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My long-awaited nostril piercing

Ever since I was little I wanted a nostril piercing. That tiny bit of jewelry resting on the nose was always the epitome of beauty to me. When I turned 16 I begged my mother to let me get it pierced. She gave me a long-winded speech about how I was too young to make a commitment on that level and said she'd be more than willing to take me to a piercer when I was 18 if I still wanted it. I reluctantly agreed to her offer and spent the next 2 years waiting patiently for it.

The morning of my 18th birthday my mother walked into the room with a big grin on her face. I shot a questioning stare her way and she told me that she made an appointment at a shop so I could get my nostril pierced. She spent months researching the local piercing spots so that my first experience would be at a clean place with good staff. I was really impressed: my mother is mod-free and I didn't expect her to be so knowledgeable.

We drove 30 minutes to reach Fyre Body Arts. When I walked inside I was greeted by my piercer, Julia, who wore the hugest smile on her face. She sat me down and explained everything she'd be doing. She had me pick the jewelry I wanted. I was really impressed by the selection! Along with nosebones and nose screws, she presented me with threadless barbells. They were the same size and length as a nosebone, but the top gem could be removed which would make changing jewelry easier. I was very intimidated by nose screws, since my nose is hyper-sensitive and the presence of a bent piece of metal would drive me crazy. I was also frightened by nosebones. My friends told me horror stories of having them get stuck in their nose because the tiny ball on the end wouldn't come out. I was very glad to be presented with this new kind of jewelry, and I cheerfully chose the black opal threadless barbell.

She led me to the piercing room. It was absolutely pristine. I worked in a hospital at the time, and the level of cleanliness and sterility was most impressive and on par with hospital standards. She donned a pair of gloves and opened a new marker and asked me about the placement I wanted. I wasn't sure because I didn't know where the anatomy of my nose would accommodate the jewelry best. I told her to do what she thought would work and I would check it out. She placed a single dot on my nostril and I took a look in the mirror. It was perfect. I was all smiles at that point, and she handed me the marker to keep.

At that point, lying in the chair, I started to feel the adrenal rush as she prepped the needles and jewelry. My heart was racing, my hands were shaking a bit, and my lips were starting to tingle. My breathing was getting heavy and I did my absolute best to calm it. Julia kept me calm by casually chatting with me and joking around. She grabbed me a couple of tissues and warned me that my eyes would water. I couldn't see what she was doing, but she told me that she was going to begin when I gave her the go ahead. I quietly squeaked out, "I'm ready." And she told me to take a deep breath and she counted to 3. On 3 I felt the needle go through. My eyes watered, but I felt absolutely no pain whatsoever! Julia was extremely efficient with getting the jewelry in and cleaning me up. Before I knew it, I had a nostril piercing and was on my way.

She gave me a fantastic pamphlet on aftercare, and I purchased some H2Ocean while I was there. I was told to not hesitate to call if anything came up, and that I should visit again. The atmosphere in the shop was fantastic, and I was more than pleased.

I was so pleased that I actually brought my mother in 2 months later to have HER nostril pierced. I was met with the same amiable atmosphere and staff, and same standards of cleanliness. My mom had a similar experience to mine, except she whined about feeling tons of pain. Julia briefed my mother on aftercare as well, and checked on my nostril piercing. It was healing perfectly.

Now, a year later, my nostril piercing is perfectly healed. I never experienced any hypertrophic scarring or irritation, and it hasn't migrated at all from the place it was pierced originally. I'm so pleased with how it looks and feels on me, and I'm so glad my first experience was with a genuinely talented piercer.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 07 April 2008
in Nose Piercing

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Artist: Julia
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Location: Perkasie%2C+PA

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