How the various pieces of jewellery work

We advise only switching your jewellery when your piercing is completely healed or after guidance from the Blue Lotus team. Some piercings can close up or become aggravated if not changed over properly so it’s important to be patient with your piercing and only change when ready.
Wash your hands before touching your piercing.
Clean the jewellery with antibacterial soap or alcohol .
Wrap the jewellery in tissue or wear examination gloves if you struggle with grip.
Use a personal lubricant to help slide new jewellery through without irritation.
Ensure your jewellery is tightened properly after each change.

Barbells:

Piercings such as nipples and industrials will be worn with a barbell. Each ball is threaded (screwed) together. Holding each side firmly and turning to the left will loosen the ball from the shaft.

Labret posts:

Piercings such as lips, helix, medusa and tragus wear a labret style piece. One side is a fixed flat disk and the attachment is either threaded (screwed) together or has a push pin style top.

The threaded style will unscrew when twisted to the left and tighten when twisted to the right. Push pin (threadless) styles have a slightly bent pin that slides in and out 

of the labret shaft. Meaning to remove it to hold each side and pull them apart. To tighten, you would squeeze the front and back together.

Rings:

Many ear piercings, lips, nipples and nostrils will wear a ring when all healed. These will be one of a few potential closure methods.
Ball closure rings have a bead that ‘pops’ in between the ring.
Seam rings are almost complete rings with a tiny gap, which is torched (twisted) to open and close it.
The last style is a segmented ring, where a small segment of the ring is hinged and clips open or closed to complete the circle.
It is

 not always possible to open ball closure or seam styles of rings if you don’t have good hand strength.

Surface dermals:

Only the atachment is designed to be removed or switched to another option. The disk you see outside the piercing on the surface of the skin screws left to losen and right to tighten.
Total removal is something altogether different. The jewellery consists of a base plate that sits beneath the surface of the skin, the base plate is around the size of a grain of rice and will have tiny holes to allow adhesion to the jewellery. A post rises out of  the base plate with a disk that screwed into it. Removal of this jewellery type should almost never require any major surgery. Pain relief may help. In the piercing studio the professional would determine the location of the base plate under the skin. Then pushing on the edge of jewellery to tip up the opposite end up: make an incision. Use a blade to cut the skin just enough for the shorter end to pop out and then using the blade cut the connecting point of tissue holding the dermal in place and simply pull it out. The connecting points of tissue are never more than 3mm so the removal should need no more than a steri-

strip to close the wound.

Hospital scans:

Metal jewellery will not affect visibility on an MRI or X-Ray but will produce a small opaque discoloration, therefore if the piercing site is within a foot of the scanned area, removal will be necessary.
Blue Lotus body jewellery is always non-magnetic.
However metal jewellery will interfere with CT scans but appropriate non-metal jewellery can be worn without issue. Removal of jewellery for such examinations can result in the closure or shrinkage of the fistula channel in the piercing making reinsertion painful, difficult or impossible, therefore we recommend wearing a retainer (glass or acrylic jewellery) temporarily when possible.

Seam rings:

Twist open and close using a ‘torching’ method. Your fingers will emulate tearing paper as you twist the ring open. Rather than pulling each side appart.