Tips on Selecting a Piercer

Selecting the right piercer is essential for your health and safety, as well as for the artistic arrival of your piercing. Do your homework and do not hesitate to ask questions, a lot of questions. By knowing what to check, you can ensure a safe and professional experience. Any reputable piercer will be more than…

Selecting the right piercer is essential for your health and safety, as well as for the artistic arrival of your piercing. Do your homework and do not hesitate to ask questions, a lot of questions. By knowing what to check, you can ensure a safe and professional experience.

Any reputable piercer will be more than willing to discuss health and safety issues with you. If you sense your prospect piercer is a contact to discuss these issues, it's best to keep looking.

Does the studio have a license to operate?
The level of regulation varies among countries and states. In some cases, body piercing is not regulated. Check with your local health department to see if your area has established standards. If so, make sure the piercing studio meets the local authority standards.

Look for APP Certified Piercers
The Association of Piercing Professionals (APP) is an international, non-profit agency whose mission is to distribute public health and safety information on piercing. You can check out a list of their certified members on their website. Members will also have an APP certificate on their wall (be sure to check the expiration date!).

Ask about their autoclave and spore tests
This should be your first question. An autoclave sterilizes the jewelry, equipment, and piercing tools. This is the same device used by hospitals, doctors, and dentists to sterilize their equipment. It eliminates bacteria and their spores, including the most dangerous organisms like HIV and Hepatitis. If a potential studio is not using an autoclave, do not get pierced there. It's as simple as that.

Ask to see their spore test results. Spore tests check that the autoclave is working properly. Recent tests should be accessible and the studio should be willing to share the results with you.

Needles should never be reused
Single-use needles should be used for all piercings. Never let a piercer use a needle that was soaked in liquid or claim it has been reterilized. All needles should be in individual packages and should be opened in front of you. Look for a “Sharp Safe” container where the studio disposes all used needles.

Look for recommendations
Body piercing entails artistic skills, medical knowledge, as well as lengthy professional training and experience. A piercers' work can be the best testimony to their skills. If you know anyone with a good piercing, ask for their recommendation.

Avoid Ear guns
Avoid any piercing studio that uses an ear gun. Piercing guns are not sterile and can not be sterilized in an autoclave. Therefore, they do not meet the APP's guidelines for disposable, sterile equipment. Furthermore, piercing guns can cause body trauma and result in serious healing problems or infections.

A professional body piercer will always use a sterile, hollow needle-not a gun.

Hygiene concerns
It's essential to consider the hygiene of the studio and its employees. The piercing studio- both waiting room and piercing room- should be spotless. All surfaces should be treated with an antibacterial cleanser. The studio should also be well-lit and smell clean.

The piercer should put on a new pair of latex gloves before each procedure. In fact, they should change gloves whenever they come in contact with any non-sterile object, like a phone or drawer. Often, gloves are changed frequently during the piercing procedure to avoid contamination.

Trust your instincts
Make sure you feel comfortable and listen to your gut. If you're not completely confident and comfortable with the piercer and / or studio, it's best to keep looking.

Piercing Aftercare

Our goal is to provide useful, factual information and make it easily accessible to those who are pierced or considering getting pierced. In no way should this section replace the guidance and instructions from your piercer. Regardless of your specific guidelines, the key is going to consistency. Slacking off on your care routine is only…

Our goal is to provide useful, factual information and make it easily accessible to those who are pierced or considering getting pierced. In no way should this section replace the guidance and instructions from your piercer.

Regardless of your specific guidelines, the key is going to consistency. Slacking off on your care routine is only going to prolong the healing process and increase your chance of infections. In addition to following the specific cleaning and care steps, you should also focus on a healthy lifestyle to promote healing.

Your piercer should always provide you with written instructions. Specific details may vary among piercers and from the suggestions written here. If you have any questions, check with your piercer.

Cleansing Routine- keep it clean

How often? Limit to once or twice per day

1. First wash your hands. Never touch your piercing with dirty hands. Even if your hands look clean, wash them with an antibacterial soap.

