Ashley Piercing

AshleyAshley piercing is a lip piercing that is a variation of a more common vertical labret piercing. That being said, since vertical labret is also a relatively rare piercing, Ashley is considered a lesser common type of lip piercing. That being said, this is a very effective piercing type so there is no reason not to get one if you like how it looks.

Piercing and Placement

Technically speaking, Ashley piercing can be seen as an “inverse vertical labret”. With Ashley piercing, one of the ends of the jewelry (one bead) sits on top of the lower lip, while the other end of the piercing is inside the mouth. This is a variation of vertical labret piercing. With typical vertical labret, both ends of the jewelry sit outside of the body: one in the middle of lower lip and the other under the lower lip.

In this sense, Ashley is both a facial and oral piercing, similar to other lip piercings in which one end of the jewelry sits outside of the body and the other one is inside of the mouth.

Ashley is very effective and attractive because there is only one bead visible on the lip, while the other one is hidden.

Since the needle goes through relatively much tissue, Ashley piercings tend to be painful, but it’s manageable. However, they are definitely considered one of the more painful lip piercings, so keep that in mind if you wish to have this piercing done.

You can expect some swelling after the procedure, but it should go away in the following days. Just perform aftercare as instructed by your piercer and you should be fine. That being said, if the swelling persists and you encounter other problems, it would be for the best to consult your piercer.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for Ashley piercing is a curved barbell. This one seems to work the best and provides the best comfort. It is also a very safe choice in terms of piercing health and preventing infections and other problems.

Another common jewelry type for this piercing is a Captive Bead Ring. If this jewelry type is used, the bead should be positioned to sit comfortably in the middle of the lower lip.

However, some other jewelry types are also possible, such as straight barbells or labrets (labret studs). When choosing jewelry for Ashley piercing, it is important to make sure that the jewelry is long enough to accommodate the piercing.

Straight barbells might be more comfortable if you choose to have your Ashley piercing off-center (and to the side). Some people choose to wear these side Ashley piercings in pairs, so it’s a very attractive choice.

Because of the swelling, some piercers recommend longer initial jewelry that has to be changed after the first swelling is gone. In this case, make sure that your piercer is the one to change your jewelry – never attempt to change initial jewelry on your own!

Additional Info and Tips

Ashley piercing is also known as Inverse Vertical Labret, so this might be the name your piercer will use.

The healing time for Ashley piercing is similar to that of the vertical labret: 8 to 10 weeks.

Ashley piercing is typically done at 16 gauge or 14 gauge, though there are some cases of piercings done at a bit larger gauges. Some piercers even use an 18 gauge needle for this piercing, but this might be too small to be comfortable for most users.

Ashley piercings tend to close up fast when the jewelry is removed. They will start to shrink after 15-20 minutes if you take your jewelry off, so keep that in mind.

Male Pubic Piercing

pubicPubic piercing is a surface piercing performed on the pubic mound, right above the penis. It is a relatively rare piercing even though it’s not a complicated one, so there are men who choose to get it. This is one of the lesser known male genital piercings, so there are often some misconceptions about it.

Placement

The Pubic piercing is performed on the pubic mound, at the place where the body meets the penis shaft. While some people believe that “pubic mound” refers only to female anatomy, it is true that all people have it. In this sense, it is possible to talk about male pubic piercing or pubic piercing for men.

This piercing doesn’t have a specific colloquial name, but it is analogous to Christina piercing in women.

This is a very interesting spot for a piercing because it is very visual and can be done for aesthetics. It may also serve as a functional piercing by enhancing sexual experience, even though it’s not as effective as some other forms of genital piercings. In fact, pubic piercing can enhance the experience – but mostly for the receiving partner during intercourse.

Women are particularly at advantage here, since a man’s pubic piercing can rub on the clitoris and make the experience more arousing and pleasurable.

About the Piercing

Keep in mind that this is a surface piercing, and as such, it comes with all problems associated with surface piercings. At the same time, it is relatively easy to perform, so it doesn’t cause much pain and other problems.

