Flameboy wrote:I'd still advise against going to a place that uses a piercing gun - a proper piercer will be able to advise you as to when (and where) your ears can be re-pierced. But at the end of the day, it's your body and therefore it's up to you what you decide to do.
Just as a completely random anecdote, three experiences:
First, left ear. Noticeboard pin and "kinda" surgical alcohol. It wasn't exactly a pleasant experience, but healed well enough without any bother.
Second, right ear. Body piercing studio on the assumption that they'd use a needle (which I understood to be the best approach). They used a piercing gun. Fairly painless, but the healing procedure seemed really, really protracted and the result has never been entirely satisfactory. Placement was okay though, at least it matched the other one.
Third, nose. I'd heard nostril piercings were really troublesome, though some reading about the subject suggested that this was probably because they were done at a smaller gauge than other non-ear-piercings, so I guess it would be expected. I decided on 1.6mm as a likely trouble-free solution, which meant a (I think) 2.5mm needle. eek! It looked enormous and was incredibly painful, partly because the nose apparently has a lot of nerve endings, and largely because I decided to do it myself. But the end result has been good, it hasn't given me any trouble at all. But the placement and angle were pure luck, any sort of piercing should be done by someone who knows what they're doing. And I most certainly don't.
Funny that both the ones I did myself were the least bothersome, though I don't think anyone should draw any conclusions from that!