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Information on different types of body piercings and modifications.

Lip piercings are popular, easy to heal and look great. There are many different types of lip piercing and in this post I will show some of the most common. Technically your lip can be pierced at any location around the mouth, but some placements are more advisable than others. When choosing a lip piercing, consider the following: How will it look with your features? What type of jewellery can you wear? What is the risk of gum and tooth damage? Do you mind the resulting scar that will be left if you retire the piercing? Lip piercings usually leave a small round scar.

Most lip piercings carry a risk of oral damage caused by the jewellery rubbing on your teeth and gum. This can have an irreversible effect on your teeth, but can be avoided by proper placement and jewellery. I recommend BioFlex jewellery for your lip piercing, as it is softer and less likely to rub.. If you see any signs of oral damage, consult your piercer immediately and they will be able to advise you. Vertical lip piercings do not carry this risk because the jewellery does not go inside your mouth.

Traditional Lip Piercing

Traditional Lip Piercing

A traditional lip piercing, also known as a labret piercing, passes through the bottom lip. The most common placement is in the centre of the lip, but it can also be pierced on either side. The jewellery that you can wear in a classic lip piercing depends on the distance between the edge of your lip and the piercing. If the piercing is close to your lip line, you can wear either a labret stud or a ring in it. However if it is further away from your lip, you will probably only be able to wear a labret stud. The biggest risk associated with this type of lip piercing is gum recession, where the edge of the gum is worn away and exposes the root of your two front teeth. If you notice this happening, switch to a BioFlex labret and monitor it. If the damage worsens even with the new stud, you may have to retire the piercing.


Madonna Lip Piercing

Madonna-Monroe-Piercing

Named after Madonna’s beauty spot, this piercing is placed on either side of the top lip. It is also known as a monroe piercing, after Marilyn Monroe’s beauty spot. A labret stud is usually worn in madonna piercings, either 1.2mm or 1.6mm. This piercing carries the same risk as a traditional lip piercing and we recommend choosing a BioFlex labret in order to reduce the risk.


Medusa Lip Piercing

Medusa Piercing

Medusa piercings are positioned in the philtrum, the groove that runs from your lip to your septum. They are usually placed quite close to the lip, as shown in the photo. Only one type of jewellery can be worn in a medusa piercing: a small labret stud. They are usually pierced at 1.2mm or 1.6mm and carry the same risk as a madonna piercing.


Vertical Lip Piercing

Vertical Lip Piercing

In a vertical lip piercing, the jewellery passes through your lip vertically, entering just under the lip line and exiting in the centre of the bottom lip. They are also known as vertical labret piercings. This piercing is unique among lip piercings in that the jewellery does not travel inside the mouth, eliminating the risk of oral damage. It is important not to get lipstick inside the piercing and I recommend drinking through a straw during the healing period.


How-To-Care-For-Monroe-Piercings

Elegant and easy to heal, monroe piercings are a popular choice. Monroe piercings are placed to the side of the top lip and can be pierced on either side. They are named after Marilyn Monroe’s beauty spot and can also be called madonna piercings, after the singer’s similar beauty spot. Although both men and women sport monroe piercings, they are more popular with women, probably due to the association with Marilyn and Madonna. Monroe piercings are similar to bottom lip piercings in terms of their healing and care. You can wear a labret stud in this piercing and it pierced at either 1.6mm or 1.2mm. As with all lip piercings, monroe piercings do carry a risk of oral damage, but this can be greatly reduced by your choice of jewellery.

How To Care For New Monroe Piercings

Monroe piercings heal fairly well in between 6 and 16 weeks. You should clean the outside of the piercing twice daily with saline solution and rinse your mouth twice daily with a mouthwash specifically designed for oral piercings. I also suggest rinsing after eating and after drinking anything other than water. Until the piercing is healed, avoid smoking as this can inhibit healing. You should also avoid swimming, oral sexual contact and submerging the piercing in water – these will introduce bacteria to the piercing. You may find it helpful to drink with a straw, as this will keep your drinks away from the piercing.

Once your monroe piercing has healed, simply clean with saline as needed. Try to keep make up away from the piercing. You should also keep an eye on any changes to the piercing or your mouth, as detailed below.

