Hiding Your Lip Piercing

Lucite Labret Retainers

Lucite Labret Retainers

Lip piercings are beautiful and attractive. One great thing about this piercing type is that it’s both very stylish and discreet. Typical lip piercing jewelry is simple yet elegant. It’s rarely too big or richly ornamented so it’s not distracting. Simple labrets and small rings are among the most popular jewelry types for lip piercings.

If any piercing can be called “discreet yet attractive”, it is sure lip piercing. All variants of lip piercings fall into this category. It’s not surprising that these piercings are so popular: they are cute, beautiful and rarely distracting.

However, there might be a time when you’ll have to hide your lip piercing. Perhaps your boss doesn’t allow piercings or maybe you need to be in a situation where lip piercings are inappropriate. What to do in such a situation?

Hiding Your Piercing

Despite being small and discreet, lip piercings are sometimes considered inappropriate. Most of the time, it’s because your boss or your professors don’t allow any piercings to be worn. While lip piercings are typically small and jewelry is rarely too huge to be distracting, some bosses and other authority figures believe that they should not be used during work or classes.

Another reason why you might want to hide your piercing is because of a special occasion. There are some situations in which any piercing, even the most discreet one, is considered inappropriate.

Finally, there are some situations in which wearing a lip piercing might be uncomfortable and unpractical, on top of being forbidden. Hospitals, dentist appointments and airports are just some of the situations in which you won’t be able to wear your lip piercing.

In all these situations the best idea is to hide your piercing the best you can. Taking out the jewelry is not recommended because your piercing will start to heal, which will make inserting jewelry uncomfortable or even impossible. You should never take the jewelry out unless you wish to retire your piercing. So, the only possible solution is to hide your lip piercing the best you can.

How to Do It: Ideas

Here are a few quick ideas on how to hide your lip piercing effectively and without any damage:

  • Use a retainer. Lip piercing (labret) retainers work wonders for hiding your piercing. These are soft, translucent jewelry pieces you can easily insert in your piercing. Such a jewelry piece will be basically invisible, so you can go to work or classes with it. It will keep your piercing so you can switch to regular lip jewelry once you get home. Another advantage to retainers is that they are typically made of non-metal materials so they can be used in all situations where metal jewelry just wouldn’t be suitable.
  • Cover it. Probably the simplest solution is to simply cover your lip piercing with something. Since lip piercing jewelry is typically small and discreet, it’s not so difficult to cover it. You may cover your jewelry with foundation, a flesh-colored powder or another makeup item. Alternatively, you may simply use a band aid to cover your jewelry. If you decide to go this route, cut a small part of the band aid to cover the jewelry. You don’t need to place the whole band aid on your piercing.
  • Turn the jewelry upside down. Another common trick is to turn the jewelry in the other direction. Meaning, you will put the ball inside your mouth and the flat, more discreet part on the outside. This will make your lip piercing less noticeable. Please note, however, that this may be uncomfortable.

Different Types of Rings

There are many different types of rings used as body jewelry. In fact, rings are among the most popular jewelry types. They are elegant, practical and can be used for many different piercings. It’s therefore not surprising that so many people choose rings for their piercings.

There are several popular types of rings used for body piercing jewelry. All of them share certain similarities, but there are also notable differences you should know about.

Ring Jewelry

Typically, rings are circle jewelry pieces that can be used for many different piercing types. Rings are often used for earrings, but you may use them for almost any piercing, from nose and lip piercings to nipple and genital piercings.

Rings are usually round in shape, though other variations are also possible. They are closed on one end so they make a full circle. Rings are simple yet elegant, and they can be decorated in many different ways. Depending on the placement of the decoration, rings can be used for both vertical and horizontal piercings. Rings are practical jewelry pieces you can use for many different piercing types.

The most popular rings types are:

  • Captive Bead Rings
  • Screwball Rings
  • Fixed Rings
  • Seamless and Segment Rings
  • D-Rings

All of these ring types are similar in many ways, but they also have some differences. It’s important to know what these differences are so you can be sure which type of ring is the best choice for you.

Captive Bead Rings

Captive Bead Rings (CBR) are the most popular ring types. They are also known as captive hoops or captive ball rings. These rings are typically circular in shape and have a small opening. This opening is closed by a bead. The bead is typically larger than the opening so the ring can be closed securely.

To open such a ring, you need to pop the bead out. To do it easily, it’s best to use special Ring Opening Pliers. To close the ring and ensure that it keeps its shape, use Ring Closing Pliers.

