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Downsizing Body Piercing Jewelry for Long Term Wear

While some people may find that their “starter” jewelry is a comfortable fit forever, most people will need (or want) to shorten their posts, downsize rings, and maybe wear smaller decorative gem ends. For long-term wear this is often as functional as it is stylish.

Rose Gold Body Jewelry from New Flower Studio

Most people know and understand the concept of initial piercings being done with jewelry that may be longer/larger than what might be worn in the future. We can’t avoid the need for jewelry that fits a fresh piercing that allows for not only potential swelling, but natural movements of the body. 

Gold jewelry from New Flower Studio in Conch and Forward Helix piercings.

The reasons for wearing longer and larger jewelry in the beginning are to accommodate conditions that are temporary. Larger jewelry worn long term may in fact have negative side effects. Jewelry that is larger than necessary may weigh more than a healing piercing can tolerate long term. Also, larger rings and posts may move more than a healing piercing can withstand. In both cases the wearer may find scarring, irritation bumps, and general discomfort as a result of too much friction and pressure. 

Gold jewelry from New Flower Studio in Conch and Ear Cartilage piercings.

All clients are unique, and skilled piercers will make calculated decisions about the jewelry they suggest. These suggestions will always be oriented towards the health and long term wear of the piercing. We suggest visiting your piercer two weeks from the date of the initial piercing for an examination, and if appropriate, jewelry downsizing.

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John Johnson
John Johnson is a professional body piercer at New Flower Studio in Long Beach, CA. He's also a Red Cross instructor and authorized OSHA trainer. He manages the online curriculum for the Association of Professional Piercers and is a member of ASTM International.