Reducing Monroe Piercing Risks

Like all lip piercings, monroe piercings carry a risk of oral damage. This can occur if the jewellery rubs on your teeth and gums, leading to gum recession or tooth erosion. The main concern with a monroe piercing is gum recession, which can be irreversible. You can greatly reduce the risk of gum recession by wearing a BioFlex labret stud. BioFlex is a soft bio-plastic that is much gentler on your mouth, and you can still wear a metal ball so it looks the same as regular monroe jewellery. If you do notice any changes to the piercing site or the area of gum under your piercing, please consult a professional piercer immediately. They will be able to advise you on the extent of the damage and what to do next. In extreme cases you may have to retire the piercing, but wearing correct jewellery from the start should prevent this.


How-To-Care-For-Ear-Cartilage-Piercings

Ear cartilage piercings look great and there are lots of different placements to choose from. There are at least eight different ear cartilage piercings that you can get, which makes them extremely popular and a great choice regardless of how many piercings you have. Cartilage piercings heal well and are easy to take care of, but they do take longer to heal than “softer” piercings such as ear lobe and lip piercings. This is because the ear cartilage does not receive as much blood supply. Most ear cartilage piercings heal in six to eighteen weeks and require very little care once fully healed.

As with all body piercings, it is important to visit a dedicated professional piercer for your ear cartilage piercings as opposed to a hairdresser or jewellery shop. A dedicated piercer will have the proper training needed to perform your piercing correctly with a needle, as opposed to a piercing gun. Piercing guns harbour germs and bacteria because they cannot be fully sterilised. They can also damage the cartilage and lead to a more difficult healing process.

Caring For New Ear Cartilage Piercings

Like all body piercings, new ear cartilage piercings should be kept clean and dry. You should clean your piercing twice daily with saline solution and avoid submerging it in water. Keep your hair away from the piercing and try not to fiddle with it.

Your ear cartilage piercing should feel progressively better, but consult your piercer if you experience any of the following: swelling, persistent redness, increasing/sharp pain or skin that feels hot to touch. These can be signs of an infected piercing and need to be dealt with immediately. When it comes to infection, cartilage piercings require a little more vigilance – it is possible for infection to trapped in between the layers of cartilage and actually destroy it. Most piercing-related infections can be prevented with proper aftercare, but it is important to be aware of the risks and symptoms.


Whether you have two ear piercings or twelve, it is important to find ear piercing studs that combine style and comfort. Most high street earrings are made of cheap metals that can irritate your piercings, with butterfly backings that attract germs and bacteria. Our ear piercing studs are made from high quality body piercing materials such as surgical steel, titanium and BioFlex. They are non-irritating and can be worn in any ear piercing, from standard ear piercings to helix, conch and tragus piercings. We have a huge range of ear piercing studs, so there is a style for every outfit.

BioFlex Ear Piercing Studs

These BioFlex labret studs make excellent earrings and can be worn in almost any ear piercing. They feature a BioFlex stem with silver heads in cool designs like hearts, stars and jewelled balls. BioFlex is one of the most comfortable and biocompatible materials out there, so these BioFlex studs are very comfortable to wear. They are flexible can reduce irritation almost immediately. I therefore recommend BioFlex ear studs if your piercings are easily irritated or have become sore after wearing cheap earrings. We have lots of different designs and they are also very comfortable for sleeping.

Star Wheel Ear Piercing Stud

Star Wheel Ear Piercing Stud

Heart Ear Piercing Stud

Heart Ear Piercing Stud

Butterfly Ear Piercing Stud

Butterfly Ear Piercing Stud



Silver and Steel Ear Piercing Studs

These ear piercing studs feature solid silver designs on high quality surgical steel bars. They give you a really bright and glamorous look and come in over thirty gorgeous designs. These ear studs can be worn in almost any ear piercings and start at just £2.45 – cheaper than most regular earrings. They are however much more comfortable to wear. The surgical steel is non-irritating and unlike standard earrings with butterfly backs, these studs are easy to keep clean. This means that your ear piercings will feel great and are much less likely to become irritated.

Blue Bow Ear Piercing Stud

Blue Bow Ear Piercing Stud

Pink Leaves Ear Piercing Stud

Pink Leaves Ear Piercing Stud

Feather Ear Piercing Stud

Feather Ear Piercing Stud



How-To-Care-For-Tongue-Web-Piercings

Tongue web piercings are a great alternative to traditional tongue piercings, or a nice addition to your existing piercing. They pass through the tongue frenulum: the tissue that connects the underside of your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. The tongue web is a thin, stretchy piece of skin that varies in shape and size from person to person. If your tongue web is very small, you may not be able to get this piercing, but most people can. For the majority of people, this is a quick and relatively painless piercing. However while the tongue web is easy to pierce, care should be taken not to injure the saliva glands, which sit on either side of the web. For this reason, tongue web piercings should not be attempted at home and you should always go to an experienced professional piercer.

