to the anon asking where to get emu oil, it's mostly found in Australia. i bought mine in Perth. it's one of the best lubes to use on your ears in my opinion.
I (E) bought mine online from BodyArtForms, and they ship world wide :)
Some people dislike using it, I do when I have nothing else left, purely because I’m a bit of a crazy animal rights person. I prefer to use vitamin e oil or jojoba, but each to their own at the end of the day.
You’ll remove the jewelry from both the stretched piercing and the second lobe, the piercer will then (after preparing everything) use a scalpel to combine both the stretched piercing and the second lobe piercing.
It’s a very brief procedure, however it is very serious. This is something that you’ll want to get done by a piercer who is very experienced, trusting, reputable and excellent at what they do (if you live in the US, go to a piercer that’s a member of the APP).
Hi, I've been stretching my ears and I have a second earlobe holes and I'm at 5/8ths and I'm scared that my stretched holes will rip into the second holes. Any advice? I've been asking people but they don't have the answer to this.
Is the second lobe piercing really close to the stretched piercing? If so, you may want to get them scalpeled so that’s no longer a concern. Make sure you find a very trusted and experienced piercer for this and consult with them before doing anything.
When I got my ears pierced for the first time, I had bad scar tissue in the middle of my lobe, so the lady pierced it off-center...was that the right thing for her to do? Cause now my ears are stretched and they're pushing my scar tissue to the side each time I stretch them. If she pierced my ears directly in the center and through the scar tissue, would it have made stretching more painful/difficult?
Did she know you wanted to stretch the piercings?
It’s not ideal to pierce through scar tissue so that’s most likely why she pierced off center. Scar tissue can be pierced, though, however it can lead to a longer and more troublesome healing period.
I doubt piercing the scar tissue (assuming you’re stretching properly) would have lead to painful/difficult stretching, however if you’re noticing problems stretching, go back to your piercer.
"confrontation scares your stupid ass. bring emily back your a waste of time."
So I read this as, "I think you're stupid but I'm coming to you for advice anyways. You deny me advice so now I think I will try to anonymously offend you, but I will be sure to fail at it."
They really showed you, didn't they? LOL.
I’m sitting over here debating what i want to eat, so clearly their “confrontation” has scared me.
I hope Emily comes back soon, she handles people like that much better than me.
Like the anon said below, getting your ears pierced at a young age is not ideal. I had mine done in the perfect center of my lobe when I was a baby, and now that I'm 21 the hole is a lot closer to my jaw than it is centered in my ear, from growth of my earlobe, etc. Now I'm stretching and that's probably going to be a problem once I get to bigger sizes.
Don't pierce your kids!
Thank you! Seriously, don’t pierce anyone who cannot give their consent!
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.