It has taken me a little bit of time to collect my thoughts, and decide what I want to write about for my Ampallang piercing experience. My fear upon writing this is that I was going to mislead people that this was an easy piercing, and that all the guys out there should run out and have one done. I just want to infer this disclaimer before I write more; this is just my experience, everything went incredibly easy, and there have been no complications. In fact this has been one of the easier piercings that I have had done. I credit this to the talent and skills of my piercer, I obviously had the easy part, just lay still and adhere to the aftercare.
The most difficult part of this piercing has turned out to be finding a qualified piercer to do the Ampallang. The piercer who did my Prince Albert doesn't do Ampallang, I contacted another highly recommended Piercer in my neighborhood and he didn't do them either. However, he recommended a Piercer in Minneapolis (a four hour drive from Des Moines, IA where I live). I contacted the piercer in Minneapolis, and he highly recommended a Piercer back in Des Moines. He actually said he would let him (Leo) do the Ampallang on him, that he was just that good. I contacted Leo, we agreed upon a date and time that worked out for the both of us, and the Ampallang was definitely going to happen…finally.
I showed up for my appointment, definitely looking forward to the piercing that I had wanted for a long time. Leo (my Piercer) and I talked for a while, relaxed a bit and then went back to a private room for the piercing. I laid down on the table, and as Leo got prepared he started me doing relaxation exercises. They must have worked, I hardly noticed when he marked out where the Ampallang was going to go, and then took out the PA to prepare for the piercing. He then told me to focus on my breathing, taking in full breaths and letting it out slowly letting me know on the third breath he would do the piercing. I would be purposely be misleading you to say that there was no pain, yes there was pain; however, it felt distant and no where near like I thought it would feel like. On a scale of 1-10, I would give the pain a 5. I could feel the 10 gauge piercing needle go through, then Leo told me the 8 gauge taper would be next. That came and went quick enough, then next the Titanium barbell. It was incredible to feel all that go through one of the most sensitive areas of your body, and the pain just felt like it was off in the distance; secondary to all the other feelings taking place.
The Ampallang piercing was now done. I opened my eyes (yes my eyes were closed, I think I closed them when I started focusing on my breathing) sat up and looked down and saw it for the first time. No blood, not even a drop! Shiny Titanium barbell looking gorgeous, I couldn't believe it all happened, and it was that easy. I kept looking at it, thinking it would start bleeding if I didn't look at it. The endorphins must have been kicking in something fierce at that time, no pain, no blood, I was quite proud of myself for going through with it.
Now it has been almost a month since the piercing. There never was any bleeding, for the first week or so there was mild swelling, all gone now. After week 2 the tenderness at the entrance and exit wounds passed and gave way to a great sensitivity and an incredible temptation to want to play with the new piercing. So far so good, I am still "Master of my domain"; don't want to risk any sort of scar tissue especially since healing has gone incredibly well so far no reason to screw things up now. I did SSS once or twice a day and continue to do them. They are just so relaxing, and it's one of those few moments in my day that I get to sit still. So far so good, I am extremely happy with my Ampallang piercing.