May 8th, 2013
I received a message from an uncircumcised man asking for a piercing evaluation for a Prince Albert (PA) piercing:
I got a PA done just over a week ago, and I'm a bit concerned about the positioning. I'm can't see any sign of migration (yet?), but I'm not sure there's enough flesh holding it, and while I don't plan to stretch to jumbo sizes I do want to go up to at least an 8g. I'm uncircumcised, which adds the additional complication of positioning it with my foreskin, so I'm not sure if it could have gone further back or if I'm just unsuited to this piercing. If unsuited, would an apadravya (either converting the PA or healing and getting it done new) be an option, or would you recommend a reverse PA?
Without being able to manipulate your tissue (see your foreskin in it's "resting" position and also pull the foreskin back) it is hard for me to evaluate whether there is a suitable PA placement option for you that is further away from the lower edge of your urethra.
May 1st, 2013
I received a message from a person whose surface anchor was beginning to reject:
I got a chest microdermal around 9 months ago and the heel/bottom of it is rejecting. I'm getting it removed today and wanted to know what would the proper placement of a chest dermal be? I think I got it to low and all the tissue that was pulling on it was making so that it could not fully sit correctly. I'm just asking about this to see if getting one higher would be better. I also wanted to know if there was another type of piercing I could get there that would achieve the same effect except with better results. I love my dermal so much I'm just sad to say goodbye to it.
Thank you for your time.
I can understand your concern.
Unfortunately, even when everything is done right, surface anchors (the preferred terminology of the Association of Professional Piercers) simply appear to be less of a permanent body modification than traditional body piercings.
They require ongoing care throughout their life span, including regular irrigation to make sure no matter builds up in the channel or under the ornament. And even with this care, sometimes they will tilt and/or surface and reject.
There is no guarantee that repiercing in the area would result in better results. In fact, I think you can expect the same thing to happen again, which would only result in more scar tissue.
Below are some brief excerpts from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
April 28th, 2013
I received a message from a woman who had questions about navel piercing and pregnancy:
Hi! I've just gotten my belly pierced 2 days ago. Now I'm worried that it'll leave a scar because this morning I was positive that I'm pregnant. Should I take it off now? Because I googled and it appears to me that the belly button looks ugly when pregnant and the scar looks bad. What should I do?
Yes, if you're pregnant the jewelry should be removed and the piercing abandoned ASAP.
This is a section about "retiring" a piercing from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing:
Retiring a Piercing
Retiring a piercing is permanently removing your jewelry and abandoning the hole. Though body piercing has the potential to be a lifelong adornment, there is no doubt that a piercing—especially one that hasn’t been stretched too fast or large—is easier to be rid of than most other body modifications.
It is best to retire your piercing when it is in good health. A notable exception is when you have a rejecting piercing in which the jewelry has migrated too close to the surface. The main risk of removing jewelry is the potential to trap an infection inside. If there is any purulent drainage (pus), pain, inflammation, or suspected infection, do not abandon your piercing. See “Leave Jewelry In!” page 202, and subsequent sections for more information.
If your piercing is fine but you have decided the time has come to get rid of it, simply wash your hands and the area, open your jewelry, and remove it. A little bit of water-based lubricant such as K-Y Jelly can help to make the transition smooth. Wash the area daily when you bathe. Abandoning a piercing is that simple.
Here's another section that is relevant to your issue about healing a piercing during pregnancy:
April 23rd, 2013
I performed a consultation for a man who abandoned an Apadravya piercing:
I have had an Apadravya in for 11 years. I believe it was originally pierced as a 10G and then stretched to an 8G.
An apadravya piercing
It is time to take it out. I took it out about 48 hours ago. I almost feel like my penis is now more in danger than it was when I had the barbell in. And am curious to know if the holes will eventually close up or if an 8 Gage is too big of a gap or maybe too much time has passed to allow this to happen. Like a doctor couldn't cauterize the hole to gap it, right?
Maybe too much worrying going on in my head. I just don't want these new un-covererd holes from getting infected and I almost want to pump someone full of baby juice at somepoint. So this tripple pee spray is not the spread I want.
Thank you for any and all information.
Thanks for listening.
When abandoned, a piercing that old won't "heal" per se, but it is very likely to shrink. Your piercing has "epithelialized" as cells have grown to line the channel making it a sealed hole within your body. So it isn't an opening wound, but a channel all to itself (a "fistula"). This is assuming, of course, that you weren't experiencing irritation, a flare-up, or other problem, which can indicate that there is open tissue.
