Surface Piercing

Surface piercings are relatively new to body modifications, and there aren’t many piercers who are familiar with this type of piercing. Basically, the jewelry is shaped like a staple; it enters the skin at one point and exits at another point of a flat surface.

Popular surface piercings include hip piercings, wrist piercings, nape piercings, and sternum piercings. These piercings can heal, but at the same time, they have a high rejection rate.

Healing a surface piercing can be complicated because it may appear healed on the outside, but the skin will heal from the outside in, which means the inside of the piercing probably isn’t healed.

Surface piercings cause a lot of trauma to the skin, which increases the risks of problems. Plus, most surface piercings are placed in high friction activities, where you’ll find a lot of movement and activity, increasing problems.

When cleaning a surface piercing, use saline or a mild sea salt mix. Let the piercing soak and drain like normal. You don’t want lymph and crusties sitting on the barbell for long, so when you do clean, use a Q-Tip and gently wipe around the entry/exit points.

During the aftercare process, watch increased swelling and redness. If you experience pain and irritation that does not subside, the piercing is probably infected. You’ll 100% know that the piercing is infected if it is draining a dark yellow or green puss.

Because there are many problems with surface piercings, you’ll want to keep an eye out for migration and rejection. Basically, you’ll start to notice the barbell more and the skin less. Once you notice migration, there’s nothing you can do to reverse it.