Lip Piercing . . .?

Sunday July 27th, 2008 @ 1:38 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

Heyy im 14, 15 in January n im wanting my lip pierced smetime this coming week.

Ive had my ears pierced before when i was about 7 and im getting them done again too but im just wondering a few things.

What actually happens when i come to getting my lip pierced, how it will feel, how much itll hurt andd just in general, how to keep it clean to stop it getting infected?

Before you go in to have your piercing done, you want to prepare your body for it.
Make sure in the upcoming days you’re having good sleeps, eating healthily with vitamin rich foods, and keeping your body clean. About half an hour before you go for your piercing you should have a bite to eat.

When you go in to have the piercing done, your piercer will have you fill out a release form (depending on where your from you may have to have a parent or legal guardian there to sign with you)
The piercer will then bring you into a clean procedure room where they will discuss how to take care of the piercing, help you select jewelry and prepare to actually pierce you.

Your lip will be cleaned inside and out and the piercer will mark your lip and let you have a look to decide if you like the placement.

Depending on the piercer, they may or may not put a clamp on your lip to hold it in place (they might just hold your lip with their fingers) A needle will be passed through the mark and then pushed out by the jewelry to follow.
It will hurt - probably not as much as you think. The best thing to do is remember to take slow deep breaths and stay relaxed.

Remember that harsh chemicals and soaps (like mouthwash and antibacterial soap) will be very irritating to your piercing and are not recommend for the aftercare.
Practice regular oral hygiene (brush your teeth!) drink lots of water, and rinse your piercing off with fresh water or a saline solution inside and out and it should be just fine.
While most piercers have different aftercare, the most important thing to remember is to keep yourself clean and healthy.

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antibacterial soap allergy

Sunday July 27th, 2008 @ 1:34 AM

Filed under: Tattoos

Lately when using antibacterial soap containing triclosan during my tattoo healing process I have a very bad reactions including redness, swelling, and some great discomfort. My question is have you heard of this happening to anyone? At first I thought it was infection but I washed my hands with the soap rinsed them and touched my tattoo and I had a reaction. I than washed it with a mild baby soap and instantly all the symptoms dissappeared. I have been reduced to using huggies baby soap to cleanse my tattoos and was wondering if you could recommend a better soap not containing triclosan. Any knowledge or advice would be greatly appreciated

Triclosan will actually work against the healing of your tattoo.
You don’t need to wash a tattoo with antibacterial soap. It’s a tattoo - not an infection!

A mild, unscented soap to gently wash the area once or twice a day is usually suffice to keep a tattoo clean. Any strong, sporty, frilly, or antibacterial soap being used on a wound like a tattoo will cause bad reactions like redness, swelling and some great discomfort! ;)

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2 month old nipple piercing

Sunday July 27th, 2008 @ 1:24 AM

Filed under: Nipple

Hi. I got my (female) right nipple pierced 2 months ago. My nipples are very flat, and the balls from the straight barbell (14ga) press against my skin and leave indentations. I read somewhere that this is not supposed to happen. The piercer obviously didn’t pierce them when they were “flat” and perhaps I should have mentioned it to him. They are otherwise healing well, (I think) but I was wondering if switching to curved barbells would be a better choice, as it could prevent the balls from pressing against my skin if the barbell was positioned correctly, right? Wrong? I read on here that a lot of piercers recommend straight barbells, but when it comes to this situation, would it be beneficial? Please don’t say I need to get it re-pierced :( Thanks a lot!

There’s a difference between “Flat” nipples and “inverted nipples.”
With inverted nipples, depending on the severity of the inward pull of the nipple, I’ll use a curved barbell. (Some inverted nipples just can’t be pierced successfully)

Otherwise, I always use a straight barbell - even on the softer, flatter nipples.

With the pressure of bras and shirts and the forward weight of the breast, it’s normal for the balls to slightly indent into the areola. If you’re having trouble with the balls sinking into both the nipple and the areola, or if it’s causing discomfort outside of the actual healing piercing site, you may need a longer barbell.
Some people find that smaller or larger balls will help the barbell sit more comfortably as well.

Worst case scenario is that your nipple piercing was pierced too deep and into the areola (in which case you should remove them and have them re-pierced …sorry!)

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segment v. seamless

Sunday July 27th, 2008 @ 1:20 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

Which is less irritating?

I mean, are seamless rings ever perfectly lined up? And if they’re not, does the uneven part ever enter the actual hole and hurt?

