I went in a few days after Halloween to get my PA done with a friend after she called and made an appointment for me, I had wanted one for a while. My experience was a good one, piercer was professional and all, and claimed to have been piercing for 22 yrs but now that I look at it I can't help but think its to close to my head. I have a 12 gauge in currently and only want to stretch it to an 8 gauge, maybe a 6. But even for what most consider a smaller gauge like that, I'm not sure if I have the room for it, any help or suggestions?
I decided a few months ago that I could not live without a PA. After finding a very legitimate and well-known shop near me, I decided to go in. I was never really nervous about the pain, just anxious to get it done. When I got to the shop, it was empty besides the owner. My biggest fear about going to get pierced was that there would be a long wait, and that I'd have to say in front of everyone in the shop the very private piercing I wanted, so this was good. I told him I wanted to get a PA, and he told me to follow him back to the piercing room.
I was thinking about PA for some time, and on beginning of January I went to visit my best friend in Barcelona. So I thought - this would be a perfect timing, and memories from Spain.
So I have a google-it for a while, and I find a piercer in our neighborhood. I drop him a message over facebook to check how much it cost and when I could pop-by - and he replied instantly - its 50 EUR (only!) and i can come tomorrow at 5 p.m.
So I start to talk with my friend and he was really surprised he said that he could never guess that I would like PA.
Made the jump to a 00Ga. ring yesterday, it took a few days of slowly working a taper in the hole to stretch it and when the taper was finally in all the way I just left it in for about an hour and pushed the ring on thru. It's been 24 hours now and I have had no soreness or any other issues, I think this is as big as I am going to go with it.
My girlfriend decided to go ahead and got her hood pierced. It was successful, and we both loved it.
It inspired me to look into getting a PA.
On New Years Day, I went to talk to the piercer that did my girl, and he answered all my questions, and relieved all my fears.
My biggest fear was bleeding, and he said that he should be able to do it so that there we be very little bleeding.
So, I went for it.
He asked me what I had in mind for jewelry, and I asked him to decide according to my anatomy.
After thinking about it for about a month,I decided to get a PA and after learning all I could about it, I chose to start at 6 ga in order to bypass all that stretching.
I had it done by Pat Pierce at Mauve Montreal Piercing, he is one of the rare APP (Association of Professional Piercers)-certified piercers and there is a good reason for that, he is amazingly professional, very aware of the need for diligent sterile procedure and changes his gloves frequently.