sternum piercing

Wednesday June 4th, 2008 @ 8:20 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

i really love the idea of having a sternum piercing but im completely confused about what method to opt for. through BME iv found that microdermals,dermal anchors and surface bars using the punch + taper method can all be used.

any advice on which method would have the highest success rate with minimal scarring if it does reject would REALLY be appreciated. im sorry if im asking something that a million people already have im just still confused and want to get it right!

also, do you have any contacts or know of any experienced piercers in Sheffield (South Yorkshire, UK). Ive always gone to Van Schaicks previously and I know that they offer heavy mods like tongue splitting, branding, transplants etc so i was just wondering if you’d heard of them.

Thanks a lot (sorry that was kinda long!)

niki x

The best thing to do is to go visit a piercing practitioner and have a consultation to discuss your options. I am an advocate of using dermal punches for surface work in general. As you are in the UK I would advise going down the microdermal route as there are very few of us this side of the Pond using internally-threaded flat disc surface bars, which in my opinion are far superior to externally-threaded surface bars with balls, so unless you are prepared to travel I suggest you find someone who has a proven record with microdermals.

By the way, I am resisting the urge to add a comment about transplants!!

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Hip piercings

Wednesday June 4th, 2008 @ 8:04 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I got my hips pierced a few days ago, and the piercer who done it inserted curved barbells for jewellery and told me to come back in a week or so to get surface bars put in if i liked.

I know it’s normal to be a bit red and whatnot afterwards, but I’m really paranoid about them rejecting as I cannot afford to have them repierced or have microdermals instead.

My lack of funds is why I opted for surface piercings instead of the microdermals and I’d like them to last as long as possible.

I was wondering if I could get the jewellery changed to to the surface bars sooner than she recommended or if this would pose problems with healing?

They’re also a bit bruised and tender still, but I’m not sure if that’s normal, if there is such a thing. I attached a picture so you could see the bruising and the redness around the holes. I can also feel the bar really prominently underneath the skin but I don’t know if that means they’re too shallow? I’ve seen many rejecting piercings and they look somewhat similar and I’m starting to worry.

I fail to see the logic in why your piercer decided to initially fit curved barbells and not surface bars. Switching out the jewellery will only serve to irritate the piercing. Why the unecessary trauma when they could have so easily been pierced with surface bars from the get-go and allowed to heal undisturbed?

Piercing can be a false economy - more times than not, allowing finances to dictate when, what and how you get pierced often leads to the loss of that piercing and subsequently having it re-done at a later date by someone more experienced and reputable.

I seriously doubt that swapping the jewellery will be of much use now, but you can try. I would suggest removing the jewellery sooner rather than later, saving up and having them pierced at a later date by a practitioner who has a good track record with surface work.

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Inner Lip Tattoo

Wednesday June 4th, 2008 @ 2:02 AM

Filed under: Tattoos

I’ve been thinking about getting an inner lip tattoo. I was wondering does the aftercare for that differ from normal tattoo aftercare and if so how? Thanks.

There are a vast amount of tattoo aftercare ideas ranging from: leave it alone all the way to applying some sort of ointment and cream.

The issue with inner lip tattoos is the aftercare protocols are a bit different. The area is already very moist and wet so there’s no need to apply any ointments or anything like that. The main concern is to lay off any “sucking” movements in your lips…No sucking on ice…No sucking on water bottles…No sucking your bottom lip,etc.

Even then if you follow the aftercare right down to the last sentence there is also a high chance you will need quite a few touch ups,etc.

If I were you I’d simply ask the tattoo artist if they’ve done inner lip tattoos before, how many they’ve done, and how many successfully didn’t need any touch-ups…But if touch-ups were needed around how many times were touch-ups required. Also ask how they advise their clients on caring for their inner lip tattoos and simply give it a shot.

But essentially for the most part I know artists who flat out tell the customers: “its going to look like shit and you’re going to need a touch up no matter what. But ideally leave it alone, do not do any sucking motions and brush your teeth daily

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cartilage stretching

Wednesday June 4th, 2008 @ 1:58 AM

Filed under: Ear, Surface/Unusual

im looking into geting my cartilage stretched on my left ear where i already have a 1.6mm stud that ive had for a few years. any tips on the best way to do it as im having trouble finding a guide and the studio’s in my area say the best way is to have a dermal punch which im not too keen on.



Depending on the size you’re interested in getting to Max might dictate what is ideal and what is not ideal. As with stretching ear cartilage there is a lot more that can go wrong, then say just stretching an ear lobe.

