Let’s jump right back to the beginning of my self piercing days. To a time when I was young and stupid. One of the first piercing kits I ever bought. Also the cheapest piercing kit for sale on Amazon.
It was 9 o’clock in the morning when I heard someone at the door. I darted from my bed to the door in an instant. I had been looking forward to this day all week. The day my piercing kit arrived!
Butterflies fluttered in my stomach as I ripped open the package.
Everything Was there, as expected. Needles, jewelry, forceps, alcohol swabs and latex gloves. All packaged and sterile. Brilliant. It was time to get crackin’!
I couldn’t wait so I washed my hands, sterilized all the piercing gear and got everything ready.
I didn’t even think to examine all the equipment more closely. It just didn’t occur to me that there could be anything wrong with any if it.
So I Jumped Straight into It!
Hands washed, gloves on and equipment sterilized. I drew a dot just below my lip and also marked the inside. On the right hand side. I then clamp the forceps onto my lip the forceps so that the dot was bang in the centre of the gap in the top of the forceps.
Positioning the needle so that it was aiming at the dot, I took a deep breath. Braced myself.
As I breathed out I pushed the needle into my skin.
Hold On! Something’s Not Right…
I feel the needle strike something hard. Panic sets in as I realise that I can’t get the needle to come out through the other side of the skin.
Changing the angle of the needle, pushing with all my might. Nothing was working. The bloody thing would not go through! I kind of gathered that it was the forceps that I was striking. How could this happen though? I aligned the needle perfectly with the enter and exit dots on my skin.
At this point I realised that I was going to have to back out of this piercing. So I pulled the needle back out, in the opposite direction to which it went in. I unclamped the forceps and a drip of blood ran from the wound.
What disappointment. I was gutted!
So What Went Wrong?
As I said, this particular piercing kit I purchased was the cheapest I could find on Amazon. All the equipment seemed pretty good quality.
Everything except for the plastic forceps, which were substandard. They were plain lousy.
You are probably wondering what the problem with the forceps was.
Well, on first inspection, the forceps appeared to be straight and correctly aligned at the top. The problem only came when I locked the teeth together (this is what keeps them tight so they hold the skin nice and secure). Whenever the teeth were interlinked, the alignment of tips of the forceps would get thrown off completely. They ended up stupidly crooked. The alignment was so off that when the needle went straight through the middle of one side, the other side of the clamp got in the way! It should have gone through the gap in the middle of both sides. There was plenty of space for the needle, but the sides were quite thick.
I will draw a diagram to show you what I mean.
Always Check Your Equipment
At the time that I done this piercing I was a lot younger and less experienced in piercing.
I was over excited about getting a new piercing and jumped in too fast!
What I should have done is taken my time to have a closer look at the forceps before I got started. This includes opening and closing them. Checking the alignment!
It is a simple fact of life that if you buy something cheap, quality may be compromised. So if you do buy the cheap piercing kit, get yourself a proper set of steel piercing forceps.
Take My Advice
If you are new to piercing and are using cheap disposable forceps. Well, any cheap piercing kit for that matter.
Always make sure that all of your equipment is adequate for use. Check that your forceps do line up properly when open, but more importantly, when they are snapped closed on your skin!
I was lucky that I did not do anything stupid. So I didn’t end up with a big ugly scar. I can imagine that an issue like this could go much more wrong than it did for me. So be careful!
I would recommend investing in a proper set of steel piercing forceps. Only use top quality gear for your piercings.
I learnt my lesson the hard way through making this simple mistake. I really hope you soaked up the moral of this article!
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