Archive for septum piercing

Bodycandy.com is familiar with the recent debate about piercings as a tool in the management of chronic pain. After receiving several follow up questions to Ann’s March 8 blog post: “Can the Daith Piercing Cure Migraine Headaches?” (which you can check out by clicking here) we wanted to delve deeper into the discussion of piercing in relation to acupuncture. Yay, research!

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“I’m an English major, guys. I love this nerd stuff”–Me

In this first segment of “On Pins and Needles,” I’m going to summarize my basic findings. In part two, available next week, we’ll discuss the hard facts available on this complicated subject.

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Head to http://www.jefsaunders.com and his “Confessions of a Piercing Nerd” blog for the perspective of a humorous skeptic who happens to be a piercer too!

Available information on acupuncture and pain management through piercing suggest one clear fact: There aren’t many facts. There is, however, lots of discussion. Three main voices emerge in the argument for and against the combined practice:

  • individuals getting pierced: testimonials!
  • piercing professionals
  • acupuncturists studying both

Common discourse today revolves around the daith piercing (shown to the right–>) but further research reveals a more in-depth discussion.

The following bullets contain an initial summary of the established facts and strongly held opinions of individuals and professionals involved with this topic: 

  • Most accredited acupuncture associations are hesitant to take a stance on permanent piercings and acupuncture, claiming insufficient study or that fields like auriculotherapy (a relatively modern evolution specialized at the ear) are too far removed from traditional practice to comment on.
  • Testimonials by piercers as well as people who have gotten their daith and other acupuncture points pierced come in all shapes and sizes. Claims of no effect, partial or completely reduced pain for two weeks to one month, and emotional accounts of total relief from pain are all common.
  • Very few piercers are trained in acupuncture or work closely with acupuncturists. Reputable professional piercers speak on this issue with caution because of laws that restrict offering opinions that could be misunderstood as medical. If your piercer is claiming direct knowledge in this area, follow up. Ask questions! Don’t be fooled by opinions or inexperience.
  • Very few acupuncturists are trained in the art of piercing or work closely with piercers, though they tend to be versed in the effects of interruption of the body’s natural energy flow–Qi–and the effects of scar tissue on frequently used acupuncture points. While this knowledge isn’t specifically based on piercing experience, some of it still applies.

Check back next week to hear more about what I learned about permanent piercings and acupuncture treatments. Click here to reach Ann’s original blog post discussing the Daith and Migraines.


Click here for Part Two of “On Pins and Needles,” (available Friday, July 8th) and here for Part Three (available July 22) to learn about a few of the related facts and studies that I discovered! Have some experience with our topic? Let us know by leaving your comment!


 


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

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

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Apr
01

Captivate with Captive Rings: Style Guide

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One of the perks of using captive rings is that they are such a versatile option and can be worn in just about any type of piercing. Some popular sites that captives can be used for include septum piercings, nostril piercings, lip piercings (including labret), eyebrow piercings, belly piercings, nipple piercings, and several piercings of the ear (orbital, helix, conch, rook, snug, tragus, anti-tragus, daith, and lobe). This type of jewelry is also worn in less common body piercings such as surface piercings, corset piercings, eyelid piercings, and any piercings of tissues inside the mouth.

Earring Styles for Captive Rings

Captive rings are easy to coordinate in multiple piercings and make the perfect addition to any jewelry wardrobe. Additionally, because of their closed shape and rounded edges, these rings do not easily snag on clothing, hair, or furniture, making them a popular choice for piercings which are still healing.

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The design of these circular rings is something to consider when figuring out how to best accentuate your piercing. Captive jewelry is most commonly crafted from a metal ring (surgical grade stainless steel, sterling silver, gold, titanium, etc.) and a ball or bead made of either similar materials or decorated with extra flair from sparkling crystals, lightweight acrylic, or natural stone.

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Captives are most commonly found in two forms: the ball, or bead, captive ring and the segment ring.

 

Ball/Bead Captive Rings

This style is the most popular look in captive jewelry. The ball captive ring (BCR), or captive bead ring (CBR), which is known better by its acronym “BCR” consists of two parts: the circular ring that features a small opening and the ball, bead, or decorative piece that fits snugly into that opening. That opening allows for the ring to be easily inserted into a wide variety of piercings before securing the jewelry by closing the opening when the captive piece is put in its place. Additionally, BCRs come in the standard spherical ring design or can even have dangling detail for some fun ways to express yourself.

