Teen Gets Belly Piercing without Parental Consent

Concerned Parents Cheryl Radcliffe from Winnipeg, Canada is upset that her teenage daughter was able to get a piercing at a fair – without a signed parental consent.

Radcliffe’s daughter attended Red River Ex. On June 17 and decided to get her navel pierced at a mobile booth. The staff agreed to perform piercing despite the girl being underage and without parental consent. As Radcliffe points out, the staff told her daughter to simply “find someone who’s over 18 and have them sign the consent form”. The girl asked her 18 year old friend who worked at the fair at the time to sign the form. The staff at the mobile booth accepted this signature and performed the piercing.

Radcliffe emphasizes that she’s not so much upset with her daughter getting a belly piercing, but with the fact that the piercers performed the procedure without parental consent.

Plus, the aftercare instructions the girl received were very basic.

“God knows how many kids went to the Ex and got tattoos or piercings and are possibly are infected right now and they’re scared about talking to their parents, you know, or [asking] someone does this look right?, says Radcliffe.

Manitoba Health is now investigating the case.

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Nostril Jewelry Styles

14K Gold Heart Outline Nostril Piece

14K Gold Heart Outline Nostril Piece

Nostril jewelry comes in many different styles, sizes and designs, so it’s possible to choose exactly what you want and like. One might think nose piercing doesn’t allow many different designs or complex jewelry pieces, but despite certain limitations there are numerous styles to choose from. You are sure not limited to one or two plain designs – there are many different styles to choose from.

As usual, it’s important to know your gauge. Since 20g and 18g are the most common gauges for nostril piercings, these are also the most common jewelry sizes. However, it’s possible to find jewelry in other sizes. While stretching is not so popular for nostril piercing (septum stretching is more common), there are people who have nostril piercings of other sizes.

What is important to remember is that you can always find suitable nostril jewelry for yourself. Your chosen jewelry pieces will largely depend on your personal styles and preferences. Other factors you should keep in mind are comfort and easiness of putting jewelry in and taking it off.

Generally speaking, nostril jewelry comes in several common styles:

Nose Bones

Nose bones are among the most common nostril jewelry styles. They are made of a straight bar with a ball on one end and a decoration on the other. The decoration is most commonly a gem (available in many different colors and gem types), but it can be a different kind of a decoration. Other common choices include: charms and simple balls or discs. The ball on the other end of the bar keeps the jewelry from falling out. Nose bones are a great and lightweight jewelry pieces, but it might be uncomfortable for piercings in healing.

Nose Screws

This is another popular nose jewelry choice. Nose screws have a curved body and often come in left and right varieties. The curve is there to keep the jewelry in place but it requires some practice to insert. It’s also not a great choice for piercings in healing. Other than that, however, nose screws are very beautiful and popular among people. Nose screws have different decorations on the end: gems, charms, ball and others. They are gorgeous and come in many different designs.

Other Jewelry Choices

Other types of nostril jewelry are a bit less common, but it’s possible to find many different designs made in these jewelry types:

  • L-Shapes. These jewelry pieces have an L-shaped bend that keeps the jewelry in place. They resemble Nose Screws but at easier to insert and take out. They give you a security without being too complicated to use.
  • Nose Studs. They resemble nose bones, but they don’t have the ball on the other end to keep the jewelry in place. It makes them more prone to falling out, so they are recommended for short-term wear. On the other hand, they are the easiest jewelry pieces to insert.
  • Fishtails. These jewelry pieces are specially designed for customization. They have a decoration (gem, charm, etc.) at one end and a very long bar. They are made so you can personally bend the bar in any way you want. This will ensure a perfect fit. Once they are fitted and bent, you should clip off the remaining length of the bar. It’s possible to bend a fishtail in many different ways: like an L-shape, C-shape, nose screw shape, etc. This is a great way to have a very comfortable jewelry piece because it’s made for your nose and perfectly customized for you. These are good jewelry pieces for healing piercings because you can make them longer at first (for swelling), and when the piercing is healed you can make them shorter by clipping the unwanted part of the jewelry.

