Repierce Tragus?

Saturday October 27th, 2007 @ 8:46 PM

Filed under: Ear

I had my tragus pierced about a year ago, but let it heal up about 6 months ago.

Would I be able to get it repierced, or would there be too much scar tissue?

It should be totally fine to repierce. Go visit your friendly neighbourhood piercer and have a chat with them about it, they should be more than happy to help you out with it. :)

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | Comments

Blowout :(

Sunday October 14th, 2007 @ 1:55 AM

Filed under: Ear, Piercing

I haven’t stretched for a couple of months, but recently noticed what I assume is a blowout, a little flap poking out the back of my lobe.

I’ve read the encyclopedia entry but I think most of the tips there apply to fresh blow-outs, where this must be a few months old. What can I do?! I have downsized a couple of mms for now.

Can I also add that I feel like an idiot because I was always so proud to have healthy ears.

It is unfortunate, I’m sorry that this has occurred. With blow outs quite often it’s not a result of the last stretch you did, more so it’s a result of a couple stretches before that.

The best option to do with this situation is to take your jewelry out completely and give your lobes a good massages daily.

When the blow out disappears completely find a jewelry size that easily fits into the current size of the pathway, do not try to muscle larger sizes in, put a comfortable fitted size in. From there keep the jewelry in through-out the entire day, but take them out once or twice a day and give the lobes a good massage.

Also I’d advise to maintain your lobes at this comfortable size for at least 6 months to a year before trying to fit the next size in.

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Posted by Warren Hiller | Permalink | 7 Comments

Waiting time

Friday October 12th, 2007 @ 11:30 PM

Filed under: Ear

I’ve always heard that after you get your ears pierced, you should wait atleast 4 months before you can start to stretch the piercings. But, my friend is stubborn and doesn’t want to wait that long. So, he asked his piercer how long to wait, and the piercer said a month and i thought that was way to short. Now for the question, and i know that you should always listen to your body first, but what is the best time to wait after getting your ears pierced before stretching them.

The best time to wait is when your ears are nice and loose. This could take 4 months, it could take six months, it could even take upwards to a year or more.

The faster you push the envelope the most risks that are going to be put in place. The faster you stretch the more you leave yourself open for causing micro-tears in the fistula which can create more scar tissue then desired, not to mention it can also create problems such as blow-outs,etc.

Personally nowadays I’m advising clients to refrain from actively stretching their lobes. Instead I instruct them to simply massage their lobes with some type of oil, ie: Vitamin E, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil Neem Oil,etc. They are to do this every couple of days and simply wait for their lobes to get nice and loose/stretchy. From there all they simply need to do is get one gauge size larger and with a lil bit of water-based lubrication, the jewelry should just easily slip in.

By doing this, you’ll eliminate all the problems/risks that can occur via actively stretching. People are often impatience, they’re going to do what they’re going to do. But that’s also why there are so many people out there with badly complicated stretched piercings.

Patience is a virtue that needs to be implemented when it comes to this form of modification.

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Posted by Warren Hiller | Permalink | 4 Comments

Stretched Ear Jewellery?

Thursday October 11th, 2007 @ 9:19 PM

Filed under: Ear, Piercing

I have a BIG problem with allergies and my stretched ear! My ear WAS stretched up to 0ga, with no complications and all with acrylic jewellery, but unfortunately it flared up and I switched to wood (dunno what type).

It got worse! So I’ve downsized now back to 4ga, and my ear is constantly flaky, dry, itchy and VERY sore. I am allergic to nickel and stainless steel won’t work with me. I can’t find ANY jewellery in titanium…Obviously, I’m now reacting to the acrylic, wood hasn’t worked, and I honestly don’t know what else to try!

I’ve heard glass is pretty hypoallergenic, I’m also in the UK, so materials aren’t that readily available either :(

Any ideas would be lovely, thankyou very much! I don’t want to loose my stretched ear!

~Kitty

Dear Kitty,

You essentially went from bad to worse with your stretching practices. First off the acrylic currently used in the Body Piercing/Jewelry scene is made for cold storage, in warmer temps it will release toxic vapours which can irritate. Also know that the majority of most commonly sold acrylic cannot be autoclaved(sterilized), which means it is not safe to stretch with and wear long term.

You then switched to wood which is even worse as its very porous material and can harbor a lot of harmful bacteria around the wound. This can lead to seriously irritated piercings if not full blown infections.

As per your statement you can’t find ANY Titanium jewelry and you’re in the UK, you must not be looking hard enough my dear. As the EU Nickel Directive states all piercing jewelry must be nickel free steel or it must be Titanium. One of the biggest jewelry suppliers in the world is called Wild Cat and their main headquarters is located in the UK, same with another one called Cold Steel. Both companies distribute both steel and titanium body jewelry.

As for your allergy to nickel although it is common in the UK, something about the water source if I remember correctly. But one way of finding out if you are really allergic is by wearing a pair of buttoned up jeans (Levis 501’s,etc) or wearing a watch with a stainless steel backing. If you develop a rash from those items then you might very well indeed have an allergy. If you do not react from these materials I’d be inclined to say the locations where you’re buying your jewelry from, are not purchasing proper quality jewelry.

So in closing stop using the materials you’re using and switch to Titanium. Believe it or not but it IS readily available in the UK, due to the EU Nickel Directive that is in place. You may also use Pyrex Glass as well. But what you need to really make sure of is that you are only stretching one size at a time and using sterilized pieces of jewelry as well as a water-based lubricant.

Personally I tell clients they do not need to actively stretch their lobe piercings, as the piercings will naturally stretch themselves. I just tell them to have patience and wait anywhere from 6 months to a year, even more, and you should easily be able to slide the next size up right in. This method truly saves people from having to deal with tears, blow outs,etc.

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Posted by Warren Hiller | Permalink | 20 Comments

Bad jewelry and crushed aspirin?

Wednesday October 10th, 2007 @ 10:08 PM

Filed under: Ear, Piercing

This is sort of a two-part question.

I have a 14ga helix spiral that’s about three months old. It’s still giving me a little bit of trouble and seems like it has a little while to go before healing completely. When I asked a local piercer about it, he told me my piercer should have never used the spiral for the initial jewelry and that there was no way I could heal it correctly. Would you agree?

Also, this same piercer told me that to treat the little bit of hypertrophic scarring forming around one of the holes, I should apply a paste of water and crushed aspirin every night directly to the piercing for three weeks. Thoughts/opinions? I’m not sure if that’s good advice or not. Thanks!

The thing surrounding these spiral projects is that they absolutely require precise angles, so not to apply pressure to the pathways.

I bet if you removed the jewelry and put barbells or labret studs in instead, the hypertrophic scarring will go away. Once they are gone you can then consult with a qualified piercer who can establish the angles of the pathway and custom order jewelry with the angles needed.

As for the piercer who advised you to crush aspirin and mix with water, I truly hope he is not an American. As by stating that he is putting himself at risk by giving such medical advice to people. In theory it could work due to the acetylsalicylic acid, but it’s not ideal for this problem. The reason being if the angles are off, they’re off, and nothing will help. As there will always be pressure applied to the area, causing the scar tissue to form every single time.

As I said the best option is to just convert the spiral into individual piercings with either barbells or labret studs. Do warm sea salt soaks and allow the hypertrophic scarring to go down. Once it’s gone you can then have a piercer analyze the angles and figure out a custom made spiral piece suited specifically for you.

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