Hey guys! How's your Easter holidays going? I would love to hear what you've been up to in the comments below. I've done quite a few different things over the holidays so far like going to the cinema and going on far too many shopping trips! But I would have to say the most exciting thing that has happened this half term, is when I got my cartilage pierced on Monday. I've wanted this piercing for so so long now and I was so happy when my mum said that I was allowed to finally get it! In the place I went to, they didn't allow me to take any photos inside the shop or whilst I was getting the piercing done, probably for their location and security purposes, so for that reason I cannot tell you where I got my piercing done but I will be sharing with you my overall experience.
Before I actually got the piercing done, of course there was all the legal stuff like the forms and medical stuff that I had to fill out. They gave me this mini aftercare talk and the solution for my ear which I will talk about later. When I went inside the piercing room the lady was really nice and kinda talked me through what is going to happen and how it all works. Then she cleaned my ear with two mini sterile wipes to get the surface of my ear all clean before the piercing actually took place. She took out this blue pen, that was used for marking on skin and asked me to point to whereabouts I wanted the piercing. A really small dot was made on my ear and she asked me if that was okay, whether I wanted it higher or lower. The position in which she had marked out was perfect so we went on to the actual piercing.
Now, I'm not one who likes needles too much, but this was okay. I had to lay down on my side for the piercing to be done. The lady lined up the needle with the little dot she had made previously on my cartilage and asked me to take a deep breath in and then let it out slowly. (I already knew what the whole procedure would be like after watching countless YouTube videos on how it's done!) So I took a moment to calm myself a bit and then took a breath in....and it was done! Then all that was left to do was put the jewellery in. I initially wanted to get the piercing done with a hoop, but they advised it to be done with a stud because the ear is more likely to be infected when it is pierced with a hoop. Anyways she popped in the backing and then screwed on the little ball on the front and the piercing was all finished!
It wasn't as painful as I thought it would be! If the pain factor is the only thing holding you back from getting a cartilage type of piercing then don't worry! Honestly, I am quite sensitive to needles and I found the procedure absolutely fine. I'm not going to lie, having a needle pushed through your ear isn't exactly the most comforting feeling in the world, but it's not awful. When the needle goes in the ear, the best analogies I can make is that it's a bit like the feeling of getting an injection in your ear, or, like a little pin prick. My ear did feel it little bit warm after the needle went in but it was bearable. I would rate the piercing part a 3/10 pain wise. You would think putting the jewellery in would be the most pain-free part, but for me, it was the bit that hurt that hurt the most. I would rate it a 4 or 5/10 as it kinda made me jump a little when the jewelley went in; it felt a bit like a little pop in my ear but it was over quite quickly. (Hehehe!) But really it wasn't too bad, for the pain of the overall piercing, I would say it's a 4/10. As for the pain afterwards, for me personally, it only hurt for a couple of hours then it was fine. It's only a bit tender if I sleep on it or when I'm cleaning it.
Now aftercare is probably the most important part. They told me that it would take at least 3 months for the piercing to fully heal, which means I cannot remove the jewellery until that time is up. To ensure that the piercing heals up well and is kept dirt-free, I have to clean it twice a day, morning and night. I just pop two drops of the solution onto a cotton bud and just clean around the earring on the front and the back. That's all there is to the aftercare really apart from the obvious things like trying not to knock it about or touching the ear surface without washing your hands.
So if you're debating getting a piercing or not, I hope this post helped you out a bit! If you are having trouble convincing parents, just give it some time, they will come round eventually and if not then you could show them this post and then they may feel more comfortable about the idea! Anyways, I shall speak to you all next week!
P.S: So this was the most exciting thing that happened to me over the holidays so far, what's yours? Byesies! Xxxxx