How to Tell if a Piercing Studio is Bad?

studioThere are many good, reputable piercing studios with knowledgeable professionals. Getting a quality and safe piercing service is not rare these days. However, there is still a large number of sketchy, bad piercing studios popping all over the place. In order to avoid them and to prevent any possible unsafe and dangerous experiences, it’s important to know how to tell a bad piercing studio from a good one. Here are some of the most common signs that a piercing studio is bad:

It’s Unprofessional

A good piercing studio depends on its professional staff and piercers with good skills. Bad studios have amateurs who do not know what they’re doing. This is extremely dangerous. You do not want to rely on such individuals to perform your piercings.

There are many different ways in which this lack of knowledge can manifest itself. They won’t be able to answer your questions and they will never be specific enough about your needs. This is a very dangerous sign, since it signals that the piercers are ignorant or inexperienced. Bad piercers can endanger your health so you should never agree to be pierced by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

It’s Cheap

Let’s face it: you get what you pay for. Beware of studios offering suspiciously low prices for piercings and jewelry. There is a reason why getting pierced at a mall kiosk is cheap – and unsafe. If you find a piercing studio with prices as cheap as a mall kiosk, ask why. No reputable studio can offer such low prices. They have to make some money so their service is not the best. Even more, it should make you wonder about their autoclave and sanitary conditions in the studio, as well as skills of their piercers.

That not to say that a studio has to be overly expensive or that it should never offer a discount or a coupon, or that their jewelry has to be pricey. There is a difference between marketing and bad service. You should be able to tell who is serious and who’s keeping the prices low because something important is missing in their quality.

It’s Dirty

Keep in mind that piercing is a procedure done on the body. As such, a studio has to adhere to all the highest standards. Hygiene has to be perfect inside the entire studio, especially in the room where piercings are performed. While that room should be sterile, other parts of the studio have to be clean as well.

Dirty counters, waiting rooms and toilets are a bad sign. If you notice the lack of hygiene and attention in these places you should rightfully wonder about the studio’s ability to keep the piercing process sterile and safe.

It’s Not Playing by the Rules

A sketchy studio is not doing all in the way that is recommended by the industry. Some of these studios do not follow the industry’s guidelines. Furthermore, some of these studios are even doing some illegal things, such as piercing minors. It’s not surprising for such studios to lack a spore test or a proper autoclave.

In short, these studios are not doing their work the way it’s required by the industry. By ignoring guidelines or performing illegal activities they are endangering the health of their clients.

LITHA Aftercare Approach

Aftercare ApproachMany piercing enthusiasts know about the LITHA strategy for aftercare. What is LITHA and how to perform it?

Good news: it’s actually very easy to follow this aftercare approach. Not to mention this is the best way to ensure that your new piercing heals properly and without problems.

What is LITHA?

LITHA stands for: “Leave It The Hell Alone”. A simple concept, isn’t it? This approach basically says that the best way for your piercing to heal is to manipulate is as little as possible. It means that you should not touch it, twist the jewelry or rub it in any way. However, it also means you should not use a lot of cleaning products on it.

Of course, you SHOULD clean it twice per day (or more, depending on the piercing type and your piercer’s instructions), but that should basically be it. When cleaning, use only non-invasive cleaning mixture that is approved for new piercings. Absolutely the best is to use plain saline solution.

Avoid strong chemicals and invasive cleaners on your new piercing. They can do more harm than good. You may use anti-microbial soap or a specialized cleaner made for new piercings, such as H2Ocean cleaner, but make sure that whatever you use is suitable for new piercings.

Other than that, follow LITHA. Leave your piercing. Do not touch it, do not manipulate it in any way. Do not even clean it more times than necessary, or a using a stronger saline solution than recommended. All these things can compromise the healing process and increase the risk of infections and other problems.

The idea behind the LITHA approach is that, as long as you keep your new piercing clean, your body will heal it perfectly on its own. No additional cleaning agents and products are needed. Nor is needed for you to touch or manipulate your new piercing in any way, except when you clean it (and even then the contact must be minimal).

