Wrist Piercing

Healing:3-6 Weeks
Age Limit:18 years old (16 years old with parental consent)
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A wrist piercing is an alternative position for a surface piercing, but one that is becoming more and more popular.

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A Guide to Wrist Piercings

Wrist Piercings are surface piercings that can be done on either the outer or inner wrist. The outer wrist is the most popular option because it is more visible and there is generally more flesh there to pierce. The position allows the piercing jewellery, which is generally a barbell, to be worn in the same fashion as a bracelet or a watch.


There are two different procedures used for wrist piercings; general surface piercings and microdermal. The method chosen is dependent on each person's preference as well as considering the type of piercing jewellery you want to wear. Ultimately, the type of procedure will be determined by the piercer, who will decide what will work best for each customer. As with a normal surface piercing, the piercer will sterlise the area that will be pierced, as well as all the equipment. The location of the piercing will be marked and then an area of skin will be clamped into place. A hollow needle will then be pushed through the points and the jewellery will be inserted. A wrist piercing shouldn't cause bleeding, but the piercer should on hand to clean up after the procedure if required.

The other common procedure for wrist piercings is a microdermal/dermal piercing, which involves a dermal punch putting a single anchor piece of jewellery under the skin. In this case, a single stud will be available to attach jewellery to. This allows single pieces of jewellery such as studs to be used rather than barbell piercings. 


In general, wrist piercings are not deemed to be a particularly painful piercing. It causes minimal bleeding and is as the same level as any other surface piercing. However, as with all pain-ratings regarding piercings, the amount of pain can be different for everyone as it can be dependent on the type of procedure and personal pain threshold. Pain is entirely subjective, so you need to consider your own way of handling pain whilst deciding which piercing is right for you.

If you experience any abnormal or excessive pain during the procedure or during the healing process, it is important to consult a doctor or healthcare professional. Piercings are generally safe procedures but excessive pain should be checked-up on to avoid any complications such as infection.


There is no set time on how long it can take a wrist piercing to heal, although it is estimated to take between 2 weeks - 7 months. Your wrists are areas prone to be knocked around and touched, so it's important to be aware of how you can keep your wrists in tip-top condition during healing, in order to speed up the process. Due to the constant movement of the wrists, it is important to keep movement to a minimum. Heavy exercise or lifting should be avoided to keep stress off the piercing. Long-sleeved tops with tight cuffs should also be avoided where possible, as well as watches or bracelets. As with all kinds of piercings, cleanliness is always key! Washing the pierced area with a warm salt water solution should keep the area clean and infection free, It is also important to keep any cosmetics, creams or lotions away from the healing area, to avoid irritating any skin. Some swelling can occur during the healing process, but this should settle after a week of healing.

These precautions should be taken into consideration after the healing process has been completed. If piercing your wrists prevents your exercise-heavy routine, then you should consider your suitability for the piercing before the procedure.


The type of jewellery available for wrist piercings is completely dependent on which procedure has been completed. A standard surface piercing would mean a standard barbell is the perfect piece of jewellery. You can decide on a various selection of colours and styles for your barbell piercing. The gauge and size of the initial piercing should be discussed with your piercer, who will decide on a piece of jewellery that is suitable. The micro dermal piercing involves an anchor that will be placed by the piercer during the procedure, and then the piece of jewellery can usual be interchanged, dependent on the type of anchor piece.

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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