(Deutsch) Glory Hole Body Piercing – FAQ

Häufig gestellte Fragen und Dinge…
Q – “Wie alt muss man sein muss, um ein Piercing  zu bekommen?”

A -Hier ist der Deal …

Sollten Sie zwischen 16 und 18 Jahren alt sein, muss mindestens ein Erziehungsberechtigter beim Piercen anwesend sein. Wir brauchen den Ausweis des Kindes, sowie den Ausweis des Erziehungsberechtigten.

Im Alter von 14 bis 16 Jahren können Sie sich piercen lassen, wenn wir das Einverständnis beider Erziehungsberechtigter bekommen.
Ein Erziehungsberechtigter muss zum Piercen anwesen sein, der zweite Erziehungsberechtigte muss den Vertrag ausfüllen!
In diesem Fall brauchen wir den Personalausweis oder Führerschein von beiden Erziehungsberechtigten und den Ausweis des Kindes.
Sollte ein zweiter Erziehungsberechtigter aus nicht answesend sein können (Scheidung, Todesfall, etc.), brauchen wir einen amtlichen Nachweis über das alleinige Sorgerecht des Erziehungsberechtigten, des Todes..

Als Ausweise können alle amtlich beglaubigten Ausweisdokumente akzeptiert werden, diese sind Personalausweis, Kinderausweis, Reisepass oder Führerschein. Natürlich können wir auch vorläufige Dokumente akzeptieren.
Ein Schülerausweis oder eine Krankenkassenkarte reichen leider nicht aus.

Wichtig ist für, dass auf den Ausweisen die Namen und die Adressen übereinstimmen. Sollte dieses nicht der Fall sein, brauchen wir zum Beispiel eine Geburtsurkunde oder ein ähnliches Dokument, welches eine Namensänderung erklärt.

** Kinder müssen mindestens 5 Jahre alt sein für Ohrlöcher. **

** Sie  müssen unbedingt 18 Jahre oder älter sein, um Hautanker/Oberflächenpiercings, Brustwarze oder Intimpiercings zu erhalten! Keine Ausnahmen. **

** Sie müssen mindestens 14 Jahre oder älter sein, um Standard Piercings zu erhalten! Keine Ausnahmen **

Q – “Wie kostet ein Piercings?”

A – Ein normales Piercing (wie Helix, Zunge..) kostet inkl. Schmuck 40€, Intimpiercing inkl. Schmuck kostet 50€. Ab dem zweiten Piercing gibt es pro Piercing 5€ Rabatt.

Q – “Verkauft Ihr Tunnel?”

A – Technisch nicht. Wir verkaufen Schmuck.’Tunnel’ bezieht sich auf die Größe des Piercings Schmuck. Lern die Sprache und seihen Sie der coolste von all Ihren Freunden.

Q – “Warum ist Ihr Schmuck so teuer?”

A – Es ist nichts für das, was Sie bekommen. Wir sind sehr gewissenhaft über den Schmuck, den wir verkaufen und stechen. Wir verkaufen keinen Modeschmuck.

Q – “Was empfehlt Ihr, wie ich mein Piercing pflegen soll?”

A – Eine aufschlussreiche Erläuterung finden Sie hier.!

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General Piercing Aftercare

A frequent thing I am asked is “how should I clean my piercing?” and “what should I do to take care of my piercing” etc. So, here is where you will find general information on caring for your piercing. 

GENERAL PIERCING INFORMATION(This applies to all piercings and should always be followed).

  • Never touch or play with a healing piercing with unwashed hands and fingers. Hygiene is most important in preventing infections.
  • It is easiest to wash the piercing in the shower twice daily. To do this stand with the new piercing in the flow of the water for a few minutes until any dry build up around the area has softened, then using clean hands or a cotton bud dislodge any dry build up from around the piercing taking care not to push any into the piercing as it may damage the newly formed skin inside.
  • After showering apply the after care product as advised by your piercer. Apply the product directly onto the piercing. If you are allergic to aftercare products, do not have any or want a better alternative try a saline solution. (Saline Solution Recipe is listed below).
  • Do not soak your piercing.
  • Do not attempt to rotate or turn your piercing.

