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Tips for Caring for Captive Bead Rings and Barbells

Ring Closing Pliers

Ring Closing Pliers

Quality body jewelry is made to last for a long time, which means it’s designed to be functional. This includes balls on the ends of the barbells or balls used for Captive Bead Rings. However, even the best jewelry can become a bit loose during use, so it’s not a rare situation for beads to become less tight. This is a problem because you might end up losing jewelry balls.

Here are some tips on how to keep your jewelry tight and what to do if you lose beads:

Take Care of Your Jewelry

The first thing you can do is to take care of your jewelry. Inspect your jewelry regularly to make sure balls and beads are holding tight. You may even give barbells a twist to make them hold tighter. When it comes to Captive Bead Rings, check the balls regularly to make sure they are held snugly and won’t come off.

Use Pliers

Another thing you can do is to use special jewelry tools (ring opening pliers and ring closing pliers) to open and close your jewelry rings. This will make them keep their shape, which is important for making them stay tight and in a perfect shape.

Other Jewelry Types: Fixed Rings & Segment Rings

Consider fixed rings and other types of jewelry rings designed to keep the ball, bead or decoration in place. With a fixed ring, the ball (bead, decoration) is fixed to the jewelry, so there is no way that you’ll lose it. Another choice is to use a segment ring. Segment rings are made of several segments that fit perfectly together. They don’t use beads so you won’t have to think about them falling out. These are good alternatives to Captive Bead Rings (or circular and curved barbells, depending on the body part and style), so you may consider using them.

Have Replacement Parts Ready

It’s a good thing to have replacements balls and beads ready in case you lose the originals. This way, even if you lose the beads you will be able to quickly get another one. These replacements beads will sure save you when you’re in trouble and help you keep your piercing. Replacements balls and beads are usually not expensive and they come in packs so there is typically more than one. It means you can use them more than once and more than one jewelry piece. Some replacement parts are plain but there are also more effective ones (even colorful ones) to choose from, so they will definitely not make your piercing less attractive.

Captive Bead Rings vs. Fixed Rings

14K Gold - Bezel Set Ring

14K Gold – Bezel Set Ring

Captive Bead Rings are among the most popular types of body jewelry. They can be found everywhere and they are so widely used they are sometimes considered the “default” body jewelry pieces. Think about simple rings. Chances are that you’ll imagine a captive bead ring whenever someone mentions “rings” in the context of body jewelry.

Fixed Rings, on the other hand, are something not so commonly talked about, even though they are almost as popular as Captive Bead Rings. In fact, some people might not even know what a Fixed Ring is, or how to tell a difference between this jewelry piece and a Captive Bead Ring.

To be able to choose the best jewelry for your unique situation and to always be satisfied with your jewelry pieces, it’s important to know the main properties, differences and similarities between Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings. This is the only way to make the right, informed decision about your purchase.

Common Features and Similarities

Both Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings share some common features and similarities. First and foremost, they are both types of rings you can use as your body jewelry. They are typically designed in a form of a hoop with a bead or a different ornament (decoration, charm) in the middle. Most of these rings are circular in shape, but it’s possible to have different types of rings. For example, D-shaped rings tend to be very popular with some people and they bring unique anesthetics and comfort to the wearer. There are also teardrop-shaped and other uniquely shaped rings to choose from.

Typically, however, a ring is almost circular in shape. Each of these rings has some sort of decoration in the middle, usually in the form of a plain, spherical bead. Beads can often vary in sizes to achieve different effects. However, many rings have special decorations or uniquely shaped charms instead of a bead. Some rings have dangles and other forms of decorations attached to the bead. Also, many rings come with gems arranged in beautiful patterns (such as flowers) to make the piece more beautiful.

Both Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings share the above mentioned similarities, though Fixed Rings often tend to have more complex charms and beads. Another similarity between the two types of rings is that they are used in many different piercing types and body parts. You can use them almost anywhere, from simple earlobe piercings to nipples, navel piercing and even many of the genital piercing types.

Differences

Captive Bead Rings and Fixed Rings may share some similarities, but there are also some important differences you need to know about. The differences mainly come from a different way the bead (charm) is attached to the ring and different mechanics to open the ring.

