Nipple Piercing Buyer’s Guide

Internally Threaded Gem Set Straight Barbell

Internally Threaded Gem Set Straight Barbell

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

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

The Procedure: What to Expect

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Pain

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

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

Jewelry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Healing Process

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

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

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

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

Industrial Piercing

Side Set Gem Straight Barbell

Side Set Gem Straight Barbell

An industrial piercing is one of the most popular piercing types. It’s made by driving a jewelry (usually a straight barbell) through two different holes. It’s most commonly made on the ear (the cartilaginous part, sometimes known as the scaffold). Due to the placing, this type of piercing is sometimes known as a “scaffold piercing”, or “construction piercing”, though the term “industrial” is the most common. This type of piercing is often called “the bar” piercing in the UK and Ireland.

About the Piercing

While an industrial piercing can technically refer to any two holes connected with a jewelry, it’s most commonly referred to an ear cartilage piercing. This is a popular form of piercing. During the procedure, two piercings are made: one is typically located very close to the head (anti-helix) and the other one further down the cartilage, on the opposite side of the ear (helix).

The original piercing is typically made with a 14g piercing needle, so this is the original size of industrial piercing holes. Another common size is 16g.

Sometimes, the original piercing is pierced with a flexible plastic tube that’s swapped for a metal bar when it’s completely healed. Some piercers choose to use two captive bead rings for initial piercing jewelry. This may be a more comfortable choice but it makes proper alignment of the piercings difficult. The alignment of the holes is very important because it’s vital to create proper balance. Balance is important because it will minimize the stress on the cartilage. If cartilage is stressed it can lead to infections. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced piercer and to get pierced at a reliable piercing studio.

Typically, an industrial piercing takes around 6 months to heal. However, it can take a year to heal completely. Remember, you don’t have one pierced hole but two, and they may take different times to heal. During the healing time, it’s important to clean the piercings regularly. Clean the inside folds carefully, best using a saline solution. Use a cotton swab (not balls) drenched in warm saline solution or an unscented anti-bacterial soap. The piercing should be cleaned two times per day.

Common problem with industrial piercing is migration and scar tissue build up. If scar tissue build up occurs it’s best to wear captive bead rings to prevent further problems.

Jewelry

Industrial piercing typically uses a long straight barbell. One side of the barbell is inserted through the first piercing from behind the ear. It goes diagonally across the front of the upper cartilage and then goes through the second piercing. Jewelry is secured with a screw-on bead behind the second hole.

The straight barbells used for industrial piercings have to be extra-long so they can reach both ends (holes) of the piercing. The length used will depend on the individual ear size and the distance between holes. Typically, a 1.5 inches long barbell is used, but it’s important to measure your own ear and the diagonal distance between the holes to determine the length of the barbell you should use.

The jewelry used for an industrial piercing is simple but very effective. While straight barbells are typically used, it doesn’t mean that the jewelry itself has to be plain. The position of the piercing is very visually effective and it stands out even if the simplest straight barbell is used, so you might be satisfied with a “plain” straight barbell for your industrial piercing.

However, there are other options. For example, you can use titanium barbells in various colors to make your industrial piercing stand out. Or you may use a straight barbell with uniquely-shaped balls on the end.

Another thing to spice up your industrial piercing is to use special bars with spirals and twists. These twisted barbells look very effective and unique. You may also use straight barbells with small ornaments, such as skulls or hearts, depending on your individual style and the effect you wish to achieve.

Another type of jewelry used for an industrial piercing is a pair of captive bead rings. They are not as effective in a way that they don’t produce an effect of “connected holes” so they basically look like two piercings (which they are). However, captive bead rings may be a good choice for initial piercing, during the healing period.

Also, if you ever get bored of the typical look of the industrial piercing (two holes connected with a straight barbell) you can always use the holes to insert a different type of jewelry (such as captive bead rings) and make an industrial piercing into two piercings with different jewelry. You can always go back to the typical “industrial look” whenever you want.

Curved Barbell Design

Single Pearl Curved Barbell

Single Pearl Curved Barbell

Curved barbells are among the most popular body jewelry types. They are known for their curvature, which makes for many different jewelry styles. In essence, however, a curved barbell is the same as a straight barbell, except for the curve.

Just like a straight barbell, it has a body and a ball (or bead) on the each end. Just like a straight barbell, it can have beads of different sizes and shapes, and it can include ornaments and decorations on the body. Just like a straight barbell, it can be internally or externally threaded.

However, the curvature makes this barbell into completely different, unique jewelry pieces. Curved barbells are suitable for many different types of piercings and they can be used on many body parts.

Typically, beads can be unscrewed from one (or both) ends, for easy removal of the jewelry. Just like any other barbell, circular barbells come in different gauges. To get one that suits you, you need to know your piercing size (in gauges).

Curved Barbells: The Shape

As explained above, curved barbells are basically identical to straight barbells, except the curvature. This curvature can range greatly, which gives many different design options. The curvature can range from almost straight to completely circular. Some barbells are carefully curved to make spirals, with the ends overlapping.

When a barbell is made to be completely circular in shape, it’s a circular barbell, also known as a horseshoe barbell. Some of these barbells have a distinctive U shape instead of a circle.

J- Bars

The so-called „J-bars“ are variations of the circular barbell type. These barbells are only slightly curved, with a 90 degree bend bear one end. This gives them a charasteristic „banana“ look, so they are sometimes known as banana barbells. Just like any other barbell, a J-bar can be either internally or externally threaded.

These J-bars are very popular for vertical navel piercings. A J-bar is a good choice for a belly piercing jewelry because the shape of the barbell allows the decoartive end of the jewelry to be positioned correctly.

Jewelry Types

Curved barbells are among the most popular types of body jewelry and they are used for many different piercing types. They are particularly suitable and popular for navel, nose, tongue and eyebrow piercings, though they can also be used for certain ear piercings as well as genital piercings and nipple piercings.

Curved barbells are best suited for piercing types where captive bead rings can be worn. It needs to be emphasized, however, that circular barbells are usually heavier than captive bead rings, so this is something you need to take into account. On the other hand, circular barbells are generally easier to remove than captive bead rings, so this is one of their advantage.

To remove a circular barbell, all you need to do is unscrew one of the balls (beads). Make sure to do it with care because it’s easy to lose the bead once you remove it. To make removal easier, you may add a bit of the lube to the jewelry. When inserting the barbell, do it gently and make sure to crew the bead tightly so it doesn’t open during use.

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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