Ear & Body Piercing/Re. Ear Piercing


QUESTION: Hi, I recently got a 30 year old ear lobe piercing re-opened with a taper; where I'd not had anything in for six years. I was told by the piercer that it's not a question of healing (it's already healed); just a short period of recovery from being stretched. Do I need to apply anything on it do you think, such as saline solution, or will it be fine alone. When can I safely remove/replace the stud? I look forward to hearing from you. Best Wishes. Carl.

ANSWER: Hello Carl,

Congratulations :)

The standard aftercare should apply until at least ten days after your feel confident that you have fully recovered.

Read more at http://care.safepiercing.org/

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QUESTION: Hi Brian, and thank you for your reply, much appreciated. I've experienced no redness, soreness, swelling, discharge of any kind, it's healed well. Yet I've used aftercare now for a week on your advice, and shall continue to do so to be on the safe size for some time. Would it be OK for me to remove the hypo-allergenic stud? I know it should stay in for six weeks. But for various reasons, things to do, people to see, I'd rather not have the stud showing after all (change of heart). Even though I had a pierced ear for 30 years, six years without, I'm aware the hole may soon heal over again if I remove the stud: I can always get it re-opened again. But for now, I'd rather remove the stud. Is is OK - I really mean safe - to do that at this stage of the healing process? Carl

What I generally do in this situation is remove the jewelry and sell you a taper that is appropriately coupled to your jewelry of choice. That way you can remove and reinsert jewelry at your leisure. Tge piercing will shrink, that's why you're going to want the taper.

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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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