I want to get snakebites

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Sunday November 15th, 2009 @ 4:19 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I’m 13 and I want to get my lip pierced. My older brother told me to go on here and as questions about consequences for getting my lip pierced, infections, it closing up, allergic reactions. I wanna know if it would be smart to get it done being so young or if its not a good thing to do? Ive wanted to do it for a long time now and I think im finally ready to. My cousin did hers herself and its healing nicely. Would it be smart if i did the same? What are consequences of doing it yourself? What would happen if it got infected? What kind of metal should i get? tons of questions sorry

I usually don’t do oral piercings under 16 at my shop.
That being said, I’ve made exceptions for seemingly intelligent minors before. Despite your young age which many piercers are uncomfortable piercing, you’re off to a great start asking relivent questions. Nicely done, smart kid! :)

My biggest concern piercing people at an age I’ve personally decided is “too young” is that piercings are a lot of work. You’ve got to look after your body as well as a fresh piercing and it’s quite a big responsibility.

Oral piercings are almost like two piercings in one as far as aftercare goes - an oral piercing as well as a body surface piercing. They both require different aftercare regimes at different times.
It’s also pretty common for younger kids who want piercings to be more concerned about how rad they’re gonna look in the end, how much it hurts (it hurts, btw) than the actual issues that need to be discussed before opening the skin up and taking care of a fresh wound.

To address some of your questions:

Infection comes from introduction of foreign bacteria to the piercing. Contrary to popular belief, piercings don’t just become “infected” for no reason. They have been touched, kept unclean, played with, etc. Infection is also much more likely if you pierce yourself and don’t know what you’re doing as far as keeping everything clean during and after the procedure. Should the piercing become infected it would become quite swollen and sore. At this time, I suggest my clients seek medical attention for the best course of action which can sometimes include a dose of antibiotics.

Irritation is much more common and can happen to anyone who may not be wearing properly sized jewelry or jewelry made of implantable materials. It can also be caused by improper placement.

Allergic reactions can occur from wearing low-quality jewelry. Many people have nickel allergies and nickel is used to harden most metal jewelry. If you don’t have a nickel allergy now, chances are with prolonged exposure to it you will develop one over time.
You can prevent this from happening by wearing implant grade steel or titanium. This is different than “Surgical” grade steel or titanium. A reputable piercer will be able to provide you with the appropriate jewelry for your piercing.

If you remove the piercing later on, it is very likely to grow over and heal up so that you may not put jewelry back into it. Another concern of mine as far as piercing younger people go is that facial piercings can leave a pretty good scar. Nothing too significant, but not unlike a large pore or pockmark. This may be a factor in deciding to pierce yourself that you may not care about now, but may regret later on. Not all people appreciate the scars they inflicted on themselves when they were younger.

I hope that helps answer some of your concerns. I think it’s pretty rad that you’re asking the right questions before going ahead with the piercings without some thought.
Do I think you’re too young? I don’t think that really matters.
Do I think you appear to have the mental capacity to make an informed decision? Absolutely.
I hope you’ll be able to find a piercer in your area you can talk to firsthand who will be able to help you make a final decision.

Good luck to ya!

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2 Responses to “I want to get snakebites”

  1. my ears get extremely infected becuase i am allergic to nickle in earings (so if i wanted to wear earing they would have to be pure gold ): so now i dont wear earings anymore

    so my questions is if i were to get snakebites would my lip get very infected as well, or what type of metal could I use to keep it from getting infected; thanks!

    amy on January 26th, 2010 at 7:52 pm
  2. Same here darlin! I got snake bites&my lips didn’t get infected..so you should be okay..
    However different people react differently.
    So if I were you I would talk to someone who does piercings just to be extra sure about it.

    JuJu Reclaira on April 12th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

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