Dear guys, after seeing a large gauge cheek mod, some questions about cheek piercing and anatomy arose. A statement was made that it might be possible for leakage to occur, without hitting the stensens duct. I this true? I would also like to know how variable the anatomy of the gland and duct is. And if the anatomy can be very different in cases, would there be a chance, even for a professional like yourself to hit this part of the anatomy, even after close examination?
It is absolutely possible, and in fact has been documented on a few occasions. Once such case happened to the APP’s current board of directors President Elayne Angel herself. You can read all about her experience that she calls “the worst piercing story" on her website.
When it comes to anatomy there are certain commonalities, but you can never just assume that everyone has text book anatomy for blood vessels or other structures. A cheek is so thick that there is no way to be 100% sure that you are not piercing through structural anomalies. While there is little health “risk” in piercing through small glandular or vascular structures, there is the possibility of problematic outcomes.
Anyone considering a cheek piercing should have an in-person consultation with an experienced piercer and discuss the risks involved. If the piercer you consult is not aware of these anatomical concerns then you should turn right around and find another shop to consult.
Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach
Well said, Ryan!
How safe are corset piercings?
Corset piercings are relatively safe. One big thing to keep in mind is that corset piercings are temporary. They are not meant to be kept in for more than a few hours or days. They’re usually done for things like tattoo conventions or photoshoots. Each piercing is basically a shallow surface piercing, often done with an inexpensive ring. They’re really only meant to show off or snap a picture and then be removed before they have a chance to cause significant scarring.
Ryan Ouellette, APP outreach
Yep! Common misconception that these are done and the jewelry is left in long-term. They’re really for “dress-up” fun.
Ampallang of the day. A happy customer; I did his P.A. and he enjoyed it so much he came back for an ampallang. (Funny how spell-check always changes that word to “appalling.”) Well, this fellow was far from appalled. He loves his piercings and stays in touch to tell me about it. Good stuff!
Hey! I'm all the way from Kuwait and i really want to pierce something different on my body whether its my ears or body but the problem is my country is really conservative and they judge quickly. I want a simple piercing that isnt very noticeable. and again simple but unique. Do u have any suggestions? please and thank you!xx
How about your nasal septum? It is a piercing you could hide when you feel like it, and show off when you want to as well.
This is from my book, The Piercing Bible: The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing:
The nasal septum piercing can conjure depictions of colorful ethnic peoples wearing bones or feathers from the center of the nose. Alternatively, it can evoke harsh images of leather-clad punks and counterculture eccentrics with fierce bull rings. However, in our Western world, college professors, military personnel, and a host of so-called “ordinary” people also sport this piercing. Really, they do.
How can this be, with a piercing that sits in plain sight, right in the middle of the face? The secret of the septum piercing is that it can easily and effectively be concealed inside your nose so that only your dentist knows for sure. (When someone is poised to look up your nose with a bright light, it will be somewhat visible.)
Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible—The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
President, Association of Professional Piercers
I ask Elayne Angel for advice on one of my piercings.
This is our correspondence.
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Gosh I just noticed that mine is on that page too. We both have famous boobies! : )
I really want The Piercing Bible by Elayne Angel
Straight from Elayne Angel’s The Piercing Bible:
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