I actually did it (eyebrow piercing)
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Hey, I'm 15 and female.. and ok here's my story. I first became attracted to facial piercings when my cousin Justin came down to visit my family last Thanksgiving. He had his tongue pierced and I couldn't get over how awesome it looked - I had six holes in each of my ears but had never even considered piercing any other place on my body. Justin's visit got me thinking though and I discovered I really really loved the look of eyebrow rings. I brought the issue up of me getting my right eyebrow pierced with my parents about two months later. They laughed in my face and basically said no way in hell. However, after a month of constant begging and reasoning, they finally agreed to take me for it if I waited another six weeks, to think the issue through . IN the meantime, they were hoping I would "come to my senses" and forget about
Six weeks later, we hopped in the car and headed to Primal Urge in New Hope Pennsylvania, with my dad muttering something about self mutilation the whole way down. Even though I'd done a bunch of research into the matter and had heard numerous times there was hardly any pain, I was scared out of my mind. By the time we got to the shop, I was shaking and got more and more nervous as my dad and I filled out and signed the necessary forms.
The piercer, Raphel, came over when we were done and took me upstairs to a hospital-like room. I sat down on the table while he got all the stuff ready and informed him of my huge fear of needles and low tolerance for pain. I don't know why I felt the need to tell him that stuff but I did. He was really nice though and made me feel a lot more comfortable with the whole thing -- he showed and explained to me everything he was doing as he went along.
To start off with, he brushed my skin with lots of brown yucky stuff and some alcohol.. then he made two little dots on my eyebrow and explained which way the needle would be going in and how long the procedure would take. I oked the dots, lay down, and closed my eyes. I did open them to peak at the needle though.. wow that was a mistake, I almost got up and left.
He put the clamp on -- which did not hurt one bit -- and told me to take a deep breath in and let it out slowly, but forcefully. I was too busy concentrating on doing so that I didn't even feel the needle go in. So I was totally unaware he had even started until he said he was about to put the ring in. When he did, there was a little rush of intense pain and pressure but as soon as it was in, I felt none of the pain, just some pressure.
There was a bunch of trouble with getting the ball in though, and for about thirty seconds I was in a considerable amount pain as he pushed my new ring around trying to fit the ball with it. Finally, he finished and I hopped up to see what I looked like. Then I had to sit down again for a few minutes while the room stopped spinning (they told me I might feel like I was gonna faint).
I went back downstairs and listened while the cleaning procedure was explained to me. I also got a little packet about preventing infections, bad cleaning solutions to use, etc. The ring stung for about an hour -- the stinging actually hurt a lot more than the actual piercing -- but it hasn't hurt since then.
It's only been two days after the piercing and it feels totally great! No swelling or redness or pain or anything! I was a little scared to clean it because it looked painful (I know, I'm a chicken) but that doesn't hurt at all either. I absolutely love the ring to death, I'm so incredibly glad I did it! Plus, I got to go to school now and show it off to everyone.. so many people complimented, it was great. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to e-mail me at Angel2247@juno.com or IM me at Jewel1602. I'm far from an expert (in case you haven't already guessed lol) but I'll do my best to answer questions.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 15 April 1999
in Eyebrow Piercing