Archive for Piercing and Aftercare Information

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Our first piercing we’ll discuss in our Body Piercing Encyclopedia is the Standard Ear Lobe Piercing.

Location: the fleshy area of the lower part of your ear where the lobe is at its fullest

Jewelry: initially, a circular ring or barbell from 22 gauge (0.6mm) up to 18 gauge (1mm) is used in lengths/diameters typically ranging from 5/16″ (8mm) to 5/8″ (16mm), but gauge sizes up to 10 gauge (2.4mm) can be pierced in this location; jewelry types used can also include BCR, horseshoe circular barbell, straight barbell, labret stud, or nostril ring/stud

Healing: total healing time is anywhere from 4-8 weeks; generally is an easy and quick healing process

Aftercare: wash with warm water and antibacterial soap and always make sure your hands are clean; avoid smoking, using public telephones, and sleeping directly on your new piercing; resist the urge to change jewelry prematurely – it’s worth the wait to do it right!

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Upper Lip Frenulum (a.k.a. smiley, scrumper) Piercing

Welcomed to the world of piercing in the 1990s after gaining notice in a magazine publication, the smiley piercing has certainly gained popularity in recent years for quite a few reasons. The smiley is pierced through a thin strip of flesh that attaches the center of the upper lip to the gum plate; this little piece of flesh is called the upper lip frenulum, hence the official name of the piercing. Because of the differences found in size and shape of the upper lip frenulum, some may not have the ideal anatomy for this piercing, so be sure to check with your local piercer to see if the smiley is a possibility for you!

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Frenulum Linguae (Tongue Web, Under Tongue, Marley) Piercing

This piercing is located where the connective under-layers (or the “webs” that distinguish the fenulum linguae from the rest of it all) that attach the tongue to the lower gum plate are found. The tongue web, which is what the frenulum linguae is more commonly referred to, is the part of our oral anatomy that allows us to speak, so some people believe that this piercing may influence or encourage those who have it to think more before speaking. The best part of all? This piercing is completely hidden (unless you’re intentionally showing it off), so it’s the perfect solution for piercing fanatics that aren’t allowed to have them visible for any reason.

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Thinking about getting your nipples pierced? Then you definitely want to check out this video (with the perfect featured still shot) of Ann’s reaction to getting horizontal nipple piercings done by piercing professional, James, from American Skin Art in our hometown of Buffalo, NY.

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Healing Time: 6 to 9 months for females and 3 to 4 months for males
Initial Jewelry: 14 gauge solid titanium straight barbells or circular rings with the length or diameter depending on the size of your nipple

Want to hear more about Ann’s experience?

Click on the “Read More” link below to see what she personally has to say about her experience and the healing process of getting both of her nipples pierced. If you still aren’t satisfied on your nipple piercing education after that, check out some of our other blog posts on the subject. Oh, and make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content on body piercings and modification culture for your viewing pleasure!

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In recent years, coated and plated body jewelry has become popular in the culture of pierced and modified individuals because the processes used offer more vivid color options than the traditional look of common base metals.
It’s a fact that plated and coated jewelry materials require special care and cleaning. Some of the outer layers may peel, chip away, crack off, or break down over time as a result of your jewelry being in contact with moisture and heat generated by your own body. Plated and coated jewelry are not recommended for wear in initial or healing piercings.

