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Self done lip ring

One day, my cousin had mentioned to me that she thought it was cool to get a lip ring. I had only had my ears done twice, and two piercings in my cartilage, but i thought it was a cool idea for her. After a while I kept thinking more and more about it, and thought it would be pretty cool to get it done for myself too. I had had friends that had their nose pierced, and belly button pierced, but never lip. I figured it was something different to try.

When i decided I wanted to get my lip pierced, and i had total permission from my mom. She said when she was young, she wished she could get her nose pierced, but it really wasn't the 'style' and her mother wouldn't let her. I was 15 at the time, and my 16th birthday was in 3 months or so. We went to two different piercing parlors and they wouldn't do it, because of the new law that you have to be 16, even with a parent. I had no idea about that law at the time, and my friends had recently gotten pierced at the same place i tried to go to, so it must have been a recent change. On the way home i debated, should I just wait till I could get it done professionally? Or should I just do it myself? My adrenaline was already up, because I had thought I was going to get it done that night. I finally decided I'd just do it and get it over with, and that in the end it would be worth it. I wasn't really squeamish about it or anything, so I figured it would be fine.

So I went to Hot Topic, bought a pack of lip rings, and went home to pierce it. Before that, I had done my cartilage and ears by myself. I used a needle. OF course I sterilized everything because I knew that was very important. I had read online that the lip ring was the 'hardest' to get infected, because your mouth fights bacteria itself, but I wasn't going to take any chances anyway, and made sure everything was sterilized properly. I pierced it from the front and then around to the inside of the lip. Later I learned that I probably should have started the needle inside, and ran it out through the outside, but that didn't make much of a different in the appearance or putting the ring in. it didn't hurt as bad as i thought it would. It swelled a little bit once I was done. It was also a little red, but i figured that was normal for the first couple days.

As I tried to sleep that night I got kind of paranoid. If it did get infected, should I take it out or not? I read that you shouldn't because it will close up the infection in your lip. I put my worries aside and told myself I wouldn't think about it unless I had to in a few days. If it was very red and swollen, I'd get it checked out if I needed to. It ended up that I didn't though, it was fine.

A few days later it looked great. Some people said the ring was too big for my mouth, but i didn't care. I thought it looked good. In school I must have gotten at least 20 times 'did it hurt?' And i didn't lie. It hurt for me, but I'm not the best with pain. I even got , 'Do you feel more bad ass with that?' That one made me laugh. About a month or so later I did change it to a stud for a few weeks. For me it just wasn't the same because I was so used to the ring, so I decided to change it back. The hardest part of it all for me, was getting the ring completely closed once it was on my lip. If it wasn't 100% closed, it would just fall right out. A friend tightened it for me and it's been fine since.

Since then I've pierced my Monroe by myself as well. I let it close up because the ball of the Monroe fell out, and a couple weeks later decided to do it again. That's what hurt the most was re-piercing it, so I'd advise not to do that. I would say go for it, as long as you know what you're doing, and sterilize everything. It does hurt getting it from the size of a needle, to a 14g lip ring, but if it's what you want the pain isn't much.

I love lip rings, and I think that this is completely worth doing



submitted by: Anonymous
on: 09 May 2008
in Lip Piercing

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