2. Wet a cotton ball with warm water and gently clean off any crust that may have formed around the piercing site. The easiest way to do this is while taking a hot shower, since the hot water and steam will help loosen the crust.

3. Apply some soap (about a pearl-size drop) to the piercing site. Use a mild antibacterial soap. You do not need to rotate the jewelry unless it looks to be sticking. Do not leave the soap on for more than 30 seconds to prevent drying out the area.

You should use a mild antibacterial soap that is free of fragrances that could irritate the piercing. The APP has approved Provon® Antimicrobial Lotion Soap and Satin® Therapeutic Skin Cleanser.

4. Rinse the piercing several times to wash away any soap.

5. Dry your piercing with a clean paper towel (or any disposable paper product like gauze; wash cloths can harbor bacteria).

Sea Salt Soaks

How often? Two to three times per day

1. First wash your hands. Never touch your piercing with dirty hands. Even if your hands look clean, wash them with an antibacterial soap.

2. Add a pinch of sea salt and hot water (as hot as you can stand) into a disposable cup. You need to use sea salt and not regular table salt.

3. Place the inverted cup over the piercing and leave it on for about 5 minutes. In this case, the longer you leave it on, the better. For some piercing areas, it will not be possible to use the cup method. You can soak a cotton ball with salt water and apply it to the piercing.

Other Tips

1. While your piercing is healing, take showers instead of baths. Bath water gets dirty very quickly, whereas a shower gives a constant stream of fresh water.

2. Make sure your sheets and pillowcases are clean and changed frequently.

3. Stay healthy and get enough sleep. The healthier you are, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal.

4. You can take vitamin and mineral supplements that contain zinc and Vitamin C ti improve your body's healing power.

What to Avoid

1. Do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the piercing.

2. Do not out cream or ointments (like Neosporin) on the piercing; they keep the wound moist which impedes the healing process.

3. Do not wear tight clothing over the piercing during the initial healing phase.

4. Avoid public pools and hot tubs while your piercing is healing. If you must swim, use a special waterproof bandage over the piercing. The APP recommends Tegaderm, which can be found at drugstores.

5. Avoid playing with your jewelry until it's healed.

6. Try not to sleep on your new piercing. This can irritate the piercing and prolong the healing process.

Navel piercing care

Always wear loose and clean clothing around your new belly piercing. Tight clothing- like stockings, belts, and elastic waistbands- can irritate the piercing. You can wear a hard, bent eye patch under the tight clothing to protect the area from tight clothing and irritation. You can hold the patch in place by wrapping an ace bandage around the body. This is especially good when engaging in physical activities and sports.

Do not use sunblock or other body lotions on your new piercing.

Eyebrow piercing care

Avoid wearing eye makeup, since some of the chemicals in makeup can irritate your piercing. Also do not use sunblock or other body lotions on your fresh piercing.

Nose piercing care

The inside of the nose is sensitive and full of germs. Bacteria and viruses collect in the nasal passage so it's important to keep things clean.

Flesh Tunnel Information

Flesh tunnels, which can also be referred to as spacers, earlets and ear tunnels are pieces of jewelery that are made to be worn in stretched piercings – most commonly, although not exclusively, the earlobe. By slowly increasing the size of the jewelery, one can stretch ones earlobes to hold up to and over 50mm…

Flesh tunnels, which can also be referred to as spacers, earlets and ear tunnels are pieces of jewelery that are made to be worn in stretched piercings – most commonly, although not exclusively, the earlobe. By slowly increasing the size of the jewelery, one can stretch ones earlobes to hold up to and over 50mm diameters! While there are many types and styles of this form of body adornment, they all have one thing in common: a hole in the middle, which is worn in the expanded piercing.

Different Styles
Like other pieces of jewelery, the number of styles of is limited only by the imagination of the jewelery designers who make them. That said, there are a number of styles that pervade the jewelery genre, and one can find flesh tunnels to suit almost any brand of taste. Glittering metallic's in numerous colors, more industrial designs that have the strong heavy look and style of metal are included. Whether you're a punk, a Goth, a metal head, or a skater, this unusual form of jewelery will certainly draw attention. As one begin to stretch one's lobes further, flesh tunnels can begin to take on inventive shapes – triangles, squares and even ovals – giving even more chance for individuality.

