FAQs

Stretching (3)

Timing

If you want to stretch an existing piercing it is important to wait until it is well healed. If you want to enlarge the hole significantly it will take some time and patience. You will need to go one size (gauge) at a time, and keep the following in mind:

  • Every time you stretch a piercing you create microscopic tears in the collagen layer, and it takes a minimum of 6 weeks for that tissue to heal properly.
  • Each stretch is bigger than the last, so the larger you go, the longer you may need to wait between sizes.
  • Some piercings are easier to stretch than others.
  • Stretching too quickly can result in uneven tearing, scarring, or thinning of the tissue (all of which can limit future stretching).

Everyone’s body is different, so there is no magic answer to the question “How big can I stretch until it won’t go back?” Following the guidelines below to keep the tissue healthy is the best thing you can do to maintain elasticity, but you should never stretch a piercing if you are unwilling to accept the possibility that it will be a permanent modification.

Materials

While organic or natural jewelry such as wood, horn or bone is very popular for wear in stretched piercings, it is safer to do the initial stretch with jewelry that is non-porous and can be sterilized. We suggest surgical implant-grade stainless steel, surgical implant grade titanium, niobium, 14k or 18k gold, or Pyrex for stretching. Once healed, you can start wearing organic jewelry or more decorative styles.

Caring For A Stretched Piercing

You will need to treat a newly stretched piercing like a fresh piercing (follow the same aftercare guidelines that you did when your piercing was new). Once the jewelry can be comfortably removed, tissue massage (with or without oil) will improve circulation, speed healing, and reduce scar tissue. This is especially important if you experience a “blow out” or tissue damage when stretching. Should this happen, consider dropping to a smaller size to reduce pressure and increase circulation until the tissue is healed.

Suppliers (3)

Studex Ear-piercings

Studex® is recognized as the leader in ear piercing systems and allergy-free fashion earrings for consumers of all ages. As the world’s largest manufacturer of ear piercing instruments, studs, and supplies we uphold an uncompromising commitment to quality and service that has lasted for over forty years. We make an extensive range of piercing systems and medical-grade studs to satisfy the needs of clients globally.

State of the art manufacturing and packaging capabilities enable us to produce a plethora of eye-catching styles for key demographics within the ear piercing and allergy-free earring categories. Our production capacity is beyond compare, and Studex is constantly expanding to supply the needs of a growing international demand. We meet this demand with over thirty-one offices around the world on six continents. Finally, Studex® adheres to the most rigorous health and safety standards for our products. As a result, all Studex® sterilized ear piercing studs meet or exceed U.S Food & Drug Administration regulations and European Commission standards. Read more about Studex.

H2Ocean

How It Works

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H2Ocean combines the mineral enriched value of sea salt and the antibacterial properties of lysozyme to develop safeeffective, and natural aftercare products. H2Ocean’s aftercare products are the only sea salt and water based aftercare formulas legally available in the United States.

Sea Salt

Sodium-MoleculeSalt is essential for all life, just like air and water. The mineral content of seawater is extremely close to that of human bodily fluids, such as extracellular fluid and amniotic fluid. Sea salt contains over 80 trace elements and minerals that are essential to keeping the cells in your body healthy. H2Ocean’s patented products contain the most naturally derived sea salt. Saline solutions and similar products use sodium chloride instead of sea salt. Sodium chloride (table salt) is mined from dirt or concrete basins. It then goes through refining processes to make a white crystallized molecular structure depleted of all essential minerals. Unrefined sea salt supplies over 80 vital trace minerals, thereby promoting optimum biological function and cellular maintenance.

Lysozyme

Lysozyme-MoleculeLysozyme is a protein naturally occurring in many organisms such as plants, insects, birds, reptiles and mammals. In mammals, lysozyme is found in nasal secretions, saliva, tears, intestines, urine and milk. Lysozyme’s natural function in biological liquids (tears, saliva, salt water secretions) is to attack bacteria foreign to the body. A bacteria invading the body through any typical route: eyes, mouth, nose, cut, etc. will meet up with the human immunological system, of which lysozyme is a critical part. Biologically, lysozyme attacks the cell wall of certain bacteria (all gram positive and a few gram negative). By nicking the cell in numerous spots, lysozyme gradually weakens the wall. When the osmotic pressure within the cell is too much for the weakened wall to withstand, the bacterium will burst. The cell wall lysing function is where the enzyme received its name. Lysozyme plays a vital role in protecting your body every day. H2Ocean is helping to provide this same protection topically at the piercing or tattoo site.

