My first facial piercing
I was a couple months away from finishing up grade 11, and for some reason the mood really struck me to get pierced. At this point, I only had my lobes done, so it was pretty out of the blue. I talked to my mom about it, and my choices were septum, or labret, which she, of course, did not agree to. I mulled it over in my head for a while, and one day in the car, "eyebrow" just popped into my head. I'd never thought of it before, and luckily for me, my mom agreed! Back then, I had no idea that BME even existed, so I did no research, and counted on the piercer to tell me everything. I did do a bit of research on the shop though. I asked my pierced friends that had been there, and I called beforehand. I got good reviews, so everything seemed ready to go! I didn't have to wait long for the piercing, about a month later, my mom, friend and I, headed down to Skinners. My friend was also getting an eyebrow piercing, and mine was a birthday present from my mom. I'm very lucky that I have a mother that accepts mods and such. Even if she doesn't like them, she knows I'm my own person, and wants me to do what makes me happy. But anyway, please excuse that ramble.
We walked in, and waited, as Karen was with another client. I recall afterwards my mom saying, "Jeez, that guy got his eyebrow AND nipples pierced!", with a little shudder. When she was done, she came over to us, asked us what we wanted, and gave us the appropriate paperwork to fill out. She didn't ask for ID or anything, but maybe because my mom was with me she didn't need it. I'm really unsure on this, because apparently piercers are supposed to photocopy IDs anyway. Looking back, I suppose that would be the main weird thing. I ended up going first, with minimal nerves (as opposed to my mom, who must have been nervous for me).
I got up there and had a seat in the chair. I think we talked, but for the life of me, I can't remember what about. She marked it, had me take a look, and I gave her the go ahead. She then applied the clamp, which honestly did hurt a bit. I actually thought that was the actual piercing and never felt the needle go through. She inserted the jewelry (14g CBR), which I again didn't feel, closed it up, and I got to take a look! I did have a little drop of blood, but it wasn't anything bad.
After my friend got his done, we paid, and she gave us a sheet on aftercare and went over it with us. It cost $40 (Canadian), including tax.
I pretty much followed the sheet on this, since it was my first facial piercing. I used antibacterial (orange) soap, and washed it in the morning and evening. I turned the ring as well, which I'm not sure you're supposed to do now. I'd also remove crusties with a Q-tip; though I did get into the habit of picking them off at work (don't do this!). This aftercare worked fine for me, but there's a lot of debate on whether antibacterial soap or turning the ring is a good idea. Nowadays, I would probably forego that soap, and use a soap like Satin or Provon, and would turn the ring minimally. I would also do sea salt soaks, by dipping a cotton ball in the solution, and rewetting it as it got cool. Also be sure to NOT pick off any crusties, especially if you don't have clean hands. Like I said before, the aftercare I used was fine for me, but it may not work for you. I would be sure to do lots of research beforehand (unlike me), so you have a good idea on what might be the best way to care for your piercing.
Years later, I'm still very happy with my eyebrow piercing. My last year of high school, I had to wear a retainer (well, when I absolutely had to...I often just wore the jewelry anyway). I just used a piece of PTFE cut to size. It worked really well, and was practically invisible. I've tried other retainers since then, and nothing has worked quite as well. I've used the same thing at job interviews and such and no problems!
I would definitely recommend Skinners. Karen is very nice, and easy to talk to. She also made me feel really comfortable, which is important for a piercer. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me! I love helping others. :)
submitted by: Teiris
on: 18 Nov. 2005
in Eyebrow Piercing