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Crayfish Piercing - Sent in by
Crayfish piercing a local term for a paired high placement of Monroe piercings. This term was coined by Swirly Wanx Sinatra (yes, that's his real name) due to the longer initial bars making him look like a crayfish.

Vampire Bites - Sent in by
A term referring to a double piercing quite similar to spider bites, but are farther apart. See 'Spider Bites'.

Spider Bites - Sent in by
A term referring to two lip piercings on the same side of the lip, usually quite close together mimicking a bite from a spider.


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A.P.P. - Credit to Nathan. View more words in the category Piercings
See "Association of Professional Piercers."

Abscess - Credit to . View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
An abscess can occur when the puss cannot be drained out of a piercing. Instead, it is encapsulated within a layer of dead white blood cells and inflammation as the body attempts to keep the infection contained. It requires immediate medical attention.

Acrylic - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See “Lucite.”

Aftercare - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
The term aftercare refers to the procedures you use to take care of a modification after it is performed. Aftercare can encompass several things: how you should clean the modification, with what, how often, and many other tips and tricks, all of which may be used to ensure a trouble-free healing of that particular modification. For more information, see our "aftercare" page.

Age Requirement - Piercings - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Piercings
May vary per studio. There is no legal age for body piercing in Canada, however, common practice requires parental consent for individuals less than 18 years of age. Some piercers make age 16 an exception for ears, nostril, eyebrow and navel piercings regardless of parental consent. ID may be requested at the discretion of the piercer. Parent participation is encouraged.

Age Requirement- Tattoos - Credit to . View more words in the category Tattoos
While there is no law that says that you must be over the age of majority to use a piercing or tattoo service, many parlours insist that those under the age of 18 provide written permission from a parent or guardian.

Alcohol - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Using alcohol as piercing aftercare is not recommended. While it is true that alcohol kills many germs, using alcohol twice a day every day will dry and damage your skin. This will cause trauma to the piercing which may ultimately leave the area susceptible to infection. Avoid any product containing alcohol, such as rubbing alcohol and certain types of mouthwash. (See "Biotene")

Allergies - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Sometimes the problems people experience with their piercings or tattoos are actually allergies to a component used in the tattoo or piercing process, in their aftercare, or in their jewelry. Latex items, such as gloves, are often used during the tattoo or piercing process. If you have a known allergy to latex, let your artist know before the procedure. Latex-free Nitrile gloves are available for piercers and tattoo artists to use when working on customers with sensitive skin. Most high quality piercing jewelry is made of surgical grade steel; some people who have problems with their piercings jump to the conclusion that they are allergic to surgical steel. However, this is extremely rare; so rare, in fact, that hospitals use this material for implants and hip joints without even testing the patient for allergic reactions before performing the surgery. However, not all surgical steel jewelry is high quality; for more info on jewelry, see "surgical steel." For information on soap allergies, see "antibacterial soap."

Amber - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Is a fossilized resin and has a long tradition of use in jewelry. Its most common color is a goldish yellow but it also comes in black, greenish, reddish, white, brown, blue and various blends. It can be found with natural entrapments, including small animals and plants which can be amazingly well preserved. One of the oldest plugs ever found was made of amber. Amber is commonly used for inlays in metal jewelry or in plugs made of horn, bone or wood etc. The material has a smooth surface that is kind to the skin, but tends to be a little fragile. It doesn't handle heat very well, so it shouldn't be autoclaved. During winter, it will stay warm.

Ampallang Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
The Ampallang is made horizontally through the glands. A piercing intersecting the urethra is in effect two piercings.

Amputation - Credit to . View more words in the category Other Modifications
The basic definition of amputation is "to cut off a projecting body part." Typically, this desire or fetish for the voluntary removal of limbs or digits is an all-consuming drive dating back to childhood. While amputation is arguably psychotic in nature, having the amputation done "cures" the problem in many cases, and the individual becomes happier and more well-adjusted.

Angel Bites - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
This term refers to two monroe piercings on opposite sides on the face.

Annealing - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
To anneal metal jewellery is to heat it to a set temperature for a set time with the goal of removing all stress points and hardenings. Annealed rings are then easier to open and less brittle, though they tend to hold beads more weakly than hardened jewelry in the smallest gauges. Annealing, a controlled heating and cooling process performed in a vacuum, yields more flexible steel, resistant to metal fatigue.

Anti-Eyebrow Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A piercing located on the upper-cheek, below the eye.

Anti-Tragus Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A piercing is made through the prominence of cartilage opposite of the tragus. Prone to swelling. Considered one of the most painful piercings.

Antibacterial - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
An antibacterial product is one that kills an extensive variety of bacteria. Unless a product says it is antibacterial, it probably is not. The active ingredient in most antibacterial products is Triclosan. It is not unusual for people with sensitive skin to experience dryness and irritation when Triclosan is used several times a day, so there are alternative products such as Satin brand soap and Provon, which do not contain Triclosan.

Antibacterial Soap - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Antibacterial soaps that are appropriate for use as piercing aftercare include soaps that contain little or no dyes or fragrances. An example of a simple antibacterial soap is orange Dial in the pump bottle. If you're using Dial and having problems with dryness and redness around your piercing, your problem may be related to Triclosan. For some people with sensitive skin, other products such as Satin Antimicrobial Therapeutic Skin Cleanser or Provon Medicated Lotion Soap may work better. They are usually only available in piercing and medical supply stores. There are also organic options such as Dr. Bronner's. Alternatives to soap include sea salt soaks and Tea Tree Oil. See our "After Care" page.

Antimicrobial - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Kills even more germs than antibacterial products. The active ingredient in most antimicrobial products is Chloroxylenol. An example of an antimicrobial product is Satin Antimicrobial Therapeutic Skin Cleanser.

Apadravya Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
The Apadravya is made vertically through the glands, in front of the Corona (ridge of the glands), and is often a continuation of the Prince Albert. Healing time can be less if the piercing is a continuation of the Prince Albert.

Aspiration - Credit to . View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Loose oral or nasal jewellery can sometimes be aspirated (breathed in). Make sure balls are tight every few days and replace stripped jewellery immediately. In case of aspiration, seek medical attention immediately.

Association of Professional Piercers - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Piercings
This non-profit organization monitors and guides the piercing industry, helping to educate piercers and the public about piercing safety. They work hard to educate, encourage, and facilitate the highest quality of work in the industry. Visit their web site at www.safepiercing.org for information and advice you can trust. See 'A.P.P.'

Atrophic Scar - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Atrophic Scar - Atrophic scars are sunken, depressed areas of scar tissue. The scar tissue is generally very thin and weak, and blood vessels can be seen very close to the surface. They are caused when insufficient collagen is laid down in the wound. This sort of scar tends to be formed as the result of acne, though some scarification work (especially when no aftercare regime is followed) will result in this sort of scar. See also “Scar.”

Austrian Crystal - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
A stone commonly used in all types of jewellery settings. They shimmer and sparkle like real diamonds and won’t usually fade or become dull over time. They’re also impervious to chlorine and other such chemicals. Thought to be number one in brilliance, cut and sparkle.

Autoclave - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Tools
A necessary sterilization appliance, that no piercing or tattoo shop should ever be without. They’re also used in hospitals and dentist offices. An autoclave uses high temperature and pressure to sterilize equipment including tools, needles, tapers, trays, etc. Before you get pierced, make sure the equipment being used has been sterilized in an autoclave. (Piercing guns CANNOT be autoclaved).

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Bactine - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Not recommended piercing aftercare. Good for first aid, but can dry and irritate skin with daily use. See "antibacterial soap."

Banana Barbell - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Also known as Banana Bell. See “curved barbell.”

Barbell - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
The barbell is one of the most commonly used pieces of jewellery. It consists of a central post, with a bead on each end. These beads screw on with either internal or external threading.

Beads - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Beads come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Most externally threaded jewellery has interchangeable parts as long as the gauges are the same. For example: beads from a 14g barbell will fit on a 14g Labret post. Captive Beads are universal; you don’t have to use a particular bead size with a certain gauge.

Belly Dangle - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Belly Dangles are 14g Curved Barbells with charms attached to the bottom bead. They are available in a wide range of styles. Note that in general Belly Dangles serve an aesthetic rather than practical purpose. BodyMods carries Playboy, NHL, CFL and Disney licensed designer Dangles.

Bio-Plast - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Also known as Bio-Flex - a non-toxic biocompatible plastic, meaning it will not cause allergies. Bioplast is comfortable, flexible and can be colorful, although is usually clear. Bioplast conforms to all worldwide standards on use of body jewelry materials. It is becoming the European standard for use by pro-piercers, quickly taking the place of titanium and surgical steel and it can be sterilized in an autoclave. A study found that people pierced with this material experienced less swelling, lower rates of infection and faster healing times.

