First off, I am relatively new to the body modification "scene." I have merely gotten my eyebrow pierced, and found out that I can migrate a piercing out in just over 3 weeks. So, we all want to know about scarification. Well, I decided that I wanted a sun on my chest. As a little kid I drew the sun by a circle, and then little lines coming off of it. Now, I have a sun centered around my right nipple, or at least the rays. I have had previous experience with scarification, mainly through a form of strike branding. I have done it to other parts of my body so I know my routine works. Here is essentially how I did it. I would heat up a small hunk of metal, which usually ended up being an attachment from my screwdriver kit. It was heated it with a lighter, and then applied to my flesh repeatedly. After this was done, usually a day later, when blisters would appear, I would remove the dead flesh from the blister. Then, I would simply reapply the heated metal again. It has proven to be permanent, but not very "pain free." I decided, about 2 months ago or so, that I was finally going to do it. So I drew the lines on my chest with a sharpie (laundry pen), and then proceeded to brand myself. I would simply hold the metal to my skin, hear some popping and sizzling noises, and wait for 15 seconds or so. Usually my skin would "melt" to the metal, and it was kind of sickening to pull it away. When it was yanked free, though, there was no pain, just an odd sensation of my flesh going with it for some unknown reason. I would usually do one (circular) dot right after another, overlapping, until it formed a full line. I could usually only do three (out of eight) lines at a time, before my whole body was literally shaking. I did the first 3 lines, and then waited a few days. I then did the next 3 lines. The final 2, done a few days later, seem to be more superficial, and I know at least one will not scar long term. It is a shame, because I don't know when I will get around to doing it again. My aftercare methods have been gathered off of everybody's favorite site, BME. My personal favorite was the fingernail brush. It hurt real bad, but usually did the best job. A toothbrush, in my own experience, is too hard to control. And peroxide, while a nice touch, was way to cold, and didn't seem to do much. I would scrub my wounds in a nice warm shower, and then try and peal the scabs off. If they wouldn't come off by just me going at them, I found that a dry towel had enough grip to remove them. It did that relatively pleasantly compared to the alternatives. I did this for 2 weeks, and then noticed them healing even with my persistent attention. So I eventually gave up, and just let them heal. As it healed, I did run into a couple problems. The first problem is that my wounds would tend to secrete lymph or something. Don't know what it is, but its messy, and it has stained most of my plain white t-shirts (undershirts). Just a bit of advice, abuse those plain white t-shirts, and wear them under everything you will ever want to wear again. I still have blood, and whatever it is on a few of them. The second problem was the horrible itching. I could not relieve it for the first few days. It was, and is, hard to imagine, the itching, the absent minded scratching, and the very noticeable screaming in pain. You learn fast. I used aveeno lotion to assist in the itching department. Don't remember where I heard that from, but it did seem to do a good job or relieving the itching.
It has just recently healed up completely. At first the lines did not raise at all, which is how my body tends to heal. So I waited patiently, as they aren't going anywhere. Barely a week later, they have popped up, and are still nice and red. Final healing does take a few months, though, so I will have to see how they come out. They do appear to be like my previous burns though, which healed in the exact same way as these are. As an aside, those are on my hands, right where a ring would sit on your hands, on the outside (opposite of the palm). Feel free to contact me, if you wish. I don't know what I will be able to recommend, but I can't do any harm. And I would also like to recommend getting it done professionally, if at all possible.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 09 May 2001