Rings in perforations: Really a suitable choice?

Perforations made using titanium labret with zirconia crystals

There are several reasons why piercing professionals prefer to avoid using rings in initial piercings.

During the healing period, the rings tend to remain constantly moist due to secretion, which creates an environment conducive to the proliferation of bacteria and dust present in the air, especially when we are outdoors. And as they are always rotating, dirt and bacteria can enter the perforated area.

Some other reasons include:

  1. Restricted movement: Rings tend to move more than bars (labret or barbell) when the piercing is healing. This can increase the risk of irritation and prolong the healing process.

  2. Friction: Rings can cause more friction during healing, as there is a larger area of ​​contact with the skin. This friction can lead to complications such as inflammation or keloid formation.

  3. Misalignment during healing: The way the rings move can lead to misalignment of the piercing during the healing process, which can result in cosmetic problems or discomfort.

  4. Slow Healing: Due to the increased movement and greater friction, ring piercings generally take longer to heal compared to barbell piercings.

  5. Risk of twisting: In some areas of the body, such as the nose, the rings can become twisted during healing, causing discomfort and delaying the healing process.

  6. Easier cleaning: Bars are generally easier to clean during the healing process as they have a simpler surface and are less likely to retain dirt.

Additionally, it is important to mention that some specific piercings, such as the septum (cartilage that separates the nostrils) and daith (inner part of the ear) or the smiley (membrane inside the mouth behind the upper lip), are often performed with rings from the start. This is due to the anatomy of these areas and the way the rings fit and move in these specific regions.

Therefore, it is yet another reason why some professionals prefer to opt for straight bars, which can offer more controlled healing and are less susceptible to external factors. As always, it is essential to follow our guidelines regarding the most suitable type of jewelry for the specific piercing, taking into account factors such as anatomy, personal preferences and healing care.

Text : Igor Andrade - @piercer.igor
Photo : Micaela - @bluemikepiercer
Ear : Andréia Rodrigues