Also, don’t forget that you can use other jewelry types for your nostril piercing even if they are not specially made for this type of piercing. For example, small gauge captive bead rings, segment rings and other types of body jewelry rings look very effective when used in nostril piercings.

Rejection and How to Avoid It

RejectionRejection is a common problem many pierced people face. It’s important to understand that any piercing type can be rejected, though there are certain types with a higher risk of rejection. In a way, rejection is a constant risk for any piercing, and that’s something you need to live with.

Luckily, there are many ways to minimize this risk and to be happy with your piercing. Many people never encounter rejections with any of their piercings, so it’s good to know that rejection is not always a problem.

What is Piercing Rejection?

It’s important to understand that your body treats any piercing as a wound and any jewelry as a foreign object. Therefore, the body will make an effort to heal the wound whenever possible and to push the foreign object out of the body.

When it comes to healing, it’s important to keep jewelry inside the piercing hole at all times or else the piercing will start to heal. Even old, healed piercings will heal if jewelry is not worn, unless it’s a piercing stretched to a very large gauge.

So, it’s important to keep jewelry inside. This is where the issue of rejection comes to play: your body will treat jewelry as a foreign object and will try to get rid of it. Rejection happens when the body succeeds to push the jewelry out.

During rejection, the jewelry will get pushed to the surface. This process happens gradually but it results in jewelry being moved to the surface of the skin until it eventually comes out.

Rejection is very frustrating and annoying, because it means you won’t be able to keep that great piercing or that gorgeous jewelry piece. Since rejection is always a risk, it’s important to know how to minimize this risk.

How to Prevent Rejection

While it’s impossible to bring rejection risk to 0%, it’s possible to greatly minimize the risk so you won’t have to worry about rejection problems. There are some very effective steps you can take to prevent piercing rejection:

Correct piercing. The most important step is to have a piercing done correctly. This is why it’s important to find a reliable, experienced piercer. This person will know how to pierce you and what kind of a procedure is needed to ensure the best results. Some things will depend on your anatomy while the others will depend on the type of the piercing you wish to get. A good piercer will know how to combine all the factors to make the safest piercing that will not get rejected. For these reasons, choosing a good piercer is of utmost importance.

Choose the right jewelry. It’s important that the jewelry you use is high-quality and suitable for the type of piercing you have. Your jewelry has to be of a correct size. It should not be too small or too large. It should sit comfortably against your skin and it should never be too tight. Also, be careful with jewelry that’s too heavy – these jewelry pieces can cause some harm and will increase the rejection risk.

The right gauge. This is another thing your piercer will have to pay attention to, and so will you if you choose to stretch your piercings. Small gauge piercings use small gauge jewelry, which is more prone to rejection. For this reason, it’s important to get pierced with a large enough gauge that will minimize the rejection risk.

Jewelry materials. Make sure to only use body safe jewelry materials for your piercing. Jewelry containing nickel can cause infections, which can lead to rejection. It’s important to use only jewelry made of materials you’re not allergic to. Stick to the safest materials, such as titanium, surgical steel or nickel-free gold.

Take care of your piercing. Infections and other problems with the piercing are known to lead to rejection. For this reason, it’s important to keep your piercing clean. Follow all the aftercare instructions during the healing process and make sure to avoid any infections and damage to your piercing. Clean, problem-free piercings are much less likely to get rejected.

Monroe Piercing

Monroe Piercing Monroe piercing is a popular type of facial piercing that’s both attractive and discreet enough. It is a great choice for people who like their piercings and jewelry to be small and elegant but still noticeable and unique. Monroe is a great pick because it looks very good without ever becoming overwhelming.

About Monroe Piercing

Monroe piercing can easily be described as a lip piercing placed above the upper lip. It is made to resemble a beauty mark. The name of the piercing is inspired by famous actress Marilyn Monroe, who had a beauty mark on the left side of her lip. Some people refer only to piercings on the left side as “Monroe” while those done on the right side are known as “Madonna” piercings, after the singer who has a beauty mark on that side.