Tongue web piercings require the same care as traditional tongue piercings but heal faster – usually 4 to 6 weeks. Maintain good oral hygiene and rinse twice daily with mouthwash specifically designed for oral piercings. After meals you should rinse with mouthwash and check that no food is caught in the piercing. Avoid swimming, alcohol, smoking and sexual contact until your tongue web piercing has healed completely. This piercing should heal fairly easily, but consult your piercer immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms.


Will My Tongue Web Piercing Reject?

Tongue web piercings do have a tendency to reject, but the timeframe can vary greatly. How long your tongue piercing lasts depends not only on your personal anatomy but also on the placement of the piercing. The further forward your tongue web piercing, the sooner it will reject. This is not usually a permanent piercing, but some people do keep this piercing for a few years. The process is usually painless and has little lasting effect on your tongue web. You can slow down the rejection process by keeping your tongue web jewellery clean and choosing jewellery that does not catch on your teeth.


How-To-Care-For-Nipple-Piercings

Popular for both men and women, nipple piercings heal well and are one of the few piercings that you can easily keep to yourself. Nipple piercings are usually pierced through the base of the nipple, not the areola. They can be placed horizontally, vertically or at any angle in between. Nipple piercings can be done with straight barbells or ball closure rings, although many people find that barbells are more comfortable under clothes during the healing period. If you have flat or inverted nipples, please go to an experienced piercer and inform them beforehand. Most people with inverted nipples are able to get them pierced, but it may affect your choice of jewellery.

How To Care For New Nipple Piercings

Nipple piercings should be kept clean and dry. Clean with saline twice daily and avoid submerging the piercing in water. It is important to wear breathable dressings for the first couple of days and allowing the piercing to breathe while healing. We recommend wearing natural fibres and loose clothing – and going without a bra. Take care not to catch the piercing on your clothing when getting dressed and clean the piercing after exercise. Most nipple piercings heal within six to sixteen weeks. If you notice any persistent pain, swelling or unusual symptoms, consult your piercer immediately.

Female Nipple Piercings And Breastfeeding

Having nipple piercings should not cause any problems with breastfeeding in the future, although if you are concerned please consult an experienced piercer or breastfeeding specialist. We recommend that you remove your nipple jewellery before starting breastfeeding. Jewellery can interfere with breastfeeding and make it difficult for your baby to latch on. Nipple jewellery also poses a choking hazard and can harbour bacteria that although harmless for you, can pose a risk for babies. When you are no longer breastfeeding you may be able to reinsert your jewellery, or simply get your nipples re-pierced.


Ear Piercing Aftercare

Whether you have two piercings or twenty, the odds are that your first was an ear piercing. Ear piercings are easy to take care of and heal easily, making them a hassle free piercing, no matter which type of ear piercing you get. There are at least ten different types of ear piercing, and in this post I will outline the basic piercing aftercare that you need to keep your ear piercing feeling and looking great.

Ear Lobe Piercing Aftercare

Ear lobe piercings typically heal in six to ten weeks and are very easy to take care of. The most important thing is to keep your ear piercing clean and dry during the healing period. Clean the piercing twice daily with saline solution and avoid swimming or submerging the piercing in water. Try to keep your hair away from the piercing – your hair can introduce bacteria to the piercing and catch on the jewellery.

Always go to a proper piercing studio rather than a hairdresser or jewellery shop. By going to a piercing studio you are more likely to be seen by a fully trained body piercer in a fully hygienic environment. They will be able to answer your questions and follow-up enquiries are usually free. It is also important to choose needle piercing over a piercing gun. Piercing guns cannot be sterilised and can therefore harbour bacteria that impede the healing process.

Cartilage Ear Piercing Aftercare

The aftercare process for cartilage ear piercings is the same as for an ear lobe piercing: clean twice daily with saline solution and keep it dry. It is important to take special care with cartilage piercings, as the consequences of an infected piercing can be more serious. The infection can become trapped in between the layers of cartilage in your ear and in even destroy the cartilage in extreme cases. Fortunately, infections can be prevented by proper piercing aftercare. However you should consult your piercer if you experience persistent swelling, redness, pain or the skin being hot to touch.


