Nipple Piercing for Men

Male Nipple PiercingNipple piercing is among the most popular piercings in the world.

While it was once considered alternative and unusual, it’s getting more and more mainstream acceptance these days.

It’s therefore not surprising that there are so many people who wish to get this piercing, and many of these people are men.

Men and Nipple Piercings

While some people think nipple piercings are mostly for women or that they suit women better, the truth is that both men and women can have a nipple piercing without a problem. Sure, there are differences in sizes of the nipple (and often, the nipple’s position), but other than that, a female nipple piercing and a male nipple piercing are very similar to each other.

The placement is made in the same way, at the base of the nipple. It’s important not to get pierced the areola, since it can lead to complications (though not necessarily).

Even the jewelry is basically the same. Most men with nipple piercings, just like women with nipple piercings, wear straight barbells in their piercing. However, some men prefer to wear Captive Bead Rings instead. This is very similar to the way women choose to wear their nipple jewelry. The main difference is that male jewelry will typically be less ornamented. Also, women tend to wear nipple shields more than men, but this is not the rule.

Other than this, male nipple piercings are basically the same as female nipple piercings.

Male Nipple Piercing Info

Here are some important things you need to know about male nipple piercings:

  • The piercing is typically performed in gauge 14 and up. Many men can best accommodate 14 gauge nipple piercing, though some men can use gauge 12 if their nipples are large enough.
  • Typical healing time for male nipple piercing is 4 to 6 months.
  • Nipple piercing will make the nipple more erect, slightly larger and more sensitive.
  • Just like female nipple piercing, it’s important not to make the piercing too deep into the areola. It prolongs the healing time and increases the risk of infections and other problems.
  • Too shallow piercings have an increased risk of migration and rejection. This is why a nipple piercing should never be done near the tip of the nipple.
  • Men can successfully stretch their nipples or wear heavier jewelry pieces in their nipple piercing without a problem.

Nostril Jewelry Fitting

Nostril Jewelry FittingNostril piercing is among the most popular piercings in the world, so it’s not surprising there are many beautiful jewelry pieces to go with it. You may choose between several different nose jewelry styles that are specially designed for this type of piercing or you may use multifunctional jewelry that will accommodate almost any piercing. When choosing your nose jewelry, however, you need to make sure that the chosen jewelry piece fits your requirements. Here are some tips on how to ensure that.

Know Your Size

The most important thing is to know the gauge you are pierced with, because it will determine the size of the jewelry you need to get. Of course, if you have a stretched piercing you will need to know your current gauge. Whatever you do, knowing your gauge is absolutely needed because you won’t be able to find the appropriate jewelry that fits if you are unsure about the gauge.

If you don’t know the gauge you may take your older nose jewelry and use a gauge wheel to measure it. If everything else fails, go to your piercer to consult them about the gauge size you need to buy.

Another measurement to keep in mind is the length of the post. Most nostril jewelry pieces have a post so you need to know how long it has to be to accommodate you. This size is individual and jewelry is made to accommodate most people. However, there are also some jewelry styles that can be easily customized if general sizes don’t fit you.

How to Ensure a Perfect Fit

Here are some additional tips on how to ensure a great fit or your nostril piercing jewelry:

  • If a jewelry piece leaves a gap between the flesh and the top of the jewelry, it means that the post of the jewelry is a bit too long for you. The decorative top of the jewelry should be just at the nostril u4level. If it sticks out, it means you need a bit shorter post.
  • Similarly, if decorative part of jewelry sinks in, it’s a sign that the post is too short. You will need jewelry with a longer post.
  • If the end part of the nose screw sticks out at the bottom of the nostril, it means you’ll need a bit shorter jewelry. If it’s not possible for your to find a shorter nose screw you can use a different jewelry type, such as a nose bone.
  • If your piercings starts to feel a little sore, it might be a sign that your jewelry is not properly fitted or that you need to try a different style. Experiment with different jewelry types until you find what works the best for you.
  • In case it’s very difficult to find any jewelry type that fits, the problem may be in your piercing. You might be pierced too high or too low, which makes it difficult to find appropriate jewelry. Also, unconventional placements sometimes make it tricky to find jewelry that fits. If this is your case, consult your piercer for tips on how to choose the best jewelry for your unique piercing.

