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.

Studio Etiquette

Inside a Piercing StudioPiercing studios are great places. This is where you can get that piercing you’ve been dreaming about or pick a fancy jewelry piece.

Whatever you do, keep in mind that there are some guidelines you should follow in order to make the experience better for everyone.

Learn More about Studio Etiquette

  • Before going to a piercing studio it’s best to have at least a vague idea of what you want. Your piercer needs to start from somewhere, so it’s best to visit a studio once you have at least some ideas in mind.
  • Piercers and other staff are there to answer your question. Do your best to ask questions related to their job and something that’s actually relevant. In other words, do not waste piercer’s time.
  • It’s best to do some research beforehand (see above). If you do that you will be able to ask more specific questions and get a better picture of what you need.
  • Listen. As much as questions are important, so are the answers. Listen to what your piercer has to say, especially if it’s about aftercare and health.
  • Do not touch your piercing or jewelry in the studio’s common room. Some people like to take their old jewelry out or to simply touch their piercing, which is not safe because it can pose a health danger. Keep in mind that a studio has to stay clean. Do not  touch or handle your piercing in any way, even if it’s a healed one.
  • This warning stands for all common areas of the studio, including the restroom.
  • It is very, very dangerous to change your jewelry in the studio, so it should be avoided at all costs (see above).
  • If you wish to change your jewelry, let the piercer do it in the piercing room.
  • Old jewelry should always be handled in a sealed container, such as a bag or a box. Never take it out, even in the common rooms.
  • Ask where to put your bag, coat and other personal belongings. It is important that the piercing room stays clean. Do not just assume that you can take your bag or another item into the piercing room. Ask to know what’s expected of you.
  • Be cooperative. Piercing procedures tend to make people anxious and nervous, but that’s not the reason to misbehave. If you feel you could not go through the procedure, communicate this to your piercer.
  • During the procedure, try to stay focused. Your piercer will want to talk to you and walk you through the entire process, so do your best to listen.
  • Questions are more than welcome. In fact, they are expected. However, you need to let the piercer do their job.
  • Ask if it’s ok to have a friend or a family member with you. This is usually allowed, since piercing artists know how important is to have moral support.
  • If visitors are allowed, they need to behave. They are not allowed to compromise the procedure in any way.
  • Ask before you use a camera or a phone in the piercing room, especially during the procedure. The same goes for your companions. You will probably need to skip flash. Flashes are very distracting for the piercers.
  • Don’t drink or take drugs before getting a piercing. The piercer will refuse to provide the service if you are under influence.
  • Mind your manners. Do not yell or disrespect your piercer, staff or other customers.
  • Tipping is typically welcome and highly appreciated. It is not necessary to do so but it’s a nice thing to do if you are satisfied with the service.
  • Do not bargain. Do not ask your piercer to match the price from the mall kiosk or another shabby place. The prices are there for a reason.

5 Surprisingly Painless Piercings

1729pThere are some piercings that are known to be relatively painless.

Earlobe, for example, is known as probably the least painful piercings of them all.

However, there are some other piercings that are relatively painless or definitely much less painful than they look.

But let’s start with the easiest one:

Earlobe Piercing

Everyone knows this one is relatively easy to go through. Earlobe tissue is soft and not particularly thick, so it’s easy for a needle to go through. However, it’s always important to use a proper piercing needle for this procedure.

Never agree to be pierced with a gun! Guns are dangerous, unsanitary and can make the whole procedure much painful than what it’s supposed to be. Plus, no knowledgeable professional will want to use a piercing gun so if your piercer uses it, there is a good chance they are not a reliable professional. Find a studio and a good piercer who will perform this piercing properly.

Septum Piercing

When done right, nose septum piercing does not hurt much. It’s because the piercing itself doesn’t go through nose cartilage at all. Instead, the piercing is done on the thin skin just in front of the cartilage. If you pinch your nose on this spot you will feel how thin the tissue actually is.

