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Too old to get my ears pierced?

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Afrodizziac Mon 22-Jun-09 11:31:20

Please talk me out of it! Or not - gimme some good reasons!!

I have never been brave enough to get my ears pierced, but now I'm considering it - at 40! I've had my hair cut quite short recently and reckon dangly sparkly lovely earrings will soften my look a bit/ make me look feminine (barf- that sounds like my mother!).

Where would one go for such a 'procedure'?

Bettymum Mon 22-Jun-09 11:54:37

My mum got hers done at 40.
I got mine done at 16 which is <ahem> years ago, I just went to our local chemist. They have the proper gold studs and they sell surgical spirit grin. You don't want to do it with cheap nasty studs or you might run the risk of getting an infection or allergy.

Afrodizziac Mon 22-Jun-09 11:55:28

Did it hurt? [coward emoticon]

Ivykaty44 Mon 22-Jun-09 11:59:34

claire's do ears and then clean every day with surgical spirit to stop infections.

No it doesn't hurt, get your two nails and pinch the skin hardish on the other hand - thats about twice what it feels like.

harleyd Mon 22-Jun-09 12:00:46

do not go to claires
go to a piercing studio and have it done with a needle

Bettymum Mon 22-Jun-09 12:02:47

No, it really doesn't hurt - maybe for about a second but that's it. Clipons hurt a heck of a lot more!
Go for it. A whole world of sparkly loveliness will open up for you .

lilolilmanchester Mon 22-Jun-09 12:10:06

Go for it! A friend's DD had hers done at House of Fraser and friend was very impressed with them. Am taking DD there next year to have hers done.

Afrodizziac Mon 22-Jun-09 12:21:11

Thanks, all! Sounds positive all round - even DH said he had nothing much against it, so I'm all out of excuses!!

Lilo - I didn't know House of Fraser offered that. Thanks, will investigate!

Bettymum - I tried clip-ons and have some lovely ones, but boy oh boy do they hurt!!

Harleyd - is a needle better than those gun thingies? is a piercing studio a tattoo parlour? [old fogey emoticon]

harleyd Mon 22-Jun-09 12:31:22

yes a lot of tattoo studios have attached piercing studios

put it like you really fancy having the blunt end of an ear-ring shot through your ear at brute force
its a needle for me everytime!

bishboschone Mon 22-Jun-09 14:26:10

I had mine done at 32 ish..just cause i fancied wearing hoop earings..was fine ..had them done at claires didnt hurt much..well on the scale of childbirth it was painless!!

Galava Mon 22-Jun-09 14:38:24

My SIL had hers done at 40.

Just in time to get some big diamond dazzlers !

I must admit, after having mine done at 13 I did think this was rather late in the day ...

TrillianAstra Mon 22-Jun-09 14:46:44

It's easy, doesn't hurt too much even with the gun thing. If you think you might be wimpish then ask them to get two guns and two assistants and do both at once!

Remember to clean them every day!

PrettyCandles Mon 22-Jun-09 14:53:44

When my mum had her ears pierced in her 40s, the piercing made a most revolting, loud, CRUNCH noise. Apparently that's the result of wearing tight clip-on earings for 20 years!

Afrodizziac Mon 22-Jun-09 14:55:12

Hmm, two guns? Sounds too scary!!

I didn't cope too badly with childbirth and this can hardly be worse, no?

Nope, I'm going to be brave and visit HofF on Friday and emerge glamorous! I'll report back...

jeminthedark Mon 22-Jun-09 14:58:42

Love this thread- opposite to the babies with pierced ears...

Go for it!!

jeminthedark Mon 22-Jun-09 14:59:20

Look forward to your report back!!

smurfgirl Mon 22-Jun-09 15:19:16

House of Fraser are good.

Lots of people say you should have it done with a needle but honestly I found it more painful that way than having them pierced with a gun (have had lots of ear piercings!).

Don't go to Claires.

Ask for solid gold earrings not plated gold earrings. You have to wear them for 6-8 weeks so chose some you are ok with wearing for that length of time. If you go to a proper piercing place you may have more choice of metals, titanium etc.

Once you have had them done you need to wear earrings reasonably frequently for a year or so or else they will heal up.

Seeline Mon 22-Jun-09 15:22:25

I had mine done when I was 13 - and my mum had hers done too - she was 43! Go for it - a never endng supply of birthday/christmas pressies.

TrillianAstra Mon 22-Jun-09 16:00:11

They're not really guns you know, more like staplers, but loaded with earrings instead of staples.

MrsSeanBean Mon 22-Jun-09 21:28:39

I got my ears pierced when I was 30 in House of Fraser. Didn't hurt at all, just a sort of thud sensation and then numbness. No problems afterwards. Am happy with vast earring collection which was denoed me during my teens by hyper-strict mother.

Go for it, OP, good luck

lilolilmanchester Thu 25-Jun-09 20:04:30

have you had them done yet?
(BTW - I had my ears pierced by..... a dentist!!!)

morningpaper Thu 25-Jun-09 20:11:22

My mum was 58

go for it

Afrodizziac Sat 27-Jun-09 11:41:50

I didn't get time yesterday, but may wander downtown late afternoon today to look for a <whisper> piercing studio.

I've been spotting lovely earrings in jewellers' windows so it is still All Systems Go!

Wow, MorningPaper, what made her go at 58?

mrsdisorganised Sat 27-Jun-09 11:45:34

My mum did it when she was 48! Go for! Too old, bahgrin

IneedacleanerIamalazyslattern Sat 27-Jun-09 12:28:44

My gran got hers done when I got mine first perced 17 years ago so she would have been 70 then grin she seen mine thought it looked nice and she had always fancied it so she went for it, my mum got a 2nd set pierced the same day and she was 43 at the time.

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