NEVER DO THE FOLLOWING TO YOUR PIERCING

  • Do not use the following to clean you piercing: Methylated Spirits, Dettol, Bleach, Contact Lens Solution, Betadine, Alcohol, Kitchen Table Salt or ANY other chemicals as all of these will burn your piercing and will ruin it.
  • Do not apply fake tan or makeup over fresh piercing sites.
  • Do not apply antiseptic creams to piercings.
  • Never touch the piercing with unsterilised fingers and hands.
  • Do not turn or rotate your piercing.
  • Do not aggravate the piercing site with clothing (eg: tight pants on a hip piercing or a navel piercing).
  • Forget to cover your piercing before going into chlorine pools before it has healed. (Patch/cover the piercing with waterproof and water tight patches).

SALINE SOLUTION RECIPE

  • Mix 2 teaspoons of rock salt or sea salt (not ordinary table salt) into 1L of boiled water. Store in a lidded container (wash this container out first using boiling water) or for a smaller amount ½ teaspoon of rock/sea salt into 1 cup (250mls) of boiled water.
  • Renew the solution every 3 days.
  • Apply twice daily after washing hands or showering.
  • Dry the area thoroughly after cleaning.
  • Use saline solution only to this specific formula because if the solution is too strong it may dry and burn your skin and cause the piercing to be ruined.
  • If you are lazy you can also use something like H2Ocean. It’s only salt water!

MICRODERMALS, SKIN DIVERS & SURFACE PIERCINGS

  • Do not change the dermal top or the balls on the barbell of a surface piercing until at least 3 months after having it done to allow sufficient time for healing.
  • Never attempt to rotate a dermal or skin diver.
  • For the first 3 months at night keep your piercing covered/patched whilst sleeping or when doing any physical activity to avoid sweat coming in contact with the piercing and also patching should be done to keep the piercing flush with the skin.
  • When swimming piercing must be covered with a waterproof patch but it is advisable that you do not swim in chlorinated water until your piercing is healed.
  • When removing patches please make sure you remove them slowly. There may be dry build up over the piercing site an if you pull the patch too quickly you will increase the chances of pulling and distorting the piercing site.

ORAL PIERCINGS(Labret, Monroe, Medusa, Lip, Cheek etc)

  • Because this piercing is on both the inside and outside of your mouth you must clean both sides 2 separate ways.
  • To clean the inside of your mouth use a saline solution. Also rinse your mouth with a saline solution any time after you eat, drink or even smoke for 8 weeks after getting pierced.
  • To clean the outside of your mouth you must apply an aftercare product as advised by your piercer. Continue applying this product twice daily for 6-8 weeks after getting pierced.
  • You will have a longer bar or larger ring placed in your piercing than what may appear to be needed, this is to allow for any swelling that might occur. THIS WILL NEED TO BE CHANGED for a shorter bar or smaller ring after 2-4 weeks of getting pierced. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you return to your piercer to purchase the smaller/shorter jewellery as leaving the larger original jewellery in unnecessarily can damage teeth and gums.
  • To further assist your healing it is best to avoid drinking alcohol and/or smoking during the first 2 months of healing.

TONGUE AND INSIDE MOUTH PIERCINGS(Smiley, Frowny, Webbing etc)

  • During the first 24 hours keep the inside environment of your mouth cold by sucking ice, sipping cold drinks and eating soft, cool, non-spicey foods as this will help reduce the swelling.
  • You must rinse your mouth with an aftercare product (as advised by your piercer) anytime after you eat, drink or smoke for 8 weeks.
  • A longer bar is placed in your piercing to start with to allow for any potential swelling that might occur. This will need to be changed to a shorter bar after 2-4 weeks. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you return to your piercer to purchase the smaller/shorter jewellery as leaving the larger original jewellery in unnecessarily can damage teeth and gums.
  • To further assist your healing it is best to avoid drinking alcohol and/or smoking during the first 2 months of healing.

How to: Find a Good Piercing Studio.

We get a lot of questions asking, ‘how do I know this piercing place is good?’ ‘how do I know I can trust them?’ and so on and so forth. The reality is that it can be a tricky process to find your soul mate studio.

There are two ways of going about this. The relatively easy one for those in the US, and the one that a lot more people have to work though.

Method number one: The APP method. The APP stands for Association of Professional Piercers, we talk about them a lot, well, because they’re gosh darn awesome! Now, not only is their website a bountiful treasure chest of interest and information, but they also have a handy shop finder. What’s so good about an APP shop, you ask? Well, all members have to go through a rigorous testing process to ensure they meet the APP’s high standards, be totally compliant with local governing laws, and practice safely. So, by using the APP’s local shop finder, you can find an excellent and well trusted modification shop.