It’s not surprising that this piercing is more popular with the ladies, even though there are also some men who opt for this type of piercing to a great success.

One good thing about a Monroe piercing is that it can be somewhat customized. That is, you can choose a position on the upper lip according to your wishes, preferences and your unique anatomy. This is why you should think about different placements you might want and decide on the exact spot you want to have pierced. Depending on the placement and your unique facial features, a Monroe piercing can have many different effects.

The Procedure

Monroe piercing is not difficult to perform, but a special attention should be taken to the exact spot you wish to have pierced. Most piercers will give you a choice of several spots. Typically, the piercer will mark the spot with a permanent ink marker so you may test several placements until you are satisfied with your chosen one.

Once you are happy with the placement, the piercer will prepare you for the procedure. This will typically include rinsing your mouth with mouthwash for sterilization. After this, your upper lip will be clamped.

When all preparations are done, the piercer will perform the piercing by passing a needle through the lip. Typically, a Monroe piercing is done at 18 or 16 gauge.

Once the piercing is made, the piercer will insert the jewelry. The initial jewelry will be longer than the one you’ll later need, to account for swelling. Most piercers will tell you to go back in a few weeks to have a shorter jewelry placed. It’s very important to have that done by the piercer – changing jewelry yourself during this stage is not safe nor recommended.

Aftercare

The aftercare is similar to the aftercare needed for other piercing types. You should clean your healing piercing with a salt solution several times per day. This will clean the piercing and help reduce the swelling, thus making the healing faster.

You should also brush your teeth at least three times a day and after every meal. You need to keep the inside of your mouth clean and sanitized. This will reduce the number of bacteria present in the mouth.

Keep in mind that Monroe piercings are prone to infections is proper care is not followed, so you should take aftercare and cleaning instructions seriously.

Jewelry

The most common jewelry for Monroe piercing is a simple but elegant labret stud. These jewelry pieces are lightweight and practical, so they are ideal for Monroe piercing (and most of the other lip piercing types).

Remember: just because these labret studs are simple, it doesn’t mean they can’t be very beautiful and effective! You may choose between golden, titanium and surgical steel studs with simple beads on the end. Or you may opt for labret studs with sparkly gems on the top. This is the easiest way to make your Monroe piercing decorated! Finally, you may choose a labret stud with a small decorative charm on top, for a really attractive effect.

On the other hand, you may opt for a different jewelry type, such as a barbell.

Belly Jewelry Tips

14k Gold Triple Prong Set Heart Dangle Curved Barbell

14k Gold Triple Prong Set Heart Dangle Curved Barbell

Belly (navel) piercing is among the most popular types of piercings. Luckily, it also means there are enough quality, body-safe jewelry pieces you can find. Belly jewelry comes in many different styles, materials and sizes, so you’ll sure be able to find something you truly like.

Choosing Safe Jewelry

The large number of different belly jewelry pieces also means that there are many subpar jewelry products you can find. You can buy belly jewelry almost anywhere: at a mall, or even on the streets. More often than not, these jewelry pieces are of poor quality and can endanger your health.

To keep yourself safe, it’s important to stick to reliable stores and only use jewelry made of body-safe materials. This is the only way to ensure satisfaction and to keep yourself safe and healthy. It also means you will have to pay a bit more than for that cheap jewelry piece you can find at a mall, but trust us, it’s a money well-spent. You don’t want to endanger your health, risk allergies (or worse conditions), experience infections and inflammation, or have your piercing rejected, just to save a few bucks. At the same time, you don’t really have to spend a fortune on a quality jewelry piece. There are many reasonably priced but still high-quality products you can find. What is important is to stay away from the cheap pieces (cheap both in price and craft).

