keloid or something else?

Sunday April 29th, 2012 @ 2:58 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I’ve been pierced with a bcr maybe a bit smaller then usual,my piercer said it was fine.Had all the swelling and all,it was ok,got it done three weeks ago,used soaks,antibacterial soap and disinfectant and still found the red spot under my piercing,lip isn’t swollen ,it doesn’t hurt (only if i press on it a bit) and just generally confuses me,could it be because of the healing process,because of the bcr,or simply scar tissue forming,or maybe an infection?

Personally I never pierce lips with BCRs, I feel that they cause too much pressure and often create scar tissue (just like you have). It’s┬ádefinitely┬ánot an infection, they are quite rare with piercings (especially those in the mouth).

My suggestion would be to go back to your piercer and get a 14g barbell in there (I normally use 10-11mm ones for healing) and once your healed, go back to the ring. :)

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | Comments

Unknown piercing?

Thursday May 6th, 2010 @ 8:13 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

Question.. is this an actual, named piercing that I can get at a tattoo/piercing place? Someone I know (unprofessional piercer) says it’s not. I love it, and want it, but will people be willing professionally do it? Thanks (:

That’s an Ashley piercing (or an inverse vertical labret, if you’re not one of those dill-holes who enjoys cutesy-poo madeup names for piercings), and while they’re not terribly common, we’ve done a few of them at my little shop, so I imagine most experienced piercers would have at least heard of it, if not done a few. They’re not particularly rocket science to work out, technique and placement-wise. I should think you could find someone to do it for you!

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | 5 Comments

Oval Labrets VS Circular

Sunday January 3rd, 2010 @ 9:59 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

My question is about oval shaped labrets particularly the larger sizes. Do the oval labret pieces distort the hole during stretching or is it the same scenario as Teardrop plugs in that you can switch between the two types (circular and oval) once it has healed. I am planning to stretch my labret and i was unsure about oval pieces

You should be able to easily switch between oval and round plugs once healed. My understanding is that many people with larger-sized labrets find ovals more comfortable, and they seem to distort the shape of the lip a lot less, which can be a desirable aesthetic for some. :)

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | 1 Comment

cheek problem

Friday December 11th, 2009 @ 7:00 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

Hi guys ! I have had my cheeks pierced for about 2 months now, and have had a “keloid” according to my piercer for about a month now. I’ve been doing the whole aspirin thing overnight EVERY night and no change. It’s not itchy or painful, it’s pretty much flesh color. Ive never had anything like this before on my ten other body piercings. Im very scared and need advice/suggestions/insight.. PLEASE !!!! I would hate to remove the piercing or have surgery to remove the keloid ( if thats what it is).

Without seeing it’s it’s hard to determine exactly what the problem may be.
Cheek piercings are highly prone to abscessing and what probably isn’t a keloid in that area, could very well be an abscess. I’d get a doctor to check it out to see if it needs draining. (Not something to do on your own)

This is terribly common with cheek piercings, unfortunately.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 4 Comments


Monday December 7th, 2009 @ 2:26 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

My girlfriends got snakebites, and wants her angelbites done, she did her snakebites but she wants me to help her with her angelbites, i know someones goina tell me to go have someone professionally do it, but thats not an option considering that her parents wont let her have facial piercings(she hides her snakebites somehow), im not new to seeing people do piercings/getting pierced, im not an idiot, i just wanted to know if anyone had any tips on how i should do this.. and yes i am going to use a hollow needle.

AskBME is not a ‘how to..’ guide! I suggest you respect the wishes of your girlfriends parents and encourage her to wait until she is old enough to legally consent to having her piercings done in a sanitary environment by a respected professional piercer. So yeah.. you were right, someone will advise you to encourage her to go get them professionally done.

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Posted by Tiff Badhairdo | Permalink | 33 Comments

I want to get snakebites

Sunday November 15th, 2009 @ 4:19 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I’m 13 and I want to get my lip pierced. My older brother told me to go on here and as questions about consequences for getting my lip pierced, infections, it closing up, allergic reactions. I wanna know if it would be smart to get it done being so young or if its not a good thing to do? Ive wanted to do it for a long time now and I think im finally ready to. My cousin did hers herself and its healing nicely. Would it be smart if i did the same? What are consequences of doing it yourself? What would happen if it got infected? What kind of metal should i get? tons of questions sorry

I usually don’t do oral piercings under 16 at my shop.
That being said, I’ve made exceptions for seemingly intelligent minors before. Despite your young age which many piercers are uncomfortable piercing, you’re off to a great start asking relivent questions. Nicely done, smart kid! :)

My biggest concern piercing people at an age I’ve personally decided is “too young” is that piercings are a lot of work. You’ve got to look after your body as well as a fresh piercing and it’s quite a big responsibility.

Oral piercings are almost like two piercings in one as far as aftercare goes - an oral piercing as well as a body surface piercing. They both require different aftercare regimes at different times.
It’s also pretty common for younger kids who want piercings to be more concerned about how rad they’re gonna look in the end, how much it hurts (it hurts, btw) than the actual issues that need to be discussed before opening the skin up and taking care of a fresh wound.

To address some of your questions:

Infection comes from introduction of foreign bacteria to the piercing. Contrary to popular belief, piercings don’t just become “infected” for no reason. They have been touched, kept unclean, played with, etc. Infection is also much more likely if you pierce yourself and don’t know what you’re doing as far as keeping everything clean during and after the procedure. Should the piercing become infected it would become quite swollen and sore. At this time, I suggest my clients seek medical attention for the best course of action which can sometimes include a dose of antibiotics.

