Septum Piercing and Labret (Lip) Piercing

  
The septum piercing and labret piercing were both done by Nate. 

The septum piercing features a rose gold Latchmi ring and the labret piercing has a rose gold hammered disk. Both of these exquisite pieces of fine jewelry were made by BVLA/Body Vision Los Angeles. 

We have a constantly-changing and expanding collection of jewelry, so stop into the studio and see what we have that is new. If we don’t have exactly what you are looking for, we can almost certainly order it for you. 

Daith Piercings

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Daith piercings have been one of our favorite piercings for a very long time. We wanted to take this opportunity to give them the attention they deserve!

Daith is “officially” pronounced “doth”, but many people pronounce it “day-th”. We think you should pronounce it whichever way sounds best to you. It’s simply too great of a piercing to get hung up on how it’s pronounced.

Way Back When

The first daith was performed by an often under appreciated piercer named Erik Dakota, all the way back in 1992. While it may not seem remarkable by today’s piercing standards, at the time, the daith was truly a ground-breaking piercing. Many of the tools and techniques used by piercers today to perform daith piercings were conceived and refined by Erik Dakota.

Erik was a pioneer as a piercer and a jewelry maker, as well as an innovator when it came to piercing equipment. As with many pioneers, Erik Dakota doesn’t get the credit he deserve for the influence he has had on modern-day body piercing. While body piercing may still have ended up where it is today, it likely wouldn’t have happened as soon or as smoothly as it did without Erik Dakota.

The Wow Factor!

Most piercers love daith piercings. They love doing them, they love the way they look, they love the variety of jewelry that can be used, they love how easily they heal for most clients…love, love, love. Our friend Jef Saunders wrote a great blog celebrating daith piercings and bringing to life the Daith Bowl. His blog is geared a little more towards piercers, but it is still an interesting read if you’re intrigued by daith piercings.
One of our favorite things about about daith piercings is how versatile they are. Because daith piercings are “tucked away”, they can blend with, and compliment, piercings you already have without making your ear look crowded.

Having an ear full of cool piercings is great. Having an ear full of piercings that work well together is The Greatest!TM.

Below you can see some examples of daith piercings done by some piercer-friends of ours that highlight how well they work with other ear piercings.

Going Solo

Perhaps even better than how well daith piercings work with other piercings, is how absolutely stunning they are all by themselves.


Seeing a single daith piercing as the focal point of someone’s ear is really striking, With simple jewelry, it can be the perfect piercing for a minimalist look. With more intricate jewelry, it can command your attention and admiration. There are a whole range of options in-between as well.

Daith Piercings and Migraines

During the past few months, there has been some buzz online about daith piercings. We wish the buzz was the rest of the world appreciating daith piercing as much as we do. Sadly, that isn’t the case. Daith piercing are getting attention because of an article or two suggesting daith piercings might offer relief for people who suffer from migraines.

There does not appear to be any actual scientific evidence/study that shows daith piercings help with migraines. As the topic has gotten more attention, it has become easier to find tweets, blog comments and other testimonials declaring daith piercings to be a miracle migraine cure (or, at least helpful in reducing how common they are).

However, there is no way to verify any of these claims, and there certainly isn’t enough controlled evidence to draw a line from daith piercings to migraine relief. We think anyone (especially a piercer) who dangles a daith piercing as a fix for migraines is a real jerk.

We think daith piercings are beautiful and a total blast to perform. Even though they don’t cure migraines, we will continue to be thrilled to do them. We hope you’ve enjoyed this look at daith piercing. It’s certainly a great one to put on your list of next piercings!

Industrial Piercing

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Courtney made someone’s ear really fancy with this custom-anodized barbell for their industrial piercing. In addition, the client picked out a great yellow gold, tri-prong cluster from Body Vision Los Angeles. 

 

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custom-anodized gem barbell from Anatometal

  
We love how the “Wow!” factor of the industrial jewerly is tempered a bit by the bronze tone the client chose for the barbell. 

Working with clients to come up with combinations like this is one of our favorite things to do! 

Gold Septum Ring

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Perfect Jewelry for a Wonderful Face

Julia picked out wonderful jewelry for the septum piercing Courtney did on her. The jewelry she is wearing is a 14 karat solid gold septum ring, with a CZ gem accent.

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Julia picked out this perfect gold septum ring from Body Vision Los Angeles

We love everything about how this looks on her face. The interplay of her skin tones with the color of the jewelry; the delicate, but noticeable gemstones; how well the shape of a full ring works with the shape of her face. Everything about this piece just works.

A gold septum ring may not be for everyone, but in this case, she couldn’t have made a better choice!