One of the main problems is sure migration and rejection. While it’s possible to have a pubic piercing without any issues there is still a high risk of problems commonly associated with surface piercings. Also, as a surface piercing, male pubic piercing is not permanent. You should not expect it to last forever, but with a good care you can make it last long enough.

The placement itself can cause some problems during healing. This part of the body is typically covered with clothes. The clothes can rub on the skin, which makes healing more difficult and pose a specific risk for migration and rejection.

This sort of piercing is usually done with a needle that is slightly bigger than ordinary piercings: 12 or 10 gauge. It makes the piercing go through more tissue and thus reduces the risk of migration, rejection and other problems.

You can expect pubic piercing to be healed in about 3 to 4 months, but it can be longer or shorter and a lot will depend on how careful you are with it.

Jewelry

As said above, initial jewelry for pubic piercing is typically 12 or 10 gauge. It might stretch a little, but it’s not wise to put so much pressure on the area since it can cause tearing and other problems.

The same can be said for jewelry: it should not be too heavy or long, but it should be large enough not to cut through the tissue, which is why it’s not recommended to use small gauge jewelry for this piercing.

Typical jewelry for this piercing type is a surface bar or a circular barbell. Some people choose to wear different jewelry types, such as curved barbells or Captive Bead Rings.

Keep in mind that the jewelry will play a role during intercourse, so if you wish to use pubic piercing for stimulation it is important to pick a jewelry piece that will be both comfortable and arousing for the receiving partner. Jewelry with smooth but pronounced beads might be the best choice.

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!

Inner vs Outer Conch

conch-piercingA Conch Piercing is one of the more unusual ear piercing types, even though it’s popular with some people. It is one of the cartilage piercings, which makes it a bit trickier to perform than earlobe piercings. Cartilage piercings also tend to be more painful. However, this is not a reason to give up if you really desire to have a Conch Piercing.

There is a certain confusion about Conch Piercings. Namely, there are two distinctive types of Conch Piercings: Inner and Outer Conch. People sometimes confuse the two and are unsure about their similarities and differences. If you wish to get one of those (or both!) you need to know which is which and what their main differences are.

Inner Conch Piercing

Inner Conch is by far the more popular variant. If no closer distinction is mentioned, chances are that “Conch” will refer to Inner Conch piercing. Inner Conch is done on the specific part of the cartilage in the center of the ear, adjacent to the ear canal. There is a small cup-shaped area that is pierced.

This specific placement is characteristic of Inner Conch. All Inner Conch piercings are done on this cup-shaped cartilage area, or else the piercing in question cannot even be considered “Inner Conch”.

If the area is large enough, it is possible to have a large gauge Inner Conch piercing. However, the only way to achieve this is with a dermal punch. Cartilage piercings are almost impossible to stretch properly, so if you want to have a larger Inner Conch piercing it’s best to go with a dermal punch.

Outer Conch Piercing

Outer Conch piercing is a more unusual placement. It is performed on the flat part of the ear cartilage, ideally between the helix and the antihelix of the ear. The placement itself is tricky, because it has to be done on this specific spot to “count” as an Outer Conch piercing, or else it would be a simple Helix or Antihelix piercing.

In fact, these spots on the cartilage are located near each other so there is often some confusion whether the piercing in question is Outer Conch or not. Ideally, an Outer Conch piercing should be done on the cartilage but away from the rim/edge, unless you are going for a Helix piercing.

However, those who do not care about the names and simply want a piercing on this particular spot have nothing to worry about – you can simply tell your chosen piercer the exact spot where you wish to be pierced. You don’t need to know the name of the piercing or stress about getting it right.

Another way to perform an Outer Conch piercing is through dermal punching. This way, it is relatively easy to have a large gauge piercing in the cartilage, which would otherwise be very difficult (or impossible) to achieve.

Inner vs Outer Conch: The Verdict

As you can see, Inner and Outer Conch Piercings are very similar (hence the name), so it’s easy to confuse one for the other. Both are cartilage piercings done on the inner side of the ear, though Inner Conch is more so (as the name implies).

The main difference is the placement: Inner Conch has a very specific placement on the cup-shaped area near the ear canal. Outer Conch doesn’t have a special placement so there is more freedom when performing this piercing type.