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Segment Rings

If you’re looking for a simplistic style with a streamlined structure, then the segment ring may be what’s right for you. Segment rings are very similar to BCRs, but they close with a piece (segment) that provides the illusion of a seamless ring without an opening. Generally, the materials used with this type of body jewelry are the same as with BCRs, but surgical grade stainless steel and hypo-allergenic metals are the primary materials used with segment rings.

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Other options that vary slightly from the commonly found segment and bead captive rings are closure rings and dangle captive rings.

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Dangle BCRs

Although this type of captive ring is still considered a bead or ball captive ring, dangle BCRs have a dangling charm or design that is either part of the closure piece itself or is a separate piece on the circular barbell. Many choose this style for piercings of the ear or nipple piercings since the dangling portion can end up getting in the way in other locations.

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Closure Rings

The combination of segment rings and bead captive rings comes together to create the closure ring. Although these are usually grouped together with either the former or latter styles, this type of captive ring has endless possibilities for style thanks to the charms and designs that snap into place to cover the gap of the ring or that stay in place through tension, much like the bead or ball captives.

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Now that you’ve completed our crash course in everything you need to know about captive rings, it’s time to pick out a style of your own! The best thing about BCRs is their versatility as an option for body jewelry – you can change your look as often as you’d like with a simple exchange of the dimpled ball or with a whole new captive ring.

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We’d love to see what you get! Show off your new body jewelry and tag #bodycandy so we can see how awesome your style is!

Know your style but not your size? Check out our previous post on finding the right size captive ring for your piercing!

Mar
23

Universal Nipple Rings are Back in Stock!

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Upgrade to the next level in nipple piercing jewelry with one of the most exclusive and hottest trends available right now: universal nipple rings. This versatile piercing decor is super easy to use; all you have to do is turn the rotating barbell and you can wear this body jewelry horizontally, vertically, and even diagonally! The most exciting part about these designs is that you can adjust the decoration to fit your piercing. No matter how your nipple is pierced, you can count on these universal nipple rings to bring you the high style you deserve to flaunt.

If you’re feeling the love, you might enjoy the filigree heart design featured on some of our universal nipple rings. Each scroll-work heart is decorated with a tiny sparkling clear gem.

The more sparkle, the merrier! Swarovski crystals are used in a selection of our available universal nipple rings so you can get your glam on.

No matter your style, you’re covered with the bold designs available for universal nipple rings. Choose from tribal, art deco, and chevron details.

 

Check out this happy customer showing off their pair of new Clear Gem Black PVD Barbell Filigree Heart Universal Nipple Rings!

 

Grab them while you can! This new and user-friendly option for accentuating your nipple piercing is flying off the shelves, so make sure you have the coolest new body jewelry to rock and pick out yours today.

Dec
03

The Beauty of The Septum Piercing

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Septum piercings became popular in 2014, and are still on the rise in 2015. The goddess-like quality implied by the piercing itself is testament enough to its beauty, but that’s not all.

Septum clickers, the most popular type of jewelry worn in a septum piercing, are beautifully unique pieces of jewelry. Often adorned with glimmering gemstones, these rings “click” into place inside the nostril, leaving only the delicate design of the ring to see. Other jewelry commonly worn in a septum piercing: captive bead rings and horseshoe circular barbells.

Check out some of our best selling favorites this holiday season:

Oct
27

New Arrivals: Septum Clickers

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2015 has seen the continued rise in septum piercings. With more and more people getting pierced, the style of septum jewelry is evolving. From basic horseshoe circular barbells, to elaborate designs and sparkling 14KT gold rings.

Check out some of our newest septum clickers!

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Oct
16

Stefanie’s Septum Piercing Video

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Like most piercings, James starts by cleaning the area around the piercing. Then he uses his fingers to find the placement of the holes for the piercing on the inside of the nostril, and marks it. Next a clamp is used to hold the skin in place, and James checks to make sure the holes align on both sides of the septum. It’s go time!

The piercing needle is pushed through. More often than not, your eyes will water with a septum piercing, as you can see in the video. The clamp is removed and the piercing is ready for jewelry insertion. James puts a cork on the sharp end of the needle, and  pushes it through the piercing. The jewelry then follows behind… phew! We’re done.