Materials Used
These amazing forms of body adornment are made from numerous materials, surgical steel might be the first material one thinks of when choosing this form of jewelery, but flesh tunnels can also be made from more diverse materials, such as plastic, acrylic, silicon, Pyrex glass and titanium. More traditional body jewelery materials may include natural materials such as bone, stone, bamboo, horn, and wood. Almost any material that can be curved into the proper looped shape can be used as a flesh tunnel, although course decisions of sanitation and safety should be kept in mind.

Each type of material bears its own advantages and disadvantages. For those with sensitive skin or allergies to certain ingredients in plastics, opting for stainless steel can be the best way to avoid nasty skin reactions. Although glass can create a beautiful and impressive visual image, these may be fragile and break if dropped. Acrylics allow for extensive detailing, and can present images that offer additional opportunity for self-expression. Bone, stone, and the other natural materials mentioned above are, sometimes, more environmentally sound – and more in keeping with the traditional origins of this native art form.

The Cultures & History
Looking back into the history of piercings and other forms of body art, it becomes apparent that almost all these basic body modification techniques have their roots in tribal cultures, as expressions of taste, status, wealth, or power. While some cultures, such as the Maori, are known for their extensive tattooing, other native groups in African and Asian nations have a long history of using flesh tunnels in their body art.

In the modern world, flesh tunnels have been adopted by groups as early as the teens of the early punk rock scenes. Alternative youth cultures have brought these ancient art forms to the future, with youths in punk havens such as London's Camden Town and New York City's East Village sporting the piercings, and setting the trend for teens and young adults around the globe. Today,

Flared, Double Flared, and Screw Backed.
Sometimes, those unfamiliar with flesh tunnels may not be sure how the jewelery stays in place. Particularly in cases where individuals are more familiar with traditional piercings, which feature a hook or a push-back fastener, this can cause confusion. Unlike more visible visible piercings (ears, nose, navel, etc), a flesh tunnel is usually held in place in one of three ways.

A single flared variety is curved outward, away from the piercing with the reverse end being parallel and usually notched to secure a rubber o-ring. Another type, the double-flared variety, features a flare at either end and is typically worn in more established stretched piercings. The third and final type of flesh tunnel fastener is called a screw back flesh tunnel. As the name implies, there is a “screw” element to these pieces, in that while the front of the piece has an appearance similar to that of a regular flared flesh tunnel, the back of the piece is threaded like a screw. In this type of piercing, the screw back has a threaded ring which connects to it, preventing the jewelery from falling out.

Colors Available
Because of the versatility of materials available to those in search of stylish flesh tunnels, the colors possibilities are, like the designs, almost limitless. Red, green, blue, cream, pink, black, white, and patterns made from multiple colors combined are available, with stars, crosses, and geometric designs being popular choices.

Body Piercing & Caring For Infections

Somewhere along the piercing path, you may encounter an infection. It happens to the best of us. Infections are the most commonly reported complication with body piercings. With proper care, you can significantly reduce your chances of infection Nonetheless, infections do happen and you should know how to treat them. Symptoms: How do I know…

Somewhere along the piercing path, you may encounter an infection. It happens to the best of us. Infections are the most commonly reported complication with body piercings. With proper care, you can significantly reduce your chances of infection Nonetheless, infections do happen and you should know how to treat them.

Symptoms: How do I know it's an infection?
Common symptoms are increased pain, redness, and swelling. You may also feel heat at the piercing site. The discharge will be thicker than usual and may be yellow, green, or gray with an unusual odor.

What should I do?
The most important rule is- do not remove the jewelery. By removing the jewelery, you allow the piercing to close over the infection resulting in a worse problem- an abscess beneath the skin.

Consult with your physician or piercer. In some cases, the piercer will be able to advise you on the proper steps to heal the infection. In other cases, you'll need to see a doctor for oral antibiotic treatment. Watching for problems and responding quickly will help prevent small problems from turning into large ones.

Note: If the infection is in a nose or septum piercing, see a physician right away.