For a septum piercing to be positioned correctly, your piercer has to go through that tissue alone. If done correctly, it doesn’t bring much pain. It is actually one of the least painful piercings out there.

However, many people say that they experienced significant pain during the procedure. The reasons is that some piercers are not experienced or knowledgeable enough to hit the right spot. If the needle goes through the cartilage or if the piercing is positioned too low, it might end up being painful. To avoid this problem, always seek an experienced piercer who knows how to perform septum piercings correctly. Chances are that it will be one of the least painful piercings you’ll get!

Tongue Piercing

It may surprise many people, but classic tongue piercings are not particularly painful. They may seem painful because tongue is thick and there is a lot of tissue for needle to go through, but fear not: it is actually one of the least painful places you can get pierced.

However, please note that this is only true for a typical central tongue piercing. Other tongue piercing types may prove to be more painful. Also, it’s important to find a knowledgeable piercer who is experienced with tongue piercings to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Bridge Piercing

Surprisingly enough, but piercing the bridge of your nose is not particularly painful. Bridge piercing, also known as Erl piercing, is not as popular as some other piercing types, but there are many people who choose to get it.

It may seem like a sensitive spot, but bridge piercings are relatively quick to perform and they don’t hurt much. They definitely look more painful than they actually are, so if you are thinking about getting this piercing, there is no need to fear pain.

Prince Albert

Now, this one is a bit different. PA is a genital piercing and as such, it is more painful than some other piercing types. At the same time, Prince Albert is surprisingly painless compared to most other piercings. It is one of the least painful genital piercings for sure, but it’s also less painful than many “regular” piercings.

The thing is that only a little bit of a very thin tissue is pierced during this procedure. Most of the piercing uses the natural hole – urethra, so all the piercer needs to perform is a slight cut on the underside of the penis. The skin on that spot is thin and the procedure is done quickly. Most men describe the pain as a pinch and claim that PA piercing was much less painful than some “ordinary” piercings, such as ear cartilage piercings or nose piercings.

In other words, if you want to have a genital piercing but you’re scared of the pain, Prince Albert may be the perfect solution for you!

Two Piercings Connected by a Single Jewelry

i7un5cnwThere are certain piercing types that require more than one hole to be made. Or, to put it more precisely, those piercing types are created by joining two different piercing holes with a single jewelry piece.

While, in theory, one can connect any random pair of piercings with a single jewelry piece if it’s physically possible to achieve, there are certain piercing types specially made of different holes connected by the single jewelry piece.

Two Piercings, One Jewelry Piece

The most popular among those is Industrial piercing. However, there are many other examples of piercings connected with a single jewelry piece. Industrial piercing consists of two holes done on the ear cartilage. The holes (piercings) can have different placements, but they are always located on the opposing sides of the ear. The placement should be carefully done so the holes can be connected with a single jewelry piece, typically a long straight barbell. This sort of placement can be done on other body parts as well, so any time you connect two piercings with a barbell you will get some form of an Industrial piercing (though this name is typically reserved for the ear piercing).

Orbital piercings are two piercings connected by a single ring. These piercings are often done on the ear but can work anywhere on the body (including genital piercings). As long as you connect two holes with a single ring you will have an orbital piercing.

There are also some popular piercings done in pairs but rarely, if ever, connected with a single jewelry piece. A good examples are lip “bites” piercings (such as Angel bites, Dolphin bites, Vampire bites, Snake bites and others). These are lip piercings done in pairs or fours, but they are typically not connected by a single jewelry piece.

Also, it’s important to note that some people like to connect close piercings with a single jewelry piece, even temporarily. It’s often done on ears, usually for ear cartilage piercings. These piercings connected by a single jewelry do not typically have a special name.

Initial Jewelry

It’s very important to choose the right initial jewelry for these piercings. Since they are done in pairs, there are two fresh piercings to take care of, which makes aftercare more complex. Jewelry can make this process easier or more complicated, depending on the circumstances.

