Body decoration is still very trendy, and the eyebrow ring is one of the most popular forms of piercing. Eyebrow piercing seems simple, so sometimes we decide to apply it immediately. However, it is important to realize that any form of piercing is an intervention in our body.
Therefore, it is good to familiarize yourself with the contraindications of the procedure, types of piercings, and recommendations for the aftercare of piercings.
What is a piercing?
Piercing is a way of decorating the body. It involves piercing selected parts of the skin to place jewelry (e.g. earrings) in this area. You should know that body piercing has been practiced for thousands of years and has been popular in various cultures around the world. It has its origins in small tribal villages in South America and the Amazon in Asia, Africa, and Polynesia, and centuries later it found itself on the streets of modern cities.
So what is the procedure? It’s similar to a regular ear piercing: an area of tissue is pierced with a needle and a piece of jewelry of your choice is inserted into the hole.
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How is eyebrow piercing performed?
Eyebrow piercing is done with a single needle to ensure that the procedure is as painless as possible. It is important to avoid sunbathing, alcohol, and painkillers before the procedure. Eyebrow piercing should be performed in perfectly sterile conditions using disposable needles and sterile instruments.
The jewelry that will be applied should also be sterilized. In addition, before starting the procedure, the eyebrows and the eyebrow area are disinfected. The salon where you can get your piercing applied usually offers a selection of piercings made of high-quality and well-tolerated materials such as titanium, so it is better not to wear your jewelry. You can wear it after your eyebrows have healed.
Eyebrow piercing, step by step
- The piercer attaches a special clamp to the skin. The depth to which the needle is inserted is set. It is necessary to grab a relatively thick part of the skin because the piercing should not be applied too close to the surface of the skin.
- The place intended for piercing is properly disinfected.
- Later, the piercer will mark the needle-insertion site by drawing a small dot there with a marker.
- Then the application of the piercing is done by piercing the marked area with a needle. The needle remains inside the skin, and the clip is removed.
- Then the piercer gently removes the needle and, at the same time, inserts the selected piece of jewelry into the pierced area. All done!
What are the types of eyebrow piercings?
Eyebrow piercing includes three basic types: standard, horizontal, and anti-eyebrow. Although it is a relatively painful procedure, performed under local anesthesia, healing usually takes place without complications due to the low mobility of this part of the face. A special type of jewelry for surface piercing, the so-called Surface Bar, is used for eyebrow piercing.
Is eyebrow piercing safe?
Eyebrow piercing is generally safe, but avoid situations where the piercing could move, such as wearing a helmet and riding a motorbike or visiting places prone to infection, such as a sauna, swimming pool, or solarium. During the first few weeks after the procedure, you should carefully monitor the puncture site.
Does eyebrow piercing hurt?
This is a very individual matter. Some people feel pain more strongly, others less. During the application of the piercing, local anesthesia is applied, which makes the process practically painless. An occlusive dressing is then applied and should be worn for about 8 hours. The pierced area should be washed with saline several times a day.
How long does an eyebrow piercing take to heal?
Unfortunately, there is no definite answer here. Much depends on the pierced area and individual predispositions to healing. In general, healing time is estimated to be a few weeks to 3 months, and up to six months elsewhere on the body! During the healing process, the material from which the jewelry is made also matters, so it is necessary to remember that high-quality materials are less prone to rejection by the body.
Eyebrow piercing: gold, silver, or maybe plastic?
We classify eyebrow piercing primarily according to the material from which it is made. The better the quality, the better the skin tolerates it. We can choose from:
- Gold is the most reliable but also the most expensive material, which does not cause allergic reactions and supports the healing process.
- Silver, which is slightly cheaper than gold, also has regenerative properties.
- Plastic is available at a low price, does not burden the pierced area, and at the same time supports regeneration.
- Titanium – a very popular, safe, and anti-allergic material that supports the healing process of the skin. It is of very high quality and is available at a relatively low price. Moreover, it does not cause allergies. Titanium piercings are also suitable for allergy sufferers.
