The Nape Piercing (Medula Oblongata) is anywhere on the rear of the neck running along the length of the spine.
The Nape is preferably pierced with 1.6mm gauge jewellery, and preferably where there is enough tissue to pierce.
Curved jewellery, or specially made surface piercing jewellery and PTFE jewellery offer best chances at preventing migration and rejection, though both are commonplace with this piercing.
Healing Time: > 8 weeks
Surface piercings will often catch on clothing or reject due to tension placed on the area of the piercing.
This kind of damage occurs early on, while the piercing is fresh and healing.
If the area of the piercing is relaxed throughout healing it might help the skin tissue to accept the jewellery; this may be helped by using jewellery made of a flexible and biologically inert material such as PTFE. Alternatively, purpose-built ‘surface piercing’ jewellery which is shaped to minimise stress on the tissue holding the piercing is also recommended.
Surface piercings require regular cleaning, care and special attention to the tension they suffer in day-to-day activities that affect the area of the piercing.