The Life and Death of an Eyebrow Piercing
It's amazing how many emotions one can experience in the course of two months over a single, tiny piercing. Mine went in this order: nervousness, excitement, nervousness, unconcerned, worry, hope, and sadness.
It was the 13th of June. Not a Friday, but a Wednesday. The weather outside was nasty, but I had my mind set that something was going to be done that day, no matter what. I had wanted my eyebrow pierced for a while, and that day before leaving the house, I got it in my mind that that was the thing to do that day. I was extremely nervous about what my family would think, so it definitely was not the first thing I went to do. After wandering aimlessly around the mall, I finally decided to get some lunch then head over to Inksmith & Rogers.
I walked in, soaked from the rain, and met Mike, the piercer. I told him what I was thinking about doing, and asked him some questions. He answered all of my questions, and then gave me an aftercare sheet to look over while I thought about it. I'm very indecisive, so after wandering around the shop a bit more, I went and talked to Mike again. After sitting and thinking some more, I finally told him that, "If I don't do it now, I never will. So I'm going for it."
He got out the paperwork, and then went out to have a cigarette while I filled it out. He came back in, washed up, and put on some gloves. Then he got the needle and jewelry ready. He marked my eyebrow and had me check it. It looked fine to me. He got the needle, and told me to take a deep breath. I was extremely nervous. When I exhaled, he pushed the needle through. It hurt a bit more than I expected, and my eye watered some. Other than that, I was fine. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the worst, it was about a 2 1/2 in pain. I checked it out in the mirror, and I loved it! I was so excited about it!
Fresh Piercing For the first week or so, I was really nervous about it. I was being ultra-paranoid about hitting it on anything or moving it at all. My friend told me not to worry so much, since it would probably hurt more than help, so I calmed down. Eventually, I got used to the piercing. I wasn't worried about it so much, and began to get into the routine of cleaning everyday. I loved it, and had no problems at all with it.
One Month Old At about 6 weeks, I was taking off my shirt (a spaghetti strap), and got the strap caught on the barbell. Without realizing it, I continued to take off and the shirt, and pulled the barbell. It started bleeding that night. I had never bled before, but I expected some blood, since it had pulled the way it did. I went to my piercer and told him what happened. He said it'd probably be okay, but to give it an extra week before changing the jewelry. A few weeks later, it stopped bleeding, so I went and got the jewelry changed. It started bleeding again then. It never stopped bleeding.
Bloody I was worried about rejection at that point. I consulted a few friends, who told me that that wasn't necessarily what was going on, but it did look angry. They told me to give it a few days, and see if it cleared up. It did started to look less angry, but then, I noticed that the piercing seemed to be getting shallower and shallower. The top hole was the only one moving though. It was really bloody and crusty everyday, and it was slowly moving towards the bottom hole.
Very Shallow At this point, I decided to go back to Inksmith. The piercer that was there told me that it did look extremely shallow. He said that if I took it out now, he'd pierce it again for free in two weeks. So I did decide to finally take it out. It was a hard thing for me to do, since I loved this piercing so much, but I'm going to go again once it's closed to get it redone.
Removed I hope that the next one will go much better. This first experience has taught me a lot. I know that I definitely need to be more careful with the next one. I want to keep that one for much longer, since this first one had such a short time between its life and death. My eyebrow piercing was my first "real" piercing (not counting earlobes), and I hope that there will be many more to come over the years!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 22 Aug. 2007
in Eyebrow Piercing