  • Captive Bead Rings have beads (gems, charms) dimpled and held in place by the pressure of the ring. It means that the bead is not fixed to the ring, so it can be popped in and out. This is why it’s important to open and close them carefully so they don’t become too loose. If this happens, the bead may pop out on its own so you may lose it. To open and close Captive Bead Rings properly, it’s best to use ring opening and ring closing pliers.
  • Fixed Rings have a bead (gem, charm) actually attached to one end of the ring. It’s fixed, usually in a form of a setting, so you can’t lose it. Also, these rings are often available in two different styles: with horizontal and vertical beads, to accommodate two types of piercings (vertical and horizontal).

A Short Guide to Eyebrow Piercings

Eyebrow Piercing Eyebrow piercing is one of the most popular piercing types. It’s very attractive and stylish, and can take many forms, depending on the jewelry you choose. Both men and women can enjoy a beautiful eyebrow piercing with an effective jewelry piece.

Eyebrow piercings are specific and different than other popular piercing types. Generally speaking, eyebrow piercings are considered the so-called “surface piercings”. It means that the piercing is done on one surface of the skin, unlike most of the other piercings.

The trouble with surface piercings is that they are more prone to migrations and rejections, and generally are known to last shorter than other types of piercings. However, with good care, it’s possible to maintain your eyebrow piercing for a long time.

Different Types of Eyebrow Piercings

There are several popular types of eyebrow piercings, depending on the way the piercing is done and the way the jewelry is positioned. The most common form is the Vertical Eyebrow Piercing. Here, the piercing is done almost vertically, on the outer side of an eyebrow. The jewelry is typically inserted from below of the eyebrow to the top.
Another way to perform an eyebrow piecing is to do a Horizontal Eyebrow Piercing. This piercing is done parallel to the eyebrow. The jewelry is positioned almost horizontally. Usually, the horizontal piercing is done above the eye but you may also choose to have it done just below eyebrow.

Another popular type of piercing is an Anti-Eyebrow piercing. It is getting more and more popular these days, especially among teenagers. This surface piercing type is also known as “teardrop” piercing or high cheek piercing. It’s usually done just below the eyes and above the cheekbone. The jewelry is made to resemble tears on the face.

The Procedure

Eyebrow piercing procedure is usually quick and doesn’t cause much pain. Anti-eyebrow piercing may be a bit more painful, but it’s done quickly.

As with any other type of piercing, it’s important to choose a reliable, experienced piercer. It’s also vital to choose high-quality jewelry made of body-safe materials. The procedure itself is pretty straightforward: the chosen area is disinfected and a piercing needle is inserted through the skin. The needle for vertical eyebrow piercing typically goes from the bottom of the eyebrow to the top. This is how you’ll insert the jewelry. Usually, the initial piercing is done in the 18g to 12g size range.

The healing time is 6 to 8 weeks. During this time, do not change your jewelry. You have to wait for your piercing to fully heal to change the jewelry. During the healing process, make sure that no cosmetic products come in touch with your piercing (such as shampoo, makeup, creams, etc.)

Keep in mind that you have to care for your piercing during the healing process, because this is when it’s very prone to infections, rejection and migration. Make sure to clean it regularly with a saline solution and resist the urge to touch the jewelry.

Jewelry

There are many different jewelry types you can use for your eyebrow piercing. Keep in mind, however, that the jewelry used has to be suitable for eyebrow wear. It means that the jewelry pierce should not be too thin nor too heavy. While it’s ok to use multi-functional jewelry pieces, it’s best to use special jewelry made for eyebrow piercings.

The most common jewelry types for eyebrow piercings are special mini curved barbells. These barbells are specially made for eyebrow piercings so they feel the most comfortable. Always make sure to choose jewelry of the appropriate size! This is why it’s important to know the gauge you’re pierced with.

Eyebrow jewelry is very varied. You may choose between simple and elegant pieces you will be able to wear in almost any situation. If you prefer something more ornamented, there are many eyebrow circular barbells with special balls on one end. These balls can have gems or special charms that make your jewelry even more attractive. Some jewelry pieces have specially designed balls (made in different shapes) or special additions on the top ball. All these different designs make for very varied jewelry so your eyebrow piercing will always look attractive.

How to Use Crescent and Spiral Tapers

There are many gorgeous crescents and spirals you may try. These jewelry pieces are not only elegant, but also very functional. They combine tapers with jewelry, making a very attractive piece you will sure want to try.

Why Using Crescents and Spirals?