Biotene - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
A hospital-grade, dentist-recommended, alcohol-free mouthwash that is antibacterial and anti-microbial. Highly recommended for oral piercing care. Available in most drug and food stores.

Blacklight Tattoo - Credit to . View more words in the category Tattoos
See "Ultraviolet Tattoo."

Blackline - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Adding a surface layer of highly durable black film to a titanium core, by way of Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD), produces Blackline jewelry. The base formula for Blackline has been tested by an independent biological testing laboratory, and is certified biocompatible for external and internal medical devices that come into contact with bone, skin, tissue or blood. Without exception, all noted scientific experts confirmed the appropriateness of the special formula and it's specific surface treatment for body piercing jewellery. All Blackline body jewellery involves the PVD coating applied to a Grade 23 medical titanium substrate. Blackline body jewellery also possesses an extremely low coefficient of friction and a micro smoothed surface texture. Blackline is further resistant to autoclave-induced corrosion, and is compatible with steam and chemical sterilization treatments. Blackline is suitable for piercings that are still healing, as it is lightweight, safe and durable. Although the surface layer isn't classified as permanent, it is very durable and lasts longer than for example anodized titanium. If used where in contact with hard body parts, such as teeth, the surface layer can be scraped off. See also “PVD.”

Bleeding - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Most piercings do not bleed at all when they are performed correctly by a professional piercer. Bleeding may increase if the person getting pierced is anemic, has been drinking alcohol in the last 24 hours, or is taking prescription medicine that thins the blood. Some particular piercings, especially genital piercings, often lightly bleed and may continue to do so for a day or two, due to the number of blood vessels in those areas. If a piercing will not stop bleeding, seek the help of a professional piercer or a doctor.

Boil - Credit to . View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
A boil is a hard puss-filled sore around the area of a piercing. A boil can indicate a bacterial infection.

Boric Oxide - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Is needed for the production of certain types of glasses, indcluding optical and telescope lenses, medical glasses, electronic glasses and glass ceramic composites. It’s benefits for use in glass formulations are reduction of melting temperature, increased thermal resistance and mechanical strength. See also “Borosilicate Glass.”

Borosilicate Glass - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
A glass containing a minimum of 5 percent of boric oxide. It’s highly resistant to heat and shock and used especially in making cookware and glassware. See also “Boric Oxide.”

Branding - Credit to . View more words in the category Other Modifications
Branding is scarification, usually through the application of a heated material (usually metal) to the skin, making a serious burn that eventually becomes a scar. Ideally, a healed branding looks like a pattern of thick raised lines, slightly lighter than skin colour (when fully healed). However, the amount of raising or keloiding varies greatly, dependent on a large number of factors. It is not safe. Practiced responsibly by experienced practitioners, scarification of all kinds should fall inside "acceptable risk."

Breast Feeding - Credit to . View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Most piercers maintain that nipple piercings are unlikely to interfere with breastfeeding later in life, provided that the piercings have completely healed with minimal scarring. However, no studies regarding nipple piercings and breastfeeding have been conducted. For some women, the jewellery becomes extremely uncomfortable during the final trimester when the breasts and nipples enlarge and become more sensitive. Larger diameter rings may be required to allow for enlargement. The jewellery can damage the baby's delicate palate and prevent the baby from forming the tight seal around the areola necessary for breast feeding.

Bridge Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A piercing placed horizontally on the bridge of the nose, in between the eyes.

Bronze - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Bronze is often used for larger piercings in the form of earweights. It's very popular in ethnic jewelry from Indonesia among other places in the world. Bronze is an alloy of different metals but the most common blend (in piercing jewelry) is 90% copper and 10% tin. When buying bronze jewelry, make sure to buy it from a serious manufacturer as some bronzes can contain arsenic which can "bleed" into your body. Bronze can also discolor the skin, leaving behind a greenish color. The discolouration can be removed but if it gets into open wounds it can permanently discolor the tissue.

Brooch Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
Brooch piercing is placed at the top of the breast, to resemble the jewellery you attach to your clothing. They are extremely prone to rejection.

Bump - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
See "Hypotrophic Scarring."

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Calipers - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Tools
An instrument/tool used by piercers and many others in various occupations, for measuring thicknesses (gauges) and internal or external diameters. Most likely electronic to give an exact and accurate reading.

Captive Bead Ring - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Also known as a CBR - the most simple and most common style of body jewelry, consists of a curved piece of surgical steel wire with a bead clamped between the ends, making a closed ring. Used in a vast variety of body piercings.

Cartilage Jewellery - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Specialty cartilage jewellery has been created for your helix or industrial(cartilage) piercings. This jewellery is generally fancier than your basic Captive Bead Ring, Circular Barbell or Labret which can also be worn in your Cartilage. They are usually in the style of cuffs, studs or chains.

Cartilage Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
There are more than 12 different piercings that can be worn in the cartilage - some of which are even multiple piercings connected by the same barbell. Most common of those piercings are named Industrial and Orbital. For more information on Cartilage Piercings, click here.

CBB - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See “Curved Barbell”

Cheek Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A piercing placed through the cheek, giving the illusion of dimples. You do not need to have dimples in order to have a cheek piercing done.

Chemical Scarification - Credit to . View more words in the category Other Modifications
Chemical scarification is simply that, scarification using a chemical reaction as the means of either further irritating a wound achieved by another means (ie: cutting) or directly producing the wound.

Chin Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
Chin piercings can either be placed vertically or horizontally. Vertical piercings often are more popular because they typically heal more rapidly than horizontal piercings.

Chipped Teeth - Credit to . View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
It's a simple common sense fact that if you bite down hard on a piece of metal, like a steel bead on the end of a steel barbell, your teeth will break before the metal does. Accidentally biting down on oral jewellery can break the tooth, exposing the sensitive nerve and possibly exposing the root, leaving it susceptible to infection.

Christina Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
The Christina is a vertical piercing made through the V-shaped juncture of the mons and outer labia. Due to the thickness of the tissue healing time can be lengthy. This piercing is highly anatomy-dependent and should be performed only if a distinct ridge of tissue is available to support the piercing.

Circular Barbell - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Also known as a horseshoe - due to their shape, resembling the latest in equine footwear. They are used in any number of piercings, including earrings, tragus rings, nasal septum piercings, madisons, or even horizontal clitoral hood piercings, although the latter is less common, as the clitoris is deprived of the stimulation gained from a properly positioned captive bead ring. See also “curved barbell.”

Clamp - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Tools
Used in most piercing procedures. Clamps hold the skin in place to help with accuracy and safety during piercing. Some piercers use few or no clamps, which is fine if the piercer has a lot of experience. Also called 'Forceps'.

Clavical Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A clavicle piercing (subclavical technically) actually passes underneath the collarbone, penetrating the inner body cavity. While a surprising number of them have been successfully healed (at least partially), they have the potential to transfer infection past the body's natural defences and are not recommended - although they are striking to see.

Clitoris Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
Clitoris piercing is not performed as often as clitoral hood piercing because few women are anatomically suited for this piercing. Nerve damage can result from piercing a clitoris that is too small or from piercing through the shaft of the clitoris and through the dorsal nerve.

Coloured Contacts - Non Prescription - Credit to . View more words in the category Other Modifications
BodyMods carries a large variety of lenses, ranging from natural 3 tone colours to fantasy colours. A contact lens, or simply contact, is a lens placed on the eye. Cosmetic contact lenses can be used to drastically alter the appearance of the eye, as seen in the entertainment industry. Non prescription coloured contacts are very popular. For more information on Non Prescription Coloured Contacts, click here.

Conch Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
Piercings made through the bowl shape of the ear. Conch piercings can be described as either "lower" or "upper" with regards to the crus helicis.

Coral - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Coral is not a gemstone -- it is actually the calcified skeletons of sea creatures that grow in formations resembling the branches of a tree.

Cork - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Tools
Sometimes a piercer puts a cork on the end of the needle after performing a piercing, to avoid accidentally poking you with the needle, and for their own safety as well.

Corkscrew - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See "Twister."

Corset Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A corset piercing is a series of surface piercing done to emulate the appearance of the lacing on the back of a corset. Due to the difficulty and risks associated with permanently healing single surface piercing, most corset piercing is intended to be temporary in nature

Crayfish Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
Crayfish piercing a local term for a paired high placement of Monroe piercings. This term was coined by Swirly Wanx Sinatra (yes, that's his real name) due to the longer initial bars making him look like a crayfish.

Crustiness - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
See "Scabs".

Cubic Zirconia - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
An artificial crystal resembling a diamond in refraction, dispersion, hardness, and color, used in jewelry. See also “gemstones.”

Cuff Earrings - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Cuff Earrings are made from surgical steel or titanium. The earring is hinged in the centre, so that the ring opens wide enough to fit over the lobe for insertion. Cuff earrings will not to rust, tarnish or corrode from perspiration.

