Facial piercings come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles. They’re a popular body modification that truly are some of the most noticeable and unique types of body piercings you could get. In this guide, we’re going to tell you all about body jewelry, getting pierced and the different types of face piercings that are available. From surface piercings like bridge piercings and third eye piercings to cheek piercings, eye piercings, anti-eyebrow piercings, and more, we’ve got you covered. Before committing to any body piercing always be sure to properly research what you are interested in and speak to a piercing professional about the best decision for your body going forward.
Eye Piercing Location
Eye piercings or eyelid piercings are placed on your eyelids. Though typically worn with a captive bead ring, some eyelid piercings can be performed on the top of the lid and can require a curved barbell.
Eye Piercing Process
This piercing is performed with a pair of sterile forceps to pull the lid away from the eye to prevent damage before pushing the piercing needle through the inside to the outside of the eyelid.
Anti-Eyebrow Piercing Location
An anti-eyebrow piercing, also known as a teardrop or butterfly piercing, is a surface piercing placed just above the cheekbone, typically lining up with the edge of the eyebrow.
Anti-Eyebrow Piercing Process
The classic process for an anti-eyebrow piercing is to use the clamp and pierce method. The other more modern way to do this piercing is with the dermal punch and taper method.
Bridge Piercing Location
This piercing goes through the bridge of your nose and is another type of surface piercing.
Bridge Piercing Process
This piercing is typically performed with a hollow piercing needle.
Healing time: About 8-12 weeks.
Recommended Jewelry: Barbells
Cheek piercings are placed where dimples would show, which is why this piercing is also called a dimple piercing. Normally, both sides of the cheeks are pierced for symmetry.
Cheek Piercing Process
The dimple piercing is done with a 14G or 16G sterilized needle instead of a piercing gun.
Eyebrow Piercing Location
An eyebrow piercing is another surface piercing that typically pierces toward the outer edge of your eyebrow, but can technically be pierced anywhere on the eyebrow. If you’re feeling bold, you can modify this piercing by using two pieces of body jewelry to create a double eyebrow piercing.
Eyebrow Piercing Process
An eyebrow piercing is typically performed with a 14-16 gauge hollow piercing needle.
Third Eye Piercing
Third Eye Piercing Location
Also known as a forehead piercing, this surface piercing is located at the center of your forehead where your third eye would be.
Third Eye Piercing Process
Your piercer will pinch the skin in the middle of your forehead and make the piercing with a sterilized piercing needle.
Healing time: About 4-6 months.
Recommended Jewelry: Surface barbell.
Horizontal Eyebrow Piercing
Horizontal Eyebrow Piercing Location
Instead of piercing vertically like a typical eyebrow piercing, a horizontal eyebrow piercing is located just above your eyebrow and sits horizontally on your face.
Horizontal Eyebrow Piercing Process
This piercing is typically performed with a hollow piercing needle.
Healing Time: About 6-8 weeks
Recommended Jewelry: Curved barbells.
Nose piercings are some of the most popular face piercings out there. They come in a variety of styles from big and bold septum rings to small and subtle nose studs. If it is your first time getting a facial piercing, then getting pierced with a nose piercing is a great choice to start you off on your body modification journey.
To learn more about all the different types of nose piercings be sure to check out our official Nose Piercings Complete Guide.
Lip piercings are another cool piercing that are perfect for showing off your edgy style. From Monroe lip piercings to labret lip piercings there are so many options to customize your look.
To learn more about all the different kinds of lip piercings out there check out our Lip Piercing Complete Guide!
Recommended Jewelry: Labret lip rings
Face Piercing FAQ’s
Q: How long do face piercings take to heal?
A: The healing process for facial piercings will be different for everyone. How quickly you heal will typically depend on your body and your chemical makeup. It’s important that you talk to a professional piercer about healing times and proper piercing aftercare before getting pierced. To reduce pain, you’ll want to make sure you are taking all the proper precautions in order to prevent yourself from getting a facial piercing infection that could prolong the healing process. Your piercing professional will give you information on healing times and how to manage your new piercing.
Q: Does getting a face piercing hurt?
A: There are plenty of variables that go into determining how much or how little a face piercing will hurt. It all depends on your pain tolerance. Different piercing types will all vary in pain, so it’s best to speak to a professional about their process and the piercing locations to get a better understanding of what your preferred piercing will feel like.
Q: How much do face piercings cost?
A: The price of your face piercing will vary depending on where you get your piercing done. Another factor to consider is the price of the jewelry you will use for your piercing. Typically, body jewelry made from a higher quality metal will cost more than the standard piece of body jewelry. Check in with your local piercing shop and see what kind of prices they have to offer.
Q: Why shouldn’t I get a face piercing?
A: Face piercings can be an awesome way to accessorize your style and show off your true colors, but they are not for everyone. We highly recommend speaking to a professional piercer to learn as much as possible before making a final decision on your face piercing.
Q: How should I clean my facial piercing?
A: To ensure your body does not reject your new piece of body jewelry and heals properly, it is essential that you practice good hygiene after you get your face piercing. We recommend using H2Ocean aftercare spray or saline solution, and recommend speaking to your piercing professional about the proper steps to take during the healing process.
Q: When can I change my facial jewelry?
A: It’s key that you do not change your eyebrow jewelry until your piercing is fully healed to prevent scarring or risk of infection. Once healed, you can experiment with different jewelry types like captive bead rings, curved barbells, nose rings, and more!
Q: How do you give yourself a facial piercing?
A: You don’t! Facial piercings should always be performed by a piercing professional.
Q: What if my facial piercing gets infected or I have an allergic reaction?
A: It’s important that you speak with your piercing professional about allergies and infections before committing to any type of body piercing. We also recommend speaking with a healthcare professional to make sure you don’t have an allergy to certain metals commonly used in facial jewelry types. If your facial piercing is red or inflamed, remove it immediately and be sure to contact a professional.
To avoid infection, make sure to follow your piercing care guidelines throughout the healing process and be sure to not remove your jewelry until the allotted time has passed.
Q: Are there any other types of face piercings?
A: Yes! The face piercings above are standard, but there are several other face piercings that you could rock! Lip piercings like angel bites, spider bites, lower lip piercings, and the medusa piercing could all be considered type of face piercing. Nostril piercings, septum piercings and Monroe piercings could also classify as a facial piercing. If you want to learn more about all the different types of facial piercings check out these jewelry guides:
- Nose Piercing Guide
- Ear Piercing Guide
- Lip Piercing Guide
- Eyebrow Piercing Guide
- Body Piercing – Complete Guide
Now you have all the basic information you need to make a decision. How will you spice up your look and show off your shine? Will you opt for a cool nose piercing and go with a huge septum ring? How about an edgy lower lip ring to finish off your look? Whatever choice you make we can’t wait to see what kind of awesome body jewelry you pick out to go along with your style!
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