play piercing

Genital Play Piercing vs. Permanent Piercings with Body Jewelry

I recently received a very interesting piercing question from a piercer who is unsure of what to do when it becomes clear that a client is getting genital piercings for the experience of being pierced, and who does not really want to wear jewelry:

I have a 74-year-old gentleman who early last week came in and requested 4 8 gauge frenum piercings and an 8 gauge prince albert. Anatomy was suitable for the frenums but not quite for the P.A. so I made him aware and performed that piercing at a 10 gauge instead.

Everything was well and good, he was a more than satisfied client and went on his way. 3 days later he came in again and had taken them all out and wanted them all performed again. The P.A. was easily tapered back open and was not in need of a repierce. To redo the Frenums I just offset them a safe distance from the previous spots and re pierced them. The fact that he had had the procedure performed and then taken them out and had them redone within 3 days raised a few questions in my mind but i decided that I had no reason to not believe him when he said that he had just gotten frustrated with them so he took them out and realized doing so was a mistake.

Today, however, the gentleman came in to the shop again (3 days after the re-pierce, 6 days after the initial procedure) and had taken them all out again and wanted them re pierced yet again.

Lip Sewing (not a service I offer...)

I got some more information from the gal who wanted info on sewing her lips together:
It would just be for a photoshoot. my boyfriend would be there for support and to make sure nothing goes wrong, but i am probably going to be doing it myself. he is very insistant that he doesn't want to "hurt me" even if i'm asking him to. it's for the lips on my face. i have been looking into suture kits. would that be best for the situation.
Hi again, It depends on how you want the image to look. One of the easiest ways is to use long hypodermic tips and spear both lips with the needles. Then use some type of cord or ribbon (that has been suitably prepped--certain types of cloth can be autoclaved) and lace it around the needles. I think that looks aesthetically pleasing--kind of corset-like. If you want actual "thread" through the piercings then you are best off with a thick gauge suture thread. Unfortunately, compared to hypo tips and piercing needles, most suture needles are TOUGH to push through the skin! That's all going to be quite a bit bloodier than the first suggestion I made. You could go with a larger size, like a 12 ga and put 14 gauge tygon through. But it doesn't tie well like thread or fabric. It depends on the affect you wish to achieve--but make sure you prep the area with a surgical scrub, wear gloves, and use sterile implements. That means autoclaved! Not dunked in alcohol or put over a flame!! Good luck and let me know how it goes. Elayne

Interesting Email Question

I got an email today that was more unique than my average piercing question--and I'll admit: this one isn't covered in my book. :
dear elayne: i'm really interested in sewing my lips shut (ok i admit it, i'm a "freak") and i'm wondering what your opinion on what the best materials for doing this would be, and the best places to buy them. would a simple sewing needle and cotton thread really be my best bet? or a hollow needle and some tygon? thank you so much!!! L
Hi L, Thanks for your email. My reply: I need a little more information about what you want to achieve. How long would you plan to leave it in? What do you have in mind? Would it be for a photo shoot, or ...? Will there be anyone else involved to help, or do you want to do it yourself? I don't think an ordinary needle and thread would be appropriate, regardless of your aims. You definitely need to use something that has been sterilized. And I'm not sure if you're talking about your lips on your face, or your labia? Please provide me with more information, and I'll see what I can come up with for you. Thanks, Elayne
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