My Spontaneous Eyebrow Piercing.
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13 piercings down and I was getting the taste for another. It had been four months since I got my conch pierced and I needed to get my piercing fix again. I already had 3 standard lobe piercings in each ear, a helix in both, a daith, a tragus, an anti tragus and a rook to go with it so I was no stranger to piercings. I had originally planned to keep on with my ear project and get a snug in my left ear but as I started trawling thru the photos on BME I became interested in getting a nose stud. I asked for a friend's opinion on it and he had suggested that I would suit an eyebrow bar... with purple balls of course.
An eyebrow piercing had never been something I'd really considered before, I didn't plan on getting much on my face as I was quite content with filling up my ears, but just to quell my curiousity I looked at the pictures on BME. I fell in love. I thought it was quirky and really interesting to look at. I made up my mind: that would be my next piercing.
My boyfriend had been after a ring to put in his helix piercing for quite some time so we decided to go into Brighton on the Sunday and go to our favourite piercers: Punktured. It was a glorious day and Brighton was Buzzing as usual. We decided to go into the main shopping centre to eat. I was particularly nervous about this piercing so I didn't want to be passing out or anything.
My boyfriend called Punktured to make sure they could fit me in, being a weekend I didn't want to leave it down to chance and be disappointed, and sorted out an appointment for me for 3.15. The lovely girl he spoke to asked if I had ID on me, which of course I didn't as I'd been pierced there 5 times previously. After a moment of sheer panic she said that if I'd been pierced there before it wouldn't be a problem as they'd have me on record.
We spent the hour before the appointment wandering around Brighton, enjoying the good weather and looking in all the shops at the things we wished we could afford.
At about 3.05 we returned to Punktured and the girl behind the desk handed me the usual sheet to fill in saying that I was over 18 and not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and didn't have HIV or hepatitis or anything like that. I signed on the line and handed the form over. She then asked me what kind of jewellery I'd like to be pierced with, I chose a bar as I think they look much more interesting that eyebrow rings and what gauge I wanted. 1.2 please! She handed back to me an aftercare sheet giving general aftercare advice for my latest piercing and written on the back was who I was pierced by, when, and with what jewellery.
I sat on a funky pink cube out front and waited while my boyfriend picked out his funky new BCR and for the piercing room to be free.
Tom came out of the back room and picked up the sheet with my name on, we followed him through to the back room and decided I would go first as I was actually having a piercing done not just having a jewellery change.
I sat in the big "denstist" chair and I exchanged pleasantries with Tom who recognised me from my numerous trips before, as he put on a fresh pair of latex gloves he asked me how I was feeling.
"Terrified," I admitted. And I was. I'm not sure why, it's not like I hadn't been here 13 times before, but somehow this was different. I think in my mind I could picture it happening, my eyebrow being pulled out and a needle pushed through the flesh and in my mind this added up to pain. Tom immidiately reassured me saying that the eyebrow was an easy piercing as there's not a lot of sensitivity in the area and if I could handle all the cartilage piercings I had, this should be a walk in the park.
As I sat in the chair calming myself down Tom marked my eyebrow, with top and bottom placements, in 3 places and asked me to pick which one I liked best. I hopped down and looked in the mirror and decided the middle set were the best as there was a small, natural dent in my eyebrow area roughly where the top dot was drawn on. I sat back down and tried to calm my ever increasing nerves. Tom asked me whether I would prefer a straight or a curved barbell, I told him whichever would look more "snug" in the area so he opted for a straight one. After all I could always change it later.
I looked over to the autoclave and saw Tom had all the equipment laid out on a fresh piece of clingfilm. He opened up a new, sterile needle in front of me, making sure I could see and then he took the clamps. This was only the second time I'd had the clamps (which I'm still convinced are kitchen tongs) so I was a little nervous. Tom told me it would feel a little tight but to tell him if it felt too "pinchy".
"How does that feel?" he asked. "Like someone just put a clamp on your eyebrow?"
I laughed and nodded. He then took the needle and told me to take a deep breath in... and then let it out. And that was it, the needle was through. Barely a pinch.
He left me sitting there with a needle in my eyebrow for a few moments while he got the jewelllery, as with the piercing itself he told me to take a deep breath in and then let it out, and with that the jewellery was in place. All that was left was to screw on the balls and I was all set.
I hopped off the chair and gazed at my new piercing in awe. It looked fantabulous. I loved it. There was no blood at all around the exit wounds and it only felt a little sore.
That was 3 months ago, so far I've had no trouble with it except for the odd accidental knock but I've been very careful and kept those to a total minimum.
I'm cleaning it with the usual sea salt solution that I mix up at home, 1 teaspoon of sea salt for every pint of water, and it all seems to be going well so far!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 10 July 2007
in Eyebrow Piercing