Let’s go crazy – let’s get pierced all over the place for the holidays!

With winter break coming, many of us will have a lot of time off to think of new and crazy ways to freshen up our look, because, let’s be honest – the itch for something new for New Year’s is just too much of a temptation to not go for it – and this cute holiday jewelry isn’t helping my self-control at all!

So you, like me, have this crazy idea that not only do you want to get pierced, but you want to get more than one piercing. And hey – why not? Let’s just get them all in the same session, right?

It might seem like an awesome idea – you don’t waste time having to go over to your piercing artist’s parlor more than once during the break, and you don’t have to make different appointments or fight the holiday madness to get there – it’s one and done.

I get it, I do, but there are a couple of factors to consider before you decide you’re going to get more than one piercing done in a session. Here’s what you might be forgetting.

The Adrenaline Rush

So let’s talk biology for a bit, shall we? Every time your body experiences pain, your brain will order a shot of adrenaline that in theory, helps it escape said pain. This also happens when you’re very scared so since you’re getting pierced and might experience both, an adrenaline rush is pretty likely. With anxiety running high – because all that ‘needle coming at you business’ can make you nervous – it’s important to remember to pace yourself, take some deep breaths, and maybe decide if multiple piercings in one session is a good idea for your own stress anatomy.

The Happy Hormone!

Endorphins are the chemicals produced by your body when you feel pain, and these chemicals can help relax you when you get a new piercing. Don’t worry, this feeling doesn’t indicate the piercing artist damaged your nerves in that area! It’s your body being nice to you – accept the gift of the endorphin rush graciously. However, an excessive amount of endorphins can cause things like nausea, vomiting, and even fainting, so don’t overdo it.

Take it from me – I was a not-so-young woman anymore, but still in my teens, eager to get an eyebrow and navel piercing, and I was very excited to get them done in one session.

Picture taken circa 2007. My eyebrow piercing had recently been done and you can tell it was swollen, but healing nicely.

Picture taken circa 2007. My eyebrow piercing had recently been done and you can tell it was swollen, but healing nicely.

So, this is what happened: I got the first one done (the piercing artist decided to go with the eyebrow piercing first), and I felt a sharp, fast sting. Then he put the jewelry through, and as usual, it felt numb right after. While he prepared the second piece of jewelry and the needle he would use, I waited, no longer than five minutes, and finally, the belly button one was done…That one I felt more – definitely stung! (FYI: A bit of bleeding is normal on these piercings when they are freshly done, so don’t panic!)

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Picture taken circa 2007 – as you can see it was swollen, but much less than a piercing that is freshly done. This is when I started thinking it was rejecting.

So when I got up and left the piercing parlor, I had been given a lollipop – I think I looked a little pale. Two to three minutes after leaving the parlor I vomited. This is what happens when you feel pain separated by brief periods of time – your body shoots you full of adrenaline and endorphins twice or as many times as you feel the pain, and the reaction is to feel sick – it’s the way your body deals with the overload of these chemicals when you don’t really fight or flee.

You’d think I would have learned my lesson, right? Well, in my case, it took a second go-around that we will leave for next post, but, what I did learn that led me to say second go-around were two very valuable lessons:

1.- Piercings swell, and when they heal the swelling goes away. I took out my belly button piercing shortly after getting it done, because I thought it was rejecting, when in reality the skin holding the jewelry was getting thinner and smaller, in my case, because the piercing was healing!

2.- Piercings in soft tissue take a lot more effort to heal than cartilage! Eyebrow piercings and belly button piercings are located in places that have a lot of physical contact and this makes for easy irritation and sweat will delay your healing, and constant friction can irritate the piercing, so bear in mind that these types of piercings are just going to require a bit more sensitivity and care on your part.

So the answer? Sure, you can definitely get more than one piercing at a time – depending on your body chemistry and stress reactions. Getting piercings done, no matter how high your pain tolerance, is still an exercise in fighting your body’s baser instincts, and the result is for some people, a little unpleasant.

My advice is to space them out if you can, even if it’s only for a few days. While you can certainly get more than one piercing done in a week with little risk of complication, ultimately the more stress you put your body through in a day, the more likely you are to feel a little drained by the process.

Also, keep in mind that a piercing is a fresh, open wound on your body. If you have a weak immune system or are prone to infections, it might be best to let one piercing heal before you get another, to lessen the chance of your body developing a complication.

2 Comments

  • jess

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    December 10, 2016at9:28 am

    What about those really cute triple helix piercings I see that are so popular now? (and are they still popular? or are they kind of regarded as “trying too hard”?) I’ve been wanting that in my left ear for a while and the shop I go to said they will definitely do it in one sitting. I’ve never had problems before, but then I’ve never gotten more than one in a sitting before (nostril, daith, rook, conch).

    • Destiny

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      February 2, 2017at6:15 am

      We think nothing is trying too hard – it’s about what you like! We don’t see them as much these days, but there are so many great ways to wear helix piercings, we say go for it! Helix piercings heal very nicely with almost no swelling. You can read more about them here.

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