“It actually looks worse than it felt. It didn’t hurt that bad at all!” Stefanie said of her experience.

Stefanie’s initial jewelry choice is unique in that it sits inside the nostril, making it easier to hide for her to hide at work if need be.

Healing time for septum piercings is about 4-8 weeks. Initial jewelry is typically a circular barbell or a retainer measuring at 14 or 12 gauge (16 gauge at a minimum).

In your search for septum jewelry, you will probably come across septum clickers the most often. These pieces are designed specifically for use in a septum piercing, hence the name. The differing diameters determine how far the jewelry hangs down from your nose.

In addition to septum clickers, however, a few other pieces of body jewelry can be worn in a septum piercing. The trick is to pay attention to the sizing. A standard size for septum piercings is 14 or 16 gauge. If you’re not sure of your size, check with your piercer.

Circular barbells or captive rings (aka BCR or CBR) can be worn comfortably in a septum piercing. Their rounded shape and ball closure provide a bit of a different look than septum clickers. They can be tricky to get on, though! Watch our instructional video on captive rings for help on wearing a BCR. (Link to YouTube video: here.) As with any piercing, if you have difficulty putting the jewelry in, it’s best to go to a piercing parlor and have them help you out.

*Captive rings can also be worn in a wide array of other piercings such as cartilage, tragus, eyebrow, nostril and lip piercings.

Circular barbells come in a horseshoe ring shape as well. With these guys, you will simply screw off the ball at one end to insert the jewelry into your septum piercing.

What are some other body jewelry pieces you’re curious about? Have you worn different jewelry in your piercings? Comment with your thoughts. 😉

May
08

Maureen’s Septum Piercing

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Where is a septum piercing located/ What is a septum piercing?

The septum is the anatomical name for the piece of flesh that divides the nasal cavities or nostrils. Made mostly of cartilage this section of flesh has what is called ‘the sweet spot’ within it. The sweet spot is a soft, membranous bit of tissue just below the cartilage and above the skin. It’s located up and towards the tip of the nose on most people. You can locate it if you reach up into both nostrils with your fingers and gently press them together, you should be able to find a section of skin that feels thinner. This is actually some of the thinnest skin that is pierced on the human body. As everyone’s anatomy is different, each person’s sweet spot may be larger or smaller in diameter, and higher or lower in placement.

The Jewelry

Many people find that they cannot openly wear a piece of jewelry on their face due to work, school, or other circumstances. For this reason it is very common for the initial jewelry to be a retainer. A retainer is a “u” shaped piece of metal. The open end allows the jewelry to be flipped upwards into the nasal cavity for easy concealment. If you are lucky enough to be able to sport a septum piercing openly, a curved barbell (horseshoe) or captive ring (bcr) is a good first choice. This piercing is usually done at a 14 or 12 gauge, but can be done minimally at 16 gauge and conversely at a 10 gauge maximum on larger anatomy.

The diameter for septum jewelry ranges like so: 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″, and 1/2″ from smallest to largest. The diameter you choose to wear is all up to your taste in aesthetics and what your body will allow. 1/2″ diameter is a reasonable maximum for most people so as to not interfere with eating and minimize the risk of the jewelry swinging about and hitting your lips or teeth which could cause some damage if done so with enough force i.e. jumping or running.

Once your piercing is healed a popular jewelry option is a septum clicker. Many people find these are easier to put in than a bcr and they come in a massive variety of materials, colors, and designs.

The Process

Typically the piercer will clean and mark the area with a line going across the underside of the tip of the nose to ensure a straight piercing. Then clamps with open loop ends will be applied inside the nasal cavity to hold the area steady and improve the accuracy of the needle as it passes through the clamps and septum. After the needles is passed through the piercer will follow the needle out with the desired piece of jewelry and then clean the area again. It’s a very quick piercing which most people find is not terribly unpleasant. The feeling is similar to a pinching sensation which will commonly cause tearing or watering of the eyes. The feeling passes very quickly though.

Healing Time

This piercing takes about 4 to 8 weeks to heal. Soreness is very common during healing and as it heals you may find your new piercing has a particular smell to it. Don’t worry, this is very normal and will go away as you heal. Regular cleaning will help speed the healing process and minimize smell. Don’t worry, only you can smell it!