November 2012

Spotlight on inGauge: The Body Jewelry Measuring Application

I'm so excited about the Pain Magazine "Spotlight" on inGauge, my awesome body jewelry measuring mobile app. It is in the December 2012 edition on page 28. You can view it on their site. I just had to share a glimpse of it here.


Pain Mag Spotlight on inGauge Body Jewelry Measuring APP

It reads:
Pain Magazine Spotlight on the inGauge App

by Scott Hove

In an effort to further enrich the ongoing relationship between piercers, their clients, and jewelry manufacturers, world-renowned author and piercer Elayne Angel has recently developed inGauge—a new mobile application designed specifically to aid members of the pierced community in sizing physical pieces of body jewelry.

Even Ear Lobe Piercings Can Be Dangerous

I received a message from a gal who had ear lobe piercings done with an ear stud gun and she experienced complications:

Hi,
About 4 weeks ago I gor my ear lobe pierced with a piercing gun, and just recently one of my piercings has started to become very sore, and then today I went to clean it with a spray the piercing place gave me but as soon as I rotated it it starting oozing a lot of green pus, and then bleeding. I don't understand why this has happened as I have followed all instructions on cleaning the piercing, and I can't find any information on why the piercing is bleeding. What should I do? H.

My reply:

Hi H.,

Piercing guns do NOT meet the Association of Professional Piercers guidelines for safe piercing in terms of hygiene nor jewelry style and material. This page of the APP site has information about it: http://www.safepiercing.org/piercing/faq/#guns

Go to a competent body piercer immediately for appropriate jewelry!

All of my piercer referrals are posted on this page of my website: http://piercingbible.com/piercer-referrals

If I haven't personally worked with or trained any piercers in your area, you can check the website for a member of the Association of Professional Piercers who is local to you:

http://www.safepiercing.org/locate-an-app-member/searchable-member-datab...

They can insert jewelry that is higher quality and a more appropriate style for healing. You may need to see a doctor but let a professional piercer get a look at you first.

These are the care instructions I suggest: http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care

Learning to Pierce- A Piercing Apprentice

I got a question from an aspiring piercer:

I really love all that you do for the piercing industry. And with that being said i am just starting out in the piercing industry. I've just recieved my piercing license. And was wanting to know where you get your tools and piercing supplies from. And if you would know of anyone in the Lincoln or Omaha Nebraska area who you would recommend to try to get an apprentership with.
Thank You,
Mi.

Apadravya (Male Genital )Piercing with Hypertrophic Scarring

I received a some photos and quetions from a man who got an apadravya piercing

My name is P. and i am from Germany.
I am very confused right now because of my Apadravya and wanted to know, if you could be so kind to say me, what i can do.

I got it done at the 31 August in 2012.Penis with apadravya piercing and mark for traditional placement

After a few stretchings i am now at 2.4 mm with a length of 25mm.

About 3 weeks after i got the piercing there was some tissue growing in front of my Piercing and i tried to make it go away by sticking a needle in it.

Now the tissue is still there. It is dead, so i have no feeling there and it is very hard.

I wanted to ask another piercer what i could do to make it go away but she said, that the real problem would be, that my Apadravya is way to near the tip of my penis and that i should take it out because it will definately migrate.

I am very desperate now and wanted to ask you if this is true and if it is not, if you know what i can do to make this tissue go away.

Thank you very much in advance

Yours sincerely, P.

Navel Piercing and Bloating/Weight Loss?

I received a message from a woman who had some concerns related to her navel piercing:

Navel piercing photo

Hello,
I got my belly done yesterday but it looks quite bloated? Is it supposed to be? And also is it possible to loose weight whilst wearing a belly bar?
Thankyou:)

My reply:
There could be some localized swelling but it would not be normal for a navel piercing to result in generalized abdominal bloating. In fact, I can't think of a single medical reason that a piercing could cause that to happen. More likley you have eaten something that doesn't agree with you.