Curved Barbell - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
A curved barbell is mechanically identical to a straight barbell, except for being curved. Curvature on a curved barbell can range from almost straight (sometimes referred to as a bananabell or banana barbell) to circular (sometimes referred to as a CBB or CBR) with some barbells actually being spiral, with the ends overlapping but separated to allow the insertion of the jewelry (sometimes referred to as a Twister). A variation on this design is a J-bar or J-post, a slightly curved barbell with a 90 degree bend near one end, used in vertical navel piercings to position the decorative end of the jewelry more appropriately. They can be either internally threaded or externally threaded.

Cyber Bites - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A term refering to a medusa piercing and a labret piercing that are symmetrical to each other.

CZ - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See “Cubic Zirconia.”

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D-Ring - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
A D-Ring is similar to a Captive Bead Ring but shaped like the letter “D”. It is most commonly worn in the eyebrow.

Daith Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
This piercing is made through the softer cartilage behind the hard edge of the inner-most ridge just above the ear canal.

Deep Shaft Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
Deep shaft piercing is when jewellery is inserted through the penile shaft. They are rarer due to associated pain, difficulty, bleeding and long healing times.

Dermal Anchoring - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Other Modifications
Is a technique that is essentially a single-point pocketing. It gives the appearance of a small single bead on the skin, similar to a transdermal implant, but with a much more simple procedure. The technique is less invasive than a transdermal implant procedure and the removal of the piece is substantially easier than implant removal. The relative small size of the jewellery allows placement almost anywhere on the body. Healing can be difficult, as with all surface piercings, on areas that move frequently or places that get knocked regularly. See also “Transdermal Implant” and “Pocketing.”

Dermal Punch - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Tools
A dermal punch is used to remove a circular area of tissue, into which jewelry is placed. This method is usually used to remove both skin and cartilage in upper ear piercings, where cartilage must be removed to relieve pressure on the piercing to ensure proper healing and long term viability of the piercing. Like scalpelled piercings, the healed fistulas created or enlarged using a dermal punch will not usually shrink over time.

Dial Soap - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
See "Antibacterial Soap."

Dimple Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
See "Cheek Piercing."

Disturbed Labret - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
A Disturbed Labret is simply a standard Labret stud with a large spike opposed to a plain bead. Spikes are available in many different colours, lengths and shapes.

Dolphin Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
The dolphin is essentially two Prince Albert piercings with a single piece of jewellery, usually a curved or U-shaped barbell.

Double-Flared - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See “Flesh Tunnel.”

Dydoe Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
Dydoe piercings are usually done as a pair, at the 10 and 2 o'clock positions through the corona (ridge of the glands). Dydoe piercings are less likely to migrate or reject if the corona is very pronounced.

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Ear Cheese - Credit to . View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Ear cheese is a term used often for the accumulation of dead skin cells around a stretched earlobe piercing. Switching to organic jewelry, as well as regular cleaning can help solve or greatly reduce this problem.

Ear Pointing - Credit to . View more words in the category Other Modifications
Ear pointing is a procedure by which "Vulcan" or "elf"-like ears are created. A small wedge of tissue is removed at the tip of the ear, and the two edges are then sutured together. Assuming uneventful healing, the resultant ear will have a far more pronounced tip. It is important to note that this procedure removes tissue, and does not add any. There is no extension to the length or height of the ear — if that's what you're looking for, you've still got a few years to wait at least.

Earlets - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See “Flesh Tunnel.”

Earlobe Blowout - Credit to . View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Caused by stretching a piercing too fast. The fistula is literally blown out and exposed, causing an unsightly raised lip around the outside of the piercing. If stretching continues, this lip can grow dramatically.

Earlobe Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
Earlobe piercings can be easily stretched and are often pierced at slightly higher gauge for those intending to stretch. Ear piercing should be done by a needle rather than a gun, due to the issues with sterility, blunt force trauma and inappropriate jewellery.

Earlobe Tearing - Credit to . View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Caused by stretching a piercing too fast. The skin is torn, making further stretching more difficult and the skin surrounding the piercing to develop thin spots. A severe tear can cause the piercing to be split wide open.

Electro-polish - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
A sophisticated surface finishing technique, where electrochemical activity slowly erodes a thin layer from the surface of the jewellery resulting in microsmoothing. The resultant surface is ultra smooth and crevice free. It has a higher surface integrity and efficiency than jewellery polished by other means.

Emu Oil - Credit to . View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Emu oil is a natural alternative aftercare for piercing and tattoos. Even though it is an oil, it has been proven that emu oil does not clog the pores, therefore allowing the skin to breathe during the healing process (unlike most commercially made aftercare products that are petroleum based).

Eye Implant - Credit to . View more words in the category Other Modifications
Eyeball jewellery was developed first in the Netherlands as a radical new form of body modification in 2002. The procedure is completely legal in the Netherlands, as long as it is performed by a licensed ophthalmologist under sterile conditions. Its legality outside of the Netherlands is currently untested. However, several jurisdictions in the US have already supported bills to ban the procedure even though it hasn’t become available in the US yet. Unlike subdermal implants and other new body modification procedures, the extraocular implant is currently only being performed in a medical clinic environment.

Eyebrow Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A piercing located vertically on the brow-line. Eyebrow piercings are one of the most common of surface piercings. For more information on Eyebrow Piercings, click here.

Eyelets - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See “Flesh Tunnel.”

Eyelid Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
Eyelid piercing is still very rare although it has been around for awhile. Most people with their eyelids pierced say the jewellery doesn’t bother them or impede their sight. However doctor do recommended against it because the eyelid is the main defense for the eye.

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Fake Body Jewellery - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Body jewelry that looks like the real thing, but doesn't require the holes. Fake or non-piercing body jewellery lets you try out the look without a permanent commitment. Perfect for a night out to add some sparkle to your body. Fake body jewellery includes magnetic earrings, belly button inserts, clip-ons, fake flesh plugs, fake lip, tongue and nipple rings plus much more.

Fishtail Labret - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
A Fishtail Labret is similar to a Nostril Screw although lager in size. Its simple backless design may minimize gum recession for people prone to it. However, many people find it uncomfortable and/or that it falls out in their sleep.

Fistula - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Piercings
In the case of body piercing, the fistula is the internal "skin tube" that connects the two ends of the piercing. That is, the new skin that forms when the piercing is healed. It is literally a cylinder of skin, with each end attached to one end of the piercing. A common colloquial term for a fistula is "flesh tube".

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Samples of artwork that may be used in tattoos. The flash art in a tattoo studio may be the original work of one of the studio's artists, or may be generic art used for inspiration.

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See “Plug.”

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See "Staple."

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See 'Tunnel'.

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Forceps may be used to hold and stabilize the tissue to be pierced. Most piercings that are stabilized with forceps use the triangular-headed forceps, while tongues are usually stabilized with an oval-headed forceps. Forceps are not used in the freehand method, in which the piercer supports the tissue by hand. Also called 'Clamps'.

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This piercing can be very stimulating as the jewellery rubs against the glands.

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The fourchette piercing is named for its location. Highly anatomy dependent, this vertical piercing is made through no more than 3/8" of surface tissue, from the bottom wall of the vagina over the perineum.

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This piercing is made through the loose skin along the underside of the shaft. A series of frenum piercings is called a frenum ladder. The skin of the lower half of the penis tends to be thinner and tighter, increasing the chance of migration or rejection.

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This is a piercing of the lower lip frenulums. Frenulum piercings are prone to rejection. The frenulum is usually thin and easily torn. Playing with the jewellery frequently can cause rejection. Long term the jewellery can cause erosion of the tooth enamel and the gums. Also see 'Smiley Piercing'.

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Funky body jewellery can come in any shape or size to fit any piercing. There are no set rules of what type of jewellery must be worn in a piercing, so if it fits and it’s comfortable it can be any shape or size you like.

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A method of measurement used for thickness of jewellery. Body jewelry is made of surgical steel in different thicknesses measured by gauge. The actual thickness of the jewellery increases as the numbers go lower. For example, a typical tongue piercing is done with a 14-gauge barbell, whereas a typical eyebrow piercing is done with a thinner 16-gauge barbell. Softer tissue (tongues, genitals, oral, etc.) should be pierced with at least 14-gauge jewelry to help prevent tearing and rejection. Ear plugs can range in size from 16-gauge to 2 inches and sometimes even larger.

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See "Stretching."

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Used in a wide range of body jewellery. The quality varies widely with different gems, and it can be hard to find stones big enough without cracks and/or scratches. Some stones, such as malachite, may affect the body. Malachite contains copper that can discolor the skin. Others may contain lead or arsenic or other hazardous materials. However, stones are generally not a problem for the body as long as they don't have sharp or pointy edges or aren’t very heavy. Most of the time they can be autoclaved, but some stones, such as opals and corals can't stand the heat and should be cleaned some other way.

