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Old 02-18-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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I would do at least a little bit of research. In the grand scheme I'm not sure it matters a whole lot. But I am having issues with my mall gun pierce, 26 years later... but I had no problems for 26 years...
Beyond researching mall vs. piercer, once you choose, within that category research the reputations of the specific shop. My first navel piercing was done by a brand noob who had "radical" ideas of piercing. He put in a ring that was more appropriate to a nipple. It was HUGE for a navel. The other piercers I went to for advice were both horrified. I later learned this guy left a trail of unsuccessful piercings in his wake and later had his license removed.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:40 AM
 
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It was Piercing Pagonda at the mall. They did give an aftercare solution and told me to clean and twist twice a day for the first 6 weeks. Its past that but I was still cleaning and twisting daily to make sure she didnt get an infection.
Is it still lymphing? You are likely fine. But if it were me, which I recognize its not, I would go to a piercer for a check and then follow his or her advice.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:42 AM
 
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I would do at least a little bit of research. In the grand scheme I'm not sure it matters a whole lot. But I am having issues with my mall gun pierce, 26 years later... but I had no problems for 26 years...
Yes, the cosmetic was important, but more the blood-borne pathogens.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:51 AM
 
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Why I Took My 7-Year-Old to a Tattoo Parlor | Healthland | TIME.com

Interesting article. What have you decided and why?

I recently took my 8 year-old daughter to have her ears pierced, she is now mature enough to take care of them herself. Thought I'd share my research here. There are 2 different methods, gun or needle. All guns are not the same, some have disposable parts, some need to be sterilized. Needles must be single-use, and pre-sterilized. Apparently the needle causes less bruising than the gun, and therefore less pain.

Choices were:

1) Piercing gun at the jewelry store - this is where I had mine done. My holes are not symmetrical, and not straight (common complaint I discovered). Very brief training, 3 hours is standard.

2) Piercing gun at the mall - Also common complaint regarding symmetry, next to no training, average 15 to 30 minutes.

3) Piercing gun at the pediatrician - clean, but pediatricians receive no training to pierce ears.

4) Piercing gun $5 from Walmart seriously I had no idea these were available, and even less idea that moms actually do this themselves to their children.

5) Professional piercer.

After many hours, I decided to take her to a professional piercer. What I discovered is that most reputable piercers take a one year training program and internship. Most use sterilized, hollow, single-use needles.

The experience for my daughter was great. They used a single-use hollow needle, and did one ear at a time, people were very nice, and her ears healed quickly.

A couple of caveats. Each state and county has different laws regarding piercing. I found it ironic that I could take a child to any mall and get hers ears pierced, but could only take her to one county to get her ears pierced by a professional piercer if she was under 16. Bizarre logic.

If you choose a gun, some places will do both ears at the same time. A piercer will do one at a time.
Thanks for the post. Around 9 is when I think I'd consider letting my daughter get hers done so I don't need this information right now (BabyGirl isn't even two yet...)

I had mine done at the mall around 13 or so, I've always thought they were a bit uneven... I think they might have stretched a little though (wore the big 80"s earring after the studs)

I did apply for some part time work at Claires when I was in my early 20's but didn't take the job because they said I would be required to pierce baby's ears. The training was "here's the gun, it's just like using a stapler".
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:23 AM
 
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Getting pierced at walmart/claires/piercing pagoda type places is NOT recommended. Most of those places use punch style guns, which, IMO should be outlawed. When you use a punch style gun, it forces the earring through your ear, causing trauma to the skin.

When you go to a professional piercer, they use a hollow tube needle which essentially cuts a neat hole into your ear, no trauma.

You also shouldnt use the "after care" solution they give you at those mall piercing places as well. Most times it's just rubbing alcohol, which is NOT good for piercings, it will actually delay the healing. Antibacterial soap (such as dial) and water is all you need. Dont twist the piercing as its just re-damaging the skin.

But, with care aside, would you rather trust a teen with 10 minutes of training, or a professional piercer who went through a LOT of school/apprenticeship and has a blood borne pathogen training certificate/first aid training?

All that info can be found here: Piercing Guns Are Dangerous!
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:13 AM
 
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Thanks for the post. Around 9 is when I think I'd consider letting my daughter get hers done so I don't need this information right now (BabyGirl isn't even two yet...)

I had mine done at the mall around 13 or so, I've always thought they were a bit uneven... I think they might have stretched a little though (wore the big 80"s earring after the studs)

I did apply for some part time work at Claires when I was in my early 20's but didn't take the job because they said I would be required to pierce baby's ears. The training was "here's the gun, it's just like using a stapler".
crossing Claire's off my list... I just had to stick a needle through my trouble ear pierce and it was more difficult than usual. I think I'll look into buying some surgical steel studs I can leave in for a while.
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:15 AM
 
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crossing Claire's off my list... I just had to stick a needle through my trouble ear pierce and it was more difficult than usual. I think I'll look into buying some surgical steel studs I can leave in for a while.
Go to a piercer and get a CBR put in, in my opinion.
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:19 AM
 
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Go to a piercer and get a CBR put in, in my opinion.
What's a CBR?
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:21 AM
 
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What's a CBR?
Captive bead ring.

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Jewelery of choice for most piercers and most body parts.
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Lake Oswego, Manhattan, Aspen
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I would NOT take my Daughter to have her ears pierced. Period.

We did have that discussion, though, when some other little girls were doing it. That made a nice moment for discussing Peer Pressure, Downward Assimilation, and why people do illogical things.
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