Healing a Hip Surface Piercing—Pictures and Videos
Types of Surface Piercing
Surface piercings are becoming very popular these days. With some exceptions, surface piercings can be done on any flat plane of the body.
Common surface piercings include:
- Anti-eyebrow piercing: under or beside the eye
- Corset piercing: a series of symmetrical piercings intended to be laced like a corset
- Hip piercing: on the pelvis near the hip bones
- Nape piercing: on the back of the neck
- Neck piercing: on the side of the neck (may be referred to as "vampire bites")
- Madison piercing: horizontal piercing above the collarbone at the base of the neck
- Sternum piercing: on the sternum
- Stomach piercing: anywhere on the stomach, typically near the navel (may be referred to as a reverse belly-button piercing)
- Vertical tragus: in front of the ear, on the side of the face
- Wrist piercing: on or near the wrists, generally on the top side
All of these piercings are prone to rejection or migration. In many cases, if the jewelry isn't removed once rejection starts, scarring can develop.
Hip Piercings Are Often Rejected
Sometimes, no matter how you care for your new surface piercing, your body may still reject it. Surface piercings often turn out to be temporary. In many cases, keeping a surface piercing for one or two years is a great feat.
When the body rejects a piercing, it basically spits it out like a splinter. The body finds it easier to push out the foreign object (in this case, jewelry) than it does to heal the skin around the object.
Surface piercings are prone to rejection, as are belly-button piercings and eyebrow piercings.
The rejection rate of a type of piercing depends on the placement of the piercing, the blood flow in that area, and any irritation or abuse the piercing suffers. The rejection rate for surface piercings on the hips is high, because the hips are a very high-contact, high-motion area, where a new surface piercing can get irritated.
In order to increase the odds of a surface piercing turning out to be permanent, follow proper aftercare, as described below.
Surface Piercings Being Rejected
The video below shows a rejected hip piercing hanging by a thread, about to fall out, leaving behind a scar.
Choose the Right Type of Jewelry
When getting a hip surface piercing, it's very important to use proper jewelry. The right jewelry helps the piercing last longer with fewer risks.
Proper jewelry includes Tygon (PTFE, a non-reactive plastic) and surface (staple) barbells.
Improper jewelry includes CBRs, banana barbells, and straight barbells.
Tygon and surface barbells reduce the risk of migration and rejection by creating less tension and stress on the tissues, which should reduce the risk that the body will try to push out the jewelry.
Healing a Hip Piercing
When healing a hip surface piercing, you want to be very cautious. Your hips and pelvic area experience a lot of bending, friction from clothes, and overall activity, which makes the area a high-contact area. Because surface piercings on the hips have a high rejection and migration rate, proper aftercare is a must.
You can increase the chances of keeping the piercing longer if you properly care for the piercing.
You'll find that there are many different aftercare tips for piercings. It's a matter of which one you want to follow. Many piercers recommend using antibacterial soap, such as Dial, but in my experience, Dial soap can irritate a piercing, especially if you don't properly flush the soap out and leave a residue around the piercing where it can irritate it.
The easiest way to clean a piercing is to use either pre-mixed saline solution or a solution of non-iodized sea salt. Saline, to me, is the easiest. If you use sea salt, mix 8 ounces of warm water with 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt (not table salt).
- Pour the saline or the sea salt solution into a disposable cup (the small, bathroom dixie cups work great).
- Carefully bend over the cup so that you can flip the cup over onto the piercing.
- Soak the piercing for about 10 to 15 minutes.
You want to clean the piercing at least twice a day for the first few weeks, and then clean it at least once a day until the piercing is healed. Some claim that cleaning a surface piercing daily even after you think that it is healed is beneficial, as this type of piercing can be quite finicky.
If you feel discomfort during the day, you can spray the piercing with Simply Saline or Wound Wash Saline during the day. Soaking a new piercing as your regular cleaning will be good for it, as it cleans the outside and the inside of the piercing as the solution soaks through.
Just make sure to keep an eye out for migration, rejection, and irritation.
Photos of Hip PiercingsClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Piercing Process
If you decide to get a hip piercing, It's important to understand what you're getting into before you go through the process. Do keep in mind that microdermal implants are a nice alternative to surface piercings, and they typically last much longer. Below are videos of a hip surface piercing and a microdermal hip piercing.
Jewelry is Too Big: Bound to Be Rejected
The video above shows a hip piercing in progress. But the jewelry is too large and is bound to be rejected.
Dermal Implant Hip Piercing
Hip piercing using dermal implants, a different technique.