septum/philtrum irritation

Wednesday January 28th, 2009 @ 5:29 PM

Filed under: Uncategorized

i have my septum pierced, and whenever i kiss my girlfriend, afterwards, she gets a sore, so i just flip it up. first, is that common? and is there anything to do besides flipping it up every time we kiss?

second, i want to get my philtrum pierced. would that cause the same irritation?

thanks in advance. i fucking love bme. my life wouldn’t be the same without it :]

I imagine the sore is a result from your jewelry rubbing on your girlfriend’s face. If flipping the jewelry up out of the way, I think that sounds like a successful plan of action.

Philtrum piercings tend to get in the way of kissing depending on the jewelry worn. Consider that the piercing sits just under the nose and above the upper lip (not totally unlike where many septum jewelry pieces sit). If anyone’s mooshing their lips around the area, chances are they’re going to find themselves lip-to-jewelry and may not like it. No one I’ve smooched has ever complained about my philtrum jewelry (and I wear some pretty large ends on the barbell) but everyone’s got a different type of make-out style, I guess!

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Tongue web splitting

Tuesday January 27th, 2009 @ 9:42 PM

Filed under: Surgical

Dear BME, I am writing because my tongue web is getting in the way of my desired third tongue piercing. I have been thinking about getting my tongue web cut for a while now and have met my potential artist, the only thing standing in the way of my decision are the facts. I have been unable to find any sites listing specific risks or factors involved in the process. Any information you could give about the risks, ect would be greatly appreciated. I plan on asking my artist as well but a second opinion is always comforting.

Lingual frenectomies are very common. My physician offered me the procedure as a child since my tongue web is quite pronounced and he was concerned it may affect my speech later on (It didn’t) Many piercing clients, like yourself, often seek out a doctor or a body modification artist to remove the tongue web for the very purpose of having a tongue piercing.

I would urge you to seek out a practitioner who is experienced in the procedure, firstly. With any surgery there are always risk factors. However, risks associated with the removal of a tongue web are minimal. If you removed yours, you likely wouldn’t even miss it.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 7 Comments

downsizing a nostril piercing

Tuesday January 27th, 2009 @ 9:39 PM

Filed under: Nose

Hi there,

I recently got my left nostril pierced at my favorite shop by a guy that knows what he is doing, and it is a little large for my liking.

When I initialy got it done, I requested that the smallest guage jewelry possible was used. I’ve seen my friends with nostrils done at what looks like ether 20 or 18 guage, thats all I wanted. My piercer told me that they use standard size nostril jewelry, and that it would be a tiny hole.

Just today, about two weeks later, I popped the nostril screw out to change it with a ring, just to find that the jewelry is much larger than I thought. I compaired it to my other piercings, and it appears to be ether a 14 or a 16, ether way, much larger than I had hoped.

I wanted a dainty little hole, not this, and I have no clue how hard or posible it is to downsize cartalage piercings such as this.

Many thanks!

If you’d like to wear smaller guage jewelry in your nostril piercing (I personally find 18g to be a nice size to keep the piercing stable and safe but not too chunky) simply put smaller guage jewelry in and allow your piercing to shrink up around it.
Be afore warned that switching back to your old jewelry will be a bit of a stretch and could be both uncomfortable and irritating to your piercing.

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I want to get my cheeks pierced

Tuesday January 27th, 2009 @ 9:36 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I want to get my cheeks pierced but i was thinking about getting microdermals instead ,but some piercer told me i wouldnt get the dimple effect . Is he right?

You would not get the same dimple effect with surface anchors as you would with actual cheek piercngs.
You may not get any dimple effect even with the piercings, but it’s much more likely.

Many people find that surface anchors in replacement of oral piercings (labrets, monroes/philtrums, cheeks, etc) don’t work out as well in the long run due to the constant movement of the tissue in the area during speech and various oral contact with others, food, pillows, etc.

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Scared Kids?!?

Saturday January 24th, 2009 @ 9:45 PM

Filed under: Uncategorized

I’m an education student, and the topic of teachers with piercings and tattoos came up on our on-line forum. There are some teachers who seem to think that students (especially in the younger grades) would be scared by a teacher with piercings and/or tattoos. In my experience, kids have been the most mod-friendly. Sometimes they are curious, sometimes fascinated, other times, completely uncaring. Has anyone every scared kids with their mods?

I’ve had sort of the same experience- kids tend to think that it’s awesome. Parents…. not so much.
The floor is open, folks…. discuss.

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Posted by Shawn Porter | Permalink | 36 Comments

my monroe

Thursday January 22nd, 2009 @ 9:06 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

Okay, I got my monroe pierced 2 weeks ago and it’s been healing fine I am just so annoyed with it. Maybe it took this to figure out facial piercings are not for me. Would it be ok to take the piercing out now since I do not want it anymore or do I have to wait longer? And I know it will leave a little scar, but what could I use to minimize scarring as much as possible? Thanks for your time! :)

If you don’t want the piercing any more then remove it. The sooner you remove it, the less likelihood of a conspicuous scar (not that piercing scars tend to be that noticeable anyway). Just keep the area clean and free of any products until it closes over.