The types of coated and plated jewelry we have available include:
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Both ceramic and enamel coatings provide your body jewelry with a shine that can be maintained for a long time and both materials are durable and hard to scratch.
Enamel coated body jewelry comes in a unique range of colors. It is very smooth and feels comfortable to wear in pretty much any piercing, so it is commonly used in areas like lip piercings and ear piercings. It will hold up better to moisture than other coated or plated items as well.
Ceramic coated body jewelry offers high shine and plenty of colorful options. The ceramic used in this type of coating is the same type of ceramic material used on industrial tools and as a heat guard in space shuttles. It can still be chipped if dropped or banged up against other objects, especially jewelry, so you should store ceramic plated items separate from your other jewelry.platedjewelryElectroplating is a process that coats an object with a thin layer of metal, giving the plating its color and brightness. Plating on jewelry that is frequently worn will eventually dull and fade depending on the quality of the plating (thickness), the wearer’s body chemistry, and the surrounding environment (air quality and humidity).pvd jewelryPhysical vapor deposition (PVD) is a vacuum deposition technique where metal is vaporized into an atmosphere that consists of partly ionized gasses and then, atom by atom, the metal is transitioned from its solid phase into its vapor phase and then back into its solid phase, building a film over the jewelry’s surface. It is most frequently encountered as an outer coating over titanium or stainless steel body jewelry and can be used in an autoclave or steam sterilization treatments. PVD coatings offer high durability and wear resistance as well as resistance to discoloration, tarnishing, high corrosion, and UV radiation.ipjewelryIon plating (IP) is a physical vapor deposition (PVD) process that allows jewelry coating to bond with the stainless steel that is usually used beneath it. Ion plating is more durable, more wear resistant, and also provides higher brightness than traditional methods of plating jewelry. The process involves adding a titanium nitrade layer to the component being plated and then applying an extremely thin layer of gold. After that, at a very low pressure, solid metal vaporizes and becomes electric ions. Ion plating uses concurrent or periodic bombardment of these energetic particles on the metal to create the layer of coating.anodizedjewelryAnodized body jewelry is created through a process in which an electrical current is applied to the metal that changes the way the surface of metal refracts light, which results in a coated layer of color. In most jewelry, an anodized titanium coating will be made over surgical grade stainless steel. The interference of light reflecting off the oxide layer reflecting off the metal beneath it is what determines the color you see.

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bannerstylesWhen someone says “nose piercing” they’re usually referring to the body modification that is pierced and rests in the curve of one of the nostrils. Depending on where you find yourself culturally, “nose piercing” can take on a more general meaning and can refer to piercings such as the septum or the bridge of the nose. This broad sense of the term is also found when referring to the jewelry as a “nose ring” because this term is commonly used to reference any piece of jewelry worn in the nose. Besides the standard nose piercing that is simply a solitary piercing made in the natural crease of your nostril, there are a variety of other piercings that are found around the same area, including:

Double Nostril – two holes are created with the first piercing being higher than the other; requires a strategic and professional piercer due to the risk of hitting nerve structures; jewelry used are nose bones, nostril screws, l-shaped , nose hoops, circular barbells and even captive bead rings

Triple Nostril – requires more precautions in creating patterns to ensure nerve structures are not affected; most convenient jewelry used in this type are nose bones; commonly seen on the top crease of the nostril in a triangular pattern

High Nostril – jewelry is placed a few centimeters above the natural curve of the nostril crease; jewelry options for the high nostril piercing is limited to nose bones, l-shaped, and nostril screws

There are a total of five types of nose rings that are available for purchase on BodyCandy.com: the hoop, nose bone, l-shaped, nose screw, and fishtail.Nose Ring TypesThe first four options are worn and chosen by the wearer’s necessity or personal preference, but the fifth style – the fishtail – is customizable and can be made into any variety of the other styles. Any of the five options available can be worn based on your own preference for comfort, sizing, or aesthetics. Nose jewelry has the ability to be beautiful with the many stylistic options you have in store for your choice, but it also has the added plus of being surprisingly versatile with the many types available and the ability to customize for a perfect fit and style.

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Choosing your material is just as important as figuring out your size. There are six basic materials that most nose rings will be made of: stainless steel, gold, sterling silver, titanium, bioplast, and acrylic. They can also be found in platinum, glass, and carved organic material like bone, but these media are generally more expensive and harder to come by. Some materials are better to use while healing a new piercing while others are recommended for well-established piercings or for wearing for only a short time.

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Nose piercings are one of the most common body piercings in the world, so there’s no wonder why so much different terminology is used to describe the piercings and the jewelry that goes in them. With nostril piercings being so prevalent around the globe, there’s bound to be confusion at one time or another, but this post – and two subsequent posts that will be up in the next week – is your go-to guide for becoming an expert in all that is pierced noses. Today’s post will focus on the ways to size nose rings in order to find the body jewelry that will best work with your own unique nose piercing. The next post will talk about materials that are used in our nose jewelry.

Step 1: Find Your Gauge

The gauge of body jewelry refers to the thickness of the item, which directly correlates to the needle size that is used to pierce you by your chosen piercing professional. Since there are so many different sized noses, there are also different gauge sizes of nose piercings.measuringgaugeThe thickness of the item is extremely important to the fit of the item. Standard sizing for nose rings is normally a 20 gauge; this means the thickness of the portion that goes through the piercing is approximately .8 millimeters.  Nose piercings can also be done in a slightly larger 18 gauge (1 millimeter thickness).

