Surface Piercing

Facial Piercing is more and more popular. We can see girls and boys with pierced eyebrows, lips, noses... It's very important to be well informed before you decide to get one. Facial piercing could be very cool, especially to the teens but it includes some risks as well if you don't know how to take care for your piercing.

Surface piercings are another form of body modification. There are several types, such as:
Corset piercing, a series of bilaterally symmetrical piercings, normally done on the back, intended to be laced like a corset.
Madison piercing, a horizontal piercing located just above the collarbone, at the base of the neck.
Nape Piercing/Neck piercing, located on the back of the neck. (Also called 'Vampire Bites')
Hip Piercing, located on the pelvis near the hips bones.
Sternum Piercing, located vertically or horizontally on the sternum.
Wrist Piercing, located on or near the wrist, generally on the upper side.
Anti-Eyebrow, located under the eye, or beside.

Aftercare treatments:
The best way to clean it is to use a saline solution or non-iodized sea salt solution. Be careful not to agitate the piercing. The piercing should be cleaned a few times a day for the first few weeks. You should do the sea salt soaking/saline solution soak as long as it takes, even after it heals; continue to soak twice a week to prolong the piercing existence.
It's quite normal for your facial piercing to appear swollen and slightly discolored during the first few days after the piercing procedure. A facial piercing is similar to the face wounds and it's normal to feel tender. In the first days it's possible to feel little bruising or minimal bleeding.

Clean the area thoroughly before tanning. It is important with a new surface piercing to minimize exposure to anything that can irritate the area, causing infection or your skin to reject the new piercing and push it out like it would a splinter. Cleanse the piercing and the area around it gently with clean water or antiseptic liquids such as hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol.
Do not allow the area to burn. A sunburn is another wound that the body would have to heal around the piercing and could result in scarring or other damage to your skin. Apply sunblock carefully on the area surrounding the piercing. Do not allow sunblock or other tanning creams or lotions to enter the piercing.

Cover with a bandage. For most surface piercings you can use a regular bandage purchased at your local convenience store to cover the piercing itself. Make sure that none of the adhesive on the bandage touches the piercing. Gently pat the bandage into place over the piercing to lessen the chances of sunburn and protect the surface piercing from irritation.