Why Use Plain Body Jewelry

lip piercingMany people with piercings have a hard time deciding on the best jewelry to use. While it’s universally known that the initial jewelry is plain and made of super-safe materials, there is some doubt over what kind of jewelry to wear once your piercing is fully healed.

Namely, some people cannot wait to change their jewelry into something more beautiful and richly ornamented. In many ways, this is understandable: rich, fully decorated jewelry is more attractive and beautiful. It attracts a lot of attention.

It is fun to wear and it’s even more fun to change your looks: whenever you are tired of one jewelry piece, you can easily substitute it with another.

That being said, plain jewelry offers certain advantages so you should not forget about it. Even if it looks too simple and ordinary, you should have at least some plain jewelry pieces for your piercings.

Ordinary Jewelry Pieces

Plain jewelry pieces are those simple, yet elegant Captive Bead Rings, straight barbells, curved barbells, circular barbells, studs and other simple jewelry pieces. They are great for initial piercings because they are smooth and comfortable.

However, there are many reasons why you should use them even for your healed piercings. While you should have some more decorated and attractive jewelry pieces in your collection, it’s best to always have at least a few of those “plain and simple” jewelry pieces suitable for your piercing.

Why? There are many reasons. Here are the most important ones:

  • They are comfortable. Plain jewelry pieces are, simply put, more comfortable than more fancy, ornamented ones. This is why they are great for everyday wear. They will prevent your piercing to become sore or uncomfortable. While you should wear more ornamented pieces for special occasions, these simple, plain pieces are great for day to day wear.
  • They are safer. Plain jewelry is great because it brings less risk – it is safer. Typically, plain and simple jewelry pieces are fully made of super-safe materials that cannot hurt your body. Also, the design itself is made not to cause injuries and other problems. This is one of the reasons why initial jewelry is always made in plain and simple designs. To stay safe on day to day basis, it’s best to wear plain jewelry.
  • They are more serious. While certain places won’t accept any piercings, plain, smaller jewelry always looks more serious and presentable than those big, ornamented models. For example, you may not be able to wear flashy jewelry at work but simple barbells or studs may be acceptable.
  • They are easier to hide. If you want to completely hide your piercing, you will need to use special hider jewelry pieces. That being said, plain jewelry is much better at making your piercing less visible than those big, ornamented pieces. If you wish to stay low-key without using hider jewelry, make sure to use plain and simple jewelry in your piercings.
  • They go with every style. Plain jewelry will fit any clothing combination, hairstyle or makeup. It goes with everything, so you don’t have to worry about your jewelry not fitting your style.
  • Sometimes, they are the only option. Finally, don’t forget that simple and plain jewelry pieces are sometimes the only ones suitable for your piercing. Certain piercings are very sensitive and located at such places that do not allow for more ornamented and fancy jewelry. For example, genital piercings typically require smooth, plain jewelry so these are the only options. Never try to wear any other type of jewelry in your genital piercings and other sensitive piercings!

The Most Popular Piercings for Men and Women

Body piercings have been around since forever. Anthropologists believe body piercings may have been common even before the advent of the agrarian economy (living by farming, as opposed to hunting). That’s a long time before the goth kids and punk rockers made body piercings a lucrative trade. Piercings are one of those rare fashion trends that can apply to men and women both. Both a man and a woman can have a pierced nose, and be perceived the same way. That’s why body piercings can be so unique: they almost surpass gender.

Nowadays, most people have pierced ears or noses. To understand how certain kinds of piercings have become so popular above others, it’s important to know a bit about the modern history of body piercings. Piercings can be broadly categorized in two parts as facial piercings and body piercings. Facial piercings are more common than in other parts of the body, mostly because of the fact that they tend to be more visible. Some types of facial piercings are even culturally approved and maybe even mandatory.

For example, in South India, it’s a traditional practice for an adult woman to pierce her nostrils and ears. The controversial thing would be not to do so. This is in quite stark contrast to how the same types of piercings were perceived in western societies in the nineties. Nose and earring piercings were popular among teenagers during this time, and was widely considered a sign of teen rebellion. As far as teens are concerned, the more the parents hate it, the more they want to do it.

In the twenty first century, much of the controversy surrounding piercings have dissipated, so it’s more common to see people sporting fashionable eyebrow or lip piercings. In North America, about fourteen percent of the adult population has a piercing. Women are more than two-thirds likely than men to have a piercing.

It’s not that difficult to understand why. Piercings, especially facial ones, are more acceptable for women than for men, who are not as likely to accessorize with body jewelry due to stigma. And yet, interesting enough, the most popular piercings are equally favored by both men and women.

