…Mederma or other scar-treatments with any success?

Wednesday August 29th, 2007 @ 4:36 PM

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Has anyone used silicone sheets/gel, Mederma or other scar-treatments with any success?
I know that vitamin E rubs are regularly recommended to QOD readers to help reduce the appearance of scars. I was just curious about some of the other products I’ve heard about.
I’ve got some rather nasty 2nd degree burns on my arm I’d like to fade away…


I’ve used Mederma personally with fantastic results, the key seems to be patience - it does take months to get good results. Lots of people have used the silicone sheets, as well, I have a friend who was in a terrible car accident and had massive scars all over her chest and neck, she used the silicone sheets and the scars are almost invisible now. Maybe you should consult with a doctor about scar reduction and go from there? Good luck!

- Lori St.Leone

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Can you enlighten me on this?

Tuesday August 28th, 2007 @ 8:51 PM

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i’ve heard multiple mentions about something called an autoclave, but i’m tired of guessing what it is. can you enlighten me on this?


You work in the piercing studio up the road, don’t you? I knew it…

No really, Google’s fun.

- Lori St.Leone

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Have you heard of this?

Tuesday August 28th, 2007 @ 8:28 PM

Filed under: Piercing

hey - a friend just told me about how HER friend just got her tooth pierced. apparently she had someone drill a small hole in her tooth and put a ring through. have you heard of this?


It sounds pretty implausible to me, honestly, but then, there are plenty of hacks out there who’ll do any kind of bad-idea ignorant piercing you can come up with, just to get the picture in their portfolio or whatever. I HAVE seen people with barbells wedged through their gums, just between their teeth, and that seems like a pretty stupid idea to me - but then, I’d rather have healthy teeth than an OMG-ORIGINALPIERCING!!

I seriously doubt that you’d ever be able to talk a dentist into approving deliberately weakening a tooth like that, especially when you can have a tooth gem glued on by a dentist and have it last for months and months. Also, I’m pretty dubious of friend-of-a-friend anecdotes on principle…

- Lori St.Leone

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…there any reason why i shouldn’t get a tattoo there?

Tuesday August 28th, 2007 @ 4:26 PM

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I would like to get a tattoo on the back of my thigh. I’m not a skinny girl though, i’ve got pretty big thighs. Is there any reason why i shouldn’t get a tattoo there?


Heck no, big canvas = more possibilities! :)
- Lori St.Leone

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…you have any suggestions on where i can get one?

Tuesday August 28th, 2007 @ 3:24 PM

Filed under: Piercing

i just pierced my hips with a large saftey pin. and iv looked every where for a barbell large enough. do you have any suggestions on where i can get one?


Bizarro world might be the only place you have a chance of healing something like that.

- Ryan Ouellette

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Do you guys have any idea what it might be?

Tuesday August 28th, 2007 @ 2:36 PM

Filed under: Piercing

I’ve had a vertical lip piercing for about 3 months now. Today I noticed this HUGE bump right next to the top hole. It feels really hard. As soon as I saw it, I bit off a small bit and it bled a little. Do you guys have any idea what it might be? I have a feeling it might either be a canker sore or excess scar tissue :(


It does look like it might’ve been some ulceration (like a canker sore), but to be honest, it’s hard to tell at this point - it just looks like a bloody sore where you chomped it! Be nice to it and treat it like it’s new for awhile and it should settle down. Good luck!

- Lori St.Leone

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…know at first you cant scratch them but what about now?

Monday August 27th, 2007 @ 4:20 PM

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i have a tattoo that is about 2 months old. i know at first you cant scratch them but what about now? i got A LOT of bug bites on and near it and it ICHES like all hell!!!!


Slap it! Thats always the best alternative…

- Lassi

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…that you know of, that have experience in freeze branding?

Thursday August 23rd, 2007 @ 9:27 PM

Filed under: Scarification

I was reading in the wiki about branding, and noticed a small blurb about “cold branding”. I googled “freeze branding”, and found LOTS of information about branding livestock, but no mention of humans (except where it’s sternly suggested to wear protection when handling the freezing agent)…

My question is this: Are there any practitioners, that you know of, that have experience in freeze branding? If so, could you point me in their direction?


There was this one guy I hear about who attempted a cold brand on his pubic mound in an attempt to make a white racing stripe of pubic hair. He used a copper pipe and a solution of dry ice and 90% alcohol. It hurt like hell during the healing and only left him with minor discoloration that is hardly noticeable……….oh wait that was me.

- Sean Philips

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…the shop, or is the incubation period too short for that?

Thursday August 23rd, 2007 @ 5:43 AM

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Heyo.
A friend and I got pierced on the same day a month or so ago at a shop that I regard as being pretty damned good, sterility-wise. She’s apparently in the emergency room as I write this, with a staph infection in her piercing that’s turned to septicemia as well. Now, considering the length of time since the piercings, could this have been caused by the shop, or is the incubation period too short for that? Should I go in and get cultured to be safe, or just wait and see if anything comes up?


It’s hard to say, there are several strands of staph that lie dormant on the body, they do not become problematic until some trauma causes them to be…such as piercing. I haven’t ever seen this first hand from piercing, but I have seen a few cases on tattoos.

I’d play it safe, get the cultures done. Then educate yourself as much as possible on cross contamination and universal precautions, you may find the shops not as clean as you thought once you know what to look for. Otherwise, it could just be a fluke, no fault of the shops at all and like I mentioned before just a dormant case of Staph that became traumatized.

- Sean Philips

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…u please tell me if my fears are true or not?

Thursday August 23rd, 2007 @ 2:55 AM

Filed under: Piercing

hello oh wonderful fabulous all knowing Ryan please answer my question im really worried

i have two surface piercings on my chest. ive had thenm since christmas ith just about no problem with them

but now im worried they could be rejecting… ive attached a picture, it’s the best i could do. could u please tell me if my fears are true or not? or if theirs a chance of saving them
xx


Yeah it looks like it’s rejecting. You can try a jewelry change or different aftercare, but I’d really just suggest taking them out before they leave some nasty rejection scars.

- Ryan Ouellette

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