Captive Bead Rings are very versatile and are widely used for many different piercings. Their beads can be decorated in many different ways. Many of them include gems and charms. Some Captive Bead Rings come with dangles.

Captive Bead Rings are elegant and versatile, but they have one disadvantage: you can lose the bead if you are not careful. In extreme cases, especially if you don’t use proper pliers to open and close the ring, the bead may even fall out on its own. This is why it’s always good to have some Replacement Beads ready if you wish to use Captive Bead Rings.

Screwball Rings

Screwball Rings look a lot like Captive Bead Rings and they are typically used in the same way. The main difference is that their beads are threaded and can be screwed onto the ring. It means that it’s more difficult to lose the bead.

Fixed Rings

Fixed Rings resemble Captive Bead Rings in design, but their bead is permanently attached to the ring. It makes it even less likely to lose the bead. Another advantage to fixed rings is that the bead, gem or a charm will always be pointed at the same direction. It won’t spin around so it will always point at the right direction.

Seamless and Segment Rings

Seamless and Segment Rings do not have a bead. Instead, they are made in a perfect circular shape. They are made to be seamless, so it’s often difficult to note the point where they open. It makes for a more elegant design.

Segment rings are made of several segments that are made to fit perfectly into each other and together make an elegant circular shape. To open and close the ring, you need to take the segment out and put it back in place when you’re done.

These rings tend to look more elegant because of their seamless design. Since they don’t have a bead, they are also more comfortable to wear, which is ideal for certain types of piercings where beads can prove to be a nuisance.

To open and close these rings, you need to twist two ends in the opposite direction. Another way to open them is to bend the ends in the opposite direction. While segments are made to fit nicely into each other, there is always a danger that you may lose one of the segments, so you need to be careful when handling your rings.

D-Rings

D-Rings are unique due to their shape. Instead of being round, these rings have more of a D shape. It makes them sit closer to the skin, which proves to be more comfortable. It makes D-rings ideal for certain types of piercings, such as eyebrow piercings or nipple piercings, as well as certain genital piercings.

Large Gauge Jewelry Materials

Buffalo Flared Earlets

Buffalo Flared Earlets

Large gauge jewelry is typically used for stretched piercings. The most common type of a stretched piercing is stretched earlobe, but there are many other piercings that can be stretched with a great success (septum piercing, nipple piercing and various types of genital piercings, among the others).

All these stretched piercings require large gauge jewelry. This type of jewelry is made of many different materials. Some of the materials used for large gauge jewelry are popular materials used for other types of body jewelry, such as Surgical Steel, gold or titanium. On the other hand, large gauge jewelry can also be made of many other materials, first and foremost, numerous organic materials. This is what makes large gauge jewelry truly stylish and unique.

Metals

Large gauge jewelry is made of many different materials. Some of the materials are common body jewelry materials often used for other types of jewelry. The most common ones are popular body-friendly and medical-grade materials, such as 316LVM Surgical Steel or titanium. These materials are safe, durable and make a great choice for any body jewelry pieces, regardless of gauge.

If you like these metal jewelry pieces, you may choose between numerous large gauge Surgical Steel or titanium rings. Some of these rings are popular Captive Bead Rings, though you may choose other ring types, such as Screwball rings or Seamless rings.

Gold is another popular jewelry material. Gold jewelry can be made in any gauge, so you will find many large gauge gold pieces. When choosing gold jewelry, it’s important to make sure that the gold used is safe. It means it should not contain any harmful alloys, such as nickel. Nickel allergy is a serious problem so it’s important to use only nickel-free gold.

Organic Materials

Apart from popular body jewelry materials, large gauge jewelry has the advantage of using numerous exotic and organic materials. Some materials are too delicate to be used for small-gauge jewelry. With large gauges, however, there is no danger that the material would break. This is why there are so many materials used for large gauge jewelry only.

Organic materials are particularly popular for stretched piercing jewelry. Materials such as wood, stone, bone and horn or glass look wonderful in stretched piercings. These materials are carefully shaped to make large gauge jewelry for your stretched earlobes or another stretched jewelry types.

One advantage of these materials is that they allow the skin to breathe much better than with metal or acrylic. Another advantage are all those unique, organic colors and patterns you get with organic jewelry pieces. Since this type of jewelry is organic, each piece is truly unique and one of a kind.

One note about organic jewelry: it is very effective and beautiful, but it should be used for healed piercings only. This is why you should wait a bit after stretching to use them. Make sure that your stretched piercing is completely healed and infection-free before inserting any organic jewelry piece.