22 Gauge (.6mm)
Piercings done in India, the Middle East, or very select areas of the US, UK, Australia, or Europe may use the tiniest size: 22 gauge, which would normally be considered a specialty size that may need to be handcrafted by an artisan.

20 Gauge (.8mm)
This is the smallest gauge that most body jewelry will come in, and it is used almost exclusively for nose piercings. You’ll find most styles and types in this average size gauge.

18 Gauge (1mm)
This is the gauge used for larger sizes nose piercings. Slightly larger than the 20 gauge, this size will still provide you with countless fashionable options.

There are a few exceptions for those who were pierced in particular parts of the world or who have larger noses and chose to be pierced a size or two larger, but for the most part, the common gauges are what you’ll be working with for your nostril piercing. Knowing the correct gauge size is incredibly important to be sure your jewelry fits comfortably without slipping out.

Step 2: Find Your Proper Length or Diametermeasuringlength

The length (sometimes referred to as the rise for some types of nose rings) is measured from the base of the gem or decoration to the beginning of the curve, bend, or bulbous end; a portion of the jewelry often referred to as the “wearable surface.” This is the part that will actually be worn inside the piercing and its average length is about 6 millimeters, but for those who have slightly thinner or thicker nasal cartilage 5mm and 7mm lengths are also available.

Unless your nose is either very dainty or larger than average, any of these sizes are likely to fit your nose, but for a truly perfect and comfortable fit, getting your ideal length measured at your piercer is a good idea.

Other sizes for piercings that are done in non-traditional areas of the nostril or for nostrils with different thicknesses of cartilage can be custom made or created from a fishtail nose ring.how to use fishtail nose ringsFirst, the piercer will use a special device to measure your nose, and then they’ll bend the long end to the custom size that will best fit your nose. The two most common types of bends will be either a nose screw (the standard type of nose ring that looks like a corkscrew) or an l-shape, which literally leaves the item in the shape of an uppercase L.measuringdiameterDiameter is measured instead of length for nose hoops, and will always be the distance between the inside edges of the hoop at its largest point. Depending on how high up your piercing is and how large or small your nostril is, an incorrect diameter can end up looking a little funky, so this is important to figure out so you can achieve your best style.

The two most common diameter sizes for nose hoops are 5/16″ (8mm) and 3/8″ (10mm). Those with larger noses or with large gauge nose piercings may need rings with a little larger of a diameter, so measuring a hoop you’re already sure fits you is a good decision in those cases.

If you need a size that isn’t commonly sold on our site, an alternative to find the right fit for your nose piercing is to visit your local professional piercer so that they can measure your jewelry, your nose, or both and recommend a specific size for you and your nose.

Step 3: Pick Your Decoration and/or Gemdecorationandgem

One of the most fun parts of choosing a new nose ring is picking out the gem or decoration you want to show off on your pierced schnoz. The gem or decoration size of a nose ring is often overlooked, but depending on the look you want and the size of your specific nose, this measurement can be rather important.

Our nose rings (most notably our solid gold options) are set in a low profile setting with a flat bottom to ensure the ring sits flush to the nose. Each stone has its own “seat” where a notch is cut by a highly skilled craftsman into the setting to fit that individual stone. Not only is there an aesthetic quality to this, but it also makes it less likely you’ll get your jewelry caught on something.

The gems/settings on nose rings start as small as 1.2 to 1.6mm (called a micro nose ring) and go up to about 3mm in size. Decorative shapes can be even larger, sometimes measuring up to 6 or 7mm (about 1/4″) wide.For persons with petite noses, standard 2mm sized gems can look a little bit oversized, and for those who have larger nostrils, a tiny micro nose ring may not gain the attention you and your nose piercing deserve.

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Click “read more” below to read about some troubleshooting you can implement if your nose ring’s fit is a little off.

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Apr
23

Frank’s Septum Piercing Video

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Thinking of getting a septum piercing? Not sure about the process? Watch as Frank gets his septum pierced by James at American Skin Art, here in Buffalo NY!

First things first, the area around the septum in cleaned. James then makes a mark where the piercing will go. A pair of open ended clamps is used to hold Frank’s nose steady for the piercing. A deep breath in helps Frank to relax, and James then pushes the needle through, using the open ends of the clamps to guide it. A cork is secured to the end of the needle as James slides it the rest of the way out, so that a septum retainer can be inserted behind it.

Healing Time: 4-8 weeks

Initial jewelry: Circular barbell or a septum retainer

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!

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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!