My horrible septum experience.
So a few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to get my septum pierced. I really like the way it looked, not too many people around here have it, and I could hide it whenever I needed to(which would be often because of work, and grandparents who don't like piercings.)So I set up a date with my friends and we all decided we would go downtown saturday afternoon so I could get it done, and so that my other friend could get his ears pierced.
I was so excited, despite my friends pleas not to get it done. They told me it would look bad and that it's a stupid piercing. But I wasn't doing it for other people, it was something I was going to do for myself. I didn't care if other people liked it or not.
When we got downtown I was ready to go to my usual studio, where I've had 3 piercings done before. I've gone to Universal Tattoo to get my industrial, my navel, and my lip pierced, all done by Jen, and they were all amazing. I never had any problems with any of them, and Jen was extremely professional and explained aftercare perfectly.
But my friend refused to go to Universal. I asked him why, he wouldn't answer me. He said he wanted to go to Planet Ink, where he had gotten his tongue done 2 years before. I was very reluctant to go to an unfamiliar studio, but eventually gave in when my friends became tired of us fighting over which studio to go to.
When we walked into Planet Ink it seemed very professional. It smelled really good too. :)
We filled out our forms, payed, and then went to the back with the piercer. I don't remember his name, but he was an older man, kind of big. He did my friend's piercings first. Then I was up. I wasn't nervous as I've had many piercings before, but I held onto my friend's hand anyways. The piercer showed me the horseshoe he would be putting in. I told him it looked really big. He said it was to leave room for swelling, and the opened it up so i wouldn't have any trouble flipping it.
I braced myself and he clamped my septum. That was some of the worst pain ever. I couldn't stop my eyes from watering. The actual needle on the other hand, I could barely feel. A few minutes later, I had the horseshoe in and I was examining myself in the mirror.
It WAS an extremely big ring, but all in all I really loved it. Besides, I thought, once I changed it to a smaller one in a month or so it would look fine.
Everything was going fine, I was checking out my new piercing in every window we passed by. But then, a few hours later, I realized the piercer gave us absolutely NO aftercare instructions. I was kind of worried about that. I thought it was mandatory for them to give us oral and written aftercare instructions. I got none at all.
That night, i tried to flip my septum up( the one thing the piercer DID tell me to do that night.) It was so painful, I couldn't get it to flip. It just wouldn't fit. I took a closer look at the piercing. It was way too low. the hole should be way up in my nose, you shouldn't be able to see the hole from the side of my nose. But mine was in plain view. I brushed that fact aside and kept trying to flip it because I had work the next morning and needed to hide it. I eventually got it up after many many tries, alot of pain, and alot of blood. I left it for a couple days. Today, I decided to see if I could flip it down. Same process as trying to flip it up. Took a hundred tries, hurt like hell, and bled a ton. I examined my piercing, and I was NOT happy with the placement at all. It looked like the piercing was about to rip out of my skin, it was so low. I really didn't want to take it out, but I knew that I was not going to like this piercing, the way it was placed. I wasted 60 bucks on that piercing, and I blame the piercer entirely. Not only did he not give proper instructions, but he didn't even do a decent job!
If there's any advice I can give, it's go with your gut. Don't go to a piercer you don't know, or that you haven't heard good things about. It's not worth it. I should have just gone to Universal in the first place.
Once this hole heals over, I am going to get my septum repierced at a place I trust, and that I KNOW will do a good job.
I will not be returning to Planet Ink.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 24 April 2008
in Nose Piercing