The Different Types of Piercing Thread - Dr. Piercing Aftercare

The Different Types of Piercing Thread

If you just got a new piercing, we're sure your piercer asked you some questions about threading. Have you heard about external threading? How about internal threading? Did you know that there's also jewelry that's considered threadless? All these terminologies may seem confusing to you for now but don't worry; you'll learn all these and more in this blog post.


Does threading matter? The answer is yes. But before all that, let's find out what threading is all about.

Understanding Threading

To better understand threading, we suggest you get a standard straight barbell. Remove the ball ends from it. Once removed, you'll find that screw in and out of the barbell. There are two things you'll notice in this experiment. One, the barbell has a small stem that extends from it, and two, the ball also has a tiny stem that extends from it.

Whether it's the barbell or the ball, the stem will screw into the jewelry's opening. This is what "threading" is all about.

Learning Internal, External, and Threadles

If the thread is inside the barbell, it means the barbell has internal threading. You can quickly identify it if the stem is found on the ball end. But, if the stem is on the barbell and not inside it, you have a piece of jewelry that is "externally threaded." This means that the threading is found outside of the barbell jewelry. Pretty easy, right?

Some people struggle to distinguish between the two, so you just have to analyze the jewelry structure. For example, if the barbell is screwed into, you've got an internal thread, but if it's screwed into the ball end, you have a piece of externally threaded jewelry.

The third design is called threadless. Threadless jewelry gets mentioned a lot. Often, people refer to them as press fit jewelry. This unique type of jewelry consists of a smooth stem that you push into the opening of a bar. There are no screws, hence the word threadless.

The Importance of Threading

Is threading important? Does it even matter? To help answer this question, think about your fresh piercing. It's a tunnel of disrupted flesh covered in raw tissue. If you insert a piece of jewelry into that hollow, unhealed space, are you going to choose a smooth jewelry piece or one that has a screw in its end?

Let's say your piercing has healed. But, even then, would you risk inserting a piece of jewelry with a rough texture (external threading) in it? You could irritate or injure the lining, especially if the piercing hasn't completely healed yet. This is why the Association of Professional Piercers suggests you only use internally threaded jewelry if it's an initial piercing.

If you want to speed up the healing process so you can wear your favorite jewelry (regardless of threading), you should diligently clean the site two times a day using saline solution.


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