Head to http://www.safepiercing.org/locate-a-member/ and enter your ZIP or postal code, and the local shops to you will pop up!

Now, the main issue for me is that there’s not one single APP registered studio in the UK. There’s basically very very few anywhere outside of the US. So where does this leave us? Or those who can’t travel 100~ miles to the closest APP shop?

I thought I’d come up with a checklist to help us find a good, reputable shop for all our piercing and jewellery needs.

Piercer, Pricing, Portfolio, Pressure, Shop and Sense.

These six things should hopefully cover everything you need to see, know and feel about a shop before committing yourself to get a piercing there. Let’s start off.

Piercer: Go in and meet the piercer. Do they have a friendly yet professional demeanour? Are they dressed appropriately? This means non-restrictive clothing with no silly frills and such that would get in the way. Does the piercer seem comfortable with any question you throw at him/her? Are they knowledgeable? Don’t be afraid to ask about aftercare and their preferred piercing methods. Is the piercer fully licensed to practice with the relevant certificates displayed? Do they look at home and are they respected by other staff members? Are they confident? If you can answer yes to all of these, then the piercer is probably a good person.

Pricing: Is the pricing reasonable? How do they price? A one-off all inclusive price or a price for the basic piercing and then add on for jewellery? Is the price really cheap, so cheap they probably aren’t making a profit? Are you comfortable paying what they’re asking? Pricing is important when running a shop. Too cheap, and that can set off alarm bells, and if it’s totally out of your price range, ask if they pierce with basic titanium jewellery.

Portfolio: There should be a diverse mix of piercings, from all over the body, displayed neatly in a book or on the walls. They should show a full range of healing, fresh and fully healed piercings. If they want to display 18+ piercings, are they in a separate book? If you’re unsure or worried about a portfolio piece, ask the piercer. Why did they decide to use this jewellery instead of another kind? If you see any huge red lights (like straight piercings in a surface bar), ask them about it. If they make up some form of rubbishy excuse, that’s probably the time to leave.

Pressure: Do you feel under pressure from the people in the shop to get something done then and there, did they pester you to buy something? Were they friendly? Ask yourself if you felt comfortable in the shop.

Shop: This one’s really quite important. What does the shop look like? Is it neat and tidy? Merchandise kept behind glass casing? If there’s any clothing or other merchandise, is it well organised? Is the shop floor totally clean? Fire exits marked clearly? No rubbish lying about? Hygiene and local licenses displayed? Does the shop have an autoclave? Ultra sonic cleaner? Do they use one use needles? Brand new jewellery? Autoclaveable clamps? Are the staff friendly? Once again, is everything clean, neat, tidy and well turned out? Basically, you need to ask yourself: Is this shop spotless? Spotless with everything, ethics, staff turnout, the floor, jewellery organisation and everything. Are you happy with how everything is? Make sure you are!

Sense: This is basically the most important one here. Your common sense and judgement. Even if everything ticks all the boxes and you still don’t feel right about it, then trust your instincts. If someone felt a little off, something didn’t feel great, then trust what your heart says.

Sometimes it takes a while to find a shop you’re happy with. Sometimes the right shop for you will be the wrong shop for someone else. I hope this guide will hopefully help someone else in the future!

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The Great Jewelry FAQ | Material and Uses

jewelry materials FAQ.

We get a lot of questions about is X material okay for Y piercing, can you be allergic to X material, is X material okay for initial piercing, and so on and so forth. So, here’s an in depth run down list of the most commonly used jewelry materials and what they mean for you.

Jewelry materials can generally be split into two categories: Organic, and non-organic. That pretty much speaks for itself!

Non organic jewelry:  Steel, titanium, niobium, glass, silicone, plastics, and precious metals, such as gold and silver.

Organic jewelry: Wood, horn, bone, and stone

So, those are our two categories, let’s delve deeper into these materials.

Non organics:

Name: Surgical Steel

Extra uses (apart from jewelry): Needles and clamps, trays, bins.

Can you have an allergy to this material? Yes, surgical steel contains nickel which you can be severely allergic to! Some premium brands such as Industrial Strength and Anatometal’s Surgical Steel has a very low nickel content, which is very useful for those who want a high shine with little chance of allergic reaction. It is possible to develop an allergy to nickel, but it’s more likely to be caused by something other than your jewelry!

