bleeding

Sunday November 30th, 2008 @ 10:57 AM

Filed under: Ear

I am not new to piercing, but I am unsure what to do for the latest one. It’s a helix, did it 4 days ago, seemed to be going fine but last night and this morning it bled quite a bit during the salt soak. The water in the shot glass became red.( hot water twice a day for 10 min.). Should I stop soaking it?? What should I do?

Please tell me…

Thank you!

It’s not uncommon for fresh cartilage piercings to spot-bleed during the first few days, and you should DEFINITELY avoid soaking it if it is still spot-bleeding, otherwise you’re just encouraging it to bleed more. Soaking a bleeding wound in hot water is a pretty well-known way to prevent coagulation, but it’s surprising how many people don’t make the connection to apply that to a bleeding piercing. :P It’s ok to give salt soaks a miss at first, especially if they’re doing more harm than good!

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | 12 Comments

Triangle Piercings in Australia

Sunday November 30th, 2008 @ 10:55 AM

Filed under: Female Genital

I know that a triangle piercing is considered an advanced piercing and therefore should only be done by a piercer with the experience to do it. So I was hoping that you could direct me to a piercer/s with the experience.

I’m in the Brisbane, Queensland area. I know that Anders is on the Gold Coast, so he will be one of the first piercers I’ll be talking to. Besides Anders do you know of any other piercers in Australia that are qualified to do a triangle piercing?

I know there is the wonderful Lori St Leone in Darwin, however seeing is she a little far from me it would have to be something that could wait until I decide to do my next round of travelling.

I have done a fair few triangle piercings, it’s true! Anders (and Karl, up at Puncture on the Sunny Coast) are probably the closest piercers to you who have a lot of experience with what you’re looking for, as far as I know. Good luck to you! :)

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | 1 Comment

What’s the best cold-weather jewelry for stretched lobes?

Sunday November 30th, 2008 @ 10:50 AM

Filed under: Ear

Brr! Winter’s coming to New England again, and I’m not sure what’s best to wear in my stretched lobes. Steel? Stone? Silicone? (My lobes don’t seem to like wood for long periods of time.)

How can I give my piercings some cold-weather TLC?

Thanks very much!

When I lived in Alaska, I always liked wood or horn jewellery in the wintertime! Wood does dry out quickly in dry, cold weather, so keep your organics well-oiled to keep your ears happy. Otherwise, why not try out silicone? Out of the options you’ve listed, that seems the least likely to chill quickly to me!

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | 6 Comments

Bioplast

Sunday November 30th, 2008 @ 10:47 AM

Filed under: Piercing

Hey askBME,

I recently found some awesome labret studs made of bioplast. My question is: Would it be okay to use bioplast for a new piercing or should is stick with titanium?

Thanks,

Isaac

I am not a fan of bioplast (or any other plastic jewellery) in any way other than use as a very temporary retainer (during surgery, for instance). Stick with high-quality implant grade steel or titanium; your piercings will heal faster and with fewer problems!

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | 1 Comment

Nipple Sensitivity?

Wednesday November 26th, 2008 @ 8:12 AM

Filed under: Nipple

Hello there,

May as well jump in with this one, it has always annoyed me that I have almost no sensitivity in my nipples (I am a man) to the point where I cannot tell if someone is touching them or not without looking. Without sounding like a complete perv, I really want them to be more sensitive.

Could having them pierced increase their sensitivity?

Also, is there anything I should be aware of in the difference between a vertical or horizontal piercing through the nipple?

Having your nipples pierced can increase sensitivity during the healing time as the blood supply to the area increases and it becomes a hive of bio-activity, however, once they are fully healed chances are they will return to their pre-pierced level of sensitivity. As for vertical or horizontal, there is no real difference other than aesthetics.

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Posted by Tiff Badhairdo | Permalink | 8 Comments

Gum recession due to tongue piercing

Wednesday November 26th, 2008 @ 8:06 AM

Filed under: Tongue

I was curious about reducing the speed of gum recession without completely removing my tongue piercing. I got it pierced about 4 years ago and have since stretched it to an 8g. I didn’t notice any problems until I was looking at my teeth. On my lower front teeth, the gum line is dropping in the back. I’ve switched to a retainer which is not very comfortable. What are your thoughts on domed acrylic balls? Will this aid in preventing further recession?

