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    Dec 31, 2007 2:05 AM GMT
    So i'm planning on getting the upper ridge of my right ear and left lobe done...

    Is there anything I should be made aware of from personal experience to look out for?

    Hopefully my ears wont fall off...haha
  • swimbikerun

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    Dec 31, 2007 3:37 AM GMT
    Be patient. My earring piercing never came in properly because I took the stud out too soon.
  • Artesin

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    Dec 31, 2007 4:31 AM GMT
    Ear piercings are relatively easy and quite trivial, no piercer should mess up on them. I recommend if your getting them pierced DO NOT go somewhere that they use guns such as claires go see professionals that have a body piercing license at your local tattoo parlor. The needles they use will make a tunnel through your flesh instead of a needle gun which pushes tissue to the side and increases the chance of infection/hypertrophic scarring. For cleaning I would recommend using warm salt water or 1 part peroxide with 4 parts water though peroxide is not the best thing to have in your blood stream so you may want to use saline instead. If you can, see if your parlor will use a titanium/Teflon stud, CBR (captive bead ring) or horeshoes, both are much safer than basic surgical steel. I wouldn't go anywhere where the piercer has little to no body mods, it just shows that they aren't really into what they do.
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    Jan 01, 2008 6:48 AM GMT
    -keep your hair and bed clean and try to avoid sleeping on it

    -don't play with it, moving the jewelery can draw bacteria into the hole (remember that it's a wound)

    -do not remove the jewelery unless a piecer says so, so if there's any irritation go see one before you act on it
    (i'd see a piercer before going to a doctor because you're getting free advice before you have to pay for it and you may not have to do much to alleviate your problem)

    -clean with saline solution (or boiled water w/ a pinch of salt) and a q-tip, nothing else. if you've got "crusties" (dried blood/lymph discharge) soak them in solution and wipe off gently

    re:death dodge, going to a piercer that doesn't have many piercings doesn't indicate their skill or experience, it's a personal choice. and needles also push the skin to the side as a gun does, it just does it without the trauma that a gun causes by forcing itself into the skin using a blunt object.
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    Jan 01, 2008 7:47 AM GMT
    I have five earrings. Both lobes, my helix on my left side (what you are calling the cartilage ridge, a conch on my left side and a daith on my right side.

    Forget this sea salt shit for cleaning. The best thing you can use to clean a new piercing is dial anti-bacterial soap. clean the piercing 1-2 times a day while in the shower. let the water run over the piercing for a 1-2 minutes to wash away any crusties, apply some soap and make sure to rinse thoroughly. and you should clean your piercing last in the shower after you have shampooed and conditioned and anything else. you dont want any extraneous product left on the piercing.

    As for where to get this done. go to a piercer. I personally go to venues by maria tash in NYC but that doesnt seem like an option for you. I have been pierced by Maria herself, and by Meg there who is also amazing. Meg has lots of body mods (tattoos all over, tregus piercings and a pair of conches, plus stretched lobes). Maria on the other hand had dainty little ear piercings and a daith and nothing else taht I can remember. She used to have stretched lobes from what she told me. The number of body mods says nothing about your piercer other than their personal taste. I dont care how many piercings my piercer has because guess what it is far and few between the piercer who pierces themself especially for more intricate piercings. It would just not be smart, so anything they have is not an indication of their workmanship or dedication to the craft.

    Go to a piercer who will use a hallow needle and not a gun. I made the gun mistake with my helix (16 years old) and my first ear lobe (15 yrs old). when I went to a piercer to get my other lobe done (Maria Tash) she spent the time to make sure that the two would be even and at the same angle etc.. which one cannot do with a gun. When Maria did my conch she went out of her way after I payed for a basic steel cbr to give me a gold one because she didnt like the way that the steel ring looked and they didnt have anymore steel in the store (gold is considerably more expensive). that is a sign of a piercer who cares and who knows what they are doing. Talk to your piercer before you decide anything. a good place will talk to you about what you are going to do and what you want and spend time with you. anyone who tries to rush you is not things is not worth your business. When I got my daith done I had actually gone in looking to get a rook but I am much happier with my daith then I would have been with a rook, and thats because they took the time to talk to me and give me options and work things out.
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    Jan 01, 2008 7:50 AM GMT
    also Death dodge: many cartilage piercings are commonly considered the most painful piercings to get, so I would not say that they are trivial. additionally they are easily the hardest of all piercings to heal, because of the lack of blood flow in cartilage.

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    Jan 02, 2008 12:25 AM GMT
    kellzor, how you clean your piercing is how these methods react to your body. i use salt soaks because i believe it's more sanitary than other methods

    -each preparation you make is a one time use (if you're preparing it yourself, other method is using saline solution for contacts)
    -a mild salt soak has no additives/chemicals
    -you can adjust the salt/water ratio if you feel that it's irritating the piercing
    -not many people are allergic to salt
    -salt is good for blood coagulation, stimulation and protein building

    antibacterial soap has chemicals and if in bar form is usually left out in the open when not in use and not properly sanitized. peroxide is too harsh for your body as it doesn't allow your body to push out the bacteria (it eats it away). topical creams are the biggest no no as it can harbor bacteria and aren't suited for open wound healing.

    so go with what the piercer says and if it doesn't work, go back and discuss the other options you have.
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    Jan 02, 2008 12:44 AM GMT
    It's been a while since I've gotten my ears done, and I can't really remember what I did with them, but when I got my nasal septum, I used bactine and q-tip and it seemed to heal fine. And whatever you do, don't use Neosporin or anything like that... it is not good for a piercing.
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    Jan 04, 2008 12:17 PM GMT
    i forgot to mention this, when working out squirt a bit of water onto your piercing to wash away some of the sweat and after a workout always clean it thoroughly.

    so stupid to forget to mention that lol