We stock a large selection of sizes, styles and colors for septum jewelry. While we do love gold septum rings, we also carry jewelry in stainless steel, titanium and niobium.

Body Vision Jewelry

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gold body jewelry from body vision los angeles

The Rose from Body Vision Los Angeles, available with a wide variety of gemstone combinations

Here are two magnificent Rose ends that we have in stock right now! They can be used in a lot of different piercings. We can’t wait to find out what lucky person will be taking these home!

The top piece features rhodalite garnets on the outside and a genuine white pearl in the center.

The bottom piece is made with citrine gems on the outside and the center is London Blue topaz.

Both pieces are set in 14 karat yellow gold and are made by our friends at Body Vision Los Angeles.

Dan Steinbacher took the fantastic photos of these beauties. Thanks, Dan!

Navel Piercing Rejection

What You Can, and Can’t, Do To Prevent Navel Piercing Rejection

We received this question about navel piercing rejection on our tumblr page:

Anonymous asked: How do I look after my belly piercing? My navel piercing is only 4 days old and obviously the pain is still there but I’m worried about rejection? How can I prevent this and how and when should I clean it?

If you have questions about how to care for your piercing, we would usually suggest contacting your piercer. They should have given you verbal and written instructions on how to take care of your piercing as well as what steps to take to reduce the chances of navel piercing rejection.

Without getting into too much detail, we usually suggest using a sterile, wound-wash-type saline to clean the piercing area a couple of times a day. The saline isn’t a magical healing solution, but it can help remove dirt and debris from the area without causing any additional irritation.

As for navel piercing rejection, there are a couple of things you can do to reduce the likelihood of it happening, and we will get into those in a bit. However, there are some things that you don’t have much, if any, control over:

1) The shape of your navel needs to be right for the piercing. In order to reduce the chances of navel piercing rejection, you need to have proper anatomy to support the piercing. This is something that your piercer determines. If they did the piercing on you, presumably they thought your navel was a good shape for the piercing.

2) Proper placement and execution of the piercing are critical to reduce the chances of navel piercing rejection. Again, these things are all up to your piercer. If you chose an experienced, skilled piercer, you shouldn’t need to worry about these.

3) The use of high-quality jewelry is a really important factor in reducing navel piercing rejection. No matter how well-suited your navel may be for the piercing, if low-quality garbage jewelry is used in the piercing, your body may find it so difficult to heal the piercing that it instead tries to reject it. Ideally, all piercers/studios would be using high-quality, implant-grade jewelry. However, there are still many studios that choose low-quality jewelry because it gives them a higher profit-margin.

4) The jewelry needs to be of the appropriate style and size to fit your body, otherwise there is an increased chance of navel piercing rejection. Piercing jewelry is not “one-size-fits”. Just like shirts, pants and shoes need to all fit your body appropriately to feel good, look good and not cause you problems…the same is true with body jewelry. In fact, it’s even more important with body jewelry. Jewelry that is either too big or too small can cause serious healing problems and can greatly increase the chance of rejection.

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A perfectly executed navel piercing with jewelry that is sized appropriately and fits the piecing and the body like it should

5) This is the one no one likes to hear: Sometimes there is nothing you can to do prevent navel piercing rejection (or rejection of any piercing). Even if everything is perfect, sometimes it just happens. A piercing is a foreign object. Your body’s natural reaction is to get rid of foreign objects. When you successfully heal a piercing, you are tricking your body into accepting something that isn’t supposed to be there. Some people’s bodies are VERY GOOD at getting rid of foreign objects. In those cases, the piercing can be perfect, the jewelry can be the best in the world, the aftercare can be ideal…and the piercing might still reject. It doesn’t happen that way very often, but it is possible.

As for the things you do have some control over to help prevent navel piercing rejection:

A) Keep your hands off of it to prevent navel piercing rejection. The more you touch it, move it and mess with it, the more irritated it will be and your body will have a harder time healing. In addition, each time you touch it, you are put germs on it, even if you have just washed your hands.

B) Proper aftercare plays a big role in preventing navel piercing rejection. If you use something too harsh on the piercing and/or clean it too frequently, you will interfere with your body’s natural healing processes. If this irritation happens for too long, your body may reject your piercing. You should NOT be moving your jewelry around as part of the aftercare process.

C) If you know, or suspect, you were pierced with low-quality jewelry, or jewelry that doesn’t fit appropriately, talk to a different piercer about changing your jewelry. While it’s usually best not to change jewelry too soon after having the piercing done, if the jewelry you are wearing is causing a problem, it’s better to change it sooner than later. We suggest having a piercer change your jewelry if your piercing is still new.

