Body surface piercings
The body is also a very popular choice for surface piercings.
The most common is the hip piercing, that is, the area around the navel.
The sternum piercing in the décolleté (cleavage area), or the Madison piercing on the throat are also very popular, as well as the coccyx/lower back, and the nape of the neck. You will rarely find surface piercings on the leg, but more often on the arm. Surface piercings can also be performed on the genital area.
These are worn, as described above, diagonally across the pelvis, near the hip bone. It is a style predominantly favored by women and is often done symmetrically on both sides, but it is becoming more and more common among men as well, which can be a very attractive option when the man has a well-toned abdominal area.
Before piercing we check that the area is well suited to it, so that the wearing of pants or other clothing does not cause unnecessary friction against the piercing.
A surface piercing is any body piercing which is performed on a surface of the body/skin which is neither convex nor concave (i.e. flat skin surfaces which neither protrude nor are indented—in other words any area where the skin does not fold).
The so-called surface bars are specially designed for surface piercings. These are barbells with two 90° bends at the end (going in the same direction) which reduce the pressure on the piercing’s exit canal.
For the body we recommend a barbell with a thickness of 1.6, and a maximum length of 24, depending on the specific area and anatomy of the customer.
A surface piercing can take between 2 and 4 months to heal completely, rarely longer. However, the healing process of a surface piercing is a little longer than for a regular piercing, due to the pressure exerted on the skin. Like other external piercings, in the first three weeks it should be cleaned with ProntoLind spray twice a day, and then coated with ProntoLind gel. It is important to wash your hands before touching the pierced area and the jewelry itself. By caring for the piercing in the correct manner and with the proper materials, you will rarely have to deal with cases of proud flesh.
Disinfectant solutions containing alcohol or chlorine should be avoided.
The surface piercing should be touched as little as possible (wash and disinfect your hands if doing so), and exposed to as little irritation as possible as well.
Do not remove or twist the piercing when cleaning, since this can further damage the wound canal.
Use ProntoLind-Spray and ProntoLind-Gel twice a day for the first 2-3 weeks, then once a day for another 3 weeks.
Healing Process For All Surface Piercings:
- Depending on the area, the initial healing of a surface piercing can take anywhere between 3 – 12 weeks, and up to 12 months for a complete recovery. A swelling of the lymph nodes in the first few weeks is completely normal.
- At the beginning, make sure you have a professional piercer switch your jewelry to another size of ball, bar, or ring.
- Never tape the piercing wound shut. Also avoid “wound” ointments, alcohol or chlorine-based disinfectants, hydrogen peroxide, and essential oils.
- Saunas, sunbeds, steam baths, and any kind of swimming in pools should be avoided for two weeks. Exposure to sea water is allowed after 7 days.
- Do not color or dye your hair for the first 6 weeks; use caution when combing your hair or visiting the hairdresser/barber.
- It is normal for there to be a wound secretion around the pierced area (initially clear, then yellowish-brown, not to be confused with pus) and for it to become sebaceous. This is part of the healing process, and can be removed with ProntoLind Spray, or when showering.
- A slight reddening and swelling of the skin and light post-treatment bleeding are normal in the first 10 days.
- When engaging in everyday tasks such as dressing, undressing, eating, shaving, applying cream, showering, washing, opening and closing cupboards, be careful that the piercing does not get caught in something and tear.
- Avoid lying down for too long or exerting undue pressure on the pierced area, as this can cause damage.
- If you see the piercing growing in a “crooked” direction, you can lightly twist it in the opposite direction and hold it there a few seconds in order to set it straight again.
A vital aspect of surface piercing is gauging the correct depth of the piercing canal.
We only pierce in areas where we think the right placement is feasible—and we clearly explain to the client what is and what is not a good option.