Teflon/PTFE in large gauge tongue

Sunday October 18th, 2009 @ 2:07 PM

Filed under: Tongue

I stretched my center tongue to a 2ga on Tuesday night with no discomfort. Towards the end of Wednesday night, the discomfort was increasing, especially at the back of the bottom of the hole. Today, Friday, the base of my tongue web (and my tongue around the hole) are actually quite swollen and tender. I’m wondering how common allergic reactions are to teflon or if there are any adverse effects to wearing it. Perhaps it is from the cheap o-ring or perhaps the o-ring is pinching the underside of my tongue?

(excuse the low quality picture, I doubt it helps any)

I think you’ve answered your own questions!
Stretching itself could’ve caused irritation, you could be allergic to the cheapy o-ring, that o-ring could be simply be rubbing and causing the problem or, like you said, it could be pinching.
That O-ring and large gauge piece is a lot of business to have laying all over the sensitive underside of your tongue.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 1 Comment

Stinging Tongue

Friday September 25th, 2009 @ 6:54 PM

Filed under: Tongue

I got my tongue pierced two days ago and I noticed that when I drink something sweet (Apple Juice), it stings. Is that part of the recovery, or is that permanent?

I’ve had my tongue pierced before, but a little closer to the front and I don’t recall having that problem. Anyway, so is the stinging a part time thing?

Thanks. :]

If it stings it is your bodys way of telling you to avoid that particular behaviour. Pain is a natural warning sign. It is best to avoid acidic drinks (like apple juice) for the first couple of weeks. Try diluting it water until it is of a strength that doesn’t sting.

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Posted by Tiff Badhairdo | Permalink | 1 Comment

double tongue splitting

Wednesday September 23rd, 2009 @ 9:35 PM

Filed under: Tongue

Hi.

I’ve decided I want to get my tongue split, but not in the traditional one point slice down the centre of the tongue, im contemplating getting a double tongue split.

Im wondering what the troubles would be, how it looks, and if its ever been done?

Instead of having ‘2 tongues’ id like to have 3.

What would be the better option to perform this procedure? Scalple, lazer, or fishingline/dental floss?

Any info would be gladly appreciated.

Thanx

Logman

“Trifurcating” a tongue may sound like an interesting idea and all, but is not by any means safe nor practical. As stated on BME’s Tongue Splitting FAQ:

“To do so would risk cutting into the lingual nerves, the lingual glands, numerous major blood vessels, and it is dubious whether full nervous control could be sustained even if done by an oral surgeon. Attempting a “trifuraction” (or more) would almost certainly end in disaster.”

Need I say more?

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Posted by Russ Foxx | Permalink | Comments

Why not?

Monday August 10th, 2009 @ 6:44 PM

Filed under: Tongue

How can i check my tongue to see if it is piercable? I know there are some people who cant get their pierced… Im just wondering what makes it so you are unable to get your tongue pierced? I realize tht i should go to a piercer and have them look at it but there arent many around here, and the ones i do know of i dont necessarily trust! so if you could please explain i would appreciate it! Thanks!!

A skilled piercer will be able to determine if your tongue can be pierced by looking at it and possibly needing to physically examine it for large blood vessels, etc.

Some things we take into consideration is the general care the client appears to take of their oral hygeine. If your teeth are rotting out of your skull, chances are, healing a tongue piercing isn’t something you’ll be able to accomplish safely.

Secondly, a tongue needs to be long enough to accomodate the barbell without compromising the teeth and gums in the placement.

Thirdly, instances of the tongue frenulum being too pronounced can be problematic. In many cases, the piercing can be placed just to the side of the webbing without any problem, but this can give the piercing a “crooked” appearance while the barbell is still long to accommodate the initial swelling.

Pronounced blood vessels can be of some concern. If they’re pierced, severe bleeding and bruising can be experienced and cause a more painful healing. In rare cases, serious blood loss can happen.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | Comments

MY TONGUE RiNG SHOULD i TAKE iT OUT??

