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.

Popular Piercings and Jewelry Types

Titanium Star Curved Barbell

Titanium Star Curved Barbell

Piercing is a popular form of body modification and all enthusiast who love various piercing styles can enjoy many different types of jewelry. The choice of jewelry is often a very personal one. In a way, it will depend on the body part and the type of piercing you have. For example, certain piercing types require straight barbells as the basic form of jewelry while others require curved barbells, captive bead rings, flesh tunnels, etc. Generally speaking, though, most piercings can use many different types of body jewelry, so it’s often the question of one’s personal preferences and style.

Your body jewelry should suit you and make you express yourself in the best possible way. It should show who you are and it should be something you truly like and feel comfortable with. Many people have one style they stick to, while others like to experiment. Some people prefer simple body jewelry types while others go for more elaborate, complex designs. There is no right or wrong way to go here.

There are some popular piercing types and body parts many people choose to pierce, and these piercings often require a certain type of jewelry. Within these types, you are free to choose designs you like the most.

Earlobe

Earlobe piercing is the most common body piercing. It’s so common and socially accepted that it’s often not even considered body piercing in “true” sense. There are many types of earrings people like to wear in their earlobes, and the choice of designs and materials is endless. Rings, dangling jewelry types and other forms are popular.

Special type of earlobe piercing is a stretched earlobe piercing, erroneously known as “gauge”. These piercings are stretched to a larger size so a different type of jewelry can be worn in the stretched hole, such as ear plug, earlet, flesh tunnel, tusk, spiral, and others. These jewelry types are often made of organic materials and they can be very effective. The “trick” when choosing jewelry for stretched piercing is to always choose the correct gauge. Wrong size can put a pressure on your piercing and tear your earlobe, which can lead to infections and other problems. Therefore, before choosing a design you like, you need to make sure the jewelry is of a correct gauge and also made of a body-safe material you can wear safely.

Ear Cartilage

Heart Helix Cuff for Ear Cartilage Piercing

Heart Helix Cuff for Ear Cartilage Piercing

Various types of ear cartilage piercings are also popular. These piercings are suitable for many different jewelry types, so you can choose between rings or barbells, depending on your style. People who have multiple cartilage piercings often like to connect them with the same jewelry piece. The most popular form of this is the industrial piercing, usually connected by a long straight barbell, but there are other possibilities. Some people use spiraled barbells or chains to connect their cartilage piercings. Many jewelry types also incorporate dangling gems or pendants.

Navel

Navel piercing is one of the most popular forms of piercings. Jewelry used for this type of piercing is often known as “belly rings” or “navel rings”, even though the most popular jewelry type for this type of piercing is not a ring but a curved barbell. There are many curved barbell designs to choose from, such as simple surgical steel barbells with spherical balls or more elaborate designs with pendants, gems and other ornaments.

Another popular type of jewelry for this type of piercing is the actual ring. Captive bead rings are popular, but their downside is that they can get caught on clothing. Therefore, they are recommended only for fully healed piercings.

Nose

Certain types of nose piercings are very common. Nostril piercing, for example, is among the most popular forms of piercing. It is a relatively simple piercing and jewelry types used for this piercing are simple but very effective. Many people choose simple studs and nose screws with bright gems on top for nostril piercings. A good thing about this type of piercing is that it can be very understated and easy to hide for work and other occasions: all you need to do is to choose a flesh-colored nose plug or stud. Some people prefer to wear nose rings instead of studs and screws.

Another popular type of nose piercing is septum piercing. It is a bit more complex type of piercing but it’s very effective. There are many different jewelry designs suitable for this type of piercing, such as rings and curved barbells. Depending on the style, a septum piercing jewelry can be simple or bold and more pronounced.

Eyebrow

Another popular piercing location is the eyebrow. Eyebrow piercing can look very beautiful and effective, but the downside is that eyebrow piercing tends to be very sensitive. Remember, eyebrow piercing is basically a surface piercing, which means there’s a relatively high risk of migration and rejection.

Also, this type of piercing has a high risk of becoming infected. For this reason, it’s important to choose jewelry carefully and with some consideration. Make sure to pick a body safe jewelry material and a jewelry suitable to be worn in an eyebrow piercing without a problem. Simple barbells look effective and they don’t pose much problems. Rings are another popular choice but you need to be careful not to make them caught on the clothing or hair.

Lips and Tongue

Titanium Micro Labret

Titanium Micro Labret

Many people choose to get their lips and tongue pierced. These piercings are very common but it’s important to be careful because of the sensitive tissue. Also, another risk associated with this type of piercings come from the fact lips and tongue regularly come in contact with food, so it’s another thing to keep in mind.

Generally speaking, lip piercings usually use labrets. This is a perfect jewelry type for this form of piercing. It’s effective but relatively simple and it doesn’t interfere with eating or brushing your teeth. However, labrets are not the only jewelry type used for lip piercings; many people prefer to use rings and other jewelry types.

Tongue piercing is more complex and the healing time is longer, so it requires special attention. Jewelry used for tongue piercing must be made of high-quality, body safe materials because it comes in contact with sensitive tissue.

Genital Piercing

While not as common as other type of body piercings, genital piercing has many proponents. Both men and women choose different types of genital piercings and jewelry types. As a general rule, jewelry worn in a genital piercing must be made of a high quality, body-safe material. Most jewelry types are relatively simple in design and have a smooth surface so they don’t pose a problem while walking or sitting. One advantage of genital piercing is that it can be used to enhance sexual pleasure for both partners.

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.

Double Eyebrow Piercing – Twice the Attitude

Eyebrow piercing is one of the first off the usual body piercing trends. After navel, ear and nose, it’s eyebrow piercing that is perhaps most common and sought after. And now there’s a unique innovation in eyebrow piercing too – Double eyebrow piercing. It looks funkier, smarter and more daring then your regular eyebrow piercing.

Double eyebrow piercing means two body jewelry pieces  or two piercings through the eyebrow. And the great thing about it, people already having a single eyebrow piercing can go for another too to get the double bling.

What’s Double Eyebrow Piercing All About?

Some people go for vertical piercings in which the piercings are next-to-each-other. Others get horizontal piercings one beside another (especially those who already have a single piercing done). The trend is fast catching up and will soon cease to be a rarity. Right from  barbells, wires to rings all sorts of feasible  body jewelry can be used for double eyebrow piercing.

Say, you go for horizontal eyebrow piercing placed side to side, above the eyebrow, then you would have four barbells visible. Or one could even try the one above and one below the eyebrow piercing for that killer style.

Whichever you choose just make sure that it goes well with your face and personalty.

P.S – The double eyebrow piercing is a great way to set yourself apart from the crowd! So go ahead take it on!