Steel Tapers And Acrylic Plugs

Wednesday July 9th, 2008 @ 12:37 AM

Filed under: Ear

I’ve heard all over that acrylic plugs and eyelets are terrible for you. I recently ordered a set of tapers that were stainless steal and came with a free set of acrylics. What are the pros and cons of acrylic plugs/tunnels? I’ve googled all I could think of to try and find answers and came up with nothing.

You’re joking right? people its got the electrolytes answers humans crave.

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Tuesday July 8th, 2008 @ 10:10 PM

Filed under: Nipple

I’ve had my nipples pierced for about 8 years now and am six months pregnant (due Oct ‘08). I plan on breastfeeding for at least a year. So far I haven’t actually talked to anyone who has breastfed after having their nipples pierced. I don’t know if I’m asking the wrong people or what but I’ve talked to more than a few piercers, plus a lactation consultant, and gotten responses like, “Er, I guess you should take them out when they start to bug you?” and, “This should be interesting! I wonder which way your milk is going to squirt?”

I know it can be done. I’ve heard you should take the piercings out (although I’d be interested to know if anyone left them in and how it went). What I’m looking for is practical advice as to how far in advance I should take them out and if there are any potential problems I should be aware of, things like that.

Perhaps Lori will be able to provide us her insight in this, after having just gone through her pregnancy.

Realistically you will not want to keep your piercings in while breastfeeding so you’ll have to remove them when you breastfeed your child. As it will be just a lot easier on the child breastfeeding, and not having to suck on two metal barbells. Also the barbells can be viewed as a choking hazard should one of the beads loosen and come off.

Now some women are able to remove their jewelry, breastfeed, then slide the jewelry back in without any complications. While other women when they do this, their nipples are more sensitive and hurt when trying to slide the jewelry in. Heck some women aren’t even able to maintain their nipple piercings during the pregnancy because they begin to be sore/hurt.

So your best bet is to remove the jewelry a few minutes before breastfeeding, then re-insert a few minutes after breastfeeding. Now if that just becomes too much of a bother, you can just remove the jewelry, as I know some women who have gone that route.

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protecting my teeth!

Tuesday July 8th, 2008 @ 10:00 PM

Filed under: Tongue

I got my tongue pierced a week ago, and its healing fine and everything. I am a little worried about breaking my teeth because of the years and thousands of dollars in spent in braces. I talked to my piercer about wearing acrylic balls (I thought it might be softer and reduce damage to the teeth?). But he said that my body will ruin the acrylic by breaking it down and I will have to change the balls often so its not worth it… I am going to go into get my barbell resized soon too, so maybe that will help my paranoria about ruing my teeth… Are there any other materials/options I have for protecting my lovely lovely teeth?

Just a question I’d like to ask, was your paranoia about your teeth brought up when getting pierced? Did the piercer advise you that no problems whatsoever would occur with getting your tongue piercing?

The fact is damage to your teeth CAN be a issue with tongue piercings and no piercer worth their salt should down play this fact.

The thing with the majority of acrylic beads (mostly the externally threaded kind) is that they are not meant to be placed in a hot moist environment, such as the mouth. Also once in your mouth the saliva has enzymes that break down food and other matter. That coupled with the occasional accidental bite/chomp on the beads are what causes them to break.

There are a few companies out there that deal with Internally Threaded Dental Acrylic Beads/Attachments, but its very far and few between.

Normally when I do tongue piercings I tend to place it in a spot on the tongue where its not too far back, nor too far forward. Usually in this spot I find the majority of people are still able to talk fine initially and you don’t even hear any “clicking” sound. However with that being said I also point out to my clients that the possibility of tooth damage IS there and it CAN occur, then allow them to make an educated/informed decision on what they want to do.

And honestly if you’re so worried/paranoid about your teeth, perhaps a tongue piercing isn’t the ideal piercing for you? I’m not saying this to be mean or be all hating against tongue piercings. I’m simply saying it because if you care more for the wellbeing of your teeth, its always better to err on the side of caution. Because unfortunately there’s no acceptable material right now that’s currently in manufacturing that the enzymes in your mouth will not attempt to break down, except for Steel and Titanium (ie: metals).

But if you do want to keep it, just make sure you get your downsize barbell asap and make sure it fits properly and comfortably.

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Problem w/ glass retainer for initial jewelry?

Tuesday July 8th, 2008 @ 5:52 PM

Filed under: Piercing

I’ve asked two piercing studios if I can bring in a glass retainer and have them use that for my initial jewelry in a nostril piercing, and both said no. I was just curious as to why that might be, aside from a policy of having to buy their jewelry. Would a piercer have to do anything differently to use a glass retainer for a fresh piercing? Also, how soon can you change the initial jewelry in a nostril piercing to a retainer?


