Questions about Stretching a Prince Albert Piercing (with photos)

 I received a message and some photos from a man who had received a Prince Albert piercing:

Basically my PA piercing is right in the middle of the strip of skin  in the middle of the underside of my penis. I find it very hard to stretch and very sensitive with like a donut of raised skin around the hole.

 It's something I can live with at present but I currently wear a 4 mm ring, I would like to reach 8mm within a 1/2 year, and I am wondering it its better to have it re pierced to the side after I let it heal or I  should just carry on.Prince Albert Question (with photos)

 All the prictures I have seen of PA's close up are to the side of  that stip of flesh, and none have the raised donut around the hole.
 
When I try and stretch it, the donut goes a very pale white, which to
 me indicates no blood circulation at all. So if I stretch to a 5mm and it is tight, will that white skin just die off and peel away or do I run a serious risk of infection and necrosis. Thank you for offering your opinion.

Prince Albert Question (with photos)




From what I can see the piercing appears properly placed for your anatomy. The piercing should only go off to the side when the center is too webbed to pierce--but yours is not. There is no reason to repierce.  properly placed for your anatomy. The piercing should only go off to the side when the center is too webbed to pierce--but yours is not. There is no reason to repierce. 

I think part of the problem is that you think you're in charge, and you have a size in mind and a schedule that you want to use to get there. That's not going to work and can result in the loss of your piercing and accidental bifurcation of the head of your penis!  The important thing to remember is that your body is in charge! It will not be successful for you to try to impose your will upon it. Slow down and listen to  your body.

How old is the piercing, and how long did you wait to stretch the first time? How long between stretches?

Have you read my book, The Piercing Bible? There's a ton of information about stretching, including the use of various techniques to assist with safe stretching. Here's a brief excerpt:

When to Stretch

Human tissue varies considerably, so there is no set timetable that is correct for stretching each type of piercing. In fact, it is possible to have a pair of matching piercings with one side that stretches easily and the other that just won’t give.

Before attempting any expansion, it is safest to wait a minimum of two to three times the duration your piercing took to heal. For quick-mending areas, doubling the initial healing period is sometimes sufficient, but the longer your healing period, the more extended your delay should be before gauging up.

After stretching to a thicker gauge, you generally need to let the tissue recuperate and stabilize for a minimum of several months before attempting to fit in the next one. The gauge measurements become progressively bigger, so the stretch from 14 to 12 gauge isn’t sizable (.43 mm), but going from 4 up to 2 gauge is a significant jump (1.36 mm). The larger you go, the longer you usually need to wait between stretches. This is due to the escalating size differences between gauges, and also because the tissue often becomes more difficult to expand as you strain its capacity.

The type of jewelry you wear is another factor to consider. A metal ring or other style with added weight helps you by passively enlarging your piercing. Plugs, eyelets, and other lightweight jewelry styles do not cause any stretching over time, so you may need to wait longer before you are ready to gauge up.


Let me know if you have other questions.

He wrote back:

Thank you very much for taking the trouble to answer, and in such a comprehensive way.

I am glad to hear the piercing is in the right place for me, that was by far my main worry. I will leave longer between the stretches to let the area recover totally before I proceed.

I do think I have been a bit too ambitious with my stretching. I was pierced early november and the piercer intenede to put in a 2.4 mm ring, but had to settle for a 1.9 as he just couldn't get it through.

Since then I have gone to a 2.4, 3.2, 4mm and just now a 5 mm, but I am going to follow your advice and leave well enough alone before I go to 6mm, and I intend to stop at 8 eventually.

Thank you so much.

What is the raised skin at the piercing hole? I have a frenum and a PA and i have the same hard skin around the piercing hole.

the "doughnut" of skin is called a blowout anf happens when you streach to fast. you have to ether go down a size and let it heal and hoe away or cut it off. ... don't cut it off. just streach slower and you should be okay. i don't have a penis so i could be wrong, but thats how it works with ears.

PA looks  ver nice now...

Ouch! I have had my PA for about 4 years and it has pretty much stretched itself without requiring any help from me or a piercer. The discoloration and "ring" that you point out in your photos looks normal to me. In my experience it's caused by irritation from new, larger jewelry. It has always gone away in a couple of months once the new jewelry settles in.

I can't imaging going from 12g to 4g in 6 months time -- that sounds like an extremely aggressive schedule! I've gotten into the habut of just changing out my jewelry once a year to the next size up that will fit.

I've been thinking of switching to lighter jewelry (maybe titanium) since I think I'm done stretching and I don't really want it to keep stretching on its own.

Anyway, I'd suggest taking your time and not rushing the stretches. Getting there is half the fun!