What Not to Do

Here are some things you should avoid during the aftercare:

  • Twisting and turning your jewelry. This is not necessary and can compromise the healing process.
  • Strong products and chemicals. A new piercing is best cleaned with a saline solution. Never use invasive products on your new piercing. Also, make sure that the saline solution you use is not too strong for your piercing.
  • Overcleaning. You should not clean your piercing more than several times per day. It will only irritate it.
  • Rub it on clothes. This is tricky, because you need to be careful at all times. Do not let the jewelry on your new piercing get caught on clothes. Also, make sure not to rub it during sleep. In case of an ear or facial piercing, remove the hair away from it.
  • Change jewelry too soon. You should wait before you change your initial jewelry, unless a new jewelry piece is needed after the first swelling is gone. In this case, go to your piercer to change the jewelry for you. Never attempt to do it by yourself.

All in all, keep in mind that”less is more” is a good strategy during the healing time. In case you notice something wrong (such as prolonged pain, redness, swelling and other signs of infection) you should consult your doctor. In case everything looks and feels fine it’s best to manipulate your piercing as little as possible.

Piercing for Inverted Nipples

Inverted NippleInverted nipples are a problem affecting many people. While inverted nipples are not a serious issue, chances are that you’d want to change this. Interestingly enough, nipple piercings work great for this type of anatomy. If you get a nipple piercing chances are that you will never have to worry about inverted nipples again!

Of course, in order for this to work, you need to be pierced by a professional. It goes without saying that this person has to be familiar and knowledgeable about nipple piercings. Remember: there are no two identical nipples and experienced piercers know how to handle individual anatomy perfectly and find the best solution for your case. If you dislike your inverted nipples and want to do something about it, nipple piercing may be the best solution. It’s important to learn enough about piercing for inverted nipples to know how to use this method to remedy the problem.

Can Inverted Nipples be Pierced?

First things first: chances are that you can get pierced even if you have inverted nipples. The tissue is very flexible and as long as you have a pinchable area of skin, there is a high chance that you can get a nipple piercing. However, it’s always best to ask your piercer to make sure you can indeed get pierced.

While nipple piercings for men and women differ because of different nipple sizes, keep in mind that typically both men and women can get a nipple piercing despite having inverted nipples.

Why is Nipple Piercing Good?

Nipple piercings are a great solution for many cases of inverted nipples simply because they keep the nipple erect and prevent it to come back. Inverted nipple retract easily, which can be prevented if you have your nipple pierced.

Your jewelry will go straight through the nipple and prevent it from going back. While pierced nipples are not always completely erect, chances are that they will be erect to a degree. They will not be able to go back to the inverted state, so this is a quick and effective solution to inverted nipples.

Potential Problems

There are potential problems you may face with nipple piercing on inverted nipples. Sometimes, the tissue will try to go back to the flat or inverted position. It may put a pressure on the nipple, which may cause problems. Typical problem you will encounter is migration, but other issues, such as pain or infection, are also possible.

In order to prevent this problem, it’s best to wear light, comfortable jewelry, especially during the healing stages. Also, being pierced with a slightly larger gauge might also help. This is why it’s advisable to get pierced with 12 gauge (or even a bit larger) and avoid the 14 gauge which is usually a standard for nipple piercings.

How to Choose the Right Jewelry for Your Piercings

Piercing and JewelryThere are many popular piercing types and many different jewelry styles. It’s always useful to know what kind of jewelry suits your piercing.

Generally speaking, most piercings can accommodate at least a few different jewelry styles, but it’s always useful to know what is best to wear for your piercing.

Jewelry Types

There are several basic body jewelry types. Among the most popular ones are barbells of different kinds (straight, curved and circular barbells) as well as rings (Captive Bead Rings, seamless rings, screwball rings and others).

These jewelry styles can accommodate most piercing types. Most of these can be used for many different piercing types, which makes these jewelry types multi-functional.

