Nape Piercing

Location:Back of Neck
Jewellery:Curved Barbell or Staple Bar
Healing:8-10 Weeks
The trend of nape piercing is a fairly recent one and it is becoming more and more popular as a form of alternative body modification.  

Above: Nape piercing with a polished titanium barbell
The nape is a term for the back of the neck and this is where the skin is pierced.  It is a fairly common procedure to have as it is something not many have but can also be hidden quite easily for work purposes.  

However, there are certain problems with this process, mainly involving rejection and migration.  If you want a top quality nape piercing with little, if any, possible complications, always visit a professional.


The procedure for nape piercing is fairly similar to that of many other piercings.  Once you have filled out any necessary paper work and the whole process has been explained to you, the nape of your neck will be sterilised.  Then twin dots, marking the entry and exit points, will be made using a temporary marker.  

When the piercer is ready, you'll be asked to hunch your shoulders together and a clamp with be put on the folds of skin between your shoulder blades. To calm yourself, you'll be asked to take a deep breath and the needle will be inserted into one hole and extracted from the other. 

Once the needle is removed, the piercer will then quickly fasten a barbell of your choice. Even though this seems like a rather painful process, people have reported that nape piercing doesn't hurt that much.


As a general rule, a nape piercing will take around two months to heal completely.  While this process is on-going, it is vital that you undertake the correct aftercare procedure.  This includes keeping it free of infection and cleaning it every day.  

Seeing as the piercing is in a place that's hard to see, it might be a good idea to have a friend or family member to help you. The first thing that you'll want to do to make sure that your new piercing heals quickly is to keep it free of bacteria. A good way to do this is to soak it in sea salt at least twice a day. 

Take a fourth of a teaspoon of sea salt and mix it with 8 ounces of hot water. Soak cotton balls in the salt water and press them to the piercing for five minutes.  Other than this you'll want to keep the piercing area as untouched as you can by keeping hair away from it and not sleeping on it. It is this that makes the healing of a nape piercing perhaps the hardest part.

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