The Association of Professional Piercers (APP) is aware of a piercing incident reported on February 24, 2014 in the lifestyle/health section of the Birminghammail.co.uk website.
A Birmingham, UK resident visited a local tattoo and piercing studio for a pair of cheek piercings and reportedly lost four pints of blood in about 5 days.
The article states an artery was ruptured and required surgeons to cauterize the wound. It’s important to know bleeding and swelling are among the most common symptoms of a fresh piercing, and some piercings may take several months to appear healed. A small amount of bleeding is normal with any piercing and not usually considered life-threatening or a cause for alarm.
Also, some health conditions and medications may influence the amount of bleeding a piercee may have.
This particular client’s situation required medical attention and we hope she recovers quickly.
Cheek piercings have special anatomical considerations and elevated risk which is evident in this client’s experience.
Further, the use of a light is not always effective for mapping blood vessels in such thick tissue.
The APP encourages piercees to educate themselves with what to look for when choosing a studio to ensure the piercer is properly trained and experienced for the piercing they desire, offers jewelry made of an appropriate material and finish, and performs piercings in a safe and aseptic manner.
To learn more about picking a piercer and appropriate jewelry standards for initial piercings please visit the APP’s website, SafePiercing.org.
The Association of Professional Piercers is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of vital health and safety information about body piercing to piercers, health care professionals, legislators, and the general public.
Got a chance to get some photos of this pair of 22k yellow gold plated brass Dew pieces from mayaorganicjewelry .
We have them available at Saint Sabrina’s in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
A stunning pair: The Sunray and a crown set turquoise cabochon, both in 14k rose gold, by BVLA. This rook piercing was meant to be. <3 #Saintsabrinas, #safepiercing, #bvla, #rook #rosegold #turquoise #piercing
Here’s a re-post of a healed 12g daith piercing I did a few years back, in honor of #daithbowl Sunday.
I pierced this doll last fall for her 16th birthday with a gorgeous ornate piece with 14k yellow gold and genuine diamonds. Recently she came in and changed it up to this stunning double dahlia clicker (also in yellow gold!) I love seeing someone so young already asserting her style so fearlessly!!! #saintsabrina #safepiercing #bvla #gold #diamonds #nostrilpiercing #sweet16
She figured out how to get IN to the hanging closet organizer, but apparently getting out is the stressful part….
A tragus piercing I did yesterday with a 14k rose gold Bali- such a good piece for the shape of her ear! #safepiercing #saintsabrinas #neometal #tragus #piercing #bodyjewelry #rosegold
Switched my front septum ring to a white gold Myla. I’ve wanted this piece for years- I feel silly now for having waited so long to get it! #bvla #saintsabrinas #septumpiercing #septumring
Quartz with Pyrite Inclusions
Nothing says trouble like having your 21st bday the same day as the Saint Sabrina’s Xmas party. 3 shots of Jameson sure will get ya going :p Little Nintendo DS is in for a long night!
This is something I deal with quite regularly in my studio. There seems to be this misconception that your teeth and gums are impervious to damage if you wear plastic in your piercings.
The best way to prevent damage to teeth and gums from an oral piercing is to wear properly fitting jewelry. Don’t just buy the one-size-fits-all tongue barbells or labret studs at the mall and expect them to fit you perfectly. Have a consultation with an experienced piercer who stocks a wide variety of sizes and styles. They’ll get you fit with what you need.
You may not have as much risk of chipping a tooth on plastic, but you can still cause gum erosion if that plastic jewelry is too big for your anatomy.
I deal with this issue all the time. No jewelry on earth is softer than your gums tissue. Wearing plastic jewelry is not the answer- proper placement, and properly fitting jewelry is. Plus, most plastic is too porous and breaks down when worn in the body. (Which is not shocking, because it was not designed nor tested for that use) That means it will harbor bacteria, and the surface will become gradually more abrasive. That def. pisses your piercing off.