Another potential difference is jewelry. Typically, Outer Conch allows for more space and freedom when choosing jewelry (for example, Captive Bead Rings), while the Inner Conch typically uses simple studs. However, this is not set in stone and there is always room for some experimentation.

Madison Piercing

Madison PiercingMadison piercing is a relatively rare piercing performed through the skin at the front of the neck.

At the same time, it is one of the more popular surface piercings, so it’s definitely not uncommon among body piercing enthusiasts.

Piercing and Placement

Just like any other surface piercing, Madison has a relatively high rate of migration and rejection. It is also a very sensitive piercing, so it’s important to perform careful aftercare in order to keep it as long as possible.

Madison piercing got its name after the porn star Madison Stone, who was the first person publicly associated with this piercing. However, Rasmus Nielson was the first person to actually have this piercing.

This piercing is placed horizontally at the jugular notch (base of the neck). Typically, this piercing is placed slightly above the collarbone.

The procedure is not complicated, but this piercing does carry certain health risks. First of all, the healing period is very long, so this is one of the things to keep in mind. There are also reports about Madison piercings that did not heal at all after one year. It’s clear this is a very sensitive piercing.

Another issue is a high rate of migration and rejection. Madison piercings that are not healed properly or those that migrate and reject will typically cause scarring. In order to prevent problems, it’s vital to perform adequate aftercare. In addition to regular cleaning it’s also important to avoid any kind of irritation that might lead to infections, migration and rejection.

In order to prevent irritations, it’s vital to choose proper placement. Madison piercings placed too low will get caught on clothes. On the other hand, if it’s placed too high it will cause tension on the tissue due to skin movement. That’s why it’s important to find a reputable piercer experienced with this type of piercing to ensure success and minimize problems.

Jewelry

A typical jewelry piece for Madison piercing, especially initial jewelry, is a surface bar. Some people choose to wear flexible barbells instead. In some rare cases, people choose Captive Bead Rings as initial jewelry, but this is not a good choice since CBR can lead to quick migration and rejection.

After the piercing is healed a different type of jewelry can be worn. While surface bars are always popular for this type of piercing, it’s also possible to wear Captive Bead Rings, as well as barbells of different kinds. Curved barbells tend to be particularly popular with Madison piercing.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Madison can be very effective but it’s important to heal it properly first. If you notice your piercing not healing it’s best to take jewelry out and retire the piercing before it causes further trouble.
  • In addition to migration and rejection Madison piercings can be dangerous in certain situations. For example, if you suffer a trauma on the neck it can cause impact damage. Keep in mind this piercing is located at a very sensitive spot.
  • In order to minimize migration and rejection risks it’s vital to wear softer jewelry or special surface bars as initial jewelry.
  • Jewelry for Madison piercing should be light in order to minimize pressure on your neck. Avoid overly complicated and richly decorated jewelry pieces on this piercing.

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.

Oral Piercings

tongueOral piercings are those piercings located fully or partially inside the mouth.

When a piercing is fully located in the mouth, it means that both the enter and exit holes, as well as jewelry, are placed inside the mouth.

The most typical of these piercings is tongue piercing.

However, this is not the only way to have an oral piercing. A piercing can only be partially located in the mouth while the other side is located on the outside, such as on the lip or cheek.

Oral piercings require special aftercare and close attention because of the sensitive tissue and heightened risk of infections. It’s vital to perform aftercare with great care and to monitor your piercing for any potential problems.

Oral piercings include:

  • Tongue piercing.
  • Smiley piercing.
  • Some rare piercings, such as frowny, uvula and other rare oral piercings.
  • Various lip piercings can also be classified as oral piercings, because they are partially located inside of the mouth.
  • Cheek piercings can also be considered oral piercings if they are partially located inside of the mouth.

Tongue Piercing

Tongue piercing is among the most popular piercings and by far the most popular oral piercing. This piercing is performed on the tongue, and the placement can vary slightly based on person’s wishes and anatomy. One of the best things about tongue piercing is that it’s relatively painless and it heals quickly.