First of all: they are beautiful. Crescent and Spiral jewelry is made to be elegant and eye-catching. Many spirals and crescents are made of organic materials, which makes them truly unique and special. They are a great choice for stretched piercings. While they are typically used for earlobes, you can wear them in any stretched piercing. For example, many people wear them as septum jewelry.

Another great thing about crescents and spirals is that many of them can be used as tapers. In fact, many of them are made with this particular use in mind. Crescents and spirals can be used to safely and comfortably stretch your piercing to a larger gauge. This is why they are known as “gauging jewelry pieces” or “gauging tools”.

The main advantage to crescent and spiral tapers is that, unlike many traditional (straight) ones, is that they can be worn for a prolonged period of time. Spirals and crescents can be used as jewelry, which means you can keep them in your earlobe so it can stretch on its own.

Spirals and crescents also provide a very comfortable stretching experience, because you don’t just simply jump from one gauge to another. Instead, you slowly move from one to the other by gently adjusting your jewelry.

Using Spirals and Crescents

Spirals and crescents can be used as both jewelry and a stretching taper. They are actually very easy to use: you simply insert them in your stretched earlobe (or another stretched jewelry). You start with the side that’s the same as your current gauge and then you slowly move to a larger gauge over a period of several days.

It means that you don’t simply jump from one gauge to the other. You move the spiral or crescent slowly and gently to the thicker end, bit by bit, every day. Once you get to the large part of the jewelry (typically the middle) your piercing is stretched to the larger gauge, all without any pain and discomfort.

When using spirals and crescents to stretch your jewelry, keep in mind that patience is the key. Don’t try to force the jewelry through the piercing and don’t go too fast. It may seem like a long process, but it’s important to go slowly. It’s the best way to stretch your piercing without any problems or negative effects.

Re-use or Not – What to Do with Your Old Body Jewelry

body jewelryWe all have our favorite body jewelry pieces, but sometimes they need to be retired to buy new ones. Some get broken while the others just don’t fit our style anymore. Another common reason for retiring your jewelry is stretching. Once you have stretched to a larger gauge, you won’t be able to wear your old jewelry anymore.

This may leave you with tons of old jewelry you don’t use anymore. You may wonder what to do with it. It’s understandable that you don’t want to just leave it to collect dust, so what can you do?

The first thing you may think about is to simply re-use your old jewelry, give it to someone or even re-sell it. Also, you may be the one wanting to wear someone else’s old jewelry or even buy it. After all, if it’s properly cleaned, then there’s no risk, right?

Not quite. It’s important to know that old jewelry, even if it looks “as good as new” is never risk-free. Re-using or re-selling previously worn jewelry is not the best practice and can usually bring more harm than good. It’s much better to go with new, quality body jewelry.

If you really want to find some use for your old jewelry, it would be best to simply recycle it or use it for an art project instead of giving it to someone else to wear.

The Dangers of Used Body Jewelry

As you probably know, used jewelry is not always sanitary to wear. This is particularly true for used body jewelry, because it goes inside a person’s body. It gets in touch with body fluids and flesh, so it’s worse than using someone else’s toothbrush. Even more, some body jewelry is worn in very intimate places (nipples, genitalia, etc.) This is even more risky. It’s clear that simply using someone else’s old jewelry – or giving away your old jewelry – is not the best idea.

But what if I clean it, you say?

Sanitizing and sterilizing old jewelry is a must if you want to kill bacteria and other harmful agents. The thing is, it’s easier said than done. It’s actually pretty difficult to clean your old jewelry. Simply wiping it with alcohol or another cleaner won’t do it. To be properly sterilized, jewelry has to be treated in an autoclave.

Autoclaves are not something you can find in any home and most of the time, you will have to take your jewelry to a professional to clean it properly, which costs some money. However, don’t think that this is all you need to do to make your jewelry re-usable.

Re-using Sterilized Jewelry

An autoclave should be used to sterilize used jewelry. It is the only way to clean jewelry properly. However, even though autoclave can be used to sterilize jewelry, it’s still not a good idea to re-use or re-sell your used jewelry.

Why? Here’s the problem: even the fully sanitized used jewelry will still have the tiny scratches and nicks on the surface. Even jewelry made of high-quality material will have some scratches. Most of the time, you won’t be able to see them, but it doesn’t mean that they aren’t there.

