Eyebrow piercing



An eyebrow piercing is a vertical
surface piercing Surface piercings are piercings that are found on flat parts of the body, giving a double-pierced look that sits flat against the skin. A surface bar follows the plane of skin, while a standard piercing is pierced through the plane. Standard pierc ...

surface piercing
, wherein a twelve to eighteen gauge
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needle is inserted through the bottom of the eyebrow and exits through the top of the eyebrow to permit insertion of jewellery. Those performing the piercing may use a pennington clamp to better guide the needle through the skin. A curved
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is the most common jewellery inserted post-piercing. A piercing of underneath the eye is known as an
anti-eyebrow An anti-eyebrow is a facial piercing that is placed above the cheek bone or below the eyebrow. Normally it is done with a small surface bar. This piercing can be vertical or horizontal, depending on the person's preference. Though it is a surface ...
piercing. A horizontal piercing of the eyebrow is known as a horizontal eyebrow piercing.


Barbells, curved barbells and
captive bead ring A captive bead ring (CBR), ball closure ring (BCR) ...

captive bead ring
s are the common jewelry types worn in eyebrow piercings. Each of these jewelry types put varying degrees of pressure on the piercing, which can cause irritation or piercing migration over time. The larger the gauge used in the piercing, the less likely the piercing is to be rejected or accidentally torn out. Sixteen gauge piercings and jewelry is common.


The placement of the eyebrow piercing varies according to the will of the one receiving the piercing. The area may be pierced anywhere along the eyebrow from directly above the eye, to the edge of the eyebrow by the temple. Care must be taken if the eyebrow is pierced further in than directly above the eye, because of the presence of supra-orbital nerves. Piercing the eyebrow is safe.


After the piercing is completed, the
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process takes a minimum of six weeks to eight weeks for the wound to close properly around the piercing, and it may be six months to a year before the jewellery can be removed for any length of time without the hole closing. It is common for an eyebrow piercing to produce a sticky white discharge or a crust around the jewellery during the healing process. Complications, when reported, are usually fixed with a short-term round of antibiotics. A light
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is common, due to the high amount of
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in the eyebrow and the proximity to the surface of the skin.
Sudden pain in the area of the piercing could be a potential sign of infection, and should be checked by a professional immediately.

History and culture

Body piercing Body piercing, which is a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which jewelry may be worn, or where an Implant (medicine), implant could be inserted. The word ''pier ...
has been performed in many cultures for millennia, usually as part of a
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or to identify a person as courageous, strong, or worthy. Eyebrow piercing, however, has a short history. It was introduced by the
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in the 1970s as a
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See also

Anti-eyebrow An anti-eyebrow is a facial piercing that is placed above the cheek bone or below the eyebrow. Normally it is done with a small surface bar. This piercing can be vertical or horizontal, depending on the person's preference. Though it is a surface ...


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