How many piercings is too many piercings to get at a time?
By the way, your tumblr is amazing, all these surface piercings with straight barbels, why?
I don’t suggest more than 2 piercings per session as more piercings = increased chances of infection, rejection, migration and prolonged healing. HOWEVER, there are some exceptions to the 2 piercings/session.
Thank you! I have NO idea what there are so many straight barbells, NONE. People are hating on surface bars for no reason.
My friend just pierced her ear and she wants to use a stud that you use for your nose and she just got it tonight and she doesn't want her mom to see so that's why she wants to use one of those nose studs cause they're tiny, but will her ear close up around it? please answer asap! she has to leave tomorrow morning! thank you :D
She shouldn’t have self-pierced and she should not be messing around with jewelry this early.
First off, I really enjoy your blog. Great job!
Second, I see people posting and talking about having their infant children getting theirs ears pierced at just a few months old. In my opinion, I wouldn't do that to my child just for the pure fact that their ears are still growing and even though they may appear to look straight right then and there, doesn't mean they're going to be straight and even and well placed once they've grown up. And it's not even with infants! I had my ear lobes pierced (with a gun) when I was about 9 years old. They seemed perfect at the age and time but once I began to stretch my lobes (I was 14 when I started) I noticed the bigger I got with stretching the more uneven they became. I'm now currently at 5/8" and on my right lobe, it's a lot lower and farther back. I'm going to downsize eventually and have them scalped to make them even :)
Just thought I'd enter my tid bit on the topic.
So you told someone that they shouldn't have had a nose bone put in when they got their nose pierced. When I had my nose pierced (with a needle, thankfully) they put a nose bone in. It healed up perfectly, so I was just curious as to why you aren't supposed to put a nose bone in a fresh piercing. I'm not going back to that piercer (I've been educating myself more about piercings and I will now drive two hours to the nearest APP-certified place next time I get a piercing because I'm learning all of these things that were horribly wrong with my piercing experience) either way, I was just wondering why.
Also, as a side note about getting lobes pierced with a gun: my first piercing was my lobes when I was seven, and it was done with a gun. It didn't hurt, it healed up perfectly, and now I know that it was by some miracle that those holes are so nice (I twisted them like I was told to, used the cleaning solution, etc.) I got my second holes when I was ten or eleven, also with a gun. They also healed perfectly. When I was thirteen or fourteen, I got my third holes done with a gun, had difficulties with them and took them out. Got them done AGAIN with a gun and the same thing happened. Now knowing all that's wrong with piercing guns, I'm guessing my luck with them just ran out.
Nose bones (if you don’t know what they are, please look up a picture) are 1/2-1g larger than the actual post so that forces the fresh/unhealed piercing to stretch— this is a terrible idea and why nose bones are only meant for fully healed piercings.
It’s a good thing that professional piercers with awesome, sterile, single-use needles exist!
Following up on the response to my last question:
For my conch and industrial, the bumps are small. Just kinda.. raised around where the piercing is? They're slightly red, not tender at all though, nothing secreting from them. Just get crusty every now and then. I actually did a saline soak earlier today and I've just noticed that the bumps have gone down quite a bit. I'm just kinda concerned that they could be infected (my industrial gets bumped around and caught on things quite often). :s
Thank you! I actually noticed your piercing FAQ right after I submitted the question, so I apologize for that. As soon as I can get to a piercing studio I'll stop in and ask about the nape. I love it to bits but I don't really want to be walking around with an infected piercing. I think it may be rejecting slightly too, but eh, I'm not sure.
Conch and industrial:
Keep up with the saline soaks and under “Piercing FAQ” look up, ‘hypertrophic scar’— that’s what it sounds like you have.
If 1/4” of tissue (or less) is between the exits of the piercing, if the exits look calloused, flaky/peeling, red, inflamed and hard and if you can start to see the barbell through your tissue, it most likely is rejecting.
I have already said this before about this blog. But I am so happy that this has been made! People need educating about these things. The amount of people who have had their helix pierced with a gun after I have warned them about doing so, and they have ended up taking them out and having huge lumps made up of smashed cartilage at the back of their ears.
I have only ever had 3 lobe piercings in each ear with a gun, but thankfully never had any problems with them and it was years ago... Since then its needles all the way :)
Anyway thank you again for making this blog, I am glad to see that someone is trying to teach people this shit, because no one else is <3
I fucking love this blog, but, I thought I would share a little story.
Haha, so I decided to get my nose pierced like 4-5 years ago, for my 2nd ever piercing. And the lady I went to was a friend of my moms, and she used a gun. Biggest mistake of my life. The gun got stuck in my nose and it started to bleed and I was like, freaking.