Additional Tips

  • In case you are unsure about jewelry size you have, use a gauge wheel. Gauge wheels are handy tools for measuring your jewelry so you can always choose jewelry of the appropriate size for your stretched piercing. When in doubt, use a gauge wheel so you won’t make a mistake and wear jewelry that doesn’t fit.
  • Organic materials are often porous, which means they make a good place for various bacteria. This is why it’s so important that your piercing is fully healed and stretched properly before you use any organic jewelry pieces.
  • In case you notice any redness, itching, infection, migration or rejection, do not ignore it. Take your jewelry out and replace it with a jewelry piece you’ve worn without a problem. If the problem persist, consult your doctor. You might need to retire a piercing or go back to a smaller gauge, but it’s a small price to pay. You should never allow for a piercing to get infected even if it means that you wouldn’t be able to wear your favorite jewelry piece.
  • Some materials are heavier than the others. Keep this in mind when ordering your large gauge jewelry. For example, Surgical Steel is heavier than titanium. Titanium, gold and all the metals are heavier than organic materials. Some organic materials (stone, glass) tend to be heavier than the others (wood, horn). In some cases, this size and weight can be an advantage (for example, for some genital piercing types). In other situations, heavy jewelry might pose a problem. This is why you should choose materials carefully and pick the one that weights just how you need it.
  • In case you have a stretched genital piercing but your partner doesn’t appreciate heavy jewelry, you may remove your jewelry during intercourse. Make sure to insert your jewelry after intercourse because genital piercings tend to heal very quickly so chances are that you’ll have a lot of problems inserting jewelry after a while. This is a common problem with penis piercings.

Clitoral Piercing

Clitoral PiercingClitoral piercing is a form of female genital piercing. It is a very rare piercing and it depends a lot on person’s individual anatomy. Do not confuse this piercing with more common clitoral hood piercings, such as VCH (vertical clitoral hood piercing). Unlike VCH, clitoral piercing goes through clitoris itself. It is a more complicated and serious form of body modification. However, nothing prevents you from getting this type of piercing if you want it and if you are anatomically suited for it.

Placement and Difference to Other Piercings

One of the most important things to know about clitoral piercing is that it’s a piercing done on clitoris itself. It may seem obvious: yes, clitoral piercing is a piercing done on clitoris. However, the situation is not as simple as it sounds. There are many common piercings done in the same area so it’s important to understand the difference between them and clitoral piercing.

The most common piercings done on this body part are clitoral hood piercings, such as VCH (vertical clitoral hood piercing) and HCH (horizontal clitoral hood piercing). These piercings are done in the same area as clitoral piercing, but they pierce a different type of tissue. Namely, VCH and HCH pierce only the thin clitoral hood and do not go through clitoris itself.

These piercings are done much quicker and they are less complicated than a clitoral piercing. They are also much more common than a clitoral piercing. In fact, when one talks about “clitoral piercing”, chances are that they mean on clitoral hood piercing.

Clitoral piercings are rarer, but they exist and can be done if a person is anatomically suited for it. Keep in mind that most women are not suited for this type of piercing because their clitoris is fully covered by the hood. To be a good candidate for clitoral piercing, you need to have a large enough clitoris with a protruding head and your clitoral hood has to be loose enough to accommodate jewelry.

If in doubt, consult your piercer to see if you are a good candidate for clitoral piercing. It’s important to choose a piercer who know what they’re doing. Keep in mind that this is a rare piercing so it’s not something your average piercer will know about.

Possible Risks

One of the reasons why clitoral piercing is rarely performed is because of the risks. There is a significant danger of nerve damage if the procedure is not done right. Clitoris is full of nerves and very sensitive, so it’s easy to damage it if the piercer does not know what they doing.

If nerve damage occurs, it can not only pose a health problem but may lead to problems when it comes to sexual stimulation. Some women will become desensitized in this area, which will have consequences for her sexual enjoyment. On the other hand, a woman may become overly sensitive, which is very distracting.

For these reasons, it’s very important to understand the risk and to find a truly experienced, reliable piercer. It’s vital that you find someone who is knowledgeable in this exact type of piercing. This is the only way to go if you wish to have such a rare piercing done right.

Being over-sensitive is one of the common ways to describe a clitoral piercing, even if it’s done right. However, if done right, this added sensitivity may be beneficial, especially for women who usually have a problem to reach orgasm or to experience sexual pleasure.

