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Horizontal Eyebrow Rejection

The day that Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf Coast (mid-September) I got my eyebrow pierced. Since I go to near the coast, school was canceled and everyone had prepared for the worst. Luckily the hurricane just missed us and the sky was blue and cloudless all day. It did hit my hometown of Mobile, AL though. So since I don't have a vehicle I decided it was the perfect opportunity to walk to the nearest tattoo/piercing shop and get my eyebrow pierced.

Now don't get me wrong, this wasn't a last minute decision. I had wanted one ever since I saw horizontal eyebrow piercings on this site, which was a couple weeks beforehand. I thought it would be perfect because everyone and their mom has regular eyebrow piercings, but this would be unique, at least here.

I convinced my soon to be boyfriend to come with me, even though he's not really into this kind of stuff. When we got to the shop there some people looking at the tattoos on the walls and someone was just leaving so the guy helped me immediately. I told him I wanted my eyebrow pierced and he was like alright whatever. Then I told him that I wanted a horizontal one and he gave me this weird look. I told him exactly where I wanted it, right above the hairline on the outside of my right eye. He kept saying, "are you sure?" and "I've never heard of that before". He seemed pretty confident though, like he knew what he was doing.

So we went to the back and lay down on the table and watched to make sure everything was sterilized. He put in a 16 gauge 6/8 inch straight barbell. I think the clamping hurt worse than the actual piercing though. I just felt a pop when it went through. But I have a pretty high pain tolerance.

The piercer took a picture of it because he thought it was original, but it swelled pretty badly at first. The skin was kind of rounded in between the balls for a while and it didn't look very good.

I bought some sea salt spray stuff at the shop and washed the piercing twice a day with antimicrobial soap like I was told.

Unfortunately when I told my parents they completely disapproved. My mom really wanted me to get some "more feminine" jewelry before I came home for Thanksgiving. So I ordered something off the internet, a 16 gauge straight barbell with a rhinestone at the end.

Unfortunately again when I went to the piercer to get the jewelry changed he said that the jewelry was too short and would squeeze the skin. It looked to me like it would have fit fine, but I was like whatever, he's a professional. However he did put in a 18 gauge curved barbell to help it heal or something(which I think he should have done in the first place). Apparently it was still had puss and blood coming out of it, which it shouldn't have been doing by then. I ended up using the barbell from the internet for a cartilage piercing in my left ear.

The curved one felt better but it looked bad, like it was just hanging from a little piece of skin. He said the skin would grow to fit it, but it never really did. I tried to wait it out though.

When my family saw it for the first time I could tell they really didn't like it. My "uncle" even told me that I couldn't come to Christmas at his house unless I took it out. That shocked me, but we didn't end up going to his house anyway. I got a temp job over the holidays and just parted my hair on the other side to cover up the piercing.

I changed the jewelry to a rhinestone curved barbell in the end of December and it had some puss come out of it still. My aunt bought it for me for Christmas to make for am e-mail that she sent to my mom that I wasn't supposed to get that referred to my piercing as a "big industrial thing in her face".

I don't know if it was how I slept or that my sister hit me in the face accidentally a couple times, but the piercing just never really healed right. I even waited until January and cleaned it everyday but it was to no avail. I had to take it out about a week ago (mid-january). Now I'm waiting for it to heal so I can get it pierced again with a curved barbell. I really liked how it looked and I think if it's done right it will work. I don't know if it rejected or if it just wasn't pierced right. But I'm going to try again as soon as I can.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 27 Jan. 2005
in Eyebrow Piercing

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