A Short Guide to Eyebrow Piercings

Eyebrow Piercing Eyebrow piercing is one of the most popular piercing types. It’s very attractive and stylish, and can take many forms, depending on the jewelry you choose. Both men and women can enjoy a beautiful eyebrow piercing with an effective jewelry piece.

Eyebrow piercings are specific and different than other popular piercing types. Generally speaking, eyebrow piercings are considered the so-called “surface piercings”. It means that the piercing is done on one surface of the skin, unlike most of the other piercings.

The trouble with surface piercings is that they are more prone to migrations and rejections, and generally are known to last shorter than other types of piercings. However, with good care, it’s possible to maintain your eyebrow piercing for a long time.

Different Types of Eyebrow Piercings

There are several popular types of eyebrow piercings, depending on the way the piercing is done and the way the jewelry is positioned. The most common form is the Vertical Eyebrow Piercing. Here, the piercing is done almost vertically, on the outer side of an eyebrow. The jewelry is typically inserted from below of the eyebrow to the top.
Another way to perform an eyebrow piecing is to do a Horizontal Eyebrow Piercing. This piercing is done parallel to the eyebrow. The jewelry is positioned almost horizontally. Usually, the horizontal piercing is done above the eye but you may also choose to have it done just below eyebrow.

Another popular type of piercing is an Anti-Eyebrow piercing. It is getting more and more popular these days, especially among teenagers. This surface piercing type is also known as “teardrop” piercing or high cheek piercing. It’s usually done just below the eyes and above the cheekbone. The jewelry is made to resemble tears on the face.

The Procedure

Eyebrow piercing procedure is usually quick and doesn’t cause much pain. Anti-eyebrow piercing may be a bit more painful, but it’s done quickly.

As with any other type of piercing, it’s important to choose a reliable, experienced piercer. It’s also vital to choose high-quality jewelry made of body-safe materials. The procedure itself is pretty straightforward: the chosen area is disinfected and a piercing needle is inserted through the skin. The needle for vertical eyebrow piercing typically goes from the bottom of the eyebrow to the top. This is how you’ll insert the jewelry. Usually, the initial piercing is done in the 18g to 12g size range.

The healing time is 6 to 8 weeks. During this time, do not change your jewelry. You have to wait for your piercing to fully heal to change the jewelry. During the healing process, make sure that no cosmetic products come in touch with your piercing (such as shampoo, makeup, creams, etc.)

Keep in mind that you have to care for your piercing during the healing process, because this is when it’s very prone to infections, rejection and migration. Make sure to clean it regularly with a saline solution and resist the urge to touch the jewelry.

Jewelry

There are many different jewelry types you can use for your eyebrow piercing. Keep in mind, however, that the jewelry used has to be suitable for eyebrow wear. It means that the jewelry pierce should not be too thin nor too heavy. While it’s ok to use multi-functional jewelry pieces, it’s best to use special jewelry made for eyebrow piercings.

The most common jewelry types for eyebrow piercings are special mini curved barbells. These barbells are specially made for eyebrow piercings so they feel the most comfortable. Always make sure to choose jewelry of the appropriate size! This is why it’s important to know the gauge you’re pierced with.

Eyebrow jewelry is very varied. You may choose between simple and elegant pieces you will be able to wear in almost any situation. If you prefer something more ornamented, there are many eyebrow circular barbells with special balls on one end. These balls can have gems or special charms that make your jewelry even more attractive. Some jewelry pieces have specially designed balls (made in different shapes) or special additions on the top ball. All these different designs make for very varied jewelry so your eyebrow piercing will always look attractive.

Surface Piercings

Corset Piercing Surface piercings are special types of piercings performed on one skin surface. This is different from a “regular” piercing, that is, a piercing made though a piece of tissue from one side to another. For example, nostril piercing and nipple piercing are not surface piercings because they go through tissue, starting on one side of tissue and exiting on the other. Eyebrow piercing, however, is a surface piercing because the puncture is made on one plane of skin.

Various Styles

Surface piercings are very varied and effective. There are many different ways to perform them, because there are more body parts where you can make them. Unlike “regular” piercings, which are mainly done on specific body parts, surface piercings offer much more options when it comes to location.

Still, some locations are more popular than the others. The most popular location for a surface piercing is eyebrow. This piercing is so common that is often considered a “regular” piercing so many people don’t even think about it as a typical surface piercing.

Other popular surface piercing types include:

Anti-eyebrow. A piercing done under the eye or beside the eye.
Corset piercing. A series of piercings done on the back and made to be laced (to resemble a corset).
Madison piercing. A horizontal piercing made at the base of the neck, above the collarbone.
Vampire Bites (neck piercing). Located on the side of the neck.

These are just some of the popular types. Other include hip piercing, nape piercing (on the back of the neck), wrist piercing, and more.

Surface Piercing Problems

Surface piercings are very attractive but they are associated with certain problems. They face a much higher rate of rejection and migration. The jewelry is relatively easily pushed to the surface and rejected by the body. While a regular piercing can get rejected, it’s more difficult for it to happen, because of the tissue surrounding the piercing, as well as greater depth of the piercing. It’s much easier for the body to reject surface piercing because it can push out jewelry like it’s a splinter. Regular (non-surface) piercings, on the other hand, make a skin tunnel that is more difficult to heal if the jewelry is inserted (obviously, if jewelry is taken out it can heal pretty quickly).

This problem makes surface piercings more temporary than the regular piercings. Some of them can last only for a few months (or even weeks). Others can be kept for a few years. There are also some types of surface piercings you can keep for longer, if you take a good care of them.

To avoid rejection, it’s important to clean your piercing regularly and to keep a good hygiene. Make sure to never irritate your piercing. To help your surface piercing last longer and to avoid inflammation, it’s important to choose jewelry made of body-safe materials.

Body Jewelry Face Off – Facial Piercings & New Trends

Facial piercings are cool and really happening (if there are no cuts, bruises or infections). Traditional facial piercings included conventional areas that did not raise many eyebrows. However the new trends in facial piercings are not just about raising eyebrows but shocking you! If you thought labret piercing, nose, nose septum, eyebrows piercing, ear lobes were rebellious enough then you probably didn’t see this coming.

The new trends in facial piercings shining these days are:

Philtrum or Medusa PiercingBody jewelry in this one is attractively perched at the small cleft between the upper lip and the nose. Now snakes has nothing to do with it. It’s also a mere speculation that Medusa had her philtrum pierced.

Monroe or Madonna Piercing – This was perhaps invented by those for who thought moles were sexy and stunning. Imagine having a shiny body jewelry piece lighting up your face instead of  a dark mole. Many body piercing fanatics have found quite a like for such facial piercing. Small body jewelry pieces are pierced in areas around the face where moles are commonly found.

The Anti-Eyebrow Piercing – In this a two-surface body piercing jewelry piece is involved. And as the name typically suggests, this piercing is not about piercing eyebrows but lies diametrically opposing them – below the eye. Usually the first corner is near the corner of the eye and the second is farther back down – like tear drops falling. Sounds like a tear-jerker? Well it isn’t really and has found a place in the book of cool body piercings.

Alright so now you know what’s new in the facial piercing circuit and may be already twitching to try these asap. But keep in mind that facial piercings are (obviously) in your face-obvious, so if you are a professional with a piercing impulse then you may just want to take a moment to think. Others – who have already taken the body piercing plunge and want to go deeper to come out shinier than ever – will find it interesting (if already not tried).

Until then keep up the shine and safety while getting pierced.