When it comes down to the statistics of most popular piercings, ear piercings, in or around the earlobe, seems to have a head start, at least in western societies. Most piercings in adults are ear piercings, and the numbers are significantly higher in women (almost sixty percent) than in men (a little over twenty percent).

Ear piercings are one of the most visible of piercings and do not necessarily come with any statements (other than fashion). It may explain their massive popularity among both men and women nowadays. After ear piercings, navel piercings are the most popular among women. A little over three percent of women choose to pierce their navels. On the other hand, navel piercings are close to zero among men. Clearly, gender differences play a significant role in which piercings men and women prefer.

After nose and ear piercings, gender continues to eschew the statistics of most popular piercings. About two percent of women choose to pierce their noses, while the less than one percent of men prefer to do the same. Around one percent (rounded percentages) of women and men both get tongue piercings. Men on average get lesser piercings than women, especially facial ones. However, men and women are roughly alike in their preferences for eyebrow piercings. Eyebrow piercings are edgy and bold, and that attracts only a select few to try out this kind of piercing.

Surprisingly enough, the number of men who get nipple piercings are roughly the same as women. Most of these piercings—navel, nipple and tongue—have sexual connotations attached. In the nineties, when piercings really took off, some believed piercings in such places would increase sexual attractiveness and maybe even enhance sexual pleasure. Those ideas largely remain the same as these types of piercings remain popular.

Interestingly enough, lip piercings have taken a tumble as a popular body piercing. Pierced lips were common throughout the eighties and nineties, but nowadays less than one percent of either men or women get one. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that lip piercings affect a person’s ability to pronounce certain sounds, which affects everyday functioning.

Piercings are no longer a teen trend. Most piercings are sported by adults with high functioning social and professional lives. They prefer to have piercings that do not affect everyday life, like lip piercings does with communication.

Genital piercings, too, are now less popular than they were about two decades ago. When it comes to the numbers in percentages, they are minuscule for both men and women. This is mainly due to safety issues. When it comes to bodily piercing of any kind, safety trumps fashion. Few dare to risk the complications of genital piercings not done safely. Also, though it’s very much possible to get a genital piercing done safely, it might cost considerably more than a regular nostril piercing.

Many kinds of piercings suit men and women both. Rather than going with what’s most popular, anyone considering a piercing should think first about whether a certain kind of piercing would be suitable. Some people may have health conditions that prevent them from getting popular types of piercings. Before getting a piercing, think about where you want it and how visible the piercing should be. Do not decide hastily.

Do proper research on safety of the kind of piercing you want and do not hesitate to take two or three days to decide. When you are absolutely sure, carefully select a piercing artist. Think about reputability and safety of the provider foremost. It might be best to go with a temporary piercing rather than a permanent one initially.

This article was submitted by one of our Guest Bloggers:
Mads Phikamphon

Many Thanks, Mads

Piercing Tips You May Not Know

578tHere are some quick and handy piercing and aftercare tips you may not know. All of them will help you maintain a healthy and clean piercing.

Keep in mind: even the little things can make a difference between a successful piercing and a disaster!

Be Mentally Prepared!

In order to ensure the best and most comfortable experience at the piercing studio, you need to know yourself. What does it mean? You need to know what kind of company and circumstances will make you the most relaxed. For example, some people feel better and braver when they go with a trusted friend or a family member. Others feel more relaxed when they are alone. These are all individual choices and piercing studios are often happy to allow other people to be there with you. However, you need to know yourself enough to understand what kind of company you really need. Do not feel pressured to go with friends or to go alone if this isn’t what truly makes you relaxed.

The same goes for other arrangements, such as the time of the day, being chatty or being quiet, etc. If you know that some type of environment will be helpful to you, make sure to talk to your chosen piercer. Keep in mind that they might not be able to accommodate all of your wishes and requests: after all, their first and most important responsibility is your safety and proper piercing procedure. Other than that, however, piercers are typically happy to accommodate your needs and requests, so make sure to talk to them and arrange things before hand. In order for this to work, however, you need to know yourself well enough: you need to know what makes you relaxed.

Never Twist the Jewelry!

One of the most persisting misconceptions about new piercings is that the jewelry needs to be turned and twisted in order to prevent tissue to heal on the jewelry and trap it. While this advice may seem logical, it is actually dangerous to do any twisting, turning or any manipulation of your new piercing or jewelry. In fact, the best thing you can do is to simply leave your new piercing alone. The jewelry won’t get jammed inside the new piercing hole, so there is no need to twist it or turn it. However, it is vital to keep your new piercing clean and to apply a saline solution a few times a day. That will keep your new piercing clean and healthy.

