Eyebrow Piercings, Third Eye Piercings, Anti-Eyebrow Piercings, and Eyelid Piercings

Your eyes are amongst the most expressive areas on your body, and your eyes are wholly unique. Naturally, a great way to emphasize your eyes is with body piercings! While facial piercings on the whole are becoming ever more popular and acceptable, piercings in the eye area are really pioneering new styles and methods in the body piercing and body modification world.

While I do not want to discourage you from getting a piercing in the eye area (in fact, I think eye area piercings are a beautiful way to enhance features), I do want you to be fully informed. I shall first explain eyebrow piercings, which are rather common now, and then I will dive into the rarer – and RISKIER- piercings that can be done near the eyes.

Eyebrow Piercings are common piercings in our culture. The eyebrow piercing can be placed anywhere on the eyebrow, although only a very skilled piercer should consider piercing near the inner corners (closest to the nose) of the eyebrow, for three major nerves are located in this area (for this reason, this isn’t a popular placement). Most piercings are pierced at a forty degree angle, so as to minimize risks of tearing the jewelry out. Most initial jewelry consists of either curved barbells or captive rings, depending on your facial structure. Some people get multiple eyebrow piercings on one or both eyebrows – your creativity is really the limit.

Once pierced, these piercings take anywhere from five to eight weeks to heal, but irritations such as makeup or sweat can irritate the piercing and prolong healing. While the eyebrow is one of the least infected piercings, the risk is indeed there – so be sure to soak using warm saline solution, don’t touch the jewelry with dirty hands, and follow all aftercare instructions given to you by your professional piercer.

Speaking of professional piercers, some people may try and tell you that you can pierce your own eyebrow with a safety pin (or something of that sort) with no difficulty. This is not wholly true. While it is not difficult to push sharp objects through the eyebrow (there is not a lot of tissue or muscle underneath, as compared to other piercing locations), the odds of your body rejecting the jewelry is much higher when you do it yourself. Because there is not a lot of tissue to hold the jewelry in place, sometimes it can “migrate” (a nice term for pushing itself out of your skin – not fun). Besides, heating a sharp metal object over a flame does NOT constitute as disinfecting! Many bacteria are only destroyed at temperatures far higher than what a flame can provide! Tempting though it may be – don’t pierce your own eyebrow; it will probably become infected, it may become rejected, and if your placement is wrong it will look awkward. Spending a couple bucks for a licensed professional to do it is well worth your money.

A very unique and uncommon piercing is the Third Eye Piercings. Very similar to a bridge piercing (see my nose piercing article for more information), the Third Eye Piercings are pierced using surface bars or curved barbells. These piercings are located between your eyebrows (maybe even a bit higher that between the eyebrows, depending on face shape) and are technically considered a surface piercing. As a result Third Eye Piercings can migrate or become rejected if not taken care of properly. Although these piercings look amazing, these piercings are prone to reoccurring infections even if you stringently adhere to the correct aftercare. Sweat, makeup, face wash, are all irritants; this area of the face is very expressive (just imagine frowning, acting surprised, squinting, etc) so the skin around this piercing will move frequently and delaying the healing time. Not everyone can keep this piercing, but if you like how it looks, it just may be worth a try. Talk to your piercer and decide what’s best for you!

The Anti-Eyebrow is still very rare but when healed properly can look very intriguing. Usually pierced below the eye, on the orbital bone/upper cheek area, the Anti-Eyebrow is also referred to as a “teardrop piercing”. This is a surface piercing, so the risk of migration and rejection is possible, although because of the skin, tissue, and muscle density in this area, this piercing can last for a long time if maintained properly. The risk of infection is pretty low if you don’t sweat, touch the jewelry, or wear makeup. Be sure to clean the area thoroughly and cautiously during the healing period (approximately six weeks).

And finally, the last piercing in the eye area is not one I can actually recommend to anyone, but since it is out there, I feel compelled to discuss it. The eyelid piercing is one of the rarest piercing in the world – and for good reason. To my knowledge, only a handful of people have this piercing, and not everyone’s eyelids are conducive to the piercing. The eyelid is a thin layer of skin is designed to protect, nourish, and moisturize the eyes and corneas. Piercing the eyelid is very dangerous, and 99.99% of all professional piercers will refuse to do this procedure. Blindness can happen if the piercing goes awry. It is very tricky from the piercer’s point of view to successfully complete this procedure, for arranging the forceps and needle to miss the eyeball is no easy feat. Ophthalmology surgeons spend the better part of a decade learning specifically how to do this and get paid very handsomely to miss eyeballs, just to put it in perspective.

