Most beauty decisions are the most fun when they are impromptu! Be it trying bangs or exploring new hair colors, these spur-of-the-moment choices have an exciting appeal of their own. However, getting an eyebrow piercing must be a cautious, well-thought-out decision. Although it might sound fun to walk into a salon and come out with a new eyebrow ring, this move should not be made lightly. It’s a major commitment that demands proper consideration beforehand.
According to Brian Keith Thompson, who has worked on celebrities like Beyonce, Jennifer Lawrence, and Emma Stone, it not just scars your face permanently. Those scars are also challenging and expensive to remove. No wonder Thompson, the owner of Body Electric Tattoo and Piercing, strongly suggests that one should put enough thought into it before deciding it.
Let’s look at some of the most critical questions you need to ask yourself if you want to pierce your eyebrow!
Will I Be Able to Take the Pain?
Experts believe that eyebrow piercing can be done with just a single needle, and it’s not very painful, as there aren’t too many nerves on your eyebrow. Make sure you avoid getting a sunburn beforehand, and you should have a relatively comfortable experience. However, you should know that an eyebrow piercing takes about three to four months to heal. Depending on your body and lifestyle-related factors, this can go up to six or seven months.
Can I Manage the Aftercare?
Successfully healing a piercing can be a difficult feat, but not impossible. First and foremost, you need to select the right jewelry, but the real challenge lies in how you deal with it in the months that follow. The most crucial stage is the first three months; if you can’t make it during this period, likely, you’ll not make it any further, and the problems will keep coming back.
You need to avoid trauma to the area and make sure you get sufficient sleep, eat well, and drink enough water, as these play a vital role in the healing process. You can clean the area with soap and water.
Also, you should not overlook your skincare and brow grooming routine. Steer clear of face wash, cream, lotions, serums, hairspray, makeup, and other potential irritants. Anything foreign to the body should be avoided while healing. Experts also advise skipping waxing appointments. Until your piercing heals, stick to tweezers alone.
Am I Aware of the Side Effects of Eyebrow Piercing?
Before getting an eyebrow piercing, you should be aware of the side effects it might cause:
Infection: Although rare, you cannot rule out the possibility altogether. You might notice green or brown pus, with the area turning red and warm to the touch. You might also feel your lymph nodes under the jaw have swollen. If the infection is severe, you may even get a temperature. If you notice any such signs or any streaking protruding from the wound, seek medical attention immediately.
Rejection or migration: Yes, your eyebrow piercing has a higher chance of being rejected than other piercing styles. Disrupting the healing process increases the chances of rejection and migration. Avoid touching, rotating, or playing with the piercing. It is also not advisable to change the jewelry until your piercing is completely healed.
What Type of Jewelry Should I Select?
Experts believe that titanium and gold are the two metals that aid healing, so don’t think twice before splurging on the jewelry! If you have sensitive skin, titanium should be your pick. Though it’s pricier, it’s completely worth the extra bucks for the quality and safety level it promises. On the other hand, if you choose gold, go for 14K or 18K and not gold-plated jewelry.
Can I Afford It?
Eyebrow piercings cost just about as much as any other piercing. A reputed salon will charge you anywhere between $30-$40 for the piercing service. The cost of the jewelry you choose will be additional.
Well, we don’t mean to discourage you at all: go and get that piercing done and flaunt it by all means! But do keep these factors in mind, and you’ll be fine!