Friday, 25 May 2012

My Piercings - My Experience

Before I begin this post, I'd like to say that I'm by no means an expert on this sort of thing. I'm not a piercer, I'm not a professional in any way, and I've learned all the things in this post from experience. I thought it might be useful to some people are are unsure about piercings or are simply curious. I don't have a lot of piercings at all, but some of my experiences with the ones I have may be useful. At the moment, I currently have four piercings in each ear and a labret in the centre of my lip. I'm adding a page break to this post since it's a long one!





Lip/Labret 

With my piercing and without (you can see the hole it leaves). Lipstick is Cyber by MAC.
I'm starting with my lip since that's the one that I get asked about the most! I was 18 when I had this done. I'd wanted it for so long (since I was about 12). My Dad had always said that I could do whatever I wanted piercing wise when I turned 18, and he swiftly changed his mind once he realised that I hadn't forgotten that, and it caused a lot of drama in my house at the time. The way that I saw it was that I am a legal adult and I had respected his wishes by not getting it done previously so I had it pierced in the April of that year.

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!

Ears (Lobes)

I know, I still haven't gotten round to buying new hoops...

I have four piercings in each ear. However, I've had each piercing redone at least once in the past, mainly due to school regulations forcing me to remove them and having them heal up. I had my first ear piercing when I was 6, which is quite young. My mum's friend was a beautician at the time and she pierced them for me, which I don't think was one of the most hygienic places or the most suitable, and they subsequently became infected and I removed them and let them heal. I had them repierced at John Rose Jewellers when I was about 11 or 12. This was also not the most hygenic of places, but I don't think they became infected.

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?

10 comments:

  1. I love your piercings! People can be stupid. Its your body, what does it matter to them! I get comments on my hair all the time. -__-
    I always wanted a labret piercing but never went with it. I'm worried about the hole it will leave. :( I have no issues with pain though, you want something, you get it. LOL! The only piercings I have are 7 on my ears and a nose piercing. Sorry about the long comment LOL!

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    1. Thank you! I used to get comments on my hair too, especially when I had my dreads in, it's annoying. I don't see why people see hair as such a big deal? The hole it leaves is tiny (you can see it a bit in the picture I posted) I think that once it heals you could cover it pretty easily using concealer. I want some more ear piercings, but it's the cost at the moment! x

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  2. I used to have my tounge pierced. I kinda miss it lol. Great post Hun :) x

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    1. I've wanted mine done for awhile but never got round to it. What's it like to heal? x

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  3. I had my labret done too, though it is long retired now, and you can only see a little mark when I stretch my lip (If you get what I mean!). Not noticeable at all! That trapped piercing story sounds like hell, I know a couple of people who have had it happen to them as well, and it's been enough to put them off piercings altogether. My septum healed so smoothly I almost can't believe it, the only time I had a little bit of bother was when I changed the jewellery the first time round.. I had sterilised the new jewellery, but from ordering online, I had misjudged the gauge and had gone a little bigger, so I basically had to stretch the piercing to get this new jewellery in. And it hurt! It was tender for about 3 days and then it was fine again. The only one of my piercings that is causing me trouble right now is my snug. The lady who pierced it said it would take about 4 months to heal. It does NOT take 4 months!! It's been 6 months now and I still don't think it has fully healed. Maybe this is down to it being cartilage, but it still pains me if someone touches off it and it went through a period of having a little bit of hypertrophic scarring around it. I still haven't changed the original oversized jewellery in it, so I'm going to get a smaller length bar and see how that works out. Should be fun!! ♥

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    1. The trapped piercing was definitely the most painful out of all my piercings. My ears have always been ridiculous to heal. I've heard lots of good things about septum piercings being really good to heal actually. Stretching it sounds painful though! I've never had my cartilage pierced, I'm hoping to get that done after I get my tongue. My friend has an industrial piercing and that took absolutely ages to heal, so it could very well be that. I was so surprised at how well my labret healed, it was so much easier than my lobe piercings. x

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  4. have always wanted my labret done! but my pain threshold is zilch!!! :(

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    1. As strange as it sounds, I think my labret hurt less than my lobes. The swelling afterwards is by far the worse part, the actual piercing didn't bother me at all. I'm really glad that I got it done. :) x

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  5. I miss my lip piercing so much, but I had to get rid of all of my piercings for work. :( Now I only have my ears but since I stretched them - now growing back - I can only wear certain earrings. I've had a ton of piercings, lip twice, nipple, bellybutton (top and button), tongue, nose, three in each lobe plus the dead centre and then various cartilage piercings. The cartilage was the worst pain wise! btw I found you through the BBU blog hop! :D

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    1. I'm worried about being asked to take it out for work at some point too. :( I stretched one of my ears several years ago but it has grown back now. I'm debating getting my cartilage done, I want my tongue done first though. :)

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