What is a Bridge Piercing?

Location: Nose Between Your Eyes
Jewellery: Straight Or Curved Barbell
Healing: 4 to 6 months or longer

The practice of bridge piercing is one that sees the skin at the bridge of the nose pierced to hold jewellery.  The location is usually directly between the eyes on the person. Many people may refer to this piercing in the form of an ‘Earl’ in commemoration of the first recipient, Erl van Aken. A great alternative piercing, it's popularity is continuing to grow quickly.
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Bridge Piercing Placement
The bridge piercing is a horizontal piercing of the glabella, the tissue between your brows and above the nose, between your eyes.
Bridge Piercing Jewellery
A curved or straight barbell are the most common types of jewellery as they are the most comfortable in the Bridge area.
Bridge Piercing Process
Many people report feeling hardly any pain during this piercing, describing it as if they were having their eyebrows plucked.
Bridge Piercing Aftercare
Healing time is 4 to 6 months, often longer. There is quite a risk of piercing rejection because of the area in which jewellery is placed.

More About Bridge Piercing

The bridge piercing is most commonly put horizontally on the bridge of the nose however, in recent years more people are opting for the vertical position.  The choice is up to the wearer since both bridge piercings have the same amount of pain involved in the procedure and have the same risks associated with them.

The risks of receiving a bridge piercing are mild and are the same risks that are common with any type of body modification.  The main one is infection but with the correct aftercare procedures the chance of this happening should be greatly reduced.  A common problem with this nose piercing is sinus pressure due to its placement; this can be alleviated by only wearing jewellery in the bridge that is deemed appropriate.  A myth that is associated with the bridge is that the jewellery will cause you to look inwards, making you appear cross-eyed.  However, this is rarely the case although you may find it strange at first.  In general, there are few problems of bridge piercing that will develop.

In order for one to get a bridge piercing, they must have enough skin to pinch between the fingers located at the bridge of the nose. Without the excess skin, the piercing can be easily pushed out or rejected and this can cause serious pain for the wearer.  Once the skin is secure, a needle will be pushed through to create a suitable hole for the jewellery.  The process of getting the piercing is not too painful but for a week or so afterwards, the person may experience headaches while it heals.  Those that wear glasses may find this kind of piercing will rub against the glasses, causing irritation and leading to an increased chance of infection.  A bridge piercing is a great way to make a fashion statement for those that are interested but you should make sure you choose a professional to undertake the procedure.

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