10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting A Piercing

When I studied abroad in London, I accompanied a couple of friends to a tattoo and piercing parlor in Camden. While one was confident about getting her septum piercing, the other was so nervous about getting her nostril pierced that I was convinced that she would either run out of the shop or throw up before the process was over. Miraculously, despite her fears of unbearable pain and crusty infections, she went through with it and it looked great. As I sat in the waiting room, I couldn’t help but wonder what I’d look like with a nose piercing. It was one of the first times I seriously considered it and to this day a part of me still wants one.

But piercings are no joke! I got my ears pierced when I was a baby so I don’t remember any of the pain associated with it. I’ve got a high pain tolerance, but I’m still pretty scared! So if you’re like me and are toying with the idea of getting some more piercings, here are 10 things to consider before going under the needle.


Do you have any piercings anywhere other than your earlobes? What would you recommend before getting another piercing? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Kristen

    I have my ears, my industrial, my cartilage, and my belly button pierced. Even to this day I sometimes get infections due to the metal of certain earrings. I’m allergic to Nickel, so I try to find earrings or any jewelry for that matter that doesn’t contain Nickel.

    I would love to have my lip and nose pierced, but unfortunately, I am in health care and they don’t like that to well. 🙁

  • Rachel

    I’ve wanted my septum pierced for about a year, so obviously really thought about it. However, my mum won’t let me as it will “make my face look horrible and manish”. My friend said it would really suit me though. I’ve explained to my mum that I could always flip it up if she doesn’t want me to show it off to the family and if I decide against it its not like it will leave a noticeable scar, plus I’m in college now so there’s no rules against piercings. It’s just frustrating as there’s no real reason as to why I shouldn’t get one.

  • Jenn

    Do you turn green when you wear rings? Some people are not able to tolerate having a foreign object in their bodies– not just a metal allergy.

  • Aisling

    I’ve had about 3 piercings.

    I got my ears done when I was 7 and it was horrible! My ears swelled up and it got crusty and I cleaned it and everything, but the years went on and it didn’t bother me anymore.

    Then I started college when I was 18 and got a nose ring cause I really wanted one, but let me warn you.. they aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nose rings don’t really ever fully heal so if you leave it out for long periods of time, they’re hard to get back in even after the “healing” time. I had to always have a shower in order to get mine back in. Another draw back is that it made me really sick. Having a foreign object in my nose made it so my body couldn’t fight off bacteria as well. It messed with my sinus passage and I was literally sick for 4 months coughing up crud and blowing my nose (which isn’t pleasant with a nose ring either) and all sorts of unpleasant unnecessary drama. O and when your sick, stuff builds up on your nose ring and you have to scrap it off or it makes it hard and even more painful to get out of your nose.

    So I ultimately took it out because my major called for me to no longer have one. As soon as it was gone, I’ve barely been sick! It was a miracle!

    Now recently I got my ears pierced a second time. This was easy compare to the other 2 and it actually made me want to get another hole. So piercings are cool, but be warned, they do come with complications.

    • aud

      You have a metal allergy.
      Seriously… go get some allergy testing done

  • Emily

    I’d really like a nose ring, but my parents would never let me

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  • Joyce

    I want my lip, belly button and ears but I’ve had a piercing but I am allergic :'(

    • Randii

      As a person that is allergic to many metals, I feel your pain! That being said, I’m riddled with holes! It’s all about finding a metal that you’re not allergic to. Many jewelry pieces can also be made from rubber or plastic!!
      Remember, you’re not allergic to the piercing you’re allergic to the jewelry, but it is possible for a piercing to reject! Look for the signs of allergy and rejection reactions before you get pierced!

    • Julia

      You’re probably allergic to certain metals…so FORGET Claire’s and the mall. Have you ever tried going to a tattoo/piercing shop? I would highly suggest it and get titanium jewelry! I still have many problems with the ear piercings I got at Claire’s, but my others are great!

    • Bailz

      It might just be the metals that you’re allergic to. I used to have a ‘reaction when I had certain earrings in, but surgical steel never does. And if surgical steel still bothers you, then try titanium rings.

    • aud

      Find out what metals you are allergic to… I’m allergic to nickel, which, it turns out is pretty common.
      ALWAYS avoid Claire’s or any place that does piercing with a gun. Go to a proper piercing place where the people are properly trained. As an added bonus … most of those places use super high quality metals to pierce, so you’re less likely to have a reaction.

      I’ve had my belly button, nose and tongue all pierced with no problems. My ears were problematic because they were done
      a) with a gun and b) before I knew I had a specific metal allergy.
      Don’t rely on people who are like stainless steel is the safest – It’s NOT. It can still have huge amounts of impurities. Do your research.