Some parents may react to your purchases by saying, “You needed that, like you needed a hole in your head!” But what if your purchase is a hole in your head? Before you get an extreme piercing, there may be some things you want to consider before going under the needle.
The first thing you need to ask yourself is why would it be a bad idea to have your friend give you a piercing with a sewing needle at 3 a.m. in the bathroom.
Risks of infection are high when getting a piercing even if it’s being done by a professional, so doing it at home doubles that risk. There is a complex system of nerves and veins that run through your entire body, so one wrong poke of a safety pin could paralyze half of your face. Overall, piercing at home is a bad idea and should never be done unless you, or someone you know, is trained to do piercings.
Another dreadful thing you’ll have to consider is what people will think of you. Many people have different opinions on piercings. Destiny Yanicko, a senior at McDowell, has her septum, tongue, philtrum (nicknamed the Medusa, is a piercing right above the lip, directly under your septum), and right side of her nose pierced. “I have people who think they’re absolutely disgusting and stupid, and I have people who think I look beautiful with them” says Yanicko. You shouldn’t let people’s opinions sway whether or not you decide to get a piercing that you personally want.
The care and maintenance of a piercing is another hard obstacle to think about. Junior at McDowell, Alyssa Parana, has her triple forward helix pierced. This is a piercing on the outer top rim of cartilage of the ear, called the helix. Parana explains that the piercing was very hard to take care of and maintain. “It takes six to twelve months to heal,” she says, “You have to spray it three times a day, and the spray can get in your ear. You can’t sleep on it, and it gets irritated easily.” Caring for a piercing is the most important part of getting it. Nobody wants to end up with an infection, especially in a sensitive spot.
A common fear is that extreme piercings will affect your future, in terms of getting jobs or getting into college. Yanicko doesn’t think that this is true. She says that she has spacers, that are clear, to put into her piercings for work, and she feels confident that she could hide her piercing all pretty easily if she had to.
One of the final things to think about before being pierced, is the pain factor. Make sure to do your research. Know the procedure that they are doing and the pain it might cause. Yanicko states that her philtrum piercing, which is right above the upper lip, was her most painful piercing, but that the others did not hurt at all.
“I think everyone should rock out piercings” she says, because after all, what’s another hole in your head?
As featured in the February 2017 edition of The Trojan Voice