Surface Piercings

Surface piercings are becoming more and more popular, but their success rate is not increasing. This type of piercing is commonly performed with a CBR, straight barbell, or curved banana barbell, and unfortunately, neither of these options are going to provide the best results. PTFE and surface barbells are the most effective at healing surface piercings.

These piercings may take longer than 12 months to semi-heal, and even still, migration and rejection is still extremely probable. Microdermal implants are a great alternative.

Common Surface Piercings:

  • Anti-eyebrow piercing: located under or beside the eye
  • Corset piercing: series of symmetrical piercings intended to be laced like a corset, commonly found on the back, side, or arm
  • Hip piercing: located on the pelvis near the hip bones
  • Nape piercing: located on the back of the neck
  • Neck piercing: located on the side of the neck (may be referred to as Vampire Bites)
  • Madison piercing: horizontal piercing above the collarbone at the  base of the neck
  • Sternum piercing: located on the sternum
  • Stomach piercing: located anywhere on the stomach, typically near the navel (may be referred to as a reverse belly button piercing)
  • Vertical tragus: in front of the ear beside the tragus
  • Wrist piercing: located on or near the wrists

Healing Surface Piercings

If you want to give surface piercings a try, you’ll want to reduce friction in the area around the piercing. The more the piercing is rubbed or bumped, the more likely that the piercing is going to reject. Use saline solution to soak the piercing, and remove any dried lymph from the healing piercing.

Surface piercings heal from the outside in, so you may think the piercing is healed when it may not be. The area around the exit holes will heal before the inner portion of the piercing.