Irritation is much more common and can happen to anyone who may not be wearing properly sized jewelry or jewelry made of implantable materials. It can also be caused by improper placement.

Allergic reactions can occur from wearing low-quality jewelry. Many people have nickel allergies and nickel is used to harden most metal jewelry. If you don’t have a nickel allergy now, chances are with prolonged exposure to it you will develop one over time.
You can prevent this from happening by wearing implant grade steel or titanium. This is different than “Surgical” grade steel or titanium. A reputable piercer will be able to provide you with the appropriate jewelry for your piercing.

If you remove the piercing later on, it is very likely to grow over and heal up so that you may not put jewelry back into it. Another concern of mine as far as piercing younger people go is that facial piercings can leave a pretty good scar. Nothing too significant, but not unlike a large pore or pockmark. This may be a factor in deciding to pierce yourself that you may not care about now, but may regret later on. Not all people appreciate the scars they inflicted on themselves when they were younger.

I hope that helps answer some of your concerns. I think it’s pretty rad that you’re asking the right questions before going ahead with the piercings without some thought.
Do I think you’re too young? I don’t think that really matters.
Do I think you appear to have the mental capacity to make an informed decision? Absolutely.
I hope you’ll be able to find a piercer in your area you can talk to firsthand who will be able to help you make a final decision.

Good luck to ya!

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 2 Comments

does a bad habit hurt in the long run?

Monday October 19th, 2009 @ 3:48 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I want to get my bottom lip pierced, but I have this bad habit of biting the inside of my bottom lip. I guess my question is, whether or not this will be a problem? If I continue to bite my lip will it bother my piercing, or like mess it up? Can it get infected from it? I want to be sure that I do the right thing and not hurt my lip even more.

Compusively biting on your lip will be a negative thing to a healing piercing. If you get in the habit of chewing the actual jewelry, it will wreak havoc on your teeth.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 6 Comments

Horizontal Lip

Monday October 19th, 2009 @ 3:27 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I am interested in getting a horizontal lip piercing, so I’ve been looking at all the pictures in the BME gallery and reading everything on it in the BME encyclopedia. I will be doing the legwork to find a good piercer with experience doing these, since I don’t like being a guinea pig, and no one in my local area seems to have any experience with it. While I’m trying to find that perfect piercer, though, I had a few questions.

What is the “ideal” jewelry to use in this type of piercing? I’ve read that it is often done with flexible jewelry, which I’m not very comfortable with. I really prefer to have only top-quality stainless steel or titanium in my new piercings, and I’ve heard bad things about flexible jewelry breaking down in the body over long periods of time.

Is a curved barbell ok? Or would a surface bar with the 90 degree angles be a better choice? I want to be able to put the flat disks on mine, so that they don’t interfere as much with eating/drinking/kissing/etc., and I think the flat disks only come on the surface bars, right?

And here’s my stupid question - can surface bars be changed out, or do you just change the disks/balls/jewels on the ends? I’m a little worried at the thought of getting a piece of metal that I can’t just yank out if I really need to. I’m also concerned about getting a good fit with this piercing - since that is an area that stretches a bit when smiling or laughing, is it possible to get a nice snug fit on the jewelry, without it pulling/tearing if you smile really big?

Wow, I had more questions than I realized. Thanks in advance! :D

The first horizontal lip piercings done that were recognised by BME were done out of my shop several years ago. We did tonnes of them. We used curved barbells, 90 degree bent surface bars and regular surface bars.

Over time, all the the lip piercings rejected and for the most part, people had more trouble with than didn’t.
Because the lip stretches out and contracts so drastically ever couple seconds it’s my opinion that they just arent’ great piercings to have.
Surface bars CAN be changed out, they just shouldn’t be. But with horizontal lip piercings and knowing how much oral tissue swells when pierced, extra length needs to be left to accommodate the inital inflammation. Afterwards, a downsize is needed. Which more often than not, irritates the hell out of the piercing and causes some swelling again.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | Comments

no dimples?

Monday October 19th, 2009 @ 3:20 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

ive always wondered if getting your cheeks pierced has the same effect without dimples as it does with, and if they are removed what kind of scarring remains?

Cheeks can be pierced with or without natural dimples.
Some people find that the scars that remain after removal of cheek piercings can leave very significant dimpling in the cheeks as well as a small hole where the jewelry was.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 3 Comments

Raised tissue on my lip piercing

Monday October 19th, 2009 @ 3:11 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

Hi…recently i’ve found that there’s a raised tissue nearby the flat disc on my left labret. My piercer told me that it’s because of over accumulation of discharge & dead cells due to bed very late at night. I’ve been taking early bed for a week plus since the bump raised & gargle with warm sea salt water as usual but it seems like doesn’t reduce at all. I’m so worry about it & hope to have some advise on this problem. Thanks a lot & peace :)

Lip piercings can develop this kind of inflammation for a few different reasons.
Firstly, it could be that your piercing has been placed at a wonky angle and it’s irritating the piercing or that it’s being subject to trauma (chewing the jewelry, catching on teeth, oral contact with others…)

Secondly, it could be the quality of jewelry you’re wearing and your body is reacting to it - although by the picture, that doesn’t seem as likely.

My first guess is that it’s being irritated chemically somehow. Sea salt rinses are great to flush out oral piercings for aftercare. That being said, if you’re using a commercial mouthwash (Scope, Oral B, Listerine, etc) dumping booze or caffeine all into it or using a whitening toothpaste, that can seriously bother the inside of a fresh oral piercing

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