Elayne Angel

Nostril Piercing Placement Consultation

I received a message from a woman who was considering a nostril piercing:

Hi. I really like your site and you seem to be really good at what you do. I would really appreciate it if you could mark the location of a nostril piercing that would look the best on me. Thanks a lot.

My response:

Hi,

I've marked a dot for the "traditional" spot in what I call the "pleasing triangle" placement. And I have also included a second image with the triangle sketched in for you, too.

Best placement indicated Pleasing Triangle diagram

This is from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing:

Nostril Piercing: Placement

The traditional placement for a nostril piercing is at the crease line on the side of the nose. A big smile accentuates this feature to help pinpoint the spot. This area is often thinner than the rest of the nose, so it may heal faster and feel less tender when pierced. The jewelry will rest in a natural niche, where it nestles most gracefully. I find it aesthetically pleasing when the placement of the piercing forms a relatively equilateral triangular shape with the opening of your nostril, from end to end.

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:

Body Jewelry Removal Considerations

Hi Ms. Angel,

Hope you are well. You did my triangle piercing last year in Philly and I'd like to remove it for a few hours. Do you think it would be a problem to put it back in? BTW, I love it! 

My reply:

Hi.

There's a chance if you remove it you won't be able to reinsert it. On some women, this can happen instantaneously with triangle piercings, because of the way I manipulate the clitoral shaft to rest in front of the jewelry. There's a possibility it could slip back and block the channel even if the piercing is well established. I've had some very distressed clients who found out the hard way that it just couldn't  be reinserted, even after the briefest removal.

Since you love it, maybe you can avoid taking it out? 

Or, at the very least, I'd strongly suggest you get an insertion taper before you do so. That can help you to reinsert it with less difficulty or trauma. You can get them here:

http://www.bodycircle.com 

I'd suggest the one for threaded jewelry in the 12 gauge (which is the most common size I use and should be what you're wearing unless we discussed some other size, or you have stretched up since I pierced you).

Information that will be very helpful to you is located in Chapter 17 of my book, The Piercing Bible. Here's a brief excerpt that should prove useful if you decide to do any jewelry changes (or try out brief removal):

Insertion Tapers for Jewelry Changes

Consultation: 11 Years With An Apadravya (Male Genital) Piercing- Will It Heal?

I performed a consultation for a man who abandoned an Apadravya piercing:

Hey Elayne.

I have had an Apadravya in for 11 years. I believe it was originally pierced as a 10G and then stretched to an 8G.

Apadravya Piercing
An apadravya piercing

It is time to take it out. I took it out about 48 hours ago. I almost feel like my penis is now more in danger than it was when I had the barbell in. And am curious to know if the holes will eventually close up or if an 8 Gage is too big of a gap or maybe too much time has passed to allow this to happen. Like a doctor couldn't cauterize the hole to gap it, right?

Maybe too much worrying going on in my head. I just don't want these new un-covererd holes from getting infected and I almost want to pump someone full of baby juice at somepoint. So this tripple pee spray is not the spread I want.

Thank you for any and all information.

Thanks for listening.

My reply:

Hello D.

When abandoned, a piercing that old won't "heal" per se, but it is very likely to shrink. Your piercing has "epithelialized" as cells have grown to line the channel making it a sealed hole within your body. So it isn't an opening wound, but a channel all to itself (a "fistula"). This is assuming, of course, that you weren't experiencing irritation, a flare-up, or other problem, which can indicate that there is open tissue.

This is from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing:

Will It Close?

Consultation: Nipple Piercing Jewelry Too Short

 

I performed a consultation for a piercee whose initial jewelry in her nipple piercing was too short:

I got my nipple pierced last night and I think it maybe too small its 14g and 9/16". I am doing the sea salt soaks. Just concerned thats the bar is too small.

Nipple pierced with too short bar.

My reply:

Hi.

