All There is to Know About Bridge Piercings

Bridge Piercing

A Bridge piercing like the name suggests is usually located on the bridge of the nose. Among all nasal piercings, bridge piercings (also known as Erl piercings) are the ‘raddest,’ so to speak, they transform the face of any body piercing artist from mundane to eye catching. If you are searching for a piercing style that sets you apart from the crowd, then, by all means, consider getting a bridge piercing.

How do I get my bridge piercing

The procedure for getting a bridge piercing done is a pretty straightforward one. A bridge piercing is categorized as a surface piercing and given the thinness of the skin surrounding the nasal area; your piercer would most likely use a small gauge piercing needle. Before the piercing commences an antiseptic clean-up of the bridge of the nose and associated areas is undertaken, the piercer then marks the entry and exits points (to ensure symmetry) before passing the piercing needle through the skin atop the nasal bridge. Once completed, he/she would then proceed to insert a mock jewelry whose gauge is as large as your piercing can accommodate. This is done to reduce the risk of infections and migration; two of which are fairly common in piercings around this region of the body.

After healing (which typically takes up to 8 – 12 weeks) is complete, the piercer then replaces the jewelry with a lower gauge option selected by you.

What are My Jewelry Options?

The ideal jewelry for bridge piercings are curved barbells, and although straight barbells do fit, they are not recommended since they inflict a great deal of stress on the tissue surrounding the piercing. The length of the barbell is usually dependent on the diameter of your nasal bridge. Curved barbells come in an assortment of styles and quality, its left for you to make a choice depending on your budget and taste. As a rule of thumb, do your best to stick to those made out of high-quality materials like titanium, surgical steel, and gold; these are less likely to irritate your piercing. 

Questions & Answers

  • How painful is the procedure?

Because the piercing site is located close to cartilage, bridge piercing illicit what most piercers who have undertaken the process described as a sting. The sensation is however fleeting and doesn’t last seconds, so fear not.

  • How long will it take to heal?

Provided all goes well bridge piercings take approximately 8 to 12 weeks to heal completely. The rate of healing is also dependent on your general hygiene and how diligent you practice piercing aftercare. Aftercare is even made more prominent, considering the fact bridge piercing have a significantly high chance of migration and or rejection.

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  • How do I take care of my bridge piercing?

Like was stated earlier bridge piercings have a high rejection and migration rate, it is therefore imperative that you diligently commit to your piercing aftercare regimen. Bridge piercing aftercare entails;

  • Regular cleaning with Q tips dipped in a salt water solution; this can be made at home or sourced from piercing store.
  • Staying clear of harsh makeup products, at least for the period it takes the piercing to heal
  • Eating well and practicing a good hygiene
  • And taking a break from swimming and alcohol
  • Overall provided you stay true to your aftercare your bridge piercing should heal normally (and quickly). Once healing is complete, you can then resume normal habits like taking alcohol and swimming.
Guy with Bridge Piercing