The trouble with these microscopic scratches is that they can harbor bacteria. It means they can quickly become unsanitary and cause infections and numerous other problems for the wearer. This is why used jewelry is never “as good as new”, even if it’s properly sanitized and sterilized.

It is considered a bad practice – and it’s even illegal in many places – to sell re-used jewelry, especially if you don’t inform your customers about what they’re buying. Used jewelry is never new jewelry, even if it’s “gently worn” or “barely used”. Even if someone decided to wear a jewelry piece only once, it’s used jewelry and has to be treated as such.

Remember: autoclave is the only way to sanitize your jewelry properly, but that’s not all. You can never be sure about those tiny scratched and marks that can harbor bacteria.

So, what to do?

autoclaveIf you want to re-use or buy used jewelry, the choice is all yours. You need to know about the risks associated with used jewelry, so if you are ready to take that risk, it’s your decision. Keep in mind, however, that in most of the cases, it’s just not worth it.

There are so many new jewelry pieces you can get at affordable prices today, so why would you buy used jewelry? There are many different straight barbells, wonderful curved barbells for belly piercings, numerous different ear plug and flesh tunnel styles, fancy nipple jewelry pieces, cute nose bones, and many other jewelry types to choose from. So why would you risk a used jewelry piece when you can get a brand new jewelry piece for an affordable price?

Sometimes, in special circumstances, you might want to go with used jewelry. For example, if a jewelry piece is in the family and has a huge sentimental value. In this case, you might think about getting it autoclaved by professionals and wearing it. However, these are really special circumstances you won’t encounter most of the time.

So, what to do? If you really want to find a new use for your old jewelry, there are other options. You don’t have to re-use it as jewelry. Ask around for various recycling programs or companies who might want to buy old jewelry (typically gold) to melt it down. You may receive cash on the spot, so this may be a good investment, if you don’t mind your jewelry being melted down and recycled. The trouble is, this method works mostly for gold and silver jewelry; Surgical Steel, Titanium and other materials may be more difficult to sell.

Another thing you can do is to re-use your old jewelry in a new way. Make a project and turn it into something else. For example, you may take a decorative part of larger jewelry pieces and use them as new ornaments (hair pins, decorations, etc.) You may use smaller jewelry pieces to make costumes or new ornaments for your clothes. The only limit is your imagination!

This way, you will get to keep your jewelry without risking anyone’s health. Just don’t forget to sanitize it first! Take it to a professional to be autoclaved and then you can use it for your new and exciting projects!

In Conclusion

Re-used jewelry may sound tempting, but you should think twice before you decide to use it or re-sell it. Keep in mind that re-using jewelry is not the best practice, especially since you can find new jewelry pieces at very affordable prices. Even worse is to re-sell your jewelry: you will never know if it’s properly sanitized and scratch-free.

Remember: the only way to properly sanitize your jewelry is with autoclave, and chances are that you don’t have it at home. So it needs to be done by a professional, which costs money. Also, even properly sanitized used jewelry has little scratches and marks that can harbor bacteria.

There’s just too much risk associated with used jewelry. Since there are many gorgeous new jewelry pieces you can get at affordable prices, it’s best to always go with new jewelry bought at a reliable store.

This is why it’s much better to re-use your old jewelry in different ways. If you really want to get some cash, you can try selling your old jewelry to be melted. Alternatively, if you truly want to use your old jewelry again, turn it into an exciting project and use it in a new and different way. This will allow you to keep all those beautiful jewelry pieces without compromising anyone’s health.

Niobium: A Great Body Jewelry Material

NiobiumNiobium is a beautiful material sometimes used for body jewelry. While its use is not so widespread like surgical steel, gold or titanium, it definitely offers some benefits you might want to consider. This is a gorgeous material you will love to wear.

Is it Body-Safe?

Absolutely! One great thing about niobium as a material is that it can be used without the fear of allergies. Niobiom as well as its alloys are inert. It means they don’t cause allergies. This is a great news for people looking for stable, hypo-allergenic jewelry materials.

Colors

Probably the best thing about niobium jewelry is that it comes in many different colors. Just like titanium, it can be anodized so you get different colored jewelry pieces. Also, unlike titanium, niobium can be heat treated black.

This is a great news for all those who prefer their jewelry to be colorful but without artificial colors or other potentially harmful additions to the jewelry itself. It makes niobium jewelry beautiful and body safe.

