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!)
By Emily N. from Colorado Springs, CO
I got my auricle pierced on December 21, 2012. Other than my lobes this was my first piercing. I read a lot of stories about the horror that piercing guns can unleash so I decided to go to a professional piercer. I decided to take a friend with me for moral support. I was really nervous about getting my ear pierced because I have a pretty low pain tolerance. I psyched myself up for nothing! When it was my turn I hopped up on the table and prepared for the worst. It’s really important to breath normally. If you don’t it hurts a lot more. I was so scared it would hurt but it wasn’t much worse than when I got my lobes done at Claire’s when I was 13. I was pierced with a 14g needle and I hardly felt it. I purchased H2Ocean which really helped heal my piercing faster. About 2-3 months later I could change my piercing and it wasn’t sore at all! I love my piercing so much! I recommend having your piercing done at the highest rated place. All shops are rated and you can access the ratings by just searching on Google.
I made sure that the establishment I went to was clean and took the proper safety precautions. If something looks wrong don’t do it! A pretty new hole isn’t worth the risk of a blood borne illness. Also make sure you ask what kind of metal you are being pierced with. Some of the cheaper places use silver plated metals which can have nickel. The more expensive piercers will make sure they are piercing you with something that you aren’t allergic to. Don’t be cheap when you get piercings or you will pay. I was pierced with a titanium CBR. Even though I really didn’t like the look of the ring it made cleaning a whole lot easier and I knew that if I took good care of it I would heal faster and then could change it to what I liked better. Labret studs work really well for cartilage piercings because the back is more low profile and it wont get caught on your hair if it is long. I think the thing that was hardest for me was being patient enough for it to heal, but using the H2Ocean 2 times a day my piercing healed quick and painlessly!