Keep in mind that clitoral piercing can be very sexually stimulating, which is one of the reasons why women decide to have it done.

Procedure and Aftercare

You need to do some research before you get this piercing done. Inform yourself about all the aspects of the procedure and learn everything you can about this piercing. The next step is to find a truly experienced piercer who can get it done. This is the most crucial step. Don’t rush into it. Research piercers and make sure to find a truly experienced one.

Once you have found your piercer, get a consultation. It’s very important to know if you are anatomically suited for this type of piercing. If yes, take some time to discuss the best placement and ask your chosen piercer to explain the whole procedure.

During the procedure, your piercer will have to place clamps on your clitoris. This can be uncomfortable but it shouldn’t be too painful to endure. After clamping and agreeing on the placement, the piercer will use a special piercing needle to create a hole.

When it comes to pain, there is no doubt that his type of piercing is uncomfortable to perform and it proves to be intense for many people. However, the pierced area itself is not so huge so the procedure itself is relatively quick. More than the initial pain one needs to be careful about pain and sensitivity in the following days.

Since this is a very sensitive piercing you should take extra care in the first days and weeks after getting it done. As the piercing heals you will experience less and less discomfort, but it’s vital to perform aftercare instructions carefully. You need to clean your new piercing at least two times per day, using a saline solution. Since it’s located at a very sensitive area you may need to clean it more than twice per day. Make sure to ask about all of these things and to request detailed aftercare instructions from your piercer.

Jewelry

Since clitoris is a very sensitive body part, the jewelry worn has to be smooth enough not to pose discomfort. Keep in mind that one of the main reasons to get clitoral piercing is to increase sensitivity and to enjoy sex more, so your jewelry should accommodate that.

Typical jewelry pieces for clitoral piercings are circular barbells and Captive Bead Rings. However, depending on the placement and anatomy you may be able to wear different jewelry types, such as straight barbells or curved barbells.

The most common jewelry size is 16 gauge. This is a gauge most commonly used to perform this type of piercing.

Popular Nose Piercings

Nose Piercing TypesNose piercings are among the most common piercing types in the world. Their best advantage is that they are both very stylish and relatively discreet. This way, you can wear your nose jewelry almost in any situation and with any outfit.

Of course, some nose piercing types are more extravagant than the others. Same goes for nose jewelry: while there are relatively simple, small and discreet nose jewelry pieces, there are also those that are heavier and richly ornamented. The thing is: nose piercings are so popular chances are that you will find jewelry type you like a lot and want to wear.

Your chosen jewelry will depend on your preferences and style, but also your nose piercing type. There are some very common and popular nose piercings, but you don’t have to limit yourself to those. You may wish to experiment with unusual placements or some less known nose piercing types.

Generally speaking, the most common and popular nose piercing types are:

  • Nostil piercing
  • Septum piercing

More unusual but still popular nose piercings are:

  • High nostril piercing
  • Rhino piercing
  • Bridge piercing
  • Nasallang

The Classic: Nostril and Septum Piercing

Nostril and septum piercings are the most common nose jewelry piercings. At the same time, nostril piercing is much more popular than septum piercing. In fact, nostril piercing is among the top 10 most popular piercings in the world.

This piercing is done on right or left nostril, though there are many people who have both of their nostrils pierced or have multiple nostril piercings in the same nostril. This type of piercing is easy to perform and it usually doesn’t cause problems.

Jewelry is very varied. You may choose between nose bones, nose screws, fish tails and L bars, just to name a few jewelry types unique to nostril piercings.

Septum piercing is another popular option, even though it’s rarer than nostril piercing. One reason why septum piercing is not as popular as nostril piercing is because it appears more extreme and complicated.

In reality, this type of piercing is relatively easy to perform. While it looks like the piercing goes through nose cartilage, it actually doesn’t pierce cartilage at all. Septum piercing is done on a thin tissue inside the nose that stands in front of cartilage. This way, only a very thin tissue is pierced so septum piercing is not complicated at all and it’s not painful.

It’s still very effective, though. With a septum piercing, you will definitely be noticed. Typical jewelry used for this type of piercing are circular barbells, though some people prefect Captive Bead Rings. You may also use tusks and other similar jewelry types for this piercing.

High Nostril Piercing

This piercing is a variation of a nostril piercing. It’s done on the point where the bone on the nostril ends. You may also choose between left and right placement, or you may choose to do both.

