are a type of surface piercing that can be performed in two ways. The first
type is a dermal piercing. This means that a dermal anchor is embedded
underneath the skin to hold the jewellery stud in place. The second method is
to use a staple bar to pass under the skin, giving two points to the piercing.
Most people opt for two studs for collarbone piercing and a popular aesthetic
is to have this piercing on the left and right to create a symmetrical design.
While it is more common to have a surface collarbone
piercing using a staple bar, choosing a dermal
piercing gives you more options for your piercing configuration. Choose a
single stud, pair, or trio of piercings to create your own constellation. If
you want multiple clavicle piercings
your piercer may suggest having them done over a period of time to allow each
one to heal in between. Swelling in the area can make it difficult to heal
multiple piercings simultaneously.
pain does vary for each person depending on factors such as pain tolerance
but generally many people report that the clavicle piercing is a tolerable pain
level. Collarbones are often rated fairly low on the pain scale, as are many
types of surface piercing because they don’t pass very deeply under the skin.
If you opt for a dermal piercing, this may be more painful and the healing
process can be uncomfortable as it involves making an incision in the skin.
What is collarbone
Collarbone piercing is also called clavicle piercing which is the technical name for collarbone. The
piercing actually sits just below the collarbone but usually follows the angle
of the collarbone.
rejection is quite high due to the tension on the skin and the placement of
the piercing. It can easily rub against clothing and is often open to the
elements. Surface piercings sit fairly close to the top of the skin compared to
piercings such as ear lobes which have a single point to go completely through
the ear. This puts more tension on the piercing which means that there is a
higher chance of it rejecting.
How long do collarbone
If you have a dermal collarbone
piercing, in time it will naturally grow out but the time that this takes
can vary from months to years depending on how your body reacts, how you care
for your piercing, and your day to day lifestyle. On many types of dermal
anchors, there will be holes in the plate to allow the tissue to heal around the
jewellery, helping to keep it securely in place.
Something to remember if you do have a dermal collar bone piercing is that it will
need to be professionally removed if you change your mind. This involves
creating a small incision to be able to remove the anchor.
How much does
collarbone piercing cost?
Collar bone piercing
price is usually £40 - £85. The cost of a collarbone piercing is high due
to the skill needed to successfully perform this piercing. Instead of focusing
on how much a piercing costs, for specialist types of piercing such as the
collarbone, it is worth considering the skills and experience of the piercer
first. In the long run, this factor is going to be much more significant to the
success of healing your piercing.
How long does a
collarbone piercing take to heal?
piercing healing time will vary depending on the type of jewellery you have
chosen. The average healing time is 4-8 weeks for your collarbone surface
piercing but it may take longer if you have a microdermal collar bone piercing.
Expect to be waiting 1-3 months for it to heal and up to 6 months for the
piercing to be fully healed (especially internally).
Make sure to leave in the collar bone piercing jewellery that your piercer used, during the
healing time. They may use a longer jewellery bar to allow for swelling so once
that swelling has reduced, return to the piercer to have it changed to a
shorter bar. This will help to reduce your chances of catching your piercing.
The collarbone piercing is fairly likely to catch on clothes given the
placement so make sure to consider your outfits and avoid wearing necklaces
while healing your piercing. A surface piercing takes commitment and work to
maintain so consider your lifestyle and fashion preferences when choosing your
piercing jewellery that you will need will depend on the type of piercing
you have. For surface piercings, you can change to different staple or curved
bars, depending on your current jewellery. Our top recommendation is always
titanium bars but once your piercing is healed you can consider surgical steel.
An easy way to change the look of your piercing is to change the add ons or
dermal top of your piercing. There are many designs available with styles such
as a range of jewel colours or shapes such as stars. This will prevent you from
needing to remove the jewellery bar.
piercings are placed below the collarbone, in line with it. However, the sub clavicle piercing is a vertical
version of the collarbone piercing. It is considered a high risk piercing that
many piercers are likely to refuse to perform. It involves placing studs above
and below the collarbone, passing underneath the skin. It goes deeply through
the muscle and behind the bone which can lead to problems with movement. If you
would like to achieve this aesthetic then talk to your piercer about the dermal
options for collarbone piercing instead.
is considered one of the more extreme types of piercing and should only be
performed by experienced piercers. This surface piercing has a satisfying
symmetrical aesthetic that is easy to show off when paired with the right
outfit. This type of body modification is becoming increasingly popular and
with expert piercers and high quality jewellery, the chances of being able to
successfully heal this piercing are increasing.
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