Other information
The following information is not intended to replace a visit to your piercer or doctor.

The easiest way to treat an infection is the application of a hot compress. Hold a clean cloth or paper towel under hot running water (the heat should be as hot as can be tolerated). Hold the compress on the infection until you feel the heat dissipate. Then remove the compress and wash the infection with warm salty water. Repeat this process until all residual is removed.

Keep the jewelery in at all times as it acts like a drain.

To promote the healing, take care (and more care than usual) to wash your hands, keep the infected area clean, avoid manipulating the jewelery, and keep your sheets and clothing clean and fresh.

How to Measure Body Jewellery

Size & Measurements Like all other measurements, there's no universal standard for jewelry sizes. The United States uses gauge (technically called the Brown and Root system) and inches for its measurement system, whereas most everywhere else bases their measurements on millimeters and the metric system. Fortunately, you can use our handy conversion charts below when…

Size & Measurements
Like all other measurements, there's no universal standard for jewelry sizes. The United States uses gauge (technically called the Brown and Root system) and inches for its measurement system, whereas most everywhere else bases their measurements on millimeters and the metric system. Fortunately, you can use our handy conversion charts below when necessary.

Why is size important?
If your body jewelry is too short, it will aggravate the piercing area and cause swelling. When the body jewelry is too long, problems can occur from snagging and catching the jewelry. Most manufacturers offer widths in 1/16 “increments. Since there's no universal sizing system for body jewelry, it's best to check with your local piercer to determine the proper size.

What do I need to know?
Body jewelry is measured by thickness and length. Length refers to the internal diameter for rings and the length for barbells. This can be expressed either in inches or millimeters.

– Curved Barbells: measured by the length of the shaft between the two ball
– Straight Barbells: measured by the length of the shaft between the two balls
– Labrets: measurement made on the shaft between the disc and ball
– Circular Barbells: measurement made at the largest diameter

Thickness is expressed in terms of gauge (ga) or millimeters (mm). This reflects to the thickness of the ring, barbell, or shaft and it corresponds to the thickness of your piercing. When dealing with gauge, just remember, the lower the gauge value, the thicker the jewelry.

Standard Sizes for jewelry
We still recommend you consult with your piercer on your body jewelry's quality size; However, we've compiled a list of sizes frequently used in some of the common piercings.

Belly-button / navel: Standard gauge is 14ga. Common lengths are 3/8 “or 7/16”.
Cartilage: Common gauges are 16 and 18ga. Common lengths are 3/8 “to 5/8 '.
Ear lobe: Needle piercings typically are 14 or 16 ga (eargun piercings are usually 18 or 20 gauge).
Eyebrow: Common gauges are 16 and 18ga. Common lengths are 5/16 “, 3/8”, and 7/16 “.
Lip: Common gauges are 14 and 18 ga (with 14 being the most common). Common lengths are 5/16 “to a half”.
Nose: Standard gauge is 16 or 18ga. Common lengths are: 5/16 “, 3/8”, 7/16 “, and a half.”
Septum: Standard gauge is 14ga. Common lengths are: 3/8 “, 7/16”, 1/2 “, and 5/8.”
Tongue: Common gauges are 12 and 14 ga (with 14 being the most common). The common length for tongue barbells is 5/8. ”

The Rise of Body Piercing and Ear Gauges

Body piercing as well as ear gauging has become more popular for over a decade. For others it is an art like tattooing where the body is a canvas. Others say it's therapeutic and is also a fashion statement. There are people who have over 20 – 30 piercing. It was not acceptable about a…

Body piercing as well as ear gauging has become more popular for over a decade. For others it is an art like tattooing where the body is a canvas. Others say it's therapeutic and is also a fashion statement. There are people who have over 20 – 30 piercing. It was not acceptable about a hundred years ago but it is a way of expressing one's individuality. The more piercing you have, the more noticeable you are.

The ears are the most popular and accepted areas for piercing for both young and old. But younger generations are taking ear piercing to a new dimension through ear gauging. For those who do not know about it, gauging is making the hole bigger so one can put thicker gauges or body jewelry. Gauge is actually a size. The standard ear gauge size is 16 – 18. The sizes get larger when the number is lowered.