The first thing that needs to be ensured is proper placement of both piercings. It’s important that they work as a pair if you wish to use a single jewelry piece through both of them. It means your piercer has to angle both piercings accordingly. This is why it’s always best to do both at the same time to ensure proper placement.

When it comes to initial jewelry, there are two choices: to use a single jewelry piece straight away, or to use two separate jewelry pieces during the healing time. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. When two pieces are used, those are typically Captive Bead Rings, though some piercers choose to use other jewelry types.

The advantage of using two jewelry pieces is that it makes aftercare easier. You can clean your piercings separately and give each a proper attention. Also, piercings will use different jewelry so they will not pull each other or irritate each other during healing. Another advantage is that it’s easier to measure the proper length for final jewelry (orbital ring or Industrial barbell) once piercings are healed. However, a downside to this method is that sometimes, piercings will move slightly during the piercing time so they might not be perfectly aligned once they are healed.

Advantages and disadvantages of using a single jewelry piece are the opposite than what’s listed above. A good thing about using a single jewelry piece straight away is that jewelry will keep piercings connected and perfectly aligned. The downside is that it makes aftercare trickier and there is a possibility of irritating both piercings through the pressure from the jewelry.

At the end of the day, the choice will be made by your piercer. There are good reasoning for both of these methods, so it will all depend on your piercer’s opinion and your individual case. This is yet another reason why it’s always important to choose a knowledgeable, experienced piercer and a reliable piercing studio.

Are Piercings a New “Fad”?

Piercing FadSome people think that piercings and other types of body modifications are just a “fad” and a modern trend that will likely disappear very soon. While people are free to hold their own opinions it’s important to know that nothing can be further from the truth. Piercings and other types of body modification actually have a long history and cannot be classified as a “fad” or a latest trend. They are not even modern in origin.

Body Piercing Has a Long History

Body piercing has been around since ancient times, probably even before that, as early as prehistory. That is thousands of years of body piercings. While this type of body modification hasn’t been equally popular in all historical periods and all geographical places, it is safe to say that it is a very old practice and definitely not something invented a few decades ago. If you add other old body modifications (such as tattoos) into the mix, it becomes clear that this type of modifying one’s body is actually a very old practice that has been with humans for ages.

The reason piercings and other modifications may appear new is that they are getting more socially acceptable in modern society today. Also, let’s not forget that the eras before ours, such as early 20th century or 19th century, were not really pro-body modifications in the modern society. This is why it may seem to some people that piercings and other modifications are a new thing.

Why It’s Seen as a Fad?

There may be several reasons why piercings are seen as a “fad”, but it probably depends on the judgmental person making this assertion. As many people with body modifications know, not everyone approves of their choice. There are those who strongly oppose any form of body modification and speak badly about it. While these people are free to hold their own opinions it is also true that nobody forces you to have a body modification if you don’t want to. It means that people who don’t like piercings, tattoos and other modifications don’t need to have them. At the same time, people who like body modifications should be able to enjoy them to the fullest without being judged.

So, prejudices and judgmental attitude sure are some of the reasons why some people see piercings as a fad. For the others, it’s simply because of the lack of education on the subject. Since piercings and tattoos are getting more popular these days, they may seem like a new thing. Also, since piercings and tattoos are more socially acceptable today than they were a couple of decades ago, it may seem that everybody has them or that it’s some kind of a new fashion statement.

As stated above, nothing could be further from the truth: piercings and other body modifications are actually very ancient in origin. Sure, the piercing industry is expanding and there are new forms of piercings and other modifications being invented, so some of these things are relatively new. The practice of modifying one’s body and piercings themselves, however, are very old in origin.

Attract Attention with Piercings

Attract Attention with PiercingsPiercings are a great way to express your individuality and show a particular aspect of yourself. There are as many reasons and motivations to get pierced as there are people, so it’s impossible to find one, unifying reason.