While it may seem complex or traumatic tongue piercing is actually one of the less stressful piercing types. However, to ensure satisfaction and safety, it’s vital to get pierced by a knowledgeable, experienced piercer.

Typical jewelry for this piercing type is a straight barbell or a Captive Bead Ring. Tongue piercing, just like all of the other oral piercings, require special aftercare.

Smiley Piercing

Smiley piercing is performed on the frenulum of the upper lip, that is, on the thin piece of skin in the middle of the inside upper lip. The skin here is very thin so it pierces easily. When positioned correctly, jewelry is made to sit on the upper lip and partially on the upper teeth.

Typically, this piercing is not visible unless the person smiles or opens mouth wide enough, so this is why it’s called a smiley piercing. Indeed, it can be best seen when the person smiles.

Since the skin is so thin the procedure is quick and this piercing heals quickly. However, it’s important to follow all aftercare instructions carefully in order to prevent infections and other problems.

Typical jewelry for smiley piercing is a small gauge Captive Bead Ring.

Rare Piercings

There is a number of rare and unusual oral piercings. Some of them are not actually rare among piercing enthusiasts, though they are certainly not as popular as the most common oral piercings. These piercings include frowny, uvula and some more unusual oral piercings.

Some users like to get creative and always seek the way to find new places to be pierced and new, unusual placements. Oral piercings are among those unusual types, though the anatomy of the mouth often makes it difficult to invent new piercing types easily.

Lip Piercings and Cheek Piercings

Most lip piercings are partially located inside the mouth while the other end is located on the outside. Piercings such as labret, Madonna and Monroe, as well as many so-called “bites” piercings (Angel bites, Snake bites, Dolphin bites, and more) are also partially located in the mouth.

What makes these piercings tricky is that they require double aftercare. The part of the piercing and jewelry that lies outside requires aftercare suitable for general piercings while the inside part, the one that lies in the mouth, requires special aftercare suitable for oral piercings.

Cheek Piercings are another type of piercing that resides partially inside the mouth. Similar to lip piercings, part of the jewelry is outside the body, this time located on the cheeks, while the inside part is inside the mouth and it’s considered oral piercing.

Navel Piercing Types

Navel PiercingNavel piercing is among the most popular piercings in the world. While it’s mostly popular among women there are also many men who like this piercing type and visual effect it can achieve.

While a typical navel piercing is the one done through the upper rim of the navel, it’s important to know that this is just one of the possible placements for this piercing type. In fact, there are many different placements and navel piercing types you can get.

Typical jewelry for most navel piercings is a curved barbell, though there are other jewelry choices that can be used, such as Captive Bead Rings and other types of rings. Sometimes, the jewelry choice will depend on the navel piercing type you choose to get.

Piercing Types

Here are the most common navel jewelry types:

  • Regular navel. What is considered a “regular navel piercing” is a vertical piercing done through the upper rim of the navel. This is the most common and by far the most popular navel piercing in the world.
  • Inverse navel. This is another vertical placement. The main difference between this piercing and regular navel piercing is that the inverse variant is placed on the lower part of the navel (lower ridge) instead of the upper.
  • Horizontal navel. This is a horizontal variant of the navel piercing. Instead through the ridge of the navel, this placement is done long the ridge, horizontally. Sometimes, it’s possible to pierce different spots horizontally, so you may pierce through the lower ridge of the navel, to achieve the lower horizontal placement.
  • True navel piercing. This is a relatively rare placement and requires specific anatomy. To be able to get this piercing, you need to have an “outie” belly button. In the case of this piercing, instead of navel ridge, the piercing is done on the navel itself.
  • Navel industrial. This is a combination of several navel piercings connected by a single barbell. Typical jewelry is a long straight barbell (industrial barbell). There are many different directions to position a navel industrial. Typically, piercings are done separately and jewelry is added later, once the piercing are healed. However, some piercers choose to connect new piercings with the jewelry straight away.
  • Multiple navel piercings. A navel can be pierced multiple times to create different patterns. Some of these piercings can be connected by a single jewelry piece to create a navel industrial (see above), while others can use individual jewelry pieces. There are many different patterns and placements you can achieve with multiple navel piercings. These piercings always look very stylish and richly ornamented so it’s possible to achieve multiple different looks with these piercings.

