I have 6 ear piercings, five lobes done at Claire’s one helix at a pharmacist. All with guns. No problems. None. YOU also need to take care of your piercings as well. Use tea tree oil, it works a charm! My ears have never got infected, not even my helix! I love guns, I HATE the thought of having it done with a needle. All my piercings are FINE.
Welcome to the word of “I don’t give a flying rat fuck”. You got lucky. LUCKY. Guns are the absolute WORST way to get piercings done. You are not fucking livestock. You are not being branded. You are getting SURGICAL body modifications that need to be done and treated in a SURGICAL manner.
What did you think you were going to accomplish with this post? That I was going to just throw my hands in the air and say, “Oh well, gee if ONE person had gunned piercings and they came out OK, then they’re totally fine.” I’m not stupid, and I thoroughly don’t appreciate you thinking I am. The fact of the matter is, WORLDWIDE statistical data is against you.
Isolated incidents where complications fail to occur do not make the process any less bad.
When I was 8, I got my ears pierced at Claire’s. I had to remove them at one point. I think I played with them too much. Either way, they were infected. When I was 14-15, I tried to jam a earring stud through the old holes. Evidently I had scarring and couldn’t get it through. I went back to Claire’s again. Again I had issues. They never seemed fully healed. I went back again for two more holes. I tried to use Claire’s solution, hydrogen peroxide and alcohol to “heal” them. I got my tragus done with a needle at a studio but they didn’t explain to me proper procedures on how to care for it. I will never go to this studio ever again. I started to do the same thing I had been doing for a few years for every piercing. Nothing seemed to heal. My ex thought it was the metals. For my lobes, I only used Claire’s earrings. Out of high school, I just let them all go. They healed perfectly. It had been about four years since I let them all go. At this time I have learned how to take care of piercings/tattoos properly and how piercing guns are unsafe. I even told my sister-in-law not to go to Claire’s (they didn’t listen to me). I had been pondering trying once more except going to a professional this time with high-quality jewelry.
One of the girls that did my tattoo is also a piercer. I had told her about my issues when she was tattooing me. She also agreed it could be metals/gun issues. I went to her shop, even though she wasn’t able to do my piercing. The girl that did do my earlobes told me that I had thicker lobes which could explain the lack of healing since they would have been tight. It always seemed like the earrings were swelling around the metal and almost engulfing it sometimes. It made sense! We picked out high quality jewelry (implant grade titanium stud internally threaded) that had longer posts to allow swelling. She tried to taper it first but I had that scar tissue that prevented that. We re-pierced both ears. It didn’t hurt anymore than a gun did. Everything had been autoclaved and worked out very well. No random people watching on (like at most mall kiosks).
Yes, it was much more expensive than going to Claire’s but I’m pretty sure third time’s a charm. I feel confident that this one will work out much better. At this point, if my body starts rebelling, I will know it’s not what I did wrong. I had just thought for years my body wasn’t meant to have metal in it. I didn’t realize I was doing it all wrong! I didn’t realize how much I had missed earrings till I looked in the mirror at them. An hour after the piercing, the swelling is already down. I am so happy and glad that I went to a professional this time.