Getting a Surface Piercing
When you get a piercing, it is nothing more than a foreign object through your skin. Many times, your body will treat the jewelry like a splinter and try to push it out.
Surface piercings are different than most piercings. A proper surface piercing is pierced with a barbell, shaped like a staple with two 90 degree angles, one on either end. With the shape of a surface barbell, it becomes harder for the body to push the jewelry out. With improper jewelry, healing is more difficult.
Only skilled piercers should practice this type of piercing, as the rejection rates are very high. A lot of tissue can be damaged with this piercing.
As surface piercings are so sensitive, once healed, if you bump it several years after the fact, you can invite the migration and rejection process to begin. You do not want to have your piercing to begin rejecting because it is hard to reverse. If you do not remove the jewelry before it is too late, the piercing will be nothing more than ugly scars.
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Healing Surface Piercings
A surface piercing is one of the hardest of piercings to heal as it is a more complicated piercing. It takes up more skin than other piercings, causing more trauma to the tissues. To heal a surface piercing properly you need to make sure that you watch any friction on the piercing. Place a surface piercing in a low key area, and you'll be better off.
Watch the amount of movement in the area you chose. Many people love the look and appearance of wrist surface piercings as well as nape piercings, but both of these areas are high movement areas. You use your wrists for various activities such as writing, typing, eating, shaking hands, etc; your neck is a high motion and impact area because you turn you neck in various directions, brush your hair, lay on your back, etc.
You should clean the piercing with a saline solution, or a mild sea salt mix. Depending on where the piercing is, you can pour the saline in a small dixie cup, and flip the cup over onto the piercing.
This ensures that you are fully cleaning the piercing.
Watch for drainage, and do not let crusties, lymph, sit around the barbell for long. Now, do not pull off the crusty, as it will cause even more tissue trauma. Soak the area and use a Q-Tip or cotton ball to gently rub the crusty off the piercing.
Make sure that there is enough breathing room between the swelling and the end of the barbell. This will, also, help with the drainage. This can be achieved by using appropriate jewelry, so you're piercer will be most in control of this concern.
Many body jewelry companies have produced a surface barbell that has flat tips versus balls. This is a better option, as it is less likely to stick out and beg to be knocked.
Signs of Piercing Rejection
Causes of Migration and Rejection
There are several causes of migration which include:
Up Pressure: Where the jewelry exerts pressure up on the skin above it, which stresses the tissue and partially stops blood supply to the area.
General Damage: Damage caused from the piercing process, weakening the tissues around the holes.
Motion: Certain areas of the body receive more movement than others, and in the case of surface piercings, the more movement the higher your chances of rejection because of the added there pressure, stretching, twisting, and compression to the skin.
Impact: Again, placement is very important for surface piercings. If you get one in a location that is prone to wear and tear, your chances of migration are again heightened. Impact does not include just hitting the piercing, but any friction towards it, which include clothing.
Improper Drainage: If the piercing is not able to drain the dead tissues, migration can be a problem.
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Surface Piercing Procedures and Techniques
Traditional: Pierced with curved barbells or nylon bars. These do heal, but are almost all unsuccessful in long term aspects. A surface piercing is not recommended with a curved barbell.
Scalpelled: The jewelry sits under a low-pressure flap. Unfortunately, with this technique, the body pulls down the tissues, which only slows rejection, versus eliminate it.
Scar and Brace Technique:The jewelry goes underneath a brace of toughened tissues or under a small implant in the skin. This technique can lead to many other problems than just migration of a piercing. Not recommended
Surgical: A skin tube is created in which the jewelry can be placed.
Flexible Jewelry (Tygon): Plastic tubing has become a popular material for surface piercings. Tygon reduces the amount of pressure on the skin and can be a great choice on areas where surface bars cannot be used.
Surface Bars: The best option for surface piercings. Surface bars are shaped similar to that of a staple, with 90 degree angles on either end of the barbell.
Punch and Taper: This is a newer technique that is supposed to reduce the chance of migration and lesson healing time. It ensures that the path made by the needle is the exact shape of the surface bar that is going to be used.
Corset piercings are gorgeous surface piercings which are to imitate the looks and appeal of a true corset. Most are only temporary piercings. If not done properly, the jewelry will quickly migrate, leaving ugly scars. Make sure to use proper jewelry with special attachments for the ribbons. You do not want to use CBRs, unless you intend on removing the jewelry.
The corset piercing is most commonly performed on the back of a woman. In many cases, the corset may run just two sets of 4 piercings, but sometimes they will run along the entire back.
Many women get the piercing before a party or special outing, and remove the jewelry, in this case CBRs, before they have a chance to leave visible scars.
Temporary Corset Piercing
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.