Monday August 10th, 2009 @ 5:05 PM

Filed under: Tongue

OKAY SO iVE HAD MY TONGUE PiERCED SiNCE i WAS 13 AND iM 17 NOW iT DiDNT HURT @ ALL.. =] AND THANK GOD NO COMPLiCATiONS UNTiL 2 DAYS AGO i WENT OUT 2 EAT TO BE SPECIFIC APPLEBEE’S AND YOU KNOW HOW THEY SAY EATTiNG SALTY OR SPiCY FO0D CAN iRRiTATE YOUR TONGUE KEEP iN MiND ALL i EAT iS SPiCY FO0D SO iM GUESSiNG MAYBE THE FRiES DiD HARM [(AND APPLEBEES FRiES ARE CRAZY SALTY)] SO EVA SiNCE THEN MY TONGUE iS KiLLiNG MEE iTS RED AND SWOLL3N ON THE BOTTOM AND AT THE TOP i JUST NOTiCED A SMALL RiNG AROUND THE HOLE AND iTS RED KiNDA LO0KS LiKE A CUT BUT iTS NOT MY PiERCiNG iS KiND OF SiDE WAYS AT THE BOTTOM BECAUSE i HAVE A VEiN iN THE MiDDLE AND iTS KiND OF NEAR BUT NOT TO0 CLOSE TO ANOTHER VEiN iM UPSET CUSZ i DONT WANT TO TAKE iT OUTT iF N E ONE CAN PLEASEE GiVE ME ADViCE ON WHAT TO DO iF U NEED PiCS TO UNDERSTAND LEMME KNO i CAN POST THEM A.S.A.P!! iF ANY THiNG ADD MY MYSPACE WWW.MYSPACE.COM/YAGURLTIPSY

(Please do not ever submit questions written out like this.)
If your fresh tongue piercing hurts after you eat spicy and salty foods, it’s probably for the better you refrain from indulging in these foods until the piercing is healed up (about 8 weeks)

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | 17 Comments

old tongue ring

Monday August 10th, 2009 @ 4:49 PM

Filed under: Tongue

My husband got his tongue pierced 7 years ago. He took care it at first. But it’s been almost 5 years since he’s taken it out. He wants to remove it because it’s rubbing and causing problems on the roof of his mouth. But when we tried to take it out, it’s impossible to unscrew the ball from the bar. I’ve even tried pliers but the errosion is so bad that it just won’t move. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Barbell balls can certainly get stuck if the threads aren’t regularly brushed free of plaque and other oral gunk.

Some people find success with rubber gloves and even holding the barbell balls with paper towels for a better grip.
Make sure you’re unscrewing it in the right direction (left/loose right/tight)
If all else fails, pop and see a piercer. We’ve got a few tools and tricks up our sleeves to help loosen that ball.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | Comments

Labret in tongue?

Monday August 10th, 2009 @ 2:34 PM

Filed under: Tongue

I recently got my tongue pierced and have been down sizing the bar. At the moment I have a 12mm/1/2 inch bar and I still have a fair amount of room left and have been trying to find smaller sized bars online. Finding smaller bars has been difficult and I particularly want to try out a plastic bar with plastic balls.

Its looking like the only type of bar that I can find to fit 10-12mm are primarily labret bars. Are these suitable to be used for a tongue piercing? And are there any suggestions for anything in particular that I should be looking for in a labret bar for a tongue?

Thank you.

Be careful putting plastic into your piercings. It’s not an implant grade material meant for longterm wear and will start to break down and could irritate your piercing.

You should be able to find appropriately sized barbells for your tongue that aren’t necessarily labret barbells. (You’ll probably find that wearing a flat disc on your tongue will be uncomfortable anyway)
Check with your local piercer to see if they have anything shorter to fit your piercing a bit better.

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Posted by Lexci Million | Permalink | Comments

Possible to get my tongue pierced?

Tuesday August 4th, 2009 @ 11:55 AM

Filed under: Tongue

I have wanted my tongue pierced for as long as i can remember.

I went to a studio 4 years ago to get it done, only to be told he wouldnt pierce my tongue in the center because of my vein positioning.

So i asked about piercing it off center and he said no as the bar will eventually rub away at my vein causing it to burst. Is this true?

Still 4 years on i am devastated that i cannot get it pierced…although everybody is telling me that i could still get it done off center as their tongue is fine! Almost everybody i know has theirs pierced off center?

