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post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by ArteEtLabore14 View Post
Only one of?

Sure, i'm not perfect.

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Originally Posted by oDD_LotS View Post
In my experience, your best bet is to go back to the 2ga in the blownout ear and let it heal up. Sizing down gives it a little relief from the pressure so that it can heal up and minimize the chances of a blowout. Trying to keep whatever size gain you're working on could end up costing you in the long run.

Also, make sure you're putting in a good material for fresh piercings (i.e. NOT wood, horn, bone, acrylic, etc).

For the next week or two, try doing saline washes to remove any blood or dried lymph until things clear up. When your body's ready to back to 0ga in that ear, TAKE IT SLOW! Listen to your body and if it gives resistance, then don't do it. You may want to look into using teflon tape to slowly work up to 0ga. When I hit a wall, I used teflon to slowly transition.

Good luck.

Wow great advice... thank you very much. I've never heard of teflon tape, i'll read up on it.

***Since my lobe was still pretty swollen(but no pain whatsoever) the whole taking it out and putting in a smaller gauge bit seemed like good advice to me, so that's what i did. I was a little worried to take out the taper and see the damage but to my surprise it looked pretty fuckin clean. Thank god. It wasnt all ripped up and misshapen like i was worried it might be. I think i'll be just fine... and much more careful from here on out haha

You said not to use materials like wood/horn/bone/acrylic... All i have for my 2s is stainless steel eyelets so thats what went back in my lobe for now. I had some glass pieces but my ex took them and never gave them back.

For the other plug that popped in OK and seems to be healing well with no blood and very little lymph, i have an acrylic in it and i am scared to take it out and put a stainless 0 double flare i have so i hope it will be ok. What would be wrong with wood/bone/acrylic/etc for a new stretch/gauge? I mean i know wood is porous so that makes sense if you tear anything because it might grow into the wood as it heals...

I've mostly sported simple stainless double flare eyelets this whole time to keep semi-conservative at work and i've been wanting to get some more interesting pieces as soon as i finally made the jump to 0 or 00... since you seem knowledgable on the subject what should i be looking for that wouldnt cost me an arm and a leg? I've looked at stuff on this time from time to time and it doesnt seem that expensive http://www.organicjewelry.com/index.html
post #17 of 25
The reason to avoid those materials has to do with the porosity of the surface. Since they aren't super smooth they can harbor bacteria in the microscopic scratches on the surface. Also, they can't be autoclaved to sterilize. However, I love using wood or organcs in healed piercngs. They look nice, they're light weight and they reduce the possibilty of having an unpleasant aroma. I get most of my stuff from Body Artforms online or directly from craftsmen who make nice custom wood stuff. I would recommend avoiding acrylic entirely. It doesn't always "play nice" with the body. Good quality glass is a better alternative, as is stainless, ptfe, and certain elemental metals. As you now know, doubl flares are not a good idea for stretching!
post #18 of 25
put an animal bone in that shit
post #19 of 25
SF is not the place for advice on this subject. You should go talk to a GOOD piercer.

Check out http://www.safepiercing.org/ for a reputable piercier near you.

I'm more into tattoos myself but have read MANY horror stories of people doing the exact thing you did!! take your time and do it right if you want to achieve the desired results.
post #20 of 25
bmezine.com probably has some advice for you. nsfw
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by oDD_LotS View Post
The reason to avoid those materials has to do with the porosity of the surface. Since they aren't super smooth they can harbor bacteria in the microscopic scratches on the surface. Also, they can't be autoclaved to sterilize.

However, I love using wood or organcs in healed piercngs. They look nice, they're light weight and they reduce the possibilty of having an unpleasant aroma. I get most of my stuff from Body Artforms online or directly from craftsmen who make nice custom wood stuff.

I would recommend avoiding acrylic entirely. It doesn't always "play nice" with the body. Good quality glass is a better alternative, as is stainless, ptfe, and certain elemental metals. As you now know, doubl flares are not a good idea for stretching!

Yeah i figured it had something to do with the porosity factor one way or another... thanks. Didn't know that about acrylic though. That's what ive always used because i used to be a cheap ass and never had a problem in the past, but its good to know in any case.

Ive read you need to oil wood pieces frequently?

I will check out body artforms later, thanks
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by Kris View Post
Yeah, take it slow, use plenty of KY, and ease back if there is bleeding. Don't insert a bigger plug until you're sure your ready. And be just as careful pulling it back out as when your pushing it in.
new sig. best quote out of context ever.
post #23 of 25

@texas_jack Really? Keep your negative opinion to yourself. He didn't ask if you thought it was stupid/ugly/etc. Stop being rude, it's pointless.

post #24 of 25
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@texas_jack
 Really? Keep your negative opinion to yourself. He didn't ask if you thought it was stupid/ugly/etc. Stop being rude, it's pointless.
I was more rude back in 2010.
post #25 of 25
I PMed the OP asking for an update. I wonder how large the holes in his ears are now. He has not posted since 2011, but maybe he will get an email notification and come back.
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