Welcome to Part 2 of this collection of articles with regards to piercings. Bit by bit, the piercings I shall speak about will get more daring, adventurous and maybe scary for some of you out there 😀
I will start off with a basic one – The Eyebrow piercing.
Some short history with regards this piercing – it was introduced by the punk subculture in the 1970’s as a fashion statement 🙂
This piercing is generally placed vertically; here a twelve to eighteen gauge cannula needle is inserted through the bottom of the eyebrow and exits through the top of the eyebrow to permit the insertion of the piercing jewel of your choice. Those performing this type of piercing may also use a pennington clamp in order to better guide the needle through the skin. The most common jewelry which is inserted post piercing, is a curved barbell.
This piercing can take place anywhere along the eyebrow; there is no one specific place in which it should be done. An alternative to the vertical piercing, is the horizontal eyebrow piercing. Here the piercing is placed on top of the eyebrow (alongside with the brow).
When it comes to eyebrow piercings, the latter do have a habit of migrating along the brow. This happens if they are not pierced deep enough or else if the jewelry is too thin or heavy. On the other hand, they can be easily irritated by eyebrow hairs – so plucking the hairs closest to the entry points of the jewelry can be very helpful, especially if the brow is experiencing swelling – bring out the tweezers guys and gals :D.
One can decide to change the jewelry after about 6 weeks – only do so if you have not had any issues with the piercing. Having said that, the eyebrow piercing is not considered fully healed for about 3 months, so one needs to continue to treat it tenderly during that time.
Funny fact – it does not matter which brow you decide to pierce, since having either the left or the right pierced does not indicate any form of sexual orientation – it boils down to personal taste really 🙂 Also, if you decide to go down for a hair do, make sure to cover the piercing with a plaster, since it is in the habit of hairdressers to, accidentally, tug on it with a comb whilst doing the hair – and I do not think that would be at all a pleasant feeling!
The Anti-brow piercing is a small surface bar, placed above the cheek bone or below the eyebrow – it all depends on where you prefer it to be really. This piercing can also be either vertical or horizontal; once again it all depends on the person’s preference. This is known to be a surface piercing, however, with proper care, placement, and jewelry, it can be a viable long-term piercing! The Anti-eyebrow piercing is also known as an Upper Cheek Piercing. Other common terms are: tears, teardrops or butterfly kiss.
This piercing is usually angled diagonally, so that the piercing slants away from the eye. Since the anti-eyebrow piercing is a surface piercing, it should be done with care and may be more delicate than other facial piercings such as the lip piercings. It should be done using a surface bar – even though there are those who decide to use a curved, flexible bar. As with any other surface piercing, it is very important to use jewelry that is exactly the right size. A vital thing is to go to an experienced professional body piercer, and not have this done on your own at home! With regards to aftercare, this type of piercing should be cleaned at least twice daily with using saline solution and also, avoid swimming and submersion in water until it is completely healed.
The last type of piercing I shall tackle in this article is the Cheek Piercing.
Going back in time, it seems that permanent cheek piercings appear to be of primarily contemporary origin. Ritual cheek piercings were and are common throughout the world – both in primitive and modern cultures. The most well known of the latter is the annual vegetarians festival in Phuket – Thailand. Here, ‘mediums’ pierce their cheeks with an array of objects in varying sizes, while in an altered state.
This type of piercing is generally done by passing through the cheek (now that was not expected). The most common variation of the cheek piercing is one which penetrates the facial tissue into the oral cavity (or we like to call it – the mouth). The usual placement is symmetrical on either side of the face, either penetrating existing dimples or forming ‘fake’ dimples. Having said that, this type of piercing can sometimes cause slight nerve damage and thus result in ‘man-made dimples’. Another way to perform the cheek piercing is by getting micro-dermals placed where you want the piercing to be placed. Some prefer this method – full on cheek piercings have the tendency to secrete lymph fluid – this would, in laymen’s terms, create an iffy smell! The problem with the micro-dermal procedure is that they have a slightly larger chance to leave a scar, however once healed it will be unnoticeable. On a more positive note, the rate of infection is also lower in the long run. To explain this procedure in a bit more detail, micro-dermals are like a ‘one hole’ piercing, where the bottom part of the jewelry sits below the skin and the jewel or flat disc is above the skin.
Cheek piercings are often pierced with a 1.6mm flat backed labret stud. It is mostly done using a regular barbell so as to prevent the cheek tissues from growing over the back of the jewelry. In order for the wearer to not accidentally break or crack the jewelry, like for example – unintentional biting, this flat back stud is recommended. It also provides comfort and lessens the chance of the jewelry from damaging the teeth and gums.
I shall stop here for this one – I will speak to you soon in Part 3.
Until then, go forth and get pierced 😀