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Is a common piercing material that has been used for thousands of years. Earplugs made of glass have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs. If correctly shaped and manufactured, glass is an excellent material. It’s comfortable to wear, tough and safe for the body. However, cheaper glass beads that are not covered in a metal shell can easily break into shards. If you drop glass jewelry on the floor, you probably won't be able to use it again. Also if you have a cheap bead in a tongue piercing and accidentally chew on it, it can break into tiny shards and cause mouth injuries. It is possible to sterilize glass in a steam-autoclave but the heat may cause cracking in cheaper products.

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A material that is good for body piercing, but since it is so soft it must be mixed with harder metals to maintain its shape. Quite often, the other metals gold is mixed with are inappropriate for body jewelry, so care must be taken when choosing the piece. Truly high quality gold body jewelry is mixed with palladium and is not coated but is made entirely of this gold-palladium mixture. Because this method of jewelry making is so specific to the piercing industry and because palladium is actually even more valuable than the gold itself, high quality gold body jewelry can be very expensive, but is worth the extra cost. Companies that manufacture high-quality gold body jewelry usually also offer body jewelry set with real gems and diamonds. Another general rule of thumb is to stick with nothing less than a 14 karat, as to avoid too many impurities.

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The guiche piercing is made horizontally at the base of the scrotum, through the perineum, just in front of the position of the inseam of a pair of pants. Guiche piercings can be difficult to heal because of friction and pressure against the wearer's thighs and pants.

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Constant rubbing of oral piercings against gum can cause the gums to recede over time, possibly exposing the root, leaving it susceptible to infection. This type of problem is effectively irreversible (without surgery) and it will not get better on its own.

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H2Ocean - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Piercing aftercare product preferred by most professional piercers. Purified ocean salt water in a completely sterile non-aerosol dry-mist sprayer. It is the only aftercare product that is natural to your body. It's been said that it increases circulation and promotes faster healing for your modifications such as tattoos and piercings. See our “Aftercare” page.

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A hand web piercing is a piercing through the loose skin between two digits, such as between the fore-finger and middle-finger or fore-finger and thumb. This piercing is considered a surface piercing and has a high rate of rejection.

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Piercing made through or around the upper edge of the ear. If the curl is large and pronounced, a piercing made through the apex of the curl and parallel to the side of the head may be more comfortable.

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A piercing placed through the nostril, midway up the nose.

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A hip piercing is a piercing in the pelvic area through the skin near the hip bone. Hip piercings are done in pairs with one on each hip usually. They are extremely prone to rejection.

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See "captive bead ring" and/or "segment ring."

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A piercing located horizontally on the brow-line.

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The horizontal hood piercing is made through the pronounced vertical ridge of hood tissue above the edge of the hood. The horizontal piercing does not pass through the hood itself.

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In this modification, small pieces of Teflon or silicone are inserted beneath the skin of the forehead, giving the appearance of small horns. The first set of horn implants were done by Steve Haworth on The Enigma. Steve Haworth invented this type of modification.

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See “circular barbell”

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Using hydrogen peroxide on your piercing may have the same effect as using alcohol. See also 'alcohol' and/or 'aftercare'.

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Hymen piercings are extraordinarily rare piercings. The hymen is the mucous membrane partially closing the vaginal opening.

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Is heavy scarring that appears around a piercing or other wound. The main reason that they're different from keloid scars is that they don't extend past the original scar. Moreover, they're generally more clear than keloids. Most people, including many piercers, will mistakenly call all bumps keloids, when in fact hypertrophic scarring is more common. Hypertrophic scars go away both with treatment and with time. In a lot of cases, the jewelry is inappropriate (it's too heavy, or has a poor shape), and creates stress around the fistula. Simply change the jewelry and the scar might go away in few days. See also “Keloids.”

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A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for relief of symptoms of arthritis, fever, as an analgesic (pain reliever); especially where there is an inflammatory component. See "swelling".

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ICE Earrings are made from gorgeous Austrian Crystals and are set in .925 Sterling Silver. The cut gems come in many of shapes, circular and square cut being the most popular; the stones are most commonly clear or black but do come in a wide range of colours.

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When the EU passed the nickel law and 316L was no longer an alternative for new piercings, Implantatium, a new alloy with less nickel, was created with the aim of replacing surgical steel as the leading healing jewelry. However, Implantatium never became successful, mainly due to its high prices, uneven quality and a limited choice of jewelry. Instead titanium became the leading material. The alloy consists of less than 0.05% nickel and is therefore compatible with the EU nickel law. It is safe to use in a healing piercing but as stated above, the choice of jewelry is very limited.

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Infections aren't nearly as common as people think. If you think you have an infection, you should talk to your piercer about it. Most of the time when a piercing seems unhealthy, it is irritated due to handling, improper jewelry, lack of proper daily cleansing and various other reasons. Indications of an infection include a dark color around the piercing, pain, a bad smell coming from the piercing or a green or dark yellow discharge. White or vanilla colored discharge isn't an infection, but is a natural part of the healing process.

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Swelling is a common side effect of any piercing, and properly sized jewellery must be inserted to accommodate inflammation. Undersized jewellery may cause tugging, migration, rejection or become embedded in the skin. Also see 'swelling'.

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Loose oral or nasal jewellery can sometimes be swallowed. Make sure balls are tight every few days and replace stripped jewellery immediately. In case of ingestion, seek medical attention immediately.

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The size of the inner labia varies greatly. The labia must be at least 4mm thick to safely support the jewellery. Piercings should not be made through the thin folds that are sometimes present.

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Refers to jewelry that has no threads on the outside of the post, but the ball has a tiny threaded post attached to it. The ball then screws into the post.

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An inverse navel piercing is a navel piercing pierced through the lower ridge of the belly button, rather than at the top. Inverse navel piercings work best when the individual has a prominent 'lip' on the bottom edge of the navel, which varies from person to person.

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Inverted Belly are 14g Curved Barbells that have the charm or decoration fixed to the top of the barbell opposed to the bottom. Inverted belly can be used in both top and bottom navel piercing. They are especially good for the bottom because the design will sit flush against the skin.

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Isabella piercing is a female genital piercing. This extremely deep clitoral shaft piercing starts below the clitoris and just above the urethra, then goes up through the clitoral shaft and exits at the top of the hood (where the entrance hole is for a Christina piercing).

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While not common (or in common usage), a J-bar, is a curved barbell with a more acute curve on the lower end, forming a "J"-like shape. This type of jewelry is most commonly used on navel piercings because it positions a decorative lower bead more appropriately than a standard curved barbell in many cases.

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Also known as J-Bar. A special kind of jewelry used in belly buttons of a particular shape. Some navels need to be pierced at an angle, which makes it difficult to see the bottom ball. A barbell in the shape of a “J” makes it possible to see both the top and bottom balls easily, and can look nicer. See also “Curved Barbell”

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A keloid is a special type of scar that results in an overgrowth of tissue at the site of a healed skin injury. Keloids are firm, rubbery lesions or shiny, fibrous nodules and can vary from pink to flesh-colored or red to dark brown in color. A keloid scar is benign, noncontagious and usually accompanied by severe itchiness, sharp pains and changes in texture. In severe cases, it can affect movement of skin. For most people, keloids are a cosmetic problem. Keloids should not be confused with Hypertrophic scars, which are raised scars that do not grow beyond the boundaries of the original wound and may reduce over time. See also "hypotrophic scarring."

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Koosh Beads are very similar to ticklers, the only difference being that the silicone cannot be removed from the bead. Koosh beads are made up of soft silicone spikes that have been attached to an acrylic/surgical steel bead. Koosh can be worn in all piercings.

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Labret Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A piercing placed through the lower-lip, located towards the chin.

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A piece of threaded jewelry used in the labret. Similar to a small barbell, but one end is a disk instead of a ball. The disk goes on the inside of the lower lip to prevent damage to teeth and gums.

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Multiple barbells placed horizontally, creating two vertical rows of visible steel balls. Most common in frenum piercings and nape piercings, but can be performed in many places on the body.

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Most piercers use latex gloves during procedures, so if you're allergic to latex let your piercer know right away. Your piercer should have alternative non-latex gloves. See also “Allergies.”

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A piercing placed through the upper or lower-lip, along the lip-line.

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A lowbret is a labret placed as absolutely low as possible inside the lip. It still comes out parallel to the ground like a labret, but since it's placed so much lower, it is a VERY different piercing. Many people find this piercing quite physically uncomfortable.

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Also known as acrylic - it is a transparent or coloured plastic, mostly used for plugs, tapers, tunnels, belly, tongue, eyebrow and various other piercings. Due to the material's slipperiness, it is widely used for stretching. Jewelry made of acrylic has a tendency to collect body fluids and skin parts in tiny pores. This calls for regular cleaning to avoid bad smell and infections. It's not a good material for damaged or new piercings. It should not be autoclaved as it can become discolored/shatter. It is also a fragile material and can easily shard if dropped.

