Silver Nitrate, applied via long wooden matchstick type applicators, was a popular choice for cautery by modification practitioners back in the 1980s/90s for less invasive procedures like meatotomy and clitoral hood splitting. While cutting lower down the shaft might require a more surgical approach, complete with sutures, opening the urethra (usually to a healed Prince Albert piercing hole that acted as an anchor) was an in-and-out procedure that could be done practically blood-free.
The nitrate was moistened with distilled water and rolled onto the edges of cut open tissue, causing a light chemical burn that helped to keep the tissue from reopening; as a side effect the patient was left with a blackish stain on the affected area that would usually only last for a week or so.
This photo from 1992 features a healing meatotomy with silver nitrate stains. Continue reading →
I imported almost 100gb of raw 8mm (cassette) video yesterday; I’m still sorting and storing everything but the content will hopefully rolling out here on SD over the next few weeks. One of the more surprising clips I rediscovered was of BRAVO! owner/piercer Mike Natali performing a glans superincision (which would, I suppose, still be considered a meatotomy) at his Brandon, Florida shop probably sometime in 1996-7.
I apparently filmed it but I have zero recollection of it. Memory is a funny thing.
I’ve received a few emails lately questioning my decision to feature content here on SD that shows practitioners working without gloves on. Most have been polite, with a ‘I understand what you’re trying to do’ caveat ahead of the eventual use of the words ‘unprofessional’ or ‘dangerous to us all.”
The truth is, I get it. The content I tend to favor is history content and a lot of it features unsterile technique due to the time period it originated in. I try to be responsible and add my own caveats about responsible modification behavior- but ultimately I just don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Sacred Debris is a fairly niche blog and most of our visitors ‘get’ that these photos are old and that they’re being presented for archival and not a how-to.
I respect the arguments that have been brought up- but we’re living in a world where Amazon.com and Ebay sell tattoo kits, there are commercially made hand-poke kits and there are nose removal procedurals on Instagram; I don’t think that a 30 year old photo of someone piercing a PA without gloves is the worst game in town.
That said- I’ll absolutely work harder to add the warning on every post that features practitioners working without gloves. Like this image here- which has sadly suffered water damage. There’s no information on the back save that the meatotomy was done in 1982.
As with all modification practices- gloves should be worn (and changed as situations require) throughout the procedure.
When it comes to adding video content here on the SD blog I usually go for no frills; present the information without much flair with the goal of preserving the footage on older unstable formats like 8mm and VHS and archiving it for future generations. But sometimes there are parts that need trimmed or blurred that can’t just be removed from the finished video and I’ve sort of hit my wall with what I can do in iMovie.
So while you folks are hopefully doing something more fun, I’m reading the Final Cut Pro XCookbook by a gentleman named Cox. Cox’s Final Cut could inspire so many juvenile jokes given the focus of our site but I’m going to take the high road and refrain.
The video that’s in editing is a ‘show & tell’ with one of Dr. Brown’s more extreme silicone clients. While most of the men who came to Brown for the procedure wanted just a little enhancement, some wanted to dramatically distort their genitals to an excessive degree, which the Doctor was happy to accommodate. The silicone could only be injected into certain types of tissue, which left the glans of the penis a ‘normal’ size in comparison to the penis and scrotum mass.
Injecting silicone into the body is extremely dangerous. I’m presenting this material for the sake of documentation and am not able to recommend any practitioners willing to perform this modification.