Best jewelry for a permanent corset?

Monday March 24th, 2008 @ 5:24 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I’m planning on getting a corset piercing in a month’s time, but due to the rarity of them in South Africa, I’m struggling to find info on them. I’ve Googled but keep getting conflicting advice regarding the best jewelry to use for the piercing. I know that corsets have a high rate of rejection, but I’m hoping to try heal it up and keep it permanently.

Microdermal anchors are out of the question. They’re just too expensive to import and there aren’t any piercists nearby that have experience with them.

I was considering rings, but they will hook and I’m not wanting to lace my piercing while its fresh. It seems pointless because the lacing will just agrivate an already difficult piercing.

Would surface bars be an option? I was thinking of getting them put in, then, if and when the piercing heals enough, change over to rings for lacing. If this is a viable option, what type of bar would you recommend and what size?

My piercist has done corsets before, but they were all temporary, so I’m looking for the best option to get it to last longer.

Lastly, what sort of aftercare regime would you recommend?

Thanks in advance.

They should definitely be treated as any other surface piercing project. The jewelry options should either be: A) Internally Threaded ASTM F-136 Titanium Surface Bars or B) Proper ISO spec’ed Tygon material, depending on what method your piercer prefers, those are the two ways that should be considered. My personal view is that it should be done with the Titanium surface bars, but others have had success with Tygon.

So ideally what you should do is sit down and discuss all this with your piercer. If they do not have a lot of experience with this concept, permanent corset piercings,etc…Definitely just keep it in the mindset that the longevity of keeping these could be reduced as a result…So long as you keep that in mind and you’re willing to let your piercer give it a try, then hey there’s nothing wrong with letting them have a try….But yeah definitely make sure either implant grade Titanium internally threaded surface bars are used, ideally with flat discs…Or use Tygon….

Also the reason why I suggest the flat discs is because it would most definitely reduce the amount of snagging/catching that would occur if you used regular beads.

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Sternum Piercing

Monday February 25th, 2008 @ 9:44 AM

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Hey! I got my sternum pierced yesterday, I was wondering, if when I wash my hair, the shampoo will harm it in any way, & would it be good to wash it with sea salt water? Also, I really don’t like it when blood kinda crusts around the piercing when I wake up, I woke up this morning & there was a tiny bit, obviously because it’s a new piercing, but even with my cleaning spray it’s hard to get off, what should I do to get rid of that?

You should definitely rinse your hair down your back, away from the piercing, and give the piercing a good rinse at the end of your shower to help get rid of any residues from shampoos or conditioners!

And I’ll always recommend a good old fashioned salt soak over using any spray you can think of (even the sea salt-based sprays, god forbid you’re using some BZK-based stuff), it will do a lot more to help your body heal the piercing by promoting cellular regeneration and circulation tot he area, and it’s always ideal to clean your piercings after you shower anyway, cos the shower helps loosen everything up a bit. Easy! :)

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Friday February 8th, 2008 @ 11:37 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I’m considering buying a roll of PTFE wire that I can cut to length, it’s 14G. So, do I use like regular balls, or are their specail ones?

PTFE is described as being “self threading” when sold for body jewelry purposes. Basically you take a ball for a 14 gauge EXTERNALLY threaded barbell (so the threads are on the barbell shaft) and the ball should thread itself onto the PTFE. Finding the right fit is important, as many manufacturers of externally threaded jewelry use totally different thread sizes, so finding one that fits just right can be rather hit or miss.

Dare I inquire what your intended use for this stuff is though? There is a use for it in modern body piercing, but most people using it for surface work would be FAR better off using proper surface bars.

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Dermal Anchor

Wednesday February 6th, 2008 @ 1:22 AM

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I got a dermal anchor about a week ago on my chest and I was pierced with jewelry from Industrial Strength. My question is this: how long does it generally take for a dermal anchor to sink into the skin and sit flush? Does it depend on the location, and does applying more pressure daily make it sink in faster? Thanks :)

A correctly-placed dermal anchor should sit flush with the the skin immediately. A dermal anchor which does not sit flush with the skin is generally going to have a higher chance of rejection, as it will get caught/bumped on more things, hindering the healing. In addition, your body will simply have an easier time rejecting it if it’s not sitting in the proper layers of tissue.

Applying pressure during the first couple of weeks can help them settle a bit, but mostly it’s just beneficial to help keep an anchor that is already flush, flush.

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New Sternum Piercing

Sunday January 27th, 2008 @ 10:05 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I got my sternum pierced today with a one inch surface bar. Because I am quite slim the woman told me my piercing will be shallow and more likely to reject. I had a plaster put over it and when I took it off 5 hours later the bar seems to be sticking out more than it was, is the piercing rejecting already or is this due to swelling going down? Sorry I haven’t been able to include a picture.

A picture would definitely be helpful in this situation. However, I can pretty much guarantee you your piercing hasn’t started to reject just yet. It will take a bit more time than that.

If you are rather slim I probably would have preferred not to use a surface bar quite that long, but without being able to see and feel your skin in that area, that’s a very generalized statement.

