Pissed about Piercing

Sunday December 27th, 2009 @ 3:33 PM

Filed under: Tongue

I went to a piercer the other day to get my tongue pierced and he informed me i cant get it done because the blood vessel goes straight down the middle of my tongue. I am mad that i could not get it done but i have been looking up different ways online to get around it and i was wondering which one would be best.

1. Getting it done slightly off- center… i am just concerned that people would be able to see that it is really off center and it would look wierd.

2. Getting my tongue pierced horizontally instead of vertically… i am concerned that it will be more painful and harder to get used to.

3. Getting my tongue pierced on both sides.

what would you as a piercer recommend?

Honestly, it’s quite rare I’d turn a tongue piercing away because a blood vessel was in the way. For larger veins, they can often be rolled aside for the piercing and for smaller ones simply pierced through. Don’t be afraid of a second opinion.

Horizontal tongue piercing is a horrible idea, in my opinion. Piercing both individually moving sides of the tongue together and the potential damage caused to the teeth just doesn’t make sense to me. And there are some serious blood vessels throughout the tongue that would be just about impossible to avoid.

Two tongue piercings (commonly called “venom” piercings) are a great alternative to a center tongue piercing and are becoming increasingly popular lately for aesthetic reasons alone.

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Disrespectful receptionist

Sunday December 27th, 2009 @ 3:18 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

Hey! So this isn’t a question about an actual mod, but more of studio etiquette.

I went to go get a walk in tattoo done and after I spoke to the receptionist she told me that the tattoo would take a lot longer than I had thought. It wasn’t a big deal, and I thanked her for checking with the artist and told her I’d come back when I had a day free. When I went to get my drawing back (which is a hand written quote by my favourite author), she remarked “you know, even though YOU’LL know that it’s supposed to be kind of crooked and stuff, no one else will and they’ll just think your tattoo artist didn’t know what they were doing”. I was a little stunned, and she asked where I wanted it done and I told her, then also mentioned I wanted it “upside down” so I could read it to which she signed loudly and proceeded to lecture me about how that was a terrible idea and how tattoos aren’t supposed to be upside down even though it’s a tattoo for me and that it will look funny.

I’ve always had a good experience with this studio and I was totally taken back by how rude she was being. Is it really the receptionist’s place to lecture clients on their choice of tattoo? I had a feeling it may have been because I don’t look heavily modified. But I was just wondering if this kind of behaviour is acceptable, or whether I should email a manager about this? She’s definitely put me off wanting to go back to that studio for a while. Thanks for any info, or your own experience with this.

p.s. is it really that unusual to have an “upside down” text tattoo?

As someone who manages a high volume studio with a lot of first-time clientele, I would absolutely be interested in hearing about customer and clients’ experience in my shop.

While it is the staff’s job to “consult” the client on acceptable placement and design of a tattoo, it is certainly not their job to make anyone feel uncomfortable about their tattoo design.

Many custom artists will discuss tattoo placement with their clients as per the “flow” of the piece with the natural flow of the body structure and encourage the client to readjust the piece accordingly (for instance, armbands “cut off” the arm and don’t flow as nicely as a more vertical S shape on the upper arm would) However, some clients are adamant on an arm band and the tattooer will exercise his or her right to not tattoo a piece that they don’t think will work well on the client’s body. At this time it’s up to the client to compromise with the artist who’s name is forever attached to the piece or to simply find a different artist who doesn’t mind doing it.

As far as having a hand-written quote translated into tattoo form on your body, upside down so you can read it, I don’t see any problem with that. This is clearly a more personal tattoo for you than something you’d seek out the artistic skills and style of a certain artist for. Many people have script tattoos in personal handwriting, even mirror image so they can read it when looking at their own reflection, upside down, etc. The nice thing about tattoos is that they can be 100% your own and for your own reasons.

Please don’t be put off by your tattoo idea because of someone’s opinion of it. Remember that it’s yours and for you at the end of the day. However, consider keeping an open mind with your tattoo artist’s suggestions in what would make your tattoo fit you better.

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What is the best way to shrink 20mm lobes?

Sunday December 27th, 2009 @ 3:11 PM

Filed under: Ear

Hi,for the past 5 years I have had 20mm stretchings in both earlobes. I have now grown tired of them and wish them to heal up,although everytime iv tried this is in the past,they never seem to get smaller than a 10/12mm. I have friends that have gone from 25mm back to a 3mm,and I know everyones different,but surely there’s some way I can get mine back. I have searched the internet but nothing seems to be helpfull or sound safe,although I am willing to give most things a go. I have read about wearing acrylic and downsizing as slowly as I stretched as it will irritate the skin and give it something to heal,massaging it with vitamin e oil,even getting a scalpol and cutting the insides of the hole until it heals that,and then repeating the process! The last one which sounds most sensible is getting it stitched up on the nhs (britains free health service). Does anyone know if they do such a procedure and if they do it well? And what is my best option to get my ears back down below a 5mm?

