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.

Scarring and How to Prevent it

Piercing ScarringIn order to understand how scarring forms and how to prevent it, it’s important to understand how tissue heals. When healing occurs, especially in the case of a piercing being closed, it rarely happens in a perfect way. Meaning, the tissue will not match the surrounding tissue perfectly.

There are several things that may happen. It may heal in a different direction than the surrounding tissue. Or it may heal in a different degree of thickness. These things are highly individual and will depend on several factors. You can never predict how a tissue will heal on its own.

Since this process is so unpredictable, you can never tell what the results will be. Since the tissue rarely heal in the way to match the surrounding tissue perfectly it means it will leave a scar. Depending on the way the tissue heals it will form different types of scarring.

Piercings and Scarring

When it comes to piercings, it’s important to know that your body treats a piercing as a wound and jewelry as a foreign body. It means there is always a risk for your body to turn against the jewelry, which will lead to migration and rejection.

At the same time, jewelry is the only thing that prevents your piercing from closing. When you remove your jewelry you allow your body to start closing the piercing. It means that your tissue will close and heal. This healing will not be perfect so it will usually leave some scarring.

This is particularly true for old, well-established piercings. Even they will close once the jewelry is removed. The older the piercing is, the more of a scarring tissue it will leave. Another common occurrence for scarring happens in the case of migration and rejection. Jewelry that is pushed out of the skin will leave a visible scar.

Many times, this scar will be too small to be noticeable. Some scars are very light and will not pose any aesthetic or functional problem. You can usually get away with it and many times, people will not even be able to tell that you ever had a piercing. However, keep in mind that this is an idealized situation. Many times, the scar will be there and it will be somewhat noticeable. Sometimes, the scarring is so bad that it may pose a problem to be pierced in the same spot again, though this is not a common occurrence. As long as you take a care of your piercing chances are that you will be able to get repierced without a problem.

How to Minimize Scarring?

In order to minimize the scarring and to make the surrounding tissue as healthy as possible, it’s vital to know how to retire your piercing properly. Proper retiring will leave the minimal scarring and it will allow you to get repierced after the tissue is fully healed. This is the best way to go: while you can rarely prevent scarring to appear, there are ways to minimize this problem.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you need to keep your piercing as healthy as possible. A healthy piercing will typically close without much problems, so it won’t leave much scarring. This is an easy decision if you wish to retire your piercing on purpose, but what if you are forced to retire a piercing? Chances are that if you have to retire your piercing, you will need to do it because of another problem, such as infection, migration or rejection. Once the additional problem is present there is a higher risk of scarring, so that’s something you need to keep in mind.

Migration is a particularly problematic because the moving piercing will cause tissue damage. The jewelry will press onto your skin as it gets pushed to the surface. This will lead to tissue damage and scarring. Migrated and rejected piercings tend to leave the biggest scars.

In order to prevent this, it’s important to remove your jewelry as soon as you notice migration and rejection happening. There is nothing you can do to stop migration and rejection, so you should ensure that it doesn’t cause any additional problems. If migration and rejection are underway, the safest thing to do is to simply remove the jewelry and retire the piercing before it can cause further tissue damage. Remember: you can always get repierced later.

The similar thing should be done in the case of infected piercings. Once you notice an infection, it’s important to cure it. You should never try to remedy the problem on its own. Seek medical advice instead and visit your doctor. They will give you appropriate medications and help you stop the infection. Chances are that you will need to retire a piercing, but don’t be sad about it. Your health comes first. Once the infection is cleared and the tissue is properly healed you can get repierced.

Common Problems with Navel Jewelry

Navel PiercingNavel piercings are among the most common piercings in the world. Most people don’t have any problems with their belly button jewelry, but sometimes there is discomfort caused by jewelry or improperly performed procedure.

Keep in mind that in order to enjoy your navel piercing, you need to get a proper fit for your navel jewelry. Most of the time, people who report problems with their belly button piercing actually have issues with inadequate jewelry or improper procedure.

In order to prevent these issues, it’s important to wear only appropriately fitted belly jewelry and ensure that your jewelry suits your piercing perfectly.