D) Be careful with the piercing. The more movement, friction and irritation that the piercing gets, the longer your piercing will take to heal, and the higher the chance of navel piercing rejection.

E) Get plenty of sleep and eat well. This one is overlooked by clients and piercers alike. Your body has to heal the piercing. So, if you aren’t eating well and getting plenty of rest, your body can’t do it’s job nearly as well. Getting enough sleep and having a healthy diet play a much larger role in healing piercings (or any kind of wound) than most people ever think about.

F) Relax. Don’t spend a lot of time worrying about whether your piercing is going to reject. If everything was done properly and you take care of your piercing properly, rejection is going to be pretty uncommon. Stressing about it just raises your body’s immune response, which is likely going to slow down your healing.

Well, this turned out to be longer than we planned. Hopefully it’s at least a little bit helpful. Enjoy your new piercing and we hope you have a fast and easy healing experience!

Industrial Piercings with Anatometal Jewelry

Here are a couple of examples of what might be considerd “non traditional” industrial piercings. Both of these were done by Nate Janke at Saint Sabrina’s. The jewelry is from one of our favoriate jewelry manufacturers, Anatometal. 

Nate custom-shaped the jewelry.  

 

Navel Piercing Healing Problems–The Wrong Jewelry

I got my belly button pierced a few years ago and it rejected. the scar is healed and everything and my bestie and I want to get them done. I don’t think the people before did it right because they put in a bull ring and when I went to get a new ring from another place the look on there face was shocked when they saw the ring because my piercing was so red. I’m scared that it will either reject again or they won’t be able to do it again. How do I know if the scar tissue is bad or not?

Questions about navel piercing healing problems are far too common. There is no way for us to cover all aspects of this topic. However, we wanted to share our answer to this question with a wider audience. We hope that educating more people will prevent others from having similar experiences.

Circular barbells lead to a lot of navel piercing healing problems

The piercer chose the wrong style of jewelry for a fresh navel piercing.  Circular barbells (a.k.a., bull rings or horseshoe barbells) are one of the worst choices for jewelry in a fresh navel piercing. They are pretty much a guarantee that you will experience navel piercing healing problems.

This style of jewelry sticks away from the body quite a bit. That means the jewelry will move around a lot more during the most basic daily activities, not to mention exercise or other rigorous activities. In addition, it will get rubbed/pressed on by clothing and is more likely to get snagged. All of those things will result in a lot of irritation to the piercing. The more irritation, the harder it is for your body to heal the piercing.

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Circular barbells are not good to use in a new navel piercing

This style of jewelry is also open in the middle. This allows more things to slip between the beads and catch on the inside of the jewelry, causing additional irritation that will make the piercing ake longer to heal and be more likely to reject.

Curved barbells are the best style of jewelry to prevent navel piercing healing problems.

The best style of jewelry to be used in a navel piecing is a curved barbell. This type of jewelry sits much more flush with the body. It is less likely to get caught/snagged on things and it moves around a lot less.

We all know from experience that any wound you get (say, a scratch on your arm), heals easier, faster and with fewer complications if you leave it alone. In other words, the less irritation that happens, the faster it heals. The same thing is true for any healing piercing, The less irritation and movement that happens, the easier it is for your body to heal.

Can I get my navel pierced again?

It’s usually not a problem to re-pierce a navel piercing that has rejected or that was removed for some other reason. The amount of scar tissue is a consideration. You will have to rely on the experience of a piercer you trust to decide whether re-piecing is a good option for you.

As for it rejecting again, that is always a possibility. However, in this situation, the choice of  jewelry probably played a very big role in why it rejected. A properly-placed, properly-fitted piece of high-quality jewelry will go a long way to reducing the likelihood of rejection.

If you are looking for a piercer in your area, a good place to start is the web site for the Association of Professional Piercers. The APP doesn’t endorse the piercing abilities of any piercer, but membership does indicate that the piercer is following at least a minimum set of health and safety standards.

 

 

Tapers for Stretching: Why We Don’t Sell Them.

Using tapers for stretching should only be done by an experienced professional.

At Saint Sabrina’s, we get quite a few phone calls asking if we sell tapers for stretching, so we wanted to take a few minutes to give you a more thorough answer to this common question.

A “Taper” is a tool that helps insert body jewelry.  Some piercers also use them to help “stretch” a piercing from one gauge-size to the next.  Tapers are shaped like a pin, but with a smooth rounded tip. The smaller end will be the thickness of one gauge size, and the other end will be the next size up.

High-quality, implant-grade titanium insertion/stretching tapers from ANATOMETAL, Inc.