From a healing point of view, there probably isn’t too much of an issue using a glass/quartz retainer for a fresh piercing. Lots and lots of piercings are done with glass and they typically heal just fine. However, some piercers, including myself and the piercers I work with, won’t use them for initial piercings. There are a couple of reasons, although I would encourage you to ask the studios in question for their specific reasons.

It is pretty common for nostril retainers to run a little “big”…meaning that an 18ga nostril glass nostril retainer might actually be thicker than 18ga. If a piercer wants to do the piercing with an 18ga needle, it could make the insertion difficult, if not nearly impossible. This is especially true if you have larger hands and have trouble hanging on to nostril screws with your hands…many piercers hold their nostrils crews with hemostats when inserting them. There are ways to work around this of course…piercing with a larger needle or doing the piercing and stretching it to accommodate the jewelry to name two of them. The piercers in question may simply not want to mess around with those options.

Some studios, including many studios where the piercers are APP members, won’t use glass in initial piercings because there is no universally-recognized standard for implant-grade glass. In addition, glass is not included as an acceptable material for initial piercing within the standards of the APP. I’m not going to get into a debate about whether or not glass is actually safe to use…I’m just throwing out possibilities.

I tend to find the shape and fit of the nostril retainers good for use as retainers for temporary wear. However, I think the shape/contour of them isn’t ideal in a healing piercing. I feel like they tend to move around too much, and the tails on them tend to be a bit long, making them somewhat irritating to wear in a fresh piercing. Not the end of the world by any means, just not ideal.

The piercers you talked to may have all kinds of other reasons they don’t want to use it. I guess the thing to keep in mind is this…you want the person piercing you to be comfortable with what they are doing. If using a glass retainer puts them outside of their comfort zone, it’s good that they can recognize that and choose not to do work they aren’t confident in.

I would typically suggest waiting at least a month, two being even better, before switching to a retainer.

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Miss my frenum already…

Tuesday July 8th, 2008 @ 5:45 PM

Filed under: Male Genital

Had to pull it yesterday due to migration/rejection. It had moved over 3mm towards the surface. Woke up this morning and it looks like the holes already healed shut. :(

I want to redo it further down, but I really think it was the metal that caused the rejection.

Will it be alright to pierce it and use the PTFE from the beginning? Or should I try the titanium instead?

I would like to encourage everyone to take a brief moment of silence and join me in acknowledging our fellow enthusiast’s loss of his frenum piercing…*tick* *tick* *tick*. We feel your pain, brother.

Back to business…It’s possible the metal you were wearing contributed to migration. However, having done hundreds of frenum piercings with stainless steel jewelry, and with most of them healing successfully, I wouldn’t personally jump to the conclusion that it was the metal. Now, if you were wearing a sub-standard piece of jewelry of questionable material and quality, that could certainly contribute to rejection.

Keep in mind however, that frenum piercings do reject, not uncommonly. You are putting a piece of jewelry in a mostly-flat piece of tissue. Even if there is a well-defined fold along the frenum line, that tissue is still actually flat. Add to that the pressure that can get exerted on the piercing when you have an erection…and wah la…rejection sometimes happen. If the piercing wasn’t placed well/ideally, that can be another contributing factor. Unless you were pierced with a very large gauge, the weight of the jewelry shouldn’t have been an issue.

If it would make you more comfortable to have your piercing re-done with a PTFE piece of jewelry, I really don’t see a problem with that. I would probably encourage titanim over PTFE, but that’s mostly a personal preference. They should both work great in terms of biocompatibiltiy.

Best of luck if you decide to give it another go.

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High nostril piercings

Tuesday July 8th, 2008 @ 5:35 PM

Filed under: Nose


I’ve looked on BME and though there are a lot of pictures, I can’t really seem to find much info on High nostril piercings. I have a couple of questions about them.

1. Are they a bit nicer to heal since they are in a less irritable area?

2. Are they more prone to infection due to being a bit more difficult to clean inside the nose? How does one go about cleaning them?

3. What kind of jewellery is recommended? Nostril screws fall out a lot, but would they stay in better in a high nostril piercing? (I’m wondering because I have NO talent with the screws)

4. What’s the length of time to heal them? I’m going to be mechanic and if I get them done a month before I start my training would they be okay?

I really appreciate your help! Thank you!

I haven’t seen a big difference in healing between high nostril piercings and more traditionally-placed nostril piercings. In theory, it does seem like they should heal faster since they are slightly more protected. But in my experience, they seem to heal with about the same occurrence of problems. Keep in mind of course, high nostril piercings are much less common than standard nostril piercings, so it’s not exactly an accurate comparison.