But what about the scabbing, you ask? Some new piercings will produce small scabbing but most of it is just a small accumulation of fluid that a new piercing produces. The best policy is to clean your piercing regularly so the scabbing doesn’t form. If it does form, you can remove it carefully by using a cotton swab with a saline solution on the tip. Resist the urge to move and rotate the jewelry in order to break the scabbing! Always try to soften it using a saline solution and clean it that way. If scabbing persists, you should contact your piercer.

Do Not Overclean!

You may think that the best way to go with your new piercing is to clean it often. After all, you do want to keep your new piercing and jewelry clean. You may also think that cleaning often is the best way to prevent scabbing and other problems.

However, too much of a good thing is bad. While it’s important to clean your new piecing properly and to apply appropriate aftercare, a good approach is to know how to do it. Cleaning your piercing 20 times per day, for example, is not the best way to go. Nor is cleaning your piercing with strong, harsh solutions. Both of these approaches will lead to irritation and other problems, so they are not recommended in the long run. Remember: you should never overclean your piercing! Stick to the standard aftercare advice and do not clean your piercing more than a few times per day. Also, make sure to use only gentle solutions (saline solutions are the best).

Be Patient!

There is an important thing to understand about piercings and other body modifications: they are a great way to change your looks and to make a meaningful mark on your body. It is therefore understandable that you want to see the change immediately. However, there is one truth about most body modifications: it takes a bit of time to get to the look you wish to achieve.

What does it mean? In the case of piercings, it means that it takes some time until the piercing is healed. Only healed piercings are finished peircings you can enjoy properly: they look just how you want them to look and you can change jewelry freely. In the case of tattoos, it often takes some time and effort until they are done completely. In the case of other modifications, such as scarification or ball stretching, it takes time to achieve the desired effect.

In other words, body modifications take time before they look exactly how you want them to look. Which means you have to be patient with them. Do not rush things out and do not expect perfect results overnight. In fact, they will look great only if you take a proper care of them during the healing period. This is why you need to just be patient, perform care instructions carefully and wait until your piercing or body modification is ready.

Be Ready for Small Changes

When you get a new piercing, you need to be ready to accept small changes during the healing time. These changes include small discomfort or paying attention to things you usually don’t notice. For example, you may find it difficult to sleep in certain positions so you will need to find a way to keep your new piercing safe during night. Or you may need to wear loose clothing items in order not to put too much pressure on your new piercing. Those with ear piercings will need to make sure to keep their hair out of the way. More than anything, you need to be ready to dedicate some time every day to clean your new piercing properly.

Those are all small changes but they can be frustrating and tedious. It is not unusual for people to do it properly in the first week after getting a piercing but once the first swelling and discomfort is gone, they become lazy. Don’t be that person. Piercings take longer time to heal: weeks, sometimes even months. You need to be responsible and make the appropriate changes to your daily routine in order to accommodate your new piercing. This is the only way for your piercing to heal properly.

Stretching with Tapers: Things to Consider

Economy Insertion Tapers

Economy Insertion Tapers

Stretching with tapers is a very common method for stretching your piercing. In fact, it is the most common method you can apply. Tapers are affordable and easy to use, so it’s not surprising many people decide to give it a go and use tapers to stretch their piercings.

Unfortunately, not everybody knows how to use tapers properly. It’s important to note that while tapers are very common and relatively easy to use, they are not always used in the optimal way. They may seem intuitive but there are also many mistakes you can make while trying to stretch your piercings using tapers.

