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Second time's the charm!!!

t, I have a story about having my navel pierced the first time further down on the list of experiences. It's called, "A normal, almost painless navel piercing." Or something like that. Well, I lost that piercing. The guy who did it screwed up royally. He pierced way to deep, used a ring that was too small diameter wise, and gave me poor aftercare instructions. I developed big red bumps around the holes and eventually I couldn't turn the ring anymore even though I strictly followed his aftercare advice. I now have two purple round scars on my stomach. Not even my navel because he peirced above it!!! The bottom hole was about 1cm above the actual belly button. Rob said that is another reason why it rejected. It didn't have something solid to "hold onto." I have loved the piercing so much that I had to get it done again. It hadn't really hurt and it gave me so much self-confidence. It made me feel a little better about myself because I thought I looked better with it and I was proud of myself for having had the courage to do it. I got such a rush from it the first time I wanted the feeling again. I used to smile everytime I changed clothing or was reminded it was there. Everytime I get a new piercing I feel a little more confident in who I am as a person and I'm happy that I'm making myself more of an individual. My parents actually respect that. So I made plans to go in and get my navel re-done and get my cartilage pierced. I had the jewelry from the first time it was pierced so he told me that he had to sterilyze it and I could either wait or come back in about 45 minutes. I brought my friend Shaeffer (he likes to be called by his last name) with me and he wanted to look at tattoos so we did that while we were waiting. He didn't get one that day because he's on the wrestling team and he had a meet the next day. (We both go to Albright College) Rob brought out papers for me to sign and gave me an aftercare sheet. After I filled that out he told me to come with him into the room and that Schaeffer could come with me. I went with the cartilage first because I knew that I would have to sit up for the cartilage and I didn't want to have to try to sit with my fresh navel piercing. By the way, the cartilage HURT. After that pain I was considering not getting my navel done that day. I knew that I couldn't go back now though because I would be so mad at myself for it. Besides, I had never backed down from a piercing and I wasn't about to start!!! I never seriously considered it though because of how badly I wanted it, I just didn't want anymore pain for that day! So Rob had me stand up with my arms at my sides while he measured and marked dots. He was amazed at how much the other guy had screwed up the first one. (There was about a month between the time I took out the old piercing and when I got it re-done) Rob then had me lay down flat on his table thingy and checked the marks. He clamped it and then told me that I could hold Shaeffer's hands again. He told me not to grab for my stomach, kick him, or move suddenly when he pierced. It was quick and it wasn't a real pain. Just a pinch really. It hurt a little when he put the jewelry through but that's about it. I was honestly amazed at how little it hurt. This all happened yesterday and there is no redness, no swelling, almost no soreness or pain. I can bend over already!!! I can sit normally! The first time I had it pierced it took about 2 weeks before I could sit normally. As far as the aftercare goes : I have to wear my pants at least 3 inches below the piercing. I have to clean it twice a day in the shower with an anti-bacterial soap like Dial. And I am not to touch it or play with it. I already know that this piercing is a success. I had already had bumps the day after from the first time I had it pierced. For all those thinking about it. I think it is one of the best things that I have ever done for myself. It is not very painfull at all, I must stress that!!! I feel great about myself now :) Go For It!!! Cartilage piercings with a needle on the other hand I wouldn't do again for anything in the world!!! By the way, both the Cartilage and the Navel were done with a 14GA CBR.


submitted by: gxrgirl99
on: 25 Nov. 1999
in Navel Piercing

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Artist: Rob
Studio: Reading+Tattoo
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