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stargzr
01-11-2011, 04:02 PM
Hey-o! I got an industrial piercing in my ear last October. I love it, but at the same time I don't love it... It's SUPER cute, but it is always in my way when I tuck my hair behind my ear. Also, the guy said it would take 6-12 months to heal, but mine's pretty good... I think I just keep getting shampoo in it or something and it gets puffy for a day or two (like once a month) then goes back down. I also have a small fleshy bump behind the top of the top hole. I'm thinking now about taking it out...
So those of you who have this or are familiar with it (you know someone who has it) do you/they still have yours/theirs? For how long?
Also, so as to keep with weight loss questions - I also have my belly button pierced (got it done like 6-7 years ago). Have you had issues with it as you gained or lost weight?

*edit: I just realized the other piercing thread closed a while back, feel free to share any others you might have!


bitetoobreakkskin
01-11-2011, 04:13 PM
the industrial-i had one, and had the same issues you are having..i took mine out (husband HATED it) and that bump behind the top piercing eventually went down (it is trapped cartilage). The reason you are getting the puffiness is because it actually is still healing, that should go away if you leave it in. I am happier with it out, but i do miss it because as you said SUPER CUTE.

belly button-i got when i was 16 and about 150 lbs, i went down to 130, and up to 260 all with it, and it didnt affect the piercing at all..i just had a baby and still have it, and it is stretched but that is from the pregnancy (its not really noticeable to my husband though, but it is to me). so you shouldnt have any issues with gaining/losing weight affecting it.

hope that helps :)

tattoodles
01-11-2011, 04:47 PM
Where/ with what did you get it pierced? It should not take that long to heal unless you got it done with a piercing gun and sometimes that never heals.

And for belly button piercings mine was fine til I had a baby...


Latchkey Princess
01-12-2011, 12:33 PM
I have my industrial done and I've had it now for maybe 3.5 years. I love it, it's adorable (and socially acceptable which can be nice sometimes) tho it did take some getting used to when combing my hair and stuff. And the hairdressers that cut my hair still catch it sometimes, but it doesn't hurt when they do that anymore, it's just a little tug. It actually hurts more when they catch my eyebrow piercing... Anyway, your piercer was right in that it takes a cartilage piercing 6-12 months to completely heal inside and out, and that would probably why it still gets puffy on occasion. Mine hasn't given me issues with soreness or puffiness in about 2.5 years now. The bump is just cartilage that got pushed up by the needle during the piercing, it would most likely go away if you took the piercing out. But I recommend keeping it for another 6 months and then see how you feel about it. If by then you're still not happy with it then it's not for you. But it might be just the amount of time you need for it to completely heal and to get used to it. :-)

shanara
01-12-2011, 05:03 PM
belly button-i got when i was 16 and about 150 lbs, i went down to 130, and up to 260 all with it, and it didnt affect the piercing at all..i just had a baby and still have it, and it is stretched but that is from the pregnancy (its not really noticeable to my husband though, but it is to me). so you shouldnt have any issues with gaining/losing weight affecting it.

hope that helps :)



Awww I bet that was cute having a pregnant belly with a belly button piercing :) I think that would look awesome for pregnancy!

krampus
01-12-2011, 10:03 PM
I'm thinking about getting an interesting ear piercing. I never show the top half of my ears because I'm self conscious about how small they are. I'm thinking about a conch - always thought that looked bada$s.

I prefer face piercings but I'm getting a little old for that, plus I'll be job hunting in a few months and would like to maximize my chances to make the big bucks.

stargzr
01-13-2011, 10:38 AM
bite - thanks for helping my ear feel "normal", lol. ;)

tattoodles - Got it done at my local tat/piercing shop, done with sterilized needle. Everything was done correctly. =) Also, everywhere I've checked says 6-12 months healing is the norm. =/

latchkey - Thanks a bunch! I hadn't even thought yet about how it's going to go over when I get my hair cut for the first time since I've got it done, lol. I'll be sure to mention it to my hairdresser. I think 6 months sounds like a reasonable amount of time to keep it. Just to let it heal all the way and then see how I feel. =)

krampus - A conch would be cute! If you aren't afraid of pain, getting your tragus would be nifty also... more "interesting".

