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Young sister wants piercings?

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SketchySause Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
My sister, age 13, 14 in January, wants to get all these odd piercings and stretch out her ears. She was telling me how if our mum doesn't let her, shes going to do it herself. I want to talk her out of it because shes far too young to get that stuff done.

Although, I'm not a great role-model, I also have my ears stretched out, and multiple piercings up my ears.

Anyways, how can I talk her out of it? Should I just buy her fake piercings for Christmas?
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staple-salad Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Fake piercing jewelry is a good idea. Then she can get the look without having the piercing and risking infection.

IMO, piercings really aren't too big of a deal. As long as they don't get a horrible infection really the worst that can come of them is a tiny dot where the piercing was, or maybe permanently stretched ears (though if done right that's not too likely unless you go past I think 6-8g). The important thing is that if she just HAS TO HAVE THEM she gets parental permission and goes to a parlor where it's sanitary instead of having the whole "friend with a safety pin, lighter and potato" route.
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Silverfang-Chaos Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Getting her fake piercings would be a good idea, and maybe fake plugs if she's got her ear lobes pierced.
Although I have loads of piercings I completely agree with you that she is way to young. I think you should just talk to her and be honest with her.
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TheMarcher Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Tell her to wait with the streching ones at least. The normal piercing don't leave big scars if she should regret it later in life. But there are good surgeons and piercing experts that can fix a stretched ear to =)

It is not a huge deal, and the more you fight her about it the more she is going to want it.
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bryosgirl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
If by facial piercings you mean eyebrow and nostril, she is old enough to be making that decision for herself, and assuming she doesn't go for over-sized/heavy weight piercings, it will have very little effect on the tissue. I've met plenty of adults with brow and nose piercings who have no issue in or out of work with such piercings, nor are they treated poorly. At her age, this is her way of standing out, and while some kids may react negatively towards it, overall she should not have any problems socially. Compromise with her on it. Say if she wants to do it, she has to stick to reasonable pieces like a stud for the nostril or barbell for the brow.

The only thing I do agree with you on not allowing is any piercings involving the mouth. The mouth is one of the biggest bacteria spots in the body, and because it is always moist, tissue can't heal properly, so lip and tongue piercings come with high health risks. You could probably even use this as a bargaining piece (she can get the brow as long as she doesn't get the mouth). And for her safety, do not allow her to do it herself!

Keep this in mind, though. As long as she's doing well in school and not getting into trouble, it really doesn't matter how she wants to decorate her body. Don't give her reason to want to rebel.
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staple-salad Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I had a lip piercing until I had to take it out for my grown-up job. I had no issues. I know quite a few people with them too, and they also haven't had any issues. As long as you clean the piercing properly, the likelihood of getting an infection isn't terribly bad, even for mouth piercings.

They are dangerous (and extra so when it's something a friend does) in terms of gum recession in the area near the piercing. If the piercing isn't done at the right angle and the jewelry rubs against gums it can lead to dental problems.
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Kitten--Mittens Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
actually, piercings around/in the mouth heal just fine. and they heal faster than any other piercing, too..the only bad thing about those is biting the jewelry, which could crack teeth. but that can be prevented with shorter bars and acrylic balls :P
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staple-salad Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Gum recession is another risk too if it's improperly angled.
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Komapsunida Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its her body mdear, let her do as she likes^^ she's also at a rebellious age, so the more you resist the more determined it will make her^^

Anyway if she doesn't like it then she can always take them out^^
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bohobella Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Can you really say anything? I would feel like a hypocrite in your shoes if you have the things she wants already.

That said, my sister pierced herself all over at that age. Surprisingly successfully. She got one infection ever, and it was from one of her professionally done piercings. Her lip also swelled up when she tried to pierce her own lip, but she was smart enough to remove that one. In all I think she had like sixteen piercings at that time in her life, some facial, although no stretching. Now I think she's removed everything but her bellybutton and some along her ear and lobe.

I would let the kid be a kid, the only thing that would worry me is stretching since as I'm sure you realize, there is a point where it won't go back, and reconstructed earlobes look like absolute shit. As she's likely too young to have any idea what she wants in life, doing something that permanent and job threatening would worry me.
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Avenvia Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Writer
Oh, and I've noticed a couple of people advising you to help her to do them herself if you can't stop her. I'd advise you not to do that. All that does is put any of the risks (and facial piercings do screw up most of the time when people attempt to do them from home) on your shoulders, since you are older and will therefore be considered responsible.

Tell her to either wait until she can legally get them done herself, convince your mother, or stay out of it, because you don't want to get blamed for - at best - a wonky piercing that looks crap and she regrets immediately afterwards.
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