Saddles are similar to tunnels, but they are not for everyone. Their open design fits your piercing in a different way.
When you wear plugs or eyelets, the round shape allows the pressure on your lobe to be distributed equally around the jewelry, but a saddle has an open “U” shape. They need to be worn a little looser to reduce the pressure the upper edges apply to the top of your piercing. If the width between the top points is too wide, the skin at the top of your piercing will be pulled tight and you’ll feel the corners push into your cartilage.
The saddles that you need to fit your piercing are marked with the gauge you usually wear, but the diameter measures slightly smaller than your usual size. The width is adjusted so that the saddle shape will fit comfortably.
Don’t sleep in saddles. They’re more likely to fall out when you are laying down, and their open shape and light weight can allow shrinkage to occur if worn alone for long periods of time.
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