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Anti Eyebrow Piercing

Updated on February 25, 2012

The anti eyebrow piercing is certainly one of the least common facial piercings, unlike the eyebrow piercing itself. As the name suggests, the piercing itself does not go through the eyebrow but in the area surrounding it.

Some anti eyebrow piercings, sometimes also referred to as a teardrop piercing or high cheek piercing, are done at the side of the eye, but the vast majority are placed more or less on the cheek bone. The most usual anti eyebrow piercing jewelry is the surface bar, placed at an angle symmetrical with the persons face.

Taking Care

Perhaps one of the reasons that this is not a common piercing is that the area in which it is placed can easily damage nerves and facial muscles if the piercer is not experienced and fully qualified. Under not circumstances should this piercing be attempted at home. A qualified piercer will manipulate the face to find the correct placement for your anti eyebrow piercing to avoid damaging any facial muscles.

After your piercing has been placed, warm salt water should be used to keep it clean. This should enable the piercing to heal within a couple of months or so. However, due to the area in which it is placed, bruising is easily caused if the piercing is knocked or caught, so great care should be taken to avoid it coming into contact with anything.

Once the piercing is in and fully healed, there should be no problem in this becoming a long term piercing, for over a year at least. This is why it definitely pays to have it done professionally.

An Anti Eyebrow Piercing, also sometimes referred to as a teardrop piercing
An Anti Eyebrow Piercing, also sometimes referred to as a teardrop piercing

Anti Eyebrow Piercing Jewelry

Whilst L shaped bars or bent barbells have been used successfully for this type of piercing, it is widely considered that a surface bar is the most successful form of jewelry to be used on this type of piercing. If you have other preferences, it is best to discuss this with your piercer prior to having it done.

A Word of Warning

Apart from the obvious caution about using a qualified piercer who works in a sterile environment with clean equipment, the person should be aware that, as we age, our face changes shape which is likely to cause the piercing to move. This could well result in the rejection of the piercing and the need to have it removed. Doing so may cause a scar which will remain with you for the rest of your life, so you do need to consider this, especially if you are young and have a lot of growing to do. Any short term benefit of an anti eyebrow piercing may be outweighed by the disadvantages later in life.


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      6 years ago

      I've recently got an Anti eyebrow piercing, I've been told by a few people it's very pretty. Even my 72 year Nanna approves :)

      Only s surface bar should be used for this piercing, any other type and you are increasing the risk of migration/rejection. The piercing itself didn't hurt very much and I had minimal swelling. The healing is awkward though as I keep disturbing it in my sleep.

    • Angela Blair profile image

      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      I had my nose pierced back in the 1970's -- when it was rare and unusual. I wore a diamond or a ruby and considered myself quite stylish and "cool." Somewhere along the line I began thinking how silly that was going to look as I grew older so let the piercing grow up. I'm nearly 75 now and thank heavens I did -- imagine an old lady with a pierced nose! LOL! Best/Sis

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      6 years ago

      Years ago I tried piercing my tongue and it was the most horrific pain in my life. I heard these types of piercing are addictive. This was very informative and I appreciate the article.

    • SuffolkJason profile image


      6 years ago from Ipswich, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

      I would be too scared to try this!


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