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Piercing and Jewelry Guide

Navel Piercing
Navel piercing, also known as a belly piercing, is the piercing of the upper rim of the navel area. Curved barbells are commonly worn with the navel piercing, and its decorative materials can range from balls to dangles. Navel piercings are more popular among females than males.

Tongue Piercing
Standard tongue piercings are piercings located in the center of the tongue which is punctured with a straight barbell. The beads can be of any decorative material, which is then fastened to each end of the barbell.

Plugs / Tunnels
Plugs are cylindrical piece of jewelry made from various materials, such as surgical steel, glass, wood, and acrylic. In order to keep the jewelry fit into the perforation, plugs are usually flared out or fastened by a second piece known as the o-ring. Plugs are usually larger in diameter than a standard earlobe piercing.
Tunnels are simliar to a standard plug; the only difference would be the ornament being hollow in the center.

Tapers / Expanders
The act of intentionally expanding the diameter of a healed piercing is known as stretching. The concept of stretching is to gradually increase the gauge size in small increments to minimize damage and scarring. The process may be assisted with care products, such as Guage Gear Stretching Balm, that are designed to maintain and reduce any potential health related issues. While stretching a piercing is not limited to the earlobe it is more commonly practiced.
Tapers are the ideal jewelry to use in any case of stretching the earlobe. Tapers are a rod-shaped jewelry with a conical shape designed for the purposes of stretching. The rod is primarily lubricated and then inserted from the thinnest point and pushed through the piercing until the widest part of the taper is secured with the skin surrounding the piercing.

Industrial Piercing
Industrial piercings are any two piercings that are connected by a single barbell. In a standard industrial piercing, two holes are first aligned then pierced – one located in the anti-helix area and the other in the helix area. A bar is inserted from the helix piercing to the anti-helix piercing and then fastened by a ball. Any ornaments used to connect the two piercings are known as an industrial barbell.

Tragus / Cartilage Piercing
Tragus Piercing, as the name implies, is the piercing of the tragus, which is located immediately in front of the ear canal. Captive bead rings, earring studs, and barbells are the most popular type of jewelry to be worn with a tragus piercing.

Captive Bead Rings
Captive bead rings (CBR) are rings with a slightly smaller opening than the bead, which fits the captive bead. The small opening has indentations on each point so when the bead is fit, the ring naturally depresses the bead and keeps it secured therefore, completing the circuit of the ring.

Labret / Monroe Piercing
Labret and Monroe piercings are both classified as lip piercings.
A standard labret piercing is located just below the bottom lip and right above the chin. A labret stud is usually worn with the piercing.
Monroe piercings are the piercing of the lip that is placed off center – usually above the upper lip and on the left hand side. The Monroe piercing is inspired by its resemblance to the “beauty mark” of Marilyn Monroe. Another variation of the piercing is two Monroe piercings, each located on the left and right side of the upper lip, is known as the Angel Bites. Common type of jewelries can range from captive bead rings (CBR) to a labret studs.

Circular Horseshoe
Also known as circular barbells because of its resembling shape of a straight barbell. Similar to the straight barbell, the circular horseshoe has a bead that secures the barbell on each end. The circular horseshoe can be used on any type of piercing: helix piercing, cartilage piercing, eyebrow piercing, lip piercing, and etc.

Eyebrow Piercing
Eyebrow piercings are the piercing from the bottom through the top of the eyebrow which allows the jewelry to be secured in the piercing. A common type of jewelry used for this type of piercing is the curved barbells. However, circular horseshoes and captive bead rings are can be popular as well.

Dermal Anchors
Dermal implants, more specifically, microdermal implants, consist of two parts – the anchor and the ornament. The anchor is implanted under the surface of the skin and the interchangeable ornament is fastened into the threads of the anchor. Dermal anchors are semi-permanent and have a very low rejection rate. When the piercing is no longer desirable, the anchors can be removed with a professional assistant leaving less scarring when removed.

Lippy Loop
The lippy loop's concept is similar to a circular horseshoe - in order to equip the jewelry, a bead is fastened into the threaded end of the barbell. The only noticeable difference between the lippy loop and the circular barbell is its shape; while the circular barbell has a more circular shape, the lippy loops asymmetrical shape resembles an L. The lippy loop is designed to be secured and loop onto a lip piercing.

Nipple Piercing
Nipple PIercings are piercings centered at the base of the nipple, normally pierced horizontally.
Nipple shields are body jewelries worn on the nipple, encircling the nipple and covering the areola. The nipple shield is secured on by the nipple piercing. The concept of wearing a nipple shield is to ornament and emphasize the nipple, similar to any other body modifications.

Nose Piercing
Nose piercings are the perforation of the skin or any cartilage that is a part of the nose. There are different types of nose piercing, the most common type being the nostril piercing. A nostril piercing is simply as the name implies, a piercing of the nostril. It can be located on either or both sides of the nostrils. There are different types of nostril rings to compliment the nostril piercing – stud with a ball/bead closure and the loops. The other less common nose piercings are nasal septum piercings and the nose bridge piercings.
Nasal septum piercings are the piercing of the cartilaginous dividing wall between the nostrils. Standard captive bead ring or any circular barbells (horseshoe rings) can be worn with the septum piercing.
Bridge piercings are the piercing of the small flap of skin between the eyes at the top of the nose – not the bone. Common types of jewelry to be worn with a bridge piercing are curved barbells and straight barbells.

Spiral Twister Ring
Spiral twister rings is a type of body jewelry that loops around the piercing. The unique shape of the spiral twister ring somewhat resembles a spring which allows the jewelry to loop around the piercing. The spiral twister rings are worn similarly to any circular barbells in which the bead is fastened into the thread at the end of the barbell. The spiral twister rings can be equipped through a lip piercing, or any ear piercings. The fastened piece can be of any decorative material, ranging from balls, to beads, to spikes.

Retainers
Retainers are preferred over standard body jewelries to keep the piercing profile low. Certain events may require the consumer to conceal their piercings, however, simply removing a piercing may not always be recommended as it may result in the piercing closing and healing over. The purpose of the retainer is the keep the piercing profiles low while retaining the piercing from closing. Retainers are commonly manufactured with a clear acrylic material and are usually, but not always, flexible.

Body Jewelry Parts
See Dermal Anchors

Body Jewelry Tools
Certain tools exist to assist the average consumer in maintaining their jewelries and piercings. These tools can range from Large Ring Opening Pliers to Nose Ring Bending Pliers and will definitely result in a more professional outcome. If you are serious about maintaining your jewelry and your piercings, it is recommended that our customers consider Stylz Body Jewelry Tools products.

Aftercare
Aftercare is the process of maintaining the new piercing. It is firstimportant to know that this process has gradually changed through practice, so many myths and harmful recommendations may exist. Contact a professional for more thorough and detailed information on how to maintain your piercings to minimize any health related issues.
There are three stages of the healing process of a piercing.
The inflammatory phase, during which the wound is open and bleeding - inflammation may occur.
The growth phase, during which the body produces a tunnel of scar tissue around the contact of the piercing.
The maturation phase, taking years to strengthen and stabilize the piercing.


 
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