Surface Piercing

Surface piercing is any body piercing that is placed on the surface of the body and passes through sites that are neither convex nor concave. Inlet and outlet channel are thus on one level.

Because they are usually under tension, they can be rejected more often by the body than other piercings and grow out of it. The healing process is considerably more protracted. However, with appropriate jewellery and precise placement, the risk can be reduced.

Surface piercing jewellery

Especially for surface piercings exist so-called surface bars. These are barbells that have a 90 ° bend in the same direction at the ends and thus reduce the tension.

Flexible jewellery made of PTFE is gladly used. The actual straight pin made of this material adapts to the curvature of the branch channel, but exerts a permanent pressure due to the endeavour to return to the original form. Alternatively, a thermoformed plastic or especially a PTFE surface bar may be used instead, but these are rarely available. Curved barbells are often used but unsuitable because the screwed balls leave pressure points on the tissue at the ends, which causes the piercing to grow out. In this process, the pin of the barbell at the ends of the branch canal visible and replaced for aesthetic reasons usually by shorter jewellery which exerts renewed pressure by the close concern.

Surface piercing positioning

Especially important in a surface piercing is the correct depth of the puncture canal under the skin. If the surface bar is not inserted deep enough, the jewellery will be too loose. The ends protrude too far out of the puncture channel, tilt sideways and permanently irritate the surrounding tissue. If, on the other hand, he sits too low, the balls on the ends of the skin may cause redness and inflammation.

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