Are Ear Piercings Painful?

Ear Piercings PainfulEar piercings are generally considered to be the least painful of them all. Everybody knows about earlobe piercing. This is such a popular type of a piercing and fully socially accepted that it’s often not even considered a “real” piercing. It is also considered to be relatively pain-free. Even people who otherwise dislike piercings often have pierced earlobes.

The fact that earlobe piercing is done relatively easily and pain-free makes people believe that ear piercings are not painful in general. The truth is, there is a huge difference between a simple earlobe piercing and other ear piercing types. Some of ear piercings are actually more complex and painful. Cartilage piercings are known to be very sensitive. This is why it’s important to get informed about a particular piercing type you wish to get, to learn about the pain levels and other facts about this piercing.

Cartilage Piercings

As stated above, cartilage piercings tend to be more painful than the others. While each person is an individual and while there are no hard and fast rules on this, cartilage piercings do tend to be more painful than one might expect. They are certainly more painful than earlobe piercings, so one should not assume these piercing types are similar at all. They are both done on the ear, true, but they are very different types of piercings.

Also, cartilage piercings are sometimes known to be painful than other body piercings. For example, tongue piercing may look very painful but in reality, the pain level is lover than with many other piercings. Similarly, ear cartilage piercings tend to be more painful than people think.

That not to say that ear cartilage piercings are excruciating. The procedure is done relatively quickly and the pain is short. It is definitely possible to go through this procedure without trauma, and it’s definitely true that ear cartilage piercings are not the most painful of them all. That being said, it’s also vital to know that they tend to be a bit more painful than they look. As such, they might not be recommended to people who are very scared of pain or who wish to get their first piercing. It’s better to get more experience and then try ear cartilage piercings.

Also, it’s vital to get informed. Read as much as you can about this type of piercing to learn about the procedure and other aspects of these piercings. Also, consult your chosen piercer. A good piercer will be able to walk you through all the steps of the piercing process and explain everything you need to know. With this information at hand, getting an ear cartilage piercing is easy.

Stretched Ear Piercings

Another type of ear piercing you may wonder about are stretched piercings. Most commonly, this involves stretched earlobes, but some other piercing types can be stretched as well. With cartilage piercings, however, it gets tricky – these are very difficult to stretch.

What about stretched earlobes, then? Are they painful? The good news is that they start out as any other earlobe piercing. The hole is then gradually stretched to a larger gauge. This process has to be gradual in order to allow the ear time to heal and become stronger before the next stretching stage. It means that you need to go slowly and gradually. This process should not be painful. It may cause minor discomfort but it should never tear or damage the tissue, and it should not cause pain.

Is Earlobe Piercing a “Real” Piercing?

Circular_barbellFor many piercing enthusiasts and general public, earlobe piercings are not “real” piercings. These are often not considered piercings in the true sense of the word, even though there is no much difference between them and any other piercing type, if we talk in technical terms. However, the way earlobe piercings are perceived differ greatly to that of other piercing.

Pierced earlobes (usually considered as: “pierced ears”) are fully socially acceptable, particularly for women. They are fully accepted to the point of not being considered a body modification at all.

The Earlobe Piercing

Technically speaking, the earlobe piercing is just like any other body piercing. It is performed on the body by piercing a hole through the tissue. It is the same mechanism as any other piercing type. As such, earlobe piercings are real and true body piercings.

What makes them different than other piercings is the public’s perception and level of acceptance. Earlobe piercings are socially acceptable in ways that other body piercings are not. This is particularly true for women, but even men with pierced earlobes do not face social stigma as much as people with other types of body piercings.