Latchkey Princess
01-14-2011, 11:22 AM
krampus~ Have you considered a horizontal lobe piercing? It's kind of like an industrial for your lobe, I've always thought they were super cute. Or an anti-helix... But a conch piercing is adorable too! If you're more adventurous you could look into subdermals, I've seen people with them placed so that they almost look like tragus piercings.

I've been wanting to get another ear piercing myself, but can't until I'm not pregnant anymore. In the meantime I'll have to be content to just stretch my lobes. :-)

kateleestar
01-14-2011, 12:15 PM
I've had my industrial for 8 or 9 years, and it was a problem for about 6 months after I got it. After that though, I don't think I've had ANY problems with it since then.

I also have a my rook, both tragus's (es?), several cartlidge piercings and my nose. I have 21 in total, all above my nose. I was looking into getting a dermal anchor between the girls, a teeny sparkly star. :lol: I also have some random cartlidge piercings that are on the "outskirts" of my ear that really don't have names, I just went to the piercer and pointed. :lol:

As far as it still being infected, I always did the same few things when I got those bubble things. Hot compress, for 10 or so mins a few times a day. As hot as the tap could get, and let it sit, and keep reheating the washcloth or whatever you use. It will bring the infection to the surface and help it heal. I would also make sure that I kept it VERY VERY CLEAN. As clean as humanly possible. It might be unconventional, but I would put Purell on it all the time. Kills germs on hands, it kills them in ears, too, haha.

Also, I used to pierce ears for a while... I worked at a jewerly store, and I did it with a gun. All of my piercings, besides the "non-normal" ones were done with a gun. If the person doing it does it correctly, and its kept clean during healing, there should be no problem for lobes or cartlidge. Just my .2 cents & expierence... :D

OhMyDogs
01-17-2011, 03:04 AM
I have a horizontal hood piercing (I think LOL). I haven't had a captive in it for well over a year, but had the piercing done 8 years ago, so it should still be good.

I used to have my tongue pierced, but got rid of that several years ago.

Don't have much to add about the industrial piercings, just thought I'd put in my 2 bits (LOL).

CollegeChickMN
01-17-2011, 07:11 PM
I have my industrial, lobes stretched to 5/8", second lobes stretched to 14g, two left lip piercings, right nostirl, and anti-eyebrow. I've had almost every facial/ear piercing you can name, at some point, so I am very well informed on the topic of piercings, haha.

The bump you're seeing is called hypotrophic scaring, it is very normal for industrial bars and will go down over time. Cartilage piercings generally take about 6 months to fully heal, but industrial bars take about a year, due to the constant stress of one piece of jewelry through two different holes.

Like somebody else said, hot compresses will work very well, also just being careful to to get any hair product on it, or get a comb stuck in it (ouch!).

Any piercings done with a gun will take much longer to heal than with a needle, piercings guns are horrible for your body and should never be used because they put the tissue through WAY to much trauma.

As for the belly button piercing, I cannot help you with, I haven't had mine done- yet. I think I may save that as a reward for myself when I hit my weight goal :)

bitetoobreakkskin
01-17-2011, 07:21 PM
this post makes me severly miss my industrial :( :( :(....but my husband hated it and its just not worth the fight..i have 3 holes in my earlobes (that also was a fight) but eventually he gave up complaining about them :) i used to have the girls done but the piercings kept migrating (i now have terrible scars from having them done twice and the rings migrating out)...and i miss those too!!! :(

CollegeChickMN
01-17-2011, 07:25 PM
Awh, yeah migration & rejection sucks! :( I've had my battles with rejection, and they do leave some nasty scars. What you can do to make them less noticeable is put some vitamin e oil on them after every days shower, or before bed, it works wonders on scar tissue.

