Eyebrow Piercing

Eyebrow PiercingEyebrow piercings are among the most popular facial piercings in the world and one of the most popular piercings in general. It is not uncommon for people to have this one as their only piercing. While it’s very popular with young people eyebrow piercings are common among all the demographics.

Piercing and Procedure

Eyebrow piercing is typically done vertically through the ridge of the eyebrow. Depending on the person’s anatomy and wishes, the placement and orientation of the piercing can be different. Many eyebrow piercings are done at a slight angle but are still considered to be vertical piercings. Other placements and orientations are also possible, though they are generally considered to be variations of the general eyebrow piercing.

What is important to know about eyebrow piercing is that it’s a surface piercing, albeit the most famous of them all. However, as a surface piercing it is prone to some of the common problems other surface piercings face, such as migration and rejection.

Eyebrow piercings are not particularly difficult to perform, though it’s vital to go to a reliable piercing studio and hire and experienced piercer. The procedure is typically performed using a cannula needle. Some piercers use clamps for easier guidance. The needle is inserted through the bottom of the eyebrow and it exits through the top of the eyebrow. The exact placement is decided based on the client’s wishes and piercer’s recommendation.

Typically, eyebrow piercings are pierced with needles ranging from 18 gauge to 12 gauge. However, 16 gauge seems to be particularly common, though 14 gauge and 12 gauge are also popular.

Jewelry

Since eyebrow piercings are done in gauges ranging from 18 gauge to 12 gauge this is the range of the jewelry sizes used for this piercing. As with any other piercing, it’s crucial t know the gauge you’re pierced with so you can wear appropriate jewelry.

Typical jewelry for eyebrow piercings are curved barbells. While general curved barbells can be used there are also curved barbells made specially for eyebrow piercings.

Other jewelry choices are also common. For example, some people prefer to wear Captive Bead Rings while others opt for different type of barbells (usually curved barbells though some even choose to wear straight barbells).

The jewelry puts pressure on the piercing, which can increase the risk of migration, rejection and other problems. This is why it’s so crucial to use jewelry that is comfortable and has a perfect fit for the piercing. It’s important to minimize the pressure in order to protect the piercing and minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Additional Info and Tips

  • The eyebrow can be pierced anywhere above the eye, so there are many different placements possible. The furthest away one can go is to the edge of the eyebrow by the temple.
  • It is also possible to pierce an eyebrow further away above the eye, but this is a more risky procedure because of the presence of supra-orbital nerves.
  • Eyebrow piercings can be done in pairs and groups, depending on the wishes.
  • If done horizontally, this piercing is known as a horizontal eyebrow piercing.
  • A variant of this piercing is done underneath the eye. This one is known an anti-eyebrow piercing.
  • The healing time for this piercing is about 6 to 8 weeks for the initial healing. Full healing can take anywhere from 6 months to a year.
  • Eyebrow piercings are known to produce crusts and discharge during healing. However, if you notice an abnormal amount of discharge or other problems, make sure to consult a medical professional. Same goes for any pain or prolonged swelling you may encounter.
  • The larger gauge is less likely to migrate and reject, so it’s better to be pierced at a larger gauge (for example, 14 gauge or 12 gauge) to minimize the risk of migration and rejection.

Guiche Piercing

Guiche PiercingA guiche piercing is a male genital piercing done on the perineum. This is not the most popular and widespread genital piercing, but there are many men who have it, so it’s not considered rare, either.

Guiche piercing is not difficult to perform and it can bring added stimulation, so many men enjoy it to the fullest.

Piercing and Placement

The Guiche piercing (pronounced “geesh”) first gained popularity among gay BDSM culture, only to become more common among all demographics in the 1980s and 1990s. According to Doug Malloy, this piercing is of a Polynesian origin. He said that some communities on Tahiti used to practice it on teenage boys. However, there is no concrete proof of this claim.

A Guiche piercing is done on the perineum, on the spot between a man’s scrotum and the anus. Typically, the piercing is done centrally, across the raphe (the midline of the penis). This standard placement is done transversely to the penis, but other placements are also possible. For example, some men choose to have their guiche done laterally.

Guiche is not difficult to perform, but some care must be taken. It’s mainly because this piercing is something between a regular piercing and a surface piercing, so it may require special care.

Jewelry

Typical jewelry for a guiche piercing is a Captive Bead Ring. Many men choose these rings because they are practical and they can also be used to attach weights. Captive Bead Rings can be used both as initial jewelry and regular jewelry.

Other popular jewelry type are barbells, usually circular barbells, but other styles are always possible.

If a guiche piercing is stretched, it can accommodate jewelry made for large gauge piercings, such as plugs or flesh tunnels. However, wearing such jewelry may cause discomfort due to the position of the piercing.

