Basic Earlobe Piercing: Text for the first timer.
this document will be of some help in educating kids and parents about what exactly goes on during a basic earlobe piercing: When I was fifteen, I made a comment, jokingly, about how I would like to get my eyebrow pierced. Well, my Mom took it seriously and talked to my Dad about it. A few days later my Dad sat me down and told me although i could not get an eyebrow piercing; i could, in fact, get my ear pierced. I had no intention of getting anything pierced, but i thought about it, and thought it would be a good idea. I wasint fortunate enough to have access to the internet at the time, so i had no clue about what it was going to be like. The next weekend, my Mom took me to the studio. She filled out the papers, I showed some ID, and then I was ready to pick out the ring. The lady who worked there said the best thing to start out with is a 14 gauge, surgical steel ring, so thats what I picked out. There was a girl, next in line, who was getting three studs and a rook piercing. I had to wait about 45 minutes and I was getting more nervous by the second. Finally it was my turn. The artist led the way to the back room and sat me down in a dentist chair. The artist took a pack of sterile tools from a box, put on some gloves and unwraped the tools. He gave me a mirror and asked me where I would like the piercing. I showed him the spot and he marked it with a marker. Then he got some gauze and cotton balls and rubbed antiseptic and a tiny bit of iodine on the lobe. He got the ring and the needle ready. (the needle has a hole in the back. The end of the ring goes in the needle and when he makes the piercing, the needle gets pulled through and the ring is lready on your ear. Its made like that so the artist dosent have to fumble with the ring and take the chance of dropping it.) The artist took a pair of small tongs and grabbed my lobe. By then, my heart was pounding, but I was staring at a picture on the wall to get my mind off of the situation. The artist told me to take a deep breath and hold it, I did that, and then he told me to let half of it out, and when I did that, he made the piercing. It did'int hurt at all. It just felt warm because of the blood, but there was hardly any bleeding. He slipped the needle through, got the ring centered, and snapped on the bead. He wiped my ear off and gave me a handful of tissues and told me to keep pressure on it. I thanked him, bought a bottle of antiseptic, and went home. On the ride home it started to hurt but only as much as if someone was pinching the lobe. It took about three months to fully heal and now it feels like I was born with it. I'm really glad I did it. Its nice to be different from most people you see. I wont go into the details about cleaning it, because the studio you go to will give you that information, and usually you can call them if you have any questions or problems. I will give you some things to remember though: DO NOT LET ANYONE TOUCH YOUR PIERCING!! Very important!
Never clean the piercing with the following items:
Rubbing alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Iodine, Betadine, Clinidine, Hibiclens, or anything like Neosporin. If you use any of those to clean the pierceing, you run the risk of getting Keloiding, Granulomas, or worst of all, the pierced body part may die and fall off.
Taking a multi-vitamin supplement and taking 1000mg of Vitamin C in ascorbate form will help the healing process. Do everything the piercers tell you to do exactly. It's very easy to take care of an earlobe piercing, but if you mess it up, there can be dangerous side-effects.
Never take the piercing out until it has healed. If you need to hide it, just put a bandaid on it and say a cat scratched you or something similar :-Þ In my opinion it is best to start with an ear piercing and work your way up from that, because eyebrow, lip, and other piercings can hurt a lot more and its nice to learn how to handle the pain. There are a lot of rules, but its well worth it. Have Fun! If you want to ask me a question, my e-mail address is email@example.com , but remember, I'm not a profesional piercer and it would be better to ask the people who do that for a living.
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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 30 Aug. 1999
in Ear Piercing