Bridge Piercing – Important Steps To This Surface Piercing!

Bridge piercings are getting more popular throughout the world. A bridge piercing is located between the eyes, are still very rare. It has the potential to frame your face and emphasize your features beautifully.

Unfortunately, there are some stigmas associated with this piercing (most work environments are not friendly to it), but luckily, these piercings are easy to hide without having to remove the jewelry. Once you can safely remove the piercing, you can always buy a clear or flesh color retainer to disguise the piercing too.

Bridge Piercings are still rare but are becoming more visible in everyday culture. While this piercing is actually located on the nose, it is placed on the upper part (the bridge) of the nose right between the eyes, hence the name.

If this piercing is flipped from horizontal to vertical, and lifted slightly on the nose and forehead plane, it is called a “minds eye” or “third eye” piercing (which is still very rare, and explained in my eye-area article). Bridge piercing is also called the “earl” as a tribute to the first person to wear this piercing (Earl van Aken). Bridge Piercings are contemporary of origin.

Bridge Piercings and Third Eye Piercings are considered “surface piercings” (a complete in-depth analysis of surface piercings will be provided in another article), so the risk of rejection is high, and once removed, scarring is a real possibility. Without fail, Bridge Piercings are pierced with straight barbells (rings simply won’t work for an initial piercing, although once healed, a D-shaped captive ring may work).

A professional piercer will tweak the jewelry so as to fit your face shape, if not create a completely customized piece of jewelry for you. While the Bridge piercings carry no risk to harm your eyes, or your sinuses, they should not be attempted by amateurs.

If you are considering this piercing, be warned that the rate of complete healing is very low, and the risk of migration is very high. Not many people are able to keep this piercing, and reoccurring infections are a real risk even if you do take great care of this piercing!

As always, be sure to keep your new piercing clean with warm saline solution. Never ever touch your jewelry – your hands are absolutely covered with germs – unless you absolutely must and you have just washed your hands. By following these two simple guidelines, you will be on the right track to a quick and painless healing process.

Be gentle when drying your face – towels are your enemy for the first couple weeks, for jewelry can get caught on the fabric and get yanked out. A bridge piercing is very special and difficult piercing to keep so take extra care when you get one

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