I'm planning on getting my nipples & belly button as a lose more weight, my nipples as a half-of-my-goal treat, and my belly button when I'm finished.

bitetoobreakkskin
01-17-2011, 07:58 PM
good idea college chick..ill have to try that...one of them healed and was great-but the other was just about a 1/2 centimeter of tissue from coming out! i tried to make it work lol...i think those are great rewards-i would like a lip piercing but my hubs said **** NO...lol his wording is "dont mess up that pretty mouth"...so maybe my nose will get repierced :)

Cat86
01-18-2011, 01:17 PM
I miss my piercings now reading about all of yours! I had my lip done twice, my tongue, my tragus and i had my ears stretched. But then I made the mistake of getting microdermals in my wrist, which ended up severly infected and I was in hospital for a week. My whole arm from my fingertips to my shoulder was swollen and gunge filled and was pretty close to amputation :faint: Never ever again! Sorry if this was TMI...

CollegeChickMN
01-18-2011, 02:54 PM
That is scary! Did you ever figure out why it got so infected? I have been looking into getting microdermals in a few places, including my wrists. Was it due to improper cleaning or rejection or something that could have been done differently?

Cat86
01-18-2011, 04:44 PM
Well I got them done, looked after them properly (I am a freak about keeping piercings/tattoos clean all the time!) then a week later it got a bit red and sore round one of them. I went to another piercing place to see what they thought cos the original one i went to was closed for the day and he told me to go to the hospital and get antibiotics. I did, and took them for a day or 2 but they swelling started to travel further so i went back to hospital where they decided to pull the infected one out under local anesthetic. That was the most agony I've ever been in! I continued to take antibiotics for another day by which time my whole arm was in agony and bright red! I returned to the second piercing place where he took out my other microdermal and said they had been put in far too deep and was probably why they had been infected. After that, I returned to hospital where I was told i had to stay so I could be put on I.V antibiotics. It was the most horrific experience of my life!
BUT on the other hand, I know loads of people who have had them done with no problems whatsoever. I guess I was just unlucky!

CollegeChickMN
01-20-2011, 07:18 PM
ahh, horror stories :/ I know what you mean about keeping body mods clean, I am kind of obsessive about it as well. It's hard for me to not over clean.

But yes, I know quite a few people who have them and didn't have to much trouble healing. I have an anti-eyebrow piercing right now, and am planning on getting it mocked with microdermals after this semester, I also am planning on getting a vertical surface tragus piercing mocked with microdermals, and then my wrists as I said before.

OhMyDogs
01-28-2011, 10:17 AM
Cat do you think the problem may have been with the type of metal they pierced with? I am allergic to nickle, before I learned that, I had a tongue piercing done (with a surgical steel stud) and battled infection for WEEKS, but eventually my body got used to it. Had a navel piercing done with a surgical steel stud as well, and also had a really tough time with infection. Eventually had to pull the navel piercing because my body wouldn't adapt to it.

Now I will only have titanium or gold in my body, as I know they are both completely nickle free. I had my hood piercing done with titanium and not a hint of a problem.

witchyonadiet
02-13-2011, 08:15 PM
MMmm - love my piercings. I have my tongue and nose done. Right ear has lobe, helix/daith combo and a snug. Left ear has a lobe, rook, daith and tragus. I had two eyebrow piercings but had to retire them due to migration - I miss them. My eyebrow was my first piercing as a celebration for losing 100 lbs. Other than the migration - the only one I've truly had issues with is the snug. It has been about 10 months and it's just settling down. My piercer says it is typically a very difficult piercing to heal. I'm doing the cocoa butter thing on my eyebrow in hopes of maybe redoing that one at some point. Only downside to all the cartilage piercings is I can't use a bluetooth anymore :)

My son just had a daith done - I talked him out of an industrial because I thought he'd have trouble catching things on it - plus it would have to come out for baseball season.

