Hand Piercings

Jewellery:Barbells & Dermal Anchors
Healing:6 - 12 Months
Age Limit:18 years old (16 years old with parental consent)
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If you're interested in standing out from the crowd with a unique piercing, getting a hand piercing is definitely worth considering.
Above: Hand Piercing with a Jewelled Stud

Hand Piercing 101

One of the latest piercing trends, hand piercings are quickly growing into one of the most popular surface piercing types. There are several different types available including:
  • Finger web piercings either involve the web of skin between the thumb and index finger or two fingers. Popular jewellery choices include a stud in each web with a chain looped from each one and just one web with a barbell.
  • Top of the finger piercings involve piercing the surface skin over the knuckle, usually the lower knuckle. A surface bar is suitable for this location as well as a small hoop or ring.
  • A finger mound piercing takes place on the top of a digit, but not on the knuckle. They can be finished with a surface bar or barbell and looped together with a fine chain. 
  • Perhaps the most popular type of hand piercing takes place on the top of the hand. This type of piercing is usually finished with a simple stud.

However, by far the most popular type of hand piercing is placed on the top of the hand. This type is usually finished with a simple stud, creating a big impact.


The procedure for your hand piercing will largely depend on what location you choose to have it in. For the majority of locations, such as the finger webs, a hollow needle will be used - similarly to many other types of piercings.

Hand piercings are notoriously difficult, so ensure that you have yours placed by someone with plenty of experience. This type of piercing also has a high rate of rejection, and as a result the risks related to it should be considered beforehand.


The pain you experience from having your hand pierced will depend on which part of the hand you choose to have pierced. Much of the pain involved with hand piercings comes after the actual procedure. In addition to having a high rate of rejection, they also have have a high infection rate. As a result it is important to be extremely careful with your piercings to avoid unnecessary pain.

Some throbbing, swelling and bleeding is to be expected following a hand piercing, though if you experience any abnormal levels of pain or discomfort, it's important to seek medical attention immediately. 


Hand piercings normally take between 6 and 12 months to heal completely, however they can also take longer. This is due to the hands being sensitive areas - the finger webs in particular - and them being exposed to variety of different substances on a daily basis. In order to ensure that your hand piercing heals speedily, we recommend doing the following:
  • Use gloves when washing dishes to avoid washing up liquid irritating your piercing.
  • Be careful not to knock your piercing during the healing period.
  • Avoid placing pressure on your piercing.
The location of hand piercings make them difficult to protect while healing, so you must be extra careful with them. Keeping them clean is essential.


Hand piercings can accommodate many different types of jewellery including:
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 jewellery. 

Article Disclaimer: The 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.

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