Thanks.

It doesn’t really matter what material you use as it will invariably be harder than gum tissue. If the ball is resting against your gums then you can try is a shorter bar, however, this all depends on whether or not you can go shorter. I wouldn’t recommend anything shorter than 12mm in a tongue piercing. The key is to find something that isn’t going to be coming into contact with your gums and if this can’t be done then it is best to retire the piercing. Gum recession isn’t reversible and can lead to tooth loss. A piercing really isn’t worth losing your front teeth over.

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One year and still not healed

Sunday November 23rd, 2008 @ 5:12 PM

Filed under: Navel

I got a standard navel piercing on December 11, 2007. It was pierced absolutely perfectly. The initial jewelry was a 14g J-shaped barbell, which I am still wearing. My problem is that, after almost a year, it still hasn’t healed. It gets crusties, and bleeds whenever I have to take it out to clean the crusties off the barbell. There is no tenderness, redness, or evidence of rejection. Why hasn’t it healed, and what can I do to get it to heal?

Thanks!

Navel piercings can take a year, sometimes longer depending on the individual, to heal. I suspect that the continual removal of the jewellery to clean the piericng is irritating it and lengthening the healing time. If you are getting crusties then that is indicitive of not being fully healed therefore you should be leaving the jewellery in situ and continuing with your twice daily seasalt soaks. That is the best way to allow your piercing to heal.

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Posted by Tiff Badhairdo | Permalink | 1 Comment

PTFE tape stretching

Saturday November 22nd, 2008 @ 10:16 PM

Filed under: Ear

Okay so i bought PTFE Thread Seal Tape and i taped around one of my plugs like 5 times just to start off with. I lubed up the plug and popped it in with no force at all, but then about an hour later i went to twist the plug because I do that from time to time after stretching and it wouldn’t twist. I tried to take it out, but the plug was stuck. I could not get it out and so by this point I was freaking out thinking i bought the wrong tape or something. I got it out and ripped the tape off and popped it back in but im confused.

Basically what I’m asking is.. is this normal? did i buy the wrong tape or something? should i have waited longer?

few things could’ve been cause of the issue:

You may have wrapped it too much from the giddyup. Maybe your lobe just wasn’t ready for that much of a bridge to fill in the gap.
So maybe you should’ve waited longer or maybe you should’ve used less tape.

Also - please dont rotate (o twist, or pull) your body jewelryl. It doesn’t have to move freely in the tissue and few people’s do.
Teflon tape though soft and thin isn’t smooth like glass or steel and to force it back and forth on your delicate lobes!

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 12 Comments

Tight Earrings

Saturday November 22nd, 2008 @ 10:11 PM

Filed under: Ear

I have 4 piercings in each ear starting at the lobe and ending right before the cartridge starts. I’ve had these piercings for 8 years now with no problems until recently. My problem is with the 3rd and more-so 4th hole closest to the cartilage on my right ear. It’s REALLY hard for me to rotate the CBRs and is quite uncomfortable when I do. All of my jewelry is 316L stainless steel including the CBRs. I’ve replaced the jewelry hoping maybe that would help, but the problem still persists. What should I do?

316L stainless steel is crap metal for body jewelry and not mean for wear under your skin. That could be why it’s causing you problems.
Secondly, why are you rotating your jewelry? You don’t need to do that.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | Comments

Angel Bites

Saturday November 22nd, 2008 @ 10:05 PM

Filed under: Piercing

Alright, I pierced my monroe in like.. mid july. and now i want to pierce the other side, thus, angel bites.

So this is wats up.

i have a 14g cbr in my lip, and the only straight labret i have is a 16g, so like, i obviously want them to match, so could i get away with piercing my lip, then putting a cbr in it without complications?

This is what’s up.
Piercing yourself is dangerous on so many levels. You run the risk of disfiguring scarring to being terminally sick from giving yourself an infection that cannot be treated.

When you get pierced by a professional piercer, you’re paying for skilled services.
How do you have any idea tat your straight labret barbell you have is long enough to fit your fresh piercing?
Are you taking into consideration that piercing one side of your mouth will result in the swelling to spread across the lips and possibly affect the fit on the jewelry you wear in your current monroe piercing?

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 18 Comments

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