Navel Piercing Tips

To keep yourself on the safe side and to keep your belly piercing clean, you need to stick to a few rules. Here are the basic navel piercing tips to follow:

  • Wait until your belly piercing is fully healed to change your jewelry. It’s true that most initial piercing jewelry pieces are very plain and simple, but there’s a reason for it. It’s understandable that you want to try different jewelry styles, but patience is important here. You need to wait for your new belly piercing to completely heal before you can try new jewelry. Remember, it can take as long as 9 months for your belly piercing to heal completely. In the most cases, it’s safe to change jewelry after 4-6 months, but keep in mind that healing time is individual.
  • Make sure to protect your belly jewelry from being snagged on clothing during healing time. Use an eye patch or hard plastic and secure it over your belly to protect both the piercing and jewelry.
  • Most common belly jewelry pieces are 3/8 inches long, but there are many other sizes to choose from. When picking the best belly jewelry for yourself, make sure that it’s not too small. Short navel jewelry can irritate the skin and it opens the door to infections and inflammation.
  • Always pick lightweight belly jewelry pieces. Heavy jewelry can make your skin sore and it can stretch your piercing even if you don’t want that to happen. Not to mention that heavy jewelry can make a problem when moving or changing clothes. If you really love heavy jewelry, don’t wear it for a long period of time. Never sleep with heavy belly jewelry.
  • Be careful with overly complicated jewelry pieces. There are many gorgeous belly curved barbells with lots of gems and dangles, and it’s understandable you might want to wear them in special situations. However, these jewelry pieces are best not to be worn every day. They can get caught on clothes. Also, these jewelry pieces are there to be shown, so wear them only when you want to have your belly shown.
  • People with the so-called “outie” belly button can have a true navel piercing, where the navel itself is pierced (as the opposite of just the skin above or under it). These people can also wear unique jewelry pieces in their belly piercing.

How to Hide Your Piercing

Bioplast Nostril Retainer

Bioplast Nostril Retainer

There are many situations when you might need to hide your piercing. For example, many employers still ask for piercings to be hidden. There are also some situations when you might want to change your style and appear like you don’t have a pierced eyebrow, nose or another body part.

Whatever the reason may be, it’s important to know how to hide your piercing when you need to. One might say that the easiest thing to do is to simply take out the jewelry and mask the piercing hole with makeup. While this may work short term, keep in mind that piercings tend to heal quickly. Even a few hours (or, in some cases, less than an hour) can make your piercing start to heal so inserting jewelry can become difficult. One day without jewelry can make your piercing heal to a smaller gauge, which will make inserting jewelry painful and uncomfortable.

To avoid these problems, it’s important to find a way to keep jewelry inserted but without making the piercing overly noticeable. There are two main ways to achieve this: using special hider jewelry (usually made in skin color variations) or using transparent retainers.

Hider Jewelry

Hider Plug

Hider Plug

Hider jewelry is specially made to hide your piercing. They don’t always match your skin tone perfectly, but they are often close enough not to be distracting. While they won’t hide your piercing completely, they are very plain-looking so they don’t attract attention. In some circumstances, it can appear like you don’t have any jewelry or piercing at all.

Hider jewelry is particularly useful for large gauges and stretched piercings, especially for stretched earlobe piercings. To hide your stretched earlobe, it’s useful to wear a special hider plug made to minimize the piercing hole in your earlobe while still allowing you to retain your piercing.

Stretching your earlobe is a time-consuming process so once you get to a gauge you’re happy with, it can be very annoying to make your piercing heal to a smaller gauge. To prevent this, wearing a hider plug is the best way to go.

Piercing Retainers

Piercing retainers are special jewelry pierces made of transparent materials. These retainers are made to keep your piercing open and ready while making it seem like you don’t have any jewelry. They are not completely invisible, but they are plain enough so they are suitable for all situations in which you are not allowed to wear your piercing jewelry.

There are many different types of retainers. They are shaped differently, based on the type of peircing and the body part. You may choose between eyebrow retainers, navel retainers, labret retainers, and more.

Retainers are typically made of special, transparent materials, such as lucite or bioplast. There are also many quality acrylic retainers. Whatever you do, it’s important to choose a retainer made of a body-safe material.

Retainers also come in handy during pregnancy. Many pregnant women face a dilemma on what to do about their belly piercing, since most jewelry types are incompatible with a growing, pregnant stomack. At the same time, many women don’t want to get rid of their navel piercing altogether. This is why flexible navel retainers are so useful: this is a great way to keep your belly piercing during pregnancy without hurting your stomach and without wearing inappropriate jewelry.

