How to handle outsiders?

Friday June 15th, 2012 @ 7:47 PM

Filed under: Extreme

Ever since i’ve decided to get my tongue split, i got some thoughts, fears you may call them. They don’t concern the procedure or the healing of the split but they concern living with a tonguesplit, or a more extreme mod in general.

A tonguesplit can be very subtle and hard to notice, especially when you don’t expect to see one, so that won’t give me much problems. But what about when you go to a dentist, or a doctor? Or any other situation you can’t avoid showing your modification?

Well, my question comes down to this: what is the correct(/best) way to handle a situation where someone (like a dentist or a doctor) sees your split and starts asking questions about it? Questions like “How was it done?”, “Who did it?”, etc…

Thanks for your time!

If you’ve decided to move into the world of extreme modifications this is something that you will have to deal with.

The best way to handle these situations is just being polite and courteous. If someone asks you “how was it done?” then tell them how it was done.You might not have these answers now but you will after your procedure. Just remember patience is a virtue and you represent how people view our subculture.

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Posted by Ryan Mills | Permalink | 1 Comment

magnetic implant

Sunday June 3rd, 2012 @ 5:43 PM

Filed under: Implants

after reading up on the subject quite a bit, I’ve decided I want a magnetic implant in my finger. my only problem at the moment is finding someone reputable to do it for me! I know Steve Haworth is the name in implants, but there’s no way I’m going to be able to get out to Arizona, and it doesn’t seem like he’s going to be traveling to the east coast any time soon. Any help with finding someone trained and talented who would be able to put in a magnetic implant in new jersey, new york or surrounding areas would be amazing!

I also noticed that a lot of the things I was reading mentioned there being gold somewhere in/on the magnet itself. I have a skin allergy to gold, and was curious as to whether that would effect the implant? Or is there a barrier thick enough to prevent any interactions?

Thanks so much!

The magnet itself is coated in implant-grade silicon, so in theory that will act as a barrier to prevent a reaction.

As far as who to get the implant from, I can not recommend Steve Haworth enough. If you are not able to visit him I’m sure you will be able to catch him on the east coast eventually, he travels quite a bit.

Since Steve also makes and sells the implants to modification professionals I’m sure he has a list of people on the east coast he sells to and trusts. He would be the best to refer you to someone.

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Posted by Ryan Mills | Permalink | 1 Comment

Tongue Splitting

Sunday June 3rd, 2012 @ 5:30 PM

Filed under: Tongue Splitting

I got my tongue pierced about a month ago. They found that I have the third vein going through the middle of my tongue. They offset the piercing only a little, so I had asked them about tongue splitting and they said that I’d still be able to get it done, it would just be riskier than normal and that it would be slightly offset as well. With the piercing, I can’t even tell that it’s not exactly center. I was just wondering what your opinion would be regarding this, if I could still get it split (by a medical professional).

This is one of those I’d need to see it to help kinda questions.

Even if there is a superficial vein running down the middle of your tongue a medical professional should be able to easily identify it and avoid it.

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Posted by Ryan Mills | Permalink | 1 Comment

Bifurcation of earlobes

Wednesday May 16th, 2012 @ 2:36 AM

Filed under: Surgical

Has anyone ever bifurcated a pair of earlobes before? I’ve seen lobes worn split from torn stretched piercings, and I’ve seen lobes that were naturally separated pierced, but I can’t say i’ve ever seen a pair of cut lobes.

I was going through old entries for unique questions, this one is indeed a unique question!

I have spoken to a couple clients over the years that have asked about this sort of thing and as far as my research could come up, I’ve only heard of it (intentionally) happening in some African tribes. Basically they would do a series of large gauge piercings running up the ear, stretching them to quite large sizes and then cutting the bottoms of them all - giving an ‘octopus ear’ appearance.

I have never performed the procedure before, nor seen it done in a modern setting - but would love to!

The only issue that I think you would face is the fact that the ‘tails’ would naturally retract upwards (just as a hole will shrink over time) and eventually reduce the aesthetics of the procedure. You could always pierce the ends and wear thicker gauge rings, to help pull the skin downwards.

If anyone out there has ever done or seen this, be sure to submit them to BME so we all can check it out!

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | Comments

Implants materials

Monday May 14th, 2012 @ 1:14 AM

Filed under: Implants

I’m interested in the use of some materials for implants, such as: actual pearls, coral, gold, porcelain and precious stones as diamonds. Is it possible to use them for implants? Where can I research about that?