The largest that one will be able to gauge his ear is 10. There are not a lot of shops that will do 10 at first. Ask a professional first about tapering before going for larger sizes. This is a way to lessen the harm of stretching the gauges of one's ears. You can wear sizes of ear gauges from 10 – 0000 after that. Malls usually gauge up to 00 only so you may have to visit piercing shops or look for websites online to find the right size.

Ear gauges are not the only ones you can expand. Areas such as labrets or eyebrows can be gauged as well. If you will gauge in unusual areas, do not go for higher than 10. Ear gauging is widely accepted nowdays. Before doing this, be sure to take the right decisions and consult an experienced gauging professional first.

Navel Rings – Things to Consider

If there is one accessory that has been the symbol of sexiness in the past few years, then it has got to be the navel ring. If you turn on the television or pick up a magazine, you'll see these belly button rings being worn by many Hollywood movie stars such as Jessica Alba as…

If there is one accessory that has been the symbol of sexiness in the past few years, then it has got to be the navel ring. If you turn on the television or pick up a magazine, you'll see these belly button rings being worn by many Hollywood movie stars such as Jessica Alba as well as famous female singers such as Britney Spears. The sexiness factor that these rings can give you is great but there are some considerations you need to think about before getting one.

The first thing you need to consider is that it may not be right for you. To really have that sex appeal, you first need the right body for it. Accessories like this should add to your sexiness, not be the thing that makes you sexy. It's just like anything else when it comes to fashion. A pair of shades may look good on a friend but may not look good on you because of your different facial structures.

The next thing you want to consider is the pain factor. For some girls, getting their belly pierced is like a walk in the park. There is almost no pain whatever. However, depending on your skin, it may be painful for you. Not only can the actually piercing be painful, the healing process can be uncomfortable as well. The healing process can take 6 months to over a year. For some women, even years after they get their belly button pierced, they may still bleed occasionally.

You also want to be careful about infections as well. When getting your piercing, choose a professional to do it. Having your best friend pierce you or trying to do it yourself is a very bad idea. You should never put your looks in front of your health.

After reading this, if you still feel like navel rings are right for you, then go ahead and do it. At this point, it's all about making sure you keep your newly pierced belly clean to avoid infections.

Body Piercing – What is This?

Needle punctures the ears, nostrils and the belly button. This is exactly what a body piercing is. After an intension puncture, a piece of jewelry is inserted. It has been a widely known customs since the earliest times. A lot of diverse cultures have been piercing their bodies for centuries. Egyptians, Greeks and Romans are…

Needle punctures the ears, nostrils and the belly button. This is exactly what a body piercing is. After an intension puncture, a piece of jewelry is inserted. It has been a widely known customs since the earliest times. A lot of diverse cultures have been piercing their bodies for centuries. Egyptians, Greeks and Romans are making it as a body art. And simply not just an ordinary body art or decoration. It has been made as an honor to show the person's significance in the group. This is because in the earliest times, people believed that body art can protect them from the evil spirits and this may include religion and spirituality, fashion and eroticism, conformism and identification of subculture.

An ear Piercing has been practiced since the ancient times and in tribal cultures. Different cultures have own reason of ear piercing. Like in Borneo, ear piercing is done by the young boys as a part of their puberty ritual.

Nose Piercing has been made common among the nomadic tribes of Middle East since the Biblical times. It is traditional for Indian women of childbearing age to wear a nose stud and a number of Native American and tribes of Alaska did practice nose piercing as a sign of their male status.

Tongue piercing was also a symbol ritual practiced by the Aztecs and other Pre-Columbian cultures and Lip piercing has originally started from the African and American tribal cultures. This is also a symbol of status, because only the highest ranking male members of the society are allowed to wear them.

This may seem to be cool for some people but this may also be dangerous and must be decided with serious decisions. When it is properly performed, the risks of getting infections are minimized.

These are the few things that one should know about body piercing.

