The most awaited time has come. After months of waiting, your piercing is finally healed, and now you’re ready to explore and shop for new jewelry. But, before you do that, do you know how to remove your old jewelry and insert the new one?
Is inserting and removing jewelry complicated? Well, it doesn’t have to be. But, if you’re not confident with changing your piercing, this guide can come in handy.
What You Need to Know About Piercing Jewelry
Just in case you don’t know, a piercing jewelry is not the same as the typical jewelry you’re used to wearing. This type of jewelry is uniquely designed to be implant grade so that it doesn’t irritate. It can be made from various materials, sizes, and designs.
The vital thing to keep in mind is that good quality piercing jewelry has to be made from implant grade materials like surgical steel, implant grade titanium, and solid 14k gold. These materials are safe for those who have sensitive skin.
Stud earrings specially designed for piercings don’t have the conventional butterfly backing design; instead, they have a labret intended to be flat. The labret backings are available in various sizes to fit your ear’s anatomy. However, you’ll need to know the gauge as well as the length of the post.
There are two kinds of labret backings design – the push pin or the press fit and the threaded, also known as the screw style. The push pin style has a hollow tube where you can place the front of the jewelry in it, while the threaded type has threading inside that you’ll screw to the front of your jewelry.
Cartilage hoops also come in two types. - the seamless and the clicker style. Both designs have flat ends so that they won’t irritate your piercings. The seamless type has hoops that you’ll twist to open and close. Clicker style hoops have a hinge and a closure to click in and out.
Different Jewelry Types
- Rings – rings can be the easiest to insert, but sometimes they can also be the most difficult. The easy ones are the hinged and clicker rings. These designs have a hinge closure that makes them easy to insert and remove. The fixed bead ring or the seam ring can be challenging to manipulate because you have to twist both ends apart, just like tearing on paper. In addition, the ring could get warped when you remove it if you pull or spread them apart. Rings can be complicated, so if you’re not confident with your ability to use them, you might as well call your piercer for help.
- Nipple and Genital Piercings – the type of jewelry used on these areas is thicker and much easier to change. You just simply need to unscrew one end of the jewelry, or for nipple barbells, you’ll need to screw both ends.
Cleaning Your Piercing
One of the critical factors that help expedite the healing is proper cleaning. Make sure you clean your piercing twice a day with saline solution. Once healed, only then will you be able to change the piercing.
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