Surface Piercings – Everything You need to Know About It

Surface Piercings. As mentioned in my other post on cartilage piercings, I am a huge tattoo and piercing fan and have many of my own, five of which are surface piercings. I have two in my nape, two in my chest and one in my wrist. This post is an insight of what to expect, how to care for and the pros and cons of surface piercings.

 What is a surface piercing? A surface piercing is a piercing ‘sewn’ through flat skin. It is important to know your type of skin before going for a surface piercing. The more elasticity you have in your skin the better it is for surface piercings. I remember going to get a corset piercing down my right hand side. I was going for twenty piercings that day and was told I could not have them done because my skin is not stretchy enough to hold them in. If your skin has no elastic quality, your skin will reject the piercing and effectively just push them out through your skin and you will be left with piercing scars. Other parts of the body will hold surface piercings such as the nape and this is due to the amount of skin in one area. Other surface piercings include nipples and bridge and are not to be confused with dermal piercings which go ‘into’ the skin through one hole.

Where to get your surface piercing? Surface piercings can be done by any professional qualified to perform piercings. DO NOT get piercings done by an amateur or round your friends house. There is a risk of dirty equipment and this will lead to infection. Having your piercing safely done by a professional will limit the risk of infection. Be sure that all equipment is sterile before use. Professional piercers will open sterile equipment in front of you.

This following video shows how a professional surface piercing is performed in a sterile environment by a professional piercer. Via.

What are the pros and cons of surface piercings? Well, the first obvious pro to these piercings is how unique they are and how stunning they can look if cared for properly. Surface piercings have the ‘wow’ factor behind them and will definitely get heads turning. Another pro to surface piercings (especially over dermal piercings) is that they can be easily removed if needed as most bars have a screw end.

The cons to surface piercings include the possibility of rejection which is more common than not. New skin will grow under the bar as a healing process and will eventually force the bar out of the skin. This is why it is better to have 90 degree bars than curved bars. Nape piercings have a strong potential to become infected. This is due to long hair full of chemicals or shampoo being in close proximity. Hairbrushes will also catch on nape piercings (as I found out multiple times) so you have to be extra careful when brushing hair.

How painful is a surface piercing? This question can only be answered by the person having the piercing done as everybody’s pain threshold is different. My piercings, I did not find that painful, but then my pain threshold is quite high. Surface piercings can be a bit more painful than your standard lobe piercings and this is due to the fact that they take a little longer to do and will be going through thicker tissue.

What is the healing time of a surface piercing? Healing times always come down to the person’s own metabolism and how quickly their skin heals. However, typical healing time for a surface piercing can be from four months to a year, this is also dependant on the location of the piercing and the person having a strict cleansing routine. Keeping your piercings clean is paramount to the healing process.

How do you care for your surface piercing? Surface piercings have the same care routine as most other piercings. Every morning and every night you should clean your piercing with a piercing cleanser (usually given to you by your piercer) or even salt water. Apply a small amount to a cotton bud and gently clean around each end of the bar and around the area. Do not rotate bars, but gently move them just to stop the skin fusing to the bar. It is best to keep your piercing covered for the first 24 hours if possible to reduce debris, sweat or chemicals such as perfumes affecting the area.

Read on to see images that are off different surfaces piercings, some more common than others, but one thing is for sure, they are all stunning!

Different Types Of Surface Piercings

#6- Cute Nape Piercing. Simple black jewelled bar through the back of the neck although will only be seen if hair is up.


 #5- Facial Bridge Surface Piercing. Titanium bar through the top of the nose and between the eyes. Simple, yet effective and definitely an eye catcher.


#4- Gorgeous Corset Piercing. I love this surface piercing. Multiple surface piercings linked together with ribbon to create a corset effect. However, it does mean you would always have to wear open back tops to show it off.


 #3- Wrist Ring Piercings. Double ring surface piercings linked with ribbon and creating cute bow detail on the wrist. These create a stunning focal point.


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#2- Clavicle Surface Piercing. Although not as common as a surface piercing, they still look cute. This type of piercing may potentially be rejected however and would be better done as a dermal. However, if done with a 90 degree bar they should hold nicely.


#1- Ladder Surface Piercings. Multiple surface piercings in the form of a ladder. Including triple navel piercings. A beautiful collection of piercings.


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