tongue splits and bubble blowing

Monday September 29th, 2008 @ 5:49 PM

Filed under: Extreme

Ok…heres my question. I split my tongue awhile ago, maybe 4 months or so and everything is great…..I love my tongue and all that i can do but there is one problem…I can no longer blow bubble gum bubbles. Sounds silly but I really used to enjoy that and I was wondering if anyone else has had any difficulty blowing bubbles with a split tongue and if its even possible after the split to blow bubble gum bubbles. Thanks :)

Can’t hurt to ask:
Ok folks… feedback time!

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Posted by Shawn Porter | Permalink | 14 Comments

Lip Piercing

Monday September 29th, 2008 @ 3:27 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I am going to be getting my lower lip pierced on the side and I recently got my braces off. I have a retainer that I wear every night but I was wondering if the piercing would damage my teeth in anyway. Thank you for your time :)

Oral piercings always pose the risk of damaging teeth and gums.

Please read:
http://ask.bmezine.com/2008/09/29/labret-or-cbr/

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 1 Comment

Labret or CBR

Monday September 29th, 2008 @ 3:20 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

Which ring is better for my teeth… I am getting it on the lower lip off to the side.

Thanks again

Initial lip piercings will heal better with appropriately fitted flatback labret barbells because they won’t be whacked around so much like a CBR would be.

As far as your teeth go, it’s a very real risk that any lip piercing can cause significant damage to oral tissue. You can greatly reduce/avoid enamel and tissue erosion by wearing snug fitting jewelry.
I tell my clients to come back for their first downsize after piercing within two weeks. This helps to collect that bit of extra length that will be risked snagging on teeth and wearing at gum tissue.
Second downsize after a month or two once it’s completely healed up.

I personally don’t think that CBRs are great for new lip piercings at all. Heal it with a flatback and switch it later once it’s healed up.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 3 Comments

Male Genital Piercings

Monday September 29th, 2008 @ 3:13 PM

Filed under: Male Genital

My husband is planning on either getting his Prince albert or Apadravya done…..I wanted to know which one feels better for both partners? He said it was my decision which one he should get. I just dont know which one would be more comfortable and easier to have sex with once it heals.

Thanks

Kat >^.^<

Everyone’s going to have a different opinion on what kind of piercings feel better.
A Prince Albert is going to be much less invasive for a first-time genital piercing. Your husband will be out of commission for a bit longer after an apadravya as well.

The other option you could try would be to buy a “realistic” silicone toy and pierce it accordingly. I’ve done this for clients in the past who are concerned about their partner not appreciating the feel of jewelry inside their body cavities. It’s not the exact same thing, but it may give you a bit of a better idea.

Read some experiences on BME, put the word out and make an informed decision. Good luck!

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 3 Comments

A new surface bar idea….

Monday September 29th, 2008 @ 3:08 PM

Filed under: Piercing

Me and my friends were thinking about an idea for a new surface bar and we were wondering if it is even plausable that it would work. Heres the idea: Keep the traditional surface bar…but instead of a round bar that goes under the skin, why not a rounded flatter bar with holes in it so the skin can grow through and anchor the bar…kinda like a microdermal. Maybe if the part of the bar…the long straight part was a little flatter with holes it wouldn’t reject so easilly. Anyways, any opinion is appreciated on this. It seems like it would be a good idea.

Some jewelry companies, including Anatometal, have been offering flat surface bars for some time.
The problem I see with there being holes down the flattened part of the bar is this:

Surface Anchors just float under the skin and those holes help them be anchored into place and not move out once scar tissue starts growing around them.
Surface bars are pierced straight through and exit in a second point and therefore are held into the tissue that way.

Drilling holes through the flat part of a surface bar wouldn’t help the bar stay planted into the tissue. It would have the same damaging effect as a gouged up, ill-polished piece of jewelry in a piercing would have.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 4 Comments

Piercings and Surgery

Sunday September 28th, 2008 @ 9:53 PM

Filed under: Uncategorized

In December I’m having surgery and right now I have three piercing that I haven’t stretched (tongue (10g), septum (14g) and PA (12g)), my doctor told me I will be in the hospital for about 10 to 14 days and would have to wait about 4 to 6 weeks before I can get a new piercing, most likely all three will close up, but this is a long shot but could I stretching out my piercing to prevent them from closing up?

Also if they will close up should I take out my piercing now or wait till I’m going to have surgery?

There are a few variables in determining how long a piece of jewelry can be left out of a piercing without it closing up on you.

Having your piercings (large jewelry or not; stretched or not) completely healed in place for an ample amount of time will reduce the chance of them closing up, though you can expect some level of tightening to occur. A new piercing will be much more likely to close or tighten up than a piercing that’s good and healed. Genetics as well as physical condition at the time can also play a role in this.

