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In the field of fashion and aesthetics it has always been thought that there are limits, but the reality is that everything is according to taste, style and personality. There are certain accessories that not everyone wears, but those who know how to use them, manage to highlight their beauty with a light touch of extravagance.

Sometimes you may feel that something is missing, that you need to go beyond the typical, what if you could wear an accessory that not everyone wears? Would you dare to risk something that is not common? If your answer is yes, then piercings are the perfect accessory for you. Dare to be more free, daring and sensual with these amazing accessories.

You may find it difficult to choose between the different types of piercings, and you may even be afraid to make the decision. That's why we'll help you understand more about them so that you can be sure of your decision and be satisfied with the final results.


  • Piercings are a very striking and peculiar accessory, they are not usually used by everyone, but they are undoubtedly an aesthetic trend that makes you look a new level of sensuality and daring. They are made through piercings, similar to earrings.
  • The material your piercing is made of determines the cost, risk of allergies or weight. Titanium is one of the most recommended because it is very friendly to your body, so you don't have to worry about infections; meanwhile, stainless steel has a variety of styles and is cheaper, but can cause allergies.
  • There are factors that you should not overlook when selecting your piercing, from the area where you will place it, to the material, the measurements or the level of pain it may cause you. It is better to be forewarned and know what to expect after acquiring this beautiful accessory.

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Buying guide: What you need to know about piercings

Thanks to the ranking, it's easier to understand the alternatives you can find on the market, as well as the standards that exist in terms of quality and design. But even so, it's important to be aware of certain aspects that will help you choose the right model, as well as the part of the body where it will go.

A piercing can represent a cute, bold and fun change of look, in a very subtle way. (Photo: Pexels/

What are piercings and what are their advantages?

Piercings are, in short, accessories that are placed in the body through piercings. There are certain areas where this can be done, and depending on the area, there is a range of pain when piercing. The pain does not usually last long, they heal easily, and if well cared for, there should be no risk of infection.

The main advantage piercings offer is completely aesthetic, as they are popular accessories, but not everyone wears them, so they give you a certain level of style and distinction. As well as being perfect for complementing your looks with a touch of daring and sensuality.

It is common that, within everything that comprises the product, there are advantages and disadvantages that help you to better understand the product. And although the negative aspects that it may have do not determine that it is a bad buy, it is good that you know them before acquiring it.

  • They bring a unique style to your body
  • They are cheap
  • They are usually associated with sensuality and naughtiness
  • They can cause allergies
  • They are permanent, not all piercings close
  • Misuse causes infections

Titanium and steel piercings - what to look out for?

There is some variety in terms of material, and while some are simpler than others, you should consider all aspects when making your choice, so that you make the right choice for you and what you want. It may not seem relevant to you, but material is everything.

When we talk about piercings it is normal to see a battle between two materials: titanium and steel, maybe at the time of thinking about getting a piercing you didn't think that this would alter much the purchase, but between the two there is a difference in care and price that you should pay attention to.

Titanium piercings. Professional piercers suggest this material as your first choice. While it is not cheap, it is lighter than steel, so there is no risk of any deformation or stretching of the piercing.

Titanium is a completely skin-friendly material, even if the skin is delicate. Even when the piercing or "wound" is fresh, it does not generate any allergies or irritations, so the risk of infection is reduced.

Steel piercings. This option is one of the most typical, they are easily found in the market, and it is also very economical, there is a great variety of styles, so they are widely used by those who want this type of accessories.

Steel piercings have high durability, especially if they are made of stainless steel; however, they can cause skin allergies and even infections in the piercing, since their composition is not friendly to all skin types. While they are used by a large number of people, their use comes with a level of risk of complications.

The stark differences between the two are what determine which one suits you best, as there are several factors that influence the decision. To make it easier to visualise the differences, we will show you a comparison of the two options in the table below.

Titanium piercings Steel piercings
Risk of infection Low High
Lightness Lightest material Heavier than titanium
Price Usually expensive Affordable
Variety of models Somewhat limited In large quantity

What is a smiley piercing?

There are certain trends in the fashion industry, and it's the same with piercings. While it is very common to see piercings on the face, where they are visible, the truth is that there are piercings that have a "wow factor" and there is no better example than the popular Smiley.

The charming thing about this accessory is that you won't be able to see it until the person who has it smiles, hence the funny name. It basically adorns or decorates your smile, even bringing out the whiteness of your teeth.

It is done on the "frenulum" of the mouth, on the inside. It is a simple and quick piercing, which does not cause too much pain unless this part of your mouth is very fibrous. The wound closes very easily, so as long as you want to keep it, it's best not to remove it!

The most common type of smileys are the "horseshoe" piercings, which create a very nice decorative effect, as well as making it look good when you flash everyone a smile.

Hygiene is extremely delicate, like all mouth piercings. You cannot smoke or consume alcohol for at least the first 3 days after the piercing, and you must eat carefully, so that the food does not get entangled in the accessory, causing pain.

It is recommended that you rinse your mouth daily to avoid infection. Oral hygiene must be extremely high, as infections are very easy to get in this area.

In the worst case scenario, the frenulum in your mouth will break, usually due to weight, in which case there is no need to be too alarmed, you can go to the dentist to rule out any infection, and the mouth will naturally regenerate the frenulum.

