Ear & Body Piercing/Pierced Ear

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Question
I recently got my ears pierced and waited 5 weeks to take the studs out this past Sunday. Now I can't get my earings through the hole in my left ear.

Answer
In a nutshell, it's a bit delicate, susceptible to infection and easy to damage while it is still new. You should have an expert in your area reinsert the jewelry for you. http://find.safepiercing.org/ has our colleagues listed.

It should be easy for you to tell when your jewelry may be changed safely by the sturdiness of your newly grown skin. Compare it to a small cut, dry and scabbed at first, then delicate, but sealed, then back to normal.
The average time frame for your first change is 14-30 days from when the skin looks normal, but it can take longer.

It is probably a bit early for you to take off your jewelry for any more than a few minutes without having a tapered insertion guide wire ready at hand to aid your reinsertion. All piercings will shrink, and your piercing is a pretty tender place to rough up if you donít have the guide.

The longer you have it, the longer it will take to shrink. A little experimentation is useful in this case.

Once you are healed completely to the point where the dry crust of exfoliation in gone and has been gone without a trace for over a month, then you can try it. Remember to let us help you get it back in if you have trouble.

When can I change jewelry for a  new piercing:

As soon as you feel healed like it, you should be able to change jewelry with the kind of precautions that are used for surgical procedures, a full antiseptic scrub, sterile gloves, a mask and the like, but there is a simple caveat:

If you have not grown a full thickness of skin, you may scrape, tear or otherwise damage the inside of the piercing which is as delicate as wet tissue paper for weeks during the healing process.

Stop by for a free consultation if you are in the Atlanta area and we can help you change the jewelry, ensuring that the procedure will be harmless by using sterile technique and we will inspect the jewelry you choose for flaws as well as ultrasonically clean and or electropolish the surface and then steam sterilize it for you in a Statim autoclave. We do this for our clients regularly without the risk of infection or pain.

http://piercingexp.com/faq/aftercare.html explains how to take care of a piercing safely, and what you can expect from the healing process.  

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Brian Skellie

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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.

Experience

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/

Organizations
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.

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

Education/Credentials
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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