  • There is a machine named as an autoclave. This type of machine uses heat to sterilize all of the non-disposable piercing tools.
  • You will know that the piercing you did was infected when the skin around the area where you are pierced is red and swollen.
  • Piercing guns that are single-used are considered safe since after one costumer will use it, it will be thrown away. Here, there is a reduction of risk infection.
  • To prevent infection, you should make sure to take care of the piercing. This would probably mean cleaning the area with warm water and soap twice a day.

Nose Rings Are Still the Rage

In the past, a nose ring was looked down upon and the person who had one thought to be either unintelligent or a 'problem child.' Now, though, there are very few people who have a problem with a person with a nose ring. There are jobs where you can not wear one, but that's true…

In the past, a nose ring was looked down upon and the person who had one thought to be either unintelligent or a 'problem child.' Now, though, there are very few people who have a problem with a person with a nose ring. There are jobs where you can not wear one, but that's true of lip rings and other piercings as well as tattoos, so it's not entirely surprising. Getting a nose piercing is not that difficult, either, and even underage people can get them with their parents' permission.

Most of that depends on where a person goes to get one, because there are states, counties and cities that are stricter than others. Some piercing shops also have rules that go beyond what the state, county, or city ordinance says, and while it might be legal to pierce the nose of someone who is fourteen, they might not be willing to do it, no matter whether the parent approves it or not.

The actual piercing process, however, is much like having one's ear pierced. A sharp object is used to make a small hole and the jewelry is placed in that hole. It must be taken care of very carefully until it heals and it must be turned frequently so that the skin does not adhere to it. This can be very uncomfortable and can also become infected or otherwise cause a problem. If you want to get a nose ring you should do your research on the procedure, on the shop that you're considering using, and on the risks for infection and other problems.

That way you'll be prepared as much as possible and it will be the safest for you if you do decide to go through with it. If you decide that you do not like your nose ring you'll be able to take it out, and once it heals you will not have to leave it in all the time, so you'll be able to take it out when you need to (like for work) and put it back in any time you like, or change the jewelry for a different color or style.

How to Prevent Ear Piercing Infection

If you are thinking about getting your ear pierced, you should be happy to know that you do not have to worry too much about ear piercing infection. Getting ear piercing infection is a rarity because the ear is the safest body organ in respect to piercing. Not only does it requires minimum care and…

If you are thinking about getting your ear pierced, you should be happy to know that you do not have to worry too much about ear piercing infection. Getting ear piercing infection is a rarity because the ear is the safest body organ in respect to piercing. Not only does it requires minimum care and precaution, the healing process is usually shorter and can be completed within 2 to 3 weeks.

Do note however, that due care should be observed during the healing process. If the piercing is done apart from the earlobes, it is usually more painful and also takes a longer time to heal. As it is more elaborate than the earlobes, people getting their ear pierced from top to bottom should take extra care and precaution after the piercing is done.

To ensure that the piercing is free of germs and bacteria, which is usually the cause for an infection, the piercing must be cleaned with mild soap every time. Applying Antibiotics cream after having a shower and before a good nights sleep is never too troublesome.

In addition, it is always good to move the pierced jewelry in either a forward and backward motion or in a rotational movement to prevent the jewelry from getting tucked in the dry pus. The pierced jewelry should also be worn and changed only after the healing process had been completed – Usually 2 – 3 weeks.

To further ensure the area around the piercing is clean and bacteria free, lightweight gold earrings should be worn before finally accepting any desired metal earrings.

As the piercing tend to close, especially during the early stages, you can always prevent the closing by ensuring that you wear some jewelry piece for the next one and half year.

Body piercing is the amazing art. It defines one's personality in an impressive manner. Every single thing in this world plays 2 different sides. One good, One bad. Similarly, body piercing has its bad side by being subjected to infections. However, if you can deal with it positively by following all the mentioned advices and instructions, you can then enjoy the fashionable art on your body for the rest of the life.

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A History of Body Piercings

Piercing of the body actually goes way back into history. In fact, the oldest known body piercings are in excess of five thousand years old. These ancient piercings consist of two large plugs that were inserted into a man's ears. In addition, the Egyptians in ancient history also practiced all sorts of body adornments. Belly…

Piercing of the body actually goes way back into history. In fact, the oldest known body piercings are in excess of five thousand years old. These ancient piercings consist of two large plugs that were inserted into a man's ears. In addition, the Egyptians in ancient history also practiced all sorts of body adornments. Belly button piercing was restricted to the pharaohs of the time. However, earrings were common among the well-to-do citizens of Egypt.

