Helix at 13
When I first asked my parents for permission to get my helix pierced, like most parents, their answer was an adamant 'NO.' They didn't want their innocent little daughter getting holes rammed in her ears for the sake of wearing jewelry in them.
But of course, after months of persuasion, writing an essay, and bringing up the topic in good timing, I won them over. :)
So today, me and my dad jumped over to Dermagraphic Osmosis Tattoo and Piercing in Richmond after breakfast to get my cartilage pierced. We walked in and I immediately noticed that the shop was very clean and looked very professional. It was pretty much empty except for this one guy waiting on the couch to get a tattoo. I told the guy at the counter what I wanted, and because I was underage my dad and I needed to show our IDs. He gave me some forms to sign, and told us to have a seat to wait while the piercer cleaned up.
My dad's friend had came along with us because her original lobe piercings had closed up. She had to go first, because she was in a hurry. While she was in there, I was pacing around, I was just so nervous!
Another thing that was different about getting my lobes gunned at Claire's when I was a kid ( bad choice, I know ) was the time it took. At Claire's, they just asked you what you wanted, cleaned your ear, BANG BANG, gave you a little pamphlet and a bottle of Claire's Ear Care, and they sent you on your way. I saw how the piercer took a long time to talk to my dad's friend about aftercare, placing, angles and general stuff. It was 20 minutes or so after she went in before they started the actual piercing!
Finally, it was my turn. I walked into the piercing room and my first thought was that it looked just like a dentist's operating room, except for the pictures and stuff plastered everywhere. My piercer and I had a little talk, where she explained to me the aftercare procedure and the usual stuff that goes on during the piercing. She was really nice about everything, knew the answers to all my questions and kept on cracking jokes. I asked her what the standard size for cartilage piercings were, and she told me 14 gauge, although I could get pierced at 16 gauge if I wanted to. But I decided on 14 ga because if I got it pierced at that, I could wear 16 or 18 ga earrings in it, but if I got it pierced at 16 ga, I couldn't wear 14 ga jewelry in it.
Then she finally started the actual piercing! She slapped on some clean gloves, and first spread some blue-ish stuff on my ear to sterilize it, and wiped it off after a minute or so. She dipped a toothpick in ink and dotted my ear in several places, telling me to choose one. After I chose a good spot, she took the piercing needle out of its sealed package. She told me to take a few deep breaths, and started to push the needle in. It hurt SO MUCH, like someone was burning your ear. But haha, maybe I'm just not as tolerable to pain as some people are. She had a little container to the back of my ear to catch the needle in as it came out, so it wouldn't fall to the ground. I was so relieved when I heard the little 'clink' indicating the landing of the needle.
She then immediately slipped in the ring, which didn't hurt as much as the needle going in, surprisingly. I read a lot of stories here on BME beforehand and I was expecting it to hurt a lot more.
It started to bleed a little bit, so my piercer got some tissues out and applied pressure to my newly pierced hole for a little while. After it stopped, she screwed the bead on, cleaned it up a little, talked to me a bit more about the aftercare, the healing stages and the do's and donts, and I was on my way. I walked back outside to the waiting room to show my dad (who was fast asleep), I chose out some additional jewellery, paid and left.
I couldn't stop looking at it in every mirror I saw! It was just so pretty :D The blood is crusting around it a bit, but my piercer told me it was normal and would come off when I wash it tonight.
If your thinking about getting your helix pierced, I say go for it! It doesn't hurt THAT bad and it looks ridiculously awesome. The aftercare isn't that hard either. If you have any questions or comments or anything, feel free to email me! :)
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 28 Sept. 2008
in Ear Piercing