Swollen nipple piercing

Friday August 24th, 2012 @ 5:25 PM

Filed under: Nipple, Uncategorized

I had my left nipple pierced about 6 months ago. It healed fine with no problems since, but after removing it about three days ago, I awoke the next morning to a very swollen nipple, it was pushing against the balls on either end of the bar and is very painful. As the day wore on, I noticed white fluid oozing from one side of the piercing. Despite going back to my origional cleaning routine for the past few days, (salt soaks and cleaning the sites 3 times a day) the symptoms have not improved.

Any advice, it is currently painful to wear anything heavier than a t-shirt, and to make matters worse I’m heading off to a festival for a week in 2 days time.

Thanks

It sounds like you have inadvertently cause some type of damage to your piercing. “White fluid oozing” is not uncommon nor is it something to worry to much about. It is your body’s answer to the damage. Continue your aftercare routine and it should get back to normal in a few weeks.

If the damage was caused by the jewelry you might want to consider upgrading to a internally threaded titanium barbell to help prevent that from happening again in the future.

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Nipple piercings? too high/deep???

Friday August 17th, 2012 @ 8:08 PM

Filed under: Nipple, Uncategorized

Hey guys.

Got both my nipples pierced last weekend. They are very inverted so i thought this may help. But looking at them now the nipple is not pierced, the areola is. Both piercings are above the nipple through the areola and the right one seems very shallow (you can see the silver under my skin and there seems to be alittle dent in the middle)

Is this normal? Is piercing the areola ok? will it effect healing? etc?

Thanks Aoife.

Without a visual inspection it is always hard to say yes or no.

Nipple piercings should not go through the areola and when they do healing is generally a pain. It would be best to get a second opinion from another piercer in person and see what needs to be done.

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Lip Rings…is it for me?

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 6:36 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek, Uncategorized

I was just wondering if you think I would look good with a side labret lip ring. I really want to get one but I want to make sure before I do that I’d look okay with one. And if you don’t think it would fit for me…what would?

This is not a question I nor anyone else can answer for you. Every person you ask will give you different reasons for being pierced and getting pierced, but one thing that remains constant is only matters what you think and not others.

If you want one, get one. If your not sure, then wait. If you don’t like it once you’ve gotten it, then take it out. That’s the wonderful thing about piercings.

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Semi healed/closed nipple piercing

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 6:32 PM

Filed under: Nipple, Uncategorized

I had my nipple pierced 12 years ago. It healed fine but after about four years I got bored and took it out. Four years after this (8 years after the original piercing) a piercer was able to re-insert a barbell with no problems. I then had to take it out about 4 months later for work related reasons. Last week I was just passing a piercing shop and went in to see if they could insert a barbell for me - the piercer managed to get it 2/3 of the way through one side.

When I got home I had a closer look: the hole on the other side is small but open (enough to insert a very fine gauge)so I measured there is 1-2mm ‘blocking’ the route.The fleshy part of my nipple is about 10mm across so it’s almost there.

I don’t know how nipples heal after such a long period of time so please can I ask: Could I feasibly have a re-piercing through this original route?

(The nearest piercer is quite far away from me, hence me not getting a first-hand opinion which I know would be better than asking over the internet…)

Thanks for any advice!


It would absolutely be possible to re pierce it using the original placement. It might also be possible to stretch your piercing back to the correct size. Either way it sounds like your going to need to make a trip so you should be able to try the stretching first and then a re piercing if the stretch isn’t feasible

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applying for a body piercer position at a new shop

Tuesday June 26th, 2012 @ 5:35 PM

Filed under: Uncategorized

I have been working at a tattoo and piercing shop as a body piercer for a little over a year, including my apprenticeship. Soon I will be moving to another city, and I’m hoping to find another (part time) position. What is the best way to present myself?

I’m working on my portfolio - it’s a bit scant because I didn’t start taking photos until recently, but I think it will be ok.

Should I have business cards made? What Information should they include?

Should I refer to myself as a Piercing Artist, or Body Piercer, or does it matter?

Should I ask to speak to the owner/manager, or lead piercer?

What can I expect in an interview?

A friend of mine (a reputable tattoo artist) advised me to email potential employers a couple of weeks before going in person, including a photo of myself (and of course my resume).

Any advice you have would be so much appreciated!

Thankyou!

