Bad News About Over-Stretched Prince Albert Piercing

I received this message from a piercee who was experiencing problems with his Prince Albert piercing:

Hi Elayne,

Finally I found someone who might have an answer. I got a PA about 3 years ago now. All went well and I was able to size up to an 8mm / 0 gauge after about 2 1/2 years. I wore the 8mm 24/7 for about 3 months when I noticed there was only about 5mm of skin between the piercing and the urethra.

I've taken the ring out completely now to see if the hole will close down a bit but its still much the same size. I dont want to wear a smaller ring in case the skin breaks thru completley. Any ideas? Should I leave it out for longer? It's been out for 8 months now. Would I be right in thinking that a smaller ring, although not heavy, would prevent any kind of healing?
Thanks S.

Hi S.,

I have some bad news for you: that type of tissue thinning is likely to be permanent. It probably won't matter how long you leave the jewelry out--the skin is not apt to come back. You could try some massage with emu oil, which some people report helps with tissue thickening, but I wouldn't expect any miracles. And, with that small an amount of tissue remaining between the edge of your urethra and the opening of the piercing, you probably should avoid wearing jewelry, as you could end up with an accidental bifurcation (split) there.

Maybe it is time for a reverse PA or an apadravya? The tissue on the upper part of the glans (above the urethra) is very sturdy and not subject to that same problem, though it is also more challenging to stretch.

Feel free to send a photo if you want me to evaluate it, but I'm familiar with this problem, and I'd be surprised if seeing it would change my thoughts on the matter.

Good luck,
Elayne