2005: pierced area randomly began infecting. We’re talking nasty infections: swelling, blood, puss…the whole works.
2006: began noticing dark marks around piercing (assumed result of previous infections).
Early 2007: saw dermatologist about mystery dark marks around pierced area. Dermatologist claimed that the dark marks were “tattooing”. Even though I had gold nose rings, the little bit of nickel in them bled and tattooed my skin.
A little later in 2007: began tattoo laser removal treatments for the dark spot on my nose (most painful 10 seconds of my life). Nose ring had to be removed for treatment, and by the time I could replace it, the hole grew in. No more nose ring for Julie. But the treatments sure did leave a nice red pile of nastiness.
July 2007: after 3 tattoo removal treatments, saw very little difference in colour and glued a little jewel on my nose for our July 27 nuptials.
2007 to 2009: grew increasingly sick of the dark dip on my nose.
March 2009: Marc suggested a re-pierce whilst we were traipsing around NZ.
Sept 21, 2009: re-pierced nose
Later on Sept 21, 2009: took out re-piercing as it was ABOVE the dark hole on my nose and therefore defeated the entire purpose of the re-piercing.
PS- There is a mirror involved in these two pictures. I did NOT suddenly forget which side of my nose was actually pierced...
Still on September 21, 2009: it bled.
Nov 18, 2009 – re-pierced nose and it effectively covers the deep dark dip.
I am now re-living my glory days as a nose-pierced-rebel.