Surface piercings are fantastic because they allow you to pierce basically anywhere on the body (as long as there’s enough flesh to do so). While there are endless surface piercings styles out there, one has elevated itself into recent popularity above the rest: the bridge piercing.
Aptly named, the bridge piercing is placed between the eyes at the bridge of the nose. This seemingly impossible piercing is completed when your piercer pinches the skin at the bridge of your nose and pushes a needle straight through. The piercing is then filled with a straight barbell.
The result? A double-pierced look that seems to defy gravity.
But, don’t rush off to the piercer’s chair just yet. Before you get this ultra-cool look, there are some things that you need to consider. Here’s what you need to know about the bridge piercing.
This piercing, based on various people’s experiences, doesn’t seem to register too high on the pain tolerance scale. Many have only noted mild discomfort with the clamps (pre-pierce) and potential swelling after the piercing is complete.
If you have a tendency to swell, then you might feel more discomfort than others for the next few days. This is one piercing that tends to swell more than others, and it can get uncomfortable. (You should also make sure that you don’t have any important events coming up in the days following your piercing since it might look a little strange.)
Pain is different for everyone, so the experience could be easier or worse for you. The good news is that the process is fast, so if this is a piercing you’re keen on, then you can probably handle the few seconds of pain.
Of all the facial piercings, the bridge piercing stands out more than others. Besides being located right between the eyes, it’s still a new style, and those unfamiliar with the piercing world are going to be curious about it.
If you’re one to rock your style without caring what other people say or think (whether it’s good or bad), then you won’t have any problems! However, if you prefer to go more unnoticed, then you might consider a subtler style.
While many body piercing types are becoming more acceptable in professional environments, the more alternative you get, the more difficult it’s going to be to convince your boss to let you keep it.
The thing about the bridge piercing is that it’s nearly impossible to hide. During healing, you won’t be able to take out your jewelry, and piercing retainers will be visible. Additionally, as a less mainstream piercing choice, you might face resistance from even more progressive companies.
Before you get the bridge piercing, talk to your employer, or consult someone in the industry that you aspire to enter. They’ll let you know whether the bridge piercing will hinder you, and they might even be able to give you a rundown of the types of piercings that you can get instead.
Now that you’ve taken considerations into account and decided that this is the piercing for you, it’s time to get ready for piercing day.
Like any piercing, there needs to be some prep. Here are the things that you should do before undergoing the needle.
Bridge piercings take anywhere between 6 – 12 months to heal (and maybe even longer). The best way to achieve a shorter healing time is to maintain daily aftercare practices. Clean your bridge piercing 2 – 3 times daily per your piercer’s instructions.
If you think your bridge piercing is fully healed, talk to your piercer before stopping aftercare practices. The interior could still be healing, and you must continue aftercare for the entire healing period in order to avoid complications.
Need more convincing to get a bridge piercing? Check out our adorable barbells that will look amazing shining between your eyes.