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Knowing When to Say When

Back in November of 2004 I got my eyebrow pierced and I thought it was damn near the coolest thing ever. What could be more awesome than a 16g barbell through my eyebrow? Looking back however, there's a lot of better things. Trust me. Welcome to the adventures of rise and fall of my 'beloved' eyebrow piercing.

It all started one rainy November day. Nothing too special, just another Ohio day. I'd been lusting over the idea of getting another facial piercing to go along with my nostril piercing, and since I work in somewhat of a conservative, family oriented place, it ruled out the main piercings I wanted. After thinking and planning, I decided to get my eyebrow pierced. Nothing too spectacular, but it would have to do till I could find a more open-minded place of employment.

The process of getting the piercing is not really the main focus of this experience, but it was still important. Pain wise, it was a piece of cake. Sure, it hurt, but I expected it. I mean, it is a needle going through the flesh. But if I had to compare pain, I would say it's sort of like plucking multiple eyebrow hairs at the same time. Enough to make your eyes water, but no biggie. The piercing itself was quick, easy, and relatively painless.

All went well and for the first four or five months everything appeared to be healing great. But the perfect healing is too good to be true, and we all know that. Around month four I could tell the placement had slightly moved out a little, but not wanting to accept the obvious, I did not think much of it. So it had migrated a little, no big deal. But now I know I should have just accepted it and realized my piercing was going to eventually have to say sayonara. But no, I was naïve and said everything was cool.

I let another month slide by; thinking maybe things would work themselves out. Well, in a way, things were working themselves out... Right out of my face. But I'm feeling pretty dumb about not taking it out then, but I know better now.

Well, one day I was getting into my care and the beginning of the end began. While putting on my seat belt, things got a little snagged. And when I say snagged, I mainly mean completely ripped out. Somehow the seat belt got caught under the barbell and without thinking, I pulled on the seat belt, which then decided to take the barbell with it. At first I couldn't feel any pain, just a nice flow of blood running down the side of my face. After looking in the rearview mirror and seeing the poor little barbell in a sea of blood, hanging on by a tiny little flap of skin the pain hit me. And it hit HARD. This hurt 1000 times worse than the initial piercing.

But to make matters worse, once I cleaned up the blood, I realized that the balls would NOT unscrew off the barbell. I tried and tried, but the balls kept holding their ground. Great, just great. Nothing I could do but wait till the next day when I could get to my piercing studio and have them take it out for me.

But the time I was able to get to see my piercer the next day, my eyebrow basically looked like something out of a horror movie. Bruised, swollen, and crusted with blood. By this time I was thinking that everything in the world is cooler than my eyebrow piercing. The piercing that I had wanted for so long was just not worth any of the trouble it had caused me. If I would have taken it out when I first noticed it was growing out of my skin, I wouldn't have had to deal with that, but alas, I was naïve and thought that it would just all work out in the end. Well, lesson learned. At the first sign of rejection, I should have taken it out and tried again with a new piercing.

It's now three months after "the incident". I still have a very noticeable scar on my eyebrow. If I ever want to get it repierced, I definitely won't be able to try again on that eyebrow. I've been working on doing vitamin e oil rubs to reduce the scar tissue, and it is slightly working because when I feel it, I don't feel as big of a lump under my skin. However, it still looks reddish pink on the part on the bottom hole of the piercing. I'm sometimes worried that the scar will never go away, but I guess I should have thought about that before I got it pierced. Piercings can be forever, and that is something you must consider before getting one.

If we learned anything today from this experience it would be that if you have any suspicions that your piercing may be rejecting, it's best to act on it and go see your piercer and see what they have to say on the matter. If you ignore the problem, it will only get worse. I hope this will help at least one person, because it's just not a pleasant thing to experience.

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 05 Nov. 2005
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