Common Problems

Here are some common problems you may face that will make it difficult to find a proper fit for your piercing:

  • Angle and depth of your navel piercing
  • Improperly sized jewelry
  • Bad jewelry (cheap jewelry pieces, improper materials)

While there are some other problems you may encounter, these seem to be the most prevalent ones.

Getting a proper fit on a belly button ring has nothing to do with your body size, it has to do with the angle and depth of the actual piercing.

Angle and Depth of Your Piercing

The first problem you might encounter is improperly done procedure. Simply put, you might be pierced in a way that is not fully suitable to your anatomy. Some piercings are done to be very deep or very shallow, which can cause further problems. Sometimes, the angle of the piercing is not right. All these things will make it difficult to find good jewelry.

Another problem may be your anatomy. While most people can get their belly button pierced, the exact position and depth of the piercing will depend on your individual anatomy. You might have such an anatomy that will require a piercing to be done at a unique angle or depth not usual for typical navel piercing. All of this can cause problems when you wish to get your navel jewelry.

Not to mention unique navel piercings. You may wish to have a stylish belly button piercing done at a special angle or many different navel piercings. All these things may make it tricky to find jewelry that suits you best.

Improperly Sized Jewelry

Another common problem you may encounter is improperly sized navel jewelry. This is actually a common issue. Even if your belly button piercing is performed in the most optimal way chances are that you will encounter a problem if you use jewelry that is too big or too small for you.

“Size” can mean many different things in this context. For example, it can refer to the gauge of the jewelry. You should always wear jewelry in the gauge you are pierced with, or gauge you currently have (if you have stretched your navel piercing). This is the only way to achieve a good fit.

However, size can mean many other things. It can refer to the length of your curved barbell or a diameter of the Captive Bead Ring or circular barbell. It’s important to ensure that jewelry is of the optimal size so you don’t face any discomfort or other problems. Remember, improperly sized jewelry can lead to numerous problems. It jewelry is too big, it will get caught on clothes. If it’s too small, it will dig into your flesh and hurt you. For these reasons, it’s vital to always ensure a good fit for your navel jewelry.

Bad jewelry (cheap jewelry pieces, improper materials)

You should stay away from cheap, badly-made jewelry. This goes without saying, but it’s worth mentioning it again. Cheap jewelry is often made of materials that are unsafe for your body so it should be avoided. Not to mention that this type of jewelry is usually poorly made and it can break easily. To avoid any potential problems of this kind, make sure to always use high-quality navel jewelry made of body-friendly materials.

Nipple Piercing Placement

Nipple Piercing PlacementIn order to be fully satisfied with your nipple piercing, it’s important to make a proper placement. Improper placement can bring a lot of problems, such as infections, migration and rejection. It can endanger your health and make you retire your piercing even if you don’t want to. Therefore, it’s very important to have a properly placed nipple piercing. The best way to ensure that is to get pierced by a professional. It means that your chosen piercer has to be experienced with nipple piercings and know how to make a placement that will work the best for you.

General Placement

Generally speaking, nipple piercing is placed at the base of the erect part of the nipple. It is very important for your piercer to pierce the exact spot where the nipple meets areola. It’s different for every person so this is why nipple piercings will vary a bit for everyone.

It is crucial to pierce only the nipple and not areola. Areola has a fatty tissue and it should not be touched or else you can experience problems. In some extreme cases it can even lead to mastitis. You don’t want this to happen to you so make sure to choose a piercer who knows what they’re doing.

Another thing to keep in mind is that nipple piercing can be oriented in many different ways. The most common placement is horizontal, but you may get a vertical nipple piercing, a diagonal nipple piercing. You can have your nipple piercing oriented in any way you wish.

Things to Keep In Mind

There are some things to keep in mind when it comes to nipple piercing placement:

  • Almost any nipple can be pierced, but in order to be sure, ask your piercer for advice.
  • Some things to consider when deciding on placement for nipple piercings is the length of jewelry and the shape of your nipples. These things are individual and nipples vary a lot among people.
  • In order to get a properly placed nipple piercing, your nipples have to be erect. It’s difficult to judge the best placement if your nipples are completely flat when they are not erect. Let your piercer know about this before the procedure so they can judge properly on how to place your nipple piercing.
  • It’s vital that the balls of the jewelry don’t press areolas. It can lead to redness, swelling and infections. Not to mention it’s very uncomfortable.
  • Keep in mind that everyone is unique and there are no two unique nipples. Even your own nipples tend to vary slightly, which will influence the placement.
  • Improper placement is not just dangerous but it also makes your nipples look bad. It’s just not aesthetically pleasing and jewelry will not sit properly.
  • When doing a proper placement, it’s also vital to choose good jewelry. It has to be made of body-friendly materials and of appropriate size or else you risk numerous problems, such as migration, rejection, infection and other issues.
  • The placement depends on the shape and size of your nipples. More defined nipples tend to pierce a smaller piece of tissue. Flat nipples require more tissue to be pierced.
  • Nipple piercing for men will often extend to areola, but if done properly, this is not a problem.
  • Typical jewelry worn in nipple piercing is straight barbell, Captive Bead Ring (or another type of a ring) and circular barbells. You piercer will need to determine the proper length of each jewelry piece to ensure the proper placement and correct procedure.

What if You Lose Jewelry Parts?

 Surgical Steel Captive Bead Replacement Ball

Surgical Steel Captive Bead Replacement Ball

Body jewelry should be quality-made to ensure your safety. In other words, cheap jewelry made of unsafe materials can pose a great danger to your health. Nickel allergies, infection, migration and rejection are just some of the problems you may encounter with low-quality jewelry.

However, that’s not all. Cheap jewelry is usually poorly made. It means that it’s not crafted properly. Chances are that parts of the jewelry will bend, break or simply fall out. This is yet another reason why you should stay away from cheap jewelry.

On the other hand, some well-made jewelry can also give you headache. Beads, balls, charms and other jewelry parts tend to get lost from time to time. You need to know what to do in a situation when you lose part of your jewelry.

Lost Jewelry Parts

Good jewelry is made to be secure, but there is always a risk that it may become loose. This is particularly true for removable elements, such as beads, balls, charms and gems. In fact, your jewelry doesn’t even have to be loose or low-quality to lose a bead – unfortunately, beads and balls are often lost by the owner in the process of removing and changing jewelry.

If this happens to you, do not panic! There are ways to go to remedy this problem, but you need to work quickly because piercings without jewelry can close up quickly.

The most commonly lost jewelry parts include:

  • Beads on Captive Jewelry
  • Balls on Barbells
  • Gems (of all kinds)
  • Charms
  • O-Rings (for ear plugs and flesh tunnels)
  • Shafts

Keep in mind that this problem happens relatively often, so you should not panic. There are ways to remedy this situation and to even save your jewelry piece.

Beads on Captive Jewelry

Captive jewelry beads are probably the most commonly lost jewelry pieces. It comes with the territory: captive beads are held in place by the opposing sides of jewelry, but they are not screwed nor permanently attached in a different way to the jewelry. This makes them easy to lose, especially during the process of removing and changing jewelry.

Beads are integral parts of Captive Bead Rings, but many other jewelry types use them, too. For example, Captive Barbells have removable rings with beads that can be lost. However, in this case losing a bead is not so bad since the main part of the jewelry is barbell and it will stay inside your piercing.

Since beads are so easy to lose, it’s always recommended to have a spare bead or two in your jewelry collection. These replacement beads are very handy so you should always have some at your disposal.

Balls on Barbells

Another commonly lost jewelry part is the ball on a barbell or another threaded jewelry piece (such as a Screwball Ring). These balls are more difficult to lose than beads on Captive Bead Rings, because they are screwed. However, accidents happen so you should not count on never losing a ball on your barbell.

Without a ball, the barbell will likely fall out at the slightest body movement. Again, this is why it’s important to have at least some replacement balls in your collection. They are handy for all the situations in which you can lose your original ball.

Lost Gems

High-quality jewelry is made in such a way that it’s difficult to lose a gem or another decoration. Unlike cheap jewelry pieces, gems on well-crafted jewelry are not simply glued. They are hand-set so they will hold.

However, in an unlikely event that a gem falls out, there are several options. If the gem is just a part of a ball or a bead and the ball (bead) is still in, this is a mere aesthetic problem. Your jewelry will not fall out, so don’t worry about it. However, if you lose a bead, you should get another one, even if it’s just a plain bead without a gem.

To make your jewelry as good as new, you can order special replacement beads and balls with gems. This way, you will be able to use your jewelry again and it will look as good as new.