Popular Piercings and Jewelry Types

Titanium Star Curved Barbell

Titanium Star Curved Barbell

Piercing is a popular form of body modification and all enthusiast who love various piercing styles can enjoy many different types of jewelry. The choice of jewelry is often a very personal one. In a way, it will depend on the body part and the type of piercing you have. For example, certain piercing types require straight barbells as the basic form of jewelry while others require curved barbells, captive bead rings, flesh tunnels, etc. Generally speaking, though, most piercings can use many different types of body jewelry, so it’s often the question of one’s personal preferences and style.

Your body jewelry should suit you and make you express yourself in the best possible way. It should show who you are and it should be something you truly like and feel comfortable with. Many people have one style they stick to, while others like to experiment. Some people prefer simple body jewelry types while others go for more elaborate, complex designs. There is no right or wrong way to go here.

There are some popular piercing types and body parts many people choose to pierce, and these piercings often require a certain type of jewelry. Within these types, you are free to choose designs you like the most.

Earlobe

Earlobe piercing is the most common body piercing. It’s so common and socially accepted that it’s often not even considered body piercing in “true” sense. There are many types of earrings people like to wear in their earlobes, and the choice of designs and materials is endless. Rings, dangling jewelry types and other forms are popular.

Special type of earlobe piercing is a stretched earlobe piercing, erroneously known as “gauge”. These piercings are stretched to a larger size so a different type of jewelry can be worn in the stretched hole, such as ear plug, earlet, flesh tunnel, tusk, spiral, and others. These jewelry types are often made of organic materials and they can be very effective. The “trick” when choosing jewelry for stretched piercing is to always choose the correct gauge. Wrong size can put a pressure on your piercing and tear your earlobe, which can lead to infections and other problems. Therefore, before choosing a design you like, you need to make sure the jewelry is of a correct gauge and also made of a body-safe material you can wear safely.

Ear Cartilage

Heart Helix Cuff for Ear Cartilage Piercing

Heart Helix Cuff for Ear Cartilage Piercing

Various types of ear cartilage piercings are also popular. These piercings are suitable for many different jewelry types, so you can choose between rings or barbells, depending on your style. People who have multiple cartilage piercings often like to connect them with the same jewelry piece. The most popular form of this is the industrial piercing, usually connected by a long straight barbell, but there are other possibilities. Some people use spiraled barbells or chains to connect their cartilage piercings. Many jewelry types also incorporate dangling gems or pendants.

Navel

Navel piercing is one of the most popular forms of piercings. Jewelry used for this type of piercing is often known as “belly rings” or “navel rings”, even though the most popular jewelry type for this type of piercing is not a ring but a curved barbell. There are many curved barbell designs to choose from, such as simple surgical steel barbells with spherical balls or more elaborate designs with pendants, gems and other ornaments.

Another popular type of jewelry for this type of piercing is the actual ring. Captive bead rings are popular, but their downside is that they can get caught on clothing. Therefore, they are recommended only for fully healed piercings.

Nose

Certain types of nose piercings are very common. Nostril piercing, for example, is among the most popular forms of piercing. It is a relatively simple piercing and jewelry types used for this piercing are simple but very effective. Many people choose simple studs and nose screws with bright gems on top for nostril piercings. A good thing about this type of piercing is that it can be very understated and easy to hide for work and other occasions: all you need to do is to choose a flesh-colored nose plug or stud. Some people prefer to wear nose rings instead of studs and screws.

Another popular type of nose piercing is septum piercing. It is a bit more complex type of piercing but it’s very effective. There are many different jewelry designs suitable for this type of piercing, such as rings and curved barbells. Depending on the style, a septum piercing jewelry can be simple or bold and more pronounced.

Eyebrow

Another popular piercing location is the eyebrow. Eyebrow piercing can look very beautiful and effective, but the downside is that eyebrow piercing tends to be very sensitive. Remember, eyebrow piercing is basically a surface piercing, which means there’s a relatively high risk of migration and rejection.

