Archive for Labret and Monroe Piercings

When it comes to the metals and materials used to create your body jewelry there is always new and changing information. At Body Candy we do our best to help you make an informed decision but we ALWAYS recommend that you ask your own trusted piercer for advice specific to you.

With that said I give you a few final bits of information about some of our most popular and commonly used materials.

Platinum:

  • Platinum is a dense heavy metal with a high resistance to corrosion and wear.  It’s high shine, maintains a silvery white tone, and is also the least reactive of all metals when it comes to skin and piercings.
  • Platinum jewelry is an excellent hypoallergenic choice for piercings but the material itself is rare and comes with a higher price tag.

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Sterling Silver:

  • Sterling silver–even when combined with another metals–is soft enough to scratch, creating nicks that can be a trigger for bacteria.
  • Silver tends to oxidize when it comes in contact with body tissues or fluids and the result (tarnish!) is not good for your piercing.
  • Do not wear sterling silver jewelry in unhealed body piercings or if you are prone to allergic reaction!

Sterling Silver

Acrylic:

  • “Acrylic” refers to varieties of plastic like lucite and plexiglass that are super light and great for larger gauge piercings.
  • Acrylic jewelry comes in every color and print you can imagine but is much easier to break or shatter than other materials.
  • Bending, heating, and dropping are death for acrylic jewelry which means Acrylic can not be sterilized and is not a good choice for people who are prone to allergic reactions or for use in unhealed body piercings.

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Still have questions? Check out the April 17th and April 13th blog posts for information on some of our other metals and materials or call our customer service department 9-5pm Monday through Friday (Eastern Standard Time) at 1-800-694-1426They will be happy to suggest a choice for you!

Remember: the best person to ask for a recommendation of the material that is best for you is a trusted piercer and the only qualified person to ask about symptoms of allergic reaction is a medical professional!

Apr
19

Hemp, Hemp, Hooray! Happy 4/20!

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With the growing acceptance of all things cannabis lately, the 20th of April will carry more of a reason for celebration than ever before. No matter your choice on whether or not to participate in the holiday’s hazy traditions, we’ve got you covered in today’s post with some fun 420 history and a plethora of awesome weed-related jewelry and accessories.

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Rasta Santa Claus enjoys his 4/20 responsibly.

But why this date? What makes April 20th and the time of 4:20 so special to the cannabis community? There are a lot of myths surrounding the origins of this holiday, which isn’t too surprising since some weed enthusiasts are known to have difficulties remembering the time to get the pizza out of the oven. Likewise, the story itself is nothing short of what you would expect from the celebration considered the Oktoberfest for potheads.

4/20: A Brief History

Let’s take a little trip back to the year 1971 – the year when five high school students from California first uttered the term “4:20” whilst meeting daily at that specific time under their school’s statue to partake in a smoke session before wandering around the wilderness searching for a legendary lost cannabis crop allegedly left behind by “some dude from the Coast Guard.”

Despite never stumbling upon their pot field treasure, the term “420” lived on in infamy as a code to conceal drug use from parents and teachers that eventually found its way into pop culture (thanks to one of the high schooler’s older brothers being a friend of the bassist for the Grateful Dead) to become the number that is now synonymous with the plant and the culture that surrounds its consumption.

A 2014 article from Vice News has a bunch of interesting facts and research about this day and its origins if you feel like incorporating a little knowledge into your holiday this year.

One of my favorite tidbits from the article is the fact that the Denver, Colorado Interstate mile marker 420 has been stolen so many times that it was replaced with mile marker 419.99 to deter further theft.

4-20 Products

If you’re looking for some 4/20 friendly body jewelry to show off your love for the holiday, we’ve got a TON of awesome options for you to check out, including:

Our stash plugs are the perfect way to keep your goods secure, and we even carry herb grinder plugs for easy rolling no matter where you might find yourself.

Want something even more resourceful? Check out our 0 gauge pipe talon taper (it’s the blue Sherlock-like piece in the above image) made from unobtanium borosilicate glass for the perfect piece to add to your stash.

Another cool option for 4/20 body jewelry is our glow-in-the-dark items! A selection of our logo inlay jewelry features the ability to glow, which only adds to the righteous style you’ll gain from wearing it. This colorful rasta pot leaf belly ring is an especially popular choice on our site.

