My experience with my first lip piercing was exciting but scary at the same time. The piercer that pierced my lip put in a barbell that was to short, so my lip begin to swell massively.
It had pus coming out and it was both gross and very scary. I actually begin to fear the worse that infection had set in and I was going to have to remove my piercing until it healed. Heck I even wanted to be rushed to the hospital because I'd never experienced anything like this before. I began to research and even ask a few people I knew with the same piercing if they had this happen to them, but everyone had different replies. I called around from place to place and even asked the piercer what should I do? His answer was "Continue to clean it!"
I felt helpless with nothing to do except take my piercing out and have a scar for life to remember this piercing. At this point, I hated my new piercing. Doing more research, I found out that there are other cleaning solutions available to clean piercings. I spoke with someone from bodyjewelry.com and I was told that the barbell that I was pierced with could have been too short and I needed a longer barbell so that my piercing had room to heal, they also supplied me with Dr. Piercing aftercare Q-tip solution to rub around my piercing, and that worked perfectly!!! I later went back to the piercer and had him put in a longer barbell so that my piercing could heal properly. I am really happy that I ran into bodyjewelry.com because they were so knowledgeable about the whole process.
This blog focuses on the types of nose piercings that can be done. Hopefully, this blog will help clear your thoughts and decide which one is right for you. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @bodyjewelry_com for features, insight, and more. Also visit out website www.bodyjewelry.com.
Piercings For A Cause
by Meg Curry
I have 7 piercings in total, but I’ll tell the stories of my two favorite!
My first actual piercing (other than my ear lobes which got pierced when I was just a baby) was my left helix/cartilage piercing. I got it when I was just 10 years old! Other than it being my first chosen piercing, it’s also my favorite because I got it done with my mom; we both got the same one, the same day. The reason we decided to get them together was because she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and was scheduled for surgery a few months later, and she wanted to get a piercing with meas a fun little activity to do together. That was almost seven years ago, and I still cherish the piercing, and I’m so glad to say that my mom and I have made it a tradition to get all of our (ear) piercings together now!
My other favorite piercing is my nostril piercing. I had been begging to get my septum pierced since I was in around 6th grade (lol)! My parents strongly disagreed, but they told me I could get my nostril pierced. I was so excited, and immediately started researching everything I could, so I would know all about it when the time came. I got it done in August before I started my freshman year of high school.
Unfortunately, in October, I had to have emergency surgery, and I had to leave it out for so long, that almost all my piercings grew out! Four of my 7 piercings grew out. (I had two in my left ear cartilage, one in my nose, and four in my lobes.) I was able to get them all redone, fortunately! I currently have 6 of my piercings back, including 7/16″ stretched lobes! The second helix grew up during a different surgery I recently had.
I am so in love with my piercings, and I would love to add to my “collection” of piercings. I will be 17 in March, so hopefully I can add! Though I am weary in adding anymore facial piercings because I would love to become a wrestler, and I’m not sure how it would be to get one ripped out during a match. (Ouch! One of my favorite wrestlers had an earring ripped out during a match and he’s never put one back in, so I’m guessing it hurts quite bad!)
If you’ve ever wondered about the best aftercare treatment for you new piercings, after reading this post you’ll be convinced the H2Ocean saline solution is the way to go.
According to most professional piercers, the first choice in aftercare is H2Ocean for new piercings.
This saline solution is well known in the piercing community for its consistency to provide amazing
products for its customers.
Stephanie B, of 3 Layers Deep says, “Its the best! I advise my clients to buy
their products because of the sea salt and lysozyme in it.” What is lysozyme you ask? After doing our
own research we found that it, with sea salt reduces healing time for piercings. A product tested,
proven, and recommended by professional piercers has to be the perfect solution for your aftercare needs.
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They also carry products for tattoo aftercare…..