Medisept Nose Piercing

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 Medisept Nose Piercing
The Medisept® Nose Piercing System is designed to offer quick and virtually painless piercing of the nostril.

Using individually sterilised cartridges, the Medisept® Nose Piercing System enables piercing technicians to offer a wide range of nose piercing studs made from USA surgicalg rade titanium.

 

The patented design of the Medisept® nose piercing instrument makes it easy to use, load and maintain. The Medisept® sterilised nose piercing system offers touch free operation by using individually pre-sterilised cartridges for piercing.

Each sealed cartridge contains one sterilised nose piercing stud designed to pierce the nose and

remain in place during the entire healing period.

 

 

 

Piercing Troubleshoot Guide (8)

Do you see puss? Is it warm to the touch? Is it red and inflamed? Does it hurt?

Do you see puss? (thick, white, liquid, sometimes tinted pink, yellow and even green) Is it swollen? Is it warm to the touch? Is it red and inflamed? Does it hurt?

“Yes” to these could indicate infection. Bacteria or another irritant has caused an infection or a response from you body that resembles an infection. See your doctor if your piercers instructions don’t help within 3-5 days.

Is there a hard knot under the piercing? Is it red and inflamed?

Is there a hard knot under the piercing? (like a marble under the skin) Is it warm to the touch? Does it hurt? Is it red and inflamed? Does puss sometimes ooze out?

“Yes” to these could indicate an abscess. An infection is trapped and could burst. Don’t squeeze it and don’t remove the jewelry until your doctor tells you to. See a doctor immediately, this could become very serious!

Is there a bump next to the piercing? (like a pimple) Is it tender near the bump?

Is there a bump next to the piercing? (like a pimple) Is it red and inflamed? Does puss sometimes ooze out? Is it tender near the bump?

“Yes” to these could indicate a follicular cyst. Something is stuck inside the piercing or a pore or follicle near the piercing is blocked. Hot soaks should take care of it very quickly.

Is the skin tight and shiny? Is there a rash?

Is the skin tight and shiny? Is there a rash? Does the rash seem to “flow” downward? Does the piercing seem moist or wet constantly? (clear moisture)

“Yes” to these could indicate a chemical reaction. Simply stop using your cleaning agent and try saline soaks. Results should be almost instant.

Do the holes seem to be enlarged? Does it itch?

Is the skin tight and shiny? Do the holes seem to be enlarged? Does it itch? Does the piercing seem moist or wet constantly? (clear moisture) Is the skin tender?

“Yes” to these could indicate a metal reaction. Simply change to a different metal. Results will be almost instant.

Is the skin darkening around the piercing? Does the ring stand at “attention” constantly?

Is the skin darkening around the piercing? Does the ring stand at “attention” constantly? Does it hurt? Are the ends of the jewelry tight against the piercing?

“Yes” to these could indicate constriction, that your jewelry is too tight. A larger diameter should fix the problem. See your Piercer.

Is there a “volcano” of skin forming around the jewelry?

Is there a “volcano” of skin forming around the jewelry?(this extra skin isn’t tender) Is the piercing tender? Is the piercing inflamed? Is the skin darkening around the piercing?

“Yes” to these could indicate a keloid do to irritation or friction. Is the jewelry to long? Are your clothes rubbing a lot? Are you physically active? See your Piercer to find a solution…it may take time to find a comfortable solution.

Is there a painless, but ugly “worm” hanging out of the new tongue or nipple piercing?

Is there a painless, but ugly “worm” hanging out of the new tongue or nipple piercing?

Don’t worry, this is just a strip of tissue that was cut by the needle that stayed connected and is either going to reabsorb into your body or die and fall off…leave it alone, it goes away quickly.