Had it nearly 2 weeks and its still pretty swollen, the whole bar is taken up at the moment (8mm). Should it be that swollen? Was also wondering when I can change the front ball? My piercer said 4 weeks till I can change just the ball, just wanted to know if you guys have heard any different
Its more swollen today :( also a bit painful when I cleaned it. I did a sss and to try and bring the swelling down I've put ice on it. Is heat or ice better to soothe it and reduce the swelling? Thanks, I'm just a bit paranoid after all the horror stories I've heard!
Mine is about a month and a half old now, just one and it was a repierce. Defs still swollen and sore if I knock it. Cartilage piercings never heal easily or quickly, swelling and ache or a bit of pain is no reason to worry or take it out etc... 12-18 months is standard healing time, a few weeks is nothing. Do you SSS when it has cooled to lukewarm if you are worried about the hot but it isn't the sort of swelling that you need to be overly concerned about temperature, it will settle. I think I have soaked mine once... If it doesn't need cleaning then there isn't much of a need for SSS except to make it feel nice and clean and fresh.
Edit: Also, if there is no reason to change the ball (and looking pretty is not a reason), I wouldn't be changing it for a long time. The movement will just irritate the piercing. It is possible and I am sure wouldn't cause major problems but the less fiddling the better until it is healed.
L & R 4mm lobe | L & R 2nd & 3rd lobe | L double helix | L inner conch | L rook | R helix | R forward helix | R tragus (re-pierced) | R outer conch L nostril | Septum | Madonna | L (Devil) & R (Angel) nipple | Nape dermal x2 (vertical) | Cleavage dermal | Navel (re-pierced #2) | VCH
Failed: Navel (rejected x2) | R tragus (migrated) | L collar bone dermal (rejected) Wish list: R double inner conch | Tongue
It was looking less swollen this morning but I've just cleaned it and it looks like its about to start eating the ball :( It doesn't hurt and has been feeling good, so I don't get why its getting more swollen. If it gets worse then I'll go back to my piercer on Thursday as I'm around there then. Atm i'm holding ice on it, in the hope of some improvement!