In fact, through the centuries, some form of body piercing has been in existence at one time or another. This practice seems to serve different purposes for different people, groups and cultures. Sometimes, it is done as a ritual. Other times, it is done purely for aesthetic purposes. It is even practiced to indicate social standing in some areas.

For instance, the Aztecs, Mayans and American Indians all practiced tongue piercing as part of a religious ritual in order to bring them closer to their Gods. In addition, the Mayans and Aztecs pierced their septum, with items such as boar tusks, as part of appearing to be fierce warriors to their enemies. Other warriors and tribes of the world used not only tusks, but different types of bones and feathers as part of enhancing their appearance.

Central and South Americans distributed lip piercings to draw attention to their lips. These piercings often held elaborate gold, jade and / or gemstone adornments or large wooden plates to draw attention to and / or increase the size of the lip. The larger a wooden plate used, the more the lips become stretched. This is deemed as attractive in some cultures.

Between the Dark Ages and the Renaissance period, the interest and practice of body piercings waned somewhat. Yet, the Renaissance welcomed with it a renewed interest, and many different types of piercings were used among others.

In the 1960's, nose piercings were brought to the Western world by travelers who witnessed the traditional nose rings worn by women in India. From then, until now, many other types of body piercings also have become popular within the last couple of decades. Belly button, lip, tongue, chin and eyebrow adornments are quite popular among celebrities and other people today.

Give Yourself A Sexy New Look With A Belly Button Ring

When people think of ways to show off their individuality (or rebellion) they may choose a tattoo or body piercing to say they do things their own way. Tattoos can be placed in hidden areas but if you get tired of them, they are difficult and expensive to remove. Piercing locations other than your ears…

When people think of ways to show off their individuality (or rebellion) they may choose a tattoo or body piercing to say they do things their own way. Tattoos can be placed in hidden areas but if you get tired of them, they are difficult and expensive to remove. Piercing locations other than your ears can accomplish the same thing and if you opt for an area like your navel, you can choose when and how to show off your jewelry. In addition, you should be able to simply remove the belly ring and have the piercing close up on its own if you get tired of it.

Piercing your navel is not to be taken lightly. Because this is one of the most delicate areas to pierce, the procedure should be done by a professional. Care must be taken to clean the site and use only sanitized tools when doing the piercing. Afterwards, you need to be very careful with the area. Keep it clean and protected until it is completely cured which can take up to a year.

Even after it is cured, you need to keep it clean and be especially careful what type of belly button rings you purchase. Better quality jewelry will be the wisest choice especially if you have allergies to certain metals. For best results choose titanium or 18K gold. You may also find nylon or teflon jewelry that will not bother you.

After that, you have nothing to do but enjoy and show off this new addition to your life. You will find belly button rings for every occasion. Depending on your mood, you can sport a variety of bar bells or dangling jewelry. And most important of all, you can choose to share this decoration with the world or keep it as something only seen by you and your significant other. Either way, it can make you feel sexier than ever.

How to Clean Belly Button Piercings

There are several ways you can clean belly button piercings. One of these ways is using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Is this a good idea? NO . Why? Because both of these eat away freshly cured skin causing the area to possibly scar or take a much longer period of time to heal. Never use…

There are several ways you can clean belly button piercings.

One of these ways is using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.

Is this a good idea? NO .

Why? Because both of these eat away freshly cured skin causing the area to possibly scar or take a much longer period of time to heal. Never use any product that contains alcohol.

What about using sea salt to clean belly button piercings? Sea Salt is recommended to be used for the first month, once a day.

You can make your own sea salt mixture by combining 1/2 a teaspoon of sea salt / non iodized salt with a cup of warm water.

What you want to do is pour the sea salt over the piercing / area, then gently dry the area with something soft. Ex. a cotton ball.