On the other hand, there are also specialized jewelry types. These are made for one specific jewelry type. For example, ear plugs and flesh tunnels are made for stretched earlobe piercings. Labrets are made for lip piercings. Nose screws and nose bones are made for nostril piercings, and so on.

That being said, even the most specialized jewelry types can usually be used for more than one piercing type. The trick is to know when to use which jewelry type and style. Sometimes, the choice will depend on your individual style and preferences, while it will sometimes be guided by practical reasons. Simply put, some piercings are made to accommodate some specific jewelry types and not the others.

To ensure a good fit and perfect comfort it’s worth knowing when to use which jewelry style for a particular piercing type.

General Guidelines

Here are some general guidelines on the jewelry types to use with specific piercings:

  • Ear piercings. There are many different ear piercing types, such as earlobe piercings, cartilage piercings, and many others. There are numerous earrings used for earlobe piercings, as well as special jewelry types made for stretched earlobe piercing, such as ear plugs, earlets and flesh tunnels. Ear cartilage piercings use many different jewelry types, such as barbells (for example, long straight barbells for Industrial piercing), rings or labrets.
  • Nose piercings. Nostril piercings typically use specific jewelry types, such as nostril screws, nose bones, fishtails and L-bars. Also, this piercing type can use a ring. Some other nose piercings, such as septum piercings, use different jewelry types, such as rings and tusks.
  • Eyebrow piercing. This piercing type usually uses a special curved barbell or a Captive Bead Ring. However, this piercing type can also use different jewelry types, such as barbells of different kinds.
  • Lip piercings. A typical jewelry type for most of the lip piercings is a labret. However, some lip piercings can also use rings or even barbells.
  • Tongue piercing. All tongue piercings are oral piercings, so special care has to be made to use only jewelry made of medical-grade materials and specially designed for oral use. Tongue piercing needs smooth jewelry that will not damage teeth and gums. Straight barbells make great tongue jewelry, though some people prefer to use Captive Bead Rings.
  • Navel piercings. Belly button piercings usually use special curved barbells. These barbells are ideal for this piercing type. However, you may also use a typical Captive Bead Ring or another ring type.

Dydoe Piercing

Dydoe PiercingDydoe is one of the more “exotic” male genital piercings, but it’s popular among many men who are looking for a unique penis piercing. As such, there are many men who have dydoe piercing performed, either alone or in pairs. Also, many people who have a dydoe piercing also have another genital piercing, though this is not a rule.

A dydoe piercing is done on the rim of the penis glans. Dydoe is known as a functional piercing: it can enhance the pleasure for both the wearer and his partner during intercourse.

Placement and Procedure

Dydoe is a rim piercing, that is, it is done on the rim of the penis head. While it can be done alone, most men choose to have dydoe done in pairs, one piercing on the each side of the penis head. However, there is no official limitations on how many dydoe piercings one can have, so there are many men with three, four or more dydoe piercings done on their penises.

A dydoe piercing passes through the ridge of the penis glans. If a man decides to have only one dydoe piercing done, it will typically be placed centrally. If he wants to have two, they will be placed symmetrically, one on the right and the other on the left side. A special placement, known as a “king’s crown” consists of several dydoe piercings positioned on the glans.

Dydoe piercings are typically done at 14 gauge, though there are exceptions.

Jewelry

A typical jewelry for dydoe piercing is a curved barbell. Usually, standard curved barbells are used, with plain balls on each end, though some men choose to use more decorative barbells.

Another popular jewelry for this type of piercing is a ring. Typically, Captive Bead Rings are used, though some men choose to use different types of rings, such as seamless, segment or screwball rings. A ring is a good jewelry for this type of piercing but has to be used with caution, since it has a higher risk of rejection.

The piercing is typically done with a straight needle, even though curved jewelry (such as curved barbells or rings) is typically worn. The procedure is typically done freehand. This is not a long procedure but it has to be done by a piercer specialized in genital piercings. After the hole is made the jewelry is inserted.

The piercing is often associated with pain, just like any other penis piercing. However, the procedure itself doesn’t last long so it should be bearable. You should expect some bleeding so do not be alarmed by that.

