SO let me start off by describing myself. Hi, my name is Erika and I'm addicted to body mods, specifically piercings. I have thirteen piercings, including my new smiley. Otherwise, I have three lobe piercings on each side, three helixes, my navel, my nostril and a vertical labret. I am truly addicted.
I just recently had my vertical labret done. It had only been 4 1/2 months, and I already had that itch coming back. I originally thought about getting my septum pierced, but remembered that my girlfriend didn't like that idea. So I had to come up with another idea. My fascination with the smiley piercing began when I was surfing through a make-up group on Myspace. One of the girls had hers pierced. It looked beautiful. It was small, but noticeable. It really changed her smile. You only noticed it when she smiled wide, or laughed. I decided that was going to be my next piercing. I looked at millions of pictures online, read hundreds of experience stories from people who already had theirs done. From what I learned, the piercing seemed reasonably low-risk, and definitely easy to manage. I bought a new, alcohol-free mouthwash, and made up a bottle of sea salt solution to carry with me. I was ready. Now I just had to decide when to go.
The time finally came one day when I got off early from work. I was driving down PCH, just cruising along when I passed my piercer's studio. I decided that it was the perfect time to go ahead and do it. I had the cash. Why not? I pulled over, parked and went inside.
Janet, the piercer on duty, was busy with another client so I wandered around looking at jewelry, flipping through the artists' portfolios. When she finished with her last client, she came out and began asking me what I wanted to pierce. I told her I wanted my smiley pierced. At first, she wasn't enthusiastic. But I told her I had already researched it and bought jewelry. I was set on it. She decided she would pierce me, but she wanted to make sure I had the gums for it first. I obliged, pulling up my lip for her to check. She said it looked a little tight, but she would go ahead if I gave her the okay.
She gave me the forms to fill out, and took my jewelry to the back to autoclave it and set up the station.
After she had finished setting up, she came back out to check my forms and made a copy of my ID. She made sure I didn't have any allergies to latex, iodine, etc. before leading me to the piercing room. She had me rinse my mouth out with a strong mouthwash, spit into the sink and lie back on the table. She had me lift up my upper lip for her as she cleaned the whole area, and stuffed bits of cotton into the sides of my mouth to prevent droolage. She explained that she wouldn't be marking the area, as it would be difficult to make sure it was dead-on anyhow.
Deep breath in, breathe out again, and the needle was in. I could feel my eyes watering, but the pain was nothing. No worse than having your ears pierced. She told me to take another deep breath as she slid the ring through the new hole. One more breath and the bead was popped in. She held another bit of clean cotton to the piercing to stop the bleeding.
She had me sit up, and take a few deep breaths to make sure I was okay. I swished a bit of water, and made sure the bleeding had stopped. After I checked to make sure the blood was all gone, I thanked her and immediately jumped up to see my new jewelry.
It looked beautiful! Exactly as I had imagined it to be. Small, shiny and gorgeous. I thanked her profusely. I followed her out to the waiting area, paid her the $30, plus a $10 tip and listened to her aftercare instructions. Basically the same as any other oral piercing. Avoid smoking, chewing gum, kissing, etc. for the first two weeks. Swish wish an alcohol-free mouthwash, and rinse with sea salt solution after I eat or drink anything other than water.
It's only been a few hours, but there was virtually no swelling. The CBR I have in is so understated that you don't notice it when I talk, only when I smile big. It's caused no problems so far eating or drinking. It feels a little weird to talk around, but it hasn't caused any real issues. I love my new piercing. It's adorable, and I barely feel it at all right now. I would say, if you're trying to decide whether or not to pierce it, go for it!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 28 Sept. 2008
in Lip Piercing