How To Care For Helix Piercings

Helix piercings are popular, easy to heal and allow you to wear a wide range of stylish jewellery. They are pierced through the outer rim of the ear and can be placed anywhere around the top half of your ear. Helix piercings don’t usually hurt any more than a standard ear piercing and typically heal in eight to sixteen weeks. Although helix piercing healing is fairly straightforward, it is important to go to a proper piercing studio, as opposed to a hairdressers or jewellery shop. Cartilage piercings can be difficult to place and should not be done with a piercing gun. Piercing guns can cause trauma to the cartilage and cannot be completely sterilised, which means that they can introduce harmful bacteria to your piercing.

How To Care For New Helix Piercings

The most important part of caring for your new helix piercing is keeping it clean and dry. Clean your piercing twice daily with saline solution and avoid submerging it in water. Avoid swimming pools in particular, as they contain not only harmful bacteria but also chlorine that will irritate your piercing. Keep your hair away from the piercing and keep consult your piercer if you notice persistent swelling, pain or redness. These can be signs of an infection, which can become more serious in a cartilage piercing than a standard ear piercing. Infection can become trapped in between the layers of cartilage and even destroy it in extreme cases, so get treatment immediately. Fortunately most piercing infections can be prevented with proper aftercare, but it is important to be aware of the symptoms. With proper care your helix piercing should heal up quickly and requires very little care once healed.


How-To-Care-For-Eyebrow-Piercings

Eyebrow piercings are popular, easy to heal and really make a statement. They are pierced vertically through the eyebrow and can be placed anywhere between the centre of the eye socket and the outer edge of the eyebrow. The three major supra-orbital nerves are located inwards of the centre of the eye socket, so placing an eyebrow piercing in this area could damage them. Eyebrow piercings can be pierced with small curved barbells or BCRs. We usually recommend getting pierced with a curved barbell, as they are less likely to get caught on clothing than a BCR. You can change to a BCR once your piercing is fully healed if you wish.

How To Care For New Eyebrow Piercings

Like most piercings, eyebrow piercings must be kept clean and dry throughout the healing period. Clean your piercing twice daily with saline and avoid submerging it in water. Most eyebrow piercings heal within four to eight weeks. Your healed eyebrow piercing requires very little care – just clean with saline as needed.

You should also take extra care to avoid knocking the piercing. Eyebrow piercings are particularly vulnerable to migration and knocks can lead to migration or rejection even in a healed piercing. Despite this, most eyebrow piercings do not reject, it is often simply a case of bad luck! A rejecting eyebrow piercing will scar if left to reject, so it is important to consult your piercer. It is often better to retire the piercing than let it reject and scar. The most common signs of eyebrow piercing rejection are:

  1. Constant soreness or sensitivity
  2. Red scar tissue forming around the piercing holes
  3. The skin over the piercing becomes thinner – you may eventually be able to see the jewellery through the skin
  4. The piercing holes appear bigger
  5. Jewellery hangs loosely or at a different angle

If you observe any of these signs in your eyebrow piercing, consult your piercer immediately – regardless of whether your piercing is healed or not.


How To Care For Tragus Piercings

Tragus piercings are one of the most popular ear cartilage piercings and they are relatively simply to heal and take care of. The tragus is the little nub of cartilage in front of your ear canal and although it can vary a lot in size, most people are able to get a tragus piercing. Tragus piercings look great and they are a perfect first cartilage piercing.

Tragus piercings can be performed with small barbells, BCRs or labret. I recommend getting pierced with a simple barbell or BCR – you can always change the jewellery to something more eye-catching when your tragus has healed. Some people find that their tragus jewellery makes wearing in-ear headphones uncomfortable. If you have this problem I recommend wearing a labret stud – the flat back leaves more room for the headphones.


How To Care For New Tragus Piercings

Tragus piercings usually heal well in between eight to eighteen weeks. You should clean your tragus piercing twice daily with saline solution and refrain from changing your jewellery until fully healed. Avoid swimming and submersion in water during the healing period, as this can introduce bacteria to the piercing.

Provided that you care for your tragus piercing correctly, the chance of infection is very low. But is it important to be aware that infections can be more complicated in cartilage piercings, compared to soft tissue piercings e.g. lip piercings. This is because the infection can become trapped in between the layers of cartilage and even destroy the cartilage in extreme cases. For this reason you should be vigilant for any signs of infection such as redness, pain or the skin feeling hot. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult an experienced piercer immediately.