One of the latest trending piercings today is the notorious cheek piercing. Given the various anatomical structures in that part of your face, and the considerable movement, cheek piercings are subjected to, abscesses, cysts and fluid build-up which are a risk. After speaking with our close piercing friend, Iguana, he explained why he doesn’t recommend this type of piercing. “I don’t recommend this piercing because if done incorrectly, it can affect your salivary glands and cause major complication.” -Iguana As a piercer for many years he stands firm on his answer to this question. There are tons of people who have experienced major complications due to this trendy piercing, yet many others are continuously following this trend. If you are one of those people please be sure to find the perfect professional piercer and also follow all aftercare instructions given by them.
“I don’t recommend this piercing because if done incorrectly, it can affect your salivary glands and cause major complication.” -Iguana
As a piercer for many years he stands firm on his answer to this question. There are tons of people who have experienced major complications due to this trendy piercing, yet many others are continuously following this trend. If you are one of those people please be sure to find the perfect professional piercer and also follow all aftercare instructions given by them.
If you are experiencing bumps on your nose piercings, then this helpful tip should help to get rid of them. Tea tree oil is used for infections to the skin such as: acne, nail fungus, lice, scabies, etc. Most piercers recommend the use of tea tree oil on nose piercings that have become infected because it is extremely powerful in killing germs and bacteria. Using tea tree oil once or twice a day can help to get rid of the bump. Be sure not to over use, it can dry out the skin or even irritate it.
Directions: Use a few drops of tea tree oil in another type of oil like almond or coconut oil. Afterward, use a cotton ball or cotton swab to apply it to the bump.
I believe you are never too old to try something new, or to do something you’ve always wanted to do.
That being said I love when I see an older person with a piercing or a tattoo, it leaves me to believe they have lived a life full of awesome stories and I immediately want to know them. When I was younger and would meet a friends parent if they had a tattoo or a piercing I would assume they were much cooler and understanding and probably easier to talk to. I think it gave me the impression that they were surely more open minded to what some consider the taboo things in life. When my mom was a kid it wasn’t nearly as common to see a pierced or tattooed person roaming around unless of course they were once in the service or had been to jail. This is where the misconception on tattoos and piercings stems from and some people still believe this way today.
I myself am not one of these people. I was lucky enough to grow up with the worlds coolest mom who did not yet have a tattoo but had her eyebrow, tongue and nose pierced. She also had a few friends who were pierced and tattooed and they didn’t seem to have been jail birds or soldiers. My mom was in fact a young mom having me when she was just 20 years old so we weren’t as far off in age as some of my friend’s parents. She often times was mistaken for my older sister. She inspired me to be myself and accept others for who they wanted to be. I never judged anyone on their appearance.
High school was about the time I discovered there were many different styles and ways to express who you thought you were at the moment. There were the preppy kids who may have had a nose ring or a nipple piercing, maybe a tattoo you couldn’t plainly see. There were the Goth kids who wore mostly black and had septum rings and ear plugs and wore a lot of eye liner. Then you had the Thug kids who most claimed to be in some gang or another and had their arms tattooed mostly at someone’s house, and you had the plain janes like me who wanted to express myself but didn’t really know who I was and had a mom who knew this and requested I waited till I was 18 to start marking my body.
If I were to look most of these people up now, 20 years later, they are probably the cool tattooed and pierced parents that are still fully capable of raising a great kid regardless of their outer appearance. I myself may one day have a kid of my own and they will surely question the fact that my arms are fully tattooed and may or may not want one day. I can only hope my kid will embrace this and be proud to stand next to me at a parent teacher meeting.
The first time I saw a pair of gauged ears I was a little shocked as to how a simple earring
sized hole could become the size of a quarter! It was amazing and terrifying and I knew right
then i wanted to stretch my ears. So just like with any other new adventure I first did a little
research on what I was getting into before I began. First, I did the obvious and posted my
newest endeavor on facebook to see how my friends would react. I got the general “yay
thats awesome” to the “ewww no don’t you dare” reactions. Then I googled ear plugs and
found some totally awesome jewelry and I decided to go for it.