Vegan? Yes

Autoclavable? Yes

Extra Information: Surgical steel is used globally for jewelry, and piercing tools. It’s illegal to use surgical steel as initial jewelry in the EU due to the high nickel content, meaning titanium is used instead. In the rest of the world, however, it’s fine to use surgical steel as initial jewelry, however if you have a known nickel allergy, let your piercer know! It’s shinier than its counterpart titanium, with a more silver look, compared to the shiny gunmetal grey that titanium exhibits.  There are three kinds of SS commonly used in jewelry, 316, and 316L, with the L standing for ‘low carbon’.  Finally, 316LVM stands for low carbon vacuum melting, which reduces the contamination and generally produces pure steel, which significantly reduces the nickel content. Your premium brands, like the ones listed above, use this.


Name: Titanium

Uses: jewelry (initial and otherwise)

Can you be allergic to this material? It’s incredibly rare, and is generally considered the only material not to react to the body, so, whilst you can, it’s virtually unheard of.

Vegan? Yes

Autoclavable? Yes

Extra Information: Titanium’s awesome. It’s practically hypoallergenic, and it’s what’s going to hold your bones together if you ever need it! This, in many people’s opinions, makes it the optimal material for initial and post-piercing jewelry. It’s non porous, and you can easily clean it with warm water and a non-scented soap. Because it’s non porous and virtually hypoallergenic, it’s also super good for freshly stretched ears. Titanium can also be anodized, which is another positive, as you end up with really nice colours! Using an electrical current and a solution, the current causes a very thin metal coating to form on the titanium, and the colour depends on what voltage is passed through. Anodisation can sometimes rub off or fade over time, but this doesn’t affect the integrity of the material, simply the aesthetics.

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Name: Niobium

Can you be allergic to this material? Niobium and its alloys are inert and therefore hypoallergenic.

Vegan? Yes

Autoclavable? Yes

Extra Information: As niobium is a very soft metal, it can’t be lathed to be threaded, meaning it is only generally used for CBRs and other jewelry with no threading. It’s also more expensive than titanium and surgical steel, and is also the heaviest of the three, which can cause irritation to some wearers. Like titanium, it can also be anodised, just not to the wide range of colours that titanium can be.

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Name: Precious metals, Gold and silver.

Can you be allergic to this material? You can be allergic to the nickel present in some of the alloys

Vegan? Yes

Autoclavable? No, making them unusable for initial piercing.

Extra Information: Lower carats of gold are unsuitable for body jewelry as they are very soft and just wouldn’t withstand the pressure that body jewelry goes through on a daily basis. It’s also easily scratched, so low carats = no bueno. If you’re so desperate for initial gold coloured jewelry, use gold coloured titanium. Avoid gold plating because it’s often easily chipped and will expose your piercing to a maybe dangerous metal underneath. Stick to 14 and 18K! Silver: Generally marketed as sterling silver, and is safe for jewelry. Silver can, however contain nickel, and a high nickel content can cause problems. Silver is not safe for initial stretches or piercing, as it can tarnish and cause a dark mark around the piercing, sometimes called a ‘silver tattoo’. Save your silver jewelry for those special occasions, it’s definitely not for long term wear like the three main metals.

Name: Plastics (Acrylic, dental acrylic, delrin, Bioplast, Bioflex, PTFE)

Can you be allergic to this material? Not necessarily allergic, but it can be severely irritating in some aspects.

Vegan? Yes

Autoclavable? Only Bioplast, bioflex, PTFE and dental acrylic are autoclavable.

Extra information: The body jewelry industry freaking loves acrylic. It’s cheap, cheerful, comes in bright colours and is easily lathed and moulded. This doesn’t however, always make it your material BFF. It’s very porous, which can irritate your ears/nose/wherever you put it. It’s not autoclavable meaning it’s a no-no for initial piercing and stretching jewelry. Dental acrylic is slightly different, autoclavable, and good for long-term use as balls and backs in oral piercings. PTFE (Teflon), Bioplast and Bioflex (all very similar materials, same properties, different names) are also autoclavable, and suitable for long term usage, and initial piercing. Some piercers swear by it for industrials as less pressure is exerted on the holes, however some others dislike it. It’s all down to your piercer, and your personal preference. These flexible plastics are commonly used in oral piercings (less tooth and gum damage) and are used as flexible retainers, such as for pregnancy and high impact sports. You can clean non-autoclavable plastics with warm water and non fragranced soap.