We also carry a selection of weed-themed jewelry for those who haven’t delved into the vast world of body modification just yet, featuring fashion jewelry and accessories including the products featured in the image below. Additionally, a lot of our jewelry with rasta colors and marijuana leaf designs are currently a part of our clearance section for an easily affordable celebration.

4-20 Non-Pierced Products

COUPON ALERT!
Use coupon code “BC420” for 15% off of your purchase, which is valid until Friday, April 22nd, 2016.

We’ve all been there – you’re putting in your new body jewelry and the ball drops to the floor, never to be seen again. For those accidents that occur with a bead captive ring, you’re going to need a different type of replacement ball than what you would get for threaded barbell body jewelry. The ball for securing BCRs is held in place with the help of tiny divots or dimples on each side, which securely fit in the opening of the circular ring.

Since captive rings are one of the more difficult styles of body jewelry to remove and insert into your piercing, the best chance you have of getting that ball back in the ring is to visit a local professional piercer who will correctly and efficiently assist you in getting your jewelry to function. Many piercers will change your jewelry free of charge, and since they have the proper tools and sanitation to deal with body piercings, it is the safest, easiest way to change out your captive jewelry.

If that just isn’t an option for you or you would like to have a go at it yourself, we have some tools, tips, and tricks to assist you in showing off your BCR like it was meant to be:

Tips Before Getting Started
  • Change your jewelry in a place with a lot of light like your bathroom because the beads are usually tiny and difficult to handle.
  • Cover the drain of the sink if there is one in the vicinity with a paper towel or tissues so that you won’t lose the ball down the drain.
  • Get a clean small cup or dish to put the jewelry in when you’re exchanging the pieces so nothing escapes while you’re in the process.
  • Practice popping the bead in and out of the captive ring several times prior to actually trying to insert into your piercing (if you’re not sure how to do this, read through the step by step directions below before trying).
  • If you’re having trouble removing the bead from the captive ring, try to wedge your thumbnail under the edge of the bead, but be careful not to drop the bead when it pops out!
  • Keep your hands and your jewelry clean throughout the process to prevent infection (ESPECIALLY if you drop any part of the jewelry!)
  • If you feel the ring getting caught on any part of your skin when changing it, slide the ring back into its original place and try again.
  • Try not to look in the mirror while changing your jewelry because this is often more confusing than helpful when compared to changing it assisted by your sense of touch.
Step by Step
  1.  Remove the bead from your current captive ring and slowly rotate the ring through your piercing until the ring opening is lined up with either end of your piercing.
  2. Hold the ring firmly between your thumb and forefinger before grasping the bead tightly between the thumb and forefinger of your opposite hand. Twist the ring slightly while applying pressure on the bead – it should pop right out.
  3. Gently slide the ring out of the hole.
  4. Clean the captive ring you just removed before putting it into the cup or dish you have ready.
  5. Remove the bead from your new captive ring, place that new bead into the cup or dish with your old jewelry, and slowly put the end of the new captive ring’s opening into the hole of your piercing.
  6. Gently rotate the jewelry through your piercing until the end of the ring comes through the opposite hole.
  7. Once it’s inserted through your piercing, hold the new captive ring’s bead and line it up between your fingers so that you can see the dimpled indents on both ends of the ball. Rest the bottom indent on one end of the captive ring’s opening and steadily hold the ring while carefully pushing the top indent to fill the opening – you should hear it snap into place.
  8. Ta-da! Look and feel fabulous 😉

So, the most important part of all that? Keep everything as clean as you can! If you follow those rules, then wearing your new BCR will be easy, fun, and fashionable without the stress and frustration of going at it alone.

Ready to look for a captive ring of your own? Check out our previous style guide post on everything captive rings have to offer!

Not sure about the size you need? Check out this posting on proper sizing of captive rings to ensure you get a perfect fit.

Watch and Learn

If you’re someone who prefers to see something done before they do it themselves, then this video is perfect for you! Inserting and removing the circular barbell is the easy part, but many proudly pierced individuals find putting that dang ball back in place the most frustrating part of all.

Helpful Tools

Here at BodyCandy.com, we carry a variety of useful tools that can help you get to your perfectly pierced style more smoothly and with minimal stress on the jewelry. You should avoid using household tools to open and close your captive ring because this method can scratch the metal ring leaving a rough surface that can damage your piercing (not to mention it’s not exactly sanitary!).