I went to my local tattoo shop and talked to the piercer and told her I was ready to start
stretching. She introduced me to tapers which are in my opinion the best way to begin. If
you don’t know what a taper is, its a shape that goes from smaller to larger and gently
expands your ear hole as you push it through.I was also told 316L surgical steel is the safest
material to stretch with. She then explained the process of stretching slowly and what sizes
to begin with. She also stated that its important as with an body piercing or modification to
wash your hands with antibacterial soap before starting. So I took with me this new found
knowledge and went home to insert the tapers.
I started with a 2mm taper as i’ve had my ear holes since 1 yrs old and have worn earrings a
long time. I was told its a little easier to push through if you use a little A & D ointment or
vaseline so I did. It was a little uncomfortable at first kind of like a pinch and it was sore for a
few days. But after that I was able to move it in easily and I was ready for the next one.
I continued with the tapers until I was about a 4 gauge. Then I went to the tunnels. Personally
the tunnels are my favorite ear jewelry. I love that you can see right through the ear hole. So
it was tunnels there on and with those I could skip buying all the in between sizes by
wrapping white plumbers tape around the plug every few days to stretch to the next size. I
didn’t want to purchase all these pair of plugs I didn’t intend to keep as I wanted to get to
5/8″ and then purchase the ones I really wanted.
I then made a huge mistake at 9/16″ which is the size just before 5/8″ where I wanted to be. I
was at a tattoo expo and came across a jewelry booth and bought a pair of 5/8″ silicone
plugs. I went to the bathroom and squeezed them in, it hurt but i figured it was like every
other time, 3 days or so and it would be over. I was so wrong. You should never stretch with
silicone as it adheres to the skin. I was not told this and i left them in for a week or so and my
ears were killing me, so I pulled one out and my skin came along with it. I was terrified and
immediately went to my local tattoo shop to seek advice from the piercer. She told me to soak
my lobes twice a day in warm water with sea salt until i was healed.
I was so bummed. My ears shrank back down to a 6 gauge and I had to start all over again. I
am now back at a healthy, happy 9/16″ and I believe this is where I will stay.
I remember at the ripe old age of 16 asking my mom to take me to get my tongue pierced. All the kids in school were getting it done and I had to be one of them. So I approach my mom with the oh so sweet “mommy can I ask you something?” and she immediately turns me down and gives me the “when you turn 18” bit. Now of course I didn’t see any harm in it, hell all my friends were getting it done and I didn’t want to be left out. I asked her why i had to wait and she told me about the dangers like infection and nerve damage which i hadn’t considered of course. But I did offer the rebuttal of you pierced my ears before I could walk and its not permanent like a tattoo. But It was to no avail. I did however turn 18 two short years later and she did live up to her promise and take me to get this ever so urgent tongue piercing.
Now fast forward four years and my little sister is asking to get her tongue pierced at the age of 14. Now I assumed my mom would give her the same wait till you are 18 bit like she did me, but no. My mom told my sister that if she got all A’s on her report card she would take her and sure enough my sister came through with the grades. So at 14 she got her tongue pierced. And then at 16 mom took her to get her belly pierced. I was taken back by it but as time had passed it became less taboo and more of an accessory.
In other countries children as young as 5 are the receivers of many different body modifications. In other cultures it may be a sign of maturity or a religious belief. In women and young girls it signifies beauty and gains the bearer acceptance from their tribe or community. Some tribes pierce their children’s ears as symbol of the child’s dependence on them.
It seems that the reasons for piercing vary greatly whether it be religious, spiritual, self-expression rebellion or pleasure. It is my belief that everyone is different and what may work for you certainly won’t do in someone else’s eyes. Just be who you are and be proud of where you come from and respect others decisions to change and shape their bodies the way they see fit. Everyone just wants to be happy and be loved and accepted. : )