Also, the ability to lose (or gain) weight relates to the intake of calories and output of energy. There is no relation between your navel piercing and your body's ability to gain, lose, or maintain your weight.

That said, during initial healing you need to be conscious of not injuring the area or causing excessive trauma during physical activities.

Below are a few related sections from The Piercing Bible:

  1. Physical Activity and Exercise

    Generally, you can exercise during healing if you avoid extremes of motion and prevent impact to the pierced area. Still, your activities often need to be modified—at least for a while—if they cause problems with your piercing.

NIpple Piercing Healing: Scar Tissue Formation on One Side


Nipple Piercing with Barbell--well healedMy left nipple has been pierced the EXACT same amount as my right and it still leaks, nearly every morning I have crustys that I must clean off, and a bit through out the day. Nothing excessive, though sometimes in the morning I find dried blood. I have had to go up in size on my left nipple slightly when the nipple got a bit bigger but only on one side. I have pictures that I would gladly send, however I saw no option on your website for me to attach :( I want to know is there way to get my left nipple back to regular without having to take the piercing out? Is it rejecting at a very slow rate?  Will my nipple be this way forever?

Nipple Piercing with Barbell--with excess scar tissue formation

My reply:

You definitely do have some scar tissue formation going on there.

Do you feel like it is continuing to grow, or if it has stabilized?

I don't know if perhaps that side was pierced a little deeper than not he other one? In any case, I have some suggestions from my book for dealing with excess scar tissue (called hypertrophic scarring) and I posted it here on this website.

Dangerously Shallow Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Piercing with Overly Long Jewelry

I received a photo from a woman who was concerned that her VCH piercing wasn't properly placed (after viewing this website). She was correct:

Dangerously shallow vertical clit hood piercing with overly long jewelry

I told her:
Unfortunately, you're going to need to abandon your piercing. It is simply placed too close to the edge of your hood for safety (even if you were to change out the super long bar for a shorter one). There is a high risk of migration and rejection (which can result in a split hood!). Also, the jewelry is nowhere near your clitoris. So even if you wated to keep it, you would not be expected to experience any enhaced sensation from it.

I think you should talk to the owner of the studio and try to get your money back.

Who did the piercing for you? Where are you located? Perhaps I can suggest a qualified professional in your area.

Inner Labia Piercing Question (with photo)

I got a message from a woman with an inner labia piercing:

I just recently pierced my labia minora and I have been cleansing it with saline solution three times a day. It burns like crazy when I go to the bathroom though. I don't know if that can infect it or what I need to do to prevent infection. Please help. Thanks.

Inner Labia Piercings (plus a VCH) Piercing
Photo of a woman with a VCH (Vertical Clitoral Hood)
and inner labia (labia minora) piercings


This is an excerpt from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing, and I think it could help you:

Genital Piercing: Urinating

Bodily fluids are apt to get on certain genital piercings, which is not a problem—if they are your own. Urine is one of man’s first antiseptics and, if you are healthy, your own liquid waste will not harm your piercing. The regular passage of urine over the jewelry helps to minimize crusting, too. Urine can sting during the first few days of healing, so drink lots of water. This dilutes the urine and lowers the acidity, which minimizes discomfort. Cranberry juice or large quantities of orange juice or vitamin C will make your urine acidic,1 which may cause excess discomfort. Additionally, you can pour a clean cup of water—warm or cool, as you prefer—over the area as you urinate. This rinses off the urine so it doesn’t linger uncomfortably, and the water feels soothing.


Piercing care information is here: http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care

Male Nipple Piercing Problem

I got a message from a man who had both his nipples pierced, and he suspected something was not right with one of them:

Shallow, rejecting male nipple piercing

Hello! I recently got both nipples pierced. My right one looks very good, but my left one doesn't look like it has pierced enough tissue, and as such, is making me very nervous. They have been in for a little over a week at this point, there is no pain, and minor crusting. Does it appear to be ok? Or should I remove it, let it heal, and then have it redone?

