All There is to Know About Bridge Piercings

All There is to Know About Bridge Piercings

Bridge piercings (also called an Earl) are a body modification that was very popular in the 90’s and is now regaining popularity! This is especially true in and around Newmarket and Mississauga.

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 sits horizontally across the bridge of the nose.This is an anatomy dependent piercing, passing through flesh on top of the nasal bridge. It is worth noting that this is why the risk of piercing migration can be higher than other piercings, as most people don’t have as much flesh in this area for the piercing to sit in.

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 in and around Newmarket, Mississauga and around the world.

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, and you're in Newmarket, Mississauga or the surrounding areas, drop in for a chat with a member of the team and we’ll be happy to advise you.

What Kind of Aftercare is Needed?

Bridge piercings, like all piercings, come with risks. There are a number of risks associated with bridge piercings and it is a good idea to be aware of these.

What is the Risk of Infection?

There are risks with all piercings, but correct and consistent aftercare and not touching it during healing will go a long way, it's also important to avoid submersion for entire healing cycle and wearing glasses should be done with extreme care. sleeping on your face, makeup, cosmetics can all have an effect, follow your piercers instructions and checkups are key to a happy and healthy piercing.

Our Favourite Facial Jewelry

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

If you're in Newmarket, Mississtuga, Toronto or the surrounding areas and you’re concerned about your piercings, stop by for a chat with a member of the team. You can also give the team at a call today and we’ll try our best to answer any questions you may have.

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