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The Madison piercing is a piercing placed horizontally, slightly above the centre of the collarbone, at the base of the neck (jugular notch). They are extremely prone to rejection.

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A piercing placed through the upper-lip, located towards the right side of the upper-lip. This piercing gives the illusion of a beauty mark, such as Madonna's.

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An experimental process in which small magnets are placed under the skin, allowing objects to be magnetically attached to the body. Some designs are for the purpose of sensory experimentation, in which the movement of the implant in the presence of magnetic fields can be felt by the individual. Magnetic implants have been used for several years in dentistry and reconstructive surgery, but their inclusion in the body modification world has been quite a recent one.

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Should be blended in such a way that it does not get into a fresh piercing.

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See "Monroe Piercing."

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A possible risk of women’s nipple piercings. Infection can travel inward to the milk ducts. Symptoms can include redness, heat, swelling, pain, and a hard lump somewhere around the breast tissue. Seek medical attention immediately.

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A piercing placed through the upper-lip, located centrally below the nose.

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Micro-Dermals can be placed anywhere on the skin’s surface. Once the jewellery has been inserted it cannot be removed by the wearer. This jewellery is made up of two components: 1) The foot, which is implanted underneath the skin, which has a post or step that protrudes through the surface of the skin. 2) The interchangeable jewellery, which is screwed into the threaded hole in the step of the micro-dermal.

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A microdermal or surface anchor has evolved from the techniques used in pocketing, dermal anchoring and transdermal implants. The simplest way to describe the jewellery is that of a miniaturised transdermal implant, a flat plate which sits beneath the skin with a single exit for a barbell post giving the visual effect of jewellery (a bead, spike, etc.) that appears to be screwed right into the body.

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In piercing, the term migration refers to the natural process by which the body rejects a foreign object. This process can vary significantly between individuals and at the rate at which it occurs. Some people report piercings migrating small distances within the body until stopping and fully healing.

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A piercing placed through the upper-lip, located towards the left side of the upper-lip. This piercing gives the illusion of a beauty mark, such as Marilyn Monroe's. For more information on Monroe Piercings, click here.

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Mother of pearl, also called nacre, is an iridescent layer of material which forms the shell lining of many mollusks. Pearl oysters and abalone are both sources of mother of pearl, which is widely used as an inlay in jewellery. Mother of pearl comes in several natural colours, and is often bleached and dyed for decorative use.

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It is important to rinse with a good alcohol-free, antibacterial mouthwash 3-5 times a day after getting a new oral piercing. Examples are Biotene, which is available in most major drugs stores and Tech-2000, which is available in professional piercing studios and dentist offices. Using products that contain alcohol (such as Listerine and Scope) may dry out and irritate a fresh piercing and prolong healing time.

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Nacre - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See 'mother of pearl'.

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Nape piercings are placed on the nape of the neck. They are extremely prone to rejection. Long hair, hair products and shirt collars may irritate them.

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Navel piercing can be done on either the top or bottom of the navel or even angled. Navels with a defined outer ridge are more likely to be successful than flatter navels or “outties.” Rings should be avoided if possible, the ring allows movement of the jewellery and this is especially bad in new piercings. The more the jewellery moves the longer it will take to heal, often the ring ends up favoring one side, causing it to migrate or scar. Navel piercing takes longer to heal than most other piercings because the abdomen does not have a lot of blood vessels, limiting the supply of white blood cells and also because the naval is a bacteria trap.

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Professional piercers must only use sterile needles to pierce with and use them only once. Needles should be made of surgical steel and should be autoclaved prior to use. Needles should never be used more than once, even on the same person. Make sure your piercer is using new, sterile needles, which they dispose of in a sharps container.

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Not recommended piercing aftercare. Good for first aid, but with daily use can make piercings gooey, attracting dust and bacteria. See "antibacterial soap."

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Is a metal resembling titanium but is heavier. When using niobium as a piercing jewelry it has to be as pure as possible, the threshold value being 99.9% niobium. This is sometimes referred to as "999 Niobium". Lower purity shouldn't be used as it can lead to allergic reaction. Pure niobium doesn't react to body fluids, oxygen or cleaning agents and can be safely autoclaved. It is allowed in healing piercings by the EU nickel law. Niobium can be treated to obtain a permanently dim black surface. The selection of niobium jewelry is much smaller than that of titanium and blackline, mainly because niobium jewelry is more expensive and more difficult to produce.

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Nipples can be pierced horizontally, vertical or on and angle. However most nipple shields are designed for horizontally pierced nipples. If the nipple is flat or inverted, a curved barbell will “pop” it out. Most men have small nipples, male nipple piercings tend to be pierced deeper into the areola. Barbells may be more comfortable for men who lead a more active lifestyle or run the risk of having their nipple ring ripped out at work.

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Nipples can be pierced horizontally, vertical or on and angle. However most nipple shields are designed for horizontally pierced nipples. Rings should not be worn in women with larger breasts (B cup or above) because the pressure against the bra will push the ring forward and could result in migration or scarring. If the nipple is flat or inverted, a curved barbell will “pop” it out. Female nipple piercing should be pierced at the base of the nipple, where it meets the areola. Piercing into the areola increases the risk of mastitis.

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A type of nostril jewelry that consists of a tiny metal post with a decoration on one end and a bead of metal on the other. The bead is popped through the piercing to the inside of the nostril, which then holds the jewelry in place. This type of jewelry can damage new or unhealed piercings because the metal bead stretches and tears the tender tissue. This jewelry can be used for fully healed piercings, but if the jewelry is frequently removed and re-inserted the metal bead will stretch the piercing, possible causing irritation. See also "stretching."

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See "Nostril Piercing."

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Same as a nose bone but longer with no bead of metal on the end. Once inserted into the nostril, a simple bend to its shaft will produce an L-shape, creating a custom fit. Very popular.

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A piercing placed through the nostril, most commonly located along the crease of the nostril. Nose piercings are very common for both men and women. For more information on Nostril Piercings, click here.

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It is recommended jewelry for the nostril. This jewelry resembles a thin steel post that is bent into an L-shape and then curved. The post should be made of surgical-grade steel. As anatomy varies from person to person, some piercers will use straight nostril screws that they bend by hand to custom fit the client's nostril.

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Small rings of silicone rubber used to keep jewellery in place. O-rings are commonly used on retainers, plugs and tunnels. O-rings are easy to lose but usually inexpensive to replace. Some people find o-rings to be very annoying and avoid using them at all by wearing "flared" or "double flared" plugs or tunnels. See also “Flesh Tunnel.”

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Refers to any piercing inside the mouth such as tongue, web, scrumper, etc. Oral piercings heal faster than any other type and are some of the least painful. Piercings that enter the mouth from the outside, such as labret, cheeks, and Marilyn, are a little different from completely oral piercings, in that the outside (skin) part of the piercing should heal in six to eight weeks but the inside (oral) part of the piercing should heal in thirty days. Both sides of the piercing should be cared for appropriately. Piercings that are entirely oral (i.e. tongue) should always be pierced at 14 gauge or larger, to prevent tearing and/or rejection. For oral aftercare, see our "Aftercare" page.

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A single CBR (hoop) passing through two piercings, usually on the ear. There are many creative variations of this piercing. Ask a good piercer what would be best for you.

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Outer labia piercings often swell considerably during the first 4 to 6 weeks, the ring must be wide enough to accommodate swelling. Outer labia piercings are easily irritated by perspiration, lack of air circulation and friction against the wearer's clothing, thighs or the opposite labia.

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Peg Earrings are slightly thicker than a regular earring, ranging anywhere from an 18g-14g. Peg Earrings are made from a wide range of materials including Water Buffalo Horn and Bone. However, they are most commonly made from wood. All of our Organics are hand carved in Bali, Indonesia.

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Since it's introduction to the medical device industry in the late 1980's, Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) has become widely used to deposit wear resistant, thin film coatings onto medical devices (including heart pacemakers, surgical instruments, and orthopaedic implants). The main value in PVD technology rests in the ability to modify the surface properties of a device without changing the underlying material's peroperties and biochemical functionality. The surface coating is tremendously adhesive to the substrate, is conformal and pinhole free, is an excellent permeation barrier, and is sterile on preparation. The biocompatibility of a componant is an absolute pre-requisite when applied in medical device situations.

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Body piercing, a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which jewellery may be worn. Although the history of body piercing is obscured by popular misinformation and by a lack of scholarly reference, ample evidence exists to document that it has been practiced in various forms by both sexes since ancient times throughout the world.