That being said, piercings tend to attract attention. Some piercings more than the others, and some jewelry types more than the others, but it’s important to know that it’s something that does attract attention.

Piercings and Attention

Piercings do attract all sorts of reactions, from very negative to extremely positive. Regardless of the type of reaction, piercings tend to attract attention in almost all areas of life. Again, some of this attention will be positive and some of it will be negative. Many times, it will be neutral. Piercings are getting more and more common these days, so it takes away people’s curiosity a bit. Also, many types of piercings are getting more socially acceptable today, so it’s another factor to consider.

All these things combined make piercings less of a novelty and unusual thing to have. That being said, piercings and body jewelry still attract a lot of attention. The same can be said for tattoos and other types of body modification. That’s why it’s not surprising to have people notice your piercings or even comment on them.

While there are judgmental people who see these body modifications as bad, there are many people who view piercings in a positive light. That’s why it’s vital to knowhow to attract the right kind of attention with your piercings and get a desired reaction out of them.

What you want from your piercings is deeply personal so there is no one answers to this question. However, you need to keep in mind that piercings do attract attention and you need to understand how different piercing types and different jewelry can produce reactions.

Send a Message

How to send the right kind of a message with your piercings? First of all, you need to decide whether you wish to send a message or not. It is perfectly possible that you wish to wear your piercings and jewelry just for yourself. For example, you may choose to get pierced in a place not seen by people, or seen only by people you are intimate with. You may choose to make your piercings as plain as possible. Or you may choose to wear whatever jewelry type you like without worrying whether it fits your current clothing and style. All of these choices are valid. There is no one way to wear your body jewelry or to express yourself through body modifications.

If you want to send a particular message, however, you need to be conscious of your piercing types and jewelry you choose to wear. There are many different piercings and body parts to be pierced, and not all of them are equally noticeable or common. Unusual and rare piercings tend to attract more attention. More common ones are less likely to provoke a reaction.
The same can be said about jewelry. Simple, plain-looking jewelry is less noticeable than heavy, richly ornamented jewelry. Since you can change jewelry once your piercing is healed you can experiment. You can easily choose jewelry that will match your clothing or your general style. Or you may go to the opposite direction and choose mismatch jewelry to attract more attention.

As you can see, there are many choices and the only limit is your imagination! With so many beautiful, high-quality jewelry pieces on the market today it’s sure possible to choose the best one for your needs. Whatever you wish to evoke in terms of attention and reactions you will be able to achieve using varied jewelry pieces and styles. Try many different things until you find what you like and are comfortable with.

Lorum Piercing

lorumLorum piercing is a male genital piercing very similar to a frenum piercing. The main difference is the placement. Lorum basically means “low frenum”. The name says it all: this is a piercing located very low on the shaft, at the juncture of the shaft and scrotum.

This can be a very effective piercing, so it’s not surprising there are many men interested in this particular piercing type. While it’s not among the most popular and common genital piercings it sure has its fans. Many men decide on this placement so it’s popular enough, which means there are piercers who are very experienced at creating this particular piercing.

Piercing and Procedure

“Lorum” is a portmanteau of “low” and “frenum”. This is basically a frenum piercing with a special placement. It is located very low on the shaft, at the point where shaft meets the scrotum. This specific placement makes lorum piercing. This piercing is sometimes referred to as “front centered hafada”.

Lorum was invented by Elayne Angel for the piercing done on Dan Kopka. He was the one who requested this placement by asking for a frenum piercing, only lower. This is how lorum piercing was first performed and the name stuck.

This is not a complex piercing so procedure is fairly simple. That being said, just like any other genital piercing, this one requires not only a good piercer but also an experienced piercer: it has to be someone who has experience performing this type of piercing.


A typical jewelry piece for lorum piercing is a ring. Many men choose Captive Bead Rings for their piercings but another type of a ring can be used.

Since lorum is usually pierced at 12 gauge or 10 gauge, this is the size of the ring you’ll need. You will also have to worry about diameter. ¾” or 7/8” seem to work great.