Additional Advantages

Niobium also offers some additional advantages. It is autoclavable so that’s another thing to keep in mind. Of course, niobium can also be anodized, which gives us all those pretty colors.

Another great thing about niobium is that it can be used for new piercings. Jewelry made of niobium is body-safe and can be used for initial piercings and during the healing time.

Disadvantages

Niobium is a very beautiful material and makes a good alternative to more popular body jewelry materials out there. It has only two disadvantages that need to be mentioned:

  • It’s soft. Niobium is a very soft metal, which may even prove to be advantage in some aspects. When it comes to shaping body jewelry, keep in mind that it can’t be lathed for threading. It means it’s only used for jewelry with no threading, such as Captive Bead Rings. This limits niobium’s use when it comes to body jewelry but it doesn’t make the existing jewelry made of this material bad. It simply means you won’t be able to find all jewelry types made of niobium. However, you will still be able to enjoy all those beautiful rings and other non-threaded jewelry pieces.
  • It’s relatively heavy. Niobium is heavier than titanium and surgical steel. It usually doesn’t pose any problems, unless you are prone to irritations. There are also some people who prefer heavier jewelry. All in all, this disadvantage is not big enough to make niobium into an undesirable material. 

Migration and Rejection: Additional Things to Consider

Piercing Migration and RejectionMigration and rejection are probably the most common problems you can encounter with body piercings. It sucks when it happens, so you need to recognize their signs and understand why they are happening.

Treating migration and rejection is not easy and it doesn’t always work. Sometimes, your body will react in a way you can’t predict. This is why it’s important to know that piercings are always under a certain risk of migration and rejection (particularly rejection). This risk is never 0%, but it can be minimized.

Read the following tips to learn how to minimize this risk.

Know the Difference

The first thing you need to know is the difference between migration and rejection. Many people seem to confuse the two or assume they are basically the same. They aren’t, but they can be closely linked (a migrated piercing is more likely to be rejected).

In short:

  • Migration - The movement of the piercing from its initial placement. After the move, the piercing settles and heals in this new location.
  • Rejection – The body rejects the piercing by slowly pushing it out of the body. A rejected piercing is a lost piercing.

Why Does Migration Happen?

Migration can happen for several reasons. Most commonly, migration happens because you weren’t pierced correctly. A piercing has to be deep enough and made on a suitable place so it won’t migrate. This is why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer who will know how to minimize the risk of migration. If insufficient amount of tissue is pierced, or if unsuitable tissue is pierced, migration can happen at any time.

Another cause of migration is a bad aftercare practice. You need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully during the healing process. Migration can be caused by harsh products or lack of hygiene.

Also, keep in mind that migration sometimes happens even when you’re pierced correctly and you follow aftercare instructions. This is the risk you need to make when getting a new piercing.

Why Does Rejection Happen?

Rejection mainly happens because your body recognizes a piercing as a wound and jewelry as a foreign object. Therefore, it will try to heal this wound and close it. It will also try to get rid of the foreign object by slowly pushing it out, like a splinter.

This is why one of the first signs of rejection is piercing getting shallow and jewelry being able to be seen under the skin.

There is no way to eliminate the risk of rejection completely, but there are some things that can be done to minimize it. Again, proper piercing technique should be used. This is why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer. Your piercing needs to be deep enough to minimize the risk of rejection.

Also, you need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully. Resist the urge to touch your piercing or to twist it and move it. It’s also important not to change your jewelry too soon: make sure that your piercing is healed before you do that.

Important Tips

  • For the best results and a long-lasting piercing, it’s important to make sure that there’s at least 5/16 inches of tissue between the entrance and exit holes. If the piercing is narrower than this, you are risking migration and rejection.
  • Never allow jewelry to come all the way through to the surface. If you experience rejection, it’s best to retire a piercing and then wait to get a new one. If you allow your body to reject a piercing it will leave a split scar. The scar will likely remain and it will make further piercing on the same spot more difficult.
  • In case you notice some changes, it’s important to keep an eye on them.
  • Some warning signs: you have less than 1/4 inch of tissue between the openings, you can see the jewelry through the skin, or the skin between the openings is flaking or inflamed.
  • Any of the described issues can happen long after the piercing is healed. There is always a risk, but healed piercings have a lower risk of migration and rejection.
  • Always use high-quality body jewelry made of body-safe materials. This is the best way to minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Choosing Your First Metal Butt Plug

Grooved Butt Plug

Grooved Butt Plug

Many people enjoy butt plugs, and for a reason: these sex toys can bring so much pleasure. They are specially designed for anal stimulation so they hit all the right spots. A well-crafted anal plug is body-friendly and suitable for anal use, so there’s no danger that it might get lost somewhere inside!

