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My Snakebites...

Ever since I was little, I had a fascination with piercings.

I had my first 'real' piercing at 13 year old (my navel)but at the age of 15 I decided I wanted a lip ring.

Firstly I had to ask my mum and dad. I remember how difficult it was for them to agree to my navel so I was expecting them to say NO!

I was on BMEZINE looking at pictures of lip rings when I plucked up the courage to ask my mum "Would you ever let me get my lip pierced?" I was surprised with her response! She said " Ok , you're nearly 16 its your choice"

I was over the moon"

I spent the next two weeks on BMEZINE , viewing pictures, reading people's experiences and doing my research. I set a date for my piercing..after school on Wednesday 12th March 2008 (6 days before my 16th birthday). I remember waking up on that morning , feeling excited yet nervous. School seemed to drag on that day however before I knew it, the bell rang at 3.15...hometime...! As I walked into town with 2 mates, I began to feel scared. My mates were expecting me to "chicken out" but I was going to prove them wrong.

When I arrived at Beauty Spot, The piercer (Cant remember her name) talked through the procedure, jewellery and aftercare. Firstly she had to contact my mum for parental consent. (I was 15 at the time). She rang my mum and got permission. I looked at Captive Ball Rings and Labret studs and decided I wanted 2 silver rings. My friend's both hugged me and wished me luck as I walked into the piercing room.

I had a quick look around to check it was clean and sterile (which it was). The piercer sat me on the hospital bed thing.. and we chose the placement. This took about 5 minutes because I wanted it to be perfect. When we was both happy with the placement I had to swill my mouth with Listerine for 30 seconds. She then wiped my lip with a tissue and drew the little purple dot. X marks the spot!

She put on a new set of gloves and sterilised the jewellery and equipment. Now for the piercing! She sprayed my lip with numbing spray and clamped my lip. (Many people say this is painful however i didn't feel it at all). She quickly pushed the needle through. All I felt was pressure and heard a "pop" of the needle going through my skin. By the time you feel it beginning to hurt , it's over. She quickly threaded the CBR through the freshly pierced hole and screwed the ball on. A quick wipe with a tissue and it was done! She showed me my new piercing and I loved it!! I paid for the piercing (£15) and she gave me some sea salt and a cleaning procedure.

I went out feeling a million dollars! A shiny left lip ring! I went for an ice-cream with my friends and decided to go home and show my parents. They actually liked it.. which surprised me!I managed to eat normally ( a hour after the piercing). I remembered to clean it with the right solution and to mouthwash twice a day with a non- alcohol mouthwash.

My piercing was healing well and I had no swelling, pain or discomfort. I guess I was lucky!=P

After 2 week I decided I wanted the other side pierced...


I had to beg my mum for ages. She complained that "One was enough and the 2 would look silly" But I was set on getting snakebites. After 1 week of tears , tantrums , arguments and discussions she gave in and said YES! I was soo happy!

That day I went to Beauty Spot. The piercer checked my current lip ring was healing ok before she took me into the piercing room.I didn't need parental consent this time (I was 16) It was the same procedure so I knew what to expect; however I felt it hurt a little bit more than last time. I paid and walked out.. The proud owner of snakebites. That week I was on an ice-cream diet! The left side had not swollen however my right side did. I continued cleaning both sides . 8 weeks later they are both fully healed. I can swap between studs and rings! And I don't regret at all!

If you are thinking about getting snakebites or just a single piercing, I highly recommend it! The piercing isn't painful, the aftercare is easy to follow and it heals really well! The most important thing is to find a reliable and clean piercing studio and remember to stick to the aftercare to maintain a healthy piercing!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 30 June 2008
in Lip Piercing

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