I personally don’t love either for piercings. I certainly don’t offer them for initial piercings because of the seams in either the segment rings or “seam rings”.

Seam rings (sometimes called “Seamless” rings for some reason…) definitely can line up perfectly. A high quality annealed ring will bend with ease to the side for insertion and back again.
The problem with them is that they do turn into the piercing and can irritate it.

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Jump rings as body jewelry

Sunday July 27th, 2008 @ 1:17 AM

Filed under: Uncategorized

Is it common for people to use jump rings as body jewelry?

I was shopping for lip and nose rings online and I keep seeing jump rings as an option to buy. Until now, I was under the impression that jump rings were used for making jewelry and chainmaille.

Common? I sure hope not! Jump rings are for making things like chain maille and necklaces. NOT for putting in your body for long-term wear.

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piercing with 18 carat gold jewelry

Saturday July 26th, 2008 @ 12:05 PM

Filed under: Piercing

Is it common to use gold as an initial choice for jewelry when first being pierced? can I bring into my piercer a gold piece of jewelry to be autoclaved and used in a fresh piercing? I’ve really only heard of people being pierced with implant grade steel, titanium and niobium. will the softness of gold affect the autoclaving process?

also, on a related note, do they make 18 ct gold microdermal anchors? I looked at the Industrial Strength and Anatometal websites with no luck. I would like the look of a gold microdermal, but if I have to go the route of titanium foot with a gold (or gold colored titanium) ball, then that’s what I will do.

I don’t know if or why gold wouldn’t be a good choice for initial jewelry for a piercing or be safe enough to implant under the skin, but my guess is that it has something to do with the softness or nickel content.

Thanks in advance for your insight.

With body piercing, it’s typically not common to pierce with gold initial jewelry. This is greatly because of the cost of the gold.
I do special orders for 18k palladium alloyed gold jewelry on request of the client for their piercing. I don’t typically pierce with gold pieces brought in from a jeweler or otherwise as they tend to often be stamped on the wearing surface and of the wrong shape/size. Autoclaving regular gold under 18K can turn it black and murky.
Palladium alloyed gold is going to be much more biocompatible than nickel-based gold and harder as well. It actually works nicely in body piercing.

A gold anchor is going to be much more expensive and completely unnecessary. Once it’s in there you’ll never see it again! Anatometal does make nice 18k gold discs for the tops of surface bars and anchors that could definitely give you the look you’re going for.

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Thin Lobes

Saturday July 26th, 2008 @ 6:45 AM

Filed under: Ear


I have been stretching my lobes since October 2005. My left lobe is at 1 1/4″ and my right lobe is 1 1/8″. It’s not as stretchy as the left for some reason.

I have been taking my time with stretching, but the inner lobe (earpit??) is really thin, especially my left. I want to stretch up to 1 1/2″, but I think it’ll be impossible unless I want to tear my lobes off. My friend started stretching in November 2007 and he’s already at 1 1/8″ with super thick lobes. I would think it should be me with the thick healthy lobes and him with thin ones! Why is this?!

Is there any way I can buff them up without having to downsize and restretch? Or is that the only option.

Someone told me that massaging them with Vitamin E oil can help make lobes a little thicker, but I’m not sure if this is true.


This isn’t a race/competition people, for christs sake!

Just because your friend has had no problems stretching, that doesn’t mean ANYTHING involving you and your lobes YOU’RE BOTH DIFFERENT PEOPLE, PIERCED AT DIFFERENT TIMES…Piercers are not perfect machines placing the piercings identical every single time…So again I say YOU’RE FRIEND IS YOU’RE FRIEND AND YOU ARE YOU! What works/happens for your friend, may not work/happen for you, and you need to start realizing this ASAP!

Know that depending on how thin your lobes are getting there’s only a few small ways to correct this situation, lobe re-direction scalpelling procedure being one. And even thn that will not fully 100% correct the lobe thinning situation. Also know that the Vitamin E oil may or may not help, it really depends on your lobe or “ear pit”. If its thin in that specific area that you’re referring to, I’m more inclined to say its a result of how it was pierced and quite often no amount of magic jesus juice or re-direction will make the “thinning problem” go away.

People need to stop having “goal sizes” and instead just simply work with what they are given with…Make sure its pierced properly to begin with and go from there and never put anyone elses stretching experience in the same relation as your stretching experience. Because everyone’s experiences/capabilities are completely different.