Joanie

The two most important things are going to be your attitude and your portfolio. but here are your questions in order

Should I have business cards made? Not necessary
What Information should they include? Basic information, you don’t want to make it seem like your piercing out of your house.
Should I refer to myself as a Piercing Artist, or Body Piercer, or does it matter? Body piercer is the traditional title
Should I ask to speak to the owner/manager, or lead piercer? The owner or manager is usually the one who would do the hiring but talking to the head piercer and any other employees would help make a good impression
What can I expect in an interview? This is probably something your mentor should have discussed in your apprenticeship. There is no set interview but you can expect to answer questions to prove your knowledge and quite possibly need to do a piercing while they watch. So bring a friend.

Emailing In advance would be a good heads up but once you are in town do NOT email or call. Walk into the shop to apply. Personally I don’t take applicants very seriously that just call and ask if we are hiring.

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Body Modification Movies

Tuesday June 26th, 2012 @ 1:59 PM

Filed under: Uncategorized

I have been researching online and haven’t been coming back with much. I’ve watched Modify and even Flesh & Blood but other then those two I haven’t been able to find any other movies that specifically focus on body modifications. Do you know of any others or are there pretty much just those 2?


I would definitely recommend “Dances Sacred and Profane”

Also if your looking for something a little different you could always try Dee Snider’s Strangeland.

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Vertical Nape Microdermal

Friday June 15th, 2012 @ 7:41 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual, Uncategorized

Hi, I am considering getting a vertical nape microdermals, but there are a few things I am wanting to clear up first about the possible problems in the future.

Firstly, is there a point in say 20 years time where it wouldn’t be able to be removed without difficulty or permanent damage? Also due to it being vertically down the spine, would their be any farfetched chance of damage to my spinal cord?

Any response would be appreciated, it is a piercing I would love to have but I just want to be fully aware of the possible consequences.

Many Thanks

These are all questions that your artist should be able to answer before you get them done, but I’m here to help. :)

If you keep the piercings and maintain them for 20 years there is no reason they would be any harder to remove than if you kept them for a year.

The anchors themselves are only sitting 2-2.5 mm deep in your skin, so there is no chance of having any effect on your spinal column.

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feet

Thursday May 24th, 2012 @ 12:40 AM

Filed under: Uncategorized

I’m looking for someone who can loosen or sever the ligaments holding up the arches in my feet, for a new form of body modification. I became attracted to flat feet at an all-boys boarding school 30 years ago, where I was abused. I never married because of this attraction, and I would appreciate any help you can give me. I live in New Jersey and can travel to New York City. Thank you.

Something like this would be out of the realm of body modification, I would suggest to see a specialist doctor and explain what you want to get done.

It can be very difficult to find a doctor who will be willing to do a non-required medical procedure like this, however I think that it may be your only real option.

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Is it possible to do permanent sutures as a body mod

Monday May 14th, 2012 @ 1:46 AM

Filed under: Uncategorized

I was just curious to see how long it was actually possible to keep sutures in and if it could be used as a permanent body modification.

Sutures are usually made from a very thin biocompatible material, which means that over time they will eventually migrate out of your body causing little lines of scarification.

Russ Foxx actually did something similar a while ago, with a heart shape - check it out!

So it can’t really be done, sorry. :(

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Fakir intensives?

Saturday May 12th, 2012 @ 4:17 PM

Filed under: Culture, Uncategorized

ive dreamed about being a piercer/brander since i was 10, and ive been thinking about it more seriously latly, and have a few questions.

1. is it a hard business to get into without knowing anyone?

2. i was thinking of attending Fakir Intensives, how would you look at a certificate from them if you were an employer? are they worth it and respected (seems yes to me)?

3. is there any other information i should know before i pursue this as a career? im fine blood and everything

We get alot of these questions involving apprenticeships but since you mentioned Fakir I figured I’d help you out.

1. Yes, it can be hard to get into the industry without knowing someone. It is very easy to get to know someone though. Develop a relationship with your piercer by getting pierced, bringing friends to get pierced and just hanging out.

2.Fakir intensives is a wonderful program and a definite gold star when trying to find an apprenticeship. The workshop alone is not enough to start piercing though.

3.There is plenty of information available here on BME on what to expect from an apprenticeship. You should get your first aide/CPR certifications along with a blood borne pathogens class. Hepatitis vaccinations are also a definite must.

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