If you’ve been having trouble handling your captive ball or if your BCR is of a larger gauge size, one of these tools should provide you with exactly the assistance you need:

Ball Removal Tool

This can and will literally save your balls! Many don’t know that this type of tool exists, but it is an essential accessory for any pierced style. It’s small and portable, so you can change styles on the go without worrying about fiddling with tiny ball ends. The ball removal tool has a rubber end that grips the ball to give you a little friction to twist it off from your jewelry without the risk of dropping it. This is a great tool for those with butter fingers or hands too big to handle little pieces.

Ring Opening and Closure Pliers

For stubborn captive rings that need some adjustment, there are a variety of tools that can be implemented to make your life a little easier. Ring opening pliers create enough wiggle room to allow the ball to more easily be placed back in its spot on the ring.

How to Use Ring Opening Pliers:

1. Place nose of pliers into the center of the captive ring.

2. Squeeze the handles together until the captive ring is held fast by the pliers and rests within the appropriate grooves.

3. Squeeze the handles gently until the captive opens just slightly and the captive bead becomes loose. Be careful not to squeeze too much or else the jewelry may be damaged.

Start by using the tool in small increments and then remove the jewelry from the pliers to check the progress (measured by how easy or difficult the ball is to move) so that you don’t bend the ring too far, but just in case you do, we have a tool for that too. Ring closure tools look a lot like the pliers used to open up the jewelry but are used to adjust a ring to make it smaller, just in case you don’t know your own strength and made it too big trying to open it up.

Ball End Grabbers

Since we are well aware that holding onto those tiny balls can be quite damaging to our mental state, lower the risk of a dropped ball with tools specifically designed to keep a tight grip. These types of tools come in different shapes and sizes, so make sure you’re getting one designed for what you need. One option is a tool that has a claw-like grabbing mechanism to grasp ball ends that are rolling around in your jewelry box; another option is a tool that looks a lot like tweezers with rounded tips that are used to hold the ball end while you are maneuvering it into the grooves to fit back into the captive ring.

Next time you have a stylish captive ring in your sights, don’t pass it by. You’ll be able to buy and use this type of body jewelry with confidence knowing you won’t have to fight it to wear it.

Have a look at our latest and greatest styles in captive ring jewelry by clicking here!

Nov
27

BodyCandy Holiday Gift Guide

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Not sure what to get for that hard to shop for person on your list this holiday? Undecided on what direction to go in? Shop the BodyCandy gift guide for our top picks for the modified beauties in your life!

Aug
25

Hiding Piercings for Work/School

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Piercings should be an acceptable part of the work environment, but we know that isn’t true everywhere. Unfortunately many employers still view piercings as “unprofessional,” and may expect you to remove or cover up your body jewelry while on the clock. They can be a health and safety hazard in some industries (fast food, restaurants, jobs that require you to use industrial machinery, etc.) though, and that should be taken into consideration if you decide to get pierced.

If you’re in a field where your safety or the safety of others isn’t at risk due to your piercings, then here’s a few tips on how to hide your piercings and the types of jewelry you can use to make them look less noticeable.


Micro nose rings are a great option if you’re going for the less likely to be noticed approach. Sometimes the reason for covering a piercing is more of a formal appearance standard than discriminating against them altogether. This way you can still be pierced without drawing everyone’s eyes to your piercing. However, if your boss/teacher pays close attention to detail, these might not be the best idea.

 


If you’re looking for a 100% guaranteed way to hide your piercing, retainers are the way to go. These clear, bioplast rings will make it nearly impossible for someone to notice your piercing. Options like these are also available for tongue piercings, lip piercings and curved barbells for belly button piercings.

 


Septum piercings are one of the easiest piercings to hide because, depending on the type of jewelry you wear, you can easily flip your septum ring up inside of your nose. Consider choosing from jewelry that is labeled as a septum retainer if you know you may need to do hide your ring for work or school. These rings look awesome when they’re showing too!

Aug
21

Healing Times for Popular Piercings

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Body piercings can be a permanent investment, and for a lot of people, the time and care they have to put into them can determine or detour their decision to get pierced. If you’re considering getting pierced, you should know that you’ll be investing at least a month of your time into the healing process. Aftercare instructions are crucial to healthy healing. If not followed properly, the time it takes to heal can be extended greatly. Before you even read on with healing times, please know the biggest factor in the length of time it takes is you.

While every body is different, if you follow your aftercare directions, you’ll land somewhere within these ranges.