Also, keep in mind that tissue on this spot is very stretchy so the piercing can migrate and reject easily if too small ring is used. It’s always best to use bigger rings to prevent these problems.

Additional Info and Tips

  • The healing time for lorum piercing is around 2-3 months, though it can take more.
  • Since this placement is unique, it might cause discomfort in some men. When in doubt, consult your piercer prior to the procedure.
  • For more security during sex, it’s best to place the piercing a bit more towards the shaft so it can fit inside the condom. This is very important, not just because of safe sex but also for safe healing. Remember: you should not have sex right after having the piercing done.

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.

Tips for New Piercings: What to Do If…

how-to-clean-your-nose-piercingFirst hours and days after getting your piercing done are crucial. This is when you should take special care of your new piercing so it can heal properly. Many people are unsure what to expect during this time, because even the normal, healthy piercings will show some warning signs during this period.

Here are some handy tips on what to do during this time.

Keep in mind that the healing time is long so you’re definitely not off the hook after the first few days. However, these first days are crucial for ensuring success with your piercings.

What To Do if…

… You don’t know how to clean properly

Many newbies do not know how to clean their piercings properly or how to perform adequate aftercare. This can be very detrimental to the health, so it’s important that you know how to care for your new piercing at all times. This is the job for your piercer, so if there is something you don’t understand, do not hesitate to ask them, even if it means going back to the studio to clarify.

The good news is that cleaning and aftercare are not complicated: the most complex thing about aftercare is that it has to be done consistently! Since many piercings take months to heal, many people may skip cleanings or do them sloppily. This is where things get nasty. However, as long as you stick to the recommended aftercare you don’t have to have any special technique for cleaning. In other words, it’s not difficult to clean properly.

There are only a few things you need to keep in mind when it comes to cleaning:

  • Clean as many times per day as recommended (no more, no less)
  • Use only gentle cleaners (saline solution works wonders)
  • Try to disturb your new piercing as little as possible while cleaning. No turning or twisting the jewelry!
  • If you touch your new piercing or jewelry, make sure your hands are absolutely clean

…You notice fluid coming out of your piercing

Some secretion is not uncommon for new piercings. You may notice some fluid coming out of the piercing in the first days after the procedure. This fluid should be liquid, almost clear (or just a bit yellow). It will typically form a crust around the hole and on the jewelry. This is a perfectly normal thing and it’s actually a sign that your piercing is healing properly. All you need to do is to clean your piercing as instructed. It should remove the crusts from the skin and jewelry. However, never scrub hard or try to remove the crusts with force. Just clean the piercing as you always do and leave it alone.

Fluid coming out of the piercing can be a sign of an infection, but it’s usually easy to tell when there’s a problem. You will notice swelling and increased tenderness if that happens. Also, the secretion will be darker in color (darker yellow, white, or another color). This is pus and it’s typically not as liquid as the normal secretion. If in doubt, it’s best to seek medical advice.

… Your New Piercing is Swollen

Tongue_piercingAfter you get pierced, you can expect some swelling. Most piercings will swell right after the procedure and in the following days. This swelling is normal and it’s just a body’s reaction to what happened.

Keep in mind, however, that this swelling should be temporary. It should not hurt much and it should go away on its own within a few days. You should definitely see it getting better every day. This is a good sign of healing.

If, on the other hand, the swelling becomes worse or if you experience pain and discomfort, it is a sign that something is wrong. Your new piercing may be infected. The best course of action in these situations is to consult your doctor, not your piercer. Keep in mind that piercers are not medical professionals. Most of the time, these infections and problems are not serious, but only if you get medical help straight away. Never wait for too long to seek help if you experience any prolonged swelling or other signs of infection.

… Your New Piercing Hurts

Your new piercing will definitely be sensitive in the first hours, if not days, after the procedure. This is normal and you should not worry about it. You may take painkillers to ease the pain, but other than that, it’s not a sign that something is wrong.

