Tongue Piercing: Week 1

Something I looked for a lot on the internet before getting my tongue pierced was a detailed day by day guide of what to expect. When it comes to piercings, I keep a close eye everyday during the healing process because despite following aftercare religiously, I am always looking out for infections and other problems. However, I couldn’t find what I was looking for so decided to make it myself! I understand that this may be a bit graphic for some people, but I wanted to give a detailed analysis of each day. Hopefully this will be something that people wanting to get their tongue pierced can use to decide whether it’s worth it or not, but please bear in mind that everyone is different and will react differently to a tongue piercing. I was very lucky with mine but that’s not to say I’ve been lazy with it either!

Day of piercing:
I actually feel so much better than I thought I was going to, the piercing itself was one of the worst I’ve ever had and it made my eyes water… Not something I’d ever want to go through again that’s for sure! However I took an ibroprofen before I went in so that seems to have kept swelling to a minimum. For the first hour or so I was dribbling a lot and had a lot of saliva in my mouth which was really uncomfortable. I can talk fine, I’m just struggling with making certain sounds. I’ve been taking ibroprofen and paracetamol in intervals to keep the swelling and pain down which has been really working. I just can’t eat anything but soup!

Day 1: 

Last night I slept with more pillows than I find comfortable because I’d read that overnight blood flows more freely so if your head is level with the rest of your body then your tongue will swell more. I’m so glad I did because my tongue was significantly more swollen this morning than it was when I went to sleep. I have the day off work today so I decided to see what I can and can’t eat. I tried porridge but it was too thick and needed too much effort on my part and the fruit smoothie/sorbet I made had too many pips in it to swallow comfortably. I ended up resorting to eating soup for all 3 meals. My dad took me to Sainsburys and I bought mash, jelly, ice pops and more soup! I couldn’t quite manage mash because it too thick, so I had even more soup for dinner tonight. I’m finding it easier to talk, but the bar feels uncomfortably long in my mouth so I’m scared to chew anything in case I accidentally bite it!!

Day 2:

Okay, I really hate this piercing today! Obviously I love the aesthetic, but I miss eating whatever I want whenever I want! I woke up this morning and as I do with every piercing I have, I went straight to my mirror to have a look at it. I stuck my tongue out to check around the holes and see if there was any swelling. I was happy with how it looked, but as soon as I put my tongue back in my mouth it began aching, so I think I’m going to have to be more careful with it in the morning! I couldn’t figure out what to eat before work so ended up smashing up a banana to line my stomach enough to take painkillers. By the end of today my mouth was aching from talking so much but I did manage to eat more today which was good. I just can’t wait to get this bar changed now!

Day 3: 

Today was similar to yesterday, nothing has changed! I still have an aching jaw now from all the talking I did today, but I found it much harder to eat solid food so resorted to soup for dinner. My dad and I are big fans of jelly so we had a midnight jelly snack which not only cools my tongue down but is easy to eat – a perfect treat right now! I noticed a white bump starting to form next to the top hole and started worrying, it looked like a white head you’d see on your face! However, after speaking to and sending pictures of it to my friend who is an oral surgery nurse, she assured me that it was something called “hang skin” and is completely normal. So I’m going to sleep well tonight knowing my tongue is in tip top condition!

Day 4:

Today was the worst pain I’ve felt since the actual piercing. My tongue felt like it was about a stone heavier and the size of Africa, but it hasn’t swelled at all! I think I took less painkillers today than I have so far so felt the worst of the aching. I was absolutely starving all day and so ordered a freezing cold banana honey smoothie whilst at work and it helped, to a certain extent. I felt much better, however, when I got to my friend Lauren’s house, because I attempted and succeeded at eating some chicken and potatoes – the first real food I’ve eaten in 5 days! I also had some cheese sticks (my secret vice) and chocolate buttons which I was over the moon about! Earlier, the bump I noticed yesterday had doubled in size to about the size of a lentil, but by this evening it had completely disappeared. I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel…!

Day 5: 

Although I woke up feeling less than excited to find that my tongue had swollen overnight (probably due to sleeping on a sofa with 3 other people and therefore tossing and turning a lot in the night), I actually found it a lot easier today to eat solid food, and managed to eat an entire McDonald’s which felt like a small victory! The only downsize is I noticed a bubble forming on the top next to the bar which I’ve read online is common but not ideal. I also only found out today that you shouldn’t drink coffee… Woops!!! I’m sure the bubble is nothing to worry about but I’m going to keep my eye on it anyway. I’m just worried about not being able to talk in my rehearsal tomorrow because I’m still struggling to make certain sounds. I’m much happier overall today though!