Yeah. so thats my story. Ever since then, I've gone to a professional, who does all my piercings with a needle. Just a little story~* :)
I hate how guns can snag like that, especially on a cartilage piercing— that couldn’t have been nice.
I really want to pierce my septum, but the thing stopping me is that it might look bad. If I don't like it, can I take it out right after it's pierced?
I would suggest waiting until it’s fully healed before removing jewelry because closing up a fresh piercing increases your chances of trapping in bacteria. If you can, wait until it fully heals, if you can’t, you MUST do saline soaks until both exits of the piercing close.
I got my ears pierced when I was like a month or two old. My grandma told me they used a gun. I stopped wearing earrings when I was like 13. They closed up all the way. I never had any problems with my ears when I was growing up. No infections or anything. :/
BUT I did get them re-pierced with a needle and I started stretching them. The only thing the guy who pierced my ears again said was that the placement was horrible lol.
That’s great! I’m glad your piercings close up, I’ve had so many girls talk to me about theirs not closing up and how upset they were at their parents for making a choice about their body.
That’s great, though! I’m very happy your piercings still closed up!
I got a conch piercing and my 3-point vertical industrial early July, both 14g (I requested 14 rather than the 16g they were going to give me), and I was soaking my ears in warm salt water every day for 5 minutes for about a week. I still do it every now and then, and every time I shower I make sure to rinse them with hot water to clean them up a bit. They still get all crusty every now and then but I'm sure that's normal for healing, but there are bumps that have formed around the piercings? They're not sore (unless I hit them) or anything, so I'm pretty sure they're not infected, but I just thought I'd make sure. Those bumps aren't some sort of start to a horrible infection, are they? D: 'Cause I love my conch and industrial to pieces. ;-;
Alsooo I'm pretty sure my nape piercing is infected, and I'm not entirely sure how to take the surface bar out myself. Is it safe or do I need to go to a professional? And is there any way to save it? XD I've had a few people tell me to attack it with rubbing alcohol but I know that's baaad.
So, any tips?
On the conch piercing:
Make sure you’re still cleaning it 2-3x a day with saline for 5-10 minutes. Could you describe the bump better— like does it have anything secreting from it?
on the nape:
in the “Piercing FAQ” i list the symptoms of infection, so take a look at that. With that said, you never ever EVER remove jewelry from an infected piercing.
No rubbing alcohol, saline soaks! And if you think it is infected, go to your piercer to have them confirm that it is indeed infected.
To the anon saying they got pierced with a gun at 3 months old, it might not have been a gun. I've seen babies pierced with the earring alone. Yep, the sharp post was just shoved through the little one's ear.
Okay THAThas to be child abuse, I REFUSE to believe any differently.
This is extremely dumb. I got my earlobes done with I was 3 months old - my parents told me at least - with what I think was a piercing gun, if that matters. It's obviously been a long time since then. Do you think it's even possible for it to heal up again?
By the way, you guys are fuckin' awesome.
I’m really sorry to say this, but I think the chances of your piercings closing up are incredibly low. You were pierced at a VERY young age and because of that, the piercings may just be permanent holes in your body— I’m sorry.
i keep reading that piercing guns are horrible.
well i got my nose pierced over a year ago with a gun.
had i known it was a bad idea, i wouldnt have done it.
but anywho, she pierced it with a sharp stud, and then she removed it and put in a nose bone.
after couple weeks i grew this ball on the outside of the piercing, and it looked like the jewelry was digging into my skin.
it was pretty painful, and i couldnt pull out the jewelry.
i ended up having to cut it off, and put in and L shaped one.
after that, it healed up and my nose is perfect.
do you think it was because of the gun, or because the original jewelry was too short, or a combination of the both?
She pierced it with a gun then put in a nose bone? Are you fucking kidding? That is two GIANT stupid ideas put into one, poor, helpless piercing.
I think it was because your “piercer” was a moron, putting nose bones in fresh piercings— what is that? The swelling was normal, and you should have been given a nostril screw. I’m sorry your “piercer” sucked so much, please do not return to them ever, ever.
Okay, you're blog has scared me into not getting a piercing.
I want a Monroe and that is it. I can't until I'm 18 and I'm willing to wait, but my mom is scaring me constantly saying it will scar really bad if I get it. If I go to a professional piercing place and take good care of it will it still scar? Or does it just depend on my body?
The chances are that it will still scar (how badly depends on you and how well you took care of it), however massaging the scar tissue with vitamin E can seriously help reduce the appearance.
