Advantages Can look nice, can be taken out when fed up.
Disadvantages Can be pricy, some are painful, can get infected.
As you all know I have recently had abit of an image thing going on. I have had some piercings recently and wanted to give some advice on it. I had my first piercing at the age of nine. Of course this was my ears and to most serious piercers is not really considered body piercing. I am going to go through each I have and also what's available from most good piercing shops. Using these shops are tattooists. I have since learned that piercers only do a two day course. One at a hospital for airborne blood diseases and hepatitis, etc. And one day with a piercer in a shop. Don't let this put you off most are good.Now before we start I have had piercings go wrong so can advise on that also. I recently had a lambret i had to take out because a particular piercer did it in the wrong place it was far to low. It rubbed on my gums and caused a sore. Ok Ok on with what i have.
As said not really body piercing but done with a gun after makes with a special pen are put onto the ears. A good piercer will let you look at the markings before they pierce. Ears take around six weeks to heal and should be twisted twice daily with clean hands and ear care solution. Don't push the back to close to the ear my sister had one that went wrong and imbedded in the ear lobe.
I have had this done three times yes three. The first time i was 20 they mark you after measuring with a special clamp. take the clamp off let you look in the mirror. They then freeze with a freeze spray. Replace the clamp and put the needle through then the jewellery. For this type of piercing and especially if its your first you are advised to have titanium jewellery it heals better. most piercers will have plenty of choice. It can take up to 18 months for a navel piercing to settle down. I ripped my first out on the washing basket (I had a dangly one ooops). I had it redone when my brother worked for the local tattooists it never took it pushed itself out which can happen. Third time not all that long ago three months to be exact and its fine all healed. Healing time does vary gentle cleaning with salt water is advised. Twice daily until healed. whilst healing do not twist and play with the jewellery and remember clean hands when cleaning.
I have also had my lambret twice done here is why. The first time the piercer placed the mark to low on my chin. Me not particularly knowing thought the pierce knows where it goes so agreed. He laid me down on a treatment bed clamp my lip right out and shoved a large needle through the whole. It hurt and was a shock to be honest. They place a 10 bar in the hole incase it swells and while it heals. after when healed this is changed for a 8 or 6 bar depends which suits and which sits closer to the chin. I had to take mine out as it was rubbing on my gums and gave me an ulcer. My god i couldn't eat at all. So after it closed which was overnight a few weeks later i had it done again.
WHAT TO REMEMBER~You must remember shop about make sure you are comfortable with the piercer. Rubber gloves should be worn by the piercer. All equipment should be open from a sterilised packet in front of you. Including your jewellery also be advised the clamps should have been sterilised in a sonic cleaner or autoclave. Piercers will show you if you ask. You will be asked to fill in a disclaimer form. You must fill it out and sign it if you are under 18 then you must be accompanied by a parent so they can sign.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST.~Ears~ Now costs around 5-10 pounds
Most places vary on price they should give you cleaning fluid but some do charge extra for this.
DO~ Keep it clean, choose jewellery with care, choose your piercer with care, See the equipment opened in front of you. ask the piercer to explain the procedure, See the autoclave.DON'T~Touch the area with dirty hands, Use cotton wool to clean it the fibres can get inside the piercing and send it funny, Change the jewellery to soon.
OVERALL~I am happy with the ones i have the madonna will be my last. Do remember tongue piercings need more care. Most piercers now won't do tongues as alot can go wrong. And remember they can be taken out whenever you have had enough not as permanent as a tattoo. when all things considered if you are thinking of having one remember all points above. Hope the advice helps.
Many thanks for reading lou
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