Aftercare is important for preventing infections and other problems. You should clean your dydoe piercing at least twice per day. It’s best to use a saline solution and not any harsh cleaners should ever be applied. Special care should be taken during showering and sex in order not to irritate your new piercing.

Before getting your dydoe done, make sure to find an experienced piercer who is known to be familiar with this type of piercing. As with any relatively rare piecing, you need to find a person who is not only a general professional but who has enough experience in the specialized piercing you’re interested in.

Additional Tips and Information

  • The average healing time for dydoe piercing is 2 to 3 months, at least for the initial healing period. For a complete healing, a man has to wait anywhere between 4 and 6 months.
  • You should use a condom for sex until your dydoe is fully healed.
  • Not all men can get a dydoe piercing. In order for dydoe piercing to be performed, a man has to have a large enough rim at the corona. The rim also has to be well-defined. This is necessary so the jewelry could fit.
  • Men without a well-defined rim at the corona and without enough tissue at this spot can get a dydoe piercing but it’s likely to migrate out.
  • There is also a deep variation of this piercing, known as “Zephyr”. It is longer than the regular dydoe and exits near the tip of the penis. This piercing uses a longer barbell than traditional dydoe.
  • You can change the jewelry when the piercing is fully healed but never leave jewelry out for long periods of time. Penis piercings are quick to close, which may make it difficult or impossible to insert the jewelry back.
  • While both circumcised and uncircumcised men can get a dydoe piercing, there is a heightened risk for uncircumcised men because the foreskin keeps the area moist, which may prolong the healing and lead to other problems.

Which Piercings Migrate and Reject Easily?

Piercing RejectionIt’s important to understand that migration and rejection are a risk with any piercing. These are very common problems many people face with their piercings. While the majority of piercings never pose any problems it’s vital to know that every piercing carries a risk of migration and rejection. This is how it is.

It’s vital to know that there is no way to completely remove chances of migration and rejection. However, there are some ways to minimize the risk.

In order to know how to minimize this risk, you need to understand that not all piercings have the same chances of migration and rejection. Some piercing types are more prone to this problem.

Piercings with the Highest Risk

Some piercings have a higher risk of migration and rejection than the others. There are several factors that make a piercing more prone to migration and rejection:

  • Piercing type. Some types of piercings, such as surface piercings, carry a higher risk of migration and rejection.
  • Piercing age. New piercings are more prone to migration and rejection.
  • Piercing care. If a piercing is not cared for properly it has a higher risk of migration and rejection.
  • Improper jewelry. Improper jewelry can hurt and stretch the tissue, which can lead to migration and rejection.

Piercing Type

While every piercing has a risk of migration and rejection, some piercing types are more prone to these problems. Piercings that go through a small amount of tissue are at the greatest risk. Surface piercings have the highest risk of migration and rejection since they go through the surface of the skin and pierce only a small amount of tissue.

This is why most of the surface piercings, especially corset piercings and similar decorative piercings, are considered temporary piercings. They almost always migrate and reject after some time.

Out of the more popular piercing types, those with the most risk of rejection are:

  • Eyebrow piercing. (After all, this is a type of a surface piercing).
  • Navel piercing.
  • Christina piercing.
  • Hip piercing.
  • Nape piercing.
  • Corset piercing.

Piercing Age

Generally speaking, new piercings have a higher risk of migration and rejection. New piercings are tender and this is why it’s so important to perform appropriate aftercare and to clean your piercing. It’s vital to take a good care of your piercing, especially during the healing time.

That being said, any piercing has a risk of migration and rejection. Even the old, well-established piercings can migrate and reject. Sometimes, migration and rejection occur after several years of having a piercing.

Piercing Care

In order to minimize the risk of migration and rejection it’s important to take a good care of your piercing. While it’s usually impossible to completely rule out migration and rejection, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk.

During the healing, it’s vital to clean your piercing regularly and to perform the aftercare. Also, you need to resist the urge to touch your piercing. Never twist or turn the jewelry. This will only increase the risk of migration and rejection.