Thanks!


My reply:

Unfortunately, that piercing is far too close to the surface to be viable. If you don't remove it, I am sure that it will reject completely, which can leave you with a split scar.

I think you should get your money back--that was NOT properly pierced. I would suggest you wait at least 4 weeks before repiercing, and make sure the tissue feels pliable. If it feels dense or tight, I would continue to wait. You may want to try a scar reduction product to facilitate the healing after the wound seals over.

I would strongly advise you visit a more competent professional to redo it; I would not trust the individual who performed the original piercing.

If you would like to have me evaluate the other side, feel free to send another photo.

Industrial Ear Cartilage Piercing Problem

I received a message from a piercee who I'd assisted previously. This time it was about an industrial project: two piercing in the ear cartilage connected by a single barbell.

Industrial Ear Piercing with Scar Tissue FormationHi. You helped me clear up an infection last year in another piercing I have so I thought I'd contact u about a new problem I'm having with a new piercing...

I got an industrial piercing a month ago. I cleaned it 4 times a day with saline solution like the piercer advised, didn't sleep on it, didn't bother it. Well, it still hurts to the touch where the barbell enters my ear as well as throbs throughout day/night. I still can't sleep on it. Now I notice lumps at 3 entrance points. I've done a sea salt soak a day and put emu oil on the site at least once a day since noticing these lumps. I still try to clean it with saline 3 times a day. What else can I do? I attached some pics. Thank u

Industrial Ear Piercing with Scar Tissue Formation



My reply:

Botched Triangle Piercing of the Day

I received yet another email from a woman who felt her "triangle piercing" wasn't properly placed. She was right:

I received a triangle piercing three days ago. I'm feeling a lot of discomfort. can you "triangle" piercing that is far too lowplease take a look at my piercing. I just want to make sure it was done correctly.

Nope--sorry, it is not even close. It looks to be about an inch south of where it should be. The triangle should be right beneath the clitoral shaft, which goes back and up from your clitoral glans. We can clearly see the head of your clitoral glans peeking out from underneath the "inverted V" of your hood. The piercing would need to be quite near to there... So you have the piercing equivalent of about a mile off from where it should have been placed. There is no likelihood of you receiving the type of stimulation that a properly placed triangle piercing can provide (from the back of the clitoris).

Fortunately, it is unlikely that you will suffer any damage to vital structures from the piercing being so low. It is more of a missed opportunity for enhancement, plus the pain or discomfort and also the expense of going through a piercing that isn't what you wanted, and isn't located where it is supposed to be.

I also marked your images with the approximate location of a triangle.

Her reply:

The piercer's name was Perry. He works at Gold Coast studio in Monterey, CA. I initially went in for a VCH , but was told that I was suited for it. I'm more upset that he suggested the triangle knowing he didn't have experience performing the procedure.

Prince Albert Placement Questions

I got an interesting message from a man who had received a poorly placed Prince Albert piercing:


Hello Ma'am,

I recently 2 weeks ago got a PA at what is know as a good local piercer at my town.  The piercing was done with a 12g after the initial pain went away I began to feel like a blade cutting into me.  By day three I saw that the hole had already stretched so I changed it to an 8g.  The 8g fit right in, no pain, no more discomfort and it felt great when in use.  By the end of the first week I no longer had any discharge, pain, redness, nothing.  It felt like its been there all my life.  I liked the piercing so much I started to read everywhere about things I could do to make it cooler or better.  At one point I saw your site and did a lot of reading there.  (By the way, best site on the net about piercings) I noticed that every good PA had at least past the penis glans.  As you can see on the picture I sent my hole is just 1/4 inch from the tip of my urethra split.  I also noticed by week two the my PA had stretched a little more.  Even though I had no pain and it looked great I felt I had too little skin  for the PA to remain.  This picture was taken only 24hours since I took out my PA and already the piercing is closing.  Now I love the PA and will do it again.  So I need some opinion from you.