Body Piercing

Surface Piercing Information

Surface piercing is a piercing that is different from normal piercings which are done on nose and ears. Usually, piercing is done by inserting needle from one side of skin and taking out from other side. While in surface piercings, both the holes are made on same plane of skin. Precisely, surface piercings do not penetrate deep into the skin, but travel short distance only. Hence, surface piercings are complicated piercings, which if gone wrong can trigger problems such as migration, rejection and in some cases, damage to the skin tissues also. Thus if you are planning for a surface piercing, make sure that you consult an expert piercer.

Types of Surface Piercings:

Surface piercings have become quite popular due to their uniqueness, even though getting a surface piercing is a painful process. Following are various types of surface piercings that are pretty popular among teenagers:

Collarbone Piercing

Collar Bone Surface Piercing:

This is also referred to as clavicle piercing that is done on both collar bones. Collar bone piercing penetrates through the inner body cavity because jewelry goes from the underside of collar bone and exits on both sides of collar bone. This is a dangerous piercing because it can cause nerve damage.

Hip Piercing

Hip Surface Piercings:

This is a piercing which is done on the region near hip bone. Usually it is done on one side of hips either diagonally, vertically or horizontally. Although hip piercings give a sexy look, the chances of migration and rejection are high in this piercing, if proper jewelry is not used.

Facial Piercings

Facial surface piercings:

Facial surface piercings are more popular among surface piercings. When it comes to face, there are several places for getting surface piercings done. Chin piercing, cheek piercing, anti-eyebrow piercing, eyebrow piercing and so on are the most common facial piercings. Allergic reactions, nerve damage, infection and many more are the most common risks associated with this type of surface piercings. However, most problems develop when proper care is not taken while piercing and also when proper aftercare instructions are not followed.

Nape Piercing

Nape and Neck Surface Piercings:

Nape piercing is done on backside of neck while neck surface piercings are done on sides of neck. There are higher chances of rejection for nape and neck surface piercing because the neck undergoes many movements throughout the day. In order to prevent this, use piercing jewelry made out of Teflon, instead of steel bar.
Wrist Piercing

Wrist Surface Piercings:

This is another type of wrist piercing which is done on the site where a person wears a bracelet or a watch. However, usually this piercing doesn’t stay for a long period as it is very difficult for measuring and placing them properly. Wrists have many movements and thereby the chances of rejection are quite higher for wrist piercing.

Corset Piercing

Corset Surface Piercing:

These are multiple surface piercings that are generally done on back. In this piercing, two symmetrical piercing rows (vertically) are done on back that are joined with a chain, lace, ribbon, rope, etc or are filled with the captive bead rings. Corset surface piercing is either done temporarily or permanently. However, corset piercing is a complicated one and often resulting in scarring because of migration or rejection.

Aftercare Tips for Surface Piercings:

Following are some aftercare instructions:

  • You are advised not to twist, change or fiddle with the piercing jewelry, till the wound heals completely. Twisting and fiddling with the jewelry may damage the healing tissue and trigger infection and irritation.
  • Make sure that you clean the piercing every day with salt water solution. You can prepare salt water solution at your home. Add ¼ tablespoon of sea salt to a cup of warm water and do not use Epsom or rock salt because they contain chemicals which aggravate irritation.
  • Make sure to wash your hands with an antibacterial soap before cleaning or touching the piercing.
  • Soak the piercing in saline solution for 5 minutes. You can also soak cotton swab in salt water solution and use it for removing the crust formed around the piercing.
  • After cleaning the piercing site, wash the piercing thoroughly with lukewarm water. Later pat dry it with a clean paper towel. Do not use cotton towel or hand towel as they may leave fibers, dirt or bacteria in the piercing area, resulting in infections.
  • You must not clean the piercing for more than two times for excess cleaning prolongs the healing period and may increase the risk of infection.
  • Do not go for swimming in dirty water or pools till piercing heals completely. Surface piercings may take more than 15 months to heal fully.
  • Never use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol for cleaning a surface piercing. They may weaken the skin tissues and harm the fistula near the piercing area and result in rejection.
  • Do not use antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibacterial agents like dial, savlon, TCP and bactine as they can remove good bacteria along with bad bacteria that is needed for healing wound.

Causes of Rejection and Migration:

Following are the causes of migration and rejection:

  • General damage:

    Damage that is caused by the process of piercing can weaken the tissues surrounding the hole.

  • Up pressure:

    The piercing jewelry exerts pressure on the skin above the piercing that causes stress on the tissue and may partially stop blood supply to the piercing area.

  • Impact:

    Placement is another important factor for surface piercings. If the piercing is done at a location where wear and tear is more, the chances of migration are very high.

  • Motion:

    Some regions of body receive more movements than others and in such places the chances of rejection are high for they add more compression, twisting, stretching and pressure to skin.

  • Improper Drainage:

    If the piercing cannot drain dead tissues, migration may be a problem.

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