The Piercing Bible

Sterile Saline Pads for Piercing Procedures

I got a great question from a colleague I know from the annual conferences for the Association of Professional Piercers:

Hey Elayne

Piercing question - Betadine leaves a brown mess, what do you clean it off with so people don't leave with a big yellow/brown patch on their face? Alcohol wipes?
 
Peace, C.

Hi C.,

No! Not alcohol--that could sting if it gets too close to the new piercing and is far too harsh for a fresh piercing. And removing the unattractive coloration isn't just an aesthetic issue. Iodine should be removed from the skin after the piercing is done to prevent any irritation.

I use these awesome sterile saline pads that come individually wrapped in foil packets. It is the BEST part of a piercing, because when you put it on, it cools the area and is very effective to help relieve any stinging or heat sensations. The pads feel almost as though they have been refrigerated, but that's just how they feel when they come out of the packet.

Piercing Bible eBook

A Facebook friend sent me a great question today:

Hiya Elayne, I was wondering if the book comes in an ebook format that I can buy for the iPad? I have the actual book but it becoming a bit dog eared now! I have looked on a few sites but am pretty new to using iPad so am not sure if I am looking in the right places lol! I hope you don't mind me sending you a message?
Love P xXx


Hi P.,

My reply:

Hi P.,

No problem! Thanks for your interest. It is going to be available as a Kindle eBook soon. You can now pre-order the eBook of The Piercing Bible here. And the Kindle program is free for iPad at the Apple App Store, so you would be able to read it on your iPad!

I've been begging my publisher since the book first came out. It has taken a while, but I'm super excited that it will be available soon!


Elayne

Male Genital Piercing Questions and Answers

A client who is interested in getting some male genital piercings posed the question to me:


I'm very interested in genital piercings. Can  you tell me if this is too much to begin with?

the pubic,
frenum ladder,
dydoe, and
guiche

is that too much?

My big question is, "which gives most pleasure to my female partner?"

Thanks Elayne!

 

Navel Piercings and Pregnancy

I received a message about navel piercings (belly piercings) and pregnancy
Hey Elayne!

I've recently gone deeper into thinking about getting my navel pierced, I know it will look cute, but I'm concerned about long term side effects. First of all, when you become pregnant, will it scar? And when you lose your baby weight will the hole shrink to the regular size or stay floppy? Also, what is the smallest gauge possible? I want to get the smallest gauge because I feel as though the larger the hole the more obvious it would be when no jewelry was in it, which is rather irritating. Respond as soon as possible! Thanks! S.

 

Hi S.,

Nobody can tell you whether you will end up with stretch marks from a pregnancy, nor exactly what your piercing will do. Ordinarily the area stretches out and shrinks back down--like the rest of the abdomen. I haven't really seen any problems from piercings, and women usually go back to wearing their jewelry as before.

Here's a brief section about navel piercings and pregnancy from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing:

Navel Piercings and Pregnancy
If your navel piercing is healed and does not cause any problems, simply leave the jewelry in place. However, dramatic alterations to the size and shape of your navel are normal; your innie can become an outie. Once the tissue begins to stretch, many women experience discomfort, inflammation, and sometimes migration. Switching to flexible plastic jewelry usually resolves these problems. If the piercing still doesn’t feel comfortable, you should abandon it until after delivery.

A 14 gauge is the thinnest size used by responsible piercers. With a smaller gauge, it is  more likely you'll experience cutting or tearing and possibly other problems such as migration.

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!!

Cute Quote

I received this message from a someone on Facebook who wanted to be Friends:

         Hello Mrs. Angel,

My name is CB and i was recommended to you by my friend Nick who works at Vibes in Brunswick, Maine. I have a huge interest in the field of piercing and have began reading your book and I must say it is the most informitive cool book I have ever read on the subject and I was woundering if you would be interested in being a friend of mine onFacebook?       


Hi CB,
Thanks for the positive feedback; I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying my book!
Of course--let's be friends!
Elayne

He wrote again with one of the cutest statements made by anyone who has given me positive feedback about The Piercing Bible:


I'm more than enjoying your book. I LOVE your book! It's something I can't put down. My wife even gets mad at me for being soaked in to it; she calls it "the other woman."     

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

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