The surface piercing is a fantastic alternative to take into consideration if you’re searching for a fresh, distinctive look because it allows you to pierce practically anywhere.
The surface piercing pierces flat bodily parts like the upper cheek or chest. Surface piercings have entrance and exit holes adjacent to each other on top of the skin, unlike other piercing kinds that normally have an entrance hole and an exit hole that is usually directly behind the entrance hole. A piercer typically pinches the skin before inserting the needle. The outcome? is a two-pierced appearance that rests flat against your skin.
Don’t get the surface piercing confused with the dermal piercing. While both have a similar aesthetic, a surface piercing has an entrance and exit piercing hole, but a dermal piercing only has one piercing point and is held in place by a dermal anchor that is put beneath the skin.
Surface Piercing FAQ’s
Types of Surface Piercing
A surface piercing can be done practically anyplace. Talk to your piercer about the options if you have an idea for a surface piercing. They might disapprove or suggest a dermal depending on where you want your surface piercing. Don’t hesitate to inquire, though; after all, piercings are all about expressing oneself.
Below are some common surface piercings.
- Anti-eyebrow: located under or beside the eye.
- Belly button piercing: located around or through a part of the navel
- Bridge piercing: located horizontally at the bridge of the nose.
- Eyebrow piercing: this goes through the eyebrow or through the skin around the eyebrow.
- Tragus surface piercings vertically pierce the skin next to the tragus.
How Painful is a Surface Piercing?
The location and placement of a surface piercing will have a significant impact on how painful it is to get a surface piercing. The pain level of the surface piercing will greatly vary from person to person. If you’re nervous, express your concerns with your piercer before the procedure.
If you get a nape piercing or a piercing closer to your eye, it will probably hurt more than a surface piercing on your chest or near your collarbone. It will definitely hurt far more if you receive a surface piercing in or close to your genital area.
Often, to complete your surface piercing, your piercer will simply pinch the skin that you want to be pierced and stick the needle straight through. With this process, the surface piercing shouldn’t hurt more than other piercing types in fleshy areas.
Your piercer may decide to use a scalpel rather than a needle to insert the surface piercing, depending on where it will be placed. This method often allows them to pierce deeply enough to lower the risk of rejection, but it could be more painful than using a needle.
Surface Piercing Healing Process and Aftercare Routine
Your surface piercing will require approximately a year of healing time. Depending on where you got your piercing, healing periods can be longer or shorter. Make sure you speak with your piercer first before discontinuing aftercare procedures.
Compared to other piercing types, surface piercings have a significantly higher probability of rejection. The fact that the jewelry is flat on your skin makes it more likely for your body to perceive it as a threat and begin to expel it. You should enjoy your surface piercing for many years to come if you pick the appropriate jewelry, take good care of it, and get it pierced deeply enough. Even if you follow all the instructions precisely, your body could still reject the piercing. Some people believe that every surface piercing will ultimately be rejected, therefore keep a watch on it so you can spot any migrating jewelry before it leaves scars.
As such a unique piercing kind, it could seem as though aftercare is more complicated than with other piercing types, but you’ll actually undertake much of the identical practises as any other piercing.
Be careful with snagging.. The greatest danger you face when healing is rejection. Ripping at your jewelry is the best way to foster rejection. Many surface piercings are situated in vulnerable places where they could snag. Every day, snagging hazards can be found at your pubic region, collarbone, and nape of your neck. You must use caution when getting dressed, brushing your hair, or engaging in any activity close to the piercing spot throughout the duration of the piercing and most definitely while it is healing.
Baths with sea salt are your friend. To care for your new surface piercing, perform a sea salt or saline soak 2–3 times a day by immersing your piercing into the solution in a tiny cup or shot glass. You should be able to suction cup the glass to your skin with the majority of surface piercings, allowing you to move about a little bit as the piercing soaks. After the bath is finished, gently pat the piercing dry without moving the jewelry.
Try not to move the jewelry too much. No matter how careful you are, your piercing may experience some movement depending on where it is. (For instance, piercings along the cheekbone called “anti-eyebrow” will move while you speak and grin.) Make an effort to move as little as possible to avoid being rejected. Consider getting a dermal piercing if you want to get a surface piercing in a place that moves a lot, like your finger or arm.
Styles of Surface Piercing Jewelry
The location of the piercing and your body have a significant impact on the jewelry designs for surface piercings. When getting a surface piercing, discuss your jewelry selections with the piercer and stick to them. It’s critical to select jewelry that will make your surface piercing comfortable because the incorrect type will result in rejection.
Barbells that are designed specifically for surface piercings in flatter areas are known as surface barbells or staple barbells. Although the name suggests that this particular jewelry is intended especially for all surface piercings, some areas should actually wear a curved or straight barbell. Your piercer will let you know which jewelry type you should use.
Curved barbells are also effective in many surface-piercing spots. The barbell’s curve provides a similar role to the surface barbell’s staple shape. Be cautious when using this kind because the curve may force the beads up against the piercing holes in flatter locations.
Certain surface piercings can use straight barbells. Ask your piercer before picking a straight barbell for your piercing because it should never be used in many types of surface piercings.
You can choose opal, pearl, or diamond ball types, have some fun with charms, or use surface barbells, circular barbells, or straight barbells depending on the preference of your piercing.
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