Bridge piercing, also known as earl or erl piercing, is a facial piercing performed on the bridge of the nose. The piercing is typically placed right at the bridge of the nose, between the eyes, though some placements put this piercing a bit higher or lower. This piercing is done only through the skin of the bridge and not the underlying tissue so it is not a complex or extreme piercing. However, this placement makes it prone to problems such as migration, rejection and other issues. This is something you need to keep in mind if you wish to get a bridge piercing. Common jewelry for a bridge piercing is a straight barbell, though some people choose to wear curved barbells or surface bars, or even Captive Bead Rings, but only once the piercing is fully healed.
A true bridge piercing is placed horizontally on the bridge of the nose. However, it is also possible to get a vertical bridge piercing. This piercing is a surface piercing and even more prone to issues such as infection, migration and rejection. As such, it is not considered a permanent piercing but with a good care you will be able to enjoy this piercing for a long time. Both horizontal and vertical bridge piercings are prone to problems and can leave a visible scar, so this is something to keep in mind if you wish to get one of these piercings.