Safety of body piercings
Being the most popular size for fashion earrings, the 20ga – 18ga piercings are so super small that they may cause a tear in the piercing hole from the heavy weight of the accessory, or take more time for the thin skin inside the piercing hole to form, leaving the area scarred for longer.
In addition, small-gauged earrings including the fashion earrings tend to have very thin and sharp posts which often cause damages to the piercing hole in everyday life.
On the other hand, the most popular sizes for body piercings are 16ga – 14 ga which help to form a nice piercing hole on the skin, making them less harmful and more stable. The piercings themselves are fairly thick, and therefore, are less damaging and safer.
Those considering to transition from fashion earrings to body piercing can do so by starting with the 18ga for 3 to 6 months, and then stepping up to 16ga, and moving to 14ga after another 3 to 6 months. Gradually stretching the piercing by observing its condition will allow the piercing to stretch to the desired size naturally and painlessly.
14ga is the most popular size for body piercing, and once the piercing hole has stretched to this size and a proper jewelry has been applied, it will be in an ideal and stable state and will eventually become one with your body.
The benefits of being a 14ga are that there are many pieces of body jewelry available in that size and you’ll be almost completely free of complications relating to piercings. You’ll definitely enjoy the piercing lifestyle to the fullest.
A must-see for first-time body piercings! Learn the basics.
There are 4 basic pieces of knowledge you must know before purchasing body jewelry.
- Gauge (= the size of the piercing hole)
A normal size for those accustomed to wearing fashion earrings is 20ga to 18ga.
The most common size for body piercing is 16ga to 14ga, so the 18ga is highly recommended for those who have been wearing fashion earrings.
*The spare parts that have a flat back surface without the grooves can be applied interchangeably for the 18ga and 16ga as well as for the 14ga and 12ga.
- Length (= the thickness of the location of where the jewelry will be applied)
The length measured in body piercings is sometimes called wearing length and refers to the thickness of the actual site of where the piercing jewelry will be applied. The length of the jewelry to be worn on the earlobe will be the same as the thickness of the earlobe.
The thickness of the earlobe and other parts of the body will be different for everyone; as such, there is no such thing as a “regular length.”
However, the most common thickness, or length, for the average Japanese earlobe is 1/4″ (6.4mm) – 5/16″ (8mm), so it is recommended to try the 5/16″ (8mm) to start with.
*If you are unsure about your size and length, it might be good to visit our associated stores nearest you to have them assist and fit you with the appropriate body jewelry. Once you have confirmed your size and length, you can remember them for your next online purchase for your convenience.
- Material of the jewelry
All of the piercing jewelry at our store are made with hypoallergenic metals, glass, and silicone.
Anatometal jewelry are mainly made of implant grade surgical stainless steel, implant grade titanium, pure niobium, and 18 karat gold.
These four types are considered to be the safest materials for the human body.
If the same design is offered in multiple materials to choose from, please select the material based on the qualities you most want to prioritize.
For example, titanium is excellent for its light-weight and colorful qualities, but if you prefer a color selection that is not available in titanium, then the niobium is better. Stainless steel is best if you prefer the affordable prices and a brighter silver color, and 18k gold is recommended if you want something that is elegant and luxurious. Please visit this page to learn more about each of the body piercing materials we offer in our store.
- Designs of the jewelry
There are many types of body jewelry like the straight barbells, push-pin barbells, flat back labrets, captive bead rings, navel curves, circular barbells, and eyelets just to name a few, but the most suitable items recommended for those who want to transition from the fashion earrings to try body piercing for the first time are the straight barbells or the push-pin barbells.
The straight barbells are recommended for those who are seeking to stretch their piercings to 14ga for a safer and more versatile wearability. The push-pin barbells are suitable for those who want to maintain their size at 18ga, which is the general size for fashion earrings, but still want to enjoy wearing the less-harmful body piercing jewelry. Either way, the first step would be to try the 18ga and when the piercing hole settles, you can experiment with the many other designs and options available!!
Tips on applying jewelry to small holes
For those who are still new to body piercing, threaded jewelry may seem very delicate and small, making application difficult especially when starting with the 18ga.
However, it is thanks to the internally threaded structure that the jewelry can be applied or taken off without damaging the inside of your hole. Once the jewelry is properly threaded, it is secured in place making it less prone to complications, so it can be worn all the time as it becomes a part of your body.
(*Please remove the jewelry once or twice a month to clean the jewelry and piercing hole with soap and warm water. Note that soap residue may cause complications in the piercings, so please rinse thoroughly.)
【Tips on applying the jewelry】
1. Detach only the front end and leave the back end intact with the barbell post. Before you actually put the earring on, it is important that you get the feel of how the front end threads with the barbell post with the back end attached. Note that all Anatometal jewelry are made to be turned clockwise to secure them.
2. Once you become familiar with how the jewelry is secured, apply a small amount of vaseline or body oil to both the piercing hole and the barbell post and slowly insert the barbell post into the piercing. After the barbell post is properly inserted, wipe off the excess lubricant from the piercing and carefully examine the position of the threading using a mirror.
3. The image will be mirrored and this might confuse you when figuring out where the threaded end is located or which direction the ends should turn. Therefore, once you have confirmed the location of the threading in the mirror, use your other senses to secure the end into place rather than to rely on your image in the mirror.
Pro tip: Wearing thin latex gloves or finger sacks when applying the jewelry will not only keep your jewelry from slipping on your fingers, but will also strengthen the tightness of the threading, so do give it a try!
The relationship between body piercing and the Buddha
Kannon (Bodhisattva) statues that are modeled after the young Buddha are often observed wearing earrings.
Additionally, if you look closely at the statues of the Buddha, the earlobes are stretched so large that you can literally see through the hole.
Since the ancient times in India, wearing gold accessories on the earlobes was believed to bring knowledge and good luck, and it was a common practice regardless of age or gender.
Being born into a very wealthy family, Buddha also wore earrings as a sign of wealth and his Indian heritage.
One theory is that because Buddha was a wise man, he took into account the state of hygiene at the time and realized that the bigger the piercings, the fewer complications; and this is why his earlobes are stretched as much as they are.
Now is the time to do away with the stereotypical idea that big piercings are intimidating. How about incorporating the wisdom and knowledge of the Buddha in your life???