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nape piercing

Thursday January 24th, 2008 @ 12:45 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I searched, but I couldn’t come up with definite answers…

I’m dying for a nape piercing (one last “crazy” thing before I head into corporate-world)…


Fist, I have long-ish hair, that I usually wear down with some product in it. It doesn’t really hit my neck all that much, and I can keep the product off the hair that does touch my neck no prob. Is this going to be a serious problem? I’ve healed a lot of other notoriously finicky piercings before (conch, rook, tragus), hair products and all, without a problem, but I know surface piercings are among the trickiest. I could even wear the hair up for a while, just til it settles down a bit, but I will have to go on interviews with this bad boy and want to make sure I can wear my hair down for the day to hide it if I have to(I know definite answers might be impossible but what’s my best bet?)

Also, I do yoga regularly (a few times a week). Provided I just take it easy on the neck bending, will that be a problem?



Hair in general can be irritating to a healing nape piercing; little bits of hair getting into the piercing is obviously no good. If that hair also has a bunch of product in it, that’s even more no good, obviously. During the first month, I would suggest wearing your hair up as much as you can. If you need to have it down for an interview, then you have to have it down. If you need to wearing it down three days a week for work, then so be it. Just keep it up off the piercing as much as you can while it’s healing.

Good luck!

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Sternum piercing

Sunday January 13th, 2008 @ 3:01 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I got my sternum pierced around 4 months ago with a 1 inch implant grade bar. It seems to be healing relatively nice, except for one thing. Unless I’m bending backwards the bottom pops out of the hole. I can see the skin has thinned out a bit on the bottom hole. Is there anything I can do to prevent it from fully healing with the bottom sticking out?

Based upon what you’ve described, it’s quite possible the piercing is start to migrate or reject. I’m assuming you had the piercing done with a surface bar. For that type of jewelry to work appropriately, it has to fit in the piercing perfectly. If one side of the surface bar is constantly “out”, it starts to become no different than putting a straight barbell in a surface piercing…which is not good.

You could try downsizing the overall length of the surface bar. In some cases this will help stop the rejection. However, it’s not uncommon for surface piercings to continue rejecting once they start, even with a change of jewelry.

Without being able to see the piercing, this is the best advice I can provide. Best of luck.

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Hip surface piercings

Tuesday January 8th, 2008 @ 2:05 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual


I’m planning on getting my hip pierced on Saturday, but I really can’t find out much about them on the internet. I need to know the age restrictions for the UK and the pros and cons on getting one done. Some people are telling me that it DEFINATELY will reject, but others are saying if the piercer is reputable and qualified enough, there should be no problem.

Thanks ?

Unfortunately, I can’t help you with the age restrictions in the UK. However, I’m sure a phone call to any of your local piercing establishments should get you that information pretty quickly.

As for hip piercings…Any time you get a surface piercing done, you need to accept the fact that rejection is a very real possibility. Surface piercings in certain parts of the body work better than on other parts. Certain types of jewelry work better in certain area. Certain piercing techniques may prove more successful than others, depending upon the area of the body.

However, even if everything is “ideal” there is no guarantee that your piercings won’t reject…regardless of “reputable and qualified” the piercer is. Obviously, the more experience they have, the better the quality of jewelry they are using etc etc…the better the chances of success. But again…there are no guarantees with surface piercings (with any piercing, really).

Hip piercings can be challenging to heal, because of the amount of movement that occurs in that part of the body as well as friction and irritation that can occur from clothing rubbing on the piercings. You and your piercer will have to determine the placement that is most-likely to work out for you.

Best of luck!

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Emu Oil

Saturday January 5th, 2008 @ 1:46 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I recently discovered the wonders of Emu Oil which I use on all my piercings and it works great with clearing up oozies, redness and overall healing. The instructions tell you to apply to piercings and tattoos 3 - 4 times a day, but I was wondering if there is any harm in applying emu oil to a cotton ball then bandaging it over the piercing over night? I’ve done this for the last several nights on my new surface piercings and they look great with no redness or crusties, but I don’t want to cause them harm unknowingly.

Your piercings need to be able to ‘breathe’ and drain any lymph, keeping them covered and saturated with oil is not ideal. Emu oil is popular and many people find it effective on healing or troublesome piercings, but I would apply it sparingly - less is often more with these things!

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Modifying Surface Bars

Thursday December 27th, 2007 @ 9:54 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual


I was wondering if it’s possible to bend surface bars before inserting. Say if you wanted to put a slight curve in the bar because the area has a curve to it.

Would it make the piercing heal better and stay put better? My friend thinks it would but I wonder if it would defeat the purpose of using the Punch & Taper method, a method devised to create a path the same as the jewellery.

Thanks in advance,


That is absolutely possible and it’s a good idea for some (not many, but some) areas. The end goal is that the ends exit the skin at perfect 90 degree angles. If the surface is curved a slight curve in the surface bar will help achieve this. The problem arises when a piercer without proper tools attempts to bend the bar without proper tools or techniques. Then you end up with damaged jewelry. So make sure it’s pre-bent or check the surface after your piercer bends it for any imperfections.


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