My Personal Hand Experiences
My Hand Experiences
My Personal Hand Web Experience
THE PIERCING PROCESS
First the area was marked, and I moved my hand around to try and find the deepest possible comfortable placement without hitting the muscle. Then a small flashlight was used to check for blood vessels, and the area was cleaned.
The a clamp was applied and the holes lined up. The piercing was done in 14ga, and didn't hurt that much, but it did sting a great deal. Then the jewellery was slid in - a straight 1/2" 14ga barbell, which probably is easier to deal with in a hand web.
For the first few days the hand was quite sore, but still usable. For typing and every day actions, I taped my thumb to my finger to keep it from moving around.
I cleaned it with baciguent (just for the first little while), and bactine and betadine. There is a small amount of infection that comes and goes, but it is not a problem. Also, since it was done nice and deep there doesn't seem to be any migration or rejection.
I've only had it for about 2 months now, but as far as I can tell it will heal fine. I have been careful with it, but at the same time I have dropped things on it, hit it, washed dishes, etc. and they don't seem to affect it at all. Overall, I think it is probably a far easier pierce to deal with and heal than a navel is.
I have currently removed the piercing as it is interfering with another kind of body modification, progressive weight training (not that I'm getting anywhere with it :). Up until the point of removal there were no real complications, and I think it is safe to say that is was fully healed...
My knuckle piercing experience
Browsing the Body Basics page I one day, I saw a piercing that I thought looked amazing - four handwebs on one hand, one between each finger. Having had a handweb piercing, I knew how implausible healing this combination would be, so I thought about an alternate piercing, and decided to pierce the loose skin between the knuckles.
I made a one inch, very slightly curved barbell for the piercing and had Tom at Stainless Studios do the piercing. The piercing was virtually painless, and the placement was beautiful - However I moved my hand, there was no pressure or restriction of movement. I like the look of it so much that two days later we did the other two knuckles.
The problem was that working as basically a machinist, I use my hands all day long, and can't help but get oil and dirt on them, no matter how much I try to keep them clean (and it didn't help that I caught them on a shelf that I was building for my new appartment). So of course it wasn't that long before I had quite an infection - bloody brown pus poured out of the piercings and they were quite painful. So I decided to remove the jewelry and flush the infection out and let it heal. The sad part is that the skin tunnels were forming very well and there is no doubt in my mind that this is a very healable piercing. As soon as I have a vacation and take some time off work I intend to get them again and make them heal.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 Jan. 1997
in Surface & Unusual Piercing