Charms

Charms are usually not an essential parts of jewelry, so losing them will usually not make it impossible to wear the jewelry. Charms are made to enhance the beauty of your jewelry and to be eye-catching, but they are not part of the main mechanism.

If you lose a charm on your jewelry piece, this is usually just an aesthetic problem. Your jewelry will still be wearable. In order to make jewelry beautiful again, you can always order a new charm for it.

O-Rings

O-Rings are integral parts of many ear plugs, ear tunnels and earlets. Some jewelry types made for stretched earlobes are smooth so they require O-Rings to keep them in place. It means that the jewelry will fall out without an O-Ring, which can pose a huge problem.

Luckily, O-Rings are cheap and easy to replace. If you like jewelry made for stretched earlobes, make sure to always have some replacement O-rings in case you lose your original ones.

Lost Shafts

There is another, less frequent (but by all means not impossible) accident: you might lose your barbell’s shaft or a shaft on another jewelry piece. It is not a common occurrence, but it can happen.

In this situation, make sure to replace the whole barbell and order some replacement shafts for your jewelry. It’s important to replace jewelry as soon as possible so the piercing won’t close. At the same time, it’s possible to save your jewelry if you order a replacement shaft to fit with the original balls you already have.

Additional Tips

Here are some handy tips on how to prevent to lose parts of your jewelry or what to do if it happens:

  • Give your barbell beads and gems a little twist every few days to ensure they are tight.
  • Check your Captive Bead Rings regularly to make sure the bead holds snugly in place.
  • In case you lose your complete jewelry or if jewelry falls out of the piercing, make sure to insert a new jewelry piece immediately. It will prevent your piercing from shrinking.
  • Some temporary solutions when a ball or a bead falls out: you might want to put a piece of a chewing gum on the end of the jewelry to seal it. Some people use a tape for the same purpose. These might be a quick, short-term solutions, but keep in mind that they are not safe nor hygienic. They will cause infections and other problems, so they should be used only for a very short period of time (a few hours at most). For example, if you lose a bead when you are outside the home and want to keep your jewelry in until you go back home to replace your jewelry. However, do not use these solutions for anything longer because it will bring more harm than good!
  • Oral piercings are tricky, because once you lose a bead or another part of the jewelry, there is a danger that you might swallow your jewelry by an accident. If you swallow a bead or a ball, it’s usually not so much of a problem, since they are small and smooth. However, if you swallow a threaded shaft of a barbell, now that can pose a problem. It might not to, but you don’t want to risk it.
  • In case this happens, and especially if you experience signs such as gagging, choking or if you can’t breathe, make sure to seek medical help immediately. Same goes for other signs, such as pain in the abdomen, fever, bleeding or vomiting. These are all serious signs and you should take them seriously. Make sure to seek medical help immediately.

Body Modifications and Public Reaction

Piercing PublicThere are many people who have at least one piercing (or tattoo). Body modifications have become very common and accepted in many areas of life. They are especially popular among young people and certain subcultures. Piercing, tattoos and other body modifications are a great way to express ourselves and change our appearance any way we want. It is a great way to add something new and to enjoy our bodies more.

In essence, a decision to get a piercing or a tattoo should be a personal one. It concerns you and nobody else. Your body, your choice. This is your own way to express yourself and it should not concern other people.

Public Reactions

Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way in real life. There are many people who are still highly prejudiced against people with piercings, tattoos and other body modifications. Their reasons for hate are different, but have one thing in common: they want to police your own body and tell you what you can and can’t do with it.

The truth is, piercings, tattoos and body modifications do not harm anyone. In most of the cases, they have nothing to do with other people. Despite this, there are many out there who’d like to make your body modifications their business. Sometimes, it’s about expressing their opinion (usually negative), but it can often go beyond that.

As a person with piercings, tattoos or other body modifications, you probably know about all the comments, reactions and questions you face in everyday life. Many times, those reactions are positive, but what about the other ones? What happens when public has a negative reaction to your body modifications or think you are a bad person because of them?

