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Types of Piercing with Photos

You have come here because you are interested in some type of piercing  but you have doubts or fears. I want to help you. To achieve this, we will create realistic expectations, minimize unfounded worries and reflect before making a decision.

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What is a piercing

For those who do not know a piercing , which in Spanish is pronounced  pirsin , it is a perforation in some part of our body to insert a pendant, earring or some type of jewel.

piercing pirsin pearcing piercings
Examples of piercings known as piercings and what some call pircings, pirsin or pearcing.

Its origin goes back to the Indian cultures of thousands of years ago. Animal bones were inserted to ward off evil spirits. They associated the ability to tolerate pain during adolescence to maturity. More recently, the punk movement made them very popular in the 70s.

Currently the reasons for putting a piercing are diverse. They have to do with cultural, spiritual, sensual ideas or to decorate our body by pure styling

There is no prototype of a person to get a piercing. They are common in both men and women and of any age, although it is usual to be the first as a teenager.

Types of piercing

The part of the body where we put on the piercing gives an idea of ​​our personality. Sometimes they are associated with urban tribes or stereotypes. Luckily this is changing and we rely more on our tastes than on rules imposed by society.

Now I’m going to make a brief tour of the different types of piercing and their names so you can choose the one that best suits you.

In what part of the body can I put it

Surely you’ve seen all kinds of piercings and any part of the body. Broadly speaking we can group them into three groups: the facial, oral and bodily.

Types of Facial Piercings

types of facial piercings

According to the area of ​​the face where it is done, it receives a different name and among the most common facial perforations are:

The  piercings in the ear  are among the most common and within these the most popular are:

  • Swarovski Plane Titanium Bronze
  • Opal Blue-Green Titanium Yellow Gold
  • Moon Titanium Rose Gold
  • Turquoise Stone Titanium Rose Gold

The piercings in the nose  are the most successful are having and one of the most fashionable is the  Septum Piercing .

  • Opal White Titanium Bronze
  • Turquoise Stone Titanium Rose Gold
  • Opal White Titanium Bronze
  • Opal Blue-Green Titanium Bronze

Other types of piercings we can do on the face would be:

  • Turquoise Stone Titanium Rose Gold
  • Trinity Zirconias Titanium Rose Gold
  • Opal White Titanium Bronze
  • Swarovski Flat Titanium Rose Gold

They are the most visible of our body. On the one hand it is ideal to highlight our factions. But on the other hand for some people it is a problem when it comes to taking it according to social or work situations.

Types of Oral Piercings

Types of Oral Piercings

They are perforations inside the mouth and taking into account the area where it is placed is given a particular name. The most common types are:

  • Hoop with hinge Titanium Yellow Gold
  • Hoop with hinge Titanium Bronze
  • Hinge with hinge Titanium Rose Gold
  • Hoop with Titanium hinge Polished

They are hidden and in an area that due to the humidity and the multitude of bacteria that we have in the mouth needs major revisions, especially dental.

Types of Body Piercings

Types of Body Piercings

The range of body piercing is the widest. Depending on the area where it is placed, it receives a different name and the best known are:

  • Hoop with Titanium hinge Polished
  • Hoop with hinge Titanium Yellow Gold
  • Banana Swarovski Titanium Yellow Gold
  • Hoop with hinge Titanium Blue Sky

Here there are many possibilities that go from the nipple or the navel to the genitals through the back or arms.

What kind of jewel can be used

The first jewel has to have the proper shape for the perforation. The size is also important since a newly made piercing is usually inflamed and it is not advisable that the earring press it.

If we do not want to have problems with infections or that the healing period is longer, it must be manufactured in a hypoallergenic material, the best is titanium.

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Earring materials

For a newly made drilling only some materials are considered safe. Metal is the most common material in jewelry although glass and plastic are also used.

An important factor is biocompatibility. The material has to be tolerated by the body to avoid problems of scarring, allergies and infections. At the same time, the slope must be resistant to corrosion.


In the first laying most recommended by professionals is titanium. It is a lighter slope than those made of steel. It is also said that it is biocompatible with us because it does not produce allergic reactions when in direct contact. It prevents our body from rejecting it, that is why it is the material used in metallic implants.


Surgical steel is a material used because it is cheaper than titanium. It is not the most recommended since it is not as light as titanium and biocompatibility is lower. The steel lengthens the healing time and can also produce allergy to any of its components.


The third most used material is gold. From the 14 carats the amount of gold that has makes it more difficult to be rejected by our body. Do not use the silver while the piercing is not healed. Silver favors infections, it takes longer to heal the perforation and over time it turns a black color that can stain the skin.

Beware of nickel

One material you should avoid is nickel. This material usually produces allergic reactions on the skin. It is not a good idea to put it in contact with a freshly made perforation.

Non-toxic plastics

Some types of plastic plastics are good alternatives to metal jewelry. Made from a type of Teflon, silicone or a flexible plastic known as bioplastic. The bioplastic was developed specifically for perforations in the body. It is biocompatible, non-porous, can be cut and is capable of being sterilized in an autoclave.

Forms of the jewel

In the market we can find forms such as the classic ring, with circular shape without closing, original spirals with opening and closing or straight bars or with a slight curve known as banana.

A separate category are dilators or expanders. They are used to stretch the perforations by changing the jewel to a larger diameter. With time you can reach to expand them to an incredible 20 centimeters.

If before doing the drilling you prefer to see how it fits or if it will be comfortable there is a type of jewel that is known as fake piercing or false piercing that for example you can put in the nose because they have a magnet that makes it hold without the need of make a hole and look just like the real ones.