While I don’t know how the final results of any of Britain’s plastic surgeons’ lobe reconstructions, that’s probably your best option.
When people choose to retired their stretched lobes, they’ll often simply leave the jewelry and vigorously massage the tissue a few times a day with vitamin e/jojoba oil, etc. This will stimulate the circulation and help them shrink up a bit.
I don’t think that cutting the insides of your lobes up would help them shrink up very much. It will cause extra unnecessary scar tissue as well.
At your size, you’re likely looking at surgery as the best option for reconstruction.

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Eyebrow piercing abscess?

Sunday December 27th, 2009 @ 3:08 PM

Filed under: Eyebrow/Bridge

Hello,

I got my eyebrow pierced November 1st of this year. I recently (maybe a week ago) noticed this lump/bump thing forming on/in the piercing. It feels fairly large and a bit hard but I cannot actually see it. It is slightly painful to the touch. There is no redness. The skin looks grayish where the barbell is under the skin (from what I can see through the hairs of my eyebrow). I have been soaking the piercing with a solution of sea salt and hot water. It did release some white pus at first but now I can’t get anything to drain out of it.

I have 12 other piercings and have not had any infections or rejections before. I am worried that it is infected and that the infection will spread to the rest of my body. I’m not sure if I should see my piercer or my doctor. The weather is bad and the roads are icy so I’m hesitant to go anywhere unless it’s absolutely necessary. What could this problem be and what can I do about it?

Thank you kindly (and happy holidays)!

If Eyebrow piercings aren’t maintained with regular gentle hot compresses they can develop pockets of fluid around the piercing.
Continue with hot compresses (Hot water, clean cloth, gentle pressure applied to the area) twice a day for at least 5 minutes at a time until you can have a piercer or doctor look at it.
In my opinion, it’s best to consult a medical professional if you suspect an infection for appropriate diagnoses and treatment.

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Barbell ball being swallowed by nipple piercing.

Sunday December 27th, 2009 @ 3:05 PM

Filed under: Nipple

I got my nipple piercings done problem-free almost a week ago. I’ve experienced normal, mild soreness and have been keeping up very diligently with sea-salt treatments and cleaning.

While the process was complication-free, I did notice that my anatomy was a little bit inconvenient for the particular size barbell I was given. Unless out, my nipples seem to lay at a seemingly uncomfortable flatness for the barbell, and at first the balls on both nipples sat in very close, often leaving small indents in my skin. That problem has gone away on the right side as the swelling disappeared, but seems to have gotten a bit worse on the left. As you can see in the picture, the ball on one side of the barbell is very nearly being swallowed by the piercing. It’s very tender to the touch right now, and you can see how the skin is shaping around where the ball sits when I push it out. When I do that, the ball will seem less obtrusive for a few moments before it slips back into the same place it was sitting before. Given the fact that tomorrow is Christmas Eve and my piercer isn’t in every day of the week anyway, I fear I won’t be able to get in to see him about longer barbells for at least a few days to a week. Should I panic, or will I be okay? I feel like the swelling might go down overnight, but I’m unsure. Is there anything I can do in the meantime?

Judging by the photos (thanks for including them!) you’ve definitely swelled up a bit more than was apparently anticipated for the jewelry selection.
Until you can see your piercer to be fitted with a longer barbell, and perhaps some larger balls, keeping hydrated and clean is going to be key in helping that barbell from embedding further into your nipple.

Drink lots of water and take an ibuprofen if you’re able and try to avoid touching it.

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blow removal

Sunday December 27th, 2009 @ 3:03 PM

Filed under: Ear

I’ve had my lobes stretched to 3/4’s for a few years now, I’ve made several attempts to stretch further, but i have a rather large blowout on my left ear which makes it difficult to heal properly. basically the blowout itself swells and i have to downsize back to 3/4’s. My questions are: When getting the blowout removed. Is there any type of injections (for pain) when the blowout Scalpelled off? I seen photos but would like to know a bit more about the procedure. Also, would I be able to stretch after the fresh new lobe heals up? Thank you in advance.

After the tissue from a blowout is removed, the ear can stretch quite quickly after it heals up.
Some practitioners will use an injectable anesthetic mainly to control bleeding. Others can work quickly enough to remove the blowout without the need for any anesthetic at all.
Depending on the structure of the blowout, it can also be tied off to restrict bloodflow for a short time to make removal clean and easy.

