Danielle’s tongue pierced w/1.6mm x 20mm titanium bar and later changed down to a 1.6mm x 16mm bar; pierced by El Capitan @ Shiva Piercings.
Grace’s tongue pierced w/1.6mm x 20mm bar (in photo) and changed down two weeks later for a 1.6mm x 14mm bar following initial swelling.
Tongue pierced w/1,6mm x 20mm titanium bar.
Here’s a before and after shot of Charlotte’s tongue pierced by myself within returning two weeks later for a shorter bar. Standard piercing is 1.6mm x 20mm, which is in the first shot as was pierced with. The second shot is after the shorter, 1.6mm x 14mm bar had been fitted.
Tongue piercing following the change down w/1.6mm x 14mm titanium bar.
Here’s a freshly pierced tongue w/1.6mm x 20mm titanium bar, which is what I pierce with and advise wearing for a minimum of two weeks before returning for a shorter bar.
Here’s a tongue piercing from a couple years back. With tongue piercing, it isn’t always possible and a consultation prior is necessary to detect the vein make up of your tongue. If it is possible, I always pierce with a 1.6mm x 20mm titanium bar. Your tongue will swell immediately (tongues swell, pierced or not pierced) and you can expect some discomfort for several days. Within the first two weeks you will see swelling, probably be on liquid foods and occasionally people pick up a temporary lisp. Return in a minimum of two weeks for a shorter bar change down as part of the service. This photo was taken after the second bar was fitted.