Lip Piercings: The Basics

lip piercingLip piercing is one of the most popular piercings in the world, and also one of the most common facial piercings. It’s relatively easy to perform, but you need to find an experienced professional and a reliable piercing studio.

This is typically one of the first piercings a person will get. It’s more adventurous than a simple earlobe piercing but not as intimidating as nipple or genital piercings.

However, nothing prevents you from having a lip piercing as your first and only piercing, if this is what you want. Remember: there are no rules and “good” vs “bad” when it comes to personal preferences! The only thing to remember is how to stay safe.

Placement and Procedure

Lip piercings are often known as “labret piercings”, even though labret is just one of the many possible placements for a lip piercing. Lip piercings are very varied since there are many different ways and spots to pierce one’s lip. This is why there are numerous different lips piercings known under many names. The basics, however, remain the same.

With a lip piercing, what is actually pierced is not the lip itself (save for a few specific cases). Rather, what is pierced is a skin near upper or lower lip. The piercing hole itself doesn’t extend to the lip itself in most of the cases. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule but these general guidelines are true for most of the cases. One of the main reason is to allow for normal talking and eating without jewelry getting in the way. As usual, there are types of lip piercings that may violate this rule so it all depends on the particular placement. Most of the time, however, the piercers try to keep the jewelry away from the mouth itself, even though the inside part of the piercing (and jewelry) will usually be inside the mouth. This is why lip piercings are considered both facial and oral piercings, which dictates the aftercare and safety instructions.

It’s possible to pierce a lip almost anywhere, so this is one of the main reasons there are so many different lip piercings. Both upper and lower lips can be pierced. The piercing can be made centrally or to the side, depending on the wishes and individual anatomy. Typically, each of these placements has a different name (Labret, Monroe, Jestrum, etc.)

The procedure doesn’t last long. Your piercer will make marks on the desired area and make sure you’re happy with the placement. Most piercers will use forceps to stretch out the lips and keep them in place during the procedure. The piercing itself is done with a piercing needle and it’s pretty straightforward. After the piercing is done, your piercer will put the jewelry and instruct you on proper aftercare.

Lip piercing is not particularly painful. In fact, a standard lip piercing is one of the least painful piercings, so it’s one of the reasons why it’s often chosen as one of the first piercings a person will get. However, it all depends on the type of the lip piercings. Some more extreme lip piercings tend to be more painful.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for all lip piercing is a labret stud. It is also commonly used as initial jewelry for all lip piercings. Labret studs are small and easy to use so they don’t cause much trouble. However, it’s vital not to twist or turn your labret stud during the healing time.

While labret studs are very popular, some people prefer to use a Captive Bead Ring for their lip piercing. It is particularly common for piercings done near the mouth, because the loop of the ring can go in and outside of the mouth in a very effective manner.

Keep in mind that your initial jewelry will usually be a few sizes larger, to account for initial swelling. After the swelling is gone you should go to your piercer to get the proper jewelry that will ensure a good fit.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Lip piercing has a long history among many cultures. It’s popularized on the West in the late 20th century and it remains very popular to this day.
  • Different lip piercings have unique names so they are often identified as special names. One of the most popular lip piercing is Monroe, which is done on the upper lip, at the place where Marilyn Monroe had her beauty mark. A similar piercing done on the other side is called Madonna. These are just two examples of many lip piercing varieties.
  • While most lip piercings are done through the lip (the hole going from the outside to the inside of the mouth), horizontal placements are also possible. Horizontal placements are rare and they include piercing of the lip itself and include the bar going through the lip’s surface. It is considered a more extreme type of a lip piercing. The most extreme lip piercings have a hole starting out at the lip and going thought the mouth to exit on the lower edge of the jawline. These piercings also tend to be the longest of all lip piercings.
  • Keep in mind that a lip piercing is both a facial and oral piercing. It requires two types of aftercare: general aftercare for the outside part and oral aftercare for the part of the piercing inside your mouth. It’s vital to use saline solutions and other products that are specially made for oral piercing aftercare. Never use harsh chemicals inside your mouth!
  • Lip piercings are typically done at 14 gauge, but other sizes are also possible.
  • It’s very important to ensure a proper placement. A bar that is too short can sink into the lip, causing numerous problems. Also, it’s important that the jewelry doesn’t rub on the gums or else it can cause it to recede. In order to achieve the best placement you need to find a knowledgeable piercer who’s experienced with lip piercings. Never allow to be pierced by a friend or another non-professional!
  • The healing time for most lip piercings is between 1 and 3 months. However, more complex lip piercings or multiple lip piercings will take a longer time to heal.