In many situations, you can simply ignore it. These people are not worth your time and you don’t owe them any explanation. Your body is yours and you don’t have to listen to their negative reactions. If they don’t want to have any body modifications, fine – you don’t make them. It’s their choice not to have any piercings, body jewelry, tattoos or other body modifications and it’s not your place to tell them they’re wrong about it. Because it’s not wrong for them. Similarly, they have no right to tell you your body modifications are wrong, because they are not wrong for you.

This way to treat public reaction is a good way to make people mind their own business. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy like this. There are some situations in which public reaction can have negative consequences for you, especially in the professional setting.

What if Your Boss Doesn’t Like Your Piercings?

Let’s face it: there is still stigma about piercings, tattoos and other body modifications. It’s therefore sad – but not surprising – to know that many companies and employers discriminate against people with body modifications. It’s still difficult to find employment if you have visible modifications, and while it should not be that way and while we should fight against it, it’s important to realize it’s happening.

So, what to do in this situation? There are several options. The easiest one would be to simply quit your job or refuse a job offer. However, this may not be a wise thing to do because most of us need jobs to survive.

Unfortunately, it means a bit of a compromise. It’s always best to seek employment with companies that do not mind body modifications, if this is not possible, try to talk to your employer and come up with a compromise.

In many cases, it may mean hiding your piercings or tattoos. You can approach this in several ways. For example, you may wear simple, discreet jewelry that will not draw attention to your piercings. Or you may try to hide your body modifications with clothes.

In some situations, you may go with special hider jewelry or retainers. These jewelry pieces are specially made to hide your piercings and to be discreet while preserving your piercing and preventing it to shrink. This may be a good way to go if your boss requires no visible jewelry. However, you need to talk to your employer about this.

Whatever you do, try to avoid jewelry removal. Many piercings shrink quickly so you may have difficulties to insert a jewelry piece after not wearing anything for hours.

Finally, you have an option of retiring your piercing. It is an extreme measure, but in some cases may be the only option if you wish to keep a job you like but your boss is absolutely against piercings. Keep in mind that you can usually get repierced later, so think about this retirement as temporary.

Unusual Piercings

Unusual PiercingsWe all know about the most popular body piercings in the world. Regular earlobe piercing is so common it’s often not really considered a “true” piercing at all, even though, technically, it’s no different than any other piercing.

Some of the more popular piercings include navel piercing, nostril piercing, eyebrow piercings, lip piercing and tongue piercing. Many people have those and they are very stylish and popular.

You may think that some more extreme piercings, such as nipple piercing or genital piercings are rare. While they may be less common that the most popular piercings, they are not truly rare: there are many people who choose them.

So, what is considered a rare or unusual body piercing?

Rare Piercings

A “rare” piercing is the one performed on a body part that is not so popular to pierce. This may seem a bit vague to define. It’s important to understand that, technically, any body part (or almost any) can be pierced. In this sense, it’s possible to have numerous rare piercings performed on unusual body parts. Here, “unusual” means “a body part not typically pierced”.

Some people enjoy these unusual piercings because, let’s face it: they are very original. Who wants an ordinary belly piercing or a nostril piercing when you can have a very unusual place pierced? Indeed, these rare piercings often attract a lot of attention.

However, it’s important to understand that some piercings are rare for a reason. Some body parts are not really suitable for piercings, so while you can technically perform a piercing it will not last for long or it will bring a lot of problems.

This is why many unusual body parts are often pierced temporarily. This is particularly true for surface piercings. They can be performed almost anywhere, but they are prone to migration and rejection, so they are only temporary.

That being said, there are many creative places to pierce. Many of these unusual piercings are also very extreme and therefore not everybody’s cup of tea.

Examples of Unusual Piercings

Here are some examples of more unusual piercings:

  • Web Piercings. There are many different types of web piercings because there are many delicate webs of skin on our body. Some of them are located in the mouth, for example, in between our lips and gums. Some of the most popular oral web piercings are Smiley piercing and Frowny Piercing. You can also find these webs of skin between our fingers and our toes, or wherever you have a connective tissue. A web of skin of this kind is known as “frenulum”, though this term usually means a specific web of skin, the one that connects foreskin to the penis (and yes, it can be pierced, too).
  • Uvula Piercing. This is a piercing done on the soft tissue that hangs down at the back of your throat. It is very sensitive and can provoke a gag reflex when touched. Despite this problem there are people who like to have their uvula pierced. This piercing is very unique but it’s difficult to see unless you open your mouth really wide. Typical jewelry for this piercing type are Captive Bead Rings and circular barbells.
  • Achilles Piercing. This is an extreme piercing done on the spot in between the Achilles tendon, the ankle and the leg bones. It is a very deep piercing and can cause numerous problems. It also takes a long time to heal properly. Keep in mind that it has to be done by an experienced piercer because you don’t want any mistakes with this one. If done incorrectly, it can limit your movements or even prevent you from walking properly. This is a rare and extreme piercing and it’s not for everybody.
  • Corset Piercings. Corset Piercing and other forms of surface piercings are done temporarily. They can be performed on almost any surface of the skin, but the most popular spots include: the back, on the calves, and on the front of the neck. In fact, they can be placed anywhere where there’s enough soft tissue to pierce. It’s important that the chosen area is relatively large because these piercings are done in decorative patterns so they are typically performed in pairs and groups.

Jewelry for People with Allergies and Sensitive Skin

Nickel Allergy ProblemThere are many sensitive people prone to allergies and other skin problems. There are also people with a very sensitive skin. Does it mean these people cannot enjoy body jewelry or piercings?

Good news: if you are prone to allergies or if you have a sensitive skin, it does NOT mean you can’t wear body jewelry. The trick is just to find jewelry that will not trigger your allergies and that will be comfortable for you to wear.

Unsafe Materials and Alloys

In most of the cases, to avoid allergies, skin sensitivity and other problems, it’s important to wear jewelry made of safe materials. Safe materials are those materials that are body-friendly and medical grade. These materials will not cause allergies in most people.

It’s important to understand what causes allergies in the first place. Most of the time, what people are allergic to are various alloys present in metal jewelry. Alloys are mixtures of elements. It means that even if the jewelry is made of a main element, it may contain traces of other elements, which can prove to be dangerous for you. Alloys are often added to enhance the properties of the main element, such as to make it stronger, or softer, or to change its color. This may work, but it can also be dangerous if you are allergic to the alloy.

Avoid Nickel Allergy

By far the most common is nickel-allergy. It is very common because nickel is a very popular alloy used in many metals. Nickel is sometimes used in gold jewelry, so all gold pieces containing gold can cause a serious allergy.

For this reason, it’s important to wear only nickel-free body jewelry. Whenever you choose your jewelry piece, especially if it’s gold, make sure it’s nickel-free. This is the only way to avoid nickel allergy.

Another material to avoid is steel. It may also contain nickel. However, not all steel jewelry is created equally. Surgical Steel is a safe material. This is a medical-grade jewelry material that does not contain nickel.

However, nickel allergy is not the only problem you may encounter. Depending on your body, you may be allergic to a different alloy. This is why it’s highly recommended to check all the alloys present in a jewelry piece or to stick to hypoallergenic jewelry only.

Hypoallergenic Jewelry

Hypoallergenic jewelry is the one that is specially made to be safe for people who have allergies and sensitive skin. This jewelry is made of materials that are known not to cause allergies so it’s generally safe even for the more sensitive users.

However, keep in mind that “hypoallergenic” is more of a generic term used by jewelry companies. There is no strict regulation what “hypoallergenic” actually means. It may simply mean that it’s nickel-free. On the other hand, it may mean it’s made of the medical-grade materials specially made for sensitive people.

The safest body jewelry materials are those that are considered to be “hypoallergenic”. The most popular of them are:

  • Titanium
  • Niobium
  • Surgical Steel (especially the medical-grade 316LVM Surgical Steel)

You may also use gold jewelry, as long as it’s nickel-free.

Another good way to go is to use non-metallic jewelry pieces. Many of these materials, such as acrylic or Bioplast jewelry, is generally safe to use even by people with sensitive skin and allergies.

What about Organic Jewelry?

Another good way to go is to use organic jewelry (made of wood, stone, glass, horn or bone). If you choose to do this, however, make sure that you are not allergic to any of the organic components of your jewelry.

Organic jewelry is very beautiful and can be very effective but it can cause additional problems because it can’t be sterilized as much as metal jewelry. You need to make sure that organic jewelry is made of a material you are not allergic to. Also, it’s highly recommended to wear this type of jewelry only in fully healed piercings.