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I've been wanting to have my eyebrow pierced for quite a while. I was worried about what bosses would think, the pain, etc. I have my tragus pierced and I have four tattoos, but I was still afraid of the pain involved in piercing my eyebrow. I met a friend here in town who pierces just out of his home, not his main source of income. His wife has a pierced brow and I asked her a million questions. I decided to do it and asked a friend to go with me. She said sure, since she'd been thinking about piercing her navel for a while. We went to his house and I was very nervous. I had made sure to eat, as he said to eat before coming over.
We arrived and went into his studio. We chose our jewelry, chose our placements and my friend went first, telling me that if she went first, I couldn't chicken out. I assured her I wouldn't.
I watched her piercing and it didn't bother me at all. Then it was my turn. I reclined on a couch and took several deep breaths. My piercer was arranging his tools. He showed me the clamp, the needle (he uses new every time) and he showed me how he disinfects the clamps (alcohol after boiling water). (Editor's Note: Alcohol after boiling water is NOT adequate sterilization and will not kill all bacteria/virii) He went and washed his hands two different times and put a fresh pair of gloves on. He told me to take a breath and get ready for the clamp. When he clamped me, I panicked and told him to take it off, it was pretty damn uncomfotable and I was not EVEN expecting that much discomfort. I am a wimp. I waited a few minutes and told him to try again. He said he couldn't keep trying over and over again, as my brow would swell and bruise and make the piercing even harder. I told him this time was it, to clamp me and I would tell him "Yay" or "Nay." He clamped me and I sat there for a few minutes. I saw black spots and my stomach lurched. I told him "I'm going to throw up" and he took the clamps off. He said sometimes it just isn't the right time. He said to take a few days, think about it and try again. I was SO disappointed. I felt like crying, because I KNEW I really wanted this done.
I waited a couple of weeks and went back. I knew what to expect and I was ready for it. I wasn't NEAR as nervous as I had been before. I guess it was because I knew exactly what the clamps felt like and had time to prepare mentally. There would be no surprise this time. I got there and he made sure I was ready to do it. Once again, he washed his hands twice and put fresh gloves on. I reclined on the couch again and had a hold of my husband's hand. Adam clamped me and the pain wasn't NEARLY as bad as I remembered. I think the first time I was just too adrenalized and nervous. It was a little uncomfortable but nothing like making me pass out again. He asked if I was ok, and I said "Yeah, it's not near as bad as last time." He said ok, and he told me to take three deep breaths. On the exhale of #3, he pushed the needle through and it wasn't bad at ALL. I felt a small pinch, and I hardly felt that at all. He followed the needle with my jewelry, a captive bead ring he had made himself and he unclamped me. There was hardly ANY blood and it didn't hurt. It stung just a little bit. I stayed reclined just to make sure I didn't perform an encore of the first time, and I was amazed at how I had psyched myself up SO much for SO little. I was so excited to have it done and I loved it instantly.
The healing wasn't nearly as bad as I had anticipated, either. I rinsed it two times a day with sea salt water and I used Bactine to disinfect it. I used NeoSporin for only the first two days or so, and only at night. I was able to sleep on that side of my face, I hardly noticed it unless I accidentally snagged it with my hand or whatever. I cleaned it with antibacterial soap three times a day and made sure to work the soap into the hole and rinse it out completely. It swelled a little bit and it turned an interesting shade of purple at about three days post-pierce. After seven days or so, the bruise was gone completely and the swelling was gone, too. It remained slightly sore for about three weeks, but it was never even painful enough for me to take Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
My best friend told me I was crazy since I have a fourteen month old daughter who would most likely grab it and pull it. She hasn't done it yet. I just make sure she can't reach it and she really hasn't even shown that much interest in it. My mom got a strange face and indicated that she thought it was gross. My brother hasn't seen it, but when I told him about it, he said "Did it hurt?" My dad hasn't seen it. My friends all thought it was very nice looking, and I don't have a boss, so I didn't have to worry about that. My husband likes it a lot, and he initially didn't think he would like it. He thought I was a little weird but now he's completely supportive of my new idea, piercing my tongue!! This is a great forum for information and reading others' experiences. I'm learning a lot!
Julia Hulse, Denver, CO. firstname.lastname@example.org
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 01 Aug. 1999
in Eyebrow Piercing