Polls have shown that eyebrow piercings don’t make the list of most popular piercings in the US. However, the reason isn’t that they aren’t well-liked.
Getting an eyebrow piercing isn’t something that should be done as impulsively as getting, say, a new ear piercing or a nose piercing. There are a lot of things to take into account before making the decision to get your eyebrow pierced.
If you’re considering getting an eyebrow piercing, you probably have questions. How long do eyebrow piercings last? How long do they take to heal?
We’re here to answer all of your questions about eyebrow piercings in our useful guide!
Do Eyebrow Piercings Hurt?
Believe it or not, eyebrow piercings don’t rank that high on the pain scale. In order to pierce your eyebrow, your piercer will only need a single needle that they insert quickly before inserting your jewelry.
Why isn’t this a painful piercing? There simply aren’t a ton of nerves in that part of your face. As long as you don’t have any sunburn or dermatological issues around your eyebrows, you shouldn’t experience a lot of pain.
How Long Do Eyebrow Piercings Take to Heal?
If you’ve gotten piercings in the past, you know how important it is to find out what kind of healing time you’re looking at. With eyebrow piercings, it’s going to take a while.
On average, you can expect your eyebrow piercing to take about three months to heal. However, any bumping or trauma to that area is going to cause the healing time to stretch out longer, possibly even to five or six months.
How Can You Take Care of Your Eyebrow Piercing?
How well you take care of your eyebrow piercing will significantly impact the healing process. Pay close attention to aftercare if you want your piercing to heal quickly and properly. Otherwise, you run the risk of all sorts of problems, including piercing rejection (which we’ll discuss more later).
First and foremost, keep the pierced area clean. Ideally, you want to use an unscented cleanser–Castille soap or an alcohol-free facial cleanser will work. The purpose of cleaning your piercing is to help prevent infection, which is crucial during the first three months.
The next best thing you can do is avoid irritating the area. Don’t clog it up with potentially harmful products like hairspray or makeup. Don’t go get your eyebrows waxed when the piercing has yet to heal.
Are Eyebrow Piercings Permanent?
Eyebrow piercings are not permanent. They are a type of body piercing that involves inserting jewelry, typically a small barbell or hoop, through the eyebrow. Piercing isn’t permanent, but the hole may not close if jewelry is removed. The extent to which the hole remains open varies from person to person and can depend on factors such as how long the piercing has been in place, your individual healing process, and genetics.
If you decide to remove your eyebrow piercing and you want the hole to close up, it may gradually shrink, but there’s no guarantee that it will completely disappear. In some cases, it can leave a small scar or mark. If you’re concerned about the potential scarring or the permanence of the piercing, it’s advisable to consult with a professional piercer or a dermatologist for guidance on aftercare and any potential removal or scar management options.
How Long Do Eyebrow Piercings Last?
There’s no simple answer to this particular question. A well-healed eyebrow piercing is likely to last as long as you want it to, and many people keep their eyebrow piercings in for years to come. Ultimately, an eyebrow piercing is meant to last just like any other body piercing.
However, there are a few things that can shorten the lifespan of your eyebrow piercing. Let’s take a look at what those are.
Trauma or Injuries to the Piercing Site
Naturally, one thing that can shorten the lifespan of your eyebrow piercing is trauma or injuries to the piercing site. For example, if you sustain an injury that causes tearing to the piercing site, your skin may not heal properly to continue wearing your eyebrow ring. Generally, this kind of damage doesn’t have anything to do with your ability to care for it or the piercer’s work.
Removing Your Eyebrow Ring Before the Piercing Has Healed
We suggest that you don’t remove your eyebrow ring or try to change the jewelry before the piercing site has healed. At a minimum, you should leave your eyebrow ring in for three months before taking it.
The reason for this is that when the piercing site hasn’t healed yet, removing the jewelry will cause the skin to try to heal on its own. In some cases, removing a piercing even for an hour when it hasn’t healed can cause the piercing site to close up.
Rejection refers to the process of the skin and cartilage pushing a piercing out. If your eyebrow ring is rejected, it may not be worth trying to have it repierced.
Rejection usually occurs if the piercing site becomes infected. However, rejections can also occur if the piercing is not deep enough or if the wrong type of jewelry was used.
What Kind of Metal Is Best for Eyebrow Jewelry?
When you’re picking your eyebrow ring, you are going to want to select either a curved barbell or a ring. These shapes are best-suited to that particular piercing site.
When it comes to metal, you’re best bet is either implant-grade titanium or gold (as in 14k or 18k, not something that is simply gold plated). Make sure that you always use Body Pierce Jewelry rather than a piece of jewelry meant for the ear or a non-jewelry object.
My Piercing Is Healed. What Happens If I Remove the Jewelry?
Once your eyebrow piercing has healed, it is okay to remove the jewelry for up to a few hours. For example, if you want to change the jewelry, it’s okay to do so. We do recommend that you keep an eyebrow ring in your piercing as often as possible to prevent the piercing from closing up.
It is worth noting that if you decide that you no longer want an eyebrow piercing, you are very likely to end up with a permanent scar. It is also difficult to treat these kinds of scars with cosmetic surgery. That being said, the scar will be small.
Take Care of Your Eyebrow Piercing for Best Results
If you’re considering getting an eyebrow piercing, it’s important to ask the right questions, first. How long do eyebrow piercings last? How can I get the most out of my eyebrow piercing?
We hope that our guide has given you the answers you need.
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