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Are used in malls and accessory shops around the world to perform un-sterile piercings. Guns cannot be autoclaved and are usually "sanitized" with spray-on cleansers or alcohol, neither of which kill bacteria or viruses, including HIV and hepatitis. Piercing guns use the jewelry itself (which is sometimes sterile, which becomes redundant once place into the un-sterile gun) to perform the piercing. The jewellery is usually not sharp enough to gently “pierce” the flesh, but instead violently puncture it. The end result is a flesh wound that is difficult to heal. This process is disruptive to tissue and is much more painful than the use of a needle.

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Is a relatively new plastic. It is non-toxic, safe against the body's chemical reactions and does not cause allergies. It's available in several different colors and shapes. The material is also widely used in the medical industry for sutures, synthetic arteries, reconstruction of tendons, replacement of cardiac valves and bone-plates and screws.

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A cylindrical shaped piece of jewelry, usually worn in the earlobe or labret. Most plugs require a piercing to be stretched to fit. Plugs can be made of many different materials, including acrylic, steel, glass, organic and other natural materials. They can be secured in the piercing in many ways. O-rings, flares and parts that screw on are the most common. See also “Stretching.”

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Pocketing is often described as an "anti-piercing." In piercing, the middle of the jewelry is under the skin and the ends are exposed. In pocketing, the ends of the jewelry are under the skin and middle is exposed. Small "pockets" hold the jewelry in place. The jewelry is usually just a custom curved bar with smooth rounded ends. It is extremely important that the jewelry be perfectly fitted to the skin, as pocketings have a similar rejection rate to traditional surface piercings. Placement is extremely important. Depending on the way the skin moves, the pocketed jewelry could actually fall out or stretch incorrectly.

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There are purposes for polishing the surface of bead rings other than aesthetics. A mirror finish is required for implant devices; the metal cannot be gray, blurred or dull. When finished properly, stainless steel is resistant to degradation by the body's internal environment. Having a mirror finish will improve impact strength, decrease corrosion and produce a non-porous surface that will not harbor bacteria.

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Also known as Teflon, was invented in 1938 and is used in the medical industry as well as for cooking instruments, such as pots and frying pans. It is biocompatible, meaning it will not cause allergies. It's a lightweight plastic, it's bendable, autoclaveable, not visible with X-Rays, not magnetic, and very stable. It's well suited for implants and piercings, especially if you want a little elasticity in the jewelry. It's also a good material to use as retainers, when you need to take out any metal jewelry, like when in surgery or when X-rayed, so that the hole doesn't shrink.

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During pregnancy the length of the piercing will stretch and flatten, the gauge will not stretch. Some women with healed piercings have successfully worn jewellery throughout their pregnancies. In other cases the ridge of the navel expands and flattens so much as to make the jewellery uncomfortable. Women who have had children usually do not have a risk of the piercing migrating or rejecting because the skin has been stretched.

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The Prince Albert piercing is placed on the underside of the penis; behind the glands in the center of the triangle and out through the urethra. For more information, click here.

Princess Albertina Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
This extremely rare piercing enters the female urethra and exits at the top of the vagina.

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Provon brand soap is a brand of anti-microbial soap produced by GOJO Industries, Inc. commonly recommended by piercing studios. It is non-toxic and biodegradable.

PTFE - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See “Polytetrafluoroethylene.”

Pubic Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A pubic piercing is a genital piercing in the pubic area, at the base of the penis in males. The placement is at the bottom of the pubic mound just above the penile shaft. Usually, the jewellery inserted is a custom-made surface bar, used to give the best chance of healing.

Pulling - Credit to . View more words in the category Other Modifications
Tug of war via flesh hooks. Pulling is a form of flesh hook play where the participant(s) use their own strength and weight to put pressure on the Flesh Hook(s), offering a very different feeling to suspension since the participant has much more control over what is happening (this is both good and bad, depending on what the goal is).

PVD - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See “Physical Vapour Deposition”

Pyrex - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
A brand name for items made of borosilicate glass. See also "borosilicate glass."

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Q-tips - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Q-tips can be a valuable aid to cleaning hard-to-reach piercings, such as the inside of a nostril. However, q-tips only cover a tiny area and the more area you clean the more germs you kill, so wash your hands well with antibacterial soap and use your fingers to clean your piercing when you can.

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Rejection - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
Occurs when it is "easier" for your body to push the piercing out, like a splinter, than it is for your body to heal a fistula (skin tunnel) around it. Rejection is common among surface piercings as well as navel and eyebrow piercings. Rejection is affected by placement, blood flow, irritation and abuse, as well as your general health. The healthier you are, the less likely you are to have problems.

Removing Jewellery - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Piercings
Is not always the best answer to a piercing problem and should not be attempted without the help of a professional piercer. Removing jewellery from an infected piercing can cause the area around the infection to heal, sealing the infection in thus causing further complication. If you have a problem, try to find a solution, like speaking with your piercer, before taking the jewelry out.

Retainer - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
A clear or flesh-toned piece of high-grade acrylic used to conceal / hide a piercing or to replace steel jewelry during surgery or x-rays.

Reverse Pliers - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Tools
See “Ring Openers.”

Reverse Prince Albert Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
The Reverse Prince Albert piercing (or RPA) enters through the urethra and exits through a hole pierced in the top of the glands. It passes through the thicker gland tissue rather than the comparatively thinner membrane between the urethra and the underside of the penis; healing time is substantially longer than the standard Prince Albert piercing.

Rhino Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A piercing placed vertically through the tip of the nose.

Ring Closers - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Tools
Are ideal for closing captive bead rings (CBR) enough to be able to insert the captive bead or ball. From there, they’re also used to tighten the ball in place. The pliers usually have a small groove in them so that they can grip high gauge piercing jewellery easily. These are a necessity for any piercer or for anyone with lots of high gauge piercings.

Ring Openers - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Tools
Are one of the most useful tools to piercers and enthusiasts alike. They’re used to release the ball from a CBR, by spreading the “hoop” portion apart. See 'reverse pliers'.

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A piercing made through the antihelices (therefore sometimes referred to as an “anti-helix” piercing) due to the placement, Rook piercings are difficult to clean.

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S.T.D. - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
See "sexually transmitted diseases".

Saddle Plug - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See “Flesh Tunnel.”

Scabs - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
A white or light yellow crusty scab forming on a new piercing is very common and is part of the healing process. This substance is a buildup of sweat, dead cells, dust, and other debris your body is expelling from the piercing in order to heal and is also a barrier against infection. It should be gently washed off during daily cleaning, but don't pick at it. It is just like picking any other scab and will lead to scarring and irritation. If the scab is dark yellow, greenish or brown in color, it may be a sign of infection (see "infection").

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A medical scalpel is used to cut a slit, allowing for the insertion of large gauge jewelry. This method is often used in the creation of large gauge ear piercings. Scalpelling can also be used to correct an improper placement on piercings. An example of this would be cutting existing large gauge ear piercings to match symmetrically. If the jewelry is removed from a scalpelled piercing the fistula may not shrink or close over time and unwanted piercings may have to be surgically repaired. Scalpelling is most commonly used on earlobes, but can be used anywhere where large gauge piercings are desired.

Scar - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
In its simplest medical sense, scar tissue is connective tissue that has formed over a wound through tissue such as skin, muscle or internal organs. The human body is incapable of reforming damaged areas back to their original composition, so a fibrous tissue is rebuilt in its place. This replacement tissue has limited capabilities compared to the original -- for example in its ability to produce sweat. Most of the time a scar that occurs from a healthy piercing is not permanent. Everyone is different however, therefore some scar more easily than others. Unhealthy or poorly done piercings may result in more scarring than normal. For a product you can use to dissipate scarring, see "Tea tree oil." See also, “Keloid,” “Atrophic Scar” and “Hypertrophic Scarring.”

Scarification - Credit to . View more words in the category Other Modifications
Scarification is the creative and artistic application of scars in a controlled manner to achieve an aesthetically or spiritually pleasing result.Even though many people hold that scarification is no more painful than tattooing, it is somehow more "intense" to most people. Typically the goal of scarification is to get raised scarring, preferably keloid scarring, but most people usually heal to hypertrophic scarring.

Screw Ball Ring - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Screw Ball Ring is a ring of any size and diameter that has a bead screw onto one side.

Scrotum Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
Scrotum piercing can be difficult to heal. The scrotum expands and contracts which exerts stress on the entrances of the piercing. Scrotum piercings are easily irritated by perspiration, lack of air circulation and friction against the wearer's clothing, thighs and penis. Also see 'hafada piercing'.

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Salt soaks are one of the best things you can do for an angry or new piercing. Many use saltwater as their only cleanser. Hot, it's a natural astringent and can be helpful in drawing out infection and pus. Most piercers prefer non-iodized sea salt, which can be found in most health-food stores. Rock salt is of higher purity than sea-salt which can contain many minerals and other substances. See our 'Aftercare' page.

Segment Ring - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
A circular piece of metal with a small removable segment. When the segment is in place, it gives the illusion of a continuous ring.