The bar is definitely too short for your build!  You must visit your piercer ASAP to have it changed for a longer bar. Hopefully the jewelry is internally threaded or the piercer has an insertion taper that will screw onto the existing bar to avoid passing threads through your freshly pierced tissue. See below.

 

Internal and External Threads graphic

Throughout healing, there should be a millimeter or two of the post showing on each side when your nipple is relaxed out to its widest dimension. 

Only after you are fully healed should you consider wearing a bar snug enough that the balls are right up against the tissue. 

Here's the information I suggest for aftercare: http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care

Below is a section from The Piercing Bible about embedded jewelry:

  1. Embedded Jewelry

Piercing Gun Ear Cartilage Trouble

I received a message from a man who experienced healing problems after getting his ear cartilage pierced by a piercing gun:

Hi Elayne,

I on a whim got my cartilage pierced at Clare's Saturday afternoon and it was doing really well up until today. I know the piercing gun is bad. i think I either irritated it or its showing signs of infection. Today when I woke up I cleaned it with theIr solution and I took a shower this afternoon and did the following:

1. After washing my scalp I used the Bronners Lavender to clean my ear (thinks its too harsh for me).

2. After I got out the shower I used their cleaning solution and spayed some h2ocean on it. 

3. It felted irritated so I soaked it in chamomile but I put 1/8 tsp of sea salt in the water and let it soak.

Well since then its red, burning, and throbs off and on. I attached a pic and I would value your opinion. 

Thanks!

Piercing Gun Ear Cartilage Trouble

My reply:

Thanks for your message. You're OVERCLEANING with too many products. You only need one soap and some saline. Did you dilute the Dr. Bronner's? I suggest using their "baby mild unscented" formula. 

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

Here is information on the saline soaks: http://piercingbible.com/saline-soaks

Nipple Piercing Problems: Placed too Deep & Jewelry too Short

 

I performed a consultation for a woman whose new nipple piercings were placed very deeply:

Dear Elayne,

I recently got both of my nipples pierced. I worry that they were pierced too deep. I have puffy nipples that aren't hard very often so I suppose they need to be pierced deeper than normal. My left one has been giving me a lot of trouble but the right is fine. I feel like the top of the left one tries to bury into my piercing. I'm not sure if it's too deep, the bar is too short, or if the balls are irritating me. I plan on changing to PFTE once it has healed.

I've provided some photos for you to look. I'd like to not remove them as I paid nearly $80 for the piercings but if they appear detrimental to my nipples I would take them out.  

Thank you,

S

Deeply pierced nipples.

My reply:

Hi S.

The piercings do appear to be deeper than they had to be. I have marked one of the photos with arrows showing where the entry and exit should have been located on that side. 

I don't know that price should be your key deciding factor on whether to keep the piercings and make the effort required to heal them since they are not optimally placed. There's a chance the piercer may be willing to redo them (if you trust him or her to do so) in the more traditional placement (in the natural crease that defines the tip of the nipple from the base--where I marked the image).

Apadravya Irritation And Healing Solutions

 

I received a message from a man who was concerned about his apadravya piercing:

Hi Elayne,

I love my aprydavya, but I have been having problems with it lately.  I have been doing the sea salt solution (1 teaspoon per cup of distilled water).  It has been irritated over the past two weeks and was not getting better with the nightly salt soaks of 20 minutes.  Also, I think I may have screwed up with making a batch of the solution, storing it in a separate container and poring it into another container to soak as opposed to making a fresh batch every time   Now I make a fresh batch of the solution,  but do you think I should see a doctor about the irritation?  Also, do you think that the jewelry may be too long?  When wearing tighter pants, it really contorts the angle and I think that is were the irritation started.

I have attached photos.

Thanks!

Apadravya Healing Flare Up Apadravya Healing Flare Up

My response:

It doesn't look worthy of a doctor visit to me. It may be from trauma, as you mentioned in your message. You'll need to check your own jewelry fit. When you're fully erect, if there is still extra room then you can and should get a shorter post put in.

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