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Posted by Tiff Badhairdo | Permalink | 1 Comment

Stretched lobe infection

Tuesday January 20th, 2009 @ 3:05 PM

Filed under: Ear

Hi BME,

I recently stretched my earlobes from 14g to 12g. The new jewellery went in with minimal fuss and my left lobe is doing great, but a few days after the stretch my right lobe ballooned out like I’ve never experienced before. It’s currently almost twice it’s ordinary size, is quite painful (and sometimes itchy) and isn’t leaking any fluid. I’ve been cleaning it with a combination of sea salt soaks and chamomile tea to alleviate the swelling (to no avail). It’s now been like this for about three or four days with no change; the worrisome part is that my face close to the lobe is beginning to hurt as well…Before I run to my doctor and have them chastise me for engaging in body piercing and demand I remove the jewellery, heal the hole up and become a nun, do you have any advice for me on repairing it at home? Does it sound like an infection, or just an allergy/irritation?

Thanks in advance :)

Going from 14g to 12g shouldn’t really cause you that much of a problem unless you have only recently had your ear pierced. If not, it could well be a reaction to the jewellery, however, the fact that the swelling is quite marked and painful and the pain is now affecting your face is giving me cause for concern. I would be inclined to downsize and pop some sterile jewellery in there (titanium is hypo-allergenic) and brave the doctor just to be on the safe side. Pain and redness that tracks away from a piercing site should always be treated as potentially serious.

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Posted by Tiff Badhairdo | Permalink | 3 Comments

tattoo and piercing simultaneously

Monday January 19th, 2009 @ 9:13 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

For a long time now I have wanted to get my first tattoo. I think in a short time (maybe in a couple weeks) I will go down to the studio and get it done. I am very excited about this and can’t wait. However, I have recently started liking nipple piercings and I would like to get one of those as well. My question is: can I get both at the same time? I’ll probably get my tattoo first if I have to wait, but should I wait a certain amount of time between the two? Thanks!

I don’t think getting them both at the same time will tax your immune system enough to be any concern. Go ahead and get them both and just make sure your dietary needs are met and you’ll likely be as right as rain! (Leafy green veggies, protein and vitamins before your appointment, the right amount of sleep… take care of yourself and your mods will thank you!)

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Posted by Shawn Porter | Permalink | 4 Comments

New Tattoo

Sunday January 18th, 2009 @ 12:38 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

Hi, I have read all over askBME and you talk about looking at different artists work before deciding on him/her to be your artist. My question is, what exactly do you look for? I know my shop is clean and safe, I have had work done there before. But there are three different artists and none of them specifically specialize in what I am getting. The tattoo I am going to get is part of a page from an illustrated children’s book from the 70’s. It is a flower and a mouse. But the drawings are faily simple. Most people put their best, most detailed work in their books. I am just not sure what types of things I should look at in their work since obviously they won’t have my exact style. Thanks so much in advance for your help.

Great question.
I mainly get tattooed by a very small group of artists, so it had been some time since I’ve had to sort out finding a new one. But as luck would have it, I recently had to venture out to get tattooed by someone I had only met once.

As you pointed out, the first things you look for should be cleanliness and safety. You’re past that now, so it’s best to move on to other deciding factors.

While looking through their portfolio try to find tattoos that you know came from an outside source. See how they adapted their own style to something recognizable. A superhero, an album cover/movie image, book art, et all.

Did their style overpower it or did they execute and adapt the image and make it look just like the source?

Don’t be afraid of talking to the artist you’re thinking about having do the piece. Tell them your concerns; that you want it to look as close to the source material as possible. Tattooists are commercial artists and should be able to adapt your wishes into the finished piece. If they tell you that they wouldn’t be comfortable adapting the design, thank them kindly and move to the next artist who’s work strikes your fancy. At the end of the day it’s your tattoo and it should live up to all of your expectations.

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Posted by Shawn Porter | Permalink | 1 Comment

’smiley’ piercing questions.

Friday January 16th, 2009 @ 9:06 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

i have a couple questions regarding upper lip frenulum piercings (’smiley’/’scrumper’) and i thought ‘why not?’ since there doesn’t appear to be any questions on here referring to them, anyway.

first question: is it virtually impossible to heal a smiley? i say virtually because i’ve seen some pretty… weirdly placed piercings heal up. so basically what are the chances of it actually healing is what i’m trying to ask, i suppose.

second question: how long, on average, do they last without rejection?

third question: are gum erosion/teeth problems highly common when having this piercing?

thank you very much for your time. :)

It is certainly not impossible to heal up a lip frenulum piercing! In fact, they tend to heal up quite quickly. It’s a very thin bit of tissue making it a relatively small wound and oral tissue tends to heal up nicely.

Unfortunately due to the instability of this thin tissue, frenulum piercings are prone to migrating out moreso than other piercings would. Wearing a ring in as small a diameter as possible for your anatomy will help lessen this risk as will the aftercare, jewelry material and how you wear it. Pulling the jewelry and playing with it will increase the risk of it migrating down and out.

When considering a lip frenulum piercing, it is important to consider the risk that there may be risk to oral tissue as a result of having jewelry rubbing against it constantly.

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