Thank you very much!!

The only thing that should be inserted under the skin for a ‘3d implant’ is silicone. Any other material is either going to have a too high durometer (hardness) and cause discomfort or problems during healing.

Although in theory you can coat (or encase) other materials in silicone (or raw if they are bio-compatible) - its not a good idea for the long term comfort and well being of an implant.

Your best bet would be to find a body modification artist that can sit down with you and figure out exactly what you want to achieve from the implants, however I would very strongly suggest to stick with silicone as you can’t actually see anything under the skin anyway.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | Comments

Tongue split

Sunday May 13th, 2012 @ 6:23 AM

Filed under: Tongue Splitting

I have been thinking of splitting my tongue for awhile now, and I just wanted to ask an opinion on something.

I have been to many doctors and have been told my tongue is too big for my mouth; I was diagnosed with sleep apnea at an early age and had my tonsils and a few other parts of my throat removed. The options I have been given from various ENT doctors is that to relieve the stress on my jaw from base of my tongue being too large, I can either have parts of the sides of my tongue removed or have my jaw widened, neither of which I feel comfortable with at all. Since I’ve been thinking about splitting my tongue anyway, and I am infinitely more comfortable with that procedure, I have been wondering if splitting it could possibly help relieve some of the muscle tension my tongue currently puts on my jaw if it were able to move more freely about my mouth, and not feel nearly as constricted. I suppose I’m just wondering if that could potentially relieve tension? (I plan on also talking to a doctor as well, but it may be difficult for me to find one who is open minded enough to even consider talking to a patient about splitting their tongue. Also, would you recommend I find an oral surgeon to do the split if I proceed?)

I have a close friend who has a huge tongue too, he didn’t have any tension issues - however it did effect his speech at a younger age. He found that after his split that his two halves ‘crossed over’ each other and he had a bit of a lisp (which is totally normal during healing) for a good two months after the procedure.

As far as relieving the tension, i don’t think it will work. A tongue split is generally (and safely) only normally done too just behind where your webbing starts - further back is unnecessary and can cause real problems during healing. I would normally recommend to find an experienced body modification artist to perform the procedure for you, as most oral surgeons won’t do the split - if you can convince one to do it for you, it may be in your best interest to reduce any extra risks.

Either way before you get it done, consult with a professional mod artist first and let them examine your tongue so they know exactly what’s going on. Make sure that they have a good quality HEALED portfolio to show you and that they answer all of your questions confidently.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | 1 Comment

placement

Sunday May 13th, 2012 @ 6:08 AM

Filed under: Implants

i understand that with all body modifications, there are risks involved and nothing can be 100% guaranteed to work, thats why i spend alot of time researching and understanding before i get any body mod, i am planning on my subdermal silicone implants (the implants are 1/4′ tall and 2′ wide , hollow heart and star). I have become a little concerned about tissue resorption and a few other things, orginally i was going to place them on the inside of my forarms but after more research im concerned there will be to much movement causing them not the settle bringing the chances of migration, rejection or the implants or Tissue Resorption. My other choice of placement is my hands (permitting my anatomy alows it), Ive done hours of research but cannot find any information about safe placement , im just seeking adive on where the safest, successful place for silicone implants seem to be, and if getting them ontop of my hands is/isnt recommended. Everybodys body is different and it would be hard to say how they will react to me as an individual but in general just looking for some advice, thankyou

I would strongly suggest to find an experienced body modification artist that either works in your area, or travels to your area first. Different peoples skin will require different heights and sizes of implants to work the best (and most importantly safely).

Tissue resoprtion is greatly minimized by using silicone (instead of teflon/titanium/etc) as its much softer and doesn’t ‘wear away’ at the underlying tissue as it sits in its own fistula. Although I have seen it happen before, it usually only occurs at a serious level when the artist puts a piece in way too big for the area.

I personally feel that the implant sizes you said may be too big. I know if you were to place them on the top of your hand they would look like they would fit fine, but implants ‘pick up’ skin on the edges and they will generally look larger in diameter once under the skin. I have seen many artists put way too large peices in areas, especially hands, to make them look cool sooner - however don’t get lured into this trap.

You would rather a happy healthy implant you can have for many many years to come rather than something that may need to be removed after a short period of time for the sake of it looking big within the first couple months.