Additional Info and Tips

  • Typical healing time for this piercing is between 6 and 9 months.
  • It’s vital to keep perfect hygiene. This piercing is located very near the anus so it’s understandable that you should take a great care about hygiene. This should go even beyond the healing time – this is piercing that you need to take care of at all times.
  • Guiche piercings are prone to migration and rejection because of their placement.
  • Many men like to wear special weights through their guiche piercing jewelry for additional stimulation.
  • This piercing is considered functional, since it is known to increase sexual pleasure. It can also be used for various kink and bondage activities.
  • Some men have more than one guiche piercing done. Multiple guiche piercings are known as a “guiche ladder”. A guiche ladder can be formed as an extension of an existing frenum ladder.
  • It is possible to stretch a guiche piercing. Such a stretched piercing is often known as a “guiche tunnel”.
  • There is a female variant of this piercing, called “female guiche”. However, guiche piercings are much rarer with women.

Back Dimple Piercing

Back Dimple PiercingBack Dimple piercing is a new form of piercing and it’s known under many names. Some people refer to it as “lower back” piercing, while the others call it “valley” piercing. It is even known as a “butt crack piercing”, depending on the placement.

The Piercing

Whatever you wish to call it, it’s undeniable this piercing is unique and something special. This is actually a surface piercing, so it’s prone to all of the usual problems other surface piercings can cause. One of the main problem is rejection, which makes back dimple piercing less permanent than many other piercing types. That being said, with a good care this piercing can last for a long time.

Back dimple piercing is typically done in pairs, but you may wish to have a single piercing or more than two piercings done at your lower back.

This unique piercing can have many different placements. The most common one is on the dimples on the lower back, right above the buttocks. This is a very effective placement and can be attractive if low cut jeans are worn.

Another common placement is closer to the cleft of the butt cheeks  (hence the name “butt crack piercing”), though it’s typically placed above the buttocks and not between them.

There are many other placements for this piercing, and many different ways to organize pairs and groups of piercings. The only important thing is to locate the piercings on the lower back.

Procedure

Back dimple piercing is a surface piercing and should be treated as such. There are several different ways to perform such a surface piercings. Your piercer may use one piercing needle, a pair of piercing needles, or punch and taper technique can be used. These techniques are similar to other types of surface piercings, especially corset piercings.

Your piercer should decide on the most appropriate method to use, though you may voice your preference. However, your piercer should have the last say in the matter, because a lot depends on our individual anatomy.

Jewelry

A typical jewelry for back dimple piercings is a surface bar. This is the most common jewelry for this type of surface piercing because it reduces the risk of rejection and other problems.

Another common jewelry type is a dermal anchor. This jewelry type adds security because it anchors in the skin and reduces the risk of migration and rejection (which are high for this piercing type).

Additional Info and Tips

  • While this piercing is not completely rare, it’s still unusual. It has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that it’s very unique, so you will sure stand out from the crowd if you decide to get one. The disadvantage is that it might be more difficult to find a piercer who is experienced in performing this type of piercing.
  • The position of the piercing may make it difficult to clean. However, do not let that discourage you from performing adequate aftercare. It’s important to clean your new piercing regularly in order to avoid problems.
  • Back dimple piercing is prone to migration and rejection. This area of body tends to scratch on clothes and moves, which increases the risk of migration and rejection.
  • For the same reason, this piercing type might be difficult to heal properly.
  • If you have a lower back tattoo you may use piercings to enhance the tattoo’s design.

Hafada Piercing

Hafada PiercingA Hafada piercing is a male genital piercing done on the scrotum. It can be done anywhere on the surface of the scrotum, but it’s important to note that the piercing itself includes only skin and not the tissue itself. In short, a Hafada piercing is a surface piercing. It should never penetrate deep into the scrotum.

Those who wish to have piercings deep into scrotum should opt for transscrotal procedures. These are completely different piercing types and they typically include the scrotum tissue. Hafada piercing, on the other hand, involves only the scrotum skin.

Hafada Piercing

Hafada is done relatively easily, since it includes only skin on the surface of the scrotum. The only thing the piercer and the client should agree about is the placement. Hafada can be placed almost anywhere on the scrotum.

Since the skin on the scrotum is loose and flexible, Hafada piercings are prone to migration, rejection and other problems associated with surface piercings.

Also, many men choose to get multiple Hafada piercings so they can wear multiple jewelry pieces on their scrotum. These multiple Hafadas are sometimes made as an extension of a frenum ladder piercing. Multiple Hafada piercings can make a very effective scrotal ladder.

Typical jewelry for a Hafada piercing is a Captive Bead Ring, a Curved Barbell or a Straight Barbell. When choosing your jewelry, it’s important to pick jewelry type that is the most comfortable and aesthetically pleasing for you.

Additional Information

  • Hafada piercing is relatively painless because the skin is very elastic. The procedure is fast and doesn’t bring much discomfort.
  • Keep in mind that a Hafada piercing can easily be irritated, due to the placement. Lack of ventilation can make the piercing difficult to heal.
  • When choosing a placement for a Hafada piercing, it’s important not to hurt the tissue under the skin in any way. It can be dangerous and lead to numerous problems.
  • The minimum gauge to be pierced with is 12. Smaller gauges are not recommended, and larger gauges are common with Hafada piercing.
  • Hafada piercings can be done both horizontally and vertically on the scrotum.

“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.