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Question about Retiring a Prince Albert Piercing

I received this message about Prince Albert piercing through the contact form:

Hello Elayne,
Picked up a copy of your book here in Canada last night.  Holy Cow!! I didn't anticipate this much info--thank you.  I have never been pierced before (hey, I'm a forty something)and am interested in a PA.  You discussed retiring this piercing stating that there is the possibility it may not close up depending on the time you've had it and how large of jewelery has been used.  You also indicated discussing with a surgeon/urologist about having it sutured up, and the pros and cons of doing this.  Have you every been informed of what these pro's and con's could be?? I would like to know in advance of doing anything.   Thanks, any comments would be greatly appreciated.  V.


Here's the section from The Piercing Bible about retiring the Prince Albert Piercing:

Prince Albert Piercing: Retiring
Unlike most piercings, once the Prince Albert is healed, it is usually there to stay. Even if you abandon it, you can probably reinsert jewelry later. Depending on how large the piercing was stretched, the hole could remain open enough to leak after you remove the jewelry. Simply covering the hole with your finger during urination is an accept- able resolution for most men. If not, consult an understanding urologist or surgeon to learn about the pros and cons of a procedure to excise and stitch up your unwanted aperture.

My repsonse:

Hi V.,
Thanks so much for the positive feedback; I really appreciate it.

Guest Blog Post: Nipple Piercing Problem

I received this message from a friend and colleague (one of the few piercers on my referrals page), Courtney from Cheap TRX in St Louis, MO.

Her contact info is below.

So I have a story that I thought you may be interested to hear:

Last year a girl came to me after having 3 different attempts at healing nipple piercings. All were an issue of poor placement/poor jewelry. I did them for her a final time that day.

About 8 months later, she came to me almost in tears, as her gyno had sent her to have them removed. She had visited her doc in regards to suddenly beginning to lactate. I told her that piercings don't make you lactate, hormones do, and that she should return to her gyno and request further examination.

She was relieved, but not for long. Her gyno just said "meh" and that she still needed to take them out. As time goes on, my client developed increasing symptoms of hormonal issues. She then sought the help of her regular physician- and they eventually concluded that she had a tumor on her pituitary gland!!

A Different Angel Tattoo

I received this message from a Facebook friend who is a fellow piercer:

 

Subject: Portrait
Hello Elayne,

How are you? We met at APP, a couple of times actually :) I am working on a leg sleeve of portraits of people in the body modification industry that I feel have made a huge impact or have been influential to myself. I only have one at the moment, David Vidra. Of course, you are going to be included in it! There are too many reasons to even list why I would choose to have your portrait tattooed on me, but I will just say that you are definitely a huge inspiration to a lot of us, and especially to us ladies out here. You've made leaps and bounds in this industry and I truly believe a lot of us wouldn't be doing what we are doing if it weren't for your work and dedication. So first off, thank you for being you! Second off, would it be possible to get a high resolution photo of you? I would LOVE the photo you used for your pain magazine articles. Your expression, your hat, all of it, I think would make an excellent portrait. Thanks so much in advance!

-D.

My reply:

Elayne Angel Headshot

Hip Piercings

I recently received this email message:

I'm going into the military in a few months, and i want to get my hips pierced before i go. I was wondering if when i took the jewel off, if you could see the post of hip piercings?


My reply:


My best professional suggestion is sound advice: don't bother to get these piercings.

They're notoriously difficult to heal and frequently people end up with scars rather than healed piercings. Further, you will not be able to safely wear the surface bars (the type of jewelry most commonly used in that area) without some type of threaded ends on the jewelry--discs, gems, or something else. You won't be able to completely hide them, and the physical activity that you'll be required to engage in during basic training will cause nothing but problems.

This one works better in fantasy than reality. Sorry...

Sincerely,
Elayne

Accurate and Helpful

I got a great message from a FaceBook friend:

I'm a shop owner in Thousand Oaks, Calif. We use your book evryday in some way in my shop and it has proven to be very accurate and helpful. Most important, though, has been the results with our customers from your info.

Thanks and keep up the great work.

 

My reply:

Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I'm delighted to hear that you find my book useful and that it has been helpful with customers. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know.

I want to make sure you know that signed copies of my book are available wholesale from The Association of Professional Piercers (APP), or you can  get it directly or from the publisher. Information about both options is located on the APP website here.

Thanks for writing!

Elayne

Septum Piercing Procedure

I received this message from a Facebook friend:


Hey Elayne, i just yesterday did a septum and I'm used to doing them with either septum clamps or just a needle and cork. I am not a big fan of the clamps cause I have found that they just plain hurt! So I almost always use the needle and cork method. I have heard recently that using a receiving tube for the procedure was very easy and comfortable..so I tried this method last night on a client and it was a mess..now granted its my responsibility to control my needle no matter what..

well this guy sneezed four times and moved around like a fish out of water..so the piercing was completely off and had to be redone..2nd time around he sat fine and it was still extremely off..at this point I just went back to my old method and used a cork and needle and the final product was just as it should be.

My question is this: Why is there so many good things i am hearing of the receiving tube method for septum's? Is there a secret that i am not aware of that makes it better or am i just misinformed? I have done more research and I'm still reading rave reviews of that method..does an angled receiving tube make a difference as opposed to a flat one?


My reply:

Empowered, Educated, and Liberated!

I just got some fantastic feedback from a reader:


Dear Miss Elayne Angel,
I realize you must get this a lot, as we 'modified' folk hold you in such high reguard, but thank you very much for your book, "The Piercing Bible". It's made my experiences getting pierced liberating, educated, and empowering. I feel SO much more confident with the decisions I've made because of your shared knowledge. I want to thank you again and again for your time and effort in the industry, and your willingness to spread the word, and celebrate self expression.

A big fan. I hope to follow your adventures wherever they may take you :)

-Britt


I'll admit, that put a smile on my face for the whole day. It makes the effort that went into writing my book all worthwhile.


A Technique Question from a Piercer

I received this message from a Facebook friend:

Elayne, Let me begin this note by telling you that I am a huge fan of yours, and I am extremely thankful for all the hard work that you, Jim Ward, Doug Malloy, Paul King and so many others have done for the industry we are in. If it weren't for you and others like you, body piercing would be no where near where it is now, so THANK YOU!!!
Now then, my question to you:


I have been piercing professionally for 6 years, a good career so far but only a few steps in comparison to yours... When I first began, I used the "piggy-backing" method I saw in your recent video post. I have since moved on and now pierce with like sized jewelry and needles. I was under the impression that the method described was amateur and generally looked down upon, and yet here I see a MASTER PIERCER using it. Now please don't get me wrong, your title of master piercer is correct and very well deserved, I just find it strange. So I come to you with thisa humble question, why do you prefer this method? I have found that the piercings tend to bleed too much when using this method. Are there benefits that I am unaware of? Thank you for your time and any info will be appreciated.


By the way, the "bible" is one of the books in my modification collection that I am most proud of, and I consult it regularly so thank you!!!!

A fan and fellow body modifier, -J.

My reply:

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