Earlobe piercing is so widespread that it’s often done on babies and infants. While it raises numerous ethical questions it’s very common to see a young child with pierced earlobes. Again, it is not considered unusual or on the same level as any other body modification.

Earlobe piercing is so popular – it is the most popular piercing in the world. One good thing about this is that it’s socially acceptable and easily made. All piercing studios in the world offer it and all piercers know how to perform it. However, the popularity of this piercing also means one downside: since earlobe piercings are so popular and not even considered “real” piercings, it may seem that anybody can perform it properly.

This is how you get all those botched earlobe piercings performed by friends or other non-professionals. This is how you get a bad practice of performing ear piercings with a piercing gun. Piercing guns are bad and should never be used to perform any kind of a piercing, including earlobe piercing. However, since earlobe piercings are often not considered piercings in the true sense of the word, some people think different rules apply. This is not correct: earlobe piercings are true piercings, even though the majority of people do not see them this way.

One Exception: Stretched Lobes

There is one huge exception to the general rule, though. Stretched earlobes are not considered an ordinary “ear piercing” and are seen as a more serious body modification. Even though most of them start as nothing more but an ordinary earlobe piercing, once you start stretching, especially to large gauges, the difference in perception shows.

As such, stretched lobes are considered more extreme and serious. They are not as socially acceptable as “regular” earlobe piercings. This is why some employers still prohibit their workers from having stretched lobes or force them to hide the lobes (or any other type of a “true” piercing).

Stretched lobes are considered a bigger deal even among the piercing enthusiasts. They are more difficult to get than regular earlobe piercing (since they require care and skill of stretching), and they are also more noticeable. Stretched lobes use specific types of jewelry, such as ear plugs and flesh tunnels, so it’s another thing that makes them different than “regular earlobe piercings”.

What about Other Ear Piercing Types?

Other types of ear piercings (done on parts of the ear other than the earlobe) are getting more and more popular and also more socially accepted. It is not uncommon to see a person with numerous ear cartilage piercings or other ear piercings. Some people who don’t like piercings in general will get multiple ear piercings.

As such, ear piercings are generally accepted among general public. That being said, most of these ear piercings are considered “real” piercings, unlike the earlobe piercing. It’s also uncommon (and often illegal) to pierce a baby’s ear on any other place than the earlobe. For these reasons, these ear piercings are considered true piercings, even though they are not perceived as extreme as some other forms of body piercings.

Dermal Punches

Dermal PunchDermal punch is a special tool designed to make a hole in the tissue. It is used in medicine, for performing biopsies, where tissue is taken for the analysis. Dermal punches are also used for body modification since they can create larger holes than a standard needle.

This way, it’s possible to make a large gauge piercing straight away, so stretching isn’t needed.

How it’s Used

A dermal punch has a sharp, round blade resembling a mini cookie cutter. It is made to pierce the tissue in a circle so a round hole is created during procedure. The process is known to be more painful than regular piercing procedure performed with needles, and it also carries some added risks of infections.

However, it offers certain advantages so it’s used in situations when a client wants and instant large-gauge piercing, especially on body parts that are not known to stretch well.

While dermal punches are more invasive than needles, it’s important to note that smaller punches are healed just like any other piercing. It means that the piercer will insert initial jewelry in your new piercing after the procedure is over and you’re good to go.

However, dermal punches larger than 6 gauge have to be healed in a special way. With these dermal punches, it’s important to remove initial jewelry after a few days to encourage faster healing. At the same time, it’s important to pay attention because piercings without jewelry tend to shrink, so it’s important to let it heal on it’s own but still remain open at the gauge you prefer.

Some of the most popular piercings using dermal punches are earlobe piercings and cartilage piercings. Also, some nose piercings are done using a dermal punch, especially if a client wants a large gauge nose piercing. Dermal punches are also used for some punch and taper surface piercings.

