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Gauge Conversion Chart


General Piercing Guide:

Ear Lobe


Commonly placed in line with the curve of the ear. Initial piercing- piercing stud, captive, circular barbell.

Gauges: 18, 16, and 14 gauge, Length 5/16", 7/16", 1/2", sometimes 5/8"

Healing time: 9-12 months Care: Clean at least twice a day with piercing cleaning solution.

Eyebrow


Can be pierced anywhere along its length, though the outer corner above eyebrow is most popular. It should not contain a lot of skin past the actual brow hair.

Initial piercing- captive ring, curved barbell, barbell.

Gauges: 18, 16 gauge (16g is recommended), Length 3/8'-7/16"

Healing time: 6-8 weeks Care: Clean same as nostril. Be sure not to turn or twist the jewelry.

Tragus


Before ear canal opening, in the fold where the ear meets your face.

Initial piercing- captive ring, circular barbell.

Gauges: 18, 16 gauge, Length 5/16" to 5/8"- though that would be extremely large!

Healing time: 6-12 months Care: Clean a few times a day with cleaning solution or sea salt mixture, trying to keep solution on outside of ear.

Nostril


Very common, best located in the crease of the nose.

Gauges: 20, 18 gauge, Length 5/16"-1/2"

Healing time: 6-8 weeks Care: Clean often- up to 5 times daily- with Bactine or sea salt solution (1tsp. sea salt with 8oz. warm water)

Septum


Inner nose, placement through the thin membrane behind the cartilage- a ring should hang freely. Initial piercing- captive ring, circular barbell, septum retainer.

Gauges: 16, 14, 12 gauge, Length 3/8"-5/8"

Healing time: 4-6 weeks Care: Clean often- up to 5 times daily- with Bactine or sea salt solution (1tsp. sea salt with 8oz. warm water)

Gauges: 18, 16 gauge (16g is recommended), Length 3/8'-7/16"

Healing time: 6-8 weeks Care: Clean same as nostril. Be sure not to turn or twist the jewelry.

Tongue


Located approximately one inch from tip along the center line to avoid large veins. Initial piercing- barbell most recommended 14 gauge length 3/4"

Gauges: 16, 14, 12 gauge, Length 3/4', 5/8', 9/16",1/2"

Healing time: 4-6 weeks

Care: No alcohol or oral contact for at least 2 weeks. Smoking is not recommended. Cleanse with salt water and/or Listerine diluted with 50% water after all meals. Brush tongue frequently also.

Lip


Located approximately one inch from tip along the center line to avoid large veins. Initial piercing- captive ring, barbell, usually curved.

Gauges: 18,16 gauge, Length 3/8"-1/2"

Healing time: 6-8 weeks Care: Same as tongue; apply Bactine or gly-oxide to the outside to speed healing process

Navel


Only innies, no outies can be done, about 3/8" above the navel's edge. This piercing, if not done correctly, will be rejected from your body.

Initial piercing- captive ring, circular barbell.

Gauges: 16 to 12 gauge (most common 14 gauge), Length 3/8"-1/2"

Healing time: 9-12 months Care: Clean with antibacterial soap and sea salt solution- avoid touching or turning ring during times of redness and irritation.

Cheek/Labret


Can be located anywhere opposite the mouth cavity- mostly personal taste.

Initial piercing- labret stud

Gauges: 16, 14g (14 gauge most common), Length 3/8"-1/2"

Healing time: 6-8 weeks. Care: same as lip care

Nipples


Initial piercing- captive ring, curved barbells, mini barbells

Gauges: 16g, 14g, 12 gauge, Length 5/8", 3/4" for nipples

Healing time: 6-8 weeks Care: same as navel

Other Body Parts


It's best to discuss possible piercings with a trusted piercer. Piercing is not just another hole! Be sure the piercer is someone who is trained and can give you references for previous piercing.