Certain piercings will be more prone to tightening up than others, respectively tongue piercings. Tongue piercings often close or tighten rather quickly, even if they are fully healed. Trans-urethral piercings such as PA’s tend to hold their size; even after shorter periods of healed time. Septum piercings would usually fit in between these two examples.

To answer your question more specifically, stretching your piercings this soon before surgery likely won’t give them any more chance of remaining in place. It could possibly even irritate them and instigate a quicker closing.

I’m not sure what kind of surgery it is that you are about to undergo and how it may affect your specific piercings, but your best bet may be to simply take them out right before your surgery and put them back in immediately post-op.

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Posted by Russ Foxx | Permalink | Comments

sea salt soaks

Sunday September 28th, 2008 @ 4:35 AM

Filed under: Piercing

Hi, I have a few questions related to sea salt soaks, which I hope you can help out with.

Lately I’ve been doing sea salt soaks nightly for my piercings, using a cotton ball soaked in the solution (a shot glass being near impossible due to location), and have noticed that my skin around the piercings after the soak becomes a bit irritated, red and mildly rash like (though not painful). Do you know what the reason might be? The solution definitely isn’t too hot, so it’s not that. Also, what’s the proper amount of sea salt per water? I’ve heard 1/4 tsp, and 1/8 tsp per 8oz water, which is correct? Also, what are the bad sides of a too strong solution? And is it necessary to rinse after the soaks? (I always do)

Thanks

The issue with self-made sea salt solutions is that you are unable to perfectly create the right ratio’s, due to the fact you are not measuring by volume,etc.

There are three different types of saline solution:

1) Hypertonic - Too much Salt to Water.
2) Hypotonic - Too much Water to Salt
3) Isotonic - Perfect ratio required

When you have a Hypertonic Solution the extra salt essentially sucks/pulls the inner solution inside the cell membrane out, thus “drying it up”

When you have a Hypotonic Solution its the reversal of Hypertonic, and that the Hypotonic Solution floods into the cell membrane and bursts the cell walls.

When you have Isotonic you have the same ratio outside the cell as it is inside the cell which is usually 0.9%. So if you have that exact ratio made, there will be absolutely no change to the body, there should be no irritation or anything.

This is why many piercers are now (some have been doing it for awhile now too) often suggesting clients either buy at the studio or purchase in stores 0.9% Sterile Saline. Personally I prefer the Wound Wash ones as they enable you to not contaminate the inside of the bottles.

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Posted by Warren Hiller | Permalink | 2 Comments

2 Week Old Eyebrow Piercing

Sunday September 28th, 2008 @ 4:33 AM

Filed under: Eyebrow/Bridge

I just recently (2 weeks ago) got my eyebrow re-pierced after the old hole had closed up a few months before (it fell out while I was sleeping). Unexpectedly, I have to go take care of my grandmother and the place she’s in won’t let me have any obvious facial piercings. Would I be able to put a retainer in now without screwing up the healing? If so, could I do it myself or should I go to a professional to do it for me? Also, if I went to a different place to change it to a retainer then the place I got it pierced would they do it? Thank you.

Find a studio that offers you a Quartz Glass Retainer and make sure they run it through an autoclave cycle before they insert it into your piercing. The quartz glass retainer is acceptable in a fresh body piercing and is a lot better than any of the other plastic type retainers that are out on the market.

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Posted by Warren Hiller | Permalink | Comments

Paired nostrils

Saturday September 27th, 2008 @ 12:17 AM

Filed under: Nose

Hi,

For my next piercing, I would like to have my nostril(s) pierced. I was wondering, is it alright to pierce both nostrils at the same time? Or would it be better to pierce one, wait for it to heal, then pierce the other?

Thanks,

Lisa

It’s absolutely fine to get them done at the same time.

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Posted by Tiff Badhairdo | Permalink | 3 Comments

Self Piercing Outer Conch

Saturday September 27th, 2008 @ 12:01 AM

Filed under: Ear

Hey

I have wanted my outer conch pierced for quite a while now, but i’ve always been scared of anyone coming anywhere near me with a needle

Anyway, I was wondering if there are any veins or nerves in that area of the ear, or anything else that i culd cause damage to

Thanks in advance

I’m afraid we are not a ‘how to’ guide on self piercing. What I can say, though, is that you will have a far easier ride if you do pluck up the courage to visit a professional. I’m sure I can speak on behalf of my colleagues when I say this, but we do get our fair share of needle-phobics through the door. A good piercer will be able to do a grand job of putting you at ease, giving you time to relax, talking you through the procedure, answering any questions and making your piercing experience a pleasant one. If you are that nervous then pop down to your local, reputable studio and have an informal chat with the piercer, then book in for a later date. If you go to a good piercer, the one thing I can guarantee is that it won’t be half as bad an experience as you fear.

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