Hey there, Internet!
Back in March, I did a post about the bat scarification on my back, the time afterwards mainly was spent trying to fix my Pokémon sleeve tattoo (still not finished and happy with it but need a break). But this month I felt it was about time to get my nostril re-pierced so here’s about some of my piercings!
left: new nostril piercing, right: 2 lip (angel bites) & 3 tongue piercings on an xray
A few years ago I had 21 piercings, definitely not as many as some others but I think I still have some experience to share. Got rid of a few during the past few years though, if I miss them I can simply get them done again!
Even though I pierced my belly button (for example) by myself this is not something I can recommend. It is part of my job to know what kind of wound needs as treatment and also know about anatomy, needles of all kind and whatever might be required to do it without getting infections. Simply, don’t self-pierce! (Same with every other bodymodification)
Instead see a professional. There sadly are some piercing stores that call themselves professional and might or might not be interesting because you could save a bit of money but money should not be something to influence your decision of where to get your piercing done. Instead take a closer look, maybe you know somebody who went there and has some thoughts to share. Maybe even more important than years of experience (well, everyone has to start somewhere and some already know what they are doing after a short time or learned from an experienced piercer) is hygienics, you want the piercing to be done properly but you also want it to start without an infection. Also anything else that makes you feel bad at the store might be a hint of better seeing a different piercer.
Pain is something every piercing will bring, some more, some less and probably everyone feels different about it. To me the only piercings that felt bad were the nostril (see, funny enough that is the only piercing I now got done for the 4th time) and the 3cm bar I had under my belly button.
The healing process may vary as well, depending on the location of the piercing and on your skin. I usually clean mine with mull (Avoid Cotton pads, you might get tiny fibers in your piercing wound) covered in Octenisept (antiseptic for wounds) twice a day (Piercers often say Prontolind would be better because it has some ingredients that will help healing which Octenisept does not have – I have not tried that) and then add a thin layer of Bepanthen (Panthenol), for sleeping times and moments I would risk to touch it with my fingers or clothes I add a patch. Please keep in mind that piercing wounds might look like they are fully healed from the outside but might still be a wound under the skin so definitely listen to your piercer on how long to keep on intensive cleanings or not to change jewelry.
Infections still might happen, due to bacterias or fibers in the wound, pressure or your body simply rejecting the jewelry. Be careful if the skin turns red, hot, swells, pain gets more instead of less or if you think the seretion smells / looks similar to pus. If you are not sure how to properly clean and heal it again, see a professional, don’t risk a sepsis!
Do you consider yourself a piercing addict? Any piercings you love most or think are disgusting? Have a nice evening!