Even if you somehow convince a piercer to risk their reputation and pierce your eyelid for you, cleaning the eyelid is difficult. Captive rings are used, and the eyelid will swell, there will be crust and puss, and the only way you can hope to keep the piercing clean is with your own tears and saline solution (which closely matches your tears). If you wear contacts, a misplaced piercing will scratch them; heck, a misplaced eye piercing will scratch your corneas – which can be excruciating. Most of these piercings do not last long because there are just too many irritants in our world to prevent a complete and infection-free healing.

While final pictures of the few brave people who have this procedure look totally awesome, it can cause irreversible and serious damage. I can’t recommend this to anyone, although I am completely for pushing the boundaries of self expression, but I would feel awful if someone attempted this piercing and failed. If considering an eyelid piercing – find a piercer who has performed it before (who may not be willing to do it anyway), be fully aware and prepared for the worst, good luck, and send me a picture!

A Starry Look Is The Latest Trend In Ear Piercing

Have you got your ears pierced? Only once? Boring. Once just isn’t enough for fashion conscious tweens, teens and twenteens in this day and age. Now you should have not just a single star sparkling on your earlobe but should instead get a whole constellation of piercings. This starry, mix and match look is the latest trend in the world of ear piercing and a way to add subtle and not so subtle visual interest to your profile.

With this look, the lobe can be pierced with at least three holes, designed to allow the wearing of several different earrings at the same time. A collection of three delicate studs or small hoops creates a minor galaxy of your ear, a galaxy that can of course be added to with further piercings higher on the ear. With this look, delicate sparkle is usually the order of the day. Though sometimes one or two larger earrings can be intermingled with the smaller ones, becoming a star orbited by planets, moons round a planet, or the moon in a sparkling night sky.

With a small cluster of piercings on your lobe and another cluster high on the cartilage, you could really incorporate a little sparkle which could lift your skin tone and brighten your eyes, showing your face off to its best advantage. Earrings can help you to soften the shape of your face, elongate it, broaden it or draw attention to your best features and away from those you are not so happy with. Take care when choosing where to place your constellation piercings and how to fill them as the exact configuration and look could be used to enhance your appearance, while if you get it wrong it could end up having the opposite effect.

Look at yourself carefully in the mirror and play around with a pen or some stickers to see what you would look like with different patterns of piercings. Piercing your ears in a way that is a little out of the ordinary could help you to create your own personal look and stand out from the crowd in the best possible way. Be quirky and be yourself and your character and charm is bound to shine through.

This look will mean that you will not just have to choose one pair of earrings to put on each day and so can be a lot more creative when it comes to constructing your own signature look.

How to Clean Belly Button Piercings

There are several ways you can clean belly button piercings.

One of these ways is using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.

Is this a good idea? NO.

Why? Because both of these eat away freshly healed skin causing the area to possibly scar or take a much longer period of time to heal. Never use any product that contains alcohol.

What about using sea salt to clean belly button piercings? Sea Salt is recommended to be used for the first month, once a day.

You can make your own sea salt mixture by combining 1/2 a teaspoon of sea salt/non iodized salt with a cup of warm water.

What you want to do is pour the sea salt over the piercing/area, then gently dry the area with something soft. Ex. a cotton ball.

What else should be done to keep the piercing clean & free of infection?

You should go to a local store, & pick up some antibacterial soap & bactine to use to clean your belly button piercing.

Why bactine? because it’s anti-bacterial & doesn’t contain even a drop of alcohol

Anti-bacterial soap should be applied to the pierced area twice a day, followed by a a spray of bactine. Be warned though bactine, if not used with seasalt or antibacterial soap can create a site for bacteria within the piercing, the seasalt & antibacterial soap are essential to the bactine, & vice versa.

Other useful tips

Do not change the jewelry used with the belly button piercing until at least two weeks has passed since you got that piercing because doing so, can cause the piercing to close up, resulting in a waste of money & a waste of your time. Also know that even after two weeks has passed, piercings can still close up very quickly, so it’s recommended to wait longer to make sure your piercing stays clean.

Source: PiercingInfo