By Andrew aged 18, New York
My tongue piercing was my third facial piercing and so I kind of knew what to expect. I’d had my cartilage pierced and I’d had two earlobe piercings too so I was fully prepared for any pain that my tongue piercing would cause me. I’d heard a lot of horror stories about piercings going wrong and how hard to heal tongue piercings were. I was a little nervous but how much I wanted the piercing far outweighed the potential down sides!
I went to the same piercer as I always went to in New York. I live quite a distance from the salon but I prefer them over my local. That’s one thing I would advise – always go to a piercer that you can trust. Your local piercer may not be the best option and if they don’t do it right you could end up with a nasty infection – not pretty!
Anyway I had a consultation with the piercer; they told me how to look after the piercing to prevent an infection. Then I chose the jewelry that I wanted to go in it. Then the process began. I was lucky that they weren’t fully booked that day so they could do the piercing then and there. It didn’t leave me much chance to get nervous so if you are worried about it I definitely recommend you do it on the spur of the moment!
My tongue was numbed, the piercing began and I felt absolutely nothing. Even when the ring went in I didn’t really feel anything. It was less painful than my cartilage piercing which I found quite bizarre. Anyway I looked after the piercing well and now I love it and I’m glad I had it done.
I’d definitely recommend it!