Also I’m just curious…Are you confusing “Super thick lobes” with massively blown out lobes? Cuz 1 1/8″ stretched lobes since getting them pierced in November 2007 is FAAAAR too fast to be stretching. And you’re friend is putting themselves at serious risk for some SERIOUS complications if they continue on the pattern they are.

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Surface Piercing

Saturday July 26th, 2008 @ 6:37 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual


I have had a vertical tragus surface piercing for about two years now. However, the bar that was put in at piercing has legs that stick out quite far from the side of my head. I ordered a surface barbell that has a shorter rise height and i was wondering if it was possible to change the barbells on my own? the bar’s have 90 degree angles so i’m not sure how removal/insertion is possible? I’m worried that if i go to my piercer to change it, he’ll get mad at me or refuse to put it in because i didn’t order the bar through him even though he way overcharges and takes forever to get jewelry in.

Thanks for any suggestions!


Provided the jewelry you ordered is of adequate quality the piercer should have no problem putting it in, although they might charge you for the changing. Question though where did you buy this said piece of jewelry? And do you even know who manufactured the piece?

The only thing a professional piercer should have a problem with, is if the jewelry is inadequate quality. And even then they shouldn’t just flat out refuse and not provide an answer why. Anytime anyone brings me inferior jewelry quality I sit down and explain WHY its inferior.

Also how can you be 100% sure he “overcharges”? Do you know what companies he orders jewelry from? In what sense are you comparing the numbers to prove that he “over charges”…Never EVER compare what a shop charges to what a online retailer charges. As realistically you’re thus comparing apples and oranges…Both are still fruit but very DIFFERENT fruit…Did you specifically purchase said jewelry from a different studio? All I can say on this is quite often consumers are completely misunderstanding on the prices of body jewelry.

Take the piece of jewelry to your piercer and have them analyze it to see if its a suitable piece of jewelry to be used. If it is they shouldn’t have a problem inserting it for you, for a fee…However if its not suitable they should be willing and able to provide a logical reason as to why they won’t use it.

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Sanitizing Jewelry For Piercings

Saturday July 26th, 2008 @ 6:27 AM

Filed under: Piercing

Does anybody knows where I can buy a antiseptic/sanitizer to sanitize jewerly for piercings?

First one most comprehend what the term “Sanitizing” fully means.

Making something sanitized only means you’re partially removing certain harmful micro-organisms. You can use things like alcohol, hand-sanitizer, boil it in water, whatever number of “sanitizing” products.

However if you’re looking to STERILIZE your jewelry and make it 100% virtually VOID of micro-organisms/bacteria. Then the ONLY option is to process the jewelry through an autoclave/sterilizer. Which through the introduction of steam and heat that joins forces to build up pressure as well, is the ONLY way to go about sterilizing something effectively. To eliminate all potentially harmful micro-organisms/bacteria.

There are no liquids, no napkins, no soaking agents,etc that will effectively sterilize jewelry, only sanitize. And unfortunately when it comes to body jewelry, the only viable option would be to sterilize…

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Curved needles?

Saturday July 26th, 2008 @ 6:20 AM

Filed under: Ear

I am gearing up to get my rook done in my small army town devoid of much of a mod scene. One piercer I talked to said that I had to wait until he could order some curved needles. Of course, my first instinct was that he had no idea what he was talking about- I’ve heard of most rooks being done with just a typical straight needle, and a few here and there dont with a straight needle bent slightly with pliers. He didn’t say anything about the anatomy of my ear either, so I don’t think it had to do with that.

My question: Is he totally wrong?

Technically the piercer is not wrong…Perhaps they just feel more relaxed using the curved needles.

Personally I bend my needles slightly just using my finger tips, as bending with most pliers will damage the surface of the needle on a microscopic level.

Also personally I don’t like using pre-made curved needles, I just find them hard to control properly, although I have and still on occasion use them.

Nowadays personally I’ll use a IV Catheter Needle and create a slight bend in it, pierce and slide the jewelry into the catheter and insert. But depending on the area and how “set in their ways” the piercers are, will dictate how they do their procedures.

The only thing I’d hope for, is that said piercer uses a curved barbell instead of a CBR/ring shaped piece of jewelry.

But is your piercer WRONG for wanting to used a curved needle? Certainly not as many piercers have different techniques/styles for doing the procedures/piercings they do.

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