body piercing

Prince Albert (PA) Male Genital Piercing Metal Reaction

 

I received a message from a man who abandoned his new Prince Albert (PA) piercing due to symptoms of metal reaction and wanted to get repierced: 

Hi Ms Elayne Angel,

I am sorry to bother you but I have a piercing question and I am getting such a wide variety of answers; I thought I'd go to the source.

I had a PA and had a bad metal reaction and had to remove it after 5 1/2 weeks. I plan to get it redone but was wondering what steps to take to get ready for the re-piercing and how long I should wait. 

The answers have varied from 2 weeks to 3-4 months. 

I was just wanting to clear up the confusion. 

Thank you for your time and I appreciate all you have contributed to the art of body modification. I have your book and it is a great book.

By chance are you planning any trips to the Charlotte NC area anytime soon?

Thanks in advance,

M.

My response:     

Hi M.

Thanks for the positive feedback about my book; I really appreciate it and I'm glad to hear your opinion about it.

Well, the "confusion" can be attributed to the fact that it really depends on your body and how quickly you recover from the effects of the first piercing and the reaction you experienced. I have a number of questions for you and it is important to find out exactly what went wrong the first time before having the piercing redone. When you repierce, you must do something different or you can expect the same problematic results.

Frenum Healing Problems

 

Here's a consultation I recently performed for a man who was experiencing healing problems with his new frenum piercing:

Dear Elayne,

I'd like your input on a piercing. I got a 8g frenum piercing done 3 weeks ago by a fairly reputable piercer.  I had some personal references and saw some of her work.  

In any event, I have been having some healing problems.  While the marking was spot on, once the piercing was done it was slightly crooked.  That wasn't much of an issue for me, but the bigger issue was that one side (the exit side) appears to have been done shallow.  

Looking at the piercing, the side that is healing fine you cannot see an outline of the piercing, but on the "bad" side it seems like the bar passes close to the surface for the last 1/8 inch or so before it exits.  From the first day it was pierced you could see an outline of the bar (as if about a 2-3mm tube of skin was surrounding the bar just before it exited), and the skin has since the day it was pierced felt taut there.  A few days later it was raw around the outside of that side while rest of the piercing felt fine. 

That side has in the past few days taken to crusting and emitting a lot of milky goo when I give it salt soaks (2x daily since I got the piercing).  It also has started to feel a little prickly (a pinching sensation every now and then).

The little red area by the silver ball end is the skin area that has always felt taut/raw.  I have also tried to show how the area behind/around the "bad" side looks.

Besides the regular see salt regimen, I have tried vitamin E and switching to a larger ball (the blue one) on the opposite end of the bar in the hopes of taking pressure off of the irritated area.

Upper Frenum (Male Genital Piercing) Healing Problems

 

I received a message from a man who had questions about optimal placement and healing issues with upper frenums:

Hi. I was wondering if top frenums are frequent for migration and rejection. I have had mine pierced three times and they keep migrating out. The first two times were at 14g and this last time was at 10g. I started with 3 top frenums at 10g but after 2 months I lost one and a few weeks later another one. I'm thinking that the 10g rejection was caused by my switch of jewelry after 2 months of getting them redone. My idea for the frenums is to wear large diameter CBRs in the frenums like c-rings. I wanted to try the jewelry out and wore it for a few weeks.

When I stretched my bottom frenums (which have given me no problems) and the last top frenum to 8g, my piercer has advised not to wear that jewelry for long term wear as they would cause pressure and migration. She was noticing the signs on the 10g CBRs I was wearing at the time of the stretch. Do you think it would be worth trying a fourth time on one of my top frenums that is near the middle of my shaft length or should I just be happy with the bottom ones?

My response:

Hi.

Upper frenums can be harder to heal for many men. There tends to be less pliable tissue on the top and that seems to lead to complications like migration and rejection. 

It is possible 12 gauge would be a better starting size. It is large enough to be sufficiently sturdy, but will not cause as much pressure against the tissue as a 10 ga (especially if you don't have a lot of excess skin).

Also how much tissue was pierced between the entry and exit during the initial piercings? Do you have any photos of the piercings when they were new?

Questions About Male and Female Genital Piercings

 

I received a message from a couple who had questions about genital piercings:

Hello Elayne,  

My wife would like to get a VCH piercing and we went to one local piercer in Cape Coral, FL and he said he couldn't do it.  We had heard it was a good reputable place but it seems like he was nervous or uncomfortable because he didn't examine very long at all, more like a quick look and said sorry.  If I sent you a picture would you be able to tell if you would be able to do it?  I fly with an airline and we can travel to where ever you would be to have it done.  Also, I would like to get a piercing and not sure as to whether I want a PA or or apadravya or dydoe...not concerned so much for my increased sensation but what typically feels better or more enhanced sensation on the woman during intercourse.  Any suggestions?  Thank you for your help.

M

My response:

HI M.

I'll be happy to assist you as best I can from this distance.

If you are able to travel and you would like to be notified when I make travel plans in the future, please sign up for my newsletter by typing your email address into the box on the right column on any page of my site: http://piercingbible.com It is an "opt-in" list, so I can't add you myself. I frequently have clients drive or fly in from other areas when I work. 

