Q:In response to /post/29333574181/ I know I'm late, but oh well. 1. She has "countless piercing videos", um that's the only video she has of piercing herself, and that's the only piercing she has. 2. Look at the date of the video, it's 2 years old, and her piercing has healed perfectly fine, she even has some pictures of herself recently wearing it. I know you're going to find something and tell me that i'm wrong because of whatever, but I probably will be wrong about something. >.>
point #1 is valid, oops. (ETA: apparently youtube took down her self-piercing her navel.) Point #2, yeah, sure, it turned out fine, but WHY WOULD YOU TAKE THAT RISK? Especially if you KNOW BETTER. I don’t know her background knowledge on piercing, but let me just list all the things that could have gone wrong/the things that are a ton less likely to happen when you go to a pro.
1: You cannot sterilize something with rubbing alcohol or peroxide. The only way to do that is with a properly working autoclave. Chances are you don’t have to worry about STDs living on things in your own house. HOWEVER, that safety pin could have traces of bacteria that will cause potentially deadly staph and MRSA. (Staph does also live on the skin and inside our bodies, but it’s very opportunistic and given the right circumstances can cause serious infection.)
2: Safety pins are dull. Look at how much her nose wiggles around and how long it takes her to get the jewelry through. The dullness causes extra tissue trauma and most likely also unnecessary pain. This could easily be fixed by using a properly sharp needle, possibly using clamps, and mostly having a pro do it for you.
3: She could have easily pierced through the wrong spot. I suppose cartilage would be pretty hard to pierce through with a safety pin, but I’m sure it could happen. She could have totally missed her “sweet spot”, which could lead to prolonged healing and extra pain.
4: The jewelry she used is likely low quality. This means that the polish on the metal isn’t that great and the quality of the metal itself is not that great. If she has an allergy to nickel and the jewelry she used is 316L “surgical” (but not really) steel, then chances are her nose is gonna be really itchy and uncomfortable and unable to heal.
5: Yes, her piercing, in the end, turned out “fine”. It healed, she didn’t get an infection and/or die. However, just because you can, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Especially when there are safer, better options available. This isn’t just a piercing thing. This is a potentially-risking-your-own-health thing.
So I think I’m going to post this publicly. Because you didn’t say not to and I wrote a long-ass response.
If any professional piercers out there have corrections or additional things, send them to our inbox and I’ll edit this post accordingly. (And there’s no need to be an ass about it, please. Just a “hey so that wasn’t right” is sufficient.)
P.S. If you still want to follow her tutorial, be my guest, but be prepared for the consequences.