What should be considered before applying a piercing?
Before piercing the eyebrows or any other part of the body, it is good to familiarize yourself with the contraindications of the procedure. These include:
1: Cold or illness and taking antibiotics
Both the disease and the drugs used, especially antibiotics, weaken the body, so it is necessary to wait at least 2 weeks after the last dose and only then undergo the procedure.
2: Preparation for medical examination
Generally, when you undergo medical examinations, treatments, or procedures, you may be asked to remove your jewelry from your body. If you are due for an examination soon – postpone the piercing application date. A freshly applied piercing needs to heal, which can take 3 to 6 months, and the jewelry is not allowed to be removed while it heals!
3: Disorders of blood clotting
It is strictly forbidden to pierce the skin in cases of blood clotting disorders.
4: Pregnancy and the postpartum period
Put off getting a piercing until your child is a little older.
Remember that a freshly applied piercing should not come into contact with water. Visiting the pool, lake, sea, etc. is not possible. In addition, it is not advisable to visit the sauna for the first few months after the procedure.
6: Skin diseases
In cases of chronic and acute forms of skin diseases, the application of piercing is not suitable.
Piercing can be more painful when you are menstruating.
You should know that the puncture site will heal much more slowly in winter than in spring or summer.
Important recommendations on how to proceed after the piercing application
First of all – hygiene! With any type of wound, including an eyebrow piercing, it is important to keep it clean. After the procedure, do not enter the pool, jacuzzi, lake, sea, etc. Water may contain harmful microorganisms. You should also not touch the piercing with dirty hands. Therefore, first, wash your hands with soap (antibacterial soap is suitable), then apply a disinfectant liquid to the punctured area. Clean the pierced area regularly and daily.
Use a sterile cotton swab soaked in warm water for this. Then apply an antiseptic or saline solution (saline or sea salt). Also, remember not to apply creams, lotions, perfumes, etc. to the pierced area. If any unusual symptoms, e.g. discharge, redness, or inflammation, you should immediately consult the piercer who performed the procedure or your doctor. This is the only way to avoid infection and migration of the piercing.
If you feel constant itching and the pierced area becomes red and swollen, this is a sign of inflammation. It is necessary to contact a specialist to advise you on follow-up care.
Eyebrow piercing and make-up—can you put make-up on your eyebrows?
Many people ask if it is possible to wear makeup after applying an eyebrow piercing. In the initial stage of healing, you should refrain from using cosmetics containing alcohol, and you should also avoid makeup in the area of the piercing. However, you can gently brush and groom your brows in the area around the piercing, as jewelry on your brows draws more attention to whether your brows look groomed properly. Use quality tweezers, and the procedure will go smoothly!
Of course, you can return to eyebrow make-up after the skin has healed. Pierced eyebrows attract attention, so it will benefit from beautiful and carefully made make-up using high-quality cosmetics. Precisely defined eyebrows can perfectly complement the piercing and give it overall harmony. Pierced eyebrows with unruly or poorly shaped hairs detract from the effect of the entire styling, and the piercing only draws attention to imperfections, so it is worth taking care of the shape and aesthetics of pierced eyebrows. Even subtle definition and fine-tuning with a good brow pencil can enhance the look of your brows.
The eyebrow pomade is also an ideal product for eyebrow makeup, the effect of which is long-lasting, intense, and extremely supple. It allows you to fill in your brows, define their shape, and create hair-like strokes. Eyebrow makeup like this will twist your piercing! Check out our guide to eyebrow makeup products and learn how to use them.
Can piercings damage your eyesight?
There is a fairly common opinion that eyebrow piercing can negatively affect vision. It’s a myth! During piercing, it is impossible to damage the optic nerve. However, it is necessary to know that a poorly executed piercing increases the risk of contact with the trigeminal nerve, which can lead to neuralgia. Therefore, choose the salon and your piercer carefully; use the services of only qualified professionals with a lot of experience and good reviews.