In order to avoid all of these mistakes, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • To use this method properly, make sure to always insert the narrower end of the taper into the piercing first. This is your current gauge and the taper will gradually widen to the new, larger gauge. Never use a wide end of a taper first!
  • You need to go slowly and gently. Push the taper in until you reach the wider end. This should not be painful even though you may feel a bit of discomfort. When you reach the wider end, stop. Take your new jewelry and line it up with the wide end of the taper. Only then you should push the rest of the taper through your piercing. Make sure to keep the jewelry aligned with the wider end of the taper so you can push the new jewelry in, too.
  • Once you’re done you have stretched your piercing to a larger gauge. Make sure there’s no blood and no cuts or tears. If everything is fine, it means you’re done.
  • Tapers are specially designed for stretching and should not be worn as body jewelry. While they may look stylish and unique, keep in mind that they are not made to be worn as jewelry, especially not for a prolonged period of time. This is particularly true for acrylic tapers.
  • In order for this process to work, make sure to never skip gauges (sizes). It’s vital to go gauge by gauge. This is why it’s so important to use all of the tapers in a kit or to order individual tapers of all sizes, one by one.
  • When stretching, it’s important to be patient. Never stretch your piercing before you give it a time to heal after the previous stretching. You should never “jump” to stretch to yet a bigger size quickly.
  • Generally speaking, you should wait at least a few weeks before two sizes (gauges). It means that you need to use a new taper every several weeks or so (or once per month only, depending on your piercing and the way it heals).
  • In order to make the whole process smoother and easier, use a drop of lubricant. Apply lubricant to both your ear (or the body part where piercing is located) and the taper. In some cases you might even want to lubricate the jewelry.
  • Keep in mind that tapers are ideal for smaller gauges and this is where they work the best. “Smaller” here means anything under 00, which is still large enough for many people. However, if this is not what you want and if you wish to stretch to at even larger gauges it’s better to use a different method for more gradual and problem-free stretching.

Choosing a Taper

When choosing a taper, pay attention to:

  • Size to use. The size of the taper to use will directly depend on the gauge you have and the gauge you wish to achieve. Most piercings start at very small gauges (think 18 gauge or 16 gauge), so even stretching to 14 gauge requires a taper to be used. (Or another method, of course, but tapers seem to work the best). In order to use tapers properly, you need to know your current gauge at all times.
  • Material. Tapers come in many different materials. Acrylic tapers are flexible and comfortable, so they provide a better stretching experience. On the other hand, Surgical Steel tapers are more secure. They can be autoclaved, which makes them more body-friendly.
  • Shape. While tapers have a general shape there are certain variations between different designs. Some tapers have a special smooth finish to make stretching process more comfortable. Others offer a special way to connect jewelry to the taper securely and thus make the whole process easier. Other tapers are specially designed to slide in and out with least force. You need to know of different shapes and designs in order to be able to choose the best taper for yourself.

After Stretching

  • Always treat any stretched piercing as a new, fresh piercing. Guess what? This is exactly what a stretched piercing is. Luckily, the healing time for this sort of piercing is shorter than for the original piercing, but you should still treat it as a new piercing.
  • As a new piercings, newly stretched piercings require aftercare, at least in the first couple of days. Clean them twice per day with a saline solution or another appropriate product. Do not use harsh chemicals on your newly stretched piercings!
  • You may also try sea salt soaks to treat your newly stretched piercing.
  • If you notice any pain or discomfort after stretching, make sure to pay attention. In case of an infection or another problem, seek medical help. Stretched piercings typically do not cause so much trouble, but you need to be aware of the risks.

Top 5 Simplest Piercings

First PiercingNewbies often wonder about the best first piercing placements for beginners.

If you don’t have any piercings yet, or if you only have a few, you might wonder what is the best piercing type for newbies.

In other words, what is the best first piercing?

Here is a list of top 5 first piercing suggestions. These piercings are simple, relatively painless and typically risk-free, which makes them great choices for newbies.

  1. Earlobe

Earlobe is a logical first step for most people. A regular earlobe piercing is so socially acceptable that it’s popular even among people who dislike other piercings. In fact, it is considered so mainstream and inoffensive that it’s often not even counted as a “real” piercing.

Despite this reaction from the public, earlobe piercings are real piercings just like any others. Therefore, they should be treated as any other piercing, with the same aftercare instructions and approach to procedure. Meaning: it’s important to get pierced at a real piercing studio and it’s vital to be pierced by a professional using a piercing needle. Never allow to be pierced with a piercing gun or by a someone who is not a professional piercer. Keep in mind: earlobe piercings may be relatively simple and painless but they should be treated like real piercings.

That being said, earlobe piercings make an excellent choice for a first piercing because of several reasons. They are simple and quick, so they do not cause much pain or discomfort. They are also very popular and, as stated above, socially acceptable. It means you can try piercings without much risk. If you are interested in piercings it is recommended to start with earlobes even if this is not your most desired piercing type. An earlobe piercing will help you prepare for the whole experience better than going with a more extreme piercing first.

  1. Nostril

Another light and simple piercing you can get without much trouble. While not all nose piercings are painless and easy, a simple nostril piercing is a good choice for newbies. It is not particularly painful so it makes for a relatively easy experience.

Another advantage to nostril piercings is that they tend to be small and discreet. If you wish to have piercings other than those on your earlobes, starting with something small makes sense. Nostril piercings are easy to hide, which is yet another advantage of this piercing type.