One thing to remember is that no piercing is really more prone to “infection” than any other piercing. Infections don’t just magically appear. You have to get germs/bacteria into your piercing, and in a sufficient quantity, to start an actually infection. This most commonly happens by touching a piercing with dirty hands, letting other people touch it or getting other people’s saliva or bodily-fluids on your piercing. Also, poor hygiene will increase the chance of infection. If you don’t take care of yourself and/or have a compromised immune system on top of man-handling your piercings all the time, you’ve set yourself up nicely for an infection.

I would suggest cleaning high nostril piercings just as you would a standard nostril piercings…a couple times of day, soak in a warm sea salt and water or saline solution. With high nostril piercings it will probably be easier to do a warm salt water/saline compress than actually soaking them.

Nostril screws would likely stay in better in high nostril piercings, as there is less room for the jewelry to move around in general, and specifically less room for the nostril screw to rotate around the 90 degree bend before hitting septum. Another great option for high nostril piercings is a labret-stud type jewelry. They would definitely be more a challenge when it comes to trying to change them yourself, but you also don’t have to deal with the curl of a nostril screw irritating your nasal passages.

Healing time is going to be in the range of 2-6 months I would say…very similar to a standard nostril piercing. Now, if you are going to need to remove them after a month for your mechanic training, you are likely going to have problems. If this is the case, I would suggest purchasing retainers for your piercings that you can put in when your training starts and which would be left in for the duration of the healing time.

Hopefully this helps.

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How do I know if my VCH is healed?

Tuesday July 8th, 2008 @ 12:58 PM

Filed under: Female Genital

I have had my VCH piercing since the 13th of may (almost 2 months ago) but I don’t know how to tell if it’s healed or not. Can anyone help? Thankyou. x

If you have no discomfort, no discharge and the jewellery moves freely of its own accord, you can safely say that at two months it is healed. Piercings of this nature have a relatively quick healing time.

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Monday July 7th, 2008 @ 11:18 AM

Filed under: Ear


I just got my snug pierced yesterday and today I noticed that my ear was twitching every once in a while. Is this anything that was caused from the piercing or is it just something that I’ve never noticed before.

It is most likely caused by the piercing and should subside in a day or two. It’s not uncommon for people to have nervous reactions to trauma of this nature, from ringing in the ear to localised numbness. It is usually always temporary and I wouldn’t worry about it at this stage.

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Eyebrow closing up

Saturday July 5th, 2008 @ 12:22 AM

Filed under: Eyebrow/Bridge

To make a long story short, I’m going to be a bridesmaid in my brothers wedding and his fiancee wants me to take out my eyebrow ring (barbell). By that time I will have had it for about 2.5 years. Aside from personal issues about trying to control what someone else does to their body for the sake of pictures, I’m wondering what the odds of it closing up over the course of the day are? Thanks!

Damn brides and their Bridezilla ways…Hence why when I get married it’s going to be in Vegas, with Elvis as the “priest” and only with a small select group of people…But that’s probably why I’ll never get married…Oh well…

One thing you can do is take the eyebrow piercing out right before you have to do your wedding obligations,etc. Or another option is finding a quartz retainer to wear which virtually makes it impossible to notice if you have a piercing in or not,etc.

Perhaps you can talk the bride into going for the quartz retainer. If not just take the piercing out right before the wedding obligations and during the reception,etc (post-wedding ceremony) maybe you can just try to slide the jewelry in for some time to make sure the pathway hasn’t tightened up,etc. If it doesn’t fit, don’t force it, and simply visit a professional studio and have them taper the pathway back open to the size of your jewelry.

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Bridge piercing?!?!?!?!

Saturday July 5th, 2008 @ 12:12 AM

Filed under: Eyebrow/Bridge

Alright so i recently decided to get my bridge pierced after already having snakebites, my septum, the side of my nose and i have gauged my ears.

I use to have a tounge web piercing byt it was regected, thts the only problem ive had with a regecting piercing and i was wondering how common it is for a bridge piercing to regect???

And is there a certain ammount of skin that HAS to be between your eyes or is it pretty much the same for everyone

There is no set amount of skin between our eyes because everyone’s bridge width will vary since we’re all unique special snowflakes.

Some piercers will use grids to line everything up, others will just keep putting dots on and wiping them off until they get to an ideal placement…I tend to do a mixture of the two where I’ll draw a single line down the mid-line of the bridge, then draw two dots where I think they look level and straight,etc. From there I’ll measure the width to determine the length I need.

I wouldn’t say a bridge piercing is overly common to reject, any piercer can reject if the body does not want it there and views it as foreign matter in the body. I do advise my clients though that quite often you will need to downsize after roughly 3-4 weeks and even then sometimes in another 3-4 weeks need to downsize once more.

Quite often the major issues with bridges is scar tissue build up, as well as Boil or furuncle. Thus requiring hot sea salt water compresses the occasional time,etc.

But as I said Bridge piercings aren’t a common piercing to reject, but depending on the person and everything, its not unheard of that they can reject.

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