While it may seem a bit tricky, this is actually a very easy piercing to perform. It usually doesn’t cause much problems and it’s not particularly painful. It’s a great way to try something new and to be unique without going for a complex, painful piercing.

Jewelry for this piercing is similar to regular nostril jewelry and includes nose screws, nose bones, L-shapes and fish tails.

Rhino Piercing

Rhino piercing has many names. It’s also known as vertical nose piercing, vertical nose tip piercing or nose tip piercing. The name “rhino” comes from the fact that it resembles a rhinoceros, especially if you wear spiked jewelry.

This piercing goes along the length on the tip of the nose, though it’s also possible to choose a deeper placement. It is a very effective and unique piercing so be prepared: it will attract attention.

This piercing type goes through nose cartilage, which makes it more painful and difficult to perform. However, a skilled, experienced piercer should not have a problem with it. However, you need to find a piercer who is knowledgeable with this piercing type.

The most common jewelry worn with this piercing is a straight barbell.

Bridge Piercing

Bridge piercing, also known as “Earl” is a piercing done on the bridge of the nose. While it may seem that it pierces cartilage it actually doesn’t: the only thing that is pierced is the tine skin on the bridge of your nose. It means this piercing is not particularly painful nor difficult to perform.

This is a relatively simple piercing, but it may cause discomfort at first, especially if you wear glasses. It is a surface piercing so it’s prone to migration and rejection.

Typical jewelry worn in a bridge piercing is a curved barbell or a circular barbell. Some people may be able to wear straight barbells, but it’s rare. There are even people who opt for Captive Bead Rings, but it’s an unconventional choice.

Nasallang

Nasallang is a horizontal nose piercing that goes all the way through the nose. This way, you get a left nostril piercing, a right nostril piercing and a septum piercing all in one. The name of this piercing is similar to Ampallang, a horizontal penis piercing. It’s clear why: in both cases, a piercing is performed horizontally through the whole length of a body part.

Nasallang is a complex piercing so it’s important to find a truly knowledgeable piercer experienced in performing this type of piercing. It’s vital that you chose a person who knows their job because you don’t want to damage any structure inside your nose.

Common jewelry for a nasallang piercing is a long straight barbell or an industrial barbell.

Condoms and Piercings

CondomsOne of the main concerns people have about genital piercings is whether they can damage condoms or not. Or, rather, if it’s possible to wear a condom if you have a piercing. This is a good question. Safe sex is important so it’s vital to know if your body piercing can cause condoms to break.

The good news is that for the most part, you don’t have to worry. Condoms can be used even if you have a piercing. However, it’s important to follow some precautions.

Will Condoms Break?

The unfortunate things about condoms is that they break from time to time. It’s not always the user’s fault, but it’s important to know how to decrease the chance of condoms breaking.

Body jewelry typically used for genital piercings cannot make condoms break on their own. It’s due to the shape of jewelry made for genital piercings. Since comfort is important for piercings placed on the penis and other parts of genitalia, the jewelry used is typically smooth and without rough edges. It means that it can fit inside a condom easily without causing any damages to the condom. The sex can then proceed normally without a problem.

It means that you don’t have to worry. Condoms will not break due to body jewelry made for genital piercings. While accidents may happen here and there, the experiences of many people prove that condoms are safe to be used with genital piercings.

In fact, condoms are recommended in some cases. This is particularly true for new piercings at the early stages of healing. A new piercing is basically an open wound, so it’s recommended to use condoms during sexual activities. Condoms will not only prevent sharing of bodily fluids, which is increased with new piercings, but will also protect the piercing itself from being hurt or damaged.

It is important to take a good care of your new piercing in the early stages of healing in order to prevent infections and other problems, so condoms can help with that.

Advice on Using Condoms with Piercings

Here are some tips on how to ensure that condoms don’t break if you use them with genital piercings:

  • Make sure to always use smooth jewelry without rough edges. It is the most important thing to ensure safety.
  • The jewelry has to fit nicely under the condom. It shouldn’t be too loose and it shouldn’t move under the condom.
  • It’s best if the jewelry is not made in a very small gauge. Small gauge jewelry tends to be sharper and can damage condoms more than large gauge jewelry. The good news is that genital piercings typically don’t use jewelry of the smallest gauge.
  • Experiment with different types of condoms until you find the ones that fit you perfectly.
  • Complicated jewelry or decorated jewelry is best to be avoided while wearing a condom.
  • Same jewelry rules apply for any body part that comes in contact with the condom. If you engage in oral sex, make sure to wear only smooth tongue and lip jewelry. Women should also wear smooth jewelry pieces in their genital piercings to avoid damaging their partner’s condom during intercourse.
  • If you are scared that your jewelry may damage condoms, you may consider removing it during intercourse. Make sure to put jewelry back after sex because genital piercings tend to close quickly.