Day 6: 

Apart from the usual odd sensation for an hour or so after I woke up, today was a breeze! It was Easter Sunday today and my brother and mum made the most amazing roast and I was able to eat all of it with minimal discomfort! I have found, however that due to not having eaten much this week, I get full much quicker than I used to so didn’t come close to finishing my plate, but I know that’s only temporary. The bubble has disappeared but I’m keeping a close eye on it because it’s the last place I’d ever want to get an infection! My rehearsal was fine, I didn’t find it hard to speak at all, the only word I noticed I couldn’t quite pronounce was “nineteenth”… Which is probably a word I would have struggled with even without a swollen tongue!

Day 7: 

Week one is finally over! I can eat all foods with no problem now, apart from caramel which is annoying because I really fancy a boost bar. Sometimes my tongue will sting a little bit if I’m eating something salty or acidic but it’s bearable so I have put up with it. Today there was another weird hang skin situation going on but it comes and goes, I’ve found if I dab a cotton bud with neat mouthwash on it then it goes away quicker. The swelling doesn’t seem to have gone down but that might be to do with the fact I haven’t really given it any rest since about day 2 so I’ve probably prolonged the healing process, but again I don’t mind because I can still eat and talk properly with no problems. Finally starting to like this piercing, I’m just itching to change the bar!

So there you have it, my first week of healing a tongue piercing. Hope you enjoyed this post and didn’t find it too graphic…! I’ll be following this post up with week 2, but I doubt I will go into as much detail on each day.

Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! xxx

My Piercing Stories

Something I get asked on a near daily basis is “didn’t that piercing hurt?!”, which, I’m nearly always inclined to reply with a sigh and shake of my head. I’d say, out the 20 piercings I currently have, I can only remember a few of them hurting more than what I would consider “bearable” pain. I think I have a high pain threshold, because I have had piercings before that I genuinely didn’t feel, and some that stung a little more than that. I was going to rank the pain out of 10 but pain isn’t quantifiable so I think this will give a more detailed idea of what they felt like. They are listed in the order that I got them done.

1. Ear lobes
I pierce around 30 ear lobes a week at my work, and I get genuinely irritated at adults who ask me if it’s going to hurt, or make a big song and a dance about it. I completely sympathise with children because they have no point of reference and are generally more anxious than adults, but surely as an adult you must have some idea of what getting your ear lobes pierced must feel like?! I remember getting my ears pierced for the first time – my mum and dad told me I had to be 13 before I could get them pierced, but one day when I was 10, my mum randomly asked me if I wanted to get them pierced. Obviously I did so my mum booked me in to get them pierced the next day at the Brighton Claire’s Accessories store (which is where I currently work, funnily enough). I was so excited to get them pierced right up until the moment just before they lined up which is when I started crying out of fear and had to come back after I’d calmed down. When I finally let them pierce me, I said what most people say – “that wasn’t at all as bad as I thought”. I got my seconds done at a Claire’s in Chester when I was 16, and then my thirds done by a trainee piercer at work. All of my lobe piercings were done using a gun. I’d say lobe piercings hurt the least out of any piercing, they aren’t anywhere near as bad as an injection and they feel hot for a couple of hours after and then they feel fine.

2. Nose
I got my nose pierced on the day before my 16th birthday, after wanting it done for 10 years! I saw my sister get her nose pierced on her 19th birthday, when I was 6, and asked my mum for the next 5 years if I could get it done. She finally came to an agreement – I could get my nose pierced when I was 16 if I didn’t ask her again until then, which I obviously agreed to. I was so excited to get it done that my adrenaline kicked in and I didn’t actually feel it happen. I then got the same side pierced a year and a half later, and I think it was the most painful nose piercing I’ve had, but it wasn’t unbearable and stopped hurting after an hour or so. Most recently, I got my nose pierced at work by my manager, using a gun as opposed to a needle, and I’d say it was a more pleasant experience than using a needle because there is less faffing around after the area has been pierced. This is because the stud itself is used to pierce the area, so once it’s pierced, it’s done. Nose piercings sting a little and make your eyes water but aren’t at all unbearable and are easy to heal, as long as you follow the after care advice religiously!

 
3. Forward helix/tragus
I’ve combined these piercings as they are very similar. I’ve had my forward helix pierced twice as it was pulled out at a festival when I was 17 (and yes, that was JUST as painful as you’d imagine!). On the scale of painful piercings, these would probably come second as the least painful piercings I’ve had. They take a month or so to stop being crusty, but they don’t give me any grief now and I’ve had them both for about 2 or 3 years.

