January 2012

Surface Anchor ("Microdermal") Fell Out

I received this message from a gal who was concerned about her surface anchor:

Hi! I had a microdermal piercing today above my cleavage and not 4 hours after having it pierced  it fell out into my lap!

Is this normal? i'm scared of it getting infected. Should I go back to the piercing shop tomorrow?

Be great if you could get back :(
M. x

My reply:

Hi M.,
They usually last longer than that, but the truth is they aren't a permanent adornment the way regular body piercings can be.

Also, I don't know that I'd trust the piercer who put it in. They didn't bandage it with a wound sealant clear dressing? That is quite common following the procedure.

The fact that your jewelry came out doesn't have anything to do with an increased risk of infection, unless you touched the wound with dirty fingers.

I think you should go back and get your money back, and learn more about them before deciding whether or not to have it replaced (probably with a different piercer).

Sincerely,
Elayne

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The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
President, Association of Professional Piercers

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Foot or Heel Piercing?

I received a question about a very unusual piercing placement:

Can you get a piercing on the heel of your foot????????
S.

My reply:

Piercing behind Achilles tendon


S.
I wouldn't recommend it. And even if you managed to do it, it would be VERY unlikely to be successful. The tissue there is dense and tight with little or no pinchable flesh. Piercings in such areas is very seldom remain for long--the body simply ejects the jewelry.

Importantly, a piercing in such an area would also have a significantly higher risk of infection than traditionally placed body piercings because of its proximity to the floor where dirt and germs are more abundant

I have seen a very rare placement of a piercing actually behind the achilles tendon the ankle (see Photo, courtesy of Jim Ward and PFIQ Magazine.) Suffice it to say, such a piercing has grave risks including potential for loss of function of the limb.

If you want to get pierced, please select a safer area of your body.

Piercings and Minors Often Don't Mix Well

Hello Elayne!

I was wondering what info you could give me on laws pertaining to piercing minor's nipples? I know it's illegal, however I can't seem to find any laws supporting my claim and I'm thinking you'd know much more on this.

The reason i ask is because this 14 year-old-girl has her nipples pierced and I'm talking to someone currently about the law in the US on this subject. I'm also wondering if you know if it's legal or not to discuss nipple piercings with minors? I know it's illegal to talk to them about genital piercings, however I was wondering if this also applies to nipple piercings?

And one last note, I am 18 years old just incase any of this would be illegal to discuss with a minor.

Thanks so much for your time!
M.

Hi M.,
I know that we have corresponded previously.

I would not discuss it with a minor with the exception to explain that I cannot perform, nor even talk about such piercings until the individual is 18 years of age or older with proof-positive ID.

Does the health department regulate piercings in your area? If so you could contact them.

There's also the industry standard from the Association of Professional Piercers with a FAQ posting here.

And there's this from The Piercing Bible:

Extreme Swelling of Pierced Clitoral Hood After Sex (With Photos)

I had a piercee (not someone I pierced personally) contact me to say she was concerned about her genital piercings due to localized swelling following sexual activities:

VCH and Triangle piercing (with teardrop ring)I know you are super busy, and I totally appreciate you taking some of your time out to read and reply to my issue. I got a VCH on July 2nd and then I got a Triangle done on Sept 10th of this year. I haven't had any problems with the healing process but I have noticed lately when I have somewhat rough sex my hood gets quite swollen (like it kind of balloons up to maybe 2x its size). It gets really sensitive and discomforting and I don't know if its because the Triangle is still healing or is this a side effect of having both piercings? Or a combo of both?

Thank you for everything! You are an awesome woman and I love your book! You rock!

VCH and Triangle piercing (with teardrop ring)
My reply:

Yet Another (Different) Shallow Hood Piercing (VCH Piercing--with Photo)

I am so sorry to keep bugging you, but I'm very disappointed. After being curioAnother Shallow VCH Piercing (Marked)us as to why I wasn't receiving much clitoral stimulation from my piercing, I did a little more exploring of the area. I do think that this guy placed the bottom of the piercing a bit too far from the apex of my clitoral hood. I know I sound like a scrooge, but I didn't spend my hard earned money on a piercing that's only going to look pretty and not function as it should.

You can imagine how pissed off I am right now. I have attached a picture exposing the underside of my hood. Please give me your opinion. If you concur, I have a couple of questions for you.

Do you think I should abandon the piercing, or would simply changing the jewelry to a j-curve solve the issue? If I abandon the piercing, how long should I wait before getting re-pierced properly? Finally, can you recommend any piercers in California? (Preferably in the southern California or inland empire areas.) Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you so much. Xoxo <3 A.

Hi A.,

Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Piercing More Painful than Usual

I had some lengthy correspondence with a piercee who went to a reputable professional for her Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) piercing, but felt it was much more painful than most other women seem to find the procedure and aftermath. I believe it was a reflection of individual sensitivity after learning it was done by a skilled piercer.