gemstone. You even have the option to wear more flashy jewelry types, such as dangling or spiral rings.

Summer Belly Button Piercing Girl

Nipple Piercings

Whether you’re lounging by the pool, working out at the gym, or going for a shirtless jog, nipple piercings are quite popular during the summer and are quick to grab attention. In fact, they’re one of the most popular piercings for men. Nipple piercings even heal faster for men, with a healing time of 3-4 months compared to the 6-12 months for women. When you want to show off your muscles with some added flair, we’ve got a wide selection of jewelry for you to choose from.

Nipple Piercing Through Shirt

Microdermal & Surface Piercings

With the ability to place a microdermal (commonly referred to as dermal) or surface piercing nearly anywhere on your body, they are a great option for piercings to show off during the summertime. Some of the most popular placements for dermal piercings include just above the hip, the cheekbones, nape of the neck, and the chest.

Advantages of Getting a Piercing in the Winter

When you get a new piercing, it’s best to not touch it at all to allow it to heal on its own. One of the many benefits of getting a new piercing in the winter time is that wearing layers of clothes and bundling up will help prevent you from touching a new piercing, especially if you live where temperatures drop below zero. At the same time, you do have to be cautious of what winter clothes you wear; you want to avoid clothing that will snag on your piercing or rub up against it.

Winter Tike Piercings

Another benefit of getting pierced in the wintertime is that the amount of swelling will be much less than during the warmer months of the year. This is because when it is cold out, there is less blood flow, which means there will be less swelling. Swelling is especially noticeable in the face, ears, and extremities. Due to this, we recommend getting ear piercings, such as industrials; flat piercings; tragus piercings; or lobe piercings, nostril piercings, and septum piercings during the winter.

Written by Jackie Rachel

Jackie Rachel

Jackie Rachel is a poet and Content Account Manager. She has been getting pierced for over 16 years, while taking the time to learn proper aftercare techniques from the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) members. Always enamored by the jewelry options that exist for body modifications, she one day hopes to assist clientele with picking out jewelry and styling ears.