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Piercings - over 50

psychmommapsychmomma 3031 replies45 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
edited August 20 in Parent Cafe
I’m considering a cartilage piercing after just getting my third set of lobe piercings. I’m not sure why this suddenly appeals to me, but my daughter has several and I think they’re cute.

If you’ve had cartilage piercings done when you were older, did they hurt a lot and did they take a long time to heal?

Are you considering any body mods that you didn’t when you were younger? Maybe I’m having a late-onset midlife crisis. I’ve been looking at small tattoos, too. LOL!
edited August 20
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  • HouseChatteHouseChatte 651 replies1 threadsRegistered User Member
    I'm boring, no ink and only one piercing per ear, but I think you should go ahead and have some fun!

    I have to say infection control would be my biggest consideration either way -- could you maybe get recommendations from a dermatologist? I don't even know how it works, just thinking as I type.

    What kind of tattoos? Earrings? Shiny?
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  • CottonTalesCottonTales 1224 replies21 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I took my daughter when she was in HS to get her belly button pierced at a tattoo parlor. The guy was busy finishing up another client so we had a seat in the waiting area. There was a photo album of his work on the table so D started going through it. All was well until there was a picture of a woman showing her new piercing on her hoo haw!
    I personally don't have anything except ear piercings but I say go for it if that's what you want.
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  • eastcoascrazyeastcoascrazy 2535 replies22 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I have no piercings.

    My daughter made two unsuccessful attempts to pierce her ear cartilage. We learned two lessons:

    1. Use a good, qualified, tattoo parlor to have cartilage pierced. It should be done with a sterilized needle and NOT a piercing gun.

    2. Be extremely cautious about keeping the piercing clean during the cartilage’s very long healing time.

    My daughter went to a mall piercing place which used a gun, which really tears up the cartilage. And then, after a really long time (I want to say at least a month later, but I don’t really remember), she got her head wet in a summer lake, and developed a raging infection in the cartilage. We ended up in urgent care where she grayed out from the pain of having the earring removed. Her entire ear was grossly inflamed. Antibiotics worked. A year later she tried having the cartilage pierced on the other ear, and that ear also got infected, though not as dramatically. She removed that earring oermanently, and hasn’t tried to pierce any cartilage since then.

    She does have multiple piercings on her ear lobes, and one on her nose, and a small sweet tattoo on one ankle, none of which have ever caused any trouble.

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  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 18483 replies324 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Ewwwwww. I have one piercing per ear and, if I think about it too hard, even that grosses me out.
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  • showmom858showmom858 2911 replies16 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I only have my ears pierced (just one hole in each) and no other piercings or tattoos, but I think you should go for it if it makes you happy!
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  • psychmommapsychmomma 3031 replies45 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I'm cleaning the new holes twice a day already and started thinking if I want more I should just do them now. I know the upper ear takes months to heal completely, and I am wary of possible infection, but I'm pretty disciplined about keeping piercings clean. I did see good advice I hadn't considered - to not get the side pierced that i sleep on as that can irritate the newly healing hole. No more left ear piercing I guess. I can only sleep on my left side.
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  • CountingDownCountingDown 13403 replies110 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Both my sisters have had tattoos done in their late 40s/50s. Didn't seem too bad.
    I've though about a second set of ear piercings, but then I realized that I only wear dangly earrings -- posts bother my ears. Even then, I don't wear earrings that often, so I let it go. My hairdresser has cartilage, ears and nose pierced. She's my age and it looks great.
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  • preironicpreironic 452 replies37 threadsRegistered User Member
    You go girl! Ignore all those downers. I'm considering a tiny tattoo myself. Why the heck not?! My only advice - don't ask for opinions and just please yourself.
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  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes 33295 replies767 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    My mom turned 60 this year. We'll be getting matching tattoos when I'm no longer pregnant. We've been planning it for a while and the pregnancy popped up as a roadblock. This will be her first, my second. My first is a relatively large one on my forearm and has never caused problems. In fact, it's a nice conversation starter since it's from a geeky fandom.

    Both my mom and I don't like jewelry so we don't even wear earrings. I've had a lot of piercings but they've all closed up because I never wore piercings.

    Honestly, who cares what anyone else thinks about your body and your choices regarding it? Do what you want to do! Healing won't take much longer than if you were younger.
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  • abasketabasket 19197 replies854 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I have heard from more than one person that the cartilage is not worth getting for the hassle of the healing process - if it heals and you have the patience for it to happen. Two people have said just get the "fake" cartilage earrings that look like you have the piercing but really don't.
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  • Googie31Googie31 51 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I have 2 regular piercings in one ear lobe, 3 in the other ear along with 3 cartilage piercings. My first piercing was when I was 10. The last cartilage was when I was 58. The first cartilage piercing hurt - a lot! I had it done in one of those mall piercing placings about 12 years ago. The second 2 I had done (not at the same time) in an "exotic" piercing storefront. I will never get another piercing any other way. They were amazing.

    I got my first tattoo at 59.
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  • psychmommapsychmomma 3031 replies45 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @romanigypsyeyes My D has been begging for us to get matching tattoos for several years. I’m finally considering it. I’m thinking small ankle, something meaningful to us both- trees, camping, hiking, nature-related probably. How fun that you and your mom have that planned.
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  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes 33295 replies767 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @psychmomma we're doing small matching spoonie/ lupus tattoos. We both have autoimmune diseases so we wanted to do something connected to that.
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  • psychmommapsychmomma 3031 replies45 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ^ I wasn’t aware of spoon theory or the term spoonie. Those will be meaningful tattoos for you and your mom.
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  • sylvan8798sylvan8798 6647 replies140 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I got a tattoo around my ankle at 56. It's not that small as it goes all the way around and is as much as 4 inches high. I have two sets of lobe piercings, one at 14 and another at around 36. The first set never bothers me, but the second set will start to hurt if I have earrings in too long.
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  • psychmommapsychmomma 3031 replies45 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I had my first set done by my doctor the day I turned 16 (mom’s rules). A college roommate did my second set at 21 with ice, a sterilized needle, and a potato. What was I thinking!
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  • MassmommMassmomm 3896 replies81 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I have no desire to get any body mods. But I don't think they are any stranger then getting botox, liposuction, plastic surgery, or even dyeing one's hair or wearing Spanx. All of these things, whether temporary or permanent, are done to satisfy our personal standards of beauty. People have always done these things.
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