Ear & Body Piercing/Navel Piercing


QUESTION: I've had my belly button piercing for about 8 months now and it is still flaky and red at times. I probably changed the ring before I should have but I cleaned it constantly for 6 months straight. It's painful all of a sudden. Is it getting rejected? I love it and I don't want to take it out. What do I do?

ANSWER: Stop by to visit your piercer to ensure that it is well, or send me a close, clear photograph so that I can help further determine the source of the problem.

In the meantime http://care.piercing.org/ suggestions should help soothe the area, and you can read more to decide whether your jewelry is safe or could be the problem here: http://jewelry.piercing.org/ for safety standards.

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Navel piercing
Navel piercing  
QUESTION: Here's the picture of the piercing.

ANSWER: This low hanging shape of jewelry with dangles is most likely part of the problem. It puts undue pressure on the area, and moves through the delicate healing tissues, causing irritation. In addition, the exterior of the post is probably threaded, making a rough surface to pass through during insertion, like a file.

I suggest that you visit a qualified professional piercer to have them change it for you to a new, sterilized lightweight anodized titanium curved barbell that fits the length of your piercing without this excess. The information on http://jewelry.piercing.org/ can help you understand which jewelry will be the safest.

Where are you located? I have colleagues to refer you to worldwide.

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QUESTION: I'm between buffalo and Rochester Ny. Thanks for all your help!


The Cowpok
177 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14201
Phone: 716-885-0252
Members: Sarah Gravino

or my colleagues at http://www.scarabbodyarts.com/ in Syracuse, if you are heading that way could help.  

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Brian Skellie


I can answer questions in regards to and not limited to: jewelry safety, specifically material, shape, proportion, and related issues; aseptic technique and sterilization as it applies to piercing safety; ethical issues of technique and bedside manner; the aftercare and recovery process for piercings. *Available for consultation.


Body artist and founder of Piercing Experience (1992), http://brnskll.com/ and SciCan Authorized Dealer of STATIM Sterilizers and related infection control products http://statim.us/

Currently serving on the APP Board of Directors as President, formerly as Global Media Director 2013-2014, International Liaison 2010-13, Treasurer 1997-99. Over fifteen years with ASTM and APP.

The Point Journal of the Association of Professional Piercers, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing

I regularly participate and teach in many APP and related body art educational programs. I keep current certifications for OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid, and CPR.

Awards and Honors
APP President's Award, Best Freehand Piercer, Best of Atlanta

Past/Present Clients
Tens of thousands of one on one client experiences as the founder of Piercing Experience in Atlanta, GA, USA http://www.piercing.org/ *Body jewelry design and safety expert: Member ASTM committee F04(www.astm.org)and former Member AAMI (www.aami.org) Research advisor and educator for the APP for over a decade(www.safepiercing.org) teaching advanced studio setup, sterilization and equipment management, freehand piercing, aseptic/sterile technique and much more. Distributor and Body Art expert for SciCan StatIM sterilization and infection control products. http://statim.us/ and http://piercers.com/

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