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vch and christina

Sunday December 27th, 2009 @ 2:59 PM

Filed under: Female Genital

I’ve been looking into both the Christina and VCH piercings for quite a while now. I know about the q-tip test and about the whole “fat girls revenge” theory, however I’m still not sure if either of these piercings will work for me. Are there any other things to specifically look at when getting a VCH? And also, does a dermal ancho work in the same manner if used for the Christina piercing?

Thanks

I’m unsure of this “Fat Girls’ Revenge” theory, sorry.

Body type usually has little to no bearing on female genital piercings. If you have a hood that can be pulled back off the clitoris you probably have enough tissue for a vertical hood piercing.

As far as Christina Piercings go, I quite like doing them with surface anchors instead of surface bars and as surface anchors go, they tend to work out nicely in Christina placement due to constant pressure on the piercing keeping them flat and still so they can “anchor” in.

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Earlobe Reconstruction/Stretching

Saturday December 26th, 2009 @ 7:25 PM

Filed under: Ear

My girlfriend has been stretching her lobes for the last few years (very slowly). As of this summer, she was at a half inch, and while she wants to go bigger she’s worried about the thinness of her left lobe in particular. Both ears are super healthy, but they were pierced low to begin with and she never anticipated wanting to go higher than 8ga, so when she began it wasn’t an issue. After removing her jewelry, she’s currently at a 0ga that is no longer shrinking.

So now the questions-

1. If she has her lobes surgically closed, can she have them re-pierced and begin stretching them again?

2. Also, what gauge would be optimal for re-piercing lobes with the intent to stretch?

3. How long should she wait to start to get them pierced/start stretching? (She and I think about a year would be good)

4. If all of this IS possible- is there anything she should do to make sure her repaired lobes stretch well and comfortably? In the past, she’s used tape and time to stretch, and it seems to work for her.

She hopes to go up to 3/4″, and she really wants them to be done “right”. Thanks for any help! And I hope this hasn’t been asked before (I tried to search but didn’t find anything, and I looked through several pages before posting).

Thanks, sorry for such a long query!

To answer your question individually:

1. If she has them surgically closed and they were done right and heal well, they should be fine for piercing and re-stretching. This has been done successfully many times. However, if for whatever reason they scar up too much, future stretching could be greatly limited because scar tissue is generally far less elastic than healthy tissue.

2. The best gauge for piercing with plans to stretch further is, IMHO, the largest gauge possible. Often times I will use a 4 gauge needle followed by a 2 gauge taper as the initial size for someone wanting to stretch to a fairly large gauge. Since needles SHOULD NOT remove tissue, there is no reason to start small.

3. Consult with the practitioner responsible for the reconstruction for the recommended time to start stretching. If possible having them check them out in person before stretching would be a good idea.

4. As far as what to do to stretch them properly, the first step is dealing with the lobe closure. Massaging the tissue with vitamin E is a good way to help break up the scar tissue. After that stretch SLOW and in small increments. Teflon tape is a good way to do this but an even better way is just waiting for your body to stretch on it’s own and then getting “between size” jewelry to stretch in small increments.

One thing you didn’t ask is other possible solutions. I haven’t seen you ears but it is quite possible you can fix this placement problem with scalpelling or other options and not necessarily need the closure procedure. My ears are FAR thicker and healthier at 1 3/4″ after scalpelling and stretching than they ever were at 3/4″. So there MIGHT be other hope. Find a good practitioner that you trust, get an in person consultation, then trust there recommendation.

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microdermal coverups

Tuesday December 15th, 2009 @ 7:35 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Im about to get a microdermal where a madison piercing would be placed. I know that there are skin toned heads I can use, but somehow I cant seem to find them on the internet. Does anyone know of a place that I could get (a preferably cheap) one? Also I have a very pale skintone, so Im wondering if that matters at all…? Thanks!!

The cheapest option and one that I often advise is simply taking a band aid that is a close color to your skin tone and putting a piece of it (trimmed to shape) over the flat disc end that likely came with your micro. Cheap, effective and far less chance of allergic reaction than most of the flesh tone ends.

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Dermal Archor lost in hand

Friday December 11th, 2009 @ 7:02 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I had my divers removed and replaced them with archors… Well the piercer was changing it the archor droped and we couldnt find it in my hand… my question is should I worry about infection or it bothering me or go to the er and have it removed?

I had a client come in who had lost the foot of her jewelry into her sternum and never found it again.
Luckily it was an anchor she got from my studio and at least it was of implant grade, anodized titanium from a reputable company like Anatometal. I could at least assure it was a biocompatible piece.
She is looking into x-rays to see where it ended up, but it should probably be alright. A doctor could remove it no problem.

That being said, if you don’t know exactly what the metal lost in your hand is made of, it could cause you problems down the road as it starts to break down.

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