I really want to get a VHP but i LOATHE my body and wouldn't have the courage to do it. I really hate that I can't do it.

ihavethemusicinme
03-21-2011, 01:13 PM
Thats probably just infection. Keep soaking it with a sea salt solution and it'll go away. All of my cartilage piercings (I have 6 including my nose) and my nipples have gotten them and they will dry out or they will burst and then the skin will peel off around them. Another thing you could do is wash it with tea tree oil soap. I love that stuff so much that I even wash my face with tea tree oil face wash. Tea tree oil naturally kills bacteria. You can also use Dial anti-bacterial, but I'm allergic to the sodium lauryl sulfate, which is a sudsing agent but it drys skin out pretty badly. When I told my piercer this she said that she likes tea tree oil better anyways so I tried it and it works wonders. This is just what I do. It should go away if you at least soak it. I hope this helps!!!!!

GuardDawg
06-21-2011, 05:35 AM
i have a friend who has her targus done and it has a little bump on t. Vitamin E oil and a hot compress should do it.

i have had many a piercing. i have had two piercings per lobe (done at around 10 or 13. the usual walmart/clairs piercing gun fiasco. i know better now). i am now the rpoud owner of 3/4" plugs. i was thinking of getting a second hole for "normal" earrings (i found harry potter earrings that are just to DIE for!!!!)

i have had my eyebrow done and taken out for job hunting. my labret done and retired (which i want back sooooo bad. had it for 7 years. two tongue rings. my nips done at a diagonal. anti naval. annnnd a septum ring. which i LUUV. when i want to be a badass out it comes ;P

i am pretty ocd so most of my stuff has been in pairs or in the center. (eyebrow being the only exception) i would like to get my nostril or industrial done but A) i am afraid of needles and B) i am afraid of needles and i heard cartilage hurts like the dickens.

i think a mini goal of a new piercing is in order ^_^

lagorditadecolorado
06-21-2011, 08:36 PM
I have my nose pierced and my ears stretched. I started stretching my ears because they were pierced when I was a baby and I have very elastic skin and the hole basically grew as I grew and was a little slit. When I got fat it looked like little a$$es lol not cute. So I figured I'd stretch to a 2 gauge to get rid of the slit. Well, it's just as addicting as tattoos, I'm currently at 3/4 of an inch and taping to get to 7/8" :) I love them <3

McMurphy
06-26-2011, 09:26 PM
Hey-o! I got an industrial piercing in my ear last October. I love it, but at the same time I don't love it... It's SUPER cute, but it is always in my way when I tuck my hair behind my ear. Also, the guy said it would take 6-12 months to heal, but mine's pretty good... I think I just keep getting shampoo in it or something and it gets puffy for a day or two (like once a month) then goes back down. I also have a small fleshy bump behind the top of the top hole. I'm thinking now about taking it out...
So those of you who have this or are familiar with it (you know someone who has it) do you/they still have yours/theirs? For how long?
Also, so as to keep with weight loss questions - I also have my belly button pierced (got it done like 6-7 years ago). Have you had issues with it as you gained or lost weight?

*edit: I just realized the other piercing thread closed a while back, feel free to share any others you might have!

Hi there,
I see this thread is a little old, so not sure if your industrial piercing issue is resolved or not.

I've had this piercing for almost a year, and mine still bugs me. Granted, it would help if I cleaned it every day like I'm supposed to. I have a couple bumps on mine, but they dry up relatively quickly and don't bother me that much. I'm hesitant to take mine out...some days I want to and others I don't. The piercer that did mine measured the bar length slightly short, so I wonder if this has anything to do with the pain.

