|With my piercing and without (you can see the hole it leaves). Lipstick is Cyber by MAC.|
I went to Bodycraft in Nottingham where I get all of my piercings. They're all very helpful and friendly and I feel comfortable in there. I know a lot of people prefer to go to piercing studios but I went to Bodycraft because I'd been before and had recommendations from other people. The piercing cost £20. I spoke to them about whereabouts I wanted my piercing, they marked my lip and checked with me on the positioning, cleaned my lip and sterilised the equipment. They then placed my lip in a clamp (that sounds much more horrible than it actually is) and pierced my lip with the needle. The exact details are a little sketchy as this was more than a year ago. They then fitted the jewellery, went over the aftercare process again and I left.
The question I get asked the most is about whether or not it hurt. I didn't. On a scale of one to ten, I'd say it was about a 3. I felt a twinge when they put the jewellery in, but the actual piercing didn't hurt at all. I felt it, but it wasn't painful. It all depends on your pain threshold. If your pain threshold is lower, it will hurt more, and vice versa. It's a very individual experience. Before I had mine done my friend told me that it 'really hurts' but I've also had some people tell me that they 'don't want it done if it hurts' and I don't quite understand that. If you're basing pain on a reason for getting a piercing or not, do you really want it?
My lip was quite swollen for about a week afterwards. I lived on yoghurt and ice cream, and cut my food into tiny pieces so I could swallow them easier. In terms of cleaning I used alcohol free mouthwash in the morning, at night and after eating, and made up saline solution to clean the piercing itself (I did this twice a day). I drank a lot of cold drinks and ate a lot of ice cream to keep the swelling down. I didn't drink alcohol for five weeks, I can't quite remember what the recommended time was. Once the swelling had decreased, I kept biting on the bar by accident which was annoying (they put a longer bar in for you so it copes with the swelling) and I waited 5 weeks before I went back and it was changed to a shorter one. Now I barely notice the bar and I'm completely used to the piercing. If anything, it felt utterly bizarre when I removed it to take the photograph without it!
|I know, I still haven't gotten round to buying new hoops...|
I had my second piercing when I was about 15 I'd say. My Dad wasn't exactly thrilled, but I had a bet with him regarding exam results that I won. I made the mistake of going back to John Rose again. They got infected despite my efforts to take care of them. A weird lump appeared on one of them and they healed up, so I went back to the shop and they pretty much said 'Yeah, okay. Take care of it yourself.' They couldn't care less. I understand that the piercing was my responsiblity but they barely even acknoweleged me when I walked through the door. I've nothing but bad customer service in there regarding both piercings and jewellery. So, I pierced them myself. I do not recommend this at all, I was 15 and very naive. Somehow, this went quite smoothly and I didn't need to go back. Do not do this!
I went to Bodycraft from then onwards. I had my third done when I was 16, and my fourth at the same time that I had my lip pierced. The fourth was a bit of a disaster, and it was a disaster entirely of my own making. I attempted to dye my hair shortly after acquiring the piercing. Very, very stupid, and I still can't believe that I did it. I cleaned the piercing religiously, but one of them started to swell. I didn't think much of it until I glanced in the mirror one morning and the stud was gone. At first I thought it had somehow fallen off in the night and healed up, until I looked at the back and realised that the stud was still there, it had just healed up over the piercing, and it was trapped. I panicked and went to the doctor, who used a cotton bud (of all things) to break through the skin to release the piercing, and put me on antibiotics. Luckily, this saved the piercing and I didn't have to get it redone. However, the whole cotton bud process hurt. Really hurt. I definitely learned my lesson after that!
Most of my infections were a result of having very little information given to me and also my own stupidity. If you go to a respectable piercer and make sure you take care of your piercings nothing should go wrong. I had all of my ear piercings pierced with a gun (the next will be cartridge with a needle and I will update again to say how that goes). I don't find them at all painful, but the gun noise still makes me jump.
I would recommend doing as much research as you can about piercings before you go to get them. I'd suggest checking out all the places available in your area. Ask around on Twitter and Facebook to see what people recommend, and don't be afraid to ask questions! The more prepared you are, the better.
I love my piercings, but I do tend to get some quite nasty comments about them, which I consider to be a little odd since my piercings don't affect anybody else. They're my decision, and it's my body and I can do what I like with it. If you don't like them, don't get any. It's not like I'm inflicting my opinions on you by having my lip pierced.
In the future I'd like to get some more ear piercings and I'd love to get my tongue pierced in the near future. I hope this post was somewhat helpful! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below, message me on Twitter or email me (see the Contact tab at the top).
Do you have any piercings? What have your experiences been?