Welcome to College
For the first time in my life I've been able to make all the decisions about my body modifications, thank you Canada. I'm originally from the US, so you have to be 18 to get piercings without parental consent, and 16 with consent. Let's just say that my parents aren't too keen on facial piercings. They allowed me to get my nose pierced, but that alone took days of begging to get. So, when I left for college in Canada, of course getting a piercing was near the top of my list of things to do.
Now, my first week of school was ridiculously busy, but I managed to find some information about piercing places near my school. I had already looked into the shop Slick Styled Steel and it had been a clean shop and the guys working had seemed friendly enough, therefore this was my first choice, seeing as it was very close to my school as well. During this first week I also found out that another girl in my class wanted a piercing, this meant I wouldn't have to go by myself.
After putting off the piercing for a couple more days, we left in a group of four to the piercing parlor. The other girl, Casey, wanted to get her nose pierced so I let her go first as it was a simple piercing and didn't really hurt much. The piercer told her about the procedure and showed her the jewelry that was available to pierce with. While he was piercing her I was debating what I wanted to get done. I've wanted to get my septum pierced for a few years but decided I would wait until I got back home and I could go with my best friend [aka I was scared because I figured it would hurt a lot]. So when he was done piercing her he came out and asked what I would like to have pierced. I decided on my smiley as it seemed like it wouldn't hurt and it's a unique piercing.
He took me into the piercing area, allowing my friends to come with me and take pictures. He showed me all of the needles and the jewelry, freshly autoclaved of course. He then asked me to put on a pair of rubber gloves and swish with some Listerine. He explained that this was to help kill the germs already present in my mouth and also to prevent me from getting more germs in my mouth from my hands. He then proceeded to tell me that during the piercing I would need to hold up my upper lip to prevent it from interfering with the process. He said that although this may feel uncomfortable it was the easiest way to do the piercing.
The time for the piercing had come and I sat down on the piercing chair and help up my upper lip. He told me that on the count of three he would place the needle through my membrane. The count of three happened and my body tensed, expecting the pain that I have now associated with piercings, but it never came. I asked him if he had put the needle through and he said that he had. So now I was sitting, holding my lip up with a 3 inch long needle in my upper membrane, this allowed for some hilarious pictures that my friends made sure to upload onto facebook, thanks guys. After this, he had to put the jewelry in. This was probably the most painful part of the piercing as he had to twist the membrane slightly to get the hoop in. But, even this small bit of pain was worth it. After the hoop was in, I couldn't even feel it.
He then told Casey and I the aftercare procedures and informed me that I should swish with a non-alcohol mouthwash about 3 times a day. This would help to prevent infection. I looked in the mirror and loved the way it looked! I would definitely recommend this piercing to anyone, it's a very quick and simple piercing and the pain on a scale of 1-10 would be about a .5. I have had it for a little over 2 months now and the only problem I've had was when I popped the ball out of the hoop when taking a sweatshirt off, but the piercer was nice enough to put it back in. The piercing itself requires minimal maintenance. The only other issues are eating apples, now it's a lot easier though, and brushing your teeth, when brushing the front two, you have to be very gentle and careful. Now that I've had it for a while, I am used to the feeling of the ball under my lip and I don't even notice it. It shows every time I smile or laugh and I love the reactions from people.
Its such a unique piercing and not many people have seen it. It's definitely worth it just for the weird looks.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 02 Nov. 2009
in Lip Piercing
Studio: Slick Styled Steel
Location: Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC