Eyebrow Piercing

History

Placement

Recommended Jewelry

Healing Instructions

Aftercare

History

Unlike nose piercing, which was first recorded in the Middle East approximately 4,000 years ago, eyebrow piercing is relatively modern. This style of piercing appears to have become popular over the last few decades, with early instances seen in the punk movement of the 1970s. A possible reason this type of piercing hasn’t been around for a long time is that it can be very problematic and difficult to heal.

Placement

Eyebrows were usually pierced at an angle (35 degrees) from the outside corner of the eye. The reason this piercing is done at an angle is so that it sits better on the face. If it is done vertically, the ring sticks out and will never lie flat. Piercing that is slanted inwards tend to make the ring lay flat.

It has become more common to have piercing placed anywhere along the eyebrow ridge ‘ from directly above the eye to the edge of the eyebrow. Another popular variation is to have multiple eyebrow piercing. However, it is dangerous to pierce the eyebrow further in than directly above the eye. The possibility of injuring one of the three major supra-orbital nerves becomes much greater and could lead to permanent nerve damage in the eye.

The depth of the piercing is determined with regards to how much tissue is available to support the piercing. Most eyebrow piercing is usually between 1/4″ and 3/8″ wide. To avoid damaging the nerves beneath the eyebrow the piercing is not made much deeper.

Because the brow is usually relatively flat, eyebrow piercing has a greater tendency than other piercing to migrate or be rejected by the body. If the brow is completely flat and cannot be easily pinched, the tension of the skin creates pressure on the jewelry which may cause the piercing to migrate or even be rejected completely. In some cases the piercing will shift or migrate slightly while healing but will eventually settle. The piercing should not be made excessively deep on the assumption that it will migrate into place. Always ask your piercer for advice before getting any piercing. They have more experience and can tell you how difficult or easy the piercing will be to maintain.

Recommended Jewelry

As with most initial piercing, the recommended jewelry for an eyebrow is a captive bead ring. The reason for this is that the jewelry needs to be easily movable in order to clean and heal the piercing. However, some piercers will pierce you with a barbell if you request it. Keep in mind that it may affect how your piercing heals and you will need to devote extra time and care to it.

jewelry which is too thin is more easily rejected by the body and more likely to tear the piercing if the jewelry is accidentally pulled. jewelry which is too heavy for the amount of tissue available can cause the piercing to migrate or reject.

Initial jewelry:

Eyebrow retainers should not be worn in new piercing because they are not secure.

Always ask your piercer the gauge and diameter of the ring he pierced you with. Having this information will facilitate changing or replacing your jewelry later. Once the piercing has gone through its initial 5-6 week healing period, the jewelry can be changed.

Healing Information

The piercing will take approximately 2 to 4 months to heal. As with any piercing, different people take different amounts of time to heal. However, the better you care for your piercing, the quicker it will heal. Compared to other piercing, eyebrow piercing requires a little more extra care and attention. The reason for this is that the skin where the piercing is being done is very thin, contains many hair follicles, and does not have much supporting tissue underneath. They eyebrows’ anatomical purpose is to prevent dirt from falling into the eyes. Therefore the likelihood of dirt getting into the piercing increases. This piercing also gets knocked around a lot when you sleep, and movement hampers the healing process.

Sometimes, eyebrow piercing results in migration or rejection. Migration means that the body is slowly forcing the jewelry out, like it does a foreign object such as a splinter. The jewelry may move from its original location to another. The amount of skin taken by the initial piercing will decrease until the jewelry eventually grows out altogether. It doesn’t matter how well the piercing is done initially, migration can still occur. If migration or rejection begins to happen, call or see your piercer. He may have a way to save the piercing.

As mentioned above, eyebrow piercing is more infection-prone than other piercing, as dirt, movement, and hair follicles can irritate and infect the piercing. Cleaning and properly following aftercare instructions will help to prevent infections. However, if an infection does occur, you must handle it quickly since infections to this piercing can become bad quickly. The infection may even produce a large cyst. It may also make the piercing very red and cause the piercing to discharge.

If you do get an infection, visit your piercer immediately. He will be able to give you additional advice on how to treat and care for the wound.

Aftercare

The leading cause of infection for any piercing is the improper handling of it or playing around with it. You should only touch your piercing with clean hands, and only when you are cleaning it.

The following instructions will help you care for and maintain your piercing.