January 16th, 2012
I received a question about a very unusual piercing placement:
Can you get a piercing on the heel of your foot????????
I wouldn't recommend it. And even if you managed to do it, it would be VERY unlikely to be successful. The tissue there is dense and tight with little or no pinchable flesh. Piercings in such areas is very seldom remain for long--the body simply ejects the jewelry.
Importantly, a piercing in such an area would also have a significantly higher risk of infection than traditionally placed body piercings because of its proximity to the floor where dirt and germs are more abundant
I have seen a very rare placement of a piercing actually behind the achilles tendon the ankle (see Photo, courtesy of Jim Ward and PFIQ Magazine.) Suffice it to say, such a piercing has grave risks including potential for loss of function of the limb.
If you want to get pierced, please select a safer area of your body.
Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
President, Association of Professional Piercers
January 14th, 2012
I had a piercee (not someone I pierced personally) contact me to say she was concerned about her genital piercings due to localized swelling following sexual activities:
I know you are super busy, and I totally appreciate you taking some of your time out to read and reply to my issue. I got a VCH on July 2nd and then I got a Triangle done on Sept 10th of this year. I haven't had any problems with the healing process but I have noticed lately when I have somewhat rough sex my hood gets quite swollen (like it kind of balloons up to maybe 2x its size). It gets really sensitive and discomforting and I don't know if its because the Triangle is still healing or is this a side effect of having both piercings? Or a combo of both?
Thank you for everything! You are an awesome woman and I love your book! You rock!
January 4th, 2012
I am so sorry to keep bugging you, but I'm very disappointed. After being curious as to why I wasn't receiving much clitoral stimulation from my piercing, I did a little more exploring of the area. I do think that this guy placed the bottom of the piercing a bit too far from the apex of my clitoral hood. I know I sound like a scrooge, but I didn't spend my hard earned money on a piercing that's only going to look pretty and not function as it should.
You can imagine how pissed off I am right now. I have attached a picture exposing the underside of my hood. Please give me your opinion. If you concur, I have a couple of questions for you.
Do you think I should abandon the piercing, or would simply changing the jewelry to a j-curve solve the issue? If I abandon the piercing, how long should I wait before getting re-pierced properly? Finally, can you recommend any piercers in California? (Preferably in the southern California or inland empire areas.) Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you so much. Xoxo <3 A.
Yeah, that's WAY off the mark. I would abandon it, and I'd suggest you wait 2 weeks or so before repiercing. If the tissue is pliable and not hard or inflexible, and there's no discomfort, you should be ready to repierce. The correct placement is quite a distance from where your piercing was placed. I do think it would be reasonable to request a refund (and you can give them their jewelry back...).
If you'd like, I can pierce you myself! I'll be working in LA later this month. Information is here and attached flier: http://piercingbible.com/event/2011/07/elayne-angel-piercing-los-angeles...
Let me know ASAP as I'm almost booked up. If you don't want to have me do it, I have referrals here; http://piercingbible.com/piercer-referrals
January 4th, 2012
I had some lengthy correspondence with a piercee who went to a reputable professional for her Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) piercing, but felt it was much more painful than most other women seem to find the procedure and aftermath. I believe it was a reflection of individual sensitivity after learning it was done by a skilled piercer.
December 30th, 2011
I got a message from a piercee who was concerned about the placement of her nostril piercing:
Hi Elayne, I just got my nostril pierced a week ago, but I'm experiencing the same problem P. had with nostril piercing placement. Although I had initially questioned the placement of my piercing, I went ahead with it anyway because I knew that my piercer was experienced and therefore trusted his judgment.
But since I've gotten my nostril pierced, I've been extremely self conscious about it, thinking I might look stupid because it may not be in the most flattering position for my face. I've even found myself looking at peoples' noses and imagining where a potential nostril piercing should be placed, and more often than not, it looks best along their crease. To my surprise, the placement of my nostril piercing, though unconventional and awkward at first glance, has kind of grown on me (it looks a bit weird straight on, but the profile view is not too bad). However, I know that a few millimeters can make a big difference, as you mentioned to P. I was hoping that with your experience, you could help me settle my indecisiveness.
December 29th, 2011
I received a message with some photos from a woman who was experiencing some concern about the placement of her triangle piercing.
I've only had the triangle piercing since Wednesday. I got my vertical hood piercing in 2005. My issue is that my triangle appears to be crooked and is not lying flat and it is interfering with my previous piercing. My piercer removed my VCH before piercing my triangle. I don't get shooting pains down my leg but I do not find the piercing aesthetically pleasing. I hope the pics come out clear enough for you to see.
Please help me, and hopefully if you agree with me, then I can get pierced by you when you come to Dallas in March. I live only an hour and some change driving distance from Dallas. I did thorough research on my piercer before I had the procedure and I don't think he nicked my clitoris bundle but there was a lot of drama with removing my VCH jewelry which could have thrown the piercing positioning off. Please help me.
December 29th, 2011
Thank you for your blog and insight. When I decided on a VCH piercing I researched your blog and found infinate piercings in Philly to be reputable and only about 2 hours away from me. I had her done at the end of October. They were excellent, professional, clean...wonderful experience.
I guess my question to you is now that I feel I've healed, when I look at correct vch piercings mine looks different. It seems to stick out more than others.
Now I do realize anotomy is different so I try not to let it bother me, however it appears correct from the view I sent, according to your dots I see you mark on others photos. The side view shows it doesn't seem flush with the skin like others are. (She likes to lean to one side...ha) Could it possibly be pierced wrong? Perhaps I need a larger gauge. I was pierced at 12 and just ordered a 10 to stretch so perhaps that may help? Thanks for your time.
December 29th, 2011
I received an excellent question from a client about how she would know her triangle piercing is healed:
About the triangle I received from you 5 months ago - what particular indicator of healing should I look for so that I will know that the healing process is complete? This piercing remained relatively moist so I never noticed any "crusties". It was never painful (aside from the one or two times it got accidentally knocked during sex), and once the swelling and bleeding stopped a few days after the initial procedure, it has looked pretty much the same ever since. Will this type of tissue produce sebum in the piercing? How can I be sure the piercing is healed?