Self-Piercing Kits - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Piercings
No kit can replace the experience and knowledge of a professional piercer or the safety and cleanliness of a good piercing shop. Piercing yourself or letting someone who is not a professional piercer make a hole in your body, puts you at risk of disease, infection, pain, and permanent damage or impairment. These kits often include improper low-quality jewelry and un-sterile components or so-called "sterile" components that are actually un-sterile, as a result of being packaged alongside other un-sterile products by people that are not wearing gloves. There is no way to know if the components are unused. Don't put yourself at risk using questionable materials in an un-sterile environment; it's not worth it.

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Septum funk is a common term for the smell that new or larger gauge septum piercings can give off. Usually only the wearer can detect the smell. It is a combination of dead skin cells and nose goo. It can be knocked out by soaps such as Provon or Satin. Switching to organic jewelry or glass jewelry can help to reduce the smell.

Septum Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A piercing placed through the nasal septum.

Septum Retainer - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
A piece of jewellery for making a septum piercing less visible (or not visible at all).

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A Septum Tusk is a large double-spiked piece of jewellery, designed to resemble a primitive bone or horn tusk. It is normally worn through the septum and is for decorative purposes only.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
May be easier to contract via a fresh genital or oral piercing. A new piercing is a direct path to the bloodstream and will remain that way until the body has had enough time to form new skin inside the piercing.

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A lightweight rubber-like material, commonly used for earplugs and tunnels. Silicone body piercing jewellery should be manufactured from certified biocompatible silicone. It should meet the requirements of the following: European Pharmacopoeia, Deutsches Arzneibuch and U.S. Pharmacopoeia Plastics of Class V1. The dye should only be mixed in a ratio of 1:300 and pass the German BGA medical standard. The silicone you decide to purchase should also have been tested for 30 days continuous body implant, without complication. Most silicone accessories, however, are intended for temporary application only.

Silver - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Sterling silver is 92.5% silver alloyed with copper or some other metal. Sterling silver jewellery is usually marked "925." While silver and sterling silver jewellery can often be safely worn in healed piercings, neither should be worn in a new or unhealed piercing or in a piercing that is located in a moist area of the body such as the mouth or genitals. Silver tarnishes quickly. When worn in a new piercing, the tarnish can be deposited into the skin causing it to darken or turn grey, often permanently. Silver is very soft and is easily scratched. Scratches in the jewellery surface can easily irritate even a healed piercing and trap bacteria, encouraging infection.

Single Flared - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See “Flesh Tunnel.”

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Skin Divers are the latest innovation in piercing using an easy to apply technique. They enable you to create patterns never before possible with piercings. They are beautifully decorative, enhance tattoos and are quick and easy to put in. The top however is fixed, therefore not interchangeable.

Slave Ring - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
A Slave Barbell (or Bondage Bar or Door Knocker) has a CBR at one or both ends of the barbell. Functionally, they are no different from a normal Barbell and are just for decorative purposes.

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Smartie Beads (named after the candy) or buttons are basically flattened beads. The typical purpose is to prevent the jewellery from damaging the teeth and gums and allowing free movement of the tongue. Usually, smartie beads are used in heavy gauge piercings to fit jewellery into shorter spaces, typically in heavy-gauge tongue piercings and apadravya piercings.

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This is a piercing of the upper lip frenulums. Frenulum piercings are prone to rejection. The frenulum is usually thin and easily torn. Playing with the jewellery frequently can cause rejection. Long term the jewellery can cause erosion of the tooth enamel and the gums. Also see 'Frowney Piercing'.

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Snake Bites is a term used to refer to two lip piercings on either side of the lower lip.

Snug Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A horizontal piercing of the anti-helix. This piercing is very anatomy dependant and is often difficult to heal, especially if the wearer sleeps on his/her ears. Considered one of the most painful piercings.

Spiral - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See “Curved Barbell”

Spool - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See “Flesh Tunnel.”

Stainless Steel - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
This term is used for a wide range of different qualities of metal. There is an important difference between stainless steel and surgical-grade steel; stainless steel is used in the manufacture of a vast range of tools and appliances, from forks and knives to toasters, door handles, chairs, and everything else we use in our daily lives. Surgical steel is a similar material but has been tested for impurities that could be hazardous when inserted into living tissue. Make sure your jewelry is surgical steel, not just stainless. See also “Surgical Steel.”

Staple - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Piercings
Also known as flesh staple, a surface piercing performed with a staple-shaped piece of surgical wire. It appears as a bar of metal attached to the surface of the skin. They can be easily taken out for cleaning or comfort during sleeping once they are fully healed. See also "surface piercings."

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Hollow "storage" jewellery. Stash plugs are larger cylindrical pieces of jewellery that, instead of simply being a tunnel, are capped off with a seamless lid. Small items can be hidden and carried within.

Sterling Silver - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See "silver."

Sternum Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
Sternum piercings are located over the breast plate, typically between the breasts or slightly higher to minimize movement. They are extremely prone to rejection.

Stone - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Gems or gemstones are mostly used as inlays in plugs and as beads in CBR’s. The quality varies widely with different gems and it can be hard to find stones big enough without cracks and scratches. However, stones are generally not a problem for the body as long as they don't have sharp or pointy edges or are very heavy.

StretchAide - Credit to . View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
BodyMods Stretching Aide is a safe, clean, water-based lubricant. Used for astrecthing almost virtually all piercings! Stretching Aide rinses off with water, is tasteless, odorless and greaseless. 'A fanastic alternative to anything else you've ever tried!'

Stretching - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Piercings
Is the gradual opening or widening of a piercing to insert larger-gauge jewelry or plugs. This is something that should be done slowly and patiently over time, allowing the piercing to fully heal before stretching to the next bigger size. Rushing through the process will result in the tearing of tissue, scarring, pain, and sometimes even permanent damage. It is recommended that stretching be performed by a qualified piercer with sterile equipment, including a surgical steel taper. Everyone heals differently: for some people, a stretched piercing will stay that size forever. For others, a stretched piercing will heal back to normal size over time after the jewelry is removed. If you stretch your piercing, there is a chance that the changes will be permanent. Cosmetic surgery will, in most cases, correct any changes you’ve made. See 'gauging'.

Subdermal Implant - Credit to . View more words in the category Other Modifications
A subdermal implant, also known as a 3D implant or a 3D-Art Implant, is an object inserted under the skin to create a decorative appearance. Steve Haworth is generally agreed to have created and popularized such implants. Subdermal implants are usually installed by creating a hole in the skin which is expanded to allow insertion of the object, and then sutured closed. Magnets and RFID transmitters have been implanted in humans using this method.

Surface Bar - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
A straight barbell with 45 to 90 degree angle bends pointing in the same direction, on each end of the barbell.

Surface Piercing - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Piercings
A piercing performed on an area of the body that does not have a lip or protuberance of skin, e.g. arm, chest, back, belly, etc. Although it is possible for surface piercings to heal, they are usually considered temporary.

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One of the few types of metal suitable for piercing jewelry. Surgical-grade steel is also known as 316L or 316LVM(low-carbon vacuum-melted) steel. Surgical-grade steel can come in different qualities. Care should be taken that jewelry is manufactured well. Just because a piece of jewelry is surgical-grade steel, does not mean it is high quality. Check to see if threads are visible even when the ends are screwed on tightly. Also check for scratches or dents and make sure the jewelry is shiny and smooth. Brightly shining jewelry can (although not always) mean that the jewelry is well coated with chromium, which is a self-healing metal that protects the jewelry and protects you as well.

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Suspension is a ritual, ordeal, form of body play, or rite where a person hangs from flesh hooks put through (normally) temporary piercings. While it may seem strange, it should be noted that suspension routinely changes people's lives for the positive — and occasionally negatively.

Swelling - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
A common problem for new piercings. It can be controlled, as long as you are wearing appropriate jewelry. For oral piercings, which often swell the most, eating cold foods like ice cream can help reduce swelling. Ibuprofen, which is found in Midol and Advil, is great for reducing swelling. If you are allergic to ibuprofen, your doctor can usually recommend an alternative anti-inflammatory. Never take more than the recommended dose. If you have a swelling problem that won't go away after a few days, talk to a good piercer about it. Inappropriate jewellery could be the culprit. Swelling can also be self-perpetuating; swelling causes more swelling, so if there's a problem it should be taken care of as soon as possible.

Swimming - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
It is important to keep your piercing out of shared bodies of water for the first 15-30 days after getting pierced. This includes pools, jacuzzis, rivers, oceans or anything you'd share with another person. The reason for this, is that a fresh piercing is a direct path to your bloodstream, therefore anything floating in the water can get into your blood, including bacteria, germs, viruses and serious disease. While sea salt soaks are excellent for piercings, seawater itself is full of bacteria that can cause infection and irritation.

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Taking Out Jewellery - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Piercings
See "removing jewellery".

