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Abatha's Labret Piercing: January 23rd, 1999

Abatha's Labret Piercing: January 23rd, 1999

Why?

I've wanted my labret done for almost 2 and a half years now, it's been something that's been in my mind for a long time, and something I've been doing serious research on within that time. The thought first crossed my mind when I was 16, but with some pressures from high school and my mothers response, I put it on hold. It was a good idea. It was done 2 and a half weeks ago, now.

But why? Well, there were a few reasons I did it. One of them being aesthetic. Of all the piercings I've seen on people, through the BME, other sites, or in person, there have been a few that have really stood out as beautiful to me in my mind. Leading the pack is the labret. Others are bridge piercings, tragus, nipples, septum, and tongue. I felt as though the labret was the best place to start.

Another reason was to mark things. I just got out of high school about a week ago (I'm 18, I had to go back for 5 months to pick up some credits I was short of), so that was one of the main reasons, in order to celebrate my independance (my high school years weren't too kindly to me, and adolesence was the major source of my problems, the people that were constantly around me), and the other milestone is my turning 18. I turned 18 last October, and this was a good way of marking the entrance to adult life.

Another reason was personal beautification and improved self-image. I never, through all my years, and still don't at times, love myself very much, and don't consider myself pretty. I know it's the influence of the media on people's minds and I hate to believe that it's influenced me as well, but it has. It's a way to add something I always throught was beautiful to myself, to endow myself, and it is beautiful. I love it so much. I can't look at myself without smiling now, it feels wonderful, and complete (though the piercing diary is nowhere near closed). There are other reasons, but this is getting long enough as it is...let's just say, the reasons are numerous.

I also have to note that my mom hasn't been to happy ever since I told her of my plans in early January. I didn't actually ever think I'd hear my mom say "Why don't you get your tongue pierced instead?". It's kind of difficult for her to accept, and I don't claim to understand it, but I think it's uncalled for...I guess she's confirmed that I'm still 12, though I'm 18 in actuallity and she knows it, and am therefore unable to make disicions as to what I can and cannot do to myself.

Okay, the experience.

At 11:30am, January 23rd, we leave the house, go and catch the bus at the top of the hill...we made our way downtown (which, by the way was the longest it's ever taken to get there) and arriving, walked down to the studio.

My appointment was for 1:00pm, and we were about 20 minutes early, so I filled out the forms, signed my soul away, and picked my jewlery, whatnot, conversed with the guy behind the counter. I didn't particularily want the ring in in the first place, and rather the longer posted stud, but when I got there they talked me into the ring, as it is the best initial jewlery, because it makes the hole easier to clean and it wouldn't fall out as easily...

It was Saturday, the busy day, though it wasn't busy when I went in...only about 3 people there actually FOR something... It was a little late going in (about 15 minutes) and I was told that the girl who was going to do my labret would also be doing a tongue piercing for someone else, sort of at the same time...I got to go first though, cause we'd been there longer...

I followed her to one of the rooms, which by the way, were quite pleasant. It wasn't white and steel, hospital like, but blue and purple, with swirls on the walls, and fantasy pictures...of course, the table was somewhat intimidating, especially since she did my labret with me laying down on it, but it wasn't bad...it was just a doctor's table, and it was black, so it was okay.

She asked me to hop up on the end of the table, while the others piled into the room for the next piercing, though only one of them was having it done...two other friends to watch, and the one friend I brought along, of course...an audience.

She took a long time clearly explaining everything, how to clean it, and other such information as what to expect...she also informed that the piercings would be relatively pain free (and I didn't believe her. I'm still expecting pain.) She says that the most painful piercings to have done are nostril and ear cartilege (both of which, I've had done). She cleaned up the area, and had me rinse with listerine (which I'd say was the worst part overall...listerine is horrible...)

She took a long time marking the area, saying she was a perfectionist, and she was especially picky with labrets because they have to be dead center...her mark was perfect...

So, she asks me to lay down on the table, and I do...she applies the clamps to my lip and she places a bottle of aromatherapy under my nose for four good breaths, saying it would relax me, make me all calm...so, after that, she told me to keep breathing...I was already plenty relaxed, so I didn't really feel a difference.

She told me to open my mouth wider and on the count of four, as I'm breathing out one final time, she'd push the needle through...I listened to her count, and closed my eyes, and when four was spoken, I felt the needle pass through...that was all I felt...no pain (no kidding, either)...she went over to get the ring from the tray as I lay there with a needle through my lip, hearing the obvious awe from the "audience" and a chorus of "ows" and "did that hurt?"s. She came back with the ring and she explained that I'd feel a sliding as she pushed the ring through...

The ring went through just as effortless as the needle did... She helped me back up, and I came up smiling...I was happy...she told me that I did a really good job, and handed me a mirror...I must confess, the ring, though large and ungodly, did look really wicked...I loved it...but I'd love it even more when I got the stud in...

I told her I loved it...

With a few final notes on aftercare and the likes, we were on our way... A friend who had an appointment a half an hour after mine was in having her tattoo done when we came out, and a birrage of friends were there with her...we met up with another couple of friends outside, and went strolling around for a bit, then finally took our leave for home, after buying my cleaning supplies. That was pretty much that experiance.

I called my mom from downtown in advance (see, she was expecting a little stud in my lip, not some huge-ass ring) and informed her of the ring, told her she was going to hate it...she informed me that she thought she was going to cry...a bit much for reaction...sigh... I went home, and she wouldn't look at me for about a half an hour, and when she finally did, it was just "I hate it, so much..." and then I just reassured her of it being better in 2 weeks, when I could have the jewellery downsized to the stud...