Ugh…can you give me a little hope for getting this piercing? Or is it time to get over it :(

You could certainly consult with a few different GOOD artists about it before giving up hope, but if your anatomy isn’t suited for the piercing, there’s not much you can do about it! That being said, I’ve done a few tongue piercings for “no-hopers” who had been knocked back by other piercers, and I don’t EVER do them off-centre. I am pretty good at marking up appropriately and hitting my marks and not any major blood vessels, though. ;) Call it a gift!

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | Comments

Chances of getting a tongue ring

Wednesday July 8th, 2009 @ 11:51 AM

Filed under: Tongue

I was wondering if someone could help give me an idea of the chances that I would be eligible to get a tongue ring. I live in Edmonton, AB Canada and I went to a local tattoo shop at the mall. They said they couldn’t do it because I have too many veins in my tongue. I went home and checked my tongue to see how it looked, and it appears I have a vein on the left side, the right side and one in the center. With about 1″ space on either side of the center. I don’t know if this happened because I live in a more rural area, the people at the studio all looked rather young (and I’ve nothing against young people, Just when most of the people there look about 20 or younger, I wonder a bit, if a more experienced piercing artist may be more viable). I really would like to get a tongue piercing or two. I imagine the vein in the center of my tongue eliminates the option of a center-set tongue piercing? What about the chances of an off-center piercing on either side? Might there be a better chance of finding a more skilled/able piercer in Toronto, ON perhaps?


You’re in Edmonton? Well, my advice is to pop on down to the fine folks at Shambhala Tattoos and give my homegirl Lexci a chance to have a look - she’ll tell you straight up if it’s do-able or not, and if it is do-able, they stock nothing but the best body jewellery and aftercare products, so you’re in good hands. :)

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | 3 Comments

General Questions/Advice?

Thursday June 25th, 2009 @ 12:40 PM

Filed under: Tongue

I got my piercing 26 hours ago. I attempted to do my research ahead of time as I was a huge chicken about pain, hygiene etc. Since having it pierced only 3000 more questions have crossed my mind. Even with swelling I am having no trouble speaking so my main concern of a “lisp” forming seems to be no concern. But not I keep reading everyone’s horror stories and I keep worrying “will that happen to me?”

So for the only that I have experienced is swelling the full length of the 14 mm bar used and my jaw is very tight. I slept on my back last night with but my head/shoulders elevated at a little over a 45 degree angle. I have been drinking protein drinks and upped my vitamin regimen before the piercing to accommodate the chance of not eating much. My piercer told me to avoid yeast/ dairy for at least a week. I was also told to use sea salt/water + Crest non-alcohol Mouthwash. To change my toothbrush to a new soft bristle one. To take lots of Tylenol (do to a stomach surgery I can’t take anything but Tylenol rapid release). I know I am probably over worrying, but I start thinking of everything that could go wrong and I wonder if I should just take it out now and let it go as a lesson learned.

Also I was slightly upset as it isn’t pierced in the center, and I wanted informed until after the piercing was done that it wasn’t pierced in the center. I evidently have a vein there, and my piercer wouldn’t take a chance going through it. I am worried that I will look “stupid” even though I have read this is common in some people. Honestly for a 26 year old adult female I feel like I am 12 years old again getting my ears pierced for the first time, panicking about everything that could happen.

So any advice besides go on Prozac as quick as possible would be of great help.

So, I”m not sure Prozac is really in order, but certainly a couple of deep breaths and a nice counting-to-10 might be helpful at this point. Okay, now count to 10 again. :)

You definitely need to relax about the healing part of it. It sounds like you are dong all the right stuff to get your piercing to heal. Add to that, tongue piercings are typically very fast, very easy healing piercings…and yes, you’re worrying a bit more than is necessary. You probably don’t need to do the Tylenol thing regularly, unless you are in pain. Tylenol doesn’t typically help much with swelling (as opposed to ibuprofen/Advil), so it won’t do much for you.

As for the placement thing…I guess you will know how you feel about it once all the swelling goes away. My guess is that it isn’t going to look stupid and you will still be quite happy with it. If it turns out you don’t like the way it looks, you can take it out at that point.

It is unfortunate the piercer didn’t discuss it with you beforehand.’

Take a couple more deep breaths.

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