Eyebrow Piercing Types, Process, Cost, Infections, Treatment and Remedies for the Infections

by Annie Shuler

As the name suggests, this is the type of piercing that is done along the eyebrow. It can be done anywhere along the brow line on either side. The most common types of eyebrow piercing are horizontal and vertical piercing. Eyebrow piercing is believed to have been introduced in 1970`s and it has not gone out of the fashion yet. This type of piercing can do well to both men and women.

Eyebrow piercing may sometimes have a tendency of migrating if they are not pierced deeply enough or if sometimes the jewelry is too thin or heavy. In some cases you will also find the brow piercing being influenced by the eyebrow hairs. So it will therefore be a wise idea to pluck the hair closest to the entry points of jewelry. This will be more helpful for cases where some people will experience swelling or tenderness in the healed piercing.

Today is true that piercing are becoming very popular among the young generation sine many members of young generation society view it as a statement of beauty. So let as now look at the various types of eyebrow piercings.

Eyebrow piercing types

Here are four common types of eyebrow piercing:

a. Horizontal/Sideway eyebrow piercing

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This kind of brow piercing is slightly different from the standard eyebrow piercing. This kind of piercing is pierced horizontally, following the line of the eyebrow. They are commonly placed above the eyebrow. This kind of brow piercing looks unique. Actually they are normally placed along the brow.

Remember horizontal eyebrow piercing just like other types of piercing also have got various range of suitable jewelry that will suit it. Some examples are eyebrow piercing barbells, eyebrow piercing curved barbells, eyebrow piercing bioplast among others.

b. Vertical Eyebrow Piercing

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This type of brow piercing is done vertically through the eyebrow and anywhere along the ridge. They normally take approximately 6-8 weeks to heal. In this type of piercing, the piercing may move from its original location as in some people their bodies will tend to reject the foreign objects by attempting to push them outside. The piercing movement from its original location will depend also on the used jewelry properties. The most appropriate jewelry for this kind of piercing is barbell or captive bead rings.

c. Double eyebrow piercing

This is a kind of piercing where you will find there are two piercing in one eyebrow or in the other case, both sides of eyebrow will be having at least a piercing. When double eyebrow piercing is done in one brow then chances of experiencing some swelling and bruising may be high depending on the skin structure or properties of an individual. Again depending on the face or the size of eyebrow of a person, this kind of brow piercing also have jewelry the will best match it.

d. Anti-eyebrow piercing/reverse eyebrow piercing

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Anti-eyebrow piercing (also known as upper cheek, tears, teardrops or butterfly kiss piercing) is a facial piercing that is placed just above the cheek bone. It is normally found below the eyebrow. It is usually done with small surface bar or curved barbell. This kind of piercing can be vertical or horizontal depending on the person`s desire. During this kind of piercing, we should take into consideration proper care, placement, and suitable jewelry to avoid piercing rejection and migration.

We should take in to account that, while performing any of the mentioned types of eyebrow piercing, we should define the correct size of brow area to be pierced, the correct tools, suitable jewelry for each type, and the skin properties of an individual. When this if fulfilled then we can hasten the relief of avoiding any pending risk of infection or piercing rejection and migration.

Eyebrow piercing process

Now that you have made your mind to have your eyebrow pierced, how do you go about the piercing process? The first thing you should do is to establish a well-known parlor to get your piercing done. Then you will need to show your professional brow piercer the desired placed to be pierced in your eyebrow. Your professional piercer will then mark the entry and exit points with a pen. Then a hollow, sterilized piercing needle is passed from the outside corner of the eye through the eyebrow. Finally, the jewelry will be inserted into the piercing.

During brow piercing, one is likely to experience the same pain experienced during eyebrow-plucking. The piercing area again may undergo mild swelling and bruising after piercing. Again eyebrow piercings will have varying costs.

