Lip Times Two
In August 2007, I got my first "real" piercing- a lip ring on the right side of my bottom lip. My friend and I finally got them done a week before our final year of school started after a 5 year wait, and we were nervous but we made our way to Outer Limits eventually on a Thursday with her mum and I had my first lip piercing done with basically no pain in a sterile place with a really friendly piercer. I honestly couldn't have asked for better. I was also given an aftercare sheet. Two more things I will also add I'm happy about is that I was asked for ID- I wasn't in one of those "we'll pierce anyone anywhere for cash" shops- and that the piercer herself had quite a lot of piercings as well as tattoos, all well done and looking clean. I went back with my friend and we were both really pleased, the five years of waiting to have it done professionally had paid off.
My parents weren't too happy with this though, they kicked me out the house for two days... but then they got used to it, accepted I like it and we moved on. Then at the start of December 2007, I decided I finally wanted to get the other side pierced and complete the set. This time I sat down with my parents and explained to them that I love bodmods, I take good care of all my piercings and that I would be getting it done anyway because I'm old enough, but that I'd rather have their consent first. To my surprise, my dad had no problem and offered to pay for it! My mum wasn't too keen, but she told me that it was my choice. Three years later she still loathes body modification, but at the time it seemed like an obstacle to overcome.
On the Saturday morning after a light breakfast (always eat something an hour or two before a piercing) my mum and I went into town, and while she went shopping I went back to Outer Limits to see Kirsty and have my snakebites completed. The studio has a calm-and-relaxed feel done up like a beach hut and with sparkly lights and info/designs/piercings in different displays and cases. We had a chat first, she told me I'd kept my piercing from before in good condition and said there'd be no problem in doing the piercing. She took me through to the side room, asked me to sit down and we chose a placement... after about ten minutes of me trying to decide, but she was patient and waited. Then I watched as she put on a new set of gloves and mouth-cover then sterilized all the equipment and jewellery. Now for the piercing! Just as before, my lip was clamped and frozen with a spray, after which I was told to breathe out and after two seconds the needle was through at it had been just as painless as before. Well, almost painless. I actually felt it go through this time, although from what I've heard from others it's always a little more uncomfortable when you get the second piercing in the same area. I went back outside, got another care sheet, paid and was told just to come back if I had any problems. Yet again, another positive experience after hearing some horror stories from people who went elsewhere.
I went and met up with my mum in the town after, she thought it was hilarious I couldn't talk properly- and also thought the two suited me better than the one, and suddenly decided that she definitely liked them. My friends surprised when I went to meet them the next day too, they got a laugh at the cinema as I tried to pick up our tickets while not being able to talk properly.
I did the same as before for aftercare, cleaned the piercing with the right solution and used mouthwash to clean my mouth each night before I went to bed. I still clean the piercing and the jewellery regularly, and always make sure that there's no signs of keloids or bumps in general. If you want to keep your piercing you have to keep it clean first. Even after I've had them for so long I still take a lot of time to make sure they are always clean and look healthy. I've had a couple of problems with cold sores but thankfully nothing that lasted long and affected the piercing.
Three years on, I still have my snakebites. New piercings and tattoos have added to my collection, but the one thing that's stayed consistent is the set of studs on my bottom lip. They've survived through uniform regulations at my old job, and being hidden for cosplay. I plan to keep them for as long as possible.
submitted by: deisaster
on: 02 June 2010
in Double and Multiple Labrets