The Piercing Bible
August 12th, 2012
Below is some correspondence with a gentleman who was having trouble healing his second set of nipple piercings:
First off, I want to thank you for all the things you've done for the piercing and body modification community. You are truly a pioneer and have helped so many of us along our journeys with your work and writing.
I have been having some trouble with a newer nipple piercing and have been unable to resolve the problems I've run into, so I figured that I would turn to the most knowledgable person I know of when it comes to piercings, you.
About two months ago I got my nipples pierced a second time, I already had a set of well healed and toughened horizontals for years. The piercings were done complication free, tucked right behind the existing horizontals at the base of the nipple, possibly ever so slightly into the areola. They began to heal relatively problem free and I commenced with my usual aftercare of daily Provon washes and twice daily sea salt soaks.
August 11th, 2012
Below is some correspondence I had with a woman who got a VCH piercing and she had some concerns about it:
Hello Elayne, I got my VCH piercing a few days ago. Looking at it today I noticed it's pretty bruised. Is this normal? It doesn't hurt other than if I touch it it's a bit tender.
I'll attach a couple pictures so you can see the piercing and the bruising and tell me how it looks to you.
Any piercing (or break in the skin) can bleed, bruise, and/or swell. So that's not really of concern. From what I can see, it looks normal, but if you want to have me fully evaluate the placement, I need to see an image of the underside. See this page for explanation of the photos I need to see.
Is this the care you're following?
She wrote again:
August 11th, 2012
I receied a message from a woman who was experiencing some problems with her VCH piercing:
August 10th, 2012
Here it is, the surface VCH (Vertical Clitoral Hood) piercing of the day. This is not where the piercing should be placed! In fact, it is off by the piercing equivalent of MILES.
It was done by Tasha at Way of Ink, in Springfield VA. Naturally the piercee was quite upset. My advice was to ask for her money back and abandon the piercing, and to seek a more competent professional if she wants a properly placed piercing.
The photo below shows the "inverted-V" of the hood. The bottom ball should be coming out from under this location so the jewelry rests underneath the hood against the clitoris.
The image below shows a properly placed VCH piercing with jewelry that fits well.
August 9th, 2012
I received a message from a guy about his friend's navel piercing he was concerned about (for good cause):
Hi Elayne, My friend has had her bellybutton pierced for about 7 months and its Infected and she won't take I out so I was wondering what to do for her?
You could drive her to a high quality piercer, and possibly also a doctor! Fortunately, it looks as though the problem is still localized. But infection can spread to affect a wider area. If that happens, she really should see a doctor.
Based on how it looks, her piercing is going to reject. That reddened appearance form entry to exit is a very bad sign. It indicates that the tissue holding the jewelry in has been affected and is not healthy.
If she wants to try to preserve the piercing she must get the hanging jewelry out of there right away. Hanging or dangling jewelry should never be worn on a healing piercing or one that is experiencing problems. Navel piercings frequently take 6-9 months to heal, and hanging jewelry should be avoided during that entire time.
She should put in high quality, mirror finsih, internally threaded jewelry that fits properly. Also, the bar she's wearing is far too long, and that will cause problems as well, including excess trauma.
Further, she should care for it according to accepted practice:
and do saline soaks at least twice daily:
Even if she does everything I suggest, there still may be no saving it.
August 8th, 2012
I received a message from a woman who had a double nipple piercing done in the "iron cross" formation:
August 4th, 2012
I got a message from a woman who was having some problems with her VCH piercing (which I did not perform for her--though this particular healing problem can crop up even when everything is done properly).
Hi Elayne, I'm having issues with my VCH piercing. It began after being agitated after sex (it seemed to be healing fine at the time). I noticed it stung sometimes when I sat down, sometimes when I walked. Upon closer examination, I noticed something that looks like an extra bit of skin under the top ball. I paid extra attention to it during cleaning, and noticed there was a bit of (off-white) discharge. I started doing soaks, the discharge went away, it stopped stinging, but the extra skin didn't go away. I did that for about 1.5 weeks.
This morning, I woke up and the discharge came back and it slightly stings again. I just did a soak... But I'm not sure what else to do.
In reading your book, I think it may be a keloid, but I'm not sure. Maybe an abscess (but I don't feel any hard localized mass). If it is a keloid, should it just be taken out? How can I be sure there's no infection still inside the piercing?
August 3rd, 2012
I got a message from a woman who had her navel pierced on multiple occasions without success:
I wondered if you could help please. I'v now had my belly button peirced 5 times over the years and every time it grows out within a few month. The bar comes right to the surface so there's no longer any skin holdin it in and just a scab. I really don't no why this is happening I look after it well. I have my ears peirced since been a baby and never had any problems. The scar I'm left with is quite big and each time I used to get it peirced behind the scar. I really would like to have this peircing and for it to heal fully which it never has. Please can u advise if there is anything I could do or to just give it up as a bad job :(
Thanks for your time I look forward to your reply.
Did you do anything different to try for a different outcome? Alternate care or jewelry material? If you do things the same way, you can expect the same results.
Was your jewelry high quality with a mirror finish? See photo (of jewelry availble here):