“Earl” – Bridge Piercing

Bridge Piercing“Earl” is a popular name for nose bridge piercing. This unique piercing type is intriguing and many people decide to get it. While it’s still not among the most common facial piercings, Earl is sure popular among certain piercing enthusiasts.

About the Piercing

The nose bridge piercing is known under several names. You might know it as “Earl” piercing or “Erl” piercing. These names come from the first person ever to receive this piercing: Erl van Aken. However, most people decide to call this piercing simply “bridge”.

Earl piercing is a surface facial piercing performed through the skin on the bridge of the nose. The most common placement is between the eyes of the wearer, though some variations of the placement are possible.

Jewelry

There is no specialized jewelry made for Earl piercing alone. This means that you will have to wear multifunctional jewelry types suitable for this piercing.

Typically, the best jewelry for bridge piercings are straight and curved barbells. They are simple, practical and very comfortable. It’s particularly important to wear them as the initial jewelry, right after you get your nose bridge piercing.

After your piercing is healed, you may also try some other piercing types, such as rings. Captive Bead Rings and Seamless Rings seem to be great for this type of piercing. The most comfortable variant is a D-ring because it rests comfortably against the skin.

Rings are great jewelry pieces for a bridge piercing because they can reduce the risk of migration and rejection.

Additional Info

  • In order to get a bridge piercing, you have to have enough flesh on the bridge of your nose. If there is no enough skin to be pierced, you can’t get an Earl piercing. Luckily, most people have enough skin and can enjoy their bridge piercing to the fullest.
  • You need to perform adequate aftercare on your piercing. Clean it at least twice per day with a saline solution or a suitable commercial cleaner.
  • Healing time for this piercing is 4 to 8 weeks.
  • Bridge piercings are usually done at 14 or 12 gauge, though other gauges are also possible.
  • This piercing has a relatively high risk of rejection. Keep in mind that any nose bridge piercing is a surface piercing, and these always risk migration and rejection.
  • Another thing to keep in mind is that bridge piercing can lead to scarring after jewelry is removed. This is something to think about if you ever decide to retire your bridge piercing.
  • Basic bridge piercing is done horizontally. However, it’s also possible to get a vertical Earl piercing on the bridge of your nose.

Scared of Piercing Needles? Don’t Be!

Piercing NeedlePiercing needles are essential assets of any piercing studio. All reliable piercers will use them and they will refuse to perform piercings with any other instrument. The only exception are specific types of piercings not done with piercing needles, such as transscrotal procedures.

In all other situations, using piercing needless is mandatory. This is the only way to perform piercing properly and with least damage to surrounding tissue. Piercing needles are sterile, safe and they bring the least pain to the client.

What if You’re Scared of Piercing Needles?

Many people are scared of needles. In a way it’s understandable: not many people enjoy to be poked with a needle. One might think that piercing enthusiasts are different, and while there are some people who truly enjoy the piercing process itself, there are many people who get piercings because they like the aesthetics of it or piercings’ functionality (very important for certain types of genital piercings). They don’t necessarily like needles. But are needles scary?

Needles may look scary but they are actually specially designed to minimize pain and damage to the tissue. A piercing needle is the least traumatic way to get pierced, not to mention it’s a much safer method than any other.

Piercing needles are specially designed to pierce the skin without damaging the surrounding tissue. It means that the piercing hole is clean, sharp and can heal easily. With a piercing needle, a piercer can judge the direction or even a shape of the hole, so piercing placement is very precise and you get exactly the piercing you asked for. Piercing needles give piercers freedom to perform just the type of a piercing you request. There is no guessing or relying on chance.

Furthermore, while piercing needles may seem scary and painful, they are actually very successful at minimizing the pain. It goes both for the pain of procedure and pain after procedure. Since they are very sharp, they pierce the tissue quickly and neatly. It means less pain and no damage to the surrounding tissue. Less damage means less pain. In other words, you should not be scared of piercing needles.

In fact, piercing needles are the only good way to get a piercing so you should get away from any studio that does not use them. Piercing needles should always be used because they are the only way to ensure a good piercing job.