Bridge Piercing (also bindi): 4-6 months

Cartilage (tragus, helix, conch, daith, rook, industrial etc): 3-9 months

Earlobe: 4-8 weeks

Eyebrow: 6-8 weeks

Labret (below the lip, centered): 6-8 weeks

Lip (to the side): 6-8 weeks

Monroe (upper lip): 2-3 months

Navel: 6-9 months

Nipple: 6-9 months (3-4 months for males)

Nostril: 3-4 months

Septum: 4-8 weeks

Tongue: 4-8 weeks

Jul
01

Stephanie’s Angel Bite Piercings

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See our friend Stephanie getting, not one, but two new piercings! Her work is being done by our best piercing buddy, James, of American Skin Art located in Buffalo, NY.

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What are Angel bites?

This piercing is two monroe piercings, which are located off to each side and just above the upper lip.

The Process

The areas are cleaned and sterilized, then marked with a temporary ink. The piercer may also use a type of measuring device to be sure the placement will exactly symmetrical. The piercings are done one at a time, the clamp is applied to the first side and the area is inspected to see where the back of the jewelry will sit against the gums. This ensures the jewelry won’t be damaging teeth. Once ready, the piercer will the pass the needle through the desired spot, cork off the pointed end, then proceed to follow the needle out with the jewelry. The post is trimmed and the ball end is placed and secured. The process is then repeated on the other side. After a bit of clean up, we’re all done!

Healing

These piercings take about 6 to 8 weeks to be healed. Be sure to see your piercer for complete care information!

 

Jun
11

Litany’s Monroe Piercing

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What is a Monroe Piercing?
Also known as the Madonna or Chrome Crawford, this is a piercing that resembles a beauty mark that is placed off to one side and directly above the upper lip. Placement is towards the corner of the mouth and about 5/16 to 1/2 inch above the lip line.

The Process
The piercer will begin by cleaning and marking the area. Often the client will be asked to smile after the temporary marking has been placed , to see how the piercing will sit in other positions than neutral and make sure it will look good. The piercer will use a set of clamps to grasp the upper lip and pull it straight up vertically away from the mouth. This ensures a straight piercing. Consideration must be taken with this piercing as to where the back of the jewelry will sit, as to minimize the risk of damage to the teeth and gums. The needle will be pushed through, corked, and then followed through from the underside of the lip with the desired jewelry. Depending on the client’s taste this could be a plain ball or gem. The area will be cleaned again and then the piercer will give the client their care instructions.

After & Healing
The upper lip has the tenancy to swell for a few days after, this is common and subsides quickly. This piercing takes about 2-3 months or longer, depending on the client’s natural healing capabilities and the care given to it. Initial jewelry is usually a 14 gauge but can range between 16 – 12. The post will be fairly long to accommodate the swelling, your piercer may tell you to come back in a few weeks to switch it out to a shorter one!

Hello lovely readers! Welcome to our updated for 2015 version of our most popular blog post on the age laws for each state for tattoos and piercings. Here you’ll find the most recent laws and updated information on how old you have to be and if you need parental consent to get that piercing or tattoo you’ve been dreaming of.

There is no Federal Law in the United States concerning body modification so each state sets it’s rules and regulations.

Definitions:
Minor : means anyone under the age of 18 in most states, these states have different ages at which people are still minors:

  • Alabama- 19
  • Arkansas- 18 or graduation from high school, whichever is later
  • Delaware- 19
  • Mississippi- 21
  • Nebraska- 19
  • Nevada- 18, or if still in high school at 18, 19 or graduation, whichever comes sooner
  • Ohio- 18 or graduation from high school, whichever comes first
  • Tennessee- 18 or graduation from high school, whichever is later
  • Utah- 18 or graduation from high school, whichever is earlier
  • Wisconsin- 18, or if still in high school at 18, 19 or graduation, whichever comes sooner

Legal Guardian: are individuals that have legal authority to care for another person. This means the person has gone before a court and has been granted guardianship. (Aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings are not considered a legal guardian unless they have gone through the proper legal steps to become a guardian.)

Simply scroll down to find your state by alphabetical order:

Alabama
Both Tattoos and Piercings – Requires prior written informed consent from the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Alaska
Tattoos- Illegal to tattoo any minor, regardless of any parental or legal guardian’s consent.

Piercings- Requires prior written approval from the minor’s parent or legal guardian and the presence of the parent or legal guardian during the body piercing procedure.

