The Ultimate Guide to Bridge Piercings: Types, Aftercare, and Tips

The Ultimate Guide to Bridge Piercings: Types, Aftercare, and Tips

Bridge piercings (also called an Earl) are a body modification that was very popular in the 90s and is now regaining popularity! 

Despite its growth in popularity, the bridge facial piercing is still a great option for anyone looking for a unique look that fewer individuals will be sporting. It is a little more ‘out there’ than a septum piercing, and a bit more daring than a nostril piercing, making it popular for anyone looking for something a bit different.

If you’re considering getting a bridge piercing, read on to find out everything you need to know.

What is a Bridge Piercing?

A bridge piercing is a type of facial piercing that goes through the bridge of the nose horizontally. It is usually positioned between the eyes, in the area where the bridge of the nose meets the forehead.

Do Bridge Piercings Hurt?

The good news for anyone considering a bridge piercing is that despite its seemingly sensitive location, a bridge piercing doesn’t tend to register too high on the pain scale. Although a bridge piercing appears to go through the bone, it simply sits under a thin layer of skin across the nose. No piercings will go through the bone, only the epidermis and dermis tissue.

Weather your piercing uses freehand technique or applies a forcep, some pressure is likely and you may feel a little discomfort between your eyes and you may experience pain afterwards, with some swelling between the eyes.

If you experience swelling between the eyes after your piercing is complete, you might feel a little soreness or discomfort. Ibuprofen or Paracetamol should help to ease the discomfort.

What Types of Jewelry are Available for Bridge Piercings?

A bridge piercing can be a versatile form of body modification and there are plenty of ways to wear yours proudly.

Here are just a few…

Horizontal Bridge Piercing

The most traditional way of wearing a bridge piercing is horizontal, with the beads of the bar between your eyes. This gives a cool symmetrical look between your eyes.

Forehead Piercing

This piercing sits higher on your forehead. Usually in the middle area where it is the flattest. It is very anatomy dependant as you need to have enough skin flexibility to allow for correct insertion and healing.

Forehead Piercing

Beside Eyebrow Piercing

A horizontal bridge piercing can look awesome when it falls in line with any existing eyebrow piercings.

With a Retainer

If you don’t want your bridge piercing to be visible, you can wear a retainer. This will preserve the piercing without anyone being able to see it.

Is My Bridge Piercing Bar Too Short?

The length of the barbell will depend on the width of your bridge, or the desired look you want from your piercing. If you think that your bridge piercing bar is too short, drop in for a chat with a member of the Pierced team, and we’ll be happy to advise you.

Common Concerns and Risks 

Pain and Discomfort:

  • Bridge piercings are generally considered moderately painful, but pain tolerance varies from person to person.


  • The risk of infection can be minimized by following proper aftercare instructions and using a sterile saline solution.
  • Signs of infection include excessive swelling, redness, pain, pus, and an unpleasant odour. Consult a professional if you suspect an infection.

Migration and Rejection:

  • Bridge piercings may be prone to migration and rejection due to the area's thin skin and constant movement.
  • Wearing properly sized and fitted jewelry, following aftercare guidelines, and avoiding trauma to the piercing can reduce the risk.

What Kind of Aftercare is Needed?

Proper aftercare is crucial to promote healing and prevent complications. Follow these essential steps:


  • Clean the piercing twice a day with a saline solution or an aftercare solution recommended by your piercer.
  • Gently remove any crust or debris around the piercing using a cotton swab soaked in the solution.

Avoid Touching:

  • Avoid touching the piercing with dirty hands to prevent introducing bacteria.
  • Only touch the piercing area when cleaning or changing the jewelry, and ensure your hands are clean.

Avoid Irritants:

  • Keep hair products, makeup, and other potential irritants away from the piercing area.
  • Avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, and saunas during the initial healing period.

Healing Time:

  • Bridge piercings usually take around 8-12 weeks to heal fully.
  • Healing time may vary depending on individual factors such as age, overall health, and aftercare compliance.

Will There be Swelling with Bridge Piercings?

Lots of people have issues with swelling between their eyes after a bridge piercing. You might feel a bit like you have been punched! But don’t fear, this will go away in time and you’ll be able to admire your awesome bridge piercing. If you are experiencing any discomfort, painkillers will help.

Should I Worry About a Bridge Piercing Causing Irritation?

Try to avoid touching or playing with your piercing until it has healed. To avoid irritation, choose scent-free, alcohol-free, colour-free aftercare products that are recommended by your piercer. These should be the only things ever touching your piercing.

Closing Thoughts

Bridge piercings are a unique way to express your individuality and enhance your facial features. By following the guidance provided in this comprehensive guide, along with expert advice from Pierced, you can embark on a safe and stylish bridge piercing journey. Remember to prioritize aftercare, choose a reputable studio, and consult with professionals to make your bridge piercing experience a success.

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