Children and Piercing Needles

What about children? This is a somewhat controversial topic many people argue about. Some feel that piercing children is never ok. A child can’t give consent and doesn’t understand what piercing even means. Not to mention it is more difficult to perform adequate aftercare on a child. Other people see earlobe piercing harmless and suitable for children.

Without going into this debate, it’s important to understand that laws and regulations have to be followed. Many piercers agree to pierce minors, provided the parent is there to give consent. Which brings us to another problem: what if a child is scared of a needle? Should piercing needles be used on children?

The main argument in this debate is: if we don’t use piercing needles, then what will we use? The only available answer is, sadly, piercing gun. However, piercing guns are very harmful and can bring numerous problems, such as infections and piercing rejection. This problem is often emphasized by the child’s inability to perform adequate aftercare. In short, even if they seem like a quick and useful solution, piercing guns are not recommended to be used on children.

So, how to go about performing a piercing on a child who is scared of needles or is small enough to hold still during a procedure? There is no definite answer to this problem. Probably the best and easiest solution is to simply refuse to pierce minors who are not old enough to hold still during a procedure or who can’t be pierced with a needle for whatever reason. Not all piercers will follow this advice but it’s important to understand that piercing needles are the only correct way to perform a piercing. If they cannot be used, for whatever reason, then it’s usually better not to perform piercing at all.

Jestrum Piercing

Jestrum PiercingA Jestrum piercing is best known as a vertical Medusa piercing. This is a somewhat rare lip piercing type.

However, it’s very unique and effective, so if you’re looking for something more special than a simple Medusa, a Jestrum piercing may be the right thing for you.

About Jestrum

A Jestrum piercing is a variation of a popular Medusa piercing. Medusa is done horizontally on the philtrum, the dimple above the upper lip and under the nose. A Jestrum piercing has a very similar placement, but it’s done vertically rather than horizontally. This is why it’s also known as “vertical Medusa”.

A Jestrum piercing can also be seen as a vertical labret piercing, as the opposite of the more common form, a horizontal labret. With a horizontal labret piercing (including Medusa), the hole is made from the top of the skin to the inside, so one end of the jewelry sits outside of the lip while the other end is inside of the mouth.

With vertical labret piercings, such as Jestrum, the piercing is done vertically along the lip. It means that both holes are on the outside of the lip and both balls of the jewelry sit outside of the mouth. It gives a very unique look and makes these lip piercings different than typical lip piercings that are done horizontally.

Jestrum is a vertical lip piercing done on the philtrum of the upper lip. It’s made in the dimple above the middle of the upper lip, just under the septum of the nose. It is the same placement as a Medusa piercing.

However, unlike Medusa, Jestrum is done vertically so both ends of the piercing are visible externally. The upper part of the piercing sits on the philtrum while the lower part sits on the underside of the upper lip.

Jewelry

A great thing about Jestrum piercing is that it gives you more jewelry options than a Medusa piercing. While Medusa typically uses a simple labret stud, Jestrum piercing uses curved barbells and other similar jewelry types.

Remember, with a Jestrum piercing both ends of the jewelry are visible, which creates unique look and makes the jewelry truly stand out. You may opt for simple yet elegant curved barbell or you may go with something more ornamented. The choice is yours. However, keep in mind that jewelry has to be comfortable enough because it will sit between your lips.

Some people even choose to wear other jewelry pieces in their Jestrum piercing, such as a circular barbell or even a ring, but these are rarer options.

Just like with a Medusa piercing, the initial jewelry will have to be longer to accommodate for swelling. After a few weeks, when the swelling is gone, you should change your jewelry to a shorter barbell. Typically, this should be done by your piercer.

Additional Information

  • Jestrum piercing is sometimes combined with a lower labret piercing to make a symmetrical look.
  • Correct placement is crucial for a Jestrum piercing. Incorrect placement can lead to numerous problems, such as tooth erosion and gum problems.
  • Just like a Medusa piercing, Jestrum piercing may be uncomfortable to perform, since this part of the lip is very sensitive. It’s also vital to perform adequate aftercare and to clean your Jestrum piercing regularly in order to avoid infections and other problems.

Why Piercing Guns Should Never be Used

Earlobe Piercing with a GunPiercing guns are dangerous and they should never be used. There are several important reasons why you should never allow to be pierced with a gun. The dangers are numerous, and they usually include two important risk factors: inadequate procedure and unprofessional piercers.

