Piercing

Piercing Secretions on Healed Hood (VCH) Piercing

I received this message from a woman who was concerned about secretions on her jewelry in a healed VCH piercing:

Hi Elayne, I have had my vch pierced for almost a year. While cleaning in the shower I noticed a small amount of white stuff around the shaft of the bar. It is in between the bar and skin. With some research I found that it is a small amount of smegma. I've gone to my gyno and I don't have an infection or STD.

How can I clean under the piercing and the skin that covers the bar? The smegma makes me very self conscious. Thank u tons & bunches, J.

Positive Feedback

Here's a lovely note I received with a Paypal message from a client I just pierced. She got a VCH piercing:

Elayne, I was experiencing a bit of a "high" today after my piercing, and I forgot to tip you for your work! I'm embarrassed and sorry. It was a pleasure meeting you, and I'm thrilled with all aspects of my experience today. You made me feel comfortable and cared for. Thank you again. Joanne

More Cheek Piercing Dangers

I got a message from a woman who had a really bad cheek piercing experience:


I recently had an awful experience with some cheek piercings. Long story short, after 2 days of what I decided was an unjustifiable amount of swelling on my right side I went back to the piercer to ask them to change out the bar which just wasn't able to cope with it. After some time, which was partially spent trying to find some way to blame me for the swelling, they agreed to change it. Immediately my face started gushing out blood, the woman who took it out blanched and leapt away from me while the other ran from the room to call an ambulance. I just can't stress how very much blood was coming out, both congealed from 2 days of sitting under the skin and fresh.

I had done some rather substantial research on cheek piercings prior and although people did mention that there was a chance of hitting a vein I never actually came across any stories of this happening, most people finishing the warning with 'it's nearly impossible though'. I was wondering if you've heard any stories similar to this and if there were any long term affects I should be wary of. At the moment it seems fairly superficial, some bruising and the healing opening but I can't seem to shake a kind of not-quite-but-nearly-numb, stiffness in my cheek. My doctor, not seen this before, could only prescribe me some antibiotics and tell me to come back if I don't feel any improvement.
Thank you.


Prince Albert Question (with photos)

I received a message from a gentleman who is interested in getting a Prince Albert, but he has a low urethra and expressed concern:


Penis with a low urethra/possible hypospadiasI have always considered the idea of getting a PA piercing, and recently have been wanting to have something new done. My question for you though is concerning whether or not I can even have this type of piercing done.... My concern is that the opening for my urethra is very low. I will enclose the best pic I can manage to try to give you a better idea. Thanks for any insight you can provide me!

My reply:

VCH Piercing too Deep (with Photo)

I received a message from a woman in the Caribbean who got a VCH piercing and she felt it wasn't right:

Deep VCH piercingHoping you can help. I'm a very avid from from all the way in the Caribbean that spends a lot of time on your site. Recently (yesterday) I got a VCH done that I've been wanting forever.  However, it does not look like the pics I see on your site.  I think the ring is either too small or it was pierced to far up. Meaning the ring enters exactly at the top of my clitoral hood and  looks like its fighting to stay in.  Can I send you a pic and you let me know if I should take it out please please? I really don't want anything to go wrong in my precious nether region.
Thanks!

 

Ampallang Issues--Barbell Fit on Uncircumcised Penis

I received this message from a man who had read my book:

First I would like to thank you personally for writing such a great book on piercing. I have found it to be informative and a great support throughout my different piercings.

About six years ago I had a PA and an ampallang procedure done around the same time, my PA has stayed with me ever sense (currently stretched to a 2) but my ampallang had to be retired after only a few days. The problem I had is that my piercer suggested a long bar as an initial choice for jewelry and I have a lot of foreskin. The pressure was excrutiating. My lover believes it would be a fun piercing but I am not sure how or if this piercing will be possible considering my anatomy. I've also yet to see many images of uncut men with this piercing on the popular websites. Have you encountered this situation and can you shed some light on what us uncut men can do to have a successful chance with this piercing?

Sincerely yours,
E.

My reply:

Piercing Apprenticeships and Resources for Aspiring Piercers

I received a message from a girl who was interested in becoming a piercer:

Hello,

I've been interested in becoming a piercing artist for a while and have asked about apprenticeships, but have had no luck until today when one of the artists at a nearby shop said that he would apprentice me for one hundred dollars a week. Should I consider this? Would a reputable place ask for this or are they just interested in getting my money?

This is something I'm serious about doing and am willing to do anything for at this point.

Thanks,

J.

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