It’s important to note that while dermal punches create large gauge holes, they also limit the tissue’s ability to stretch further (using conventional piercing stretching methods). That’s why dermal punches are not typically used for piercings other than those listed above.

Dermal Punch for Cartilage Piercing

Dermal punches are very popular for cartilage piercings, since cartilage is difficult or impossible to stretch. Doing a piercing with a dermal punch ensures a large gauge cartilage piercing right from the start. This is a good choice if you wish to have a 6 gauge and even larger initial cartilage piercing.

Also, dermal punches are useful for cartilage piercings because they reduce the pressure that a new piercing puts on the tissue. This pressure often leads to scar tissue and other problems in cartilage piercings, so using a dermal punch is a way to minimize this issue.

When performing a procedure using a dermal punch, it’s important to keep the area well-lit in order to notice all of the important blood vessels under the skin. This is particularly important for cartilage piercings. Since ear cartilage is thin it’s possible to see the vessels relatively easily. Using a source of light will help the piercer decide on the best placement and the least invasive spot to perform the procedure.

Eyebrow Piercing

Eyebrow PiercingEyebrow piercings are among the most popular facial piercings in the world and one of the most popular piercings in general. It is not uncommon for people to have this one as their only piercing. While it’s very popular with young people eyebrow piercings are common among all the demographics.

Piercing and Procedure

Eyebrow piercing is typically done vertically through the ridge of the eyebrow. Depending on the person’s anatomy and wishes, the placement and orientation of the piercing can be different. Many eyebrow piercings are done at a slight angle but are still considered to be vertical piercings. Other placements and orientations are also possible, though they are generally considered to be variations of the general eyebrow piercing.

What is important to know about eyebrow piercing is that it’s a surface piercing, albeit the most famous of them all. However, as a surface piercing it is prone to some of the common problems other surface piercings face, such as migration and rejection.

Eyebrow piercings are not particularly difficult to perform, though it’s vital to go to a reliable piercing studio and hire and experienced piercer. The procedure is typically performed using a cannula needle. Some piercers use clamps for easier guidance. The needle is inserted through the bottom of the eyebrow and it exits through the top of the eyebrow. The exact placement is decided based on the client’s wishes and piercer’s recommendation.

Typically, eyebrow piercings are pierced with needles ranging from 18 gauge to 12 gauge. However, 16 gauge seems to be particularly common, though 14 gauge and 12 gauge are also popular.


Since eyebrow piercings are done in gauges ranging from 18 gauge to 12 gauge this is the range of the jewelry sizes used for this piercing. As with any other piercing, it’s crucial t know the gauge you’re pierced with so you can wear appropriate jewelry.

Typical jewelry for eyebrow piercings are curved barbells. While general curved barbells can be used there are also curved barbells made specially for eyebrow piercings.

Other jewelry choices are also common. For example, some people prefer to wear Captive Bead Rings while others opt for different type of barbells (usually curved barbells though some even choose to wear straight barbells).

The jewelry puts pressure on the piercing, which can increase the risk of migration, rejection and other problems. This is why it’s so crucial to use jewelry that is comfortable and has a perfect fit for the piercing. It’s important to minimize the pressure in order to protect the piercing and minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Additional Info and Tips

  • The eyebrow can be pierced anywhere above the eye, so there are many different placements possible. The furthest away one can go is to the edge of the eyebrow by the temple.
  • It is also possible to pierce an eyebrow further away above the eye, but this is a more risky procedure because of the presence of supra-orbital nerves.
  • Eyebrow piercings can be done in pairs and groups, depending on the wishes.
  • If done horizontally, this piercing is known as a horizontal eyebrow piercing.
  • A variant of this piercing is done underneath the eye. This one is known an anti-eyebrow piercing.
  • The healing time for this piercing is about 6 to 8 weeks for the initial healing. Full healing can take anywhere from 6 months to a year.
  • Eyebrow piercings are known to produce crusts and discharge during healing. However, if you notice an abnormal amount of discharge or other problems, make sure to consult a medical professional. Same goes for any pain or prolonged swelling you may encounter.
  • The larger gauge is less likely to migrate and reject, so it’s better to be pierced at a larger gauge (for example, 14 gauge or 12 gauge) to minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Will My Piercing Bleed?

