tongue web experience
tongue web experience
This is the story of my tongue web piercing. I'm a 19 -year-old female
who has always been interested in body modifications of all kinds. However, this combined with very strict parents who hate that sort of thing makes for a very unhappy time. I got my first piercing (with the exception of the three holes in each ear - one self done.) When I was away for senior week the summer after graduating high school, I got a 16 ga. Eyebrow piercing without even mentioning it to my parents beforehand, I just came home with it. Needless to say they were very unhappy but since I had paid "all that money for it," they let me keep it. They then made the comment, "but no more!"
This brings us to the tongue web piercing. I didn't really want this
done, I really wanted my tongue itself done (and still do) but I had pleaded with my parents and they said absolutely not. I visited BME and saw the pictures of tongue web piercings and realized that my parents would never see that, and it's still something to take care of that pesky oral fixation that I have. I decided to go that weekend. It was my best friend's birthday and I was going to buy her a tongue piercing so I figured we could go through it together.
We had a 40 minute drive to the place we were going, Totem Tattoo, and
on the way we ate down a few Advil to keep the swelling down. I recommend this highly. It keeps the swelling to a minimum and reduces the pain itself. We arrived at our destination and told the piercer what we wanted done. She then took us in the back room and asked who wanted to go first. My friend wanted to so I let her. It was almost my turn and the piercer told me to go rinse with listerine and get up on the table. She told me everything she was doing before she did it and showed me the new needle in its package. She pulled out this little pieced of metal from a plastic pouch and dipped it in a blue ink. She had me stick my tongue up on the roof of my mouth as far as I could and then she put the marks on my web and asked me what I thought of the placement. It looked fine to me. She then had to clamp it which was a bit uncomfortable, being as it kept slipping off the web itself. Since it is such a thin area, the hemostat really didn't have much to grab on too. It pinched a little bit, but not too bad I thought, I could deal with it. She prepared herself with the needle and cork and told me to place my tongue as far against the roof of my mouth as I could. She then told me to take a deep breath in and as soon as I was done exhaling, it would be over. She was right! It wasn't bad at all. Just uncomfortable. She had to let go of the needle for a few seconds until she got the ring, this was bothersome being as the needle was very long and it had a piece of cork stuck on the end of it. Still not too bad though. Nothing unbearable. Here's the but . . . But, getting the ring in (18 ga CBR ) was a problem. Not painful, just very uncomfortable, being as she had to have both of her hands in my mouth at the same time. There was a lot of fumbling and cursing, but a minute or two and this was over. The ring was in. Now came the ball. That was tough too, it kept slipping out of her hands and the fact that my tongue was just refusing to stay on the roof of my mouth for another second didn't help much. She did get it on though and used a pliers-looking thing to clamp the ring closed tightly. She told me it was in and said I could look at it. I got up very slowly (as I wasn't sure if my footing was going to be stable or if I was going to be all shaky . . . but I was fine) and walked over to the mirror. I was thrilled. Nice positioning and not much pain at all. Life couldn't be better!
It wasn't bad at all. We paid our bill and left. Our first stop was a
convenience store for a cup of ice to suck on. That night it was a little hard to talk and it swelled up a bit, again, nothing too bad. I have a few recommendations for the first few days . . . most important, no gum. Trying to chew gum was just about the biggest mistake I ever made. I had no Idea how much that involves moving your tongue. The second big thing is that when you eat, try to eat things that won't get stuck in your teeth because you really can't touch your tongue to your back teeth at all. It sends waves of pain through your mouth and you'll catch on very quickly not to try it.
Listerine is your best friend. It is very important to use it often.
Not full strength, but diluted about 50%. I found that was great for me. (Another little hint . . . the green kind isn't that bad . . . just don't buy the plain old Listerine cause that's just nasty.) Gly-Oxide was also wonderful. It doesn't taste that bad and you can tell it's doing something by the way it bubbles. It's kind of like peroxide for your mouth. Great stuff. I used it twice a day, in the morning after I used the Listerine and at night before I went to bed. The last thing that I recommend is rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. It might be disgusting, but it works wonders. It truly helps to speed up the healing process. Be sure to continue using some sort of anti-plaque rinse (like listerine or Plax) because I cannot believe the amount of plaque that will build up if you don't. I let it go for a little while after it was all healed up and I had so much plaque on the ring I was sure I was going to have to take it out for good. Luckily it came off and it's shiny as new now.
I got my web piercing just about nine months ago and I still have it.
Very little migration and my parents still haven't seen it! I play with it all the time and can't wait until I can get my tongue itself pierced. I will turn 20 in a few weeks and the same friend who I bought the tongue piercing for is buying me a nipple ring . . . I'll let you know how that turns out!
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 15 Feb. 1999
in Tongue Piercing