Ear & Body Piercing/Blowouts.


Hey, sooo I acquired a blowout in my left ear but don't know when or at what gauge. I recently tried to go from 3/4" to 7/8". The blow out blew out. So gross. My right ear healed lovely and has healed lovely and never looked better.

I KNOW I should downsize but to what size? Is it too late? If I go down to say, 1/2" keep that good ol' flappy skin tucked in while it closes up think that suffice? Cutting ANYTHING is out of the question. Gives me the heebie jeebies.


Are you near Edmonton? I have a number of colleagues that I could refer you to for a free consultation and excellent jewelry.

In my experience, dropping to a small enough size that the damaged tissue can be rolled and tucked into an eyelet with large flares tends to work with time and patience. 1/8 of an inch is usually too much of a jump for ears. I suggest 1/64 or 1/32 inch increments. (0.5→1mm) http://stretching.piercing.org/ describes a bit more about gently enlarging your lobes when you have recovered.

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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.

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APP President's Award, Best Freehand Piercer, Best of Atlanta

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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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