This is one of the reasons why it’s advisable to always – always! – use a toy specifically made to be inserted in the anus. You can’t put just any toy in there. Butt plugs are made with these safety guidelines in mind.

That’s not all, of course. A well-designed butt plug can bring a lot of pleasure. Many people love that feeling of fullness a butt plug can provide. Others like anal plugs so much that they wear them for prolonged periods of time. Finally, some people simply use them to enhance pleasure during sex, foreplay or masturbation. Whatever the reason may be, it’s undeniable that butt plugs have so much to offer.

Butt Plugs for Beginners

This is where a potential problem may arise. If you are new to butt plugs or anal play in general, you are probably advised to start slowly and begin with small, softer plugs that are made for comfort. This is a good advice and the best way to go. You need to start with the basics and work your way from there. Soft, flexible and small butt plugs are ideal for those who want to try anal stimulation.

Once you are used to the feeling a basic butt plug can provide, it’s time to move on to something bigger and better. If you enjoy the feeling of fullness and if you want a stronger butt plug to fully satisfy you, metal butt plugs are a good way to go.

Why Metal Butt Plugs?

While it’s important to start with something smaller and very flexible, you can actually try metal butt plugs even if you are not a seasoned user. There are many advantages of using a metal butt plug over any other.

First of all, metal butt plugs are made to fully satisfy you. They provide that irresistible feeling of fullness and they truly hit all the right spots. They are perfectly smooth and you can feel every curve. They are sturdy and provide full, strong stimulation. You just have to try one to see for yourself!

If you are a beginner wanting to try a metal butt plug for the first time, keep in mind that these plugs are more intense than the softer plugs made of materials such as silicone. As such, they are not flexible, so it’s best to wear them only for a short while at first. They can be a bit too intense if you are not used to them. However, once you get used to the feeling, you will love them! This is why it’s so important to know how to choose the right one.

Choosing a Metal Butt Plug

For your first metal butt plug, it’s best to stick to the usual: try a small one and go slowly. This general advice is true for any “first time” you try a new thing, especially when it comes to anal stimulation. This is the advice people should follow when using soft, beginner plugs for the first time, and the same truth stands for metal butt plugs.

There are many beautiful and compact metal butt plugs you can try. They are made for beginners who wish to experience sturdy anal plugs for the first time. A plug like this is ideal because it’s small enough not to be overwhelming, but also strong enough to provide full, intense stimulation a soft plug just can’t give.

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a metal butt plug is to pick a quality one. This is important: subpar toys just won’t do. Metal toys made of medical grade Surgical Steel and other body-friendly materials are a good way to go. Also, it’s important that your chosen plug has a good base so it’s suitable for anal use. These are all the factors you should take into account.

Once you are satisfied with your first metal plug, you can move to more demanding ones, such as bigger plugs, metal plugs with a wide head or grooved butt plugs.

Smiley Piercing

Smiley Piercing Smiley piercing is still a relatively rare piercing, but there are more and more people who opt for it. It’s becoming more popular and many people seem to be intrigued by it.

Also, there are more and more piercers who offer this procedure, so if you want to get a smiley piercing, chances are that you won’t have any problems finding an experienced piercer who can do it.

What is a Smiley Piercing?

A smiley piercing is performed on the thin piece of skin in the middle of the inside upper lip (frenulum). The frenulum of the upper lip is a thin piece of skin that stretches from the lip to the upper gum. It adds support to the upper lip and keeps it securely attached to the gum. This piercing is therefore placed on the inside of the upper lip so the jewelry rests on top of the front teeth.

The Smiley Piercing got its name because you can only see it when a person smiles. It’s also what makes it so special. This types of “hidden” piercings are always exciting because they can be viewed only in certain circumstances. People who opt for a smiley piercing usually claim that they love the idea of a piercing that can be seen only when they smile.

The procedure is done quickly and the healing time is relatively short, so you should not have much problem getting a smiley piercing. You can expect your smiley piercing to be fully healed in about 4 weeks. If you are a smoker, the healing might take a bit longer.

