March 16th, 2011
I received a message from a woman who was concerned about her VCH Piercing:
While I was traveling, I recently went to a studio you recommended. The piercer you suggested wasn't at the shop when I went in, but it was the last day I was in in town, so I let one of his co-workers do it.
The piercer used a 14-gauge, 7/16-inch curved barbell. I know it is probably fine, but I'm a little concerned about the placement. The inferior ball is retreating far up the hood, and I have to tug for a bit at the tissue to see it. I'm worried that the ball might become pulled into the wound if I leave it there for the 6 weeks needed to heal--it's a tight fit. Did the piercer go too far up the hood, or use a barbell that's too short? Or is it ok for now? A.
March 14th, 2011
I just got a message from a woman I pierced a few weeks ago. She was given written and verbal instructions warning her to avoid sharing bodily fluids during the entire healing period. This is a reminder to everyone to FOLLOW ALL OF THE AFTERCARE GUIDELINES FOR THE ENTIRE MINIMUM INITIAL HEALING TIME! For the piercing she got, a VCH, I suggested 4-6 weeks as the minimum initial healing time:
On 2/17, I had a VCH piercing done by you in Philly. The piercing was healing really well and I thought it was healed too soon. I always kept it clean with Provon, but never over-cleaned. The piercing never came into contact with dirty hands and I always used paper tissue to dry. Though, two weeks after I got the piercing, I had unprotected ORAL sex and the piercing may have been slightly abused. I also didn't clean it immediately. Unfortunately, then after it became sore and it swelled. I began doing warm salt water soaks & it helped subdue the swelling. Though it hasn't gotten any better and now I'm worried because there is a yellowish discharge coming from the piercing site. It's very uncomfortable, but I've been dealing with it because I know it's my fault! AND I love the piercing. I really don't want to take it out. Please HELP! K.
Well, I won't lecture you as I can see that it was a self-punishing experience. You probably need to visit your doctor; you may need antibiotic treatment or some other kind or medication, depending on your diagnosis.
How often are you able to do the saline soaks? You may want to try a few extra each day as that may help with drainage.
Please keep me posted.
March 8th, 2011
March 7th, 2011
I got a question from a woman I performed a triangle piercing on:
It has almost been 5 weeks since I got my triangle piercing, and everything is healing up fine. I was wondering how much longer I needed to wait until I gauge it up to a 10?
Thanks again so much, so far I really love this piercing!
March 5th, 2011
I received a very touching message from a reader whose life was obviously impacted in a positive way from reading my book:
I would like to say that you are truly an inspiration. After buying your book 2 years ago, I realized that I have always felt my body was lacking something... To put it simply, ownership. But also, decoration (because thats always fun)!
Body modification has helped me reclaim my body after sexual assault and depression. I spent most of my childhood and teenage years suffering from anxiety and low self-esteem, and after years of thinking I was less than beautiful, I discovered your book.
I had always fawned over body modification and piercings, but I never thought it was right for me. Then, I read your book. Your book opened up a world that would change me for the better; spiritually, physically, sexually and mentally. Ive slowly begun my journey of changing my body to match my soul. And thanks to the knowledge and expertise of your book, I can do it safely and properly. I dont know where I'd be without it- certainly not as strong and self-confident as I am now! Haha.
And this message from a piercer who found my book useful, in other ways:
Subject: Piercing Bible
I've been piercing for 12 years and I recently received a copy of your book as a present and I must thank YOU!
Despite being in the industry for a good few years I still learned a lot and a lot of what I knew has been confirmed.
What a great resource, especially for anxious clients.
March 2nd, 2011
In Running the Gauntlet pioneer Jim Ward provides a captivating in-depth narrative on the origins of the modern body piercing industry. I was completely spellbound by Ward’s uncensored personal history, and his account of establishing a unique business that has brought genuine change to contemporary culture. Prior to Jim Ward’s founding of Gauntlet Enterprises, piercing was a little-known activity practiced by people on the fringes of society. Now, as a result of his actions, there are piercing studios all around the globe and millions of pierced individuals. The quantity of “firsts” that are under Jim Ward’s belt (figuratively, and perhaps literally) is remarkable.
This volume would stand on its own as a text, but the phenomenal collection of historical images throughout the book transported me on a journey across time right along with the author. The rich visuals make the story accessible and wholly satisfying.
Even those who are not involved in body piercing would love this book because the tale itself is so intriguing, and so compellingly and candidly recounted. Don’t miss this must-read memoir!
March 1st, 2011
I received this message through my website:
About five months ago I got my waist pierced. The piercer did not perform the piercing right neither did he use the PTFE in the piercing and it rejected within a matter of weeks and left a really unattractive scar that has slightly faded but is still there.
Three months ago I went to another piercer and I got my belly button pierced & also a surface piercing below my belly button. My piercing did not reject but I still had dark circles around the piercing and ended up taking it out.
attached are pictures of the scars.
March 1st, 2011
I received this message from a woman I pierced:
Hi Elayne, first off I would like to say thank you again for my VCH piercing I love it! I got the piercing 2/18 and I am due to make an OBGYN appointment soon I was wondering if I have to wait until the 4-6 weeks is up or if it would be ok to make the appointment a little earlier than that? Thanks again, A.
Just so long as you're clear on the need to leave in your jewelry to preserve your piercing, and you feel confident that your practitioner follows appropriate hygienic precautions (hand washing followed by proper application of gloves), it should be fine to have your appointment any time.
Unfortunately, I frequently find that medical professionals are lax in their practices in ways that could put your healing piercing at risk. For example, I commonly see doctors and nurses who fail to wash their hands and then grab a glove from the box and/handle it by the exterior of the glove fingertips (thereby contaminating the glove). Just something to watch out for regarding your health and well being--regardless of whether you have a healing piercing!
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Medical Liaison, Association of Professional Piercers