Purchasing criteria

Before deciding which piercing to buy, it is important that you take into account certain factors, which will help you to compare one with the other, so that you make the right decision, the latter being the priority.

It can be difficult to decide between one model and another, and therefore we will show you 4 criteria that you can apply at the time of making the decision, so that you are happy and not a hint of regret arises after having acquired your new accessory.

Body area

It may seem obvious, but where the piercing is located has disadvantages and disadvantages, which you should consider before getting it done. It's vital to understand that this decision is aesthetic, but it's not just about aesthetics.

The time when you apply it should be during a holiday period, where you do not perform an activity that can damage your new piercing, whether it is a sport or a discipline.

Face piercings. The most common, and the ones that many are dying to get, this type of piercing can swell your face a little depending on the area where you do it. Although there is no great risk, it is important not to touch them.

Continuous contact with both your hand and other people's hands can lead to infection. Even if you can refrain from going out for the first 2 or 3 days, it is better, to make sure the healing is done correctly.

Mouth piercings. These are among the most attractive. You should be aware that they are very sensitive, and even when you speak you may sound strange for the first few days, while you get used to the sensation.

The greatest care you should take with your actions is when eating. Follow the suggestions given to you by the piercer and try to eat slowly to avoid discomfort.

Body piercings. These piercings exude sensuality, but they can be difficult for you to dress in, and even, depending on the design, can be torturous.

The piercing itself is already going to be uncomfortable, and accidentally moving the piercing can cause more pain, or even twist it. In these cases, crowded places are not your best option. It is best to stay at home for at least 2-5 days.

Show your full personality with the help of this amazing accessory. (Photo: kalhh /


The size of your piercing can increase or decrease certain factors, from the price, to the pain you feel, and even the ability of the wound to close if you decide not to wear it again.

Dilations. These are the openings that you will be able to make progressively, you must remember that the larger the dilatations are the more difficult it will be to close it. Their sizes are: 1.6 mm; 2 mm; 3 mm; 3 mm; 4 mm; 5 mm; 6 mm; 8 mm; 10 mm; 12 mm; 14 mm; 16 mm; 18 mm; 20 mm; 22 mm; 24 mm; 26 mm; 28 mm; 30 mm.

Balls. They are the final complement of the piercing, normally it goes in the tips, its measures are according to the orifice where they must pass, and these are: 2 mm; 3 mm; 4 mm; 5 mm; 6 mm and 8 mm.

Septum. It is the well-known "horseshoe", normally it is seen in the mouth, especially in the "Smileys" but it can also be used in the ears, the measures of this piece are taken complete.

Its measurements are the thickness of the bar, the diameter of the septum, and the diameter of the balls: 1.2 x 8 x 3 mm; 1.2 x 8 x 4 mm; 1.2 x 10 x 4 mm; 1.2 x 12 x 5 mm; 1.6 x 8 x 4 mm; 1.6 x 10 x 4 mm; 1.6 x 12 x 5 mm; 2 x 10 x 5 mm; 2 x 12 x 5; 3 x 10 x 5 mm and 4 x 13 x 8mm.


There are a variety of materials used in the manufacture of piercings, but there are 3 main ones, which are popular and readily available on the market.

Titanium. This is the material recommended by professional piercers, it does not cause allergies or irritation, even when placed immediately after piercing. It is a very light material, so it will not widen the hole opening due to weight.

Gold. Gold after 14 carats and upwards becomes a better friend of our body, so it does not (usually) generate allergies or irritations that can harm you. It can be placed immediately after the piercing.

Steel. The most common and cheapest, it has a great variety of styles, but when in contact with the skin, it will depend on your body what reaction it generates, as steel can cause allergies or irritations if the body rejects any of its components. They have high durability.

Materials such as Nickel or Silver are of care when placing them as piercing. Nickel is not recommended at all, as it easily causes allergies, and a total rejection of the body, especially if it is placed in a recent piercing.

Silver is harmful for the first 3 months of the piercing, when the piercing is fully healed, you can use it without any problems, as long as you are hygienic with the care.

Pain level

The pain that you may feel after the piercing is personal, there are cases where areas that for some people do not hurt, for others it hurts too much, and that has to do with the fibres and the level of sensitivity or resistance you have to pain. However, there are areas that can be qualified as more sensitive than others.

The best way to deal with the nerves and pain of piercing is to prepare yourself. It has been proven that the more time you have to do this process, the more calm you will feel and, therefore, the less pain you will experience.

Low level. These are areas that produce no more than a "prickling" sensation or momentary discomfort, these can be: the earlobe, the eyebrow or the navel. For the more fearful, these are good options.

Low to medium. It may hurt for a few minutes, but it will not be an overwhelming pain, but rather an occasional discomfort: Septum, between the eyebrows or "bridge", and in the middle of the lower lip or "labret".

Medium level. Pain may be bearable, but will be somewhat constant and annoying while healing, inflammation may occur: ear cartilage, tip and sides of the tongue, and nostril perforation.

Medium to intense. Very popular, sexy and distinctive, not to show off in front of everyone, but gives you an intriguing touch, yet hurts enough to make you not want to leave the house for a few days: nipple piercing.

Intense level. This level can be a bit unbearable for the first few days, and no doubt you won't even want to leave the bed, it's the rarest of piercings that cause this level of pain, and these are the "genitals".

(Featured image source: Auremar/