High-quality, implant-grade titanium insertion/stretching tapers from ANATOMETAL, Inc.

“Fashion Tapers”, which can be found online, or at retail/novelty stores, are not safe for stretching under any circumstances- they are basically low quality costume jewelry.   The extreme jump from a thin point on one end to a much larger size on the other end defeats the purpose of a gradual “tapered” stretch. This extreme jump makes it very easy to tear your skin when using that type of taper for stretching.

A long, smooth, and very gradual taper is necessary for this tool to be used safely

No one should ever use these types of tapers for stretching a piercing

This style of taper is never appropriate for stretching a piercing, The “taper” is much too severe and will cause damage to the piercing.

Fashion Tapers are often made from acrylic, which is a material that can’t be sterilized. Sterilizing a taper is the only way to ensure it is free of bacteria and other harmful organisms. Acrylic also breaks down over time in the body, and has the potential to be toxic. It simply isn’t safe to put in the body.

 

A quality taper made from the proper material(s) and with the proper shape isn’t cheap. One of the big reasons we don’t sell tapers for stretching is because it’s less expensive for our clients to have us help them accomplish the stretch than it is for them to buy the right kind of taper.

Aside from the cost, a simple tool like a taper can be devastating in the wrong hands.  An apprentice (in-training) piercer would spend an extensive amount of time learning how to use a taper properly and safely; observing their mentor over and over before finally practicing on people. Even then, the apprentice would be under the direct supervision of their mentor until they can be sure the apprentice is prepared to use tapers properly.

We have seen endless numbers of clients attempt to user tapers to stretch their piercings on their own – including clients who do a lot of research and try to stretch appropriate (i.e., not too much at once and not too quickly). Even then, we have seen severe mistakes made simply because the client didn’t have the experience to know something was wrong.  Simply fumbling a bit when you are putting the jewelry in can cause a scratch in your skin that can lead to infections, scaring, or even thin spots where your lobe could eventually “break”.

For all these reasons, we choose not to sell tapers for stretching to our clients. We love using our years of experience to help people achieve beautiful healthy piercings.  We encourage you to take advantage of that experience and expertise. We are always happy to discuss safe and successful options for stretching with you.

Thanks to Brett Perkins from Anomaly Piercing, Ken Seyler from Matrix Tattooing and Piercing and the whole crew at Anatometal, Inc for the pictures!

Cartilage Piercing Healing Problems

How to Make Healing a Cartilage Piercing Easier

“Is there anything I can do to stop irritating my helix cartilage piercing? I have many other piercings (lip, monroe, nipples, navel) and none of them have been as much of a pain in the arse as this helix. I sleep on it by accident, or I accidentally snag it on a towel or while getting a haircut and it gets irritated. It’s winter here and it’s such a pain I’m considering removing it because I’ve had it for over a year yet it’s still so fuzzy.”

Cartilage piercings can definitely be challenging to heal. They tend to get bumped, caught, snagged and slept on a lot. Some people are able to incorporate helix piercings into their life pretty easily, but it can be a real challenge for other.

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Helix cartilage piercings

There are a couple of things you can try to make the healing easier:

1) Try rolling up a towel and form it into a circle. Use it as a headrest when you are sleeping. It will give your head some support while leaving an open space for your ear. This should reduce the irritation from sleeping on it.

2) Slow down. It can be hard to make adjustments to our daily routines like drying off after a shower, how we put our shirts on etc. However, making those adjustments is something that is necessary when healing a cartilage piercing. Your piercing is a wound that is trying to heal. That means it is a bit fragile. If you don’t take the time to be careful with it, it’s going to get beaten-up and it will be hard to heal.

3) Let your hair stylist know that you have a piercing that is healing and ask them to be cautious around it. Most stylists are happy to take extra care with healing ear piercings.

4) You should ensure that your aftercare/cleaning routine isn’t contributing to the irritation. We suggest using a sterile saline wound wash solution for cleaning your piercing. if your piercing studio doesn’t carry it you can find it at most pharmacies. You should avoid soaps, alcohol, peroxide, pierced-ear solutions and other harsh chemicals, as well as antibiotic ointments and creams. These chemicals are not designed to be inside your body and they will damage the delicate tissue your body is trying to form to heal your piercing.

It’s also VERY important that you touch your piercing as little as possible while it is healing. Touching the piercing and moving the jewelry are two of the most-common reasons people have problems with their piercings.

Having said all of that, not every piercing is going to work for every person (or their lifestyle). If you feel that you are simply tired of dealing with it, or you don’t want to/can’t make the adjustments needed to accommodate the piercing, there is nothing wrong with deciding to remove it.

Hopefully this helps. Good luck!