Hip Piercing 101
Slowly becoming a highly popular piercing, the hip piercing
offers those fascinated with alternative style something new and exciting. With its attention seeking and novel appearance, a hip piercing is the perfect choice for those that are seeking to showcase something different, which is easy to conceal when required.
In general, hip piercings come either as a single piercing or as a pair. Placed right above the protrusion of the pelvic bones (Technically known as the lower abdomen), this piercing enables the wearer to show off their hip jewellery when wearing low-rise jeans, cut-off tops, and swimsuits. This eye catching, unique, and alluring piercing allows for both men and women to show off their individuality in true style.
Hip Piercing Variations
Hip piercings are also available, perhaps less commonly, as microdermal piercings. By placing a micro dermal anchor beneath the skin, jewellery can be changed and customised easily, simply by swapping the ‘tops’. Although this style generally has a faster healing period, it’s not suitable for everyone, so we highly recommend you discuss this option with your piercer.
After cleaning the pelvic area with an antibacterial solution and marking the location with a surgical marker, the piercer will then pinch the skin to allow the hollow needle to penetrate the skin and create the piercing channel. From there, the jewellery is then inserted.
Unfortunately not everyone is suitable for a hip piercing. Those with a lifestyle that is heavily sports orientated are highly recommended to discuss the effects of the piercing with their piercer. In many situations, depending on the piercing location and sport, they may suggest impact resistant jewellery or flexible retainers after the healing process.
Weight Gain and Loss
It is worth noting that cosmetic affects, such as shifting and migration, can occur during periods of weight gain or loss. With respect to hip piercings, substantial changes to your waistline might cause the piercing to become irritated, even if it is well healed. It’s heavily advised you discuss the idea of different sizes/styles of jewellery that’ll help alleviate these issues with your piercer.
This piercing can be slightly tricky to place correctly, so it’s advisable to visit a piercer that has plenty of experience in performing this specific piercing!
Most people report that a hip piercing, either surface or microdermal, is moderately less painful than many other piercings. However, it is worth bearing in mind that everyone experiences pain differently, so this ‘pain rating’ is purely anecdotal.
Within the first few days it is common to experience some forms of swelling and soreness which often disappears soon after. If this is not the case, and the pain/swelling/redness continues, it is heavily advised that you seek medical attention immediately.
This piercing typically takes between 3 – 12 months to fully heal, however this is purely dependant on the individual. It’s important to maintain good standards of hygiene and a thorough aftercare routine to avoid the risk of infection. It is advised that you clean the piercing with a sterilized cotton ball and salt water solution at least twice a day to help reduce the risk of infection.
When caring for your hip piercing, ensure that you:
- Ensure you wear loose fitting, unrestrictive clothing to allow your piercing to move freely
- Frequently remove any threading that has become attached from clothes
- Use an antibacterial soap when cleansing the pierced area
- Pat the piercing dry with clean paper towels to avoid your piercing from catching
- Avoid applying lotions, moisturisers, perfumes, makeup, or body sprays to the area
- Avoid swimming/water sport activities until after your piercing has healed. If that isn’t possible then it is highly recommended that you cover the piercing area with suitable dressing, such as a waterproof eye-patch, that will both protect and prevent the piercing from becoming infected.
Whilst other piercings are often protected, the hip piercing can often be troublesome due its exposed positioning. This location often means the piercing is at a greater risk of either being knocked or snagged, however by wearing loose fitting clothing and by correctly adhering to the aftercare guide, your piercing will be at less of a risk of becoming unnecessarily infected.
It is highly recommended that you refrain from utilising shower scrubbys/soap savers, or if so you use them with caution to refrain your piercing from getting caught!
The hip piercing can accommodate a wide range of jewellery.
Many popular jewellery choices include:
• Staple/Long Plastic Surface Barbells
• Teflon Coated Titanium Bars
• Acrylic/Tygon Barbells
• Curved Barbells
• Titanium Skin Divers
• Stainless Steel/Acrylic/Titanium Dermal Tops
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.
Depending on whether you opt of for a surface or microdermal hip piercing, there is a lot of choice when it comes to hip piercing jewellery.
The barbell is designed to fit underneath the skin relatively easily, as the two ends help to keep it in place, and the modified shape causes less tension and pulling on the skin. Skin divers and dermal tops are also available in many compositional materials, sizes, and varieties. As this is a surface piercing, it is not suitable for ringed jewellery.
: 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