Taper - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
A Taper is a piece of jewellery designed to help stretch an existing piercing. It comes in four basic designs, (straight, curved, sprial and crescent) in a large variety of materials. Tapers can be made from lucite, glass or organics, however, surgical steel is ideal as it can be properly sterilized and is not porus. See also "stretching."

Tattoo - Credit to . View more words in the category Tattoos
Health Canada defines tattooing as the art of permanently depositing pigment into the skin to a depth of 1-2 mm to create a design. An electric machine vibrates a cluster of needles hundreds of times per minute to puncture the skin and deposit the pigment. The art dates bate to 2000 B.C. as a tribal custom in many different parts of the world, including Africa and North America.

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A teardrop CBR is similar to a Captive Bead Ring but shaped like a teardrop. It is most commonly worn in the septum or navel.

Teflon - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
See “PTFE”

Third Nipple Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
Extra (supernumerary) nipples are relatively common in humans and generally are harmless and nothing to worry about. They are usually much smaller than the main two nipples (and look almost like moles), but in many cases are large enough to pierce successfully.

Third-Eye Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A piercing positioned vertically and located centrally between the eyebrows.

Tickler - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
A tickler in the context of body jewellery, is a silicone cap that fits onto the Bead of a Barbell (usually a 6mm). It gives the bead a soft textured and is usually worn for enhancing oral sex, although many people wear them for decorative purposes as well.

Titanium - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Jewellery is often either pure Titanium or a "Grade 23" implant-alloy called Ti6AL4V ELI. They are both sold under the name Titanium. Whether pure titanium or the alloy is best for your body is a disputed topic. The alloy has long been used for both piercings and implants without complications, but is difficult to see if long-term allergies and other complications can rise. Besides titanium, the alloy contains aluminium and vanadium. Pure titanium on the other hand, is softer and can more easily (though still not easily) be scratched by pliers and other tools. These scratches can lead to irritation in both new and healed piercings. Regardless of its type, titanium jewelry is a popular option for piercings. It is lightweight (around 60% stainless steel), it does not react to body fluids, is not magnetic and is generally allergy-safe. The material can be anodized to create a layer of colored oxide on the surface. Common colors are yellow, bright blue, blue, purple, bright purple, green, and a rainbow mix. It is the most common piercing material within the borders of the EU. The EU has strict rules regarding piercing materials. For instance, the surgical steel 316L is prohibited for use in new piercings, which has created a larger market for titanium jewelry. Titanium can be sterilized in an autoclave.

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The tongue piercing is one of the most common, popular, and easy-to-heal. They are generally done centrally and vertically through the body of the tongue. Off-center piercings are also a valid option, as is the much rarer horizontal tongue piercing. For more information on Tongue Piercings, click here.

Tongue Splitting - Credit to . View more words in the category Other Modifications
The tongue splitting procedure is the central bifurcation of the tongue, so as to achieve a "forked tongue." With practice, each half can be separately controlled.

Tongue Web Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
The piercing should be made in the center of the triangle of the frenulum and not too close to the base of the tongue where several blood vessels and glands are present.

Tooth Filing - Credit to . View more words in the category Other Modifications
Tooth filing is the reshaping of the teeth through the removal of a part of the tooth. This is not the same as "vampire teeth," which are generally caps added to the teeth. Strangely enough, tooth filing can reduce your chances of cavities and similar dental complications. This is thought to be one of the reasons that tribal cultures performed the procedure.

Tragus Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
The triangular prominence of cartilage in front of the ear canal sometimes makes a “popping” sound when pierced.

Transdermal Implant - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Piercings
A transdermal implant falls somewhere between a single-hole pocketing and an implant. Simply described, it‘s like a labret stud with the flat part under the skin, or "a piercing without an exit." The visual effect is that of jewelery (a bead, spike, etc.) that appears to be screwed right into the body. While the end effect is not that different from a piercing, the procedure itself is radically more complex. See also “Dermal Anchoring” and “Pocketing.”

Transverse Lobe Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
The transverse earlobe piercing is placed perpendicular to a standard earlobe piercing, from edge to edge. The transverse piercing can be placed to intersect an enlarged lobe piercing; making the transverse piercing two piercings which may reduces healing time.

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This piercing is made horizontally through the loose tissue under (not below) the shaft of the clitoris, above the juncture of the inner labia and clitoral hood. The area to be pierced can be felt as a triangular shape behind the shaft when the area is pinched with the fingers.

Triclosan - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
See "antibacterial".

Tunnel - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Tunnels are very similar to plugs with one major difference, they are hollow! Also known as spools, earlets or eyelets - are hollow tunnels, usually used in stretched or scalpelled piercings (generally large gauge ear piercings). Flesh tunnels may be worn with a ball closure ring or other object passed through them. Flesh tunnels can be made of many different materials, including acrylic, steel, glass, organic and other natural materials. Some flesh tunnels have flares at one (single flare) or both (double flare or saddle) ends to keep the jewelry from falling out. In the absence of flares, grooves may be cut near the edges to allow rubber or silicone o-rings to hold the jewelry in place.

Twister - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Also known as corkscrew or spiral, is a piece of jewelry similar to a circular barbell but has been shaped into a spiral. Usually used in the navel or ear. See also “Curved Barbell”.

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Ultrasonic Cleaner - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Tools
An important piece of cleaning equipment that no piercing or tattoo shop should be without. It removes microscopic particles from tools that normal scrubbing by hand is unable to do.

Ultraviolet Tattoo - Credit to . View more words in the category Tattoos
A tattoo created using ink that is only visible under ultraviolet light, or ink that is visible under normal light but glows under ultraviolet light.

UV Tattoo - Credit to . View more words in the category Tattoos
See "Ultraviolet Tattoo."

Uvula Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
An uvula piercing is a piercing of the uvula (the little dangling punching bag shaped flesh at the start of the throat). At first it was extremely rare but these days, it's been done by hundreds of piercers. It is a hard piercing to endure as the piercee must be able to control the gag reflex during the entire piercing process.

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Vampire Bites - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A term referring to a double piercing quite similar to spider bites, but are farther apart. See 'Spider Bites'.

Venoms - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
The term venom piercing was originally used to refer to paired side-by-side off-centre tongue piercings, named after the placement of a snake's fangs.

Vertical Hood Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
The vertical hood piercing made through the clitoral hood. The hood must be large enough to comfortably accommodate the jewellery. A few women have reported becoming desensitized to the jewellery over an extended period of time; they find the jewellery is not as stimulating as it was when the piercing was new. In most cases the wearer simply becomes accustomed to the feeling of the jewellery rather than the clitoris losing sensation.

Vertical Labret Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A piercing placed vertically through the lower-lip.

Vertical Lobe Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
The vertical earlobe piercing is placed vertically or close to vertically through the earlobe and anti-tragus. The vertical piercing can be placed to intersect an enlarged lobe piercing; making the vertical piercing two piercings which may reduces healing time.

Vertical Medusa Piercing - Credit to . View more words in the category Piercings
A piercing placed vertically through the upper-lip.

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Vibrating body jewellery is exactly what it sounds like. Inside the vibrator, there are two batteries, when the two pieces are screwed together a connection is made and the Barbell/Ring vibrates. Vibrating jewellery includes: Navel, Tongue, Nipples and Genitals usually. Vibrating body jewellery is for aesthetic, amusement, and/or arousal purposes.

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Vitamin E oil is renowned for its healing properties; it is an excellent moisturizer, and it can help reduce unwanted scar tissue. It's commonly used to lubricate organic plugs to help keep stretched ear piercings healthy.

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Wood - Credit to . View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Hardwoods are most often used to make plugs for enlarged piercings, such as ear lobe, labret and septum. Hardwoods are natural materials that work in harmony with the body. They can "breathe" with a piercing and allows an interchange of oils. Wood stays warmer than metals. Wood does not develop the bad odor plastics can develop.

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X-Rays - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Aftercare, Aides and Complications
If you are getting an x-ray you may need to remove body jewellery so that it does not interfere with the x-ray. If you need to remove your jewellery, you should replace it with an acrylic retainer so that the piercing does not close while the jewelry is out.

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Zircontwo - Credit to Anonymous. View more words in the category Jewellery & Materials
Also known as Zircon Gold; was developed as an alternative to gold jewelry. The method of production is similar to that of Blackline, but instead, a material called zirconium nitride is used in the film. The core of the material is most often a highgrade titanium alloy. Zircontwo, like Blackline, is used in medical equipment. Zircontwo is better suited to a healing piercing than real gold, since it won't discolor as 18K (75%) gold often does. It is also more lightweight and has a smoother surface so it won't cause as much irritation. It is also cheaper and significantly more durable. Although the surface layer isn't classified as permanent, it is very durable and lasts longer than for example anodized titanium. If used where in contact with hard body parts, such as teeth, the surface layer can be scraped off. Zircontwo can be autoclaved. See also “PVD.”

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