My wife and I went this afternoon and got them done. It wasn't as bad as we thought it would be. Right afterwards, we went and got icee's. The bar is a 12ga 3/4". For after care we got Tech2000 and some sea salt. Both of us are really swollen right now. They told us not to take anything like ibuprofin until tomorrow if possible. Also no soda's or hot/spicey foods for the next week. Eventually, I think I want to stretch to a 10ga. I've also been thinking about getting a labret and cbr's in both ears.