As usual, it’s very important to keep a proper hygiene and to follow the aftercare instructions. This will ensure proper healing and prevent infections.

Jewelry

It’s important to keep in mind how delicate the pierced tissue is. Smiley piercing is performed on a very thin piece of skin, so jewelry can’t be heavy or it will damage the tissue. It’s best to use only very small gauge for this type of piercing. Typically, only 18 or 16 gauge should be used for smiley piercing.

The best jewelry for this piercing are small gauge Captive Bead Rings. They are small and light enough so the delicate tissue can handle it. Another jewelry choice is a small gauge barbell. Stay away from heavy or richly ornamented jewelry.

Additional Information

It’s important to understand that smiley piercing is a type of frenulum piercing. A frenulum is a very thin connective tissue and it can be found in many parts of your body. In this case, it’s a tissue connecting your upper lip to the gums. What is crucial to remember is that this tissue tends to be very sensitive. It makes frenulum piercings somewhat painful. The good news is that the tissue that needs to be pierced is very thin, so the procedure doesn’t last long. It’s over quickly so you don’t have to go through pain for long. Luckily, the healing is quick and aftercare is relatively easy to perform.

Keep in mind that not everybody can get a smiley piercing. It all depends on your upper lip frenulum. If it’s too small, it can’t be pierced. This is why you should consult your piercer to see if it’s possible to get a smiley piercing.

Smiley piercings are somewhat prone to rejection and migration, so it’s something to keep in mind. The pierced tissue is very thin so there’s not a lot of flesh to keep the jewelry in place. Also, migration and rejection is emphasized by the lip movements. It can put a lot of stress on the piercing.

Another thing to keep in mind is that jewelry used for smiley piercing can sometimes cause damage to teeth and gums. This is why you should observe your piercing and notice any irritation, scratches, shifting of the teeth and other problems.

Nipple Piercing Buyer’s Guide

Internally Threaded Gem Set Straight Barbell

Internally Threaded Gem Set Straight Barbell

Nipple piercings are among the most popular body piercings. More and more people decide to get this type of piercing. Both men and women can enjoy nipple piercing. There is a wide range of appropriate jewelry, ranging from straight barbells to rings, so you will always be able to find a perfect jewelry for your needs.

There are several common types of nipple piercings you can get. The most common is a horizontal piercing. Other possibilities include: vertical piercing through the nipple, diagonal piercing or a combined vertical and horizontal piercing to form a diamond shape.

The Procedure: What to Expect

The first thing you need to do about getting your nipple(s) pierced is to find a good piercing studio. The importance of choosing a reliable studio can’t be stressed enough. You want your piercing to be done by professionals in a safe environment. Even before you start choosing your nipple jewelry or planning the type of piercing you want performed it’s important to start looking for a reliable studio. Do your research, visit several studios, ask questions – this will all help you make an informed decision. Once you have your chosen studio you can start thinking about the rest.

It’s also important to remember that your appointment will last for at least 45 minutes or an hour. Even though the piercing itself is done quickly, the whole procedure takes some time. You should take this into account when planning your trip to the shop. Some things you will need to do before the procedure itself is to fill out the paperwork and to discuss your piercing with the professional. Anatomy consultations are very important. You need to make sure that your nipples are suited for the type of piercing you want and that your anatomy fits. When it comes to nipple piercing, it is suitable for the most people: anatomically speaking, most people are fit for nipple piercings. However, this is something you need to check out before you get a piercing.

Once your anatomy is checked and you are given green light you can proceed with the piercing. Depending on the studio’s schedule, you may be asked to come back later that day or you will be able to proceed to the piercing room.

Some people feel a little shy when it comes to having their nipples pierced while others are completely comfortable with it. It doesn’t matter which group you belong to: any reliable studio has a knowledgeable staff that will help you relax and walk you through the whole procedure. It’s best to dress comfortably and to choose a top that’s easy to remove.

The piercing procedure itself is a pretty straightforward process. It may seem like a big deal to you, but it’s a relatively easy piercing for a professional to perform. You will be market and the piercer will ask you to confirm the position of the piercing.

