“Earl” – Bridge Piercing

Bridge Piercing“Earl” is a popular name for nose bridge piercing. This unique piercing type is intriguing and many people decide to get it. While it’s still not among the most common facial piercings, Earl is sure popular among certain piercing enthusiasts.

About the Piercing

The nose bridge piercing is known under several names. You might know it as “Earl” piercing or “Erl” piercing. These names come from the first person ever to receive this piercing: Erl van Aken. However, most people decide to call this piercing simply “bridge”.

Earl piercing is a surface facial piercing performed through the skin on the bridge of the nose. The most common placement is between the eyes of the wearer, though some variations of the placement are possible.

Jewelry

There is no specialized jewelry made for Earl piercing alone. This means that you will have to wear multifunctional jewelry types suitable for this piercing.

Typically, the best jewelry for bridge piercings are straight and curved barbells. They are simple, practical and very comfortable. It’s particularly important to wear them as the initial jewelry, right after you get your nose bridge piercing.

After your piercing is healed, you may also try some other piercing types, such as rings. Captive Bead Rings and Seamless Rings seem to be great for this type of piercing. The most comfortable variant is a D-ring because it rests comfortably against the skin.

Rings are great jewelry pieces for a bridge piercing because they can reduce the risk of migration and rejection.

Additional Info

  • In order to get a bridge piercing, you have to have enough flesh on the bridge of your nose. If there is no enough skin to be pierced, you can’t get an Earl piercing. Luckily, most people have enough skin and can enjoy their bridge piercing to the fullest.
  • You need to perform adequate aftercare on your piercing. Clean it at least twice per day with a saline solution or a suitable commercial cleaner.
  • Healing time for this piercing is 4 to 8 weeks.
  • Bridge piercings are usually done at 14 or 12 gauge, though other gauges are also possible.
  • This piercing has a relatively high risk of rejection. Keep in mind that any nose bridge piercing is a surface piercing, and these always risk migration and rejection.
  • Another thing to keep in mind is that bridge piercing can lead to scarring after jewelry is removed. This is something to think about if you ever decide to retire your bridge piercing.
  • Basic bridge piercing is done horizontally. However, it’s also possible to get a vertical Earl piercing on the bridge of your nose.

Dermal Piercings

Dermal PiercingDermal piercings are those piercings performed on the flat surfaces of the body. They differ from surface piercings because they have only one hole seen on the skin. While a typical piercing has an entry hole and an exit hole, dermal piercings have just one hole that can be seen on the surface of the skin. This produces a very unique visual effect and allows for many creative placements for the jewelry.

About Dermal Piercings

Dermal piercings are gaining more and more popularity. These specialized piercing types are like no others. They have only one hole on the surface of the skin, and only one hole for the jewelry. The other end of the jewelry is neatly placed within the dermal layer of the skin. This is how this type of piercing got its name.

What makes dermal piercings particularly attractive is the visual image they create. A person wearing dermal jewelry has beads forming on top of the skin. The beads can be positioned in many different ways, so there’s enough room for experimentation with this piercing type.

Dermal Piercing Benefits

This unusual piercing type brings numerous benefits, especially compared to surface piercings. Dermal piercings can be positioned on almost any flat surface of the skin, even the ones that are hard to pierce.

Another advantage to dermal piercings is that they are longer lasting than surface piercings. Unlike surface piercings, which are only made through the surface of the skin, dermal piercings use jewelry that is anchored under the skin. It makes these piercings less prone to migration and rejection.

Finally, dermal piercings are great because they allow you to be creative. Typically, a person won’t get only one dermal piercing. Dermal piercings are done in pairs or groups. Depending on the placement, you can create numerous interesting patterns so it’s a great choice for those who wish to be creative.

