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DIY lip

I've never had good luck when it comes to appointments. A year ago when I first pierced the right side of my lip, I went through three piercer emergencies and cancellations before I actually managed to get the procedure done. Again this summer when I went to get my first tattoo, my best friend who I was going with came down with the flu two days before we were scheduled and it had to be put off a week or so. I'm used to the disappointment. Needless to say, when my best friend called me the day before we were to get our piercings and told me her head cold was too bad for her to go in to get the other side of her nose pierced; I really wasn't all that surprised. Could I have gone by myself? Sure, but I'm much more into group excursions to the local parlor as I tend to get far too anxious when I'm alone. Both times I went by myself have resulted in poor decisions. When I first turned 18, I went in, looked around, and left, too afraid to have a needle shoved through my body (inte nded tragus) and the other time, still newly 18, I went in for a high nostril and second guessed myself until I changed my mind and opted for two standard nostril piercings which I didn't really want in the first place. It's definitely a complex of mine, and so I wanted to go with someone to make sure I didn't make any stupid decisions last minute again. I'm fairly certain over a year later I would have been fine on my own, but for me, I definitely prefer not to go alone.

By this point in my life, I've had my fair share of piercings (1/2"lobe, 9/16"lobe, 8 standard ear piercings, ear cartilage, nose, septum, and a retired lip piercing) but nothing gets me more excited that the idea of some new metal. I had been longing for a lip piercing literally since the day I had had my septum pierced (by Kelly at Body Jewelry) and now, months later, was growing rather impatient. I was still a bit concerned about the amount of metal that this would mean would be in my face, as I work in retail and need to look presentable, as my boss puts it, but it was something I really wanted, and nothing was going to stop me. Anyhow, there I was, anxious, a little irritated with my friend, and just itching to get a new piercing; and that's when, while cleaning my room, I stumbled across my piercing needles.

About a year ago I had ordered a few sterilized 14g needles to pierce my cartilage, and I had entirely forgotten about them since. Note: Now, I know everyone says this, but it really is important to not pierce yourself if you don't know what you are doing or don't have the proper supplies. Even the most knowledgeable person can make a lot of mistakes if they were to pierce themselves or a friend with a sewing needle or a safety pin. Anyhow, I knew I needed this piercing now, and who better to do it than me? I'd pierced for a few friends (and myself) before so I wasn't really too freaked out about the whole thing. The only professional piercings I've had, actually, were all done by Kelly (who I highly recommend) and I have since moved over an hour away, and honestly, I wasn't too in to the idea of finding a new piercer; I was too caught up in the moment. I found the ring that I had been pierced with the first time, cleaned it in boiling water and again with some rubbing alcoho l, marked the spot where I wanted my piercing, and grabbed the clamps. This was definitely the worst part as I had never before pierced myself anywhere that had required clamps, and I hadn't really foreseen how much of a hassle they would be to hold in place while pushing a needle through my face. After a few deep breaths and attempts stopped short to steady my always shaky hands, I carefully pushed the needle through, put my new jewelry in, and popped an aspirin, just to reduce any potential swelling. Just as the time I had my lip professionally pierced, there was very little pain or discomfort as soon as the clamps were removed.

A week later, the piercing looks great. I've been following the litha method in addition to sea salt soaks daily, and haven't had any complications. I do again just want to stress that self piercing with an earring stud and a safety pin is a stupid idea. Honestly, self piercing at all, even with proper equipment probably isn't the greatest idea in the world. I was lucky not to have any problems with any of my DIY piercings, and if you aren't completely sure of what you are doing, you should always go to a professional.


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 11 Nov. 2008
in Lip Piercing

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