Once the piercing is healed, do not simply forget about it. It’s important to keep it clean and well-maintained. Make sure to observe it regularly to make sure everything is alright and that there are no signs of infection, migration or rejection.

Improper Jewelry

Improper jewelry can bring numerous problems, including migration and rejection. You should always wear well-crafted jewelry made of body-friendly materials to avoid any potential problems. Cheap jewelry can hurt your body, but that’s not all. If jewelry is too heavy or if it scratches your skin, it can easily lead to migration and rejection. For these reasons, it’s vital to always use body-friendly jewelry that will not hurt your body and cause any additional problems.

Piercing Discomfort

Piercing DiscomfortMany people wonder how much discomfort is normal and expected when wearing body piercing jewelry. There is no one universal answer to this questions, but generally speaking, your jewelry should not cause discomfort. In fact, discomfort and pain can often be a sign of a problem so you should never ignore it!

Discomfort Associated with Piercings

There are several different types of piercing situations in which you can experience discomfort. It’s very important to know which of these situations are “normal” and when you should take discomfort and pain as a warning sign.

Common sources of discomfort:

•           The procedure

•           Initial healing time

•           Swelling

•           Improperly Sized Jewelry

•           Jewelry Getting Caught on Clothes

•           Jewelry Made of Unsafe Materials

•           Jewelry Unsuitable for Your Anatomy

•           Infections and Other Problems

The Procedure

You should expect some discomfort and even pain during procedure. This goes without saying. Some people are scared of piercing needles and piercing pain, but the good news is that it’s usually not as scary as it sounds. Also, the pain itself lasts only for a few seconds (for most piercings) so it’s not something to worry about.

Another type of pain and discomfort you should expect happen a few hours after the procedure. In fact, this is typically when you can expect the most discomfort or even pain. You can use some painkillers, but if the problem persists, make sure to consult your doctor.

Initial Healing Time

Piercings take a while to heal. Out all of this time, the initial days are when you can expect the most discomfort. This is also when you should be extra careful with your piercing. You can expect it to be tender and to cause some discomfort.

Make sure not to touch it too much. In fact, you should touch your piercing only when you clean it and perform aftercare. Never twist or turn your jewelry because it can bring more problems. Monitor your piercing to notice any potential infections or other problems.

Swelling

Swelling is normal during the initial phases of healing. In fact, it is expected. Your piercer should account for swelling when choosing initial jewelry for your piercing. You will probably need to replace your initial jewelry with a shorter one after the swelling is gone.

Monitor your piercing to see if the swelling is gone. It’s normal for a new piercing to be tender, but it should start healing. If you think the swelling is not going away, make sure to consult your doctor.

Also, keep in mind that swelling is not a normal occurrence past the initial healing. If you experience swelling, bumps or tenderness in your old piercing, it’s a sign that something is wrong so you should see your doctor to treat the problem.

Improperly Sized Jewelry

Improperly sized jewelry is one of the most common reasons for discomfort. This can also lead to numerous other problems, such as infections, migration and rejection. It’s vital to wear only jewelry of the appropriate size to ensure a perfect fit.

First of all, you should always wear only jewelry in the gauge you are pierced with (or your current gauge, if you have stretched piercings). Never wear jewelry of the larger or smaller gauge than your piercing.

Another thing to keep in mind is the length of your barbells and diameter of your rings. A properly sized jewelry should sit comfortably against the skin. It should not dig into the skin or else you may develop problems. On the other hand, your jewelry should not be too long or big or else may get caught on clothes and hurt you.

Jewelry Getting Caught on Clothes

This is a common source of discomfort and it happens every now and then to most people. In most of the cases, this is not alarming and will cause only minor discomfort, but in some more serious cases you can hurt yourself and tear the tissue.

In order to avoid this, you need to be careful whenever you change your clothes. Be aware of your piercing and proceed with caution. Another way to prevent this problem is to wear appropriately sized jewelry. Stay away from too large jewelry or overly ornamented pieces.