Also, this type of piercing has a high risk of becoming infected. For this reason, it’s important to choose jewelry carefully and with some consideration. Make sure to pick a body safe jewelry material and a jewelry suitable to be worn in an eyebrow piercing without a problem. Simple barbells look effective and they don’t pose much problems. Rings are another popular choice but you need to be careful not to make them caught on the clothing or hair.

Lips and Tongue

Titanium Micro Labret

Titanium Micro Labret

Many people choose to get their lips and tongue pierced. These piercings are very common but it’s important to be careful because of the sensitive tissue. Also, another risk associated with this type of piercings come from the fact lips and tongue regularly come in contact with food, so it’s another thing to keep in mind.

Generally speaking, lip piercings usually use labrets. This is a perfect jewelry type for this form of piercing. It’s effective but relatively simple and it doesn’t interfere with eating or brushing your teeth. However, labrets are not the only jewelry type used for lip piercings; many people prefer to use rings and other jewelry types.

Tongue piercing is more complex and the healing time is longer, so it requires special attention. Jewelry used for tongue piercing must be made of high-quality, body safe materials because it comes in contact with sensitive tissue.

Genital Piercing

While not as common as other type of body piercings, genital piercing has many proponents. Both men and women choose different types of genital piercings and jewelry types. As a general rule, jewelry worn in a genital piercing must be made of a high quality, body-safe material. Most jewelry types are relatively simple in design and have a smooth surface so they don’t pose a problem while walking or sitting. One advantage of genital piercing is that it can be used to enhance sexual pleasure for both partners.

Common Piercing Myths

Tongue Piercing There are some common piercing myths many people believe in. To enjoy your piercing, it’s important to know the truth and disregard these common misconceptions.

Some of the most common piercing myths include:

Nipple piercings prevent breast feeding. Nipple has numerous milk ducts and piercing damages only a few of them. In other words, you can easily breast feed with your nipple piercing. Warning: it’s strongly advisable to remove the jewelry during feeding so the baby won’t get hurt on the jewelry. Other than that, nipple piercings don’t prevent breast feeding.

Oral piercings always lead to infections. If your piercing is done by a professional, if you follow aftercare instructions and if you use body-safe jewelry, you won’t get an infection. Tongue and mouth are sensitive so they may be slightly irritated by certain food or beverages (such as alcohol), so this is why it’s not recommend to consume these foods or beverages during the healing process. However, it doesn’t mean that these piercings are prone to infection – it all depends on the aftercare. Most people never experience any problems.

Belly piercing is a problem during pregnancy. Pregnancy itself doesn’t affect your belly piercing. However, you need to think about the jewelry. Certain types of jewelry may cause discomfort during pregnancy or can’t be worn with a pregnant belly. This is why it’s important for all pregnant women to use special navel retainers or soft jewelry made for use during pregnancy. These jewelry types are soft and flexible, so they can be safely worn during pregnancy.

Multiple piercings can cause allergies. The allergies are caused by improper jewelry materials, so this is why all professional piercers and jewelry stores stick to body-safe materials only. Certain materials are safe to be used, such as titanium, niobium or high-quality surgical (not stainless) steel. Certain other materials, such as 14k nickel-free gold are also safe for most users. The number of piercings won’t cause the allergy, as long as the materials used are body-safe.

Piercing gun is a quick, safe way to get pierced. Piercing guns are damaging for your body and most professional piercers never use them. Piercing guns increase the chance for infection and damage the tissue, so it’s best to avoid them.

Body jewelry should be rotated during the healing process. This is an old myth, but it brings nothing good. You should not rotate your jewelry during the healing process. It will destroy the gentle healing tissue and actually put the dirt back in the piercing hole. The best aftercare is to clean your piercing with a saline solution and leave it alone. You should not touch your jewelry during healing, except to clean it.

Body jewelry sets off metal detectors. It depends on the jewelry used. There are many non-magnetic jewelry materials or jewelry not made of metal. These types of jewelry are safe to use with metal detectors.