  1. Eyebrow

Eyebrow piercings are very stylish and popular. The best thing is that they are not complicated to perform, which makes them a good choice for those who wish to get piercings but want to start with something simple enough.

One thing to remember about eyebrow piercings is that they are actually surface piercings. In fact, they are the most popular surface piercings in the world. It makes for a simple and relatively painless procedure, but it also means these piercings are not permanent. While not all eyebrow piercings will migrate or reject, this is one risk associate with this piercing type, so it’s important to pay attention to that.

  1. Navel

Navel piercings are among the most popular piercings in the world. They make a perfect candidate for a first body piercing. If you wish a piercing that is not on your ears, navel makes a great place for a simple yet very effective piercing. It is therefore not surprising that many newbies choose this piercing type.

Navel piercings are great because they are typically easy to perform and maintain. Another huge advantage is the number of different jewelry styles you can choose to wear in your belly button piercing. Curved barbells are standard jewelry types for navel piercings, and many of them are very richly ornamented. On the other hand, you may choose a different jewelry style, such as a circular barbell or a Captive Bead Ring.

  1. Other Ear Piercing (not cartilage)

Ears make a good placement for beginner piercings. While earlobe is the obvious choice, some other placements are very popular with newbies. You may opt for a helix piercing or for a more unusual placement such as a rook or a daith piercing.

There are some words of warning, though. If choosing an ear piercing that is not located on the earlobe, make sure you are familiar with the exact type of the piercing you want to get. Keep in mind that ear cartilage piercings may be painful, so proceed with caution. That being said, ear piercings, especially when they are done at smaller gauges, are very popular and a good choice for newbies.

The Top 5 Easy to Hide Piercings

Easy to Hide PiercingsAre you looking for some easy to hide piercings and piercing options? There may be many different reasons to hide your piercings, such as job, education and other factors.

Of course, the easiest way to go is to choose a piercing that is normally covered by clothes, such as a navel or a nipple piercing. Also, genital piercings are very easy to hide in everyday situations.

What about piercings located on the face and head, however? They are more difficult to hide. If you really wish to have some discreet facial and oral piercings, here is the list of the top 5 piercings that are easy to hide:

  1. Tongue Web

Tongue web piercings are performed on the thin piece of skin under the tongue. This tissue is also known as tongue frenulum. This is not the most popular piercing out there, mainly because it is hardly visible, unless the person truly wants to show off the piercing. However, the fact this is a difficult to see piercing also helps it with hiding. In other words, this is probably the easiest piercing to hide, if you do not count piercings that are normally covered by clothes.

  1. Smiley

Smiley is another unique oral piercing that is also easy to hide. It is performed on the thin web of skin that connects the upper lip with gums. This tissue is very thin and easy to piece, so it’s considered one of the easiest piercing types out there. The main downside to this piercing is the fact that it’s not really visible – in fact, the only way to see it is if the person smiles widely (hence the name). However, this downside can work to your advantage if you with to have a piercing that is easy to hide. Smiley can be worn without a problem and chances are that nobody will notice it.

  1. Septum

Septum piercing is probably the easiest facial piercing to hide. You may think it’s a very obvious piercing, since it’s placed in the middle of your face, but the placement itself allows for easy hiding. All you really need is an appropriate jewelry. See, the easiest way to hide a septum piercing is to simply turn the jewelry up your nose. Just turn it up so the ends of the jewelry sit inside your nostrils. When done this way, septum jewelry is almost invisible, so this is definitely a good piercing to choose if you need something that is easy to hide. However, make sure to wear a jewelry piece with open ends, such as a circular barbell. Fully closed jewelry pieces, such as Captive Bead Rings, are not good for this purpose.

  1. Tragus

Tragus is probably the easiest ear piercing to hide. It is done on the part of cartilage just in front of the ear opening. There is a little flap that can accommodate small jewelry. It makes tragus piercing very discreet, especially if you wear jewelry that is not too flashy or ornamented. Also, tragus piercing is easy to hide with hair. All you need to do is to cover it with a bit of hair, and the best thing is that it’s so small it can be covered even if your hair is in a ponytail. It makes it a very convenient ear piercing to hide.

  1. Tongue

You may think of a tongue piercing as a very prominent one, but it’s actually pretty well-hidden. It does not really show much when you talk, so it’s easy to miss, especially if you don’t wear large or colorful jewelry. In fact, the main reason this type of piercing is spotted is because people have a slight lisp during the healing time (especially in the first few days). So it’s actually the lisp and not the piercing itself that might give it away. The tongue piercing itself, however, is relatively easy to hide, so this is definitely one of the more popular piercings you might want to get if you need a piercing you can hide easily.