Arizona
Both Tattoos and Piercings – Illegal to either tattoo or pierce anyone under age 18 without the physical presence of the parent or legal guardian.

Arkansas
Both Tattoos and piercings- Illegal to be performed on a minor without the written consent and presence of one of the minor’s parents, a guardian or a custodian.

California
Tattoos- Illegal, a misdemeanor for any person to tattoo or offer to tattoo anyone under age 18.

Piercings- Requires that the piercing is performed in the presence of a parent or guardian or as directed and notarized by the minor’s parent or guardian. Does not apply to emancipated minors and does not include pierces of the ear.

Colorado
Tattoos and Piercings – Prohibits anyone from performing a body art procedure on a minor unless the artist has received express consent from the minor’s parent or guardian.

Connecticut
Tattoos- Illegal to tattoo a minor under age 18 without the permission of the minor’s parent or guardian.

Piercings- The department of public health does not have jurisdiction over body piercing, meaning it is the decision of the piercing parlor of what they will require to obtain a piercing.

Delaware
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires the prior written consent of the adult parent or legal guardian.

Florida
Tattoos- requires also that no individual under the age of 16 be tattooed, except for medical reasons by a doctor or dentist. If you are between 16 and 18 you must have notarized consent from a parent or guardian or be accompanied by your parent / guardian.

Piercings- Requires  written notarized consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian, and an establishment may not perform body piercing on a minor under the age of 16 unless the minor is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Georgia
Tattoos- Prohibits the tattooing of anyone under age 18 by anyone other than a licensed osteopath or technician acting under the direct supervision of a licensed physician or osteopath.

Piercings- Requires written informed consent from parent or legal guardian.

Hawaii
Tattoos- Requires notarized consent from a parent or guardian or be accompanied by your parent / guardian.

Piercings- Parental consent is not required for a minor to get a piercing in Hawaii, but the state legislature is working to change that. In the meantime, many shops have implemented their own age restrictions.Some shops will perform navel and ear piercings on those age 16+ who present valid photo IDs, and they’ll do any other piercing (nipple and genital piercings excluded) for those 16 or older if they present an appropriate ID and have parental consent.

Idaho
Tattoos and Piercings- Illegal to perform tattooing, branding or body piercing of minors under the age of 14. Those between 14 and 18 need written informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Illinois
Tattoos- Illegal. Minors may not be present at a tattoo shop without parent or legal guardian. Only medically licensed professionals may tattoo a minor.

Piercings- Requires written informed consent from parent or legal guardian.

Indiana
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires a minor’s parent or legal guardian to be present AND have written permission in order to either tattoo or perform a body piercing on a minor under age 18.

Iowa
Tattoos- Illegal to tattoo a minor.

Piercings- No current laws on required age but each shop has it’s own requirements.

Kansas
Tattoos and Piercings-  Requires written and notarized consent and presence of the minor’s parent or  guardian.

Kentucky
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written and notarized consent of a parent or guardian.

Louisiana
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written and notarized consent and presence of the minor’s parent or  guardian.

Maine
Tattoos- Illegal to tattoo any person under the age of 18.

Piercings- Requires prior written consent of a minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Maryland
Tattoos- Illegal to tattoo any person under the age of 18.

Piercings- Parent or legal guardian must provide written consent.

Massachusetts
Tattoos and Piercings- The only piercings for which Massachusetts specifies a minimum age requirement are nipple and genital piercings, which can only be performed on adults age 18 or older. All other piercings may be performed on minors at each piercer’s discretion. Most Massachusetts shops require that a parent or legal guardian be present when a minor is pierced, and each shop sets their own guidelines as to which piercings they’ll perform at which ages.

Michigan
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Minnesota
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written and notarized consent of a parent or guardian.

Mississippi
Tattoos and Piercings- Both illegal to be performed on a minor.

Missouri
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Montana
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires explicit in-person consent of the minor’s parent or guardian.

Nebraska
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires explicit in-person consent of the minor’s parent or guardian.

New Hampshire
Tattoos- Illegal to perform on a minor.

Piercings- Requires explicit in-person consent  and presence of the minor’s parent or guardian.

New Jersey
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

New Mexico
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

New york
Tattoos- Illegal to be performed on any minor.

Piercings-  Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

North Carolina
Tattoos- Illegal to be performed on any minor.

Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

North Dakota
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Ohio
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Oklahoma
Tattoos- Illegal to perform on any minor.

Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Oregon
Tattoos and Piercings- Illegal to perform on any minor.

Pennsylvania
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Rhode Island
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

South Carolina
Tattoos- Illegal for those under 21. Those between the ages of 18 and 21 may receive parental consent to obtain a tattoo.

Piercings- Illegal for all minors under 18.

South Dakota
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Tennessee
Tattoos- Illegal to perform on a minor unless it’s for a cover up and the client is 16 or older with parental consent.

Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Texas
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Utah
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Vermont
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent or presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Virginia
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Washingtion
Tattoos- Illegal to be performed on a minor.

Piercings- Requires written consent and/or presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

West Virginia
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent and/or presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Wisconsin
Tattoos- Illegal to be performed on any minor.

Piercings- Illegal for those under 16. Persons aged 16-17 may receive written consent in the presence of the shop operator from their parent of guardian.

Wyoming
Tattoos and Piercings- Requires written consent AND presence of the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

Everyone is generally familiar with the classic tongue piercing and lip ring, we’re going to cover a few facial and oral piercings you may not be too familiar with as well as general care and healing information for the aforementioned piercings.

Tongue Piercing

Typically this piercing is placed centrally but can be placed just about anywhere on the tongue. Two piercings placed side by side is often referred to as ‘venom bites’. A traditional tongue piercing is placed where the nerves are primarily for taste and temperature, it is more painful is be pierced towards the tip or edges. Healing time is about 4-8 weeks, during the first week there will be significant swelling and tenderness, drinking cold water especially immediately following the procedure will help with the swelling and soothe the area. You can eat normally but it is advisable to do so slowly and take small bites. Many people find smoothies, shakes, and soups are easiest to start with. Avoid chewing gum, salty, spicy, or very hot foods as these may be injurious or irritating.

The Labret Piercing

 A traditionally placed labret is centered under the lower lip, but may be placed higher, lower, in pairs or even multiples.  Usually pierced with a 16 or 14 gauge needle, a flat disk-back  stud or ring are the most common jewelry worn. Healing time is about 6-8 weeks but may take longer. Cleaning is easiest by using a sea salt soak (1/4 tsp to 8oz water) in a shot glass held flush against the face or a cotton ball/q-tip with the solution on it.

 

The Monroe Piercing

This piercing imitates a beauty mark and is placed off to one side above the upper lip. Also paired with another piercing on the opposite side which is nicknamed ‘angel bites’. Typically done at 16 or 14 gauge this piercing heals in about 2 to 3 months or longer. Aftercare is the same as the labret.

The Philtrum Piercing

Also commonly knows as the ‘medusa’ this piercing is placed center of the natural divot between the mouth and the nose. It is common that during this piercing the client’s eyes may water.  Healing time for this piercing is typically 2 to 3 months and usually at 16 or 14 gauge.

 

Cheek/ Dimple Piercings

Cheek piercings can be done in most locations on the cheek but are usually placed in the natural dimple on the client’s face and should not be placed further back than the first molars. This can cause issues with the salivary glands that are located within the cheek. This is considered one of the lesser painful facial/oral piercings, usually done with 16 to 12 gauge barbells preferably with a flat back. This piercing takes anywhere from 2-3 months or longer to heal. Cleaning can be done with the sea salt solution, many find using a small shot glass to hold over the area to be an easy way to do so.

 

The Smiley/ Scrumper and Frowny Piercings

Smiley and scrumper are both names for the piercing of the upper frenulum, which is a piece of skin that connects the center of the upper lip and gums. The frowny is a piercing of lower frenulum that connects the lower lip and gums. Performed with usually with jewelry between 16 to 18 gauge circular barbell, horseshoe, or curved barbell; this piercing heals in about 4 to 8 weeks. This piercing comes with the risk of rejection and migration as well as the wearing of the tooth enamel, all things to consider before getting this piercing.

 The Lingual Frenulum Piercing

This is a piercing of the web located underneath the tongue if the client has the substantial anatomy to accommodate the jewelry. Most often done with a small curved bar or 16 gauge ring. This piercing heals quickly and easily in about 4 to 6 weeks. This piercing has a tendency to reject but most people keep it for at least a few years. Clean the piercing by using a non-alcohol based mouthwash. Be sure to keep it free of food and debris. Avoid swimming, alcohol, and sexual contact until it’s healed.