Piercing BleedingMany people wonder if their new piercing will bleed and, if yes, for how long. It’s important to note that there is no one, universal answer to this question. Most of the piercings will bleed a little, at least initially. However, this bleeding should not be prolonged. How long the piercing will bleed depends on many factors, so it’s always vital to ask your piercer to explain you the details about your chosen piercing.

Piercings and Bleeding

Since piercings are perforations made on the tissue, it’s not surprising that some bleeding will occur. That being said, not all piercings bleed, and some bleed very little. Other piercings are known for more extended bleeding, so you need to know about it.

It’s also important to know that bleeding occurs during the procedure, but it will be cleaned immediately by your piercer. You should not be worried about this bleeding, as long as you are healthy. If you do have some sort of a condition that might interfere with this process (such as hemophilia) you should consult your doctor before getting a piercing done and you should always inform your piercer about any medical condition you might have.

He initial bleeding will be cleaned at the studio and you will go home. This is where you might notice additional bleeding during the following hours. It’s important to talk to your piercer and ask about the bleeding so you can be informed and know what to expect. It is also vital because you need to know if the bleeding you experience is normal or if there is something wrong about it.

Most piercings do bleed a little after the procedure, but this bleeding should not be extensive nor prolonged. You should not bleed for days or weeks. The only exception are some genital piercings: these are known to bleed for days after the procedure. This is why it’s important to ask your piercer about what to expect.

How Much will it Bleed?

There are several factors that determine how much a piercing will bleed:

  • Piercing type (body part that is pierced). This is by far the most important factor. Different body parts bleed differently, so it largely depends on the type of your piercing.
  • Gauge. Typically, large gauge piercings bleed more at the beginning, but this is not always a rule.
  • Instruments. The instrument used to perform a piercing will also contribute to potential bleeding. For example, piercing guns are more invasive than a piercing needle, and they tear the tissue. Not that you should ever get pierced with a gun.
  • Your anatomy. Your individual anatomy may make the procedure easier or more difficult, which may contribute to bleeding.
  • Your health. It’s important to be healthy when you go to get a piercing. It can contribute to many things, including the bleeding level.
  • Jewelry. Sometimes, the initial jewelry contributes to bleeding. Your jewelry should be fitted nicely to minimize any pressure and damage to the tissue in order to avoid bleeding. Needless to say, you need to use medical-grade jewelry and avoid any cheap, poorly made jewelry for your fresh piercing.

What to Do?

It’s easy to handle the bleeding. Use a cotton pad or a fresh tissue and apply it to the piercing with a gentle pressure. Do your best not to disturb the piercing. In some cases, applying ice to the affected area may also help, and it may also reduce the swelling.

In case of excessive and prolonged bleeding, or any type of discomfort, make sure to consult your doctor to check everything is fine. You may also visit your piercer, but do not ignore a doctor’s advice.

Different Types of Plugs

Acrylic Marble Plug

Acrylic Marble Plug

Plugs are poplar types of jewelry specially designed for large gauge piercings. They are made to be worn in stretched piercings. Most commonly, plugs are used as ear plugs, as jewelry for stretched earlobes.

However, it doesn’t mean plugs are made for stretched earlobes only. Many other stretched piercing types can accommodate plugs, from stretched nose piercings to transscrotal procedures. At the same time, plugs are commonly used or ear piercings so it’s not surprising that they are associated with stretched earlobes.

Plugs are similar in shape and appearance, but there are several different types to choose from. It’s important to know what these differences are so you can make the best choice for your piercing.

Basic Design

In many ways, all plugs look similar. These are short, cylindrical jewelry pieces made for stretched (large gauge) piercings. They are typically smooth so they are comfortable to wear.