Top 5 Rare but Easy Piercings

Top 5 Rare but Easy PiercingsThere are many different types of rare and unusual piercings. Some of them are very difficult to get and can lead to numerous problems. Many rare piercings are also very extreme, which is one of the reasons why they are rare and unusual in the first place.

However, there are some original piercings that are not too complicated to get. If you wish to have a more effective and original piercing than the simple and common piercing types, check out these 5 rare piercings that are also easy to get.

  1. Madison Piercing

Madison piercing is rare and unusual but not really extreme. It is a surface piercing done one the jugular notch. This is a place on the neck directly above the collar bones. It got its name after a pornstar who made this type of piercing famous.

This piercing is not really complicated and the procedure is easy. As a surface piercing, however, keep in mind that it’s prone to migration and rejection. It is also not a permanent piercing, so you will probably need to retire it at some point.

That being said, Madison is an interesting and unusual piercing you can get if you wish to have a more original piercing that is not too extreme. Just be careful not to get it snagged on clothes since it can lead to tearing and other problems.

  1. Horizontal Lip Piercing

Horizontal lip piercing is one of the rarest lip piercing placements. It’s also a great way to get a rare and unusual piercing without going too far. If you don’t like extreme piercings but would like to have a more original piercing, horizontal lip piercing might be a good way to go.

This is considered a unique lip piercing placement. It goes through the lip horizontally. Typically, lower lip is used for this piercing, though there are some people who choose to have a horizontal piercing through the upper lip.

One potential problem with this piercing is that it goes through a lot of flesh. This is a long piercing so it requires a lot of care. Also, the jewelry for this piercing needs to be long enough. Long straight barbells are the best jewelry types for horizontal lip piercing.

This is a very effective piercing type that will sure draw a lot of attention. One possible drawback is that it may affect the functionability of your lower lip. It will make the lip less flexible, which can interfere with certain functions. However, if your piercer is experienced and knowledgeable most of the problems can easily be avoided.

  1. Finger Piercing

If you wish to have a relatively small piercing that is still very unique and rare. There are many different ways to pierce a finger. Horizontal piercing through the fingertip is one of the more popular variants, but there are many more. Also, you can choose which finger you wish to have it pierced.

As with any other unusual piercing, it is important to find an experienced, knowledgeable piercer who will know how to perform the procedure without a problem. One of the most important things is to avoid hitting the bone in the finger, which is why it’s important to find a piercer who has some experience with this type of piercing.

While you may choose any finger you want, it’s probably for the best to go with a finger you rarely use. Also, it’s better to use your non-dominant hand for a finger piercing. All these things will help you minimize the risk of infections and other problems.

  1. Neck Back Piercing

This is another rare piercing form that is not too extreme, so if you want something unusual, neck back piercing might be the right choice for you. A neck back piercing is another form of a surface piercing and as such, it brings all the usual risks associated with surface piercings. This piercing is prone to migration and rejection, so this is something to think about. Also, as any other surface piercing, neck back piercing is not made to be permanent, so it’s another thing you need to keep in mind.

Neck back piercings can be done alone or in pairs. Some people even choose to do them in groups. Whatever your preference may be, it’s important to find an experienced piercer who is knowledgeable enough with this piercing type. That’s the only way to avoid infections and other problems associated with rare piercings.

  1. Eyelid Piercing

This is a very unusual piercing and some people consider it more extreme than others presented on this list. Luckily, it is not really complex but it’s vital to find a knowledgeable piercer who knows how to perform this piercer properly.

Since the piercing is done so close to the eye it is a risky procedure that can lead to numerous problems. In order to stay safe you need to get pierced by an experienced piercer.

One good thing about this piercing is that it’s actually relatively easy and painless. The eyelid piercing is thus not really extreme in the true sense of the word. The skin is thin and it doesn’t require a lot of time to get pierced. In that sense, eyelid piercing is not the most extreme piercing type you can get.

However, there is a reason why this is a very rare piercing. The jewelry will sit next to the eye and rub on it, which can pose a problem when blinking or sleeping. The jewelry can rub against the eye, which can be uncomfortable and risky. For these reasons, eyelid piercing is not for everyone. If you want to get this piercing it’s important to be informed about all the potential dangers and drawbacks.

Gem Cuts and Body Jewelry

Gem CutsThere are many different ways to shape a gemstone. These different designs are also known as cuts, since this is what they basically are: different ways to cut a gemstone. Each of these cuts produces a unique shape and gives a special aesthetic to the stone and to the entire jewelry piece.

