Nostril piercings can be placed in a variety of regions on the nostril. Paired nostrils (a piercing on each nostril) and high-paired nostrils are gaining popularity. Typical healing time is 6-8 weeks, at which time jewelry can be changed.
Initial Jewelry: While nostrils are generally pierced at an 20g or 18g, larger options are available.
Chakra Healing: Nostril piercings land between your Third Eye and your Throat Chakra. An indescribable draw to the nostril piercings can be revealing of energy needing to be disbursed to find a means to express the true intentions of ones self. Paired Nostrils, can aid in finding balance in vocalizing the subconscious, deciphering between what should remain as an inner dialogue and what should be shared with those around you.
Alternatives: If work or school restrictions do not allow for exposed facial piercings, an alternative to look into would be the septum piercing.
The Septum piercing is done in the center of the septum, the soft tissue just inside where the two nostrils meet. Healing time for a septum is 3-6 weeks.
Initial Jewelry: Circular barbells, captive bead rings (CBRs) and retainers are all viable initial jewelry options typically starting at 16g. Retainers are preferable among those who need to hide the jewelry for work or schooling purposes, as they can be flipped up during the healing process.
Chakra Healing: Placement in conjunction with the throat chakra and third eye, or brow chakra, septum piercings primarily work on balancing the energies. Pulling together the desire to express, and the unconscious minds truths of motive. Again, deciphering between what should remain as an inner dialogue and what should be shared with those around you
Alternatives: While instinctively, most assume that nostril piercings would be the next alternative to septum’s, Philtrum piercings more closely mimic the aesthetics of a septum piercing in terms of placement.
The navel piercing can be a more difficult piercing to heal, with an expected healing time ranging from 3-6 months depending on care and activity levels. Upper Navel is the most traditional navel piercing, and most commonly seen, however, the Lower Navel allows a twist on the body-piercing classic.
Initial jewelry: typically 14g navel curves and j-curves are used for navel piercings, depending, of course, on anatomy.
Chakra Healing: Navel piercings are centered with the Solar Plexus, and are hugely significant for those looking to find a sense of self. For those questioning their perceptions of control, power and freedom, the navel piercing allows the Solar Plexus to open and the discovery of ego to begin.
Alternatives: If the anatomy for a navel piercing isn’t a perfect fit, surface anchors placed slightly above, below or to either side of the navel with mimic the navel piercing and expand options for creating a project piece centered around the navel.
Helix, a piercing most commonly known for the triple, is a perfect place to express yourself through pattern and stone or gem.
The Rook piercing can be quite a beautiful and delicate decoration to the ear.
Philtrum piercing, commonly known as a "Medusa" piercing.
Done by piercing through facial tissue into the oral cavity cheek piercings, although trendy do offer some level of risk. Nerve damage results in the “artificial dimples” left behind after the piercing heals. Additionally, as with most oral piercings, the risk for damage to the gums and teeth, from unintentional biting of the barbell as well as rubbing, is very high. Healing time for cheek piercings is 6 months to a year.
Initial Jewelry: The procedure is typically done with a standard barbell to prevent a flat labret from healing into the flesh. After the healing, downsizing is mandatory to preserve oral health as best possible. Standard sizing for initial for cheek piercings is 16g, and length sized according to anatomy.
Chakra Healing: Cheek piercings focus around the throat chakra. The exploration of ones self in relation to the space around them begins. Bringing the outside within. A piercing in this area assists with the knowing of holding your tongue when need be, but to also speak your mind and to speak it with truth.
Alternative: Scars are nearly impossible to get away from with these piercings. So, if you want a similar look, side lip and lower labrets are a piercings that make for good other options.