I’d advise you to check out this previous question:

Know that if you ARE going to stretch your ear cartilage I strongly advise you to do so slowly, wait YEARS and be very careful…Because with this its not just about causing a tear in the fistula, but more so causing a spider fracture(s) in the cartilage itself.

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Sunday June 1st, 2008 @ 3:06 AM

Filed under: Ear

I went today to get my tragus pierced. I asked the guy who was doing my piercing if there was any way he could do it w/ a labret stud instead of a CBR. He said he could but b/c of the flat back pushing into the back and the ball on the front, the piercing would not be able to drain properly. My question is was he just bullshitting me or what?

I wouldn’t use such a harsh word as “bullshitting” but more so that they are just misinformed. If the right length is utilized the stud will most definitely allow for easy drainage of the piercing. Not only that but it reduces the amount of irritation that occurs normally with CBR’s as they often rotate in and out of the piercing dragging bacteria that can collect on the outer portions of the ring.

But yeah they aren’t technically “bullshitting” but more so they are just not informed and/or never even tried using a labret stud in that specific piercing. That or they just aren’t doing the research well enough because many reputable artists have been using labret studs in tragus piercings for quite a few years now, problem free.

So maybe just ask them to try or perhaps visit a different artist(s) for second, third, forth,etc opinions.

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Microdermal Irritation

Sunday June 1st, 2008 @ 2:28 AM

Filed under: Nipple, Piercing

I recently got my second microdermal, 2-3 weeks ago. Up to this point I haven’t had any issues at all, and it has healed well, as has my other one. Today I noticed that the area immediately around it was slightly raised, and there was some funky crust on it. I can’t tell really if it’s red or weird looking besides the raised area, because it’s in a tattoo. I went ahead an cleaned it with my saltwater solution, and am leaving it alone. I want to believe that maybe I banged it or caught it on something during my nap, but I’m not totally sure because it hasn’t already happened up to this point. As this is kind of a newer procedure, I’m not sure if I need to go straight to my piercer, or let it wait a few days like I would any other piercing. The area isn’t painful or hot, and it is not causing me any real discomfort, just the raised area and the nasty crust. What do you think?

If you have any worries/concerns about your piercings you should always be willing to return to the piercer for them to assess the situation. Because if you just let it be the problem will be compounded and just continue if its something serious. So ideally better to have them check and give it the good old thumbs up or suggest you do something different to correct the situation.

Also know your microdcermals AREN’T healed in 2-3 weeks. No piercing, whatever it may be, takes 2-3 weeks to be 100% healed. If there’s no redness or crusty matter it means your piercing is healing well. If it begins to be red, crusty,etc then you must consider something you’ve done or introduced to your piercing to make it this way. It could be impact/catching, soaps, laundry detergent,etc.

Were you informed to wear any sort of bandage within the first week or two? Personally with microdermals and surface piercings I advise my clients to wear some sort of bandage, to reduce the potential of catching,etc. When it comes to the bandage I tell them to use their own judgement but ideally its best to wear a bandage if they are going out, or while they sleep.

So if you haven’t been wearing any sort of bandage, you should maybe try doing so during these times I suggested, to see if any chance occurs. But first visit your piecer and have them inspect the microdermal so they can give you their opinion.

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Sterilization of Wood-Based Corks…

Sunday June 1st, 2008 @ 2:12 AM

Filed under: Piercing

I have heard that natural materials, such as cork, cannot be sterilized in an autoclave (I’m assuming under any pressure/temperature). Is this statement true?

The issue with corks is its porous nature and the ability of the steam from the autoclave to get inside the cork and get trapped thus bacteria being able to remain within the cork. As anytime material leaves an autoclave it MUST be bone dry for storage, if its still wet it must be used immediately at that very moment. If its not to be used you must consider it not-sterile and re-package it and re-cycle it until it comes out dry. But that’s the problem because the inner portions of the cork can keep the moisture and with the wood base the cork is made out of, can break down and develop bacteria and other things.

Now that they have Nitrile and Rubber “corks” that are readily available and a lot more denser and do not have the same potential problems as the wooden cork based ones, not to mention they are reasonably affordable as well. Based on that there’s no reason why wooden based corks should still be used.

Personally I don’t use corks anymore but back when I did tey were Nitrile/Rubber based, but I stopped using them because I found them more to be a hinderance then an aid in doing any piercings related procedure.

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