Name: Silicone

Can you be allergic to this material? Yes

Vegan? Yes

Autoclavable? Yes, however only the higher, medical grades. If you stick a $1 silicone tunnel in the autoclave, you’d probably end up with a nasty gooey mess.

Extra information: There’s two grades of silicone you’ll find in body jewelry, industrial, and medical. Steer well clear of industrial grade silicone. It’s in the name, it’s not meant to be in the body! I’ve seen examples of cheap silicone jewelry react even badly to plain old soap. If it’s going to disintegrate when it touches water, what on earth is it going to do when it’s in your ear? Another important tip: do not, under any circumstances, use silicone as jewelry in a fresh stretch. It’s not okay, nor is it okay to fold up a ¾” tunnel into your 5/8” lobes because you’re lazy. It’s going to ruin your ears. One more thing, recently, there’s been incidents of industrial strength silicone being marketed under the name ‘Kaos’ or ‘Softwear’. Kaos Softwear is the only silicone brand that works with medical/implant grade silicone, and you should only buy if you are confident that it is that brand. Before wearing any silicone, wash them well with warm soapy water to remove any dust or lint.


Name: Glass (pyrex, borosilicate, soft glass)

Can you be allergic to this material? Nope (although it can cause ‘wet ear’)

Vegan? Yes

Autoclavable? Yes

Extra information:  Glass is arguably the most awesome material. Ever. You can use it for initial jewelry, plugs, tunnels, everything. And there’s hundreds of different things you can do to it for it to be awesome. It’s totally safe for long term wear, too. That’s all there is to it, it’s awesome.


Now, we can move onto organics. There’s only four materials in this category, and they’re pretty similar care wise, so it should be easy to read through!

Name: Stone

Can you be allergic to this material? No reported cases!

Vegan? Yes

Autoclavable? No

Extra information: Stone is probably the most amazing natural material, purely for the sheer diversity of the types of stone, the polishes, and cuts available. It’s most likely to be shaped into the double flare saddle shape, as this gives the stone the most integrity. Stone’s a pretty heavy material, and not suitable for really long term wear. There are hundreds of different types, to cater for all tastes, which really does make it versatile. It cannot be autoclaved, meaning it’s not suitable for initial piercing jewelry. It can be cleaned with warm soapy water, or dusted with a microfiber cloth.


Name: Wood

Can you be allergic to this material? People can react to certain types of wood

Vegan? Yes, however some woods are finished with beeswax

Autoclavable? No

Extra information: To quote a favourite jewelry company of mine, ‘Wood is Good’. It’s versatile, easy to wear and available in many different designs. Wood can warp if it’s left in water, so no swimming, showering or soaking with wood jewelry in! Wood needs to be oiled with an oil of your choice every 1-2 weeks (depending on wear) to prevent it from drying out, and in some cases, cracking. As it’s not autoclavable, it’s obviously not okay for initial piercing wear/initial stretching wear. It shouldn’t be exposed to extreme temperatures either.


Name: Horn and bone

Can you be allergic to this material? they can cause irritation in rare cases

Vegan? No

Autoclavable? No

Extra information: If you’re going to buy horn or bone, always make sure that it’s been ethically sourced and gathered. They are animal products, and many people don’t agree with it. Personally, I don’t wear them because I just don’t like the materials themselves, but that’s my own prerogative. They need to be cared for much like wood (they both, as well as wood, come under the umbrella of porous organics) They should be cleaned very lightly with a damp cloth as when desired, as to prevent cracking and warping. They are both very fragile and should be treated carefully, no exposure to water, extreme temperatures. Rub a little coconut or jojoba oil onto them to help retain shine, and make sure you don’t use wood treatment oils on them. Store them away from light if possible, as they are fragile materials and do need to be treated with respect.

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How To: Stretch Your Septum Piercing

What will you need?

  • Oil to massage with (Emu oil, jojoba oil, Bio Oil or vitamin E oil)
  • No flared plug/tunnel (no, not acrylic or silicone)
  • KY Jelly (or any other water-based lubricant)
  • Insertion pin:

Most of you will have had your septum pierced at 1.2mm (16g) or 1.6mm (14g) so the first insertion pin you’ll need to buy will be at 2mm (12g).

