Ear & Body Piercing/Earlobe piercing


QUESTION: Hi.. Got my earlobes pierced 6 months ago and found them uneven so let them close and just 4 days ago got them re pierced in the "right position". However now I feel that one ear is too inward and therefore slightly uneven. I'm a perfectionist and so this bothers me quite a bit. As I mentioned it has just been 4 days so it's a tiny bit painful if I touch the back of the piercing to try to take it out. As I'm wearing studs, can't tell definitely If they are uneven. Can I take one of them out, check if the hole is even and wear it again if it is? Or should I wait for a bit. Also I don't want the scar If I decide to let it close and get it re pierced...

ANSWER: Have your piercer clean and remove the one that is not to your liking, and match it once healed. If both are unappealing, have them both removed, let heal and try again. Your piercer most likely guaranteed their work.

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QUESTION: Thanks..
Also can't I do this myself.. Also if I think it's fine, can I put it back in? If a piercer is the only option to remove, then after how many days can I remove it myself so that it doesn't form a scar and closes perfectly?

Hello again,
Your piercer should guarantee their work. This means that you should be able to return and have them take care of it for you. This is what we do at my studio if someone is not completely satisfied, for example.

If you choose to remove it unassisted, the risk for infection can be reduced by cleaning the area well with a surgical scrub or at least soap and water prior to touching it.

You should not attempt to reinsert the jewelry if you remove it yourself.

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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.


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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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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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