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Eyebrow Piercing and Jewlery

Updated on March 14, 2011

Eyebrow Piercing

Eyebrow piercings are pretty popular in today's youth. They are common among both men and women.

Common jewelry for an eyebrow piercing is going to be a small curved barbell or a small captive bead ring. You can find the barbells in many different designs with different balls, metals, and colors. The rings aren't quite as variable, but there are some options that you can choose from.

Eyebrow piercings typically consist of just one single vertical piercing, but more often people have been getting multiple vertical eyebrow piercings, a horizontal eyebrow piercing, or a twisted eyebrow piercing with spiral jewelry.

What piercing you get, what side it's on, and how many you get, it completely your preference.

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Heal Eyebrow Piercing

When healing a piercing, you want to follow the following tips.

  • Wash your hands before and after touching the piercing.
  • Clean the piercing at least twice a day with saline or a diluted sea salt mix (1 teaspoon sea salt to 6 ounces of water).
  • When cleaning, gently remove any dried crust with a cotton ball or Q-tip.
  • Do not use products with alcohol, peroxide, or betadine on the piercing. These are too harsh for a new piercing and can dry out the piercing, causing irritation.
  • Be leery of using antibacterial soap because, if not thoroughly washed out, the soap can irritate the piercing.
  • Do not use any product that is scented to clean the piercing.
  • Make sure to get plenty of sleep while healing a piercing so that your body is a top performance.
  • Take your vitamins so that your body has plenty of nutrients to ensure that the piercing heals properly.
  • Do not put makeup on the piercing.
  • Do not swim in a lake, ocean, river, pool, etc. while healing the piercing.
  • Do not play with the barbell or ring. Do not touch it unless you are cleaning it. The more you fiddle, the more you increase your risk of irritation and complication while healing.
  • Do not remove or try to change the jewelry for at least 6 months or until the piercing is 100 percent healed.
  • Do not sleep with that side of your face on the pillow. You can easily snag the jewelry on your pillow.

If the piercing remains swollen, red, and itchy for an extended amount of time, return to the piercer to have a professional have a look.

Problems with Eyebrow Piercing

With any piercing you have potential complications to include infection, scarring, and blood poisoning, as well as any allergic reactions or nerve damage.

Migration and rejection are both very common problems with eyebrow piercings. If you feel that you see more of the jewelry than you used to, you may be experiencing rejection. In that case, there's not much you can do to stop it. To treat a piercing rejection, means to take out the jewelry. You can attempt to have the piercing re-done, but in some cases, your body just may not want to heal the piercing.

If you notice prolonged swelling, redness, abnormal pain, numbness, or feeling problems, you will want to consult your doctor.

Note: During healing, don't get scared if you experience drainage. That doesn't necessarily mean an infection. Lymph is a normal healing process. If the clear drainage turns yellow or green, then you have an infection.

How Long Does it Take to Heal?

Because everyone is different, the length of time that it takes to heal an eyebrow piercing, much less any piercing will vary.

On average, it can take a minimum of 9 to 12 weeks to heal an eyebrow piercing. That is a minimum average time frame excluding any complications, such as infection.

It is not uncommon for an eyebrow piercing to take several months to heal.

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