Chest Dermals and Eczama

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 7:17 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hello, (I apologize in advance for any spelling errors, I dont have a spell check on my phone) I have various diffrent piercings, and ten diffrent dermals, with diffrent types of jewlery in them, essentially I was the practice to decide what type of jewlery the shop I was helping out was going to use. Theres two dermals in the picture above, the top is a very small circular plate, no holes in the plate, just the tiny plate, post and diamond one complete peice. I believe its surgical stainless steel. And the one below it is a type of polymer. We decided to try and use this in two of my dermals on my chest (I have eight in total in the shape of a heart) because I have Eczama. A type of skin rash. 3 of the 8 dermals have recently been replaced. Taken out, they were just sugical stainless steel dermals, two replaced with the polymer and one the tiny top one. We repierced at the same time of removal to set them deeper. Its probably been a week and they are still red, hurt to the touch and are alittle swollen. (The other dermals on my chest are fine) I know that my eczama might definitly be the main issue (You can see where it is around the piercing maybe not in the pic but IRL), but Ive been soaking with seasalt and water once a day and cleaning with antibactieral nonscented hand soap once a day also. Not only is there the redness but the bottom one pictured also has some scar tissue at the top. (Maybe a keloid? not sure) Ive been told by the piercer to continue soaking and cleaning and also now to put an asprin paste on them over night. There is discharge when I clean them sometimes, sometimes yellow, sometimes clear red, and in the morning there is always crusties. Is there anything else I can do to save them? Or am I doomed because of my eczama? I was thinking of also useing the chamomile tea bags. Please help!

I really don’t think your number 1 problem is the eczema. To me it sounds like your experiencing all this because you are the guinea pig.

First off, I don’t know any piercers using polymer anchors nor do I know if its even safe to consider. The other style you described sounds like a skin diver which I do not like either. It sounds like both of these options are only around to save money. This is not something to be skimped upon. A good quality anchor might cost a little more $$$ but it can prevent problems like the ones you are having. I suggest Titanium anchors only!

Another thing that puts me off a bit is that your anchors were removed then immediately redone. This is quite a bit of trauma to an already sensitive damaged area. After an anchor is removed enough time should be afforded for the tissue to repair itself before ever re attempting something new.

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Tongue Piercing Taking Forever To Heal!

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 7:07 PM

Filed under: Tongue

Hi Ask,

I thought I’d ask this question because I’ve searched all over the internet and found no similar case.

I had my tongue double pierced 3 months ago. It still lymphs almost daily.

I’m getting quite annoyed because 2 years ago I had a single piercing (since retired) that stopped lymphing after a month.

Now these two new piercings are further back and so “deeper” but still…it feels sometimes like these two new piercings will never heal. It’s so frustrating.

From what I gather, most people think that tongue piercings heal within 4 to 6 weeks but I see the occasional site that reports up to 6 months or even a year?

Any ideas on what I can do? Is my case particularly unusual? or have you seen tongue piercings lymph for months like is happening to me? Am already swishing with SSS regularly. Some days I get not much or no lymph and I start to get confident then BAM I suddenly get a good flow of it.

By the way, I know it’s lymph and definitely not pus, I can tell the difference between the two. I’m very frustrated and don’t want to go without kissing for a whole year!



You didn’t give a lot of details regarding your piercings so its hard to tell you what you can do different.

First thing I would suggest is switching to a high quality titanium barbell.The current jewelry may be lower quality and be keeping you from healing. Secondly keep doing your SSS rinses just make sure you are mixing correctly. 1/4 tsp non iodized sea salt to 8 oz distilled water. A change in mouthwash/toothpaste may help as well. Something non alcoholic for the rinse and a mild non bleaching/non whitening toothpaste. Regular water rinses after meals/drinks/smokes may help as well.

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Vertical vs. horizontal nape

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 7:01 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I recently got a vertical nape piercing done by a very reputable piercer. He used a surface bar, and so far all is well as far as healing goes (today is day three). I’ve had no sign of rejection, and just a little redness. Will it heal properly since it is a vertical piercing? I mostly see horizontal piercings, but my piercer did mark my neck and checked for movement when I turned my head and stretched in different directions.

