June 17th, 2016
I've been piercing for a long time now--since the 1980s. It has taken a while longer for mainstream society to catch up with my interest, but piercing is now pretty widespread, and has been quite popular since the mid 1990s. There’s certainly a whole lot of it going on. According to information from jewelry supply companies, demand is enormous.
Note that just because someone has been piercing for a long time, that does not automatically mean they’re doing a good job. (And in many cases, piercers do overstate their experience and time spent in the industry.) Especially when it comes to genital piercings, many so-called “professionals” have little or no training. And it definitely shows in their work.
So, I would have hoped that the overall level of competency of piercers would be elevated by now. My expectation would be that most people were getting properly placed piercings with high quality jewelry of the proper style and fit.
August 1st, 2012
I received a message from a woman who had a nostril piercing problem:
I have been having difficulty accepting the placement of my nose piercing lately. When I first got it pierced back in march it was placed perfectly and I was completely happy with it. About a month ago I woke up with no piercing and a tiny bump covering my piercing hole. I just used another nose stud to push through the bump to save the piercing, and although it worked I think I "re-pierced" it tiny bit off from the original opening of the hole. Now to me my piercing sits back a little too much and also tilts back a little. I just would really appreciate your opinion on whether I should take out the piercing and let it close to get it re-pierced again by a professional. Thanks so much!
If you hate it every time you look at it, then that would be a reason to take it out. If you go back and forth sometimes feeling fine about it, then it might be best just to let it stay.
July 22nd, 2012
I received a message from a woman who got her septum pierced and she was not happy with the placement:
My question is quite similar to another that I saw on your blog who also got a wrongly placed septum.
I went to a known and recommended piercer on Wednesday, but she placed the septum incorrectly.
The piercing has been placed in the thick cartilage above the 'sweet spot'.
So it's very high up my nose and not aesthetically pleasing.
My question now is: do I immediately take out the piercing? Can that damage the cartilage (I read somewhere that it can splinter if you take it out)?
It still hurts. Also cause the piercer readjusted the needle after poking it. Which means I have a small second wound under the piercing.
I'd love to get it repierced in the right place, I can find my 'sweet spot' very easily, so I'm sure there's enough room. How long should I wait to get it redone?
I'm really disappointed about this experience. I hope you can give me some advice, 'cause I'm a bit lost now.
Sorry to hear about your piercing. If you're not happy with the placement (and I understand why you're not), then you should take out the jewelry ASAP. Don't worry about "splintering the cartilage"--that sounds like an urban myth to me.
March 13th, 2012
I received this message from a concerned piercee:
I got my piercing done two days ago and the skin that is on top of the bar hurts really bad to be touched. Also where the top ball sits when I move it so I can clean it hurts. Also when i got itI done it was the worse pain I have ever felt in my life!I please help!
November 17th, 2010
(Note: The photos are NOT shown in that order!)
It seems as though this will never end! I keep getting messages from women with botched genital piercings.
Here's one I marked with the correct placement. As you can see from the dots I put on the image, the piercer was nowhere near the correct location.
Here's another. Not only is the piercing angled far off to the side, this piercee told me that the piercing came through under her clitoris (instead of under her hood)!
If you're a piercer and you're doing genital piercings without training, knowledge or skill, I beg you PLEASE STOP!