Surface Piercing - Healing
Surface Piercing is a kind of body piercing that is done on the surface of the skin. In case of a Surface Piercing, two holes are created on the same skin plane. The piercing does not travel too deep and penetrates the skin only a little. Much like other types of body piercing, Surface Piercing is done to let the pierce wear jewelries and make a fashion statement.
Choose a reputed body piercing studio and find out how good its services are. If you do not have feedbacks from a friend or someone you know, it is best to look up on the internet. Try to know if the services are really good. If possible, you should check out studios and piercers personally to ensure accuracy of services.
Fix up an appointment with the studio and turn up at the exact hour on the right day. This will help you get full attention of a professional piercer. Show the piercer where exactly you want to have a piercing. It is best to choose an area that involves minimal use and contact with rough surfaces. The piercer will mark the entry and exit points with a surgical pen.
Consult your piercer regarding the kind of jewelry you should wear on the pierced spot. Surface Piercing jewelry is usually in the shape of a stapler.
Next, the piercer will clean the area with an antibacterial solution and sterilize it. This will prevent infection in the region after perforation.
The skin may be clamped to ensure safe passing of the needle through the region. But some piercers may carry out the perforation without a clamp to make sure correct needle position on the surface. This can be a little painful though, as the needle takes long to pass through the holes in such case.
The jewelry will be then inserted into the perforation and fastened. This will be followed with another cleaning session. All traces of blood will be carefully removed and the region will be disinfected to avoid chances of infection.
Note: If your piercer insists on a regular barbell you are probably dealing with an inexperienced person. Find another professional.
Surface Piercing Pain
In case of Surface Piercing, pain depends on the location of perforation. Collar bone Surface Piercing or chest Surface Piercing can be very painful. Any kind of facial Surface Piercing can also be quite hurtful. Finger Surface Piercing, Hip Surface Piercing and Wrist Surface Piercing do not involve too much pain.
Surface Piercing Bleeding
In Surface Piercing, there is minimal bleeding. An inexperienced hand can however, lead to much blood loss. If you have little knowledge of Surface Piercing, it is not advisable to try it at home. A professional piercer will take care that there is little blood loss. The area will also be cleaned after perforation.
Surface Piercing Aftercare
Surface Piercing care mainly consists of salt water soaks and protecting the surface from injury or irritation.
Salt Water Treatment
Form a saline solution by adding one tsp salt into a glass of warm water. Mix it thoroughly. Soak a cotton ball with a little of this solution. Press it for a few seconds against the recently perforated area and throw away. Use another cotton ball and repeat the process. Do this for 5-10 minutes twice daily.
Guard the recently pierced area from injuries. Try to keep it away from contact with harsh surfaces and avoid playing with your jewelry. It can lead to cases of rejection and migration. Even injuring the surface long after healing can result in migration.
If your normal soap causes an irritation in the area, try a mild soap brand instead. Strong soaps are often seen to irritate a recently injured or perforated skin region.
What to avoid:
Changing the jewelry
Saunas, Pools, Sea etc
Wearing hats, unclean clothes
Taking off the jewelry for at least 3 weeks
Touching the piercing with dirty hands. Touching it will cause bacteria to spread and pain.
If you believe you may have an infection, see a doctor or the person that did your piercing.
Do not use rubbing alcohol to clean jewelry while it is in your ear as it will irritate the area.