She finally said yes!
I have always wanted my tongue pierced, since I was about 10 or 11 years old. I don't know why I was always attracted to it, but I was. I turned 18 this summer, this is now December 07, and already have two tattoos and my belly button pierced. I started doing research, by visiting websites such as this one and reading good and bad experiences, which is very important to know what you are dealing with.
The first couple of conversations I had with my mom about it were pretty negative. She kept saying no because she thinks it looks trashy. My dad absolutely hates it and said I would be a lesbian if I did it. But one night I was sitting there reading more about it, and I started talking to my mom. It was about 9:00 pm. Well I finally convinced her!!
We got in the car and drove to the tattoo place. It closed at 10:00 and I got there at about 9:30, right when they stop piercing. I went in, filled out the paperwork which took about 30 seconds, showed her my license, and went into the back room. My mom had my camera and recorded the whole thing.
I sat down and she had me rinse with mouthwash. After spitting it out, she told me to stick out my tongue and she drew a dot of I think ink on it and told me to swallow. So I did. Then I stuck it back out and she said, "Well you have a vein underneath here, so I'm going to try and miss it." I was glad she could do it even though I had a vein there. Anyway, she dotted underneath my tongue, dried my tongue off again, and grabbed the clamp. She clamped my tongue, opened up the needle out of the seal it was in (this is very important that your piercer does this as to avoid things such as hepatitis. know your piercer and make sure they are CLEAN) and said, "okay, I'm going to need you to breathe in for me and...breathe out." Right when I exhaled she stuck the needle in from top to bottom through the clamp, grabbed the bar that was the actual jewelry, and followed the needle from top to bottom and screwed in the bottom ball. All in all I'd say the piercing itself took about 30 seconds, maybe even less.
After the piercing, I stuck out my tongue to show my mom, and the piercer said, "Don't stick out your tongue." Just in case it got caught on my teeth, which happened to me.
Oh and I should mention to anyone wanting to get their tongue pierced, take something for anti-inflammatory. I took a 600 MG ibuprofen before I left and felt relatively little pain.
As for the piercing itself, it felt about the same as a belly button. I had my cartilage pierced on both sides but developed keloids and had to take them out and get the keloid chopped off. That's a horror story for another day. But the cartilage piercing and afterward hurt WAYYY more than a tongue piercing. Tattoos hurt SO much more than piercings...if you have a tattoo I think you can handle pretty much anything.
So right, I got out of the room, stood there as she was explaining aftercare to me, and she asked me if I was okay. I was like, "Uhh..yeah?" And about 10 seconds later I felt EXTREMELY dizzy. I think it was probably because of all the blood rushing back to my head and I probably held my breath the whole time until she actually told me to breathe. i was very nervous! I have read about people passing out after it, so just remember to breathe. So I took a seat on the couch. The piercer said I turned very white and she went and got me some water. I chilled for about five minutes maybe and got back up and she finished explaining it to me. I paid her, and me and my mom left. I even drove, so that goes to show you that it was okay and not too painful.
Right now I'm at about a week afterward. I would say that yes, there is a little pain. Contrary to popular belief, tongue piercings do NOT bleed all that badly. Mine didn't bleed period. My belly button bleeds more. Since I got it pierced at night, I didn't really have that couple hours of the piercing feeling first, but what I can tell you is that it was ANNOYING and a TRIP to feel it in my mouth.
I don't know about anybody else, but my tattoos and my piercings feel like they're a part of me or that they've always been there.
I was talking regular pretty much except for my R's and S's and L's, you get the idea. I wasn't talking all that great, but I could communicate, so that's all that mattered. You're not even really supposed to talk, so don't worry about it.
Extra strength tylenol was my friend the first couple of days. I was eating solid food, and it just takes a while. Like I said to my mom, it confused me. It cost me 60 bucks total, that's including tip, I think 55 for the piercing itself.
For healing I have been doing a sea salt mixture with water 4-5 times a day, before bed and after I eat, and definitely when I wake up. It was sore when I woke up...Have you ever had like, a canker sore and kind of bit it and made it even more sore? That's the best way I can explain it, only in the middle of your tongue. I think it was more of a hassle. But a week later, exactly a week later, I'm fine. I can talk 100% normally, the swelling is almost gone, and I'm getting ready to change to a 5/8 in. jewelry now.
Some of the things I read online that were false were that it would bleed a lot, that it hurt more than anything, that when I would talk the metal would clink against my teeth, that my tongue would swell up so I couldn't even breathe, and that I would DEFINITELY get an infection.
Tongue piercings, when taken care of properly, will not get an infection. Some people honestly are just big BABIES and can't handle the swelling that occurs for a couple of days afterward.
So all in all, I think it was a pleasant experience. I was eating steak two days later at my Grandpa's. It takes some getting used to, avoid playing with it and touching it and clicking it against your teeth, and try not to stick it out. Don't forget to take care of it!
To anyone wondering whether or not they should get one, I say do it if you want to. At worst you can take it out with minimal problems and probably no scars, and it will heal up very fast, I'm thinking within two days. Do your research too. Read MANY stories like this and take into consideration the bad ones as well. Don't listen to rumors though, and it would be a good idea to talk to your doctor.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 31 Jan. 2008
in Tongue Piercing