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To directly quote my “Piercing FAQ” (that you should have read before asking this):
NO. You never ever twist/move jewelry in a healing piercing. Twisting/playing with jewelry welcomes unwanted bacteria/crusties, it tears/destroys the fistula, it prolongs healing time, it can cause excess scar tissue, and it increases your chances of infection. Do NOT mess with jewelry.
i got my ears pierced with a gun when i was a child, and at one point the skin grew over my earring. was that a result of the gun or just the earring being too small? or even improper care since i was a kid? i also got them pierced again (second hole) about half a year ago with a gun, but i haven't had any problems except for a minor irritation that went away in a day. i'm kinda freaked out that i got it done like that now, but does getting pierced with a needle hurt more than a gun (if you know) ?
That was a result of your body (naturally) swelling and the piercing stud being too short— like I said, those piercing studs are all one general size.
From personal experience, getting pierced with a needle is nothing. I was pierced by a gun at age 7, I was freaking out and crying because of the pain I was in (the person snagged the jewelry and the piercing, it hurt). I got my ears pierced with a needle at age 15, it was like heaven on earth (exaggeration, but it was so much better than my ‘gun’ experience).
i'm sorry if this is inappropriate to ask but i just don't know where else to go. :\ i just got my lip pierced today and within a couple of hours a blood blister formed right above it, inside my mouth? is this normal? this is my first piercing ever, so i'm not too sure.
Could you explain it better or send a picture (it will not be posted)?
You should definitely do a saline soak and visit your piercer as soon as you can. You may be confusing the rawness and tenderness with a blood blister, so a better explanation could really help.
I have gotten all my piercing done by guns(8 all on my ears) my last one was my cartilage.. I got it LAST year, and I still can't sleep on the earring so I have to take it out. I'm planning on getting my industurial so should I go to a piercing place for that? Also I'm getting my lip,tounge and belly button pierced how would I clean those??
Yes, you should always go to a piecing parlor for piercings.
So, I have 9 piercings, all done by professionals at piercing parlours. I have always followed the instructions given me and been a good little boy about diligently washing, not touching them with dirty hands, sea salt soaks after stretching, etc. Well, back in March I got my right helix and left conch done. The conch was a bitch and a half for months and just last month finally cleared itself up after migrating, yes migrating, about a quarter of an inch down my ear (found out later the apprentice they let do my ear is a dumbass and didn't even pierce the proper part of the cartilage). My helix, however, has given me nothing but grief. Every morning I wake up with it crusted with lymph fluid and I'd wash it with antibacterial soap and within six hours it would be crusted back up and stinging. It also had a funny bump/swelling on the back that never went down no matter what I did. Everyone kept telling me, "Oh that's just how cartilage piercings are. It'll clear up eventually. Just keep cleaning it and be patient."
So fast forward (rewind?) to last night and I find your blog. After about an hour of screaming OH MY GOD, cringing, crying, and clutching at my stretched lobes blessing my own common sense I started noticing a trend. You really discourage using antibacterial soap. So I decided what the hell, I'd give it a shot today when I woke up and quit scrubbing my piercings like I was Dr. McDreamy about to perform open heart surgery and later on give it a nice sea salt soak.
Fastforward again to the end of the day. No crusties, no stinging, no irritation. I hop in the shower and make sure to get some hot water on my ears like I always do but no antibacterial soap. As I reach up to check the jewelry lo and behold, the bump, the pesky awful weird bump that has been plaguing me for months is gone. Like fucking magic, before I even did the sea salt soak.
Oh, and my septum that also got a daily scrubbing? Magically didn't smell funky by the end of the day.
Seriously kids, listen to these girls. They know their shit. And stay the FUCK away from antibacterial soap!
In response to the anon who asked about stretching fast and cheap, obviously fast is not the way to go, but I think kingsbodyjewelry.com has surgical steel stretching kits. They’ll save you a bundle and are better than acrylic and stuff. This link:
When I got my ears pierced it was with a gun, but the stud was pointed. I haven't had any troubles with the piercing, so other than it being with a gun, was that an okay idea?
No, those “piercing” studs also suck. They’re usually incredibly (like i don’t even know how it got that low) low in quality, they’re all one general size and the tips are too sharp so removing that and inserting that into a piercing is just not great (in the slightest).
after reading all your posts/info on ear piercing care i suppose i should consider myself very lucky to have never gotten an infection! my lobes are pierced thrice, all done at claires or piercing pagoda with a gun (not all at once obviously) cause i didnt know any better and i took almost no care of them at all, just let them do their thing. i even twisted them to top off my idiocy. i learned afterwards guns are no bueno and did better research when i got my (now recently retired) industrial piercing but omg reading through your info i realized just how much i did wrong and i guess im super lucky nothing went badly. eep!!
I feel so lucky, as well. I was pierced at a rather young age and I don’t even remember looking after my piercings, I am very grateful they never became infected.