Eyebrow piercing cost

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It should be very clear to us that piercing laws and cost usually vary with state/country. Again in geographical areas where there are large number of piercers will tend to have lower costs. Another thing we have to consider in relation to piercing costs, is the type of piercing and the value of piercing jewelry. There may be other additional cost depending on the piercers. Below are some typical piercing costs:

Vertical eyebrow piercing-$20-$70 (depending on the cost of jewelry)
Horizontal eyebrow piercing-$30-$80
Anti-eyebrow piercing-$30-$80 (depending on the cost of jewelry)
Eyebrow piercing infections
Due to the fact that there are many types of piercing in fashion now day, It is very important to understand that, all the types of piercings are vulnerable to infections if proper care is not taken after piercing have been done. So following this fact, let us briefly look at the causes of piercing infections:

What are the cause of piercing infections?

Piercing related infections are usually due to bacteria, yeast, fungi and other pathogenic microorganism due to poor piercing methods and personal hygiene for example, you will find some people touching their piercings with their dirty hands, using unsterilized piercing needles, swimming in chlorinated pools or even using dirty beddings. The use of wrong jewelry, trauma and injuries are also another factors leading to piercings infections. Generally any piercing should be properly taken care of by following the instruction given by the piercer.

Sign and symptoms of infected piercings

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How will you tell that your piercing is infected? Ok, don’t worry yourself, here are some of the signs and symptoms that will help you know of your piercing infections:

1. Discharge from the piercing area

Presence of yellowish or white pus-like discharge in the discharge site is an indication of infection. When you notice a white pus-like when the jewelry move or around the jewelry, then that indicates that your infection is minor. Again on the other side, when you have a clear discharge then that is likely to be lymph which indicates that your piercing is healing. When a piercing is not properly washed or cleaned, one may develop crusting and scabbing hence slowing down the healing process.

2. Burning sensation due to allergic reaction

This is another common symptom when your piercing is infected. This might be sometimes accompanied by yellowish discharge from the piercing site due to allergic reaction. Allergic reaction in this case, may be due to some various body care product which some do use. But one must check first on the jewelry material and try to determine if the material might be the cause of the allergy.

Another important issue we have to note is that, sometimes when the piercing is too tight or loose then this can also lead to irritation which may lead to effects similar to that of allergic reaction.

3. Swelling, tenderness and redness

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It is always normal to develop some redness, tenderness, bruising and swelling in the piercing site immediately or for the first few days after having a piercing. But in situations where the swelling, redness and bruising does not disappear after 7-10 days, then your piercing is likely to be infected. For this case, taking anti-inflammatory medications may be very appropriate.

4. Pain

Most of the time, infections on the piercing might be painful. Someone may tend to have a throbbing or stinging feeling on the piercing site, this can also be very painful. The best idea therefore for healing painful piercing is to seek for some over the counter medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen. This drugs will help to reduce your pain as you seek further medications.

5. Having bumps or abscess on your piercing

Having a swollen area within the body tissue is an indication that your piercing is infected. This condition may develop due to poor drainage in the piercing or the availability of foreign materials that will cause your body to react to fight the foreign material. Some home care remedies will help you get rid the bumps and abscess.

6. Experiencing fever, nausea, chills and function loss

When one starts to experience fever, cold chills and nausea feeling, then that will an indication of a serious infection. The bacteria or pathogen connected to the infection might have become systematic to your body. So for this case one need to see his/her doctor for appropriate medication. Another symptom again is experiencing loss of function especially around old piercing site. You should also understand that some of these symptoms of infected piercing may not clear show whether the infection is mild or severe.

There are some other factors for example bleeding, piercing rejection and migration that as well can also be an indication of infection. So it will therefore call for the attention of the piercing holder to educate himself/herself about the signs and symptoms of piercing infection to make sure that, whenever the symptoms are noticed, then appropriate actions are taken.

