26 Aug 2010

I received this email today:

HELP what do I do??!!!  I recently (last week) got my hood pierced, I thought she knew what she was doing but obviously not!  It was done very poorly, it is shallow and so crooked (not straight at all) your first diagram of an incorrectly place piercing shows exactly what mine looks like... but mine is more crooked.  WHAT do I do?  it looks horrible, i don't like it at all! Should I just take it out, if so should I wait for it to heal?  Should I get it redone?  Do I go back to the same place and complain?  I am so affraid of removal and repiercing cause i do not want to get an infection.
Please help...

BTW, your site is soo helpful and I will try to donate to your paypal as soon as my finances permit, well worth it!!!

I thought it would b best if I attached a picture... thanks in advance.  I have to pick up your book as I love body piercings and am interested in getting more.  If you feel these pictures would be helpful to others please feel free to post on your blog ANONYMOUSLY.

Surface VCH

My Response:

If you're unhappy with the placement (and it is incorrect), then you should remove the jewelry.  You may want to photograph it or go to the studio to express your displeasure, try to get a refund, and perhaps educate them about proper placement.

Here are some instructions from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing, about retiring a 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.

You should continue to cleanse the area daily until the wound is completely healed. Then you can look into having it redone by a more qualified piercer.

If you found my website informative, I think you'll be amazed by what's in my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing.  My website barely scratches the surface. The Piercing Bible contains a great deal of information for everyone interested in piercing including loads of facts about evaluating piercers and studios, piercing placements, appropriate body jewelry sizes, styles, and materials, aftercare, troubleshooting, and much, much more. You'd be wise to read it before trying to select a new piercer.

Orders are being filled by the Association of Professional Piercers: http://www.safepiercing.org/publications/the-piercing-bible/

Call toll free: 888 888-1APP or email: [email protected] I'm the Medical Liaison for the organization. The APP is a non-profit organization dedicated to disseminating vital health and safety information about piercing to piercers, piercees, medical professionals, legislators, and the general public. A portion of the proceeds from the book goes to the organization, and you will received a signed copy of my book.

Alternatively, you can get it from major booksellers, or buy direct from the publisher (Random House), or Amazon.com.

Also, if you'd like to see me performing piercings, and demonstrating exactly where they should be placed and how quickly and easily an expert can perform them, I've got videos available here: http://clips4sale.com/10557  (You'll see that a piercing can be performed in an instant!)

If you would like to be notified when I make travel plans, please sign up for my newsletter in the box in the left lower corner of my web page here: http://piercingbible.com/ It is an "opt-in" list, so I can't add you myself. My last piercing trips were to New Orleans and Philadelphia, and I'm not yet sure where the next one will be.
Let me know if you have other questions.

Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Medical Liaison, Association of Professional Piercers

[email protected]


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