July 21st, 2012
So, here it is, the botched genital piercing of the day by Mystic Piercing In Crofton, Maryland. The unlucky woman who received it wrote to me:
Hey I see it's probably a centimeter too high from the hood apex (that is if I understood the location properly) I'm just wondering if it looks ok... And safely done. It's 2 day old so It is still a hoop rather than the bars I've seen on your site. Thank you very much for letting me know, of course my best friend and my fiancé Dont know how it is supposed to be, I hope to hear from you soon! Thanks,
No, sorry, you have a hood surface piercing, not a VCH piercing. What you're referring to as the "apex" is actually the edge of your hood. The apex is up underneath your hood, at the deepest natrual part of the little "one-ended tunnel."
July 19th, 2012
I received a message from a woman I pierced and she wanted to know if it was normal that her jewelry often leaned to one side of her hood or the other. She sent photos. My comments are below.
This piercing looks great and these photos do a perfect job of illustrating a common phenomenon: the propensity for VCH jewelry to rest to one side or the other (depending on build and tissue tightness or thickness). Many hoods have very fine (thin) skin and are very pliable or malleable.
She described the tendency for the jewelry to rest over to her left, as in the second image. In this particular case, I noted her asymmetry, which likely contributes to this issue. In the image with the jewelry centered, I can see that the left side of her hood has a kind of "ridge" or "hill," where the right side has a sort of a "valley." It would make sense that the side with more tissue could be heavier, resulting in the tendency for the jewelry to favor that side.
July 18th, 2012
I got a message from a woman who got a VCH piercing that was terribly botched. The piercing was wayyy too deep and the jewelry far too short; it became embedded under her hood. She suffered horribly in agony and nearly had to undergo surgery to remove the jewelry.
Image below is of the botched piercing. The "inverted-V" of the hood is marked. That is where the bottom ball of the curved barbell should be visible. The arrow points to the approimate location of where the piercing should have actually been made. You can see that it is about twice as "deep" (far away from the edge of the hood) as it should have been. And the jewelry was far, far too short. The piercing was done by Brandi Colquitt at Innercity Ink in Tulsa, OK.
I went 4 days ago and had a vertical hood piercing done. I was so excited, I had been wanting it done for some time. A woman I had been to for other piercings is who I decided to stick with for this one.
The pain was intense. I could barely stand it. From the beginning, you couldn't see the bottom ball under the hood. Three days later, the swelling and pain was so bad I could barely sit. I called the piercer and went in to have her check it.
July 17th, 2012
I received this message from a woman who has a VCH piercing:
I have a well healed vch that is over five years old at this point. I've known from the start that it's a bit on the shallow side, but not extreme shallow. I have a relatively deep hood which can completely cover a q-tip, and the exit point of the vch is maybe 1/8" off from the apex. It looks fine from the front and feels fine, the bottom ball does rest squarely on my clit. The only issue I ever have is that it sometimes likes to pop up like a turkey timer, which can feel a bit odd but doesn't hurt. It's not that it's ever bothered me per say, but I do wonder if I'm missing out on sensation because it doesn't go through the apex and if it would be less inclined to pop up if it did. But I worry about rejection since there's an established fistula from the current piercing so close to where the new one would go. I mean really established; at one point a few years ago, I didn't wear jewelry in it for over a year, yet it never shrunk down past a 16 (was pierced at 14g). So I don't think it will ever close up on me. I also worry a little about the aesthetic of having a hole from the old piercing in front of a new one. Call me vain, but I don't want to ruin the look of things as I happen to be rather a fan of my vulva. Would I likely be running into any problems if I opted for a redo? Am I even really missing out on much since the ball sits where it's supposed to? I don't know if it's worth the effort to try for perfect placement or if I'm splitting hairs with this. What's more important for the sensation, the placement of the bottom ball or the placement through the apex? Thank you so much for your time, A.
July 15th, 2012
I just received a marvelous comment from a woman I pierced recently:
I received a triangle piercing from you when you were piercing at New Flower, and I LOVE it! It's healing well, no problems, and this is my 5th week with it; my love for it is still growing!
I just thought I would drop you a note, and because of your skills, I'm experiencing some INTENSE pleasure from this piercing! I can't thank you enough.
Best wishes and all of my thanks,
July 14th, 2012
I received this message from a woman who was concerned about secretions on her jewelry in a healed VCH piercing:
Hi Elayne, I have had my vch pierced for almost a year. While cleaning in the shower I noticed a small amount of white stuff around the shaft of the bar. It is in between the bar and skin. With some research I found that it is a small amount of smegma. I've gone to my gyno and I don't have an infection or STD.
How can I clean under the piercing and the skin that covers the bar? The smegma makes me very self conscious. Thank u tons & bunches, J.
July 8th, 2012
Here's a lovely note I received with a Paypal message from a client I just pierced. She got a VCH piercing:
Elayne, I was experiencing a bit of a "high" today after my piercing, and I forgot to tip you for your work! I'm embarrassed and sorry. It was a pleasure meeting you, and I'm thrilled with all aspects of my experience today. You made me feel comfortable and cared for. Thank you again. Joanne
July 2nd, 2012
I got a message from a woman who had a really bad cheek piercing experience:
I recently had an awful experience with some cheek piercings. Long story short, after 2 days of what I decided was an unjustifiable amount of swelling on my right side I went back to the piercer to ask them to change out the bar which just wasn't able to cope with it. After some time, which was partially spent trying to find some way to blame me for the swelling, they agreed to change it. Immediately my face started gushing out blood, the woman who took it out blanched and leapt away from me while the other ran from the room to call an ambulance. I just can't stress how very much blood was coming out, both congealed from 2 days of sitting under the skin and fresh.
I had done some rather substantial research on cheek piercings prior and although people did mention that there was a chance of hitting a vein I never actually came across any stories of this happening, most people finishing the warning with 'it's nearly impossible though'. I was wondering if you've heard any stories similar to this and if there were any long term affects I should be wary of. At the moment it seems fairly superficial, some bruising and the healing opening but I can't seem to shake a kind of not-quite-but-nearly-numb, stiffness in my cheek. My doctor, not seen this before, could only prescribe me some antibiotics and tell me to come back if I don't feel any improvement.