Again, make sure you are 100% confident with the artist you choose to do your work. Check their HEALED portfolio for good looking healthy implants before you decide and at the end of the day, everyone’s body is different - let your artist feel your skin and tell you their option to placement and size.

If you are looking for a traveling mod artist, I can highly suggest Lunacobra.net as he has done nearly all of my heavy mods and has been featured on BME for his work a number of times.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | Comments

Want to keep inverted nipples

Saturday May 12th, 2012 @ 4:07 AM

Filed under: Extreme, Nipple, Nose

I’ve got inverted nipples and I’ve been thinking about getting a nipple pierced. I’ve heard that women who have inverted nipples will have this done so that the nipple will become “normal.” However, I love my inverted nipples! Is it possible for me to (safely) get a piercing and keep my nipple inverted? I’ve heard of some of these piercings failing because the nipple either wasn’t coached out or the aureola was pierced instead. My nips aren’t super inverted, they do poke out when I’m goosebumpy or otherwise stimulated. Thanks!

I think it could be nearly impossible to do, to be honest with you. When an inverted nipple is pierced correctly it should as erect as possible, to ensure it doesn’t shallow out in the center. If you were to attempt to intentionally pierce it shallower in the middle, you will find that over time you could begin to see the barbell through the middle and it would most likely eventually reject from the center out.

Alternatively you could do some cute decoration around your areola (outside of your nipple) that doesn’t pass through the actual nipple, like dermal anchors. They will give you a vaguely similar aesthetic and keep your beloved inverted nipples intact and unchanged.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | Comments

Scarring Inside Nostril

Saturday May 12th, 2012 @ 4:07 AM

Filed under: Extreme, Nose

I got my nostril pierced in January, and have been treating The Bump for a couple weeks now. It seems to be clearing up okay but I recently noticed I’m developing some hypertrophic scarring on the other side of the piercing, inside my nostril. What’s a good way of treating that? It’s too far in to use soaks and I don’t want to irritate the bump on the other side. In case it’s important, I have an 18g glass retainer with an L-shaped bend in it (the initial jewelry).

There are a few reasons why hypertropic scar tissue forms inside of a nostril, as its soft mucus membrane tissue and can happen relatively easily.

Most commonly its caused from irritation - perhaps from the jewellery being so thin. I wouldn’t suggest to stretch it up yet, but once its healed it could be a good idea to ensure that it stays happy and healed (especially if you are changing it back and forth frequently).

I have commonly treated hypertropic scar tissue with warm chamomile herbal tea soaks and found it to be very successful for people - give that a whirl, if you aren’t already. If you simply place the warm tea bag over your nose (holding it on the inside just a little), it will ‘want to’ soak into the tissue and relieve the scar that’s forming. Even just soaking the outside will generate more blood supply to the area and help out lots.

Make sure that you don’t irritate the piercing at all too, you can do heaps of tricks to reduce or get rid of the scar - however none of them will ‘fix’ the causing problem, just fix the scar tissue. Remember to not put makeup anywhere near the piercing, never rotate it or slide the jewellery and be VERY careful not to get it caught!

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | Comments

Tongue Splitting

Tuesday May 8th, 2012 @ 2:56 AM

Filed under: Surgical

Before anyone asks: Yes, I have experience with body modification and I am not one of those people who just figured out that tongue splitting can be done and is rushing to have it done.

Now that that’s out of the way… I have been doing research for weeks now and have been thinking about splitting my tongue for many many months now. I am not looking to use the tie-off method because I have read some rather horrific stories with grotesque outcomes. I am looking into the electrocautery method. Should I get a larger gauge tongue piercing to serve as an “anchor” for this method (piercing is currently the standard 14g)? Also, any estimates on price? Thanks for the help!

-Chris

Most reputable body modification artists encourage people to NOT have a ‘tongue anchor’ before a split. You are far better to have nothing in there before the procedure as usually the split goes much further back than you can actually pierce.

Often the fistula (healed piercing hole) can cause more problems when stitching and often creates a ‘bump bit’ during healing.

I personally believe that your best option is to get it cut and stitched (most professionals do it this way) as it will give you a much more rounded appearance and a way quicker healing cycle.

As always make sure you check out a reputable body modification artist’s HEALED portfolio before you get it done. Every artist has their own prices and some charge more or less, depending on your area. Best to find an artist that you are comfortable with and then ask about prices.

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