Since plugs are thick and made in large diameters, they can be crafted using many materials not available for small gauge jewelry types. Organic materials such as wood, bone, horn, glass and stone are common. These materials make plugs look truly special.

On the other hand, plugs can be made using common body piercing materials typical for jewelry of all gauges, such as Surgical Steel, titanium or gold.

Types of Plugs

The basic design of a plug is often changed slightly. It makes for a slightly different type of a plug. While all plugs are worn in the same way, it’s important to know these differences in design.

The main difference comes from the way the plug is kept inside a piercing. Since the basic plug design is cylindrical, there has to be something preventing the plug to move or fall off from the piercing. This can be achieved in different ways, which influence the design of the plug itself. This is why you can find different types of plugs to buy.

The most common types of plugs include:

  • Basic plugs (Straight plugs). These plugs have a basic cylindrical design. They are kept in place by special O-rings. The O-rings are placed on both ends of the plug. The rings are soft and stretchable, so they keep the plug in place while being comfortable to the wearer. O-rings are often lost so it’s recommended to buy replacement rings. This way, you will always have one at hand.
  • Grooved plugs. They are a variation of basic plugs. They, too, require O-rings to keep the plug in place. The difference between them and the basic plugs is that they have grooves carved in the plug on both ends. These grooves are made to hold the O-rings snug. This way, the O-rings are more difficult to fall out so it’s less likely that you’ll lose them.
  • Double flared plugs (Saddled plugs). These plugs have flares outward on both ends, while the middle of the plug is thinner. The flares keep the plug in place, which means that no O-rings are needed with this design. This is a good choice for people who don’t like O-rings or who don’t want O-rings to change the aesthetics of the plug. However, the downside of double flared plugs is that they can be difficult to insert. Also, you need to have wide enough fistulas to accommodate for the flare during insertion.
  • Single flared plugs. These plugs have one flared end while the other end is straight (no flare). The flared end is worn on the front of the piercing. The flare prevents the plug from moving or falling out, so no O-ring is needed. The straight (non-flared) end on the back requires an O-ring. These rings give you the aesthetic appearance of a double flared plug (that uses no O-rings) without having to struggle to insert a double flared plug and without requiring large fistulas that can accommodate flares.

Differences in Decoration

Each of these plug types can be decorated in many different ways. Many plugs are made to be smooth and without much decoration. These plugs are simple yet elegant. In case an organic material is used the material’s own color and pattern serve as a unique plug decoration.

On the other hand, plugs can be decorated in many different ways. Plug made of titanium can have different colors because of anodization. Some plugs come with gems inserted on front, which makes them sparkly and very attractive.

When choosing a plug, it’s important to take into account your piercing and your style. Many of the decorated plugs are not recommended for certain piercing types, such as genital piercings. Genital piercings require smooth jewelry, preferably made of medical-grade materials.

For your stretched earlobes, you have a wide selection of ear plugs, starting from simple yet elegant ones to organic plugs and richly ornamented plugs with gems.

Rook Piercing

Rook PiercingRook piercing is one of the most popular ear piercing types. It is a form of cartilage piercing. A Rook piercing is made on the antihelix of the ear and it looks very stylish and attractive. Both men and women enjoy this type of piercing and elegant jewelry they can wear with it.

Rook piercing got its name after the man who popularized it, Erik Dakota. He named this piercing after a shortened version of his first name. This piercing became popular in the 1990s. Many people today choose this piercing as one of their favorite ear cartilage piercings.

The Placement

Rook piercing has a precise placement on the ear cartilage. The hole is made on the antihelix of the ear, just above the tragus. It is done on the fold of the cartilage between the inner and outer conch. The piercing thus lies on the ridge between the inner and outer conch of the ear.

With this placement, Rook jewelry is made to go from the underside all the way to the top of this ridge. It makes Rook special and unique compared to many other ear cartilage piercings. Many cartilage piercings are made to go from a front surface of the ear to the back surface. Rook piercing, on the other hand, goes from bottom to the top.

