April 1st, 2011
I received this message:
I have heard that surface piercings, eyebrow, navel, anti eyebrow and some others, have a tendency to reject. I was wondering if there are some ways you could prevent or slow down the rejection process for these piercings? If it does start to reject and you take the jewelry out are there fluctuations in rejection risk( more or less risk) that would possibly result in a different outcome if you had it repierced? And also what are some signs to tell if a piercing is rejecting? Thanks! G.
March 30th, 2011
I received this message from a woman who is worried about her piercing:
I got my industrial done back in November....my boyfriend and i were doing a little rough houses and i hit my ear with his knee and when i went in the bathroom to look my bottom hole on the back side was bleeding. The only time i bleed was when i got my piercing 4 months ago. What could this be, and what can i do to stop it???
March 1st, 2011
I received this message through my website:
About five months ago I got my waist pierced. The piercer did not perform the piercing right neither did he use the PTFE in the piercing and it rejected within a matter of weeks and left a really unattractive scar that has slightly faded but is still there.
Three months ago I went to another piercer and I got my belly button pierced & also a surface piercing below my belly button. My piercing did not reject but I still had dark circles around the piercing and ended up taking it out.
attached are pictures of the scars.
January 13th, 2011
I received this message from a Facebook friend:
Hi Elayne i would like to learn body piercing. My problem being i have been round the local studios and no one will show me because i tattoo and most piercing is done in other tattoo studios i know you are in the states but thought you may have links or knowledge of some one in the north east of scotland. any advice or help would be much loved. Garry
December 10th, 2010
I received a message about navel piercings (belly piercings) and pregnancy
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.
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.
December 1st, 2010
I received this message through the contact form:
My ears are currently at 1-1/4" (have been for a little over a month, probably), and are showing signs of blowing out soon. I'm planning on going up to 1-3/8", so I've started soaking them in sea salt twice a day, and applying Emu Oil afterwards.
I know it depends on each person, but how long do you think it will take until they're ready to stretch again?
Any advice you can give me would be great! F.
Thanks for your message. I can't really say how long you should wait, and you shouldn't set a goal date either.
I think you should let your ears tell you, rather than trying to set a schedule for them! If you say they're "showing signs of blowing out" --and depending on what you're referring to, you may need to wait 6-9 months or longer before going up again. Or you may not be able to stretch further safely. Sometimes a body hits a limit, and attempts at further stretching can be unsuccessful and cause tissue loss.
Saline soaks if they're VERY mild are good, but be sure not to cause any drying of tissue. Emu oil is great, and I guess you know I heartily recommend it. Just listen to your body and when your current jewelry is very loose, and the tissue looks happy and healthy, then you can consider more stretching. Are you familiar with some of the techniques for stretching a little bit at a time? (Have you read my book, The Piercing Bible? Here's a brief passage from the section on stretching:
November 28th, 2010
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!!
October 23rd, 2010
I recently received this email message:
I'm going into the military in a few months, and i want to get my hips pierced before i go. I was wondering if when i took the jewel off, if you could see the post of hip piercings?
My best professional suggestion is sound advice: don't bother to get these piercings.
They're notoriously difficult to heal and frequently people end up with scars rather than healed piercings. Further, you will not be able to safely wear the surface bars (the type of jewelry most commonly used in that area) without some type of threaded ends on the jewelry--discs, gems, or something else. You won't be able to completely hide them, and the physical activity that you'll be required to engage in during basic training will cause nothing but problems.
This one works better in fantasy than reality. Sorry...