  1. Make sure you wash your hands with antibacterial soap (even better if you have gloves (no, not washing up gloves)
  2. Massage your septum with the oil for a good few minutes
  3. Take the lubricant and rub it all on the insertion pin
  4. Start placing it through your septum, slowly but surely. You will feel a stinging sensation, but that’s normal because of the nerve endings. The slower you go, the nicer it should be for you
  5. Once you have the pin through, get your plug or tunnel and line it up with the bigger end of the pin. Push both the jewellery and the pin towards each other AS you push it through your septum to get the jewellery through
  6. Push the jewellery over a bit in the direction you were going, and then the other way to even it all up
  7. Ta-da
It might be very sore for a few days or a week or two. That’s normal. Just keep bathing! If it swells, a hot compress is always good; warm water from the kettle on a cotton pad and press it on and around your septum.

What sizes do you go up in?

1mm. Any more and it’s going to seriously hurt and/or you could get a blowout (yes, you can get blowouts in a piercing other than your lobes)

How long will it take to heal?

Between 1-2 months usually, but please keep in mind that just because it seems fine, doesn’t always mean it’s fully healed.

What about the taping method?

The smaller the size, the harder it is to tape. It’s the same as with lobes.
About 6mm (2g) is an ok size to start taping. It can be a little awkward with septums though. Depending on how loose it is, a layer or two every few weeks should be fine!

What about the dead stretch method?


Dead stretching involves using round ended (often) glass plugs in half sizes to stretch the fistula. It’s a debated method, however one that’s often used. It should only be attempted if you are able to find plugs that are in 0.5mm sizes up, if not, it’s generally not advised.

How to: Stretch your Ears

In depth stretching guide.

What you need: KY Jelly (or another skin safe water based lubricant), correct jewelry, bondage tape, BioOil (or another oil like jojoba, vitamin e or emu oil), a lot of patience and a lot of time.

Let’s start off. Your ears. They should have been pierced for a minimum of 6-9 months before you begin stretching. You should also know what gauge they were pierced at. For the purpose of this guide, I’ll assume they are pierced at 16g (1.2mm).

Starting out: Get some 1.6mm internally threaded jewelry. It can be a labret, barbell, septum keeper. Massage your ear whilst bathing/showering, and cover the jewelry, and the front of your lobe with the lube. Slowly, push the jewelry through. If you meet any resistance, stop, wait a week (whilst massaging daily) and try again. Congratulations, you’ve made your first foray into the world of stretching!

Now, you want to wait a month,  and get some 2mm/12g jewelry. Make sure, it has to be internally threaded/not threaded. Repeat the process again, remember. Any pain, stop, and wait a week whilst massaging your lobes daily. Continue through 2.4mm/10g to 3mm/8g.

Now, we’re up at 3.2mm/8g. It should have taken you three months to get here. Now we want to start taping. You want to get some surgical steel/titanium plugs (or tunnels, your choice!). Lube your ears up, and pop them in. I say pop, but, make sure you do it slowly and carefully. As this is the first stretch up into ‘larger’ territory, you can use a taper. Now, the number one rule of stretching, tapers aren’t jewelry! Get the taper, and hold the larger end against the end of the plug. Make sure they line up. Lube them both up, as well as the piercing, and in one swift motion, push the taper through. As you have the plug lined up on the end of the taper, it’ll slide through into place. Try not to use acrylic tapers, as they have a very bad size gradient and often lead to tearing of the piercing fistula. So.  Now you have a nice 3.2mm stretch.

How do I start taping?! I hear you cry. Well. Here we go. Wait a week. Make sure the stretch is happy, healthy, and not sore in anyway. Carefully cut a strip of the bondage tape, and wrap one layer around the plug. You want to make sure it doesn’t overlap, as you just want one layer on the begin with. Cover the tape and plug in your chosen oil, and put it back in. Now, wait for another week, and do another tape wrap. And then one last time in another week. So, you’ve done three tape wraps in three weeks. Every other day, you want to remove the plug and cover it in oil again to make sure the tape doesn’t dry your lobes out.

Now, because you need to include every mm increment, you may find the most cost effective way of doing this, is using acrylic. As you should be aware, acrylic is terrible for stretched piercings. So, there’s a way around this. Instead of waiting a month before reaching the next g/mm, wait 5 weeks, and do one more tape wrap. This means, when you reach the next mm (ie 3mm to 4mm) you end up with a fraction over 4mm. This means, you can pop a new tape wrap over the new plug, preventing the acrylic from ever touching your ears.

