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!)
Paula From: Orlando, FL
I went to Vegas on a family vacation for my graduation gift. I had been asking my parent for the longest time to get my belly button pierced and my mom kept telling me I can get whatever I wanted to when I graduate and finally that day had come. So while we were out on the strip I saw a tattoo shop and I asked my dad if I could get my belly button pierced and he said OK. I walked into the shop, it was packed with people my dad told the guy at the counter that I was there to get my belly button pierced, I had to fill out some paperwork and wait for a good 45 minutes to be pierced. I was so excited I was on vacation and I was going to get my first official body piercing. My mom left the shop with my brothers and my dad stayed with me, the piercer sat me down in a chair and leaned it back so that he could prep me to get pierced. He marked my stomach and he didnt use the clamps on me he said he didnt like using them because they can scare you and make the healing time unpleasant in some cases. I did feel every bit of the piercing because I was looking at his every move the entire time. It wasn’t to bad, but if I had to do it again I think I’d pass. The greatest thing about my piercing is that my dad got me a 14 karat gold belly ring that I was able to get pierced with. I didnt have any complications with my belly piercing just a lil swelling in the beginning but nothing crazy!
By: Kim From: Alabama
It took me a few months to figure out which piercing I wanted to do next, I had my cartilage pierced before but it was done many many many years ago with a gun and it just didnt work out well for me so I ended up taking it out. I really wanted to get it again but I was also torn between the tragus piercings. The tragus piercings looks so cute and I really wanted it. So I decided to start out with the cartilage because the tragus looked extremely painful. I did research the tragus piercing to see how other people would rate the pain level and of course everyone has a different answer, so I decided to hold off on the piercing and just re-pierce my cartilage. I headed down to the tattoo shop with the intention of only getting my cartilage pierced after I filled out the paper work I sat on the piercing table and watched as the piercer sterilized the jewelry and set up everything for my piercing. She marked my ear and when I was happy with the placement she told me to take a deep breath and breathe out and it was done, I didn’t really feel anything just a slight pinch. Since it was virtually painless I told her to just pierce my tragus while we’re at it! She went to get the jewelry for the piercing, came back and marked my ear for placement of the jewelry. She put the clamps on my tragus and had to bend it forward to make sure the placement would be right. When she started to pierce I could hear the needle tearing through my cartilage and it got stuck, she had to use quite a bit of force to complete the piercing. The piercing itself wasn’t painful but there was a lot of pressure and you can hear every little thing. My piercings are healing up nicely I plan to get my rook done next!
By:Tasha From: Wisconsin
I’ve been waiting for quite sometime now to get a new piercing. I have wanted to get a new piercing for a while now but I couldn’t decide what to pierce. I work at a law firm and we really aren’t able to have piercings and tattoos that are extremely noticeable so I had to do something discrete. I decided to get a small nose stud. So this past weekend my husband and I went out with a few friends for some drinks and while we were downtown I noticed that there was a tattoo shop so I went in and spoke with the piercer to see if it was even possible to get a super small nose ring. When he told me it was possible I quickly filled out all of the paper work to get pierced and the process began. I sat down on the table he has set up in his piercing room, he cleaned and marked my nose for the piercing. I was holding my husbands and had my eyes closed the entire time so I had no idea when the needle was coming into my nose. When he started to pierce me my eyes began to water like crazy I couldn’t help it, he said its a common reaction from nose piercings it was the craziest thing ever. Finally after getting the nose ring into my nose I could barely see it, its absolutely gorgeous. I have recently changed it to a small nose screw with a gem on it. The best part about my piercing is that my boss hasn’t noticed it which is GREAT!
I was in my Junior year in college and after my finals were over it was time to party of course! On impulse, the night of my last exam I went over to the tattoo shop, the piercer Mike (who is awesome by the way) set up the room while I signed all of the paper work to get it done. I was called back into the room I took my roommate with me so I wasn’t by myself. I went to the shop with the intention to only get one of my nipples pierced, I was apprehensive about the pain but when I got in the back Mike convinced me that it was just be odd to have just one nipple pierced, I was convinced so I decided to get both pierced. The first one didn’t hurt so much but the second one hurt pretty bad. Partying after my piercing didn’t really go as planned, my nipples were extremely swollen so I went home and iced them for a few hours and they were perfectly fine. I must say that of all my piercings that I have now my nipple rings have to be my favorite!
By: Kevin From: Tampa, FL
I don’t consider myself to be an extremist when it comes to body modification like piercings and tattoos, but I do have 4 piercings and 17 tattoos and counting. My most recent piercing was an eyebrow piercing that I pierced for the second time because the first one rejected. The first time I got my eyebrow pierced I didn’t go to my regular tattoo shop I was out of town on vacation and it was kind of a spur of the moment thing and clearly the guy didn’t know what he was doing. The piercing wasn’t deep enough and it eventually started to reject so I took it out before it completely grew out of my skin. Just recently about 3 months ago I decided that I wanted my eyebrow ring back. I went back to my normal piercer at my tattoo shop that I frequent often to have it re-pierced. When I got to the shop I was kind of nervous that they wouldn’t be able to re-pierce my eyebrow because it rejected the first time and I didn’t want it to reject again. The piercer reassured me that it wouldn’t reject this time as long as it is pierced properly. Another thing he did for me was put a solid titanium curved barbell in it he said that with titanium I would have less of a chance of rejection. My piercing has been doing great and there are no signs of rejection yet!
By Tracy S. From: San Diego, CA
My first piercing was when I’d turned 18 and had already gotten my first tattoo and I really wanted a belly button ring, for a while but I was always too scared to actually do it. I was out with my cousin and his girlfriend and I really wanted my belly button pierced. I’ve always wanted a belly button ring but I never had a body piercing besides my ears and I was so scared of the pain. My cousins girlfriend had her belly button pierced for years and told me it wasn’t that bad and that we were going to do it today! I was excited and nervous all at once. So we later went out in search of a tattoo shop that I could get it pierced at, we came across a shop that had a grand opening and was doing free piercings I just had to pay for the jewelry I thought hey that’s a great deal I guess I should just get it done. I was extremely nervous so nervous that I had to hold my cousins hand, I sat down in the chair the piercer marked my stomach for the piercing and put the clamps on (which hurt more than the piercing did) and bam it was over before I knew it. For my first piercing it wasn’t too bad it didn’t hurt as much as I anticipated but it was still painful. I am now 24 and I have 4 other piercings. I absolutely love my body piercings.
After you get a new piercing it can be extremely exciting you all you want to do is get that plain old jewelry out of your piercing and put something of your choice in it, but unfortunately it isn’t that simple. After getting a new piercing the aftercare is extremely important and part of that aftercare process is not changing your jewelry before it is time. Many people aren’t familiar with the suggested healing time for each piercing and assume that since it “looks” healed its ok to change the body jewelry. If your piercing “looks” healed and you decide to change the jewelry before it is time you can possibly rip or tear inside of the piercing making the healing time even longer. We have put together a chart of common piercings and the healing time that should be allotted for each piercing.
Body Piercing healing time- The “OK” to change your body jewelry
Navel/belly button- 4-6 months
Labret/Lip/Monroe/Medusa- 3-6 weeks
Nose/Septum- 4-6 weeks
Eyebrow- 4-6 months
Nipple- 6-8 months
Tongue- As soon as the swelling goes down
Cartilage- 8 weeks
Everyone’s body is different some piercings take longer to heal for others so if you are not sure if you can change your body jewelry after the allotted time, it is best to see your piercer and have them determine if you should change it or not. The last thing you want to do is to be unsure and try and change it yourself and run into complications later on.