The Bridge Piercing: Everything You Need to Know
These days, almost every inch of your body can be pierced. Surface piercings allow you to pierce flat areas of the skin that are seemingly unpierceable, like the hip or chest.
One such piercing that’s growing in popularity is the bridge piercing.
The bridge piercing takes place horizontally across the bridge of your nose, usually between the eyes. Although it appears to go through bone, it only pierces the skin, making this a badass-looking piercing that’s actually quite easy.
Like all surface piercings, the bridge piercing has an advanced risk of rejection, and it likely won’t be a permanent fixture.
Here’s everything you need to know about the bridge piercing.
How much do bridge piercings hurt?
The bridge piercing goes through the flesh at the bridge of your nose, and since there aren’t many nerve endings in that area, it shouldn’t hurt too badly. The piercer will pinch the skin and push the needle straight through in order to complete the procedure.
Transverse lobe piercing healing process
This piercing takes around 8 - 12 weeks to heal, but it could take longer for internal healing. Healing times will greatly depend upon your aftercare practices.
It might look like the bridge piercing requires a hefty aftercare regimine, but surface piercings heal similarly to any other piercing.
Clean the piercing 2 - 3 times daily with a saline compress. The location of the bridge makes it difficult to conduct a proper saline bath, so you’ll need to use a compress. Soak a clean paper towel with saline solution and hold it to the healing piercing for 3 - 5 minutes. This will flush the fistula (piercing hole) of debris and kill any harmful bacteria.
Be careful not to snag the jewelry. This is especially important if you wear glasses or sunglasses. When you place your bridge piercing, make sure that it won’t interfere with the bridge of your glasses, and be careful when taking them off or putting them on during healing.
No makeup or face products near the jewelry. These contain chemicals that will irritate the skin, contributing to infection and rejection.
Watch for rejection. It’s difficult to pierce the bridge of the nose deeply enough to avoid rejection, so piercing rejection is common. If you see signs of rejection—red, flaky skin, piercing holes grow, the jewelry has moved—take out the jewelry to avoid scarring.
Bridge piercing jewelry styles
The only jewelry you can wear in a bridge piercing are small curved barbells. They better match the shape of your nose, decreasing the risk of rejection. Straight barbells will push against the piercing holes and could cause issues.
The gauge of the jewelry will depend upon your anatomy, so you must listen to your piercer’s recommendation.
Once the piercing has fully healed, you can opt for curved barbells with gemstones or spikes, but keep in mind that heavier jewelry contributes to rejection, and rejection can occur in piercings that are many years old.
Why shouldn’t I get a bridge piercing?
The bridge piercing makes a bold statement in the center of your face. If you aren’t ready for a bold look, then you can choose another surface piercing type that’s easier to hide.
This piercing has a high risk of rejection. If you’ve struggled with piercing rejection before, then you should probably stay away from surface piercings in general.
If you don’t have enough tissue to pierce through, you won’t be able to get this piercing.
Many piercers claim that the bridge piercing will be rejected at some point, so you shouldn’t plan on it being a permanent fixture.
How much will it cost?
You can expect to pay around $50 for a bridge piercing. It must be done correctly in order to avoid rejection, so make sure to choose a piercer with surface piercing expertise.
Bridge piercing variations
The vertical bridge piercing is a surface piercing that pierces the bridge of the nose—you guessed it—vertically. It will also be fitted with a curved barbell.