Many of these cuts are used for body jewelry. In order to choose the best jewelry piece for yourself, it’s important to know what these cuts are, how they are shaped and how they can be used to emphasize the beauty of any jewelry piece.

Popular Gem Cuts

The most popular gem cuts include:

  • Round cut is probably the most popular of them all. It is specially designed to emphasize the gem’s brilliance. Typically, a round (brilliant) cut has 57 or 58 facets. This is a very common gem cut but it doesn’t make it “ordinary” in any way, since it amplifies the gem’s sparkles.
  • Oval cut is a symmetrical design shaped as a faceted oval. It is particularly effective on rings since it elongates the hand. However, it also works great in body jewelry and can be used in many different ways.
  • Marquise cut is a very elongated design with pointed ends. It is said to be inspired by the smile of the Marquise de Pompadour, as commissioned by Louis XIV who wanted a gem that resembles her smile.
  • Pear (Teardrop) cut. This is a very effective shape, a combination of the oval and the marquise cut. It is actually shaped as an oval on one end and marquise on the other, which makes a pear shaped gem.
  • Emerald cut is a special rectangular shape with uniquely cut corners. The whole design of the gem’s sides sometimes resemble stairs. This is a very old cut used by royalty in the past. This cut can emphasize any faults in the gem, so it can reveal a high-quality stone as the opposite of an inferior one.
  • Triangle cut produces a triangle gem. This is a very brilliant cut that makes gems striking and unique. This cut makes triangular gems usually with truncated corners. This may seem like a simple design but it’s very effective and striking, especially for body jewelry.
  • Princess cut is a rectangular or shaped design with many sparkling facets. It requires special cutting procedure and craftsmanship to make it truly brilliant. Princess cut is known as “Square Modified Brilliant cut”. This is actually a square version of the round brilliant cut. This cut produces elegant yet striking stones and gems for body jewelry.
  • Heart shaped is a less common cut, but it’s very popular with certain body jewelry types. The heart shaped design is actually a pear-shaped cut with a cleft on top. This is a great shape for cute and romantic jewelry pieces. Since heart shaped gems are very complex and difficult to make, it’s a sign of a quality jewelry piece to have a beautifully shaped heart gem.
  • Trillion cut is a complex design originally developed in Amsterdam. There are some variations in the design depending on the gem’s characteristics or even the artist’s individual preference. Trillion gems are often triangular with pointed corners.

Common Questions about Surface Piercings

2005pSurface piercings are very popular and varied.

The most common surface piercing type is eyebrow piercing.

But there are many other surface piercing choices, such as corset piercings, nape piercings, and more.

Here are some common questions you might have before you get a surface piercing:

What’s the main difference between surface and regular piercings?

The main difference is that surface piercings are made on a flat surface of the skin, so both the entry and exit hole are located on this same flat surface. Regular piercings, on the other hand, are made on a fold of a skin: they enter the skin on one side and exit on the other. This makes regular piercings more stable and long-lasting. Surface piercings, on the other hand, are temporary. This is a very important think you should keep in mind.

How long will a surface piercing last?

It is never possible to tell for sure. Some surface piercings are made to be very temporary: some are removed after only a few hours, for example. This is often the case with decorative piercings such as corset piercings. These are often used for photographs and art, so they are removed as soon as the photographs and videos are made.

Other surface piercings are more long-lasting. Eyebrow piercing, for example, can last for years. In this sense, they can be almost as long lasting as regular piercings. However, it will all depend on various factors. In order to prolong the life of your piercing you need to take a good care of it, especially during the healing time. It means proper aftercare and cleaning. That being said, keep in mind that surface piercings are just not made to be permanent.

How to prevent rejection?

As you probably know, one of the main problems about surface piercings is a high rate of rejection. Since these piercings are placed directly under the skin, it is very easy for your body to push the jewelry out. Think about a splinter: the jewelry is moved up the skin until it’s out.

One thing you need to understand about surface piercings is that they are not as long-lasting as other piercing types. This simply goes with the territory. Sometimes there is nothing you can do to prevent migration and rejection so do not be too sad if it happens.

The only thing you can do is to monitor your piercing carefully. Make it into a habit to inspect it regularly to notice any potential changes. Usually, the rejection starts from the edges and it moves to the center of the jewelry piece. Another telling sing of impeding rejection is redness, tenderness and swelling.

