If you’re looking for your next eye-catching body piercing, you might want to consider the cheek piercing (also called the dimple piercing). This type of face piercing is done in your cheek and often resembles a dimple, which is why some people refer to it as a dimple piercing. It’s also known as a dermal cheek piercing. This type of piercing is popular because of its prominent placement and ability to mimic or highlight dimples. Below are key facts you should know when deciding whether or not to get a cheek and dimple piercing, including the location, the piercing procedure, the pain level, types of jewelry, and more.

Cheek and dimple piercing location

Cheek and Dimple Piercing

Cheek and Dimple Piercing Location

The cheek piercing in the lower portion of the cheek above the mouth, where a dimple would normally go. If you’re someone who naturally has dimples, this is where a cheek piercing would be located.

Cheek and Dimple Piercing Process

The cheek and dimple piercing is typically done using a 14G or 16G sterilized needle. A cheek piercing can either go through the cheek as a dermal piercing or be done as a surface piercing.

Healing time: About 8-12 weeks.

Recommended cheek and dimple jewelry: Labret lip rings, barbells.

Now that you know the basics, let’s dig a little deeper with some popular piercing FAQs and learn more about this stylish body piercing:

Q: Can everyone get a cheek piercing?
A: If you’re curious about whether you’re a good candidate for a cheek piercing, it’s best to speak with a professional piercer who can advise you about where exactly on your face a cheek piercing would go, what it would look like on you, and any related factors. Your piercer can give you a dimple piercing either as a dermal piercing, which is also often called a single-point piercing, or as a surface piercing, which has separate entry and exit points. Which type of piercing is right for you is something you can discuss with a professional piercer.

Q: Are cheek piercing risky?
A: As with any piercing, deciding whether a cheek piercing is risky is a conversation you should have with a professional piercer. They can assess your specific risk factors and advise you about whether a cheek piercing is right for you. Because of its proximity to the parotid gland, a cheek piercing may be a little more risky than an ear piercing, for instance, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get one. You should simply be as informed as possible before making this important decision.

Q: Can I get a cheek piercing if I have a nose ring?
A: A professional piercer can answer your specific questions about piercing placement, but in general, having a nose ring shouldn’t interfere with also getting a cheek and dimple piercing.

Q: Do I have to get both cheeks pierced with a cheek piercing?
A: While you can get one cheek piercing at a time, for the sake of symmetry, it’s very common for people to get both cheeks pierced.

Q: How much do cheek piercings hurt?
A: How much a cheek piercing hurts will vary from person to person depending on their pain level. We advise speaking with a piercing professional regarding pain management so you can be as prepared as possible. To minimize pain after your dimple piercing, be sure to follow all aftercare instructions.

Q: How do I stop my cheek piercing from swelling?
A: Because of the location of the cheek piercing, it’s possible that there will be swelling involved. We advise speaking with a professional piercer about the level of swelling you can expect and your specific healing process. If your cheek piercing starts to feel painful or you’re concerned about swelling, consult your piercer to find out about next steps. Always make sure to carefully follow the piercing aftercare instructions to ensure your dimple piercing is healing properly.

Q: Can I do a cheek piercing at home?
A: A cheek piercing shouldn’t be done at home, but by a professional piercer who has the appropriate level of training and experience. A dimple piercing is a complex procedure that should not be taken lightly.

Q: How much does a cheek piercing cost?
A: How much a cheek piercings costs varies by city and piercing location. It’s advised that you find a reputable piercer ahead of time and ask them any pertinent questions related to the cost and procedure.

Q: Can you hide cheek piercings?
A: Because they’re in such a prominent location on your face, it can be challenging to hide dermal cheek piercings. You can use a clear piercing retainer to try to make your dimple piercing less visible, but it will not be completely hidden.