This is from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing:
Will It Close?
April 15th, 2013
I received a message from a man who was concerned about his apadravya piercing:
I love my aprydavya, but I have been having problems with it lately. I have been doing the sea salt solution (1 teaspoon per cup of distilled water). It has been irritated over the past two weeks and was not getting better with the nightly salt soaks of 20 minutes. Also, I think I may have screwed up with making a batch of the solution, storing it in a separate container and poring it into another container to soak as opposed to making a fresh batch every time Now I make a fresh batch of the solution, but do you think I should see a doctor about the irritation? Also, do you think that the jewelry may be too long? When wearing tighter pants, it really contorts the angle and I think that is were the irritation started.
I have attached photos.
It doesn't look worthy of a doctor visit to me. It may be from trauma, as you mentioned in your message. You'll need to check your own jewelry fit. When you're fully erect, if there is still extra room then you can and should get a shorter post put in.
April 9th, 2013
I received a message from a man who was considering nontraditional placement for an apadravya piercing:
I am interested in having my penis pierced. Basically, I am interested in an Apadravya, but I wanted to know if it is necessary that the top hole be in the head of the penis? I would like to have it emerge through the shaft, just behind the head. Is this possible? Or does it have to be through the head?
Thank you so much for all that you do.
Some piercers are willing to do that for you, but I suspect they haven't seen a cross section of penis anatomy indicating the central location of the deep dorsal vein and artery.
Being well aware of these crucial structures, I will not do a shaft placement on an apadravya (nor an ampallang).
Did you need a referral to a piercer in your area or were you considering getting pierced by me? Where are you located?
This is from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing:
Apadravya Piercing: Placement and Choice of Jewelry
The apadravya is pierced vertically through the penis head. It may rest in the center of the glans on the top or be placed closer to the coronal ridge. Because it passes through the urethra, it usually heals faster than an American ampallang.
The apadravya is unique because this single placement encompasses multiple piercings: it is comprised of a Prince Albert on the lower portion and a reverse Prince Albert on the upper.
April 5th, 2013
I received a message from a man who had questions after he had to abandon his Prince Albert (PA) piercing due to migration:
I was hoping I could get your opinion on the 2 attached photos of my PA. It slowly began to have an extension of the urethral opening about 6 1/2 months after I got it pierced. The situation is I was pierced at 6g with a titanium circular and then stretched to a 4g captive 5 months after the initial piercing. When we did the stretch, there was very little resistance and we did not see any of the migration that you can see in the photos. I used emu oil on the piercing after the stretching.
My Piercer had me remove the jewelry for now as we did not want to risk any further thinning of the skin. He suggested that maybe we could pierce it a little further down the shaft in the future, but I don't know.
I have psoriasis as well and do have breakouts.
Do you have any suggestions as why this may have happened and what's the best course of action?
Thanks in advance for any information you can give me!
March 28th, 2013
I received a message from an apprentice piercer asking about jewelry for an ampallang piercing:
Hello Ms. Angel,
My name is F. I am an apprentice piercer and I have a married couple coming in and they both want to get pierced. The Husband (uncircumcised) is adamant on getting an Ampallang, but he wants a hoop for the initial Piercing. I can not find any information online or through other piercers if this is safe. I would really appreciate your advise.
What about your mentor? If you're an apprentice, there has to be an expert you're studying under, right? What does he or she have to say….? If you do not have anyone to guide you through such advanced piercings, you MUST refuse!
If someone came to me with that request, my response would be, "No, I'm sorry--I won't use a ring for initial jewelry in that area. My experience allows me to be certain that would not be safe or helpful for healing. I can start it using a bar, and after you are fully healed you can explore other jewelry options."
In any case when it comes to dealing with clients, you're in charge. Regardless of how "adamant" somebody is, it is up to you to always stand by your ethics and only do piercings for which you are qualified, and to refuse to participate in any piercings (or jewelry selections) that are a bad idea.
Just say "no." If they say they'll go elsewhere for it--that's fine. You can't be responsible for their bad decisions, but you can be responsible for avoiding making your own. I always tell people, "Any piercer who is wiling to do that does not care about your safety, wellbeing, or the success of your piercing--only your money. I DO care, which is the reason I'm going to refuse to do anything that is a bad idea."