It was fine after that...

The days after...

I woke up the next morning, no swelling, no pain, no obvious irritations...I must say this has been one of the most positive experiances of my life. I've had no real problems with it yet... The day progressed easily...I was able to eat mostly fine...hard to get around the ring, and that was the only real complication, however I was a master at eating with a big ring in your lip in one weeks time... I drank lots of water, and rinsed after everything that wasn't... I ate lots of freezies and spagetti in a can...

The 2nd day was pretty much the same...back to school...lots of water again...still more spagetti in a can...

I found the only problem I had with the ring besides minor discomfort vwas that my lips got really chapped (but it got better in a week and a half, and I got more used to the ring), and I couldn't wear chapstick, cause it would easily get onto the ring and into the fresh piercing, so what am I to do?? It was only really bad in the mornings anyways, and I also found there was minor "pain" in the mornings, but it went away after the morning cleaning...

By one week I could really eat again...had some interesting experiances before with the food issue...raviolli was interesting...cut into four, each piece eaten individually... Skin was loosening around the piercing...got my first "crusties" about 4 days after the piercing... By this time, too, I didn't require a straw for everything I drank...

By one and a half weeks, the ring was rotating through the piercing freely as I talked or ate...healing beautifully...no swelling whatsoever...

Got kind of concerned with the back (but then again, I'm a hypochondriac...) and was certain there was a bump growing, but if there was a problem, I'm sure the guy would have said something when I had the jewllery changed, and he didn't...

Still cleaning two times a day with antibacterial soap (Neutrogena, dry skin formula...the regualar stuff made my skin too dry because of too many times to clean the area in one day...) and rinsing reguarily with Oral B antibacterial, sans alcohol mouthwash and with salt water...

Two weeks after the piercing (well, 13 days exactly...so I cheated and went a day early...), on Febuary 5, I went back to the studio and had the ring taken out, and the stud put in...cost me an additional $21 (hey, add that to the $72 the piercing cost, and you have one damn expensive hole in your face) and the guy seemed pretty irritable that day...I chose the stud with the smaller bead for now, it's more subtle...I ended up waiting 10 minutes or so for the change (it was busy again, and on a friday afternoon...); he sat me down in the chair in the lobby (which they only use for jewellery changes and perhaps ear lobe piercings), grabbed the circlip pliers, removed the captive ball ring, and put in the stud...it seemed he was having problems making the back stand far enough out in the front to twist the ball on the front, but there doesn't appear to be any tightness issues, looks fine, no pain...he tightened it really tight, asked how the ring worked out for me, to which I replied that it hadn't been as bad as I thought it would be, and I was pretty much on my way...no mirror...I didn't even really see it till I got home...I loved it though...I love it a lot!! It's a pretty little adornment...

It is now 17 days since the piercing and I am very happy with the results I'm receiving. I have had no problems (beside the chapping, which is completely all better now, seeing as I can wear chapstick again...no more ring!) and no swelling, minimal crusting, and just minor irritation, if any...

The stud felt kind of funny the day I had it changed, and it kept slipping up my gums onto my teeth, making it click when I talk (which it still does sometimes now, and it annoys me how it still grates up my teeth occasionally), but since then it's developed a little unnoticable dent on my inner lip in which it sits and remains relatively un-feelable.

Final Words...

Anyways, in closing...If you are planning on having a piercing done, I recomend, first off, being of age (you'll appreciate it more if you have to wait, and if you're underage, as I was when this piercing was first conceived in my brain, you'll have lots of time to do all the considerations, planning, and whatever research you feel is necessary...trust me, it is better to wait), planning it and seriously thinking about it (this applies to any piercing...I've always been a believer that, having a part of your body or your face pierced, penetrated, by cold metal, really is not an impulse, over-night decision...it really does take SOME deliberation...), making sure you go to a reputable piercing studio (they should know what they're doing, you should feel comfortable, and all considerations for safety and cleanliness should be involved...also, don't go to a studio just because the price is cheaper there. Quality before quantity. Not to say you should go to the most expensive place you can find, just find a nice average place, with a decent price, friendly and knowledgable staff, and a clean, safe environment), and being sure of your choice. Piercings take on entirely unique symbolisms and reason for different people. Some piercings may not be right for some people, and you really have to know that YOU want it, not that someone else expects it of you, or because you want people to like you. Don't alter your body for other people; it's really not worth the money and the effort.

If you are planning on the Labret specifically, I do recommend the ring first off...unless you have to work or something, it may not be such a good thing if you have to work directly with customers, or whatever. It is big, and it is quite an eyesore, but it really is better for initial jewellery because it can be turned into the hole, and it's more flexable, whereas the stud where what is turned already is inside the hole (beside the ball, which can't go into the hole anyways), it doesn't move around as much, and it's more difficult to get cleaning products in the actual piercing. I do highly recomend this piercing. Not only is it very beautiful, but it's relatively unnoticable to feel inside your mouth, the jewellery is quite flexable, being there's more of a selection of different balls, it doesn't hurt very much, and is mostly problem free (not to say that problems couldn't occur, cause they could, but the only real way is by unclean contact with the piercing or the jewellery).

Anyways, that's about it...that's my labret experiance.

What does the future hold for me?

I'm planning on going back to the same studio for or just after my birthday this year(still about 9 months to go) to have my tongue done, and in 2003, I'm going in to get my nipples done, exactly June 23, in commemoration of my five year aniversary of an important surgery I had almost two years ago ('twas a breast reduction, if you're curious)...

That's it. Hope you enjoyed it. I know it was kind of long.

Abatha manipulations@hotmail.com

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