FACIAL PIERCING

Facial PiercingsThe most common facial piercings—both in contemporary society and historically—are oral piercings, or piercings of the mouth and lips, and nose piercings. Today, however, there is a wide range of facial piercings that do not involve the nose or the mouth. Because new facial piercings (and indeed new piercings of all kinds) are being created constantly, this is not an exhaustive list.
One reason that there are more piercings available for the face today has to do with modern piercing techniques that allow for surface piercings. Another reason is the continuing mainstreaming of extreme body modification techniques; as previously “extreme” piercings move from the body modification community into mainstream youth culture, new, often more extreme, piercing methods and locations continue to be developed.
Other than nose (which includes nostril piercings as well as septum and bridge piercings), and the mouth (which includes tongue piercings, lip piercings, lip plates, and labrets), facial piercings can now be done in a wide variety of locations.

The area of the eye is one popular new location. Eyebrow piercings are generally vertical or angledtiffany-ball-spiral-barbell-16-gapiercings through the ridge of the eyebrow, and are typically found on the outer edge of the eyebrow. Jewelry for eyebrow piercings is usually a barbell or ring, both of which go through the eyebrow from bottom to top or top to bottom. An alternative to the vertical eyebrow piercing is the horizontal eyebrow piercing, which pierces horizontally along the upper brow ridge. Because this piercing goes through the surface of the skin, rather than using the extra flesh on the eybrow as in the traditional eyebrow piercing, it is a surface piercing and thus uses a surface bar rather than a barbell or ring. A much rarer piercing is the eyelid piercing, which is a piercing done on the eyelid itself, generally with a ring.
Outside of the eye, there are a number of piercing choices. The temple piercing is a surface piercing to the area outside of the eye, on the temple of the face, and usually uses a surface bar. The anti-eyebrow is a facial surface piercing which pierces the upper cheek just below the eye. They are sometimes known as tears because of the location of the jewelry. The jewelry, usually a specifically bent surface bar or sometimes a curved barbell, has two beads that sit on the surface of the skin, the top of which generally sits closer to the eye, with the bottom angled away from the eye.
14k-gold-curved-barbell-14-gaCheek piercings are done on the fleshy part of the cheek, on the other hand, usually where a dimple would be found. It is not a surface piercing because the jewelry goes through the skin and emerges on the other side—inside of the mouth.
Jewelry is usually a labret stud, so that just the stud of the jewelry appears on the surface of the cheek. People who are attempting to look like an animal often have multiple cheek piercings in the form of steel whiskers which emerge from the skin.
The nick piercing is another cheek piercing, but one that uses the highest point on the inside of the mouth, and then travels straight up under the skin and muscles of the mouth and exits underneath the eye, usually with a single stud appearing on the surface of the skin, although it is not a surface piercing. The end of the jewelry sits inside of the mouth, against the gums.
A chin piercing is a rare piercing that at first looks like a labret, with a stud sitting beneath the lower lip, butblack-labret-with-ball-16-gawith additional studs emerging under the chin. It is a surface piercing in which the bar travels through flesh of the chin, and does not use the inside of the mouth at all. A horizontal philtrum is another rare piercing that uses the upper lip divet, just below the nose, to pass a barbell through. It does not go inside the mouth, yet is not a surface piercing, because it uses the flesh above the lip to pass through. The two beads of the jewelry sit on either side of the divet, below each nostril.
The forehead is a relatively recent spot for surface piercings. Forehead piercings are sometimes worn by people with loose skin, although they are difficult to heal without much excess skin. Sideburn piercings, done where a man’s sideburns would grow, is another surface piercing on the face. Finally, a bindi piercing is a piercing using a vertical barbell above the bridge of the nose, in the spot where Hindu bindis are painted onto the skin.

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