 
4. Belly
I’ve had my belly pierced twice because the first time it was off centre and really bugged me. I took it out for a week and got it repierced, and now I’d say it’s probably my favourite piercing and the only one I know I’d never take out because I can’t imagine myself without it! It was such an easy piercing to get, a very straightforward healing process and it’s one of the only piercings I have that I can change and play with and knock it without it hurting in the slightest – some of my ear piercings still get a little tender when I change them. Despite saying all this, I have heard countless belly piercing horror stories, so maybe I was just lucky that mine didn’t hurt or get infected!

5. Septum
I got my septum pierced on my 18th birthday and it’s always been one of my img_1763favourite piercings! I think it makes me look so much older and it’s another piercing I can’t imagine myself without now. I absolutely love the position of my septum piercing – this is my own preference, but I don’t like it when it’s been pierced low and so the jewellery hangs low. Mine is pierced in the fleshy bit right up between my nostrils, above where the thick cartilage is. Until very recently I always wore a horseshoe ring in my septum but I bought a crescent ring at work and loved it! Because it’s so easy for me to hide my septum piercing, I doubt I’ll ever take it out for good. A septum piercing hurts less than a nose piercing but makes your eyes water just the same.

6. Nipple
To this day, I have never experienced anything as painful as getting my nipple pierced. I have often said that I will encourage anyone to get any piercing they want, regardless of the pain… But I would never encourage someone to get their nipple pierced because it was the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced! It’s such a shame as well because I only have one done and I would love to have both, I just know I could never go through the piercing or healing process again. It took a good 6 months to heal and during that time I caught it twice and have never come so close to vomiting out of pain before! I love it now though, but it still isn’t worth the pain I went through to get it!

7. Conch
I got my conch pierced a year and a half ago and although the first few weeks were hell, I absolutely love it. The bar in my conch is a lot thicker than any of my other ear piercings which is why it took longer to heal, but now it has healed it’s a dream! Getting my conch pierced hurt about as much as any other ear piercing. I get asked a lot if I can still wear headphones – of course I can, just be careful putting them in for the first few weeks! The only thing I didn’t like about my conch at first was that I got a black barbell when I got it pierced. I now have a thick long gold labaret bar in it and I think it looks really cute!

 
8. Lip
After not being able to get a new piercing for about 6 months because of being in shows, I got the middle of my bottom lip pierced last summer. I had wanted it done for years but never got it done because my not wanting a scar out weighed my wanting a lip piercing. I since realised that I’m going to be covered in tiny scars if I ever take all my piercings out anyway, and the lip scars I’ve seen haven’t actually been that bad. Getting my lip pierced was close to painless, the only bit that stung was when the piercer put the jewellery in. I did however, go out clubbing that night which I do not recommend because I woke up the next day with the fattest lip I’ve ever seen! My lip took about 2 weeks to look normal on the outside and about 2 months to heal completely. I changed the bar myself after a month because I was catching my bottom teeth on my original bar because it was so long. I now absolutely love it and don’t ever want to take it out!

9. Cartilage
I had my helix pierced a couple of years ago and it’s the only piercing I’ve ever taken out for good. It was driving me crazy because it refused to heal nicely, would really hurt whenever I knocked it and was developing a keloid which I was adamant not to have so I took it out after a few months. At the end of last year I got the top of my cartilage pierced at work and then again underneath it a few months ago. Although I love them and think they’re cute, they are a bit of a pain to heal and are the only piercings I have that still give me grief from time to time, but only when they are knocked quite hard. Other than that, I think they’re straightforward to get pierced and don’t hurt too much, I prefer getting my cartilage pierced with a gun than to a needle because like I said before, it’s less faff and so much quicker.

10. Eyebrow
I got my eyebrow pierced late last November and have loved every second of having it. The piercing itself was barely painful, but for the first week or so I had a bad bruise which made me look like I’d been punched in the face (which of course I secretly loved and made me feel really bad ass all week!) It is still healing, and the only thing I’d say that is a downside to this piercing is that it’s hard to put and take off makeup in the first few months… But you do become a pro at tweezing eyebrows!

10. Tongue
I got my tongue pierced this week and besides nipple, it was the worst pain I’ve ever felt! I’m going to write a blog post about day to day healing because tongue piercings are completely different to every other piercing I’ve ever had and seeing as I’m currently going through the healing process right now I may as well take advantage!

Hope this wasn’t too long and hopefully you learnt something or have been inspired to get a new piercing! Let me know what piercings you have and your experiences, I’d love to hear them! xxxx