Some shops apply a light numbing agent to ease the pain (done at your request), while others are against it. Many studios are against the numbing because the pain during procedure actually triggers healing process in your body so these piercings tend to have a shorter healing time. After this, the piercer will use clamps and a special needle (cannula). Nipple piercing takes a few seconds at most. The needle is inserted through the tissue following the markings. The needle comes with a special tip made to be attached to your jewelry. The needle and the jewelry are simply pulled through the nipple and the jewelry is put into a desired position. It’s not uncommon to bleed a little as the nipple or jewelry go through the skin, but the bleeding is minimal. Once the jewelry is there, the needle is removed and the jewelry is closed.

After the procedure, you might feel a little dizzy. In this case, it’s advisable to stay at the piercing shop until you are feeling ok again. Having a friend to drive you to and from the shop is advisable in case you still feel a bit dizzy after procedure. You should be back to normal within a few hours.

After the procedure, your piercer will walk you through all the important steps of the aftercare. It’s very important to stick to these instructions to prevent infections. Following instructions will also allow your piercing to heal properly in a short enough amount of time.

The Pain

One of the basic questions people ask about any type of piercing is the pain. The first thing you need to understand that there are two types of pain and discomfort you may encounter when getting a piercing: pain during the procedure itself and pain after the procedure, when the healing kicks in. When asking about the pain level, people usually mean on the pain during procedure itself.

When it comes to nipples, they are very sensitive and delicate so it may seem like piercing those hurts a lot. This is not necessarily true. First of all, nipples are relatively easy to pierce and the procedure is over very quickly.

Jewelry

The choice of nipple jewelry is very important, for various reasons. First of all, your jewelry should be body-safe and suitable for your piercing type. Another thing a good jewelry should provide is to be aesthetically pleasing and functional. For these reasons, you should spend some time deciding on the best nipple jewelry for your needs.

Another thing that should be kept in mind is that initial jewelry you get after the procedure is different than jewelry you can wear after the piercing has healed. This is something you should keep in mind.

Fresh piercing jewelry must be extra-safe and carefully designed not to hurt the wound. It should also help the heeling process. The looks are not as important, though there are many very beautiful barbells that make a great first jewelry for your new nipple piercing.

Some things you need to consider are jewelry size and style. It will greatly depend on your anatomy, but generally speaking, the appropriate gauge (thickness) of the jewelry is one of the most important deciding factors.

Another thing to keep in mind is the jewelry material. There are several materials you can use, and it will greatly depend on your potential allergies. Make sure that the material is approved for medical usage and made using current standards and recommendations.

For nipple piercing, straight barbells are the best type of first jewelry. Some people wish to start with rings, but it’s usually best to go with straight barbells. They are simple to use and they fit the shape of the hole created during piercing. Rings are curved so it may irritate your fresh wound, which is not what you need during the heeling time.

Straight barbells are a great choice because they keep the movement to a minimum and they are less likely to get caught in clothes during healing time. Other types of nipple jewelry can hurt healing fistulas inside the piercing or interrupt the healing process. For these reasons, straight barbells are usually the best way to go. Just make sure they are of an appropriate gauge and long enough to account for swelling – the balls should never press on your nipples.

It’s also important to choose an appropriate gauge. Usually, 14g or 12g are used. The thicker gauge is very helpful here because it reduces the risk of migration and rejection you may encounter with the piercing.

The Healing Process

The healing process is individual and it depends on many factors, such as the size and shape of your nipples, your immune system and other factors. A good rule of thumb is: the less pressure you put on your nipple and the less you move the piercing, the better. Generally speaking, nipple piercings heal faster for men than women. The healing process kicks in as soon as you pierce your nipples and it may take time until it’s fully healed. Keep in mind that nipple piercings can take as long as 9 months or a year to fully heal.

To keep your new piercing clean during the healing process you can use homemade sea salt solution or a commercial product. To prepare the solution, you should boil water for about 5 minutes, pour about ¼ tea spoon of sea salt and mix. Let the mixture cool, then saturate cotton balls in the solution and apply to your piercing. You should apply this cleaning several times a day at the beginning. As the time passes you may reduce it to once a day.

Under no circumstances should you play with your jewelry or move it around. It was once thought that rotating your new jewelry can prevent migration or rejection, but this is actually a very bad practice that can only make the matters worse. Don’t touch your jewelry except when you’re cleaning it. This is very important for a proper healing process.

One important thing to remember during the healing process: your piercing may seem completely healed after about one or two months. However, it doesn’t mean it is fully healed so you shouldn’t stop cleaning it and taking care of it. During this time, for example, you might cause problems to the piercing if you irritate it or if you try to change jewelry too soon.