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my eyebrow piercing....

been wanting my eyebrow pierced for about oh....3 years beforehand. And even though I found all kinds of informational things I could never convince my parents to let me go and couldn't find anyone to do it for me while I was underage. So after the long wait I finally reached my 18th birthday and was ready to go. A couple days after my birthday, my friend and I were driving and we passed a tatto parlor in our neighborhood. I decided, this is it, it's now or never so we decided to check the place out. I was kind of nervous about it because it was my first piercing and wasn't exactly sure what to expect. I had a friend who had his eyebrow pierced and he claimed that it didn't hurt but I still wasn't too sure. Still, I decided to go for it. I went to a local tattoo parlor to get it done. I knew a couple of people who had gotten tattos and piercings there so I knew it was a reputable place. After going inside I noticed that there were quite a few people in there so I wandered around and looked at the different kinds of jewelry they had and decided on a 14g silver ring with a blue bead. So I sat down with my pal and we looked over some tattoo magazines and tried to think of another tattoo for her to get. The "tattoo guy" finally came over and asked if he could help us. I told him I wanted to get my eyebrow pierced, and after he verifified my ID had me go bcak and hop into the chair. The room was very clean and I watched him set up all of the equipment. I think at this point my friend was more nervous than I was. I was ready. He asked me which eyebrow I wanted...the right. I mean I had three years to decide where I wanted it. The guy put the clamp on my eyebrow (which only felt like a slight pressure)and informed that I had "thick skin". I'm not entirely sure how this effects a piercing but....oh well. So I took a deep breath and he pushed the needle through. There was a skight pain but it felt more like a warm sensation through my eyebrow. As the guy began to put the ring in, I look over to reassure my friend that I wasn't in any pain. All of a sudden I felt the needle slip out and the guy say "Oh S%#@!". Now this is directed to all piercers...DO NOT say "Oh S%#@!" to someone with a needle sticking centimeters from there eye. Apparently when he had taken the cork off the needle it had slipped out and started to bleed. So after waiting for the blood to stop, he asked me if I wanted him to try again...I said yes. So he put the clamp back on and the pressure caused the piercing to start bleeding again, so he took it off and we waited a little longer. After about 5 minutes he tried again, no blood. So he pushed the needle through again, and this time...I definitely felt pain. But he was fast and out the ring in, had a little trouble with the ball and we were done. I paid him, the total coming to $35, he told me how to clean it and care for it and we left. For the rest of the day, my eyebrow was sore and slightly swollen, but no real pain. That night in the shower I let the clean water run over it while I rotated it back and forth and after I got out put some Bacitracin on it and rotated it again. I had to make sure that I didn't sleep on the right side of my face because it was still pretty sore. The next day, the soreness was gone and I cleaned it that morning with a little warm water and a q-tip to get rid of a the little crusties that had grown overnight. Put on some more bacitracin and was ready to go! I did this every day for about a month with no problems, no infections or anything! I loved my piercing. This was around Halloween so my friends and I were carving pumpkins and whatnot. In our holiday spirit we decided to have a pulp fight and proceeded to smear the gloop all over each other. Apparently this is not beneficial to a new piercing because afterwards I got a pretty nasty infection. It cleared up after about 2 weeks and now is perfectly fine. After 3 months I changed the ring to a curved barbell. And after about a year, the piercing is still going strong with no further infections or problems and I love it. I'm not allowed to have facial piercings at my new job, but I found that I can leave it out for about 4 hours at a time without any problems, put it back in for my hour break and then take it out again til it's time to go home. All in all, except for the needle slipping out I think it was a pretty good experience and it was entirely worth it because I love it!

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 15 Oct. 2000
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