Most Common Placements

Dermal piercings can be placed on almost any surface of the skin to achieve many different piercing options. However, the most popular placements include:

  • Around eyes (all areas)
  • On the ear
  • On the face (all areas)
  • On the fingers
  • On the neck
  • On the wrist
  • On the lower back

The Procedure

The procedure is not particularly complicated but you need to visit an experienced piercer. There are two common methods for performing dermal piercings: with a needle and with a dermal punch.

The needle method resembles any other piercing procedure. The main difference is that during the procedure, the piercer creates an L-shaped pouch on the skin instead of a simple hole. The pouch is made to hold the base and anchor of the piercing. The jewelry base is inserted carefully, typically using forceps. At the end, the jewelry top (a bead or another decoration) is fixed to the base.

The punch method is similar to the needle one, but the main difference is in the way the pouch is made. Here, the tissue is removed to make the pouch for the jewelry base. While this process is said to be less painful, it is also more prone to problems so it’s banned in many places.

Aftercare

Dermal Piercings require their own aftercare, though you will find it’s not so different than with the regular piercing. Keep in mind that a clean dressing is placed over the pierced area for the first several hours, and some people may even use bandages. It all helps with the healing process.

To take care of your dermal piercing, clean it with salt solution or a specialized cleaning product. The easiest way to go is to take a clean paper towel to pat the area around piercing. Use another towel to dry the area after cleaning.

Keep in mind that most dermal piercings take about 3 months to heal, so it’s important to keep this aftercare routine in order to prevent infections and other problems.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry type for dermal piercings is dermal anchor. Dermal anchors are specially designed for this piercing type and they are made in such a way to minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Dermal anchors are placed under the skin. They typically have holes so the tissue can grow through them. It anchors the jewelry under the skin so it’s less likely to migrate or cause other problems. Of course, in order for this to work safely, a dermal anchor has to be made of a medical-grade material.

The base of the dermal anchor goes under the skin, while the top stays out of the skin. This is where the decoration (such as a bead, or a gem) is attached. This way, only the decoration is seen on the surface of the skin.

Dermal anchors typically use simple yet effective beads. Some beads have a gem on top while others are decorated in bright colors and interesting patterns. While the anchor stays under the skin, you can change the bead to give your dermal piercing a new look.

World Record for the Longest Rope Crossing Using Pierced Clamps

Pavlo-Klets-and-Mariya-GafitsaUnusual world record is set in Ukraine: a couple made the longest rope crossing using clamps pieced on their backs. This combination of extreme surface piercings and strength allowed Mariya Gafitsa and Pavlo Klets to claim a new world record.

The couple managed to cross 550 meters on the Dnipro River in Kiev. They used Tyrolean traversing techniques first used on Swiss mountains. The procedure included piercing clamps into their own backs to use for their rope crossing. This way, they had to carry their whole body weights on nothing but their own skin. The couple wore supplementary harnesses as a back-up, just in case something goes wrong and piercings tear of. However, this wasn’t necessary and they managed to make the crossing using piercings on their backs.

The couple managed to complete the challenge and set a world record, even though their backs ended up damaged and bleeding.

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.

Surface Piercing and the risk

Beautifully aligned and healed surface piercing

 

What is a Surface Piercing or Surface Piercing Jewelry? A Surface Piercing is where the entrance and exit holes are (usually) pierced through the same flat area of skin. Most surface piercings will fail due to a Piercer not being experienced with Surface Piercings, and not having full knowledge of how the body heals.

This piercing takes a lot of skill and experience to do correctly. I would recommend looking at photos of surface piercings that the Piercer has done that have healed to verify their experience, and not just go by what they say.

Some of the more common surface piercings that are done are the Madison, Nape piercings, Chest, Cleavage, and several piercings around the belly area. These places have very little skin to spare so they are constantly getting friction, which is what usually causes the piercing rejection.

The body Jewelry that is used for these piercings are specifically made for surface piercings and many times are custom made for the person or the Piercer. It is also recommended that you use the flexible jewelry such as for pregnancy which would be even better because it would move with your body and help prevent piercing rejection.