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I've had my ears pierced since I was about 10 years old but I haven't been wearing earrings for more than 5 years now at least (I'm an adult now btw). How do I open the holes up again? Should I get some bog standard studs from the chemist, sterilise them and just force them back through? I tried that once ages ago and my earlobe swelled up and icky stuff came out. Can anyone tell me what I can do? I'm tough so any advice is welcome
You could try that but if the earring doesn't go back in easily I'd get them repierced again by a professional. I've had several piercings repierced and they both been able to pierce through the same placement.
I was also in the same position as you and got mine redone at a professional body piercing place. It was a few years now but I think it was pretty simple and painless and now I make sure I just put some earrings in occasionally to stop the same thing happening again (not a big fan of earrings but it's nice to have the option).
Just don't do what my first year uni student Dd did when she fancied a second piercing - used a piece of frozen broccoli to numb her ears as they had no ice and as didn't have the traditional cork to put behind the ear, used an apple I believe they may have had a few drinks before carrying out this procedure!
GatherlyGal I went to a local tattoo and piercing place that i guess you might describe as looking a bit unusual from the outside. I wasn't old (early 30s) but have no other piercings or tattoos and no intentions of getting any. The staff were lovely and, from what I read online when researching how to get my ears repierced, you are likely to get a better piercing in these kind of places as the staff are trained piercers (is that a word) rather than it just being an add on to some other service.
If you can still see the holes you should be able to go through with a needle sterilized with boiling water. Then if you get some plain gold sleepers and put them in and keep turning them. May be a bit weepy for a few days but they'll soon heal
Have they definitely closed back up? I got my ears pierced 25 year ago rarely wear earrings and have gone years without in the past and they have never closed. Sometimes it takes a bit of a wiggle to get them in the first time but the hole is definitely still there. Dd only got hers done 6 years ago and hadn't worn earrings for about 2 years until a wedding last year and they were the same.
Agree with looks better. I've recently started wearing earrings in my 25-yo lobe piercings, which have been out of use for probably 10 years. One of four had closed up a bit at the back, but my siblings and I used to pierce each other's ears, so I had no qualms about dealing with that myself. Couple of days stinging, and all of the holes were slightly irritated for a few days, just because they'd been unused for so long, but now they're fine.
But if you need help, the profession body-piercer is what you want... NOT Claire's Accessories!