Jewelry Made of Unsafe Materials

This is another common source of problems, and a dangerous one. Unsafe materials can cause numerous problems, such as infections, allergies, migration and rejection. Nickel allergy is among the most common allergy types, so in order to avoid it you need to ear only materials that don’t contain nickel.

It’s vital to stick to body-friendly materials, such as Surgical Steel, titanium, nickel-free gold or acrylic. This is why it’s so important to always buy only high-quality jewelry. Stay away from cheap jewelry you can get at a mall – these jewelry pieces are poorly made and typically contain harmful materials.

Jewelry Unsuitable for Your Anatomy

This can be another source of discomfort. Sometimes, a perfectly good jewelry piece just won’t fit you and your anatomy. A ring or a barbell style that fits another person just doesn’t feel right for you.

In these cases, a solution is simple: use another jewelry piece. It may be frustrating, especially if you really wanted to wear a particular jewelry piece. However, it’s much better to use another piece than risk problems. Luckily, there are so many different jewelry pieces so you will always be able to find those you like. There is no need to restrict yourself to only one jewelry type or style.

Infections and Other Problems

Infections, allergies, migration and rejection are a common source of discomfort. They are also dangerous, so it’s important to always react quickly whenever you spot a problem. Watch for any changes in your piercing. If you experience rash, redness, tenderness, pain, discharge or another problem with your piercing, it’s important to seek medical help immediately. These problems are dangerous and can harm you so it’s crucial to visit your doctor. In some cases, you may need to retire your piercing, but it’s a small price to pay.

It’s always important to monitor your piercings and treat any problem immediately. Keep in mind that while new piercings in healing are at the most risk any piercing, even an old one, can get infected. This is why it’s so important to keep a good eye on your piercings. Never ignore discomfort or tenderness since it can be a sign something is going on with your piercing.

Light vs Heavy Jewelry

Light or Heavy JewelryWearing light or heavy body jewelry is often just a matter of personal style. We all have our likes and dislikes, so our piercings and body jewelry will reflect our style. There is nothing wrong about it – after all, it’s an expression of individuality and personality.

At the same time, it’s worth knowing if there are some pitfalls of wearing heavy (or light!) jewelry. Health is important for preventing infections and other problems, so it’s worth knowing when it’s best to choose jewelry of particular weight.

Quality Jewelry Comes in All Sizes

Quality jewelry comes in all sizes… and weights. It means that a good, well-crafted, quality jewelry piece will be body-friendly regardless of its size. There are certain medical grade materials and other body-friendly materials you should choose if you wish to have quality jewelry, so you know you’re on the safe side.

The rule of thumb is: as long as you stick to body-friendly materials and well-crafted jewelry, it doesn’t really matter what the weight of the piece is. Most of the time, anyway, and for most of the people.

If you are extra sensitive and if you have a certain medical problem that would prompt you to wear jewelry of one type, that’s another thing. You should always wear jewelry of the type that suits your body and that will not endanger your health. Most of the time, however, quality jewelry is made in such a way that can be worn without a problem.

This is yet another reason why you should always wear high-quality jewelry. Cheap jewelry is poorly made and can break easily, so it can lead to numerous problems. Choose quality jewelry and you won’t have to worry about its size or weight, other than your own preferences.

A Difference between Light and Heavy

However, there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding between light and heavy body jewelry. Heavy body jewelry is, well, heavy, which means it will put a pressure on your tissue. This may be uncomfortable or very pleasurable, depending on what you prefer. Some people, for example, love to wear heavy genital jewelry since it enhances the pleasure. Others prefer light pieces you can barely feel they’re there.

Another thing to keep in mind is stretching. Pressure created by heavy jewelry can sometime lead to unwanted stretching, so if you do not wish to stretch your piercing, you might want to stick to lighter pieces.

Comfort is another issue. Heavy jewelry tends to cause more discomfort than light jewelry, though this is not a universal rule. Again, it mostly depends on the design and craftsmanship. As long as you stick to quality jewelry it should be comfortable, even when made of heavy materials.

