In surface piercings the entrance and exit holes are pierced through the same flat area of skin. The piercing bar usually runs parallel to the skin, just underneath the surface, while the balls sit on top of the skin. Surface piercings can be performed in many different locations. Surface piercings can heal very well but they require a great deal of skill and we recommend that you visit a body piercer who is experienced in surface piercing. Common locations for surface piercings are the sternum, upper chest, wrists and neck.
Surface piercings should always be done with a suitable surface bar. The ends of a surface bar are bent at a 90 degree angle, creating two 'legs' that exit the skin at a perpendicular angle. This shape puts the minimum stress on the piercing and reduces the chance of rejection. Some piercers recommend using flexible barbells but even PTFE barbells place great pressure on the skin and are likely to reject. Surface piercing jewellery needs to be exactly the right size produce a viable piercing.
Another issue with surface piercings is impact damage. If a surface piercing is knocked or caught on clothing it may start to reject, even if healing has been successful up to this point. For this reason we do not recommend surface piercings in locations that are likely to be knocked. Always consider your lifestyle and clothing to find a placement that will be relatively impact-free. Ideally surface piercings should not be placed in an area of skin that moves around a lot. Movement reduces the likelihood of healing so avoid high-movement areas such as hands and arms. Surface piercings should be cleaned daily with saline solution. Avoid swimming and submersion in water until healed.
Surface Piercing Healing Time: 6 to 16 weeks
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