Bridge Piercing 101
A bridge piercing, as the name suggests, is put on the bridge of the nose. While it is normally put at the top of the nose bridge, you can also have it lower down if you prefer! It offers an awesome unique appearance, looking completely different from other nose piercings! Of course, the main reason why some people may choose to avoid this type of piercing is that is does not go great with glasses. So if you’re a glasses wearer that wants a bridge piercing, you might need to consider giving contact lenses a go...
An Ever Changing Style
The bridge piercing was first worn by body modification legend Erl Van Aken – explaining why it is often referring to as an Erl. Since he had his bridge pierced over twenty years ago, the type of piercing has completed exploded in popularity. It is easily one of the most popular surface piercings available – and for a good reason.
People have also opted for vertical bridge piercings, which are commonly referred to as unicorn piercings or third eye piercings. And with people also being able to wear the piercing on different parts of their nose’s bridge, the variety of bridge piercings available definitely isn’t as restricted as it may seem at first. There are plenty of choices!
People are always experimenting with bridge piercings. While a straight barbell
is the most popular choice, some have also tried out curved barbells
. Ever since Erl Van Aken pioneered the first bridge piercing, the style has refused to stand still.
The procedure for a bridge piercing is fairly straightforward. After cleaning the bridge of the nose thoroughly, the piercer will use a pen to mark the area of the incision – just to make sure it doesn’t look off centre. An incision will then be made, usually with a needle, and then a barbell will be fed through.
To get a bridge piercing, you will obviously need to have enough skin on the bridge of your nose to pinch between your fingers. Without enough skin, the potential for the piercing being pushed out or rejected is much higher.
As noted, this piercing may be worth avoiding if you regularly wear glasses. In the healing period especially, wearing glasses has the potential to heavily irritate the piercing – possibly leading to an infection.
Many people have noted the bridge as being one of least painful places to have pierced, ranking at about a 5/10 on the ‘pain scale’. The sensation has been related to having an eyebrow plucked. Of course, pain levels do vary from person to person, as everyone has different levels of tolerance.
As with all piercings, you may experience some bleeding immediately after the procedure and some swelling or bruising in the days after. Poking or tinkering with the piercing is likely to trigger this, so be careful not to knock it. Improper placement of the piercing can place pressure on the sinus, so make sure that you get your bridge pierced by a professional.
If you experience any abnormal levels of pain or discomfort, it's important to seek medical attention immediately.
Externally, the piercing normally takes between 8 and 12 weeks to heal. During this time it is important to be stringent in looking after the pierced area. Bridge piercings have a high rate of migration and a high rejection rate, so a simple aftercare routine is likely to prevent a large amount of hassle further down the line.
Internally it will take roughly between 4 and 6 months for the area to fully heal. So you may experience a small amount of discomfort even after the piercing has healed externally.
When caring for your bridge piercing, ensure that you:
- Clean the area regularly with a cotton ball soaked in warm salt water. Obviously you should close your eyes when doing this because nobody wants salt water in their eyes!
- Avoid the use of make-up in the area of the piercing, as it can lead to irritation and even infection in some cases.
- We’ll say it again: be careful with the use of glasses. Knocking the piercing on a regular basis is likely to do nothing other than cause issues.
- Avoid wiping the area with things that may break away, such as paper towels.
There is some variety with what you can wear with your bridge piercing once it’s fully healed.
Here are some popular choices:
Typically, 1.2mm/16 gauge jewellery is used in the
piercing process, though smaller or larger jewellery can be worn once the
piercing has fully healed. If you plan to wear jewellery of a larger gauge, we
recommend discussing this prior to getting the piercing, or paying a visit to
your piercer (Once you've fully healed) to ensure your piercing can accommodate
some stretching and that your anatomy is suitable prior to changing your
information contained here within is based on our experience as one of the UK’s
largest piercing chains. Please note that each individual’s experiences will be
subjective and therefore each person will have a different experience of pain,
healing and maintenance. For more information, please view our article guides terms and conditions page.