Now, you’ll want to repeat this all the way up (and I mean ALL THE WAY) up to your goal size. Never skip, never keep going if it hurts, and never use acrylic. Always lube and oil!

So, here it is in a nutshell (from 3mm)

  1. Insert the plug safely, using a taper. Wait a week.

  2. First tape wrap. Oil oil oil!

  3. Wait a week. Second tape wrap. What’s the magic word? OIL!

  4. Wait a week, third wrap. Oil.

  5. Wait a week, fourth and final tape wrap. Oil.

  6. Get the next plug size up (4mm in this case) and do one tape wrap.

  7. Then, insert the plug. Any resistance, stop, wait a week.

So, there we go! The seven step next size tape wrap method!

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Piercings: Healing Times

Piercing healing times (average)

All healing times are approximate and maximum!

‘Stable’ is defined as the fistula being stable enough to accommodate a jewellery change. Skin cells begin to grow around the channel and line the inside of the channel, creating a stable fistula. The skin can be quite delicate at this stage, however this is considered the initial healing stage complete.

‘Fully healed’ is defined as the fistula being entirely healed, can withstand multiple jewellery changes, accommodate new jewellery shape, no lymph or discharge. The skin cells lining and creating the fistula are strong and stable. Collagen is more present, meaning it reacts better to change, and the entire channel is totally stable.

The times given are average healing times. Some heal faster, and some heal slower. They are the maximum healing times, but be wary that most piercings (aside from oral) have a minimum healing time of one year before they’re classed as ‘fully healed’

Piercings marked with a * are generally considered as surface piercings.

Ears:

  • Lobe – 3 months to heal, 9 months until stretching.
  • Helix – 9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Forward Helix – 9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Conch -9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Snug-9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Tragus – 9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Anti Tragus – 9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Rook – 9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Outer Conch – 9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Industrial/any two-point-piercings – 12 months to be stable, 24 months to be fully healed.

Facial:

  • Eyebrow- 2 months to be stable, 1 year until fully healed.
  • *Anti eyebrow – 4 months to be stable, 14-18 months to be fully stable
  • Bridge – 4 months to be stable, 14-18 months to be fully stable
  • Nostril – 2 months to be stable, 6 months to be fully healed
  • Septum – 3 months to be stabled, 9-12 months to be fully healed

Oral:

  • Lip (lower) 2 months to be stable, 4-6 months to be fully healed.
  • Lip (upper) 2-3 months to be stable, 4-8 months to be fully healed.
  • Frenulum (lingual, ‘smiley’ ‘frowny’) 6 weeks to be stable, 3 months to be fully healed.
  • Tongue -6 weeks to be stable, 3 months to be fully healed.
  • Cheek – 6 months to 12 months to be stable, 18-24 months to be fully healed
  • Lowbret – 3 months to be stable, 9 months to be fully healed.

Torso:

  • Nipples (female): 9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed.
  • Nipples (male): 6-9 months to be stable, 12-18 months to be fully healed.
  • Navel- 6-9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed
  • *Surface piercings-6-9 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed (if rejection doesn’t occur)

Genital (female):

  • Outer labia-8 weeks to be stable, 4-8 months to be fully healed
  • Inner labia – 6 weeks to be stable, 3-6 months to be fully healed
  • Vertical Clitoral Hood -6 weeks to be stable, 3-6 months t be fully healed.
  • Horizontal Clitoral Hood – 6 weeks to be stable, 3-6 months to be fully healed
  • Triangle- 2 months to be stable, 8 months to be fully healed
  • Fourchette- 6 weeks to be stable, 6 months to be fully healed
  • *Christina- 2 months to be stable, 8 months to be fully healed
  • Princess Diana- 6 weeks to be stable, 4 months to be fully healed

Genital (male):

  • Lorum- 3 months to be stable, 12 months to be fully healed
  • Hafada- 3 months to be stable, 12 months to be fully healed
  • Guiche – 3 months to be stable, 12 months to be fully healed
  • Pubic – 3 months to be stable, 12 months to be fully healed
  • Ampallang -6 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed
  • Apadravya – 6 months to be stable, 18 months to be fully healed
  • Reverse Prince Albert-3 months to be stable, 12 months to be fully healed
  • Dydoe – 3 months to be stable, 12 months to be fully healed
  • Prince Albert-3 months to be stable, 12 months to be fully healed