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Hello, if it's okay with you, I have two questions about two separate things.

1) I got my nose pierced almost a year ago, and the piercer didn't adjust the screw to be long enough for swelling, so the inside of my nose grew over the part where it bends, it created a hypertrophic scar on the outside, the whole thing was a mess, etc. etc. I've now fixed the many problems and gotten the scar shaved down by a plastic surgeon, and I still have my piercing, but there is permanently a little bump on the inside of my piercing where it previously grew over the bendy part even though that's not the case anymore. Is there any way of getting this to go away? Or will it always be there? It doesn't hurt or puss, it's just like the inside membrane of my nose has a bump.

2) I am seriously considering getting my hips pierced in the future, and the concept of how microdermals are removed scares me so much that I was considering just getting the surface bars. I've read that these reject usually within a year though. Is this true? Are microdermals really much better than surface bars? Just a professional opinion on this topic would help me make a decision, thank you.

Hi Matilda,
Where are you in NY? I have a number of qualified colleagues in the city and the state of NY to refer you to for a consultation.

1) explains more about this. The jewelry material may have something to do with it, since in some cases switching to quality Titanium, Platinum or 18k or higher gold has shown to help scar tissue diminish. explains this in detail.

2) My article at describes the pro and con of surface bars and surface anchors. A consultation is appropriate to help determine which will be better, though for hips I tend to prefer bars.

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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), and SciCan Authorized Dealer of STATIM Sterilizers and related infection control products

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.

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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 *Body jewelry design and safety expert: Member ASTM committee F04( former Member AAMI ( Research advisor and educator for the APP for over a decade( 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. and

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