How to cure, heal or cure piercing infections

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After noticing any of the symptoms mentioned above, you should begin treating you’re piercing immediately. If this is not done in time, then the infections may develop to their severity. So lets us now look at some of the most popular ways of treating infected piercings. Home remedies to heal these infections are also included.

1. Use of warm or cold compresses

Warm compresses could aid the healing process of infected piercing because it encourages more blood flow to the pierced region. The process will include getting a clean piece of cloth and dipping it in warm water and then applying it the infected piercing. The warm piece of cloth should be held in the piercing site until it cools. The process should repeated for about 5 minutes and 2-3 times a day. You can either use saline solution as a warm compress instead of water only.

Another alternative is using cold compress especially for swollen, painful or arching piercing. The cold compress will ensure that any swelling, bruising or pain is reduced. It very important to note that direct ice should not be applied directly to the piercing site because this can damage the cell tissues. The ice should be wrapped on a clean piece of cloth and then applied.

2. Saline solution

Saline solution (salty soak) is one of the most common ways of not only treating infected piercing but also cleaning while healing takes course. To prepare saline solution, you will mix ¼ teaspoon of sea salt per egg cup or glass of warm water. You can then use the solution to clean the area around the piercing for around five minutes.

The process should be repeated 2-3 times a day until you achieve your desired result. You can use cotton swabs or cotton balls during cleaning depending on where the piercing is located. Saline solution can be used to heal minor infections or any infections at their early stages.

3. Application of antibiotics, creams and gels

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This is another way to treat infected piercing. Though many people do not like the use of antibiotic to heal infected piercing, use of antibiotics has not been proved to affect any healing process. Antibiotic prescription will be appropriate medication especially where the doctor has determined that the piercing infection is due to bacteria.

For the case of those having reservations on ointment, they can use antibiotic creams and gels because the two will not in any way affect the infected piercing as perceived by many people.

4. Using prescribed oral antibiotics

Sometimes when the infection is very serious or severe then your doctor might recommend different antibiotics. It will be therefore be upon you to follow the instruction given by your doctor while taking the antibiotics. It also good to avoid over the counter antibiotics since the root of the infection may not be clear to your and therefore taking over the counter antibiotics may not be appropriate.

5. Natural home remedies

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You can also try using some of the natural remedies. This will include use of tea tree oil, vinegar, aloe Vera, turmeric, calendula and Indian lilac. Before using these natural remedies, you should make sure that you have a good clue about what remedy to use in relation to the cause of the piercing infections. Many of the natural remedies have abilities to fight many infections including bacteria related infections.

After trying to employ some of the natural remedies and the condition of the infection doesn’t change and instead it becomes worse, then you must immediately see you doctor for appropriate medications.

Men vs. women eyebrow piercing meaning

It is true that eyebrow piercing is a common body piercing to both men and women. Now, how do people perceive facial piercings? “Facial piercings can change people`s judgment of a person`s perceived attractiveness and personality as well as their characteristics.” So in this case, many people will tend to have a negative perspective towards people having facial piercings. Though there are many motivations for why men and women get piercings, some research have shown that facial piercings are less attractive and less intelligent as compared to faces without piercings.

In many cases, you will find that men with piercings are rated more negatively than women with piercings. So we should note that, the placement of piercing will play an important role on how people will perceive us, especially to men, facial piercings might make people to have very bad perceptions about us. One general stereotype attached to men with facial piercing is that they are rebellious and always lack seriousness. For the women, to many people, facial piercing can just be a beauty tool.

I know you may now wonder if people especially men should quite facial piercing. Actually we cannot make any judgment over this since, having piercings will depend on where you get the your piercing, the number and type of piercing, and your personality.

Summary

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Having an eyebrow piercing will tend to come with various stereotypes but it will be very important if we could understand this phenomenon and leave it upon the beholders to decide. This is because, as we have said, it will depend on one’s personality or the reason as to why he/she would wish to have facial or eyebrow piercings.

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