Why Are Captive Bead Rings so Popular?

Why Are Captive Bead Rings so PopularCaptive Bead Rings are among the most popular jewelry styles for piercings. In fact, they are so common that they may be considered the most popular jewelry type.

Captive Bead Rings (CBRs) are very versatile so they can be used for almost any piercing imaginable. It’s therefore not surprising that they are so common.

In fact, they are so popular that many people equate them with body jewelry of any kind. Ever heard of people talking about navel rings or eyebrow rings? While many people use CBRs for navel, eyebrow and other types of piercings, there are more common jewelry styles appropriate for these piercings. However, all these jewelry styles are often known under a collective name of “rings”. This is, in large part, due to the fact that Captive Bead Rings are so popular.

Captive Bead Rings: Design

Each Captive Bead Ring has a specific design setting it apart from any other jewelry style. A captive bead ring is typically round in shape so it makes a circle. One important aspect of a Captive Bead Ring is the opening and closing mechanism – the bead itself. Each Captive Bead Ring has a small opening to fit the bead. The bead itself it pressed by the sides of the ring, thus keeping it in place and preventing the ring to be opened. Beads typically have small indentations so the end points of the ring can fit.

A captive bead ring is typically round in shape so it makes a circle. One important aspect of a Captive Bead Ring is the opening and closing mechanism – the bead itself. Each Captive Bead Ring has a small opening to fit the bead. The bead itself it pressed by the sides of the ring, thus keeping it in place and preventing the ring to be opened. Beads typically have small indentations so the end points of the ring can fit. This is a pretty standard and recognizable design.

However, this doesn’t mean that CBRs are plain or boring. While the basic design is standard, there are many ways to make a Captive Bead Ring unique and more interesting. In fact, Captive Bead Rings are very versatile and they can be used almost anywhere. There are many different rings to use so it would be incorrect to say that these rings are “ordinary”, despite their huge popularity.

One of the best things about CBRs is how the basic design can be modified and enhanced to produce jewelry of varied styles. Some of the rings are very simple, with a plain bead of the same color as the rest of the ring. Others have beautiful beads done in many different colors and patterns. Some beads include a sparkly gem. Also, some rings include additional decorations, such as charms or chains. All these additions can make for a very decorated jewelry piece that doesn’t resemble a plain-looking Captive Bead Ring.

Popularity of Captive Bead Rings

There are numerous reasons why CBRs are so popular. Here are the most important of them:

  • They are practical. Captive Bead Rings are comfortable and easy to wear. While they take some level of practice to open and close, once you know how to do it they are very easy to use.
  • They are reliable. Captive Bead Rings are among the most reliable body jewelry types. They are not easy to get snagged on clothing and they typically don’t pose much problem for long-term wear. It makes them a very good choice for body jewelry.
  • They are versatile. CBRs can be used for almost any piercing type. Almost any piercing can accommodate a Captive Bead Ring, starting from simple earlobe piercings to some genital piercings.
  • They are beautiful. As described above, CBRs can be decorated in many different ways to achieve different looks and styles. The basic design is not a limit so there are many different styles to choose from. As a jewelry type, Captive Bead Rings are very elegant, starting from the simple, plain-looking ones to the richly ornamented pieces.
  • They are a classic. Simply put, a CBR is a classic jewelry piece used for so many piercings and in so many situations. It is not surprising that people always go back to this foolproof design.