Disclaimer: I'm not ready to change my tongue piercing yet, I just have so many questions and I love getting answers from different perspectives!

I have my tongue pierced and I was wondering if it is absolutely necessary to go back to my piercer when it's ready to be changed? I know some people change them themselves and I was just wondering because my piercing shop is an hour away and I don't have my own transportation. My mom won't drive me because she doesn't want anything to do with any of my piercings.

So could I change it myself if I'm super careful? Or would I have to find away to get to my piercer again? And if I can change it myself, how long should I wait? What steps and precautions should I take?

Any help is appreciated!