What else should be done to keep the piercing clean & free of infection?

You should go to a local store, & pick up some antibacterial soap & bactine to use to clean your belly button piercing.

Why bactine? because it's anti-bacterial & does not contain even a drop of alcohol

Anti-bacterial soap should be applied to the pierced area twice a day, followed by aa spray of bactine. Be warned though bactine, if not used with seasalt or antibacterial soap can create a site for bacteria within the piercing, the seasalt & antibacterial soap are essential to the bactine, & vice versa.

Other useful tips

Do not change the jewelry used with the belly button piercing until at least two weeks has passed since you got that piercing because doing so, can cause the piercing to close up, resulting in a waste of money & a waste of your time. Also know that even after two weeks has passed, piercings can still close up very quickly, so it's recommended to wait longer to make sure your piercing stays clean.

Source: PiercingInfo

Belly Button Rings Are Now Safer Than Ever

Belly button rings were often wanted by teenage girls that could not legally get them done. Many times this would lead to them getting them pierced in less than sterile conditions, or at home by a friend. Besides being ridiculously dangerous, this often meant the girls in question did not receive proper instruction on how…

Belly button rings were often wanted by teenage girls that could not legally get them done. Many times this would lead to them getting them pierced in less than sterile conditions, or at home by a friend. Besides being ridiculously dangerous, this often meant the girls in question did not receive proper instruction on how to care for their new piercing. Combining this with hiding their piercing under heavy shirts and you have a recipe for infection.

Thankfully, those days are in the past. Today belly button rings are common. They have become extremely mainstream, and accepted by society. This means that teenage girls no longer have to resort to hiding or lying about their piercing or their desire for one. Today, most parents understand that a naval piercing is not much different from a traditional ear piercing, and so when their daughters turn sixteen it is becoming quite common to let them get pierced as a present.

While there are still some people who shake their head at the thought of a sixteen year old getting her naval pierced, I prefer to think of the parents who are being smart. I mean, honestly most girls that age who want a piercing are going to get a piercing, and I would rather see a mom or dad go along to ensure it is done correctly and safely by a trained professional.

LaTely more and more people are learning the proper way to pierce the body. Be that piercing in the tongue, or for belly button rings, they are learning how to do it, and so are more successful.

These piercings have come a long way since the days of hiding in the basement with a wine cork and a large needle. They are now safer and easier to obtain than ever, which in my opinion can only be a good thing. Belly button rings are making their mark on the current generation in a much safer way than on the last.

Belly Rings Are A Statement Of A Generation Turned Commercial

Belly rings were once considered a taboo thing, much like other piercings and tattoos. Today, however, they have become the norm. No longer is it odd to see a young girl walking down the beach with a shiny piercing in her naval. In fact, it is rarer to see a teen without one. When I…

Belly rings were once considered a taboo thing, much like other piercings and tattoos. Today, however, they have become the norm. No longer is it odd to see a young girl walking down the beach with a shiny piercing in her naval. In fact, it is rarer to see a teen without one.

When I was a teen, most naval piercing was done in seedy little shops where IDs were not often checked, and you were lucky if you did not get an infection. Today belly rings are done in bright lit tattoo parlors or piercing shops much the same as traditional ear piercing.

While the piercing process has gotten safer and cleaner, it has also started being catered to a younger and younger crowd. When they first became aware, the eighteen to twenty-five year old group was most likely to be found with their navels pierced. Today, it is becoming common to see fourteen and fifteen year olds having belly rings.

No longer are most piercings a statement being made by discontented young adults. Instead, they are becoming fashion trends among teen girls and the pop revolution. Sadly, it is quite common for a mom to take her daughter in and sign off to get a naval piercing done.

Gone are the days of using bandages and lose shirts to hide your piercing from your mom and dad. Instead, it has become the norm to flaunt your belly rings . Just like most piercings, this one too has become a normal, accepted part of teen society.

Thankfully, society's view has changed and we have brought the piercing world out into the light. Now they are done safer in clean environments, and are no longer hidden from view by heavy shirts that just encourage infection. As a reward for coming forward into mainstream society, belly rings are now available in every design you can imagine.