The Earl is the tissue that runs along the bridge (above the top of the nose).
A curved barbell of 1.6mm gauge is advisable, but if the piercing can be placed in enough tissue, then a straight bar could be worn; micro jewellery can increase the chances of migration.
Healing Time: 4 - 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.