The Dangers

Here are some of the main reasons why piercing guns should not be used:

  • Piercing guns cannot be sterilized properly. You are risking infections with this type of piercing tool. Piercing guns have many plastic parts and these can’t be sterilized properly using an autoclave. While piercing guns are cleaned using an antiseptic or an alcohol, it’s important to know that it’s simply not enough. You can’t sterilize a piercing tool properly this way. It is just a recipe for a disaster. Not to mention that piercing guns can spread viruses, such as Hepatitis or HIV. They cannot be trusted. You shouldn’t put yourself to risk.
  • Piercing guns don’t pierce properly. The way their mechanism works, they fire jewelry at great speed through the skin. It often crushes sensitive tissue and may lead to further complications. This is a very invasive procedure, compared to proper piercing done with a specially designed needle. Unlike guns, needles are made to cause the least amount of damage to tissue.
  • Crooked piercings. Since it’s impossible to tell how the gun will pierce the skin, it’s almost impossible to predict the angle or shape of the piercing hole. It means many guns produce crooked piercings. Such piercings are difficult to heal and are more prone to migration, rejection and other problems. This is particularly dangerous for cartilage piercings. In case they are crooked they may never heal properly and they can cause a lot of pain or long-term damage to the cartilage.
  • Unprofessional piercers. Another big problem with piercing guns is that they are never used by professional, knowledgeable piercers. Piercers who use guns show that they don’t know what they’re doing. A professional, reliable piercer will never use a gun, even if you ask. Guns are used by people working at mall kiosks and department stores and they don’t really know what they’re doing. Keep in mind that professional piercers take years of training. That’s right, years. Compare that to a few weeks of training a mall worker gets. Not to mention that piercing guns can be bought legally by basically anyone. You don’t need to have any form of training or to know what you’re doing in order to purchase a piercing gun.
  • Unsanitary places. Piercing guns are typically used outside of professional piercing studios. You see them in department stores, malls, and small kiosks. None of these places are professional studios. Most of them sell other things and offer other services. They are usually situated in places that can’t be properly sterilized and that don’t adhere to all the health safety norms professional studios need to follow. You don’t want to be pierced in a place like that.
  • Inadequate jewelry. Jewelry used with piercing guns is usually too short to be used for new piercings. It can’t account for swelling and it may lead to complications. Not to mention that jewelry you can get at these places is often made of materials that may cause allergic reactions and other problems. Another problem are butterfly ends on jewelry studs. These ends press snugly against the skin, so your new piercing can’t breathe. Another problem is that the butterfly end itself has numerous little crevices that can easily trap dirt and bacteria. It’s not uncommon to have you hair tangled inside of these things. It increases the risk of infections and other problems.

Why People Get Pierced with a Gun?

Since piercing guns are so dangerous, how come many people allow to be pierced with them? There are a few possible reasons. None of them is an excuse to be pierced with a gun, but it may offer an explanation on why it’s happening.

Here are the common reasons why people still allow to get pierced with a gun:

  • They are uninformed. Many people don’t know about dangers and problems piercing guns can bring. They simply don’t understand the difference between a needle and a gun, a professional piercer and a worker at a mall. Since places with piercing guns are often more common to see than professional piercing studios, for many people, this is the only type of piercing procedure they know of.
  • Piercing guns look less scary. Many people are scared of needles and piercing guns look less intimidating. They also seem like they will be quicker and cause less pain. All these things make piercing guns seem safer and less intimidating. None of this is true, but many people don’t understand that piercing needles are actually less traumatic than needles.
  • Cheap price. Piercings offered with a gun and a stud tend to be cheaper than those offered at professional studios. Under these conditions, many people think it would be nice to save some buck on a piercing and get a bargain deal. This is a dangerous thinking. Same goes for cheap jewelry they offer. Getting pierced by a professional is worth the money. You should not risk your health just to save a few bucks. Also, you should always stick to high-quality jewelry.
  • Kid friendly? Last but not least, many parents see guns as more “kid-friendly” way to get your earlobe piercing. While piercing minors and especially young children, is a somewhat controversial topics, parents who wish for their children to get earlobe piercing will often ask for a piercing gun. While it’s true that piercing guns are less complex, it doesn’t mean they should be used on children. If you wish your child to get pierced ears, you should ask for professional piercing, if it’s legal in the place where you live. If a child is not old enough to go through procedure, it’s best for procedure not to be done at all than to use a piercing gun. Plus, the whole issue of piercing minors is a complex one and there are many piercers who refuse to perform piercings on children, even if it’s “just” earlobe piercing.