Choccy94
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Well I recently decided (after finding out that I could) that I wanted to study medicine (as opposed to physics/medical physics).

However, I have 12 piercings at the minute (11 on my ears and 1 hidden tongue web) and would quite like to get a couple more on my ears.
I started year 12 today, and I was hoping to volunteer/get work experience in the hospital within the next 2 years, but I have no idea what to do about my piercings.

I don't particularly want to take them out just yet, for the sake of a few weeks work experience (however when it comes to crunch time and I have to take them out for work or university I will do). I was thinking of putting clear retainers in them (as they are only on my ears and can easily be hidden by my hair) but I was just wondering how well it would go down with the hospital if I was doing work experience of some kind.

Anyone got any experiences/advice to share? I'd really appreciate any help on the matter :o:
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MALIK HAMID
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Can you not just take them out, go to work experience, come home, put them in? :lolwut:

On a side note, all piercings other than one on each ear lobe for girls look disgusting.
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They might close up, some of mine at first started closing up even when I was just changing the stud. It depends how attached you are to them.
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Why the need for 12 ear piercings. It just generally looks repulsive and unsightly to most people, and that'not just me; it's the general consensus on a superfluous amount of piercings, tattoos etc.
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(Original post by MALIK HAMID)
On a side note, all piercings other than one on each ear lobe for girls look disgusting.
Ehhm, no they don't.
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Ehhm, no they don't.
Well, its a matter of opinion and I'm pretty sure most people would agree with me. :cool:
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Well, its a matter of opinion and I'm pretty sure most people would agree with me. :cool:
Belly button piercings are pretty hot..
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It's not at all unusual to find medical students, and junior doctors, with interesting hair styles and body mods.

However, it sends a clear message to patients and to colleagues. And I don't think you want to do that.
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I understand that they send a clear message, and I will take them out when I know that my future is confirmed: I.E. In university.
However I just wouldn't like them to close up for the sake of a week's experience.

Surely having the holes there is no different to having the clear, practically invisible retainers in - the piercings are/were still there.

And I didn't ask for a debate on whether they looked good or not, I like them and that's what's important to me.

All I wanted to know was would it be acceptable for me to put clear retainers in to make the piercings as discreet as possible, and THEN take them out when I know for a fact I'll be working in medicine.
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Holes in the face or a career in medicine?
Hmmm.
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Piercings are hideous..
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Holes in the face or a career in medicine?
Hmmm.
I clearly stated I didn't have/want ANY holes in my face, for that reason. I wanted piercings that are easily hidden, but at the same time I want to be able to still wear them while I can. As I say, I'd rather wait until this 'career in medicine' is confirmed before I give them up, because some of them mean something :\
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Could you wear a headband that covers your ears? You might have to take them out for hygiene reasons though.
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because some of them mean something :\
Really?

When I have holes in my face, they tend to mean OH GOD I SHOULDN'T USE THE STAPLER WHEN IM DRUNK.
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(Original post by GodspeedGehenna)
Really?

When I have holes in my face, they tend to mean OH GOD I SHOULDN'T USE THE STAPLER WHEN IM DRUNK.
I don't have facial piercings

And yes. Some of them are to do with memorable times/celebrations and one of them (well, technically 3) is a rather unique piercing that is very uncommon, and I'd kinda like to keep it for a little longer.


Seriously though guys. Clear retainers, would they care all that much if I were working there for a week :rolleyes:
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I had a vertical labret (which I miss very much ) which I used to take out and put in a small container for the duration when I was on the ward. Now I'm on the course, it's been taken out but it's a balance of priorities. I think your best option is to ask wherever you go for work experience what they expect of you and if you can comprimise by putting clear retainers in or plasters over those piercings you can't take out.
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Jeez, if she likes piercings then just let her be. She didn't ask for opinions on them!
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Thanks to both of you.
If I have to go to an interview I will go with clear retainers and ask if it's ok with them
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I have 6, 4 in one ear and 2 in the other. I've had roughly 2 weeks medical work experience (in 3 different hospitals) and the staff were fine with it! The clear retainer seems much better though. Just hide most with your hair, and as long as you are scrupulous about hygiene once there (which goes without saying really seeing as you'll probs be in a clinical environment) it won't matter.

I don't think any of mine are unsightly, all of them are really discrete. It's all a matter of personal preference, and she clearly didn't ask anyone for their personal opinion, beauty is subjective so why start challenging it?!
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If you are observing surgery, you will have to take everything out including clear retainers. Otherwise I can't see the problem with them? Most people probably wouldn't even notice.
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