While the traditional placement for a nape piercing is horizontal, there should be no reason that a vertical wouldn’t heal just as well. It sounds like your piercer did a good job by checking movement and placement, now its up to you to make sure you take good care of it.

Since it is a less common placement you should send some pictures in. We love to see that sort of stuff.

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Triple Forward Helix

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 6:58 PM

Filed under: Ear

I have been wanting to get a triple forward helix done for a few months now, and i’ve been getting pricing for it around where I live. I have been offered to get all three done at once and they will give me a discount. My question is, is it wise to do this? Should I get one done at a time and let them each heal, or is it safe to do all three at once?

Getting more than one piercing in a session can cause more of a strain on your body causing slower healing times. But the simplicity of this set of piercings and proper aftercare should make it a non issue. Each set of the ol triple that I’ve done has been all 3 at once with no problems healing.

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How to *induce* microdermal rejection?

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 6:42 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

Hello BME. It sounds weird, but I actually want to induce my dermal anchor to reject.

I had 4 of them in a row, and 3 rejected. I did not have them removed and allowed the rejection process to finish. They left behind some nasty scars, which I actually like (they look like small scarifications).

Now I want the 4th one to reject, so that it will leave a similar scar and make everything look like one scarification work. If I have it removed, I think it will leave a different scar, ruining my new (accidental) “piece”.

Any opinions will be appreciated. Thanks!

PS: The picture is very bad, but you get the idea.

A chainsaw, a monkey, 2 pairs of leather pants and a industrial sized vat of lube. Im sure you see where im going with this.

seriously though, giving someone advice on how to cause rejection is the opposite of what I normally do, so its hard to even consider it. I think the easiest way to lose an anchor to rejection is to get it caught on something. this usually starts the slow process and will leave you with a scar.

Now I cant in good faith tell you to catch it on something, but if you did, then it would probably reject.

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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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piercing scars

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 6:24 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

how do you get rid of piercing scars. i got my hips done christmas eve of 2011. and i just took my hip piercing out yesterday, iv notice that in the center i can literally see the bar through my skin, i don’t know whether or not the piercer took enough skin or if it was rejecting but i don’t need this nasty looking scar , if you would be able to help me out.

Scarring is always a risk you take when doing a piercing. Weather its a basic piercing or a surface piercing its important that you know your risks.

I can not comment on if the piercing was done correctly or not without having seen the piercing while it was in.

It sounds like it was for the best that you removed the jewelry. The scarring will lessen in time and there are scar reducing products on the market to help it fade even more. Even with the best treatment you will probably be left with a faint scar that will remain for years. Check into emu oil, vitamin e oils and mederma.

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Searching for suspension in Pittsburgh

Friday August 3rd, 2012 @ 8:19 AM

Filed under: Suspension

I really want to try suspension, but I have no idea where to start or look, some help? I live in Pittsburgh PA

Well, the bad news is there are no listed teams in Pittsburgh or even all of Pennsylvania. When there isn’t a crew handy, I always recommend searching surrounding areas to see about bringing a crew in to help you along this journey. A lot of us do travel quite often.

The good news I have for you is this. I will be in Pittsburgh providing suspensions towards the end of August (specifically the 27th & 28th). If you want, please feel free to either contact me at 917-863-1584 or via email at [email protected] and we can answer all questions you may have and possibly set up an appointment for you to suspend while I’m in town.

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Suspension in Scotland

Tuesday July 24th, 2012 @ 1:20 AM

Filed under: Suspension

For the past 17 years i have been into body mods and have always wanted to try Suspension but i can’t seem to find any groups in Scotland only in England. Could you tell me if there is any groups Scotland and how i could go about doing it?

Well i dont know of any groups in Scotland, However, you are right! There are groups in England which is very close to you and worth travelling the short distance there for. I would recommend giving Matt Kirk a ring over there. (He can be reached at Fools Gold, 011 44 1892 522275).
If you dont want to head to the land of the queen, Id also recommend heading over to Ireland and meet up with the PMP suspension team for some fun. I was just over there working with them and man, is it beautiful over there. Definitely worth a trip to suspend. You can reach them at

Hope this helps!!!!

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