Procedure and Aftercare

The procedure is not complicated and it’s similar to other ear cartilage piercings. Just like any cartilage piercing, the procedure itself is not complicated but it has to be done carefully. Ear cartilage is sensitive so it’s important that your piercer is experienced with this type of piercing.

Before the procedure, it’s important to agree on the chosen placement. Keep in mind that the nature of the piercing makes it difficult to see the entrance and exit holes. You should trust your piercer on the best location. This is why you should choose the best piercer who is experienced and knowledgeable. It’s the only way to ensure satisfaction.

After marking the spots, the piercer will push a hollow needle through the cartilage. Sometimes, clamps are used for the procedure, but this is not common. The procedure itself is typically done quickly.

Typically, a 16 gauge or 14 gauge needle is used, but you may request to be pierced with a large gauge needle.

After the hole is made, the piercer will insert the jewelry into your new piercing and instruct you on the aftercare.

The aftercare is similar to general aftercare for ear cartilage piercings. You should clean your new Rook piercing with a saline solution two times a day. You should perform this cleaning for at least two months after getting your Rook piercing done.

When performing aftercare, make sure not to over-wash the area. Also, never use any cleaners or other harsh chemicals that are not recommended for piercings. Use either a saline solution or special cleaning products made for piercing aftercare.

During aftercare, make sure not to touch your piercing often. Never turn or twist your jewelry! Do not manipulate or touch your piercing at all, except when you clean it.


Rook piercings can accommodate many different jewelry types. However, since this area is relatively small, typical jewelry will be small in size.

The most common jewelry type for Rook piercings is Captive Bead Ring. This is what most people wear with their healed piercings. However, piercers recommend that initial jewelry should be a curved barbell. Many people decide to wear curved barbells even in their healed piercings, so this jewelry type is another popular choice for Rook piercings.

Why curved barbells as initial jewelry and not Captive Bead Rings? Curved barbells have less curvature, which means a reduced strain on the healing fistula. With a curved barbell, healing is quicker and goes with fewer problems.

Keep in mind that Rook piercing is not really suitable for changing jewelry too often. This is why it’s important to be satisfied with the jewelry you buy for it because chances are that you will wear it for a long time.

Additional Info and Tips

  • A Rook piercing is also known as a piercing of the anti-helix of the ear.
  • Rook piercing takes about 12 to 18 months to fully heal, with primary healing lasting for about 6 months.
  • As with any other piercing, the pain is subjective. Some people describe Rook piercing as very painful, while others say it didn’t hurt more compared to other ear cartilage piercings. It’s important to note that ear cartilage on this spot is sensitive so keep this in mind if you wish to get a Rook piercing.
  • When cleaning your piercing, make sure to use warm (but not hot) water. Warm water will encourage the blood flow to the area and aid in the healing process. On the other hand, you don’t want water to be too hot.
  • Since the area is more tucked into the ear than with other cartilage piercings, Rook piercing is less susceptible to damage due to bumping or pressing against it. It makes it a bit less susceptible to problems and infections due to external damage.
  • Make sure not to hurt your piercing during initial stages of healing. Keep hair away from your ear and don’t sleep on the newly pierced ear. Same goes for using a telephone: don’t press your phone on the newly pierced ear. When changing clothes, pay close attention not to tug the jewelry with your clothes.
  • Do not change your jewelry for at least 8 weeks after the procedure. This is the time of initial healing and your piercing should be left alone.
  • Since the area is very small and difficult to reach, you might need assistance to insert and remove jewelry from your Rook piercing.
  • Not everyone’s anatomy allows for a Rook piercing. In case you have a poorly defined ridge in this area, it’s best not to have a Rook piercing. If you’re in doubt, consult your piercer to know if you are suited for this type of piercing.
  • Rook piercings tend to cause soreness, and may be prone to migration and rejection. However, most of these problems come from improper placement and poorly done procedure. Another cause may be the fact that you are not anatomically fit to have this piercing. These are the reasons why choosing a good piercer is so important. Problems with a Rook piercing may be caused by inadequate aftercare, so make sure to follow all of the aftercare instructions carefully.
  • Rook piercings are generally not suitable for stretching. In case you wish to stretch your Rook piercing, you need to consult your piercer for proper advice. Keep in mind that cartilage piercings typically cannot be stretched to really large gauges.