I have other piercings, too. My first lobes are stretched to a measly 10g...I'm trying to work up to 8 or 6. I've got seconds too. Just the other day I discovered that one of my thirds is still open (I'd taken them both out several weeks ago). I've got a tragus piercing in my left ear, which is healing considerably well given that I'd had one about a year before with a ring that didn't heal at all. Having a barbell instead of a ring did the trick. Lastly, I've got a nose stud that I've had for nearly 3 years - I got a it a couple months after I turned 14.

Those are my babies :) But I don't think I want to get any more lol.

SpangleMagnet
06-26-2011, 09:42 PM
I'm going to re-start the stretching process this summer, and I really want to get my septum pierced, but my mum would cry :p I'm more than old and ugly enough to be responsible for my own body and that, but I don't want to upset her :p

myfishpajamas
07-11-2011, 05:17 PM
I have my nose and my lip done. My lip has never given me a single issue. It has always been great. But my nose has sucked. I had it pierced on the right side at first, and then after having had it for 2.5 years, I took it out to change the ring in it (I had a stud in, and I wanted to put in a hoop), it like immediately closed up. So I went to a piercer a week later, and she said she could not re-pierce the right side of my nose for a month to make sure I didn't get any infections or nastiness, but just going a week without it had made me feel naked, so I let her pierce the left side. Then after the proper amount of healing time, I went back to the piercer to have her change the ring in it (she wasn't there but one of the other girls did it), and I guess it started closing again because she had to put a taper pin in it while she was changing it, and it hurt really bad! So, needless to say, I haven't changed it again even though I want to. Plus I regularly get the famous "nose bump" (which sounds similar to the bump near your industrial piercing) even though now it's been almost a year since I got the left side pierced. I guess it's just a bad idea to pierce cartilage.

I want to get my nipples pierced, but I'm wondering if I should wait until I lose at least some of the weight? During my gain, I went from a C cup to a D, sometimes a DD depending on the bra, so I'm sure that I will lose some boob in the process, and I'm not sure how that would affect nipple piercings.

Never had the urge to get my belly button pierced, so can't make any comments there.

bunnythesAINT
07-13-2011, 08:11 AM
My industrial never healed. I had it done in March of last year and nearly a year later it just...wasn't healing. At all. I had a ball of scar tissue on the bottom exit hole, it went through the cycle of being fine, acting up, being fine, acting up. It just wasn't worth keeping.
On the bright side I got my philtrum pierced in May =]. I looove it. It's so cute.

TheManekiNeko
07-14-2011, 06:07 AM
I'm planning on getting a new piercing as a reward once I reach 130lbs.

Haven't decided if I want a trangus or a rim piercing. Oh well, I suppose I have plenty of time to decide.

msdarkmetal
07-20-2011, 05:25 AM
I had my industrial done in March of 09 and I had a lot of problems with it healing. I just figured it was my body since I had my cartilage pierced on both sides twice, but they were ALWAYS infected. The first time I just took them out and let them heal and thought trying again would help. Well the second time I had them for over a year and they still didn't heal. Then I was in the E.R. for a migraine and they made me take them out for a test. They were only out for a few hours since I was too hopped up on meds to put them back in and they holes were closed.

Anyway back to the industrial. I always had issues with infections till I met my b.f. 4 months after getting it done and he told me about hibiclens. He used on his nipple and cartildge piercings. It worked wonders. So that has helped me. I also had the bumps everyone talked about. I just massaged it like crazy and it went down dramatically. I barely have a bump now.

I also got my other cartlidge pierced last summer and haven't had any problems with it.I also have my tongue and my nose. My tonuge was done April of '10 and I got my nose done in April and was fine till a month ago. I've been having a lot of problems with swelling inside the nostril and have been using salt water. The swelling finally has gone down a bit and I have no more puss, but the swelling is still there.

I also had a piercing down there, but removed it for a an ex-b.f. which was a big mistake. I'll never do that again. The piercings are me and if you don't like them then you don't like me. I do want to get it redone, but am waiting till I lose weight.

I would love a micro derm, but am too scared. I hear a lot of horror stories about them.