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Types of Piercings

Updated on July 6, 2012


I am sticking to what I said on my last article and posting the jewelry section. I waited to do this because it is much longer, and I needed to write information down for this article. There is quite a few words and descriptions that might be considered PG13, or for mature readers only, in this article. Enjoy reading about the different types of body piercings. I tried to leave the description of the risks as single words so that this article isn't two miles long.


Risky Piercings

First off I will be telling you about the more risky piercings there are....


scratched &scarred cornea, dry eyes, blindness

Migration, rejection, scarring

Excessive bleeding, nerve damage, tooth or gum injuries

rejection, scarring

punctured parotid duct or gland and saliva leakage causing infections, etc.

gum and bone erosion, scarring

gum and bone erosion, leaking saliva, or scarring

excessive bleeding, nerve damage

bladder infection, migration, rejection

nerve damage, excessive bleeding

hernias, inflammation of thin inner-wall of abdominal tissue (Peritonitis)

uncontrollable bleeding, nerve damage, life threatening risk of a collapsed lung

migration, rejection, scarring

loss of jewelry or jewelry caught in the throat or aspirated into the lungs


excessive bleeding, nerve damage, loss of certain bodily functions (paralysis)

INFECTION, migration, rejection, scarring

migration, rejection, scarring

Anatomy Area


Lip or Chin Surface

Horizontal Tongue Piercing

Tongue Surface

Cheek (more risky the further back)

Lowbret & verticle Lowbret (between cheek and gum line)

Mandible (underneath the tongue, going through the soft palate and under-side of your chin)

(MALE) Deep penile shaft piercing or trans-scrotal piercing

(FEMALE) Princess Albertina (through Urethral opening)

(FEMALE) Isabella (from bottom of Clitoris to top of the Hood)

navel "Outie" piercing

sub-clavicle (underneath collar bone)

(MALE OR FEMALE) Nipple (if too small or inverted to pinch for piercing)

Uvula (thing that dangles at back of throat)

Anal Piercing

piercing behind bone, tendon, or other anatomical 'feature'

all interdigital spaces between toes or fingers (on the hands or feet)

piercing by the surface, through a small layer or pinch of tissue

Jewelry shapes and materials (and sizes)

Jewelry comes in many shapes. To me, some jewelry is easier to use than others. All metals and materials must be certified, or meet certain standards, for longtime use and not contain very harmful chemicals before used or made into a jewelry.

Jewelry Sizes:

Jewelry size is measured by its thickness. The measurements can be scaled as gauge, inches, or millimeters. The most common measurement in the USA is by gauge.The bigger the gauge number, the smaller the piercing is or the thinner the jewelry will be. Once the biggest average piercing size is reached at a '00g' (00gauge), the size begins to be measured by inches. The smallest, common gauge size that people start at (when they first get pierced) is the size 16g, significantly the size of the ball-point on a pen.

Jewelry Materials:

Steel, Titanium, Niobium, Gold, Platinum, non-toxic plastics (like Tygon)

Jewelry Materials to avoid with new piercings:

Acrylic, Glass, Sterling Silver, materials like Gold that have been plated, or rolled, or overlaid, rolled or Vermeil jewelry... nor fashion or novelty jewelry.

To be safe for healing, jewelry must have a very shiny and very smooth surface.

Jewelry Shapes: Earrings are usually shaped for specific piercings, but who says that is exactly what you need to use it for (unless you are in the healing stage)? Many different jewelry shapes may be used for different piercings unless it is the wrong length or gauge, material, or bent in a shape where it will be too difficult (when you have to force it) to place.

Horseshoe: usually for earlobe piercings, but used anywhere found suitable or comfortable as well

Closed Captive Bead Rings: These rings have tiny openings that are enclosed tightly by a small bead. A little bit of pressure is needed to remove or place the beads, but it keeps the ring secure.

Septum Jewelry: for the 'angry bull look', this is specially designed jewelry made to prevent irritation from people using curved jewelry in this tough nasil cartilage tissue

Straight Barbells: Barbells come in a large variety of shapes, sizes, colors and designs. The longer, straight bars are usually associated with ear cartilage piercings. Shorter, straight bars may be used for tongue, eyebrow, or bridge piercings. Depending on where the piercing is located, such an oral, dimple piercing, flat endings for the bars are made to help prevent the jewelry from continuously scraping against the teeth or gums, or from the individual biting on the jewelry.

Curved Barbells: Barbells are usually used for deeper piercings, such as navel piercings. Jeweled navel curve jewelry, has added gemstones to the tips (glamorous additives).

Surface Bars: Jewelry associated with flat-surface piercings.

J-Curve Jewelry: This is almost like the curved barbell except these have more of a steep curve in the center. ... mostly used for eyebrow small-pinch piercings.

What is the difference between between threaded and un-threaded jewelry?

Threaded jewelry just means that you can screw on or off the ends, like a screw. Not all jewelry is like this. Some jewelry comes thread-less, in other words, the ends of the jewelry may be snap-on or off, Like pulling a cork out of a bottle.

- Brandon J Martin

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