This took place while I was staying with my back-then boyfriend in Adelaide, Australia. I lived in a suburb (I don’t recall seeing ANYONE with tattoos; those that were considered “alternative” were merely teens with too much black make-up), and the only place to get piercings were the jewelry store in a mall an hour away.
Back then I did not research nor know about how bad piercing guns are.
I decided to get the top part of my ear cartilage pierced, and didn’t think twice when I saw the shop used piercing guns.
So, I got the piercing, and loads of swelling and pain followed. The absolute worst part was the healing process, as my skin wanted to heal OVER the piercing. I had a little bubble of skin filled with blood sitting atop the piercing, and nothing helped. Needless to say, the jewelry “piercer” didn’t provide any tips to aftercare apart from “don’t sleep on it, don’t let your hair rub on it.”
The stud I had in didn’t even allow for swelling because the lock on the back was tight, and the staff very short.
Eventually I got so scared that it’d have to be surgically removed (I was there on a tourist visa; no health insurance) that I had to take it out.
At some point I went back to get the other ear done too, but the exact same thing happened.
My ears did heal perfectly once the jewelry was removed - but I want to help spread the word; IF you are getting pierced anywhere… say NO to guns!