If your wife wishes to have a consultation with me for your anatomy in relation to piercing suitability, please visit this page for information: http://piercingbible.com/consultations#AnatomyConsult

Nape (Back of the Neck) Surface Piercing Information

 

I received a message from a person seeking information about a (Back of the Neck) Surface Piercing:

Hi.

I want to get a nape piercing but everyone tells me that I can't because surface piercings tend to reject and that I'll regret it. What jewelry is best to use for the piercing and what can I do to help it not reject?

My response:

Hi.

It is true that surface piercings have a higher rejection rate than "traditional" body piercings. And it is very important that the tissue is pliable/pinchable. If your skin in that area is really tight and dense, then piercing is not suggested. In addition to optimal placement for your anatomy, and appropriate jewelry, assiduous aftercare is also crucial. They are explained here: http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care 

To facilitate healing, you should do saline soaks: http://piercingbible.com/saline-soaks

And also you can use emu oil to soothe and help healing (if you don't object to using an animal product): http://piercingbible.com/emu-oil

Here's an excerpt from my book, The Piercing Bible, about surface piercings:

Surface Piercings

Prince Albert (PA) Piercing Evaluation on Uncircumcised Man

 

I received a message from an uncircumcised man asking for a piercing evaluation for a Prince Albert (PA) piercing:

Hi,

I got a PA done just over a week ago, and I'm a bit concerned about the positioning. I'm can't see any sign of migration (yet?), but I'm not sure there's enough flesh holding it, and while I don't plan to stretch to jumbo sizes I do want to go up to at least an 8g. I'm uncircumcised, which adds the additional complication of positioning it with my foreskin, so I'm not sure if it could have gone further back or if I'm just unsuited to this piercing. If unsuited, would an apadravya (either converting the PA or healing and getting it done new) be an option, or would you recommend a reverse PA?

Thanks.

Prince Albert piercing on uncircumcised penis.

Prince Albert piercing on uncircumcised penis.

Prince Albert piercing on uncircumcised penis with ruler to indicate depth.

My response:

Without being able to manipulate your tissue (see your foreskin in it's "resting" position and also pull the foreskin back) it is hard for me to evaluate whether there is a suitable PA placement option for you that is further away from the lower edge of your urethra.

Microdermal Piercing (Surface Anchor) Rejecting

 

I received a message from a person whose surface anchor was beginning to reject:  

Hello,

I got a chest microdermal around 9 months ago and the heel/bottom of it is rejecting. I'm getting it removed today and wanted to know what would the proper placement of a chest dermal be? I think I got it to low and all the tissue that was pulling on it was making so that it could not fully sit correctly. I'm just asking about this to see if getting one higher would be better. I also wanted to know if there was another type of piercing I could get there that would achieve the same effect except with better results. I love my dermal so much I'm just sad to say goodbye to it.

Thank you for your time.

Surface anchor beginning to reject

Hello.

I can understand your concern.

Unfortunately, even when everything is done right, surface anchors (the preferred terminology of the Association of Professional Piercers) simply appear to be less of a permanent body modification than traditional body piercings.

They require ongoing care throughout their life span, including regular irrigation to make sure no matter builds up in the channel or under the ornament. And even with this care, sometimes they will tilt and/or surface and reject.

There is no guarantee that repiercing in the area would result in better results. In fact, I think you can expect the same thing to happen again, which would only result in more scar tissue.

Below are some brief excerpts from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing

Surface Piercing

Healing A Navel Piercing During Pregnancy

I received a message from a woman who had questions about navel piercing and pregnancy:

Hi! I've just gotten my belly pierced 2 days ago. Now I'm worried that it'll leave a scar because this morning I was positive that I'm pregnant. Should I take it off now? Because I googled and it appears to me that the belly button looks ugly when pregnant and the scar looks bad. What should I do?

My response:

Hi there,

Yes, if you're pregnant the jewelry should be removed and the piercing abandoned ASAP. 

This is a section about "retiring" a piercing from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing:

Retiring a Piercing

Retiring a piercing is permanently removing your jewelry and abandoning the hole. Though body piercing has the potential to be a lifelong adornment, there is no doubt that a piercing—especially one that hasn’t been stretched too fast or large—is easier to be rid of than most other body modifications.

It is best to retire your piercing when it is in good health. A notable exception is when you have a rejecting piercing in which the jewelry has migrated too close to the surface. The main risk of removing jewelry is the potential to trap an infection inside. If there is any purulent drainage (pus), pain, inflammation, or suspected infection, do not abandon your piercing. See “Leave Jewelry In!” page 202, and subsequent sections for more information.

If your piercing is fine but you have decided the time has come to get rid of it, simply wash your hands and the area, open your jewelry, and remove it. A little bit of water-based lubricant such as K-Y Jelly can help to make the transition smooth. Wash the area daily when you bathe. Abandoning a piercing is that simple.

Here's another section that is relevant to your issue about healing a piercing during pregnancy:

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