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.
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.