However, keep in mind that your piercing should get better quickly. The pain should be gone within a day or a few days. The exact time needed for a piercing to stop hurting will depend on numerous factors, first and foremost, the body part and the type of piercing you have. Make sure to ask your piercer about the normal time in which you can expect your new piercing to be painful. This way, you will know if everything is healing normally or if there is a reason to be concerned.

If the pain persists for longer than normal or if it gets worse, it’s important to seek medical help immediately, because it can be a sign of an infection or another problem. It’s vital to react quickly because piercing infections can progress quickly.

… Your jewelry cuts into the skin

The initial swelling after the procedure can make the jewelry become “tight” so it might cut into the skin. If the swelling is barely noticeable this should not cause any problems. However, it can become an issue if the swelling is more pronounced. It can also be a sign of an inexperienced piercer, because knowledgeable piercers know they need to use longer jewelry to account for swelling.

This is the reason many initial jewelry pieces are longer than the regular ones. The longer ones are used for swelling and the jewelry is changed once the swelling is gone. If you feel you didn’t get proper jewelry and if you feel the jewelry is too short, go back to the studio and demand a longer jewelry piece.

What if you have a healed piercing and the jewelry still cuts into the skin? This should never happen with healed piercings so it’s either a sign of improperly fitted jewelry or a swelling. If your piercing is healthy (no swelling or other signs of infection), you will need to get new jewelry. It is vital for your body jewelry to be long enough to sit comfortably: it should never cut into your skin.

How to Care for Your Eyebrow Piercing

How to Care for Eyebrow PiercingMany people wonder what is the appropriate level of attention they should give to their eyebrow piercings. The truth is that there is no easy answer to it. Each case is unique because we all have our individual anatomies and different circumstances. That being said, there are some things to keep in mind when caring about your eyebrow piercing.

Why is Eyebrow Piercing Special?

Please note that in many ways, eyebrow piercings are like any other. In this sense, many of the tips proposed for eyebrow piercings will work for any other type of a piercing. This generalized advice is something all piercing enthusiasts should keep in mind.

At the same time, it’s important to know that there are some peculiarities about eyebrow piercings. First of all, one should never forget that eyebrow piercings are surface piercings and thus prone to problems common with surface piercings, such as migration and rejection. Another peculiarity is the fact that eyebrow is a specific body part: it’s near the eyes and covered in hair, so all care instructions need to take these issues into account.

That being said, it’s vital to know that it’s not a good practice to pay over attention to your eyebrow piercing. Performing proper aftercare during healing time is typically enough. Your piercing should not be treated as an anomaly when healed, so it’s best to be aware of it but without paying too much attention and energy to it.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some quick tricks on how to care for your new and healed eyebrow piercing:

  • Get informed even before you decide to go through the procedure. Learn as much as you can about this piercing. Take your time to decide if this is really a good piercing for you.
  • Keep in mind that eyebrow piercings are surface piercings. They are prone to migrations and rejections. Pay a close attention to your piercing in order to notice any developing problem.
  • Since eyebrow piercings are surface piercings, they are not considered permanent. You can prolong their life with proper care, though.
  • Proper care can make an eyebrow piercing last for several years, though a lot depends on your individual anatomy and other factors.
  • If you notice migration and rejection it’s best to retire your piercing. Do not let your eyebrow piercing to grow out. It will leave a scar and increase the risk of infections.
  • New eyebrow piercings tend to bruise and swell. However, this should pass shortly after the procedure. If the problems persist, make sure to consult your medical provider.
  • Perform regular aftercare during the healing period. Use soaks made of saline solution. Make sure not to overclean your piercing.
  • You should not change jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.
  • It’s important to get used to your new eyebrow piercing and not to over-treat
  • You can pluck and shave your eyebrows, but make sure to work carefully around the piercing. If the piercing is fully healed you may remove the jewelry before plucking your eyebrows.