How a piercing is done

The steps to make a piercing are simple. The difficulty depends on the area in which we want to place the slope.

Step 1. Choose the moment

The first consideration you have to keep in mind is that healthy bodies heal better. It is your body that deals with the healing process. It is not a good time to do it if:

  • You are sick or down.
  • You are sensitive or stressed.
  • You have sensitive skin.
  • You have other piercings or unhealed wounds.
  • You have planned some medical or dental operation.

The second consideration is your lifestyle and circumstances. It is better to postpone it if it is evident that the current situation will generate problems for healing.

  • The time of year : In cold weather, wearing some warm clothes can cause pressure on the piercing or they can catch us. When it’s hot, getting in the pool or using sunscreen can cause irritation.
  • The work : You have to think if your work does not allow you to wear jewelry, such as the food industry or some professions facing the public. Or if you work in a sector such as construction. Dirt and sweat make healing worse.
  • Sport : Sweat, friction and blows – common in contact sports – make healing difficult.

Step 2. Choose the type

As we have seen before there are a lot of options to choose from. Maybe this is the most complicated step. Once you have it clear, I recommend that you go to a professional studio and tell him what you want.

Step 3. Clear

Having to pierce the skin runs the risk of infection. You have to clean the area with a liquid antiseptic such as alcohol. It can be applied with a gauze or a swab soaked in alcohol.

Step 4. Mark

You have to mark the points that the needle has to pass through. At this point is where the jewel will be. Check that you like it and if it is not better to erase and start again.

Step 5. Drill

Performing a piercing consists of piercing with a hollow needle and then inserting a jewel. An American needle or catheter may be used. It has to be of a diameter adapted to each type of perforation.

Step 6. Place the jewel

When it is freshly made, the first jewel is inserted into the needle with which the piercing is made. It is usually made of a hypoallergenic material such as titanium, surgical steel or gold. Once the healing has been completed, the slope can be changed. Note that the material does not give you an allergy and that it does not contain nickel.

How much a piercing hurts

How much a piercing hurts is always something relative to each one. Two people have different levels of sensitivity and pain perception.

A piercing does not stop being a perforation so it is normal to feel some discomfort and it may hurt.

Those who get a piercing for the first time usually describe the feeling as “a pinch”, “a prick” or “pressure”. It is usual that who has been drilled comment that the experience has been better than expected.

Levels of pain and sensations

  • Low : lobe of the ear, eyebrow, tongue, navel.
  • Between low and medium : septum, bridge, labret, most superficial and genital perforations.
  • Medium : cartilage of the ear, nostril, jellyfish, tip and sides of the tongue.
  • Medium to intense : nipple.
  • Intense : some genital piercings.

Local anesthetics

In most cases an anesthetic is not used because the pain is bearable or because it will not have an effect as in the case of piercing a cartilage of the ear.

If the perforation is done in an area with greater sensitivity, it can be reduced using a local anesthetic.

Some professionals use lidocaine as a local anesthetic . To apply it, the solution is injected with a syringe over the area to be drilled. Think that the prick of the syringe is similar to piercing piercing. On the other hand, this can not be done by any professional, it has to have the qualification that allows it.

For perforations made on the skin there are centers where you apply clorethyl spray that cools the area. What it gets is an insensibility of the peripheral nerves for about 60 seconds. This method leaves the skin more tense and hard. This is counterproductive because when drilling, more tissue is broken and the healing slows down.

If during the first days you have discomfort you can take a generic analgesic.

What cares help to heal the piercing

Now it’s time to let the perforation heal and prevent it from getting infected. It is recommended not to change the jewel until it is finished healing so you have to be aware of the evolution of healing.

Piercing healing phases

By general line the time of healing goes from the 4 weeks in the zones that more quickly are cured as it is the lobe of the ear or the language. You can get a year in the navel or the cartilage of the ear because they have little blood supply.

At the beginning the hole area will be inflamed and while the wound is open it can bleed, this does not last long.

The next thing is to start to cure the perforation and in this phase you have to be very careful and make sure that the area is aerated and that the jewel is washed with care. As this part is the one that takes more time it is advisable not to have prolonged baths and not to be exposed to the sun.

Finally you start to see how the perforation is covered and it heals. During this phase it is normal for our body to secrete a white, sticky substance that hydrates the hole. In the case that it has a yellowish or greenish color, it may be pus, so it is better to have it checked by a professional.

Cleaning routines

What I advise you is to keep the area clean using warm water with neutral soap and occasionally some type of antiseptic. Do not forget to leave the area dry using a new gauze every time. Do not use a towel because it can transmit fungi or bacteria. Also, do not use paper because it can leave traces inside the hole.

Do not clean the area constantly because you can dry out the skin and it will irritate easily, with two or three times a day, depending on the case, it is enough.

Bad habits

Another important thing is that you should not put pressure on the area. When you sleep do not lean on that side, or touch the piercing while it is not healed and ignore those who say that you have to move the jewel constantly while it does not heal. Moving the jewel only delays the healing because it reopens the wounds that the perforation produces.

How much does it cost to get a piercing

The price of getting a piercing depends on whether you do it yourself at home or go to a studio. I recommend a professional because he knows the risks, works with adequate material and properly sterilized to avoid infections. The prices of an experienced piercer range from 15 euros for a classic piercing to 60 € for the genitals.

The price of the jewel is not expensive, it is affordable for any pocket. To give an example, if we want one for the nose made of titanium it is sold from 15 euros.

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