Eyebrow piercings are one of those things that seem to slip seamlessly in and out of style. It’s a strangely timeless piercing; if it’s not in vogue today, just wait a few months for it to come back into fashion.
Popular among both men and women, the eyebrow piercing is truly a unisex fashion statement. It can be placed anywhere along the eyebrow, but it’s typically located just past the arch of the eyebrow.
The eyebrow piercing is technically a flat surface piercing, so it will heal a little differently than areas like your ears or nose. Additionally, it runs a higher risk of rejection and migration, and chances are that it will eventually move at some point.
Since the eyebrow is such a prevalent feature of the face, and it will be almost impossible to hide the eyebrow piercing during healing, there are quite a few things to think about before getting an eyebrow piercing. Here’s everything you need to know.
How much does the eyebrow piercing hurt?
In general, the eyebrow piercing falls lower on the pain scale than other piercings. You will feel a pinch and some pressure, but it shouldn’t be anything unbearable.
You might feel more discomfort and experience more swelling immediately after getting your eyebrow pierced than you might with other piercings. Blood tends to rush to injuries in this area of the face, leading to unpleasant symptoms. Some even develop a black eye after piercing. None of this is anything you need to worry about; it should go away on its own. To encourage healing, stay away from blood thinners, use a cold compress, and get plenty of rest.
If you see any of these symptoms in excess, play it safe, and see a doctor.
Eyebrow piercing healing process
The eyebrow piercing takes around 2 – 3 months to heal. During this time, you shouldn’t change or move your jewelry, even if you want to hide it. The skin in this area is soft and delicate, and moving the jewelry can cause scarring and jewelry rejection.
You should adhere to standard aftercare practices while letting your eyebrow piercing heal. The fragility of the skin around the eyebrow means that you need to be extra careful as it heals. Eyebrow jewelry is susceptible to migration and rejection. If you mess with your jewelry too much, jewelry rejection will be a certainty.
Here are some tips specific to healing an eyebrow piercing.
Don’t wax your eyebrows.
You need to keep foreign substances away from your piercing during healing, including wax. If you have bushy eyebrows to maintain, you can gently pluck the hairs around the piercing. Some might tell you that it’s okay to wax as long as you keep the wax away from the piercing site, but we say it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially with such a delicate piercing.
Be careful with face wash and makeup.
No foreign substances beyond your aftercare products should come near your new piercing, including face wash and makeup. While this can be a challenge, it’s imperative; the chemicals in these products could irritate the skin and cause scarring and other issues.
Get haircuts with caution.
This might seem like a strange aftercare tip, but especially when cutting bangs, eyebrow jewelry is easily caught in a comb. Since the eyebrow skin is so fragile, it isn’t difficult to tear your new piercing, which could lead to permanent scarring, jewelry rejection, and a bunch of other complications that are better avoided.
Opt for precious metals.
One of the biggest issues with eyebrow piercings is jewelry rejection and migration. While many factors contribute to this, cheaper metals are more likely to be rejected by your body. Put yourself on the right track and choose precious metals like 14k gold.
Don’t move the jewelry.
Moving the jewelry around irritates the skin and causes complications. You might be tempted to hide your new eyebrow piercing for work or other more conservative events. Unfortunately, during healing, this is almost impossible. Covering a healing eyebrow piercing with a bandage will put pressure on the jewelry that could lead to rejection. Taking out the jewelry can damage the piercing, and the hole could close before you’re able to put it back in again. Once the piercing heals, you can purchase piercing retainers for a subtler look, but if you choose to get an eyebrow piercing, you must be prepared to let it be seen.
Eyebrow jewelry styles
The eyebrow piercing usually uses a 16G needle. You should choose a lightweight curved barbell for your initial jewelry. The curved barbell won’t pull at your piercing like a hoop might, reducing the risk of embedded jewelry, migration, or other issues during healing.
After healing, you can stick with the curved barbell. This seems to be the jewelry of choice for the eyebrow piercing. The curved barbell with beads sitting flush to the skin offer a double pierced aesthetic. You can choose a standard curved barbell or have a little fun with charms.
Hoops are also a popular option. You can get fancy with a fun captive bead ring, or go sleek with a seamless ring.
Why shouldn’t I get an eyebrow piercing?
The location of the eyebrow piercing depends upon the anatomy of your face as well as your personal preference. Sometimes people don’t have the right face shape to pull this look off. Be honest with yourself, talk to a piercer you trust, and make sure that this is the piercing for you.
Eyebrow piercings tend to be rejected or migrate. This can be encouraged if you touch your jewelry too much during healing. If you’re the type to absentmindedly mess with your new jewelry, then you might want to think about another piercing type.
Eventually, your eyebrow piercing will probably be rejected. The question is how long before this happens. While you can get it repierced after the rejection site heals, the eyebrow piercing is considered more temporary than other piercing options. If this isn’t something that you want to deal with, then choose another piercing.
How much will it cost?
The eyebrow piercing can cost anywhere between $20 – $70, not including the jewelry. As always, opt for the piercer with experience rather than cost.
Eyebrow piercings require a certain level of expertise. We’ve mentioned a few times that eyebrow piercings tend to migrate; this risk is elevated when the eyebrow is not pierced deeply enough. Choose a piercer who is experienced in eyebrow piercings, specifically.
Eyebrow piercing variations
Since the eyebrow piercing can take place anywhere along the eyebrow, there are tons of piercing aesthetics to choose from.
Multiple eyebrow piercings consist of more than one piercing. Most popular are double eyebrow piercings, but some people have even gotten piercings across their entire eyebrow. If you choose this option, it’s best to get one piercing at a time to simplify the healing process.
Horizontal eyebrow piercings are basically the same as a standard eyebrow piercing, but they run horizontally instead of vertically. These are usually placed above or below the eyebrow.