Surface piercing is any body piercing done on the skin surface. This is a difference to regular body piercings, which are typically done by piercing tissue from one side to another. While regular piercings go through different planes of the tissue, surface piercings only go through one plane. While most surface piercings are less popular than regular piercings, there is one notable exception: eyebrow piercing. This is the most popular surface piercing in the world. Other examples of surface piercings include nape piercing, corset piercings, anti-eyebrow piercing, Madison piercing, neck piercing, and more. Surface piercings are more varied and can be performed almost anywhere.
There is one huge drawback to surface piercings: they are much more sensitive and difficult to keep than regular piercings. It means that you have to be very careful to keep them and prevent infections and other problems. Even with the best of care, surface piercings are temporary at best. Some can be maintained for several years (such as eyebrow piercing) if you take a good care of them, but you need to be ready to retire your surface piercing at one point. The main issues with surface piercings are infections, migration and rejection. Infections can happen with any piercing but surface piercings are more susceptible. Migration (piercing moving from its original placement) and rejection (jewelry being pushed out and the hole closing) are common problems with surface piercings that you need to know about.