Q: How do I clean my cheek piercing?
A: Caring for your cheek piercing is easy. It’s best to start by cleaning your piercing with H2Ocean piercing aftercare product or saline solution. You can use antibacterial soap and warm water to clean your cheek piercing body jewelry. It’s advised that you speak with your professional piercer for the specifics about aftercare related to your piercing. They may suggest using a sea salt solution to help with piercing healing. For more information, visit our blog post on How to Care for Your Body Jewelry and Body Piercings blog.

Q: How long does a cheek piericng take to heal?
A: Healing times for cheek piercings vary from person to person. Generally, you can expect your dimple piercing to be healed in approximately eight to twelve weeks, but since everyone is different, your body may need a little longer time to heal.

Q: How can I make my cheek piercing heal faster?
A: You will have to be patient with letting your cheek piercing heal at its own pace. Otherwise, you risk the piercing possibly getting rejected or infected if you do not care for it properly. If you decide to get a cheek piercing, you’ll want to be prepared for a possibly longer than average healing time. Speak with your professional piercer before and after getting your dimple piercing as to how long you can be expected to wait and the specific best practices to follow.

Q: What are the types of jewelry for cheek piercings?
A: The most common types of body jewelry for cheek and dimple piercings are 14G or 16G labret lip rings and barbells that are usually 7/16″ up to one inch in length. This jewelry comes in a wide range of colors so you can best express yourself depending on your preferred jewelry style. You’ll want to make sure you’re using body jewelry that will fit your piercing, and that you’re using the right type of barbell for cheeks, not something like industrial barbells. Jewelry materials vary depending on the manufacturer and can include surgical steel or other metals. If you’re looking for body sensitive jewelry due to a nickel allergy or sensitive skin, make sure you make that clear to your piercer.

Q: When can I change my cheek piercing jewelry?
A: After your cheek piercing has fully healed, you can change your jewelry. You’ll need to follow the advice of your piercer and make sure it’s healed completely, otherwise, you risk infection. If you’re uncertain whether your piercing has healed, consult a piercing professional.

Q: When should I downsize my cheek piercing?
A: You’ll want to contact a professional piercer to find out exactly when you can change your jewelry. You will likely be able to switch to a different bar size from the initial piercing jewelry once your piercing is healed, but again, it’s best to get confirmation from a piercing professional before making this decision.

Q: Do cheek piercings give you permanent dimples?
A: While cheek piercings are likely to scar your skin, whether they give you the appearance of dimples will vary depending on the specifics of your skin. You should be prepared for some level of change and possible light scarring to your skin if you get a cheek piercing. Your professional piercer can tell you more about how a cheek piercing is likely to impact your body.

Q: Do cheek piercings last forever?
A: A cheek piercing can be removed, but as stated above, if you take out your cheek piercing, it’s possible that the area will still show a scar. Speak with a professional piercer before removing your cheek piercings or if you have questions about the removal process.

Q: Are cheek piercings bad for teeth?
A: Your professional piercer can advise you about how a cheek piercing will impact your teeth. Because this type of oral piercing is likely to go through the inside of your mouth, it’s important to know exactly what to expect in terms of dealing with your cheek piercing on a day-to-day basis. A general rule is that you can expect a cheek piercing will probably rub your teeth or gums at some point. If this is a concern, check with your piercer about the specific placement of your dimple piercing and how your jewelry is likely to affect your teeth and gums. You may also want to speak to your dentist about any concerns regarding the impact on your teeth.

Q: Can you smoke with a cheek or dimple piercing?
A: Smoking is not advised when you have a dimple piercing, as the nicotine can aggravate the piercing and impede healing. If this may be an issue for you, you may want to look into stopping smoking before getting this type of piercing.

Now that you have the key information about what a cheek piercing is, the piercing procedure for getting your cheek pierced, and the healing process, you can decide whether this is the right type of piercing for you. If you have further specific cheek piercing questions, ask a piercing professional so you can be totally prepared. If you’re looking for cheek and dimple piercing jewelry or have any other body piercings, check out Spencer’s for our large selection of affordable and varied body jewelry.