The best thing you can do to prevent rejection of your surface piercing during the healing process is to perform adequate aftercare on a regular basis. While it is not a guarantee that rejection or migration won’t happen this is your best chance to prevent it from happening.

It is rejecting! Now what?

Take the jewelry out. This is the best course of action for any piercing that’s rejecting. Once the process starts there is very little you can do to stop it, so it’s best to simply retire your piercing. Failing to do so can result in scarring and infection, which is something you definitely want to prevent.

So, simply take the jewelry out and let the piercing heal.

Do surface piercings leave scars?

Surface piercings are shallow so they do not leave scars if you don’t let them reject or get infected. Marks and potential scars depend on the type of the surface piercing, though: an eyebrow piercing will leave a different type of a scar than multiple corset piercings across your back. So this is definitely one factor to take into account.

However, if you are careful and take a good care of your surface piercings they should not leave huge or noticeable scars. Typically, these piercings are retired without a problem, but you need to treat them for what they are: temporary (or semi-temporary) tattoos.

Can I get repierced multiple times?

As long as you retire your surface piercings properly so they don’t leave notable scar tissue yes, you can get repierced. This is exactly what many people do. However, keep in mind that you have to let your piercings heal properly before you attempt to repierced or else you’re at risk to develop infections and other problems.

Surface piercings have a high rate of rejection. Your body can see the jewelry as a foreign object and slowly pushes it out of your skin as it would a splinter. These piercings can slowly migrate to the surface of the skin. Surface piercings will start to grow out, or reject, from the outer edges slowly in towards the center of the jewelry. Key signs of rejection are redness, swelling, tenderness, and gooey discharge. Following the correct aftercare will give you the best chance of your piercing being a part of your body for years.

Surgical Steel vs Titanium: Which is Better?

titaniumThere are several metals commonly used for body jewelry. They are considered safe and body-friendly.

While gold is one of the most popular jewelry materials, it’s not really suitable for initial piercings and any gold jewelry used has to be made of nickel-free gold in order to be safe.

What about other materials? The most popular ones include Surgical Steel and Titanium. In order to choose the best jewelry and ensure your safety it’s vital to know the advantages and potential disadvantages of each.

Surgical Steel as a Body Jewelry Material

Surgical Steel is one of the most popular body jewelry materials. Surgical Steel is a type of stainless steel with specific alloys. Some of these alloys include nickel, which is why generic stainless steel should not be used for jewelry.

In order to produce body-friendly material that can be used for body jewelry and implants, steel has to be treated in specific ways. What is colloquially known as Surgical Steel is a material with specific alloys and properties. There are many different grades of Surgical Steel but only a few are body-friendly and suitable for body jewelry.

The only body-friendly grades are 316L and 316LVM Surgical Steel. These are low-carbon Surgical Steel materials. They do contain alloys, however, the alloys are trapped inside the material through special process so they cannot be released from the metal. It means that even if a person suffers from allergies to some of alloys there is no problem since there is no release of alloys.

In order to achieve this, it’s vital to only use jewelry made of body-friendly Surgical Steel: 316L and 316LVM Surgical Steel. Out of the two, 316LVM is a superior material and recommended for body jewelry. It offers more protection and safety than the cheaper 316L Surgical Steel. That’s why 316LVM Surgical Steel is considered medical-grade and the top quality steel material for body jewelry.

This material works for a large majority of users, save for people who suffer from hypersensitivity. Luckily, those people have a few more options to get beautiful body jewelry for themselves.

Titanium and Niobium: Ideal for Hypersensitive Users

Those with hypersensitivity issues should use titanium instead of Surgical Steel. Also, titanium is a preferred material for initial piercings, though it’s not mandatory: most people do well with medical-grade Surgical Steel even for initial jewelry. If you have hypersensitivity problems, however, you should try titanium instead.

Titanium offers another advantage: it is lightweight so it’s more comfortable. It can also be anodized to produce many vibrant colors. Unfortunately, it is also more expensive material.

Titanium is a body-friendly material because it’s an elemental metal – it doesn’t contain nickel. While certain grades do contain a small percentage of alloys, those are low and, most important, biocompatible. This is why titanium is a perfect choice for people with hypersensitivity. The most popular and body-friendly is grade 23 titanium. This is a great body jewelry material.

A good alternative to titanium is niobium. This is another elemental metal and it doesn’t contain any alloys. It makes it ideal for people who are hypersensitive. It can also be anodized to produce many lovely colors, which is a great advantage for body jewelry. One downside is that niobium is relatively heavy and it’s still not such a popular jewelry material so niobium jewelry choice is somewhat limited.