Finally, it’s important to consider health reasons. You should never wear too heavy pieces as your initial jewelry, because they can slow down the healing process. At the same time, some of the lightest materials (organic or plastic materials) are not suitable for new piercings, so this light jewelry should be avoided. In these situations, it’s best to stick to titanium, since it’s a relatively light metal that’s also medical-grade and completely body safe.

The Materials

Please note that these are just guidelines. It will all depend on the size of the particular jewelry piece.

Light:

Light metal:

  • Titanium

Heavy:

  • Niobium
  • Surgical Steel (at larger gauges)
  • Gold (at larger gauges)

Heavy organic materials:

It’s important to remember that it’s relative. Even the heaviest materials (such as niobium) are not particularly heavy when jewelry piece is small. In other words, the weight will mostly depend on gauge and the size of the piece.

Migration and Rejection: The Difference

Piercing MigrationMigration and rejection are among the most common piercing problems. It’s important to know that all piercings have a risk of migration and rejection. While new piercings have the highest risk, any piercing, even the old, fully healed one, can get migrated or rejected.

In order to understand these common problems and risks, it’s important to know the difference between migration and rejection. In some ways they are similar, but there are some differences you need to know about.

What is Migration?

When your piercing is migrating, it moves from its original placement to a new one. In some cases, migration can be temporary and minimal: your piercing might move a little and then set nicely into its new place. Or it may migrate to an uncomfortable position and settle there.

Most of the time, however, migration is permanent and turns into a rejection. When this type of migration happens, the jewelry typically gets pushed out of the body. It means your body wants to get rid of it and reject it, so it moves it until it’s out.

In practice, it means that the jewelry gets pushed to the surface of the skin while the piercing begins to close. Your body will try to push the jewelry out to the surface of the skin. Most of the time, the body is very successful in doing this, which means that once the rejection has begun, there’s not much you can do to stop the migrating piercing from getting out of the body.

Another bad thing about migration is that it leaves a bad scar tissue. The piercing will start to close, but it won’t do it properly, so the skin will heal with a scar. Sometimes, the piercing in migration will end up in an uncomfortable position that will put an even bigger strain on your tissue.

There are several signs of piercing migration. You might notice that your jewelry is positioned differently or that it hangs more loosely than normal. Also, the hole around the jewelry may appear larger. Chances are that your piercing will be sore and extra sensitive, though this doesn’t happen in all of the cases.

The easiest way to tell that your piercing is migrating to the point of rejection is to notice the jewelry being pushed out. The jewelry will move to the surface of the skin. When migration is well underway, you will be able to see the jewelry under the skin. It’s a clear sign that your piercing is migrating.

At this point, there’s not much you can do. It’s best to remove the jewelry and leave the piercing to close on its own. It’s better to retire a piercing than leave it to push the jewelry out and leave a bad scar tissue. Once the piercing is retired and tissue healed, you can start thinking about repiercing. Most of the time, it will be possible to get a new piercing on the same spot, or close to it, as long as scarring is not big and tissue is not damaged.

What is Rejection?

Rejection is the ultimate migration: your body rejects the piercing and pushes the jewelry out of the body. Rejection happens when your body rejects the jewelry as a foreign body. Keep in mind that our bodies are made to protect us against foreign bodies, so rejection is a natural defense mechanism. It is very valuable but not something you want to experience with your piercing. Still, keep in mind that this is a natural reaction your body makes against foreign bodies.

When a piercing gets rejected, it’s typically because your body recognizes your jewelry as a foreign body and tries to fight against it. The most effective way of fighting against a foreign body is to push it out. At the same time, your body will begin to close the piercing. While all piercings will start to close when jewelry is removed, the difference with rejection is that this process happens while jewelry is inserted. The body perceives piercing as a wound and will try to close it.

Strictly speaking, migration means the piercing and jewelry moving to a new place, while rejection refers to the body rejecting the piercing and pushing the jewelry out. However, it’s important to understand that rejection is the ultimate migration: the jewelry gets pushed out of the body and moved out of it.