Tongue piercing damages your taste buds. A tongue piercing won’t affect your ability to taste. Taste buds are numerous and they are constantly being replaced.

Vertical Labret Piercing

Vertical LabretVertical labret piercing is a popular and very effective piercing style. Unlike the most common labret piercing (positioned below the lower lip), a vertical labret goes through the lower lip itself, vertically. This piercing is actually parallel to the tissue inside the lip.

Benefits and Disadvantages

Vertical labret offers not just a different visual style than the regular labret piercing, but it also offers some advantages. It’s important to understand that a common labret piercing has a hole on the inside of the mouth. It means that the back of the jewelry sits near the gum line, so it can damage it. Another problem is that it can damage the teeth. With vertical labret piercing, no part of the jewelry sits inside your mouth. The barbell simply goes through the lip, from top to the bottom. It provides more comfort and less risk to any gum or teeth damage.

On the other hand, vertical labret piercing may take longer to heal. It also tends to be more sensitive and requires more aftercare. Some food can irritate the piercing so you need to be careful during the healing process. Once it’s healed, however, vertical labret piercing offers unique visual style and it poses less risk to your tissue.

The Procedure

Vertical labret piercing requires a pretty straightforward procedure and it typically doesn’t last long. Your lip will be marked and measured. A clamp will be used before the needle is inserted. The actual piercing is made using a needle and the whole process takes about five seconds so it’s over pretty quickly.

Typically, the piercing is done from bottom up, with a 16g needle. The pain depends on your tolerance level but is typically not that bad and it’s quickly over.

The most common jewelry used for vertical piercing is a barbell. It’s possible to choose between straight and curved barbells. Curved barbells tend to be more comfortable and easier to wear, especially during the healing process.

While vertical labret piercing procedure is not difficult and it doesn’t last long, one common problem is swelling. Be prepared for a lot of swelling after getting your piercing done. This is why most piercers recommend longer barbells for your initial piercing. The swelling should go after a few days, but you need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully.

Typically, the healing period takes 8 to 10 weeks. Make sure to clean your piercing several times a day. Sea salt solution works the best, or you may use a regular salt solution or a mild anti-bacterial soap. It’s important to touch your jewelry as little as possible: don’t turn it and don’t play with it. It’s best to touch it only while you’re cleaning your piercing and then leave it alone.

Jewelry

Since vertical labret piercing is not the most common piercing type, it’s not easy to find jewelry specially made for this type of piercing. Luckily, it’s perfectly comfortable to wear standard jewelry made for many different piercing types, so it’s not difficult to find suitable jewelry for your vertical labret.

Straight and curved barbells seem to work the best. There are many different styles to choose from: the simple and elegant barbells or the more elaborate styles. Most of the times, the lip jewelry tends to be simple but effective.

When choosing jewelry for yourself, keep in mind to shop at reliable stores; it’s important to use only high-quality, body-safe jewelry. Another thing to keep in mind is the barbell length- it will largely depend on your lip.

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Deluxe Flat Ended Sound Kit

Deluxe Flat Ended Sound KitA perfect collection of urethral sounds made for all fans of urethral stimulation. The kit contains 14 different sounds, so you can choose a perfect size for any game you want to play. The sounds are flat on one end so you can hold them easily. Made of 316LVM Surgical Steel, these sounds are body-safe and easily sanitized.

Long Stemmed Rose

Long Stemmed RoseA perfect item for teasing, foreplay and some sensual massage. This rose has a long stem so it can reach deep inside and a huge, bulbous head for the most intense experience. This anal intruder is a great toy for all fans of deep anal stimulation. It’s a perfect, long stemmed Valentine Rose made for pleasure. Special Valentine’s Day Coupon: 5% OFF. Code – 12DOZENROSES

Rainbow Triple Cock Ring

Rainbow Triple Cock RingA sturdy and powerful cock ring made for experiencing many different sensations. This sex toy consists of 3 different surgical steel rings. You can put both your cock and balls through the largest ring, the second largest one is made for cock and the smallest one for ball stimulation.