Gauges vs Jewelry

Large Gauge JewelryIt’s not uncommon to hear people talk about “ear gauges” or requesting “ear gauge jewelry”. The word “gauge” is often used instead of a correct term for certain jewelry pieces, typically those made for stretched piercings, such as plugs or flesh tunnels. While everybody will understand what you mean when you say “gauge”, it’s important to know what this term truly means and what are common terms used for jewelry pieces made for stretched piercings.

Are Gauges Large Jewelry?

No, “gauges” are not large jewelry. They are not even stretched piercings. Using this word to talk about jewelry or stretched piercings is not correct. This isn’t what the word “gauge” is about. The word itself is not related to stretched piercings or large jewelry pieces alone. In fact, any piercing and any jewelry has their gauge.

A “gauge” is a measurement. It is the size of the piercing hole and also the size of the jewelry. You are pierced with a needle of a particular gauge, and such a needle produces a hole of the same gauge. In order for your jewelry to fit, you need to wear jewelry of the same gauge as your piercing. This is why it’s important to know the gauge you are pierced with, because this is the only way to order jewelry that will fit you perfectly.

There are many different gauges available, because there are different needles. Thin needles produce small holes and in this case you need to wear small gauge (as in: thin) jewelry. Even these small holes and thin jewelry pieces have their own gauge. “Gauge” is not reserved for big piercings alone.

It’s also important to know that “large” and “small” is somewhat counter-intuitive when it comes to gauges. The smallest, thinnest gauges are labeled with the largest number. Bigger, thicker and larger gauges are labeled with a smaller number. For example, gauge 18 and gauge 16 are considered small gauges. Large gauges are labeled as gauge 4, gauge 2 or gauge 0. There are even some very large gauges labeled as gauge 00 or even 000. The smaller the number, the larger the jewelry and gauge in question is.

There are special Gauge Wheels that can help you choose your jewelry or check which gauge your jewelry is. Typically, Gauge Wheels are made for larger gauges only (usually gauge 8 and up), but it’s always important to know the gauge of your piercing because it’s the only way to choose appropriate jewelry.

Stretched Piercings and Their Gauges

What about stretched piercings, then? These piercings have their gauge, just like any other piercing. Typically, piercings are done at a smaller gauge and you stretch them to a larger one once the piercing is fully healed.

Many people decide to stretch their piercings to a larger gauge. If you perform stretching carefully, you can successfully change the gauge of your piercing. After a few weeks, you can try again and stretch to an even larger gauge. Over time, it’s possible to stretch your piercings to very large gauges.

When you stretch your piercings to a larger gauge, it’s important to use jewelry made in that gauge, too. It’s always vital to wear appropriately sized jewelry. Whenever you stretch your piercing hole to a larger gauge, you will also need to wear jewelry of the larger gauge.

There are many jewelry types made in the larger gauges, so chances are that you will find some nice jewelry for your piercing. There are many elegant Captive Bead Rings, Segment and Seamless Rings and Screwball Rings made in all gauges, including the large ones.

Also, there are certain jewelry pieces made for large gauges only. Ear plugs, flesh tunnels, earlets, spirals and other similar jewelry types are made in large gauges only. These jewelry types are specially designed for stretched piercings. When people say “gauges” and think of jewelry, these are the jewelry types they have in mind.

However, referring to jewelry as “gauge” is not correct. Remember: “gauge” is a measurement. Plugs, tunnels and earlets are jewelry. Those are two different concepts altogether and you should not confuse them.