It’s important to note that while this process typically happens with new piercings, it can occur any time. Even old, fully healed piercings can get rejected. It means that you should always be careful and pay a close attention to your piercing in order to notice potential rejection. The greatest risk for rejection happens with new piercings during healing, so you should always check your piercing to make sure everything is ok. On the other hand, you should never forget about your old, fully healed piercing because that one can get rejected, too.

How to know your piercing is rejecting? Some people experience pain and tenderness, but for others there are no symptoms. Some people will develop symptoms similar to those of infection while for others it will show no apparent symptoms. In fact, the main symptom of a piercing rejecting is migration – when it gets visibly pushed to the surface of the skin or displaced from its original spot.

Usually, there is nothing you can do to prevent rejection. You need to understand that all piercings carry some risk of rejection. That being said, piercings that are well cared for have a lower risk of rejection so you should always follow the aftercare instructions and keep your piercing clean. Also, make sure to only wear well-crafted, body-friendly jewelry to minimize the risk of rejection.

Nipple Piercing Information and Tips

Nipple PiercingNipple piercings are popular for both men and women. While they are not the most common type of piercing a person can get, they are sure among the most popular intimate piercings.

Nipple piercings are known to be painful but with the right procedure the pain doesn’t last long and you can enjoy your new piercing for years.

Placement and Procedure

Nipple piercings are done on the base of the nipple, where the nipple meets areola. It’s very important to pierce only the nipple but not areola, or else you can experience numerous problems, such as infection, migration and rejection.

In order to ensure a good experience and a proper nipple piercing, it’s important to choose a knowledgeable and experienced piercer. Make sure to pick a reliable piercing studio and a person who knows what they’re doing. Nipple piercings are a bit complex so you need someone who has plenty of experience performing this type of piercing.

There are several ways to perform this piercing: clamping and freehand. The choice will generally depend on your piercer and your anatomy.

Nipple piercings generally do not have harmful side-effects. However, it’s important to ensure proper placement and correct procedure in order to have a good nipple piercing.

Jewelry

There are many jewelry pieces you can use for nipple piercing. A lot will depend on your personal preferences and anatomy.

Typically, a straight barbell is used for nipple piercings, though many people prefer to use Captive Bead Rings and other types of rings. Another choice may be a circular barbell, though this is a rarer option.

Whatever jewelry type you choose, keep in mind that it has to be properly fitted. Initially, you will want to get a bit longer jewelry that will account for swelling. This jewelry should be replaced after the swelling is gone.

It’s vital to make sure that jewelry is not too short. If it’s short, it will dig up into the nipple or areola, which is a recipe for trouble. A too long of a barbell or too big of a ring can easily get caught on clothes so that’s another situation you want to avoid.

Make sure to always use body-friendly jewelry. It has to be made of safe materials in order to prevent problems such as infections, migration or rejection.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips and info about nipple piercings:

  • Most people can have their nipples pierced, but it’s always important to consult your chosen piercer before you book an appointment.
  • It doesn’t matter which side you get pierced. It will depend on your preferences and desired effect. Of course, you can always pierce both of your nipples.
  • You can have more than one piercing on your nipple, which can create interesting effects when you insert your jewelry.
  • The most common type of a nipple piercing is a horizontal one, but you can have your piercing oriented in any way you like. Vertical and diagonal nipple piercings are other common variants.
  • Nipple piercings are usually done in 16 gauge (or larger) for women and 14 gauge (or larger) for men.
  • Nipple piercings are sensitive and take a while to heal properly. It takes about 3-4 months for men and around 6 months or longer for women. You can experience tenderness during this time, which is normal, but if the problem persist you need to consult your doctor.
  • Nipple piercings can do wonders for inverted nipples. They will typically keep your nipple erect so it will improve the visual image of your nipples.
  • Nipple piercings can be very erotic. They not only look great but can also provide sexual pleasure and amazing sensations.
  • Generally speaking, a nipple piercing does not prevent breastfeeding. However, it’s always important to remove jewelry before breastfeeding to prevent the baby from swallowing the jewelry or hurting their mouth.