9 August 2011

~ My Scaffold Piercing ~

So around a week ago i went to have my ear scaffold piercing done because i thought that it looks very unique and suits my ear shape quite well. A few years ago, i was really into ear piercings and had multiple of them on each year~ but due to laziness and loss of interest in putting all the earrings in; most of them have closed up.

I have had before a cartilage piercing and that was painful and sore even after a few months, but it eventually healed and i could change the jewellery, so i was a bit hesitant about getting this scaffold piercing done, since its 2 piercings through the cartilage and then placing a bar through.

So this is what my ear looked like with the piercing:

(This photo was taken around 1 hour after the procedure)
~ Jewellery i have in: Titanium 1.6 x 34 ~

D e t a i l s  of   t h e   e x p e r i e n c e :

I went to a reliable and experienced Tattoo and piercing studio as i know that they can be trusted and the piercer there would know what they were doing. Initially, i wanted my piercing to be on my left ear~ but after close examination, the piercer said that it wasn't suitable because my cartilage was too thin and didn't curve round enough to support the bar. However, she said that my right ear was very suitable for the piercing, so i was happy with that and went ahead.
- I had to sign a form to give permission for them to go ahead with the piercing.

She used a cocktail stick to show me the angle that the bar would be inserted to confirm with me. Next she told me to lay down on my side while she got the equipment ready. At this point, i was really nervous and just wanted it to be over asap!
Ok, so she told me to take a deep breath and as i breathed out~ she inserted the needle through the top of my ear first. To my surprise, it actually didn't hurt that much~ i would give it a pain rating of 3/5 for that~ a slight discomfort and i felt pressure on my ear. Next she went onto pierce the second hole~ and i must admit that this one hurt a little more than the first, maybe because all the blood will be already rushed to the ear from the first piercing. Pain rating for second hole would be 4/5~ still bearable and not the most painful i've experienced. 

Everybody's pain tolerance varies, so my pain ratings are just from my experience~ The bar was inserted and i looked in the mirror, and i was pleased with the results.
Overall, for the piercing i paid £40 which included the titanium barbell which i thought was really worth it, knowing i know i can go back anytime if i have any problems with it. The piercer was also very nice and went through all the aftercare information and gave me advice to ensure the healing process goes accordingly~

After 2 or 3 days, there was practically no more discomfort and burning sensation but still tender to touch and sleep on. The piercer informed me that the piercing would take approximately 12 weeks to be fully healed.

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