A bridge to the future
Bridge piercings have always been one of my favourite piercings. Along with septums and central lips/labrets I have always found these to be the most stand out, expressive piercings. There's something special about centrally located piercings for me. I guess its probably because they just draw in the attention of others so much.
I had thought casually about the idea of a bridge piercing for some time, but for whatever reason I had never given it any really serious thought. I'd got my septum done some time earlier, and then had later had my labret pierced, more recently adding a lip ring above this.
The one piercing that seemed to be missing of those that I most liked was the bridge. I'd become somewhat addicted to piercing at the time and when thinking about what to get done next my bridge seemed to be the natural option.
I didn't just rush to a piercing studio and get it done though, even though I knew this was what I wanted to do in my heart. I decided to think about it properly for a short while and consider the pros and cons.
The main reason I wanted to get my bridge done was largely aesthetic. I simply loved the appearance the piercing gave. However, I was also very excited about the prospect of having a modification that was still very unusual. Certainly bridge piercings were far less widespread than any other piercing I had ever had. I knew nobody personally who had one, and had only ever seen a handful of people with one (and some of those had been people working in piercing studios).
However, I did have some concerns about the piercing. I wasn't worried about pain or aftercare as I'd already been through several piercing procedures and endured some pretty difficult healing periods for some of them, particularly my nipples. I was concerned though about the risk of rejection. Its probably fairly common knowledge within the piercing community that bridge piercings are among those most prone to rejection. They are essentially a surface piercing, and having squeezed the skin at the top of my nose I wasn't sure there would be much room for a piercing to stay in easily.
I decided to go see a piercer, have a chat about my concerns, and if satisfied to get it done then. I had not been in the place I was living long and asked around some people I'd got to know who had a few piercings for recommendations on a place to go. I got a solid recommendation for a studio I forget the name of and dropped in the next time I was close by.
Anyway, I basically told the piercer who was in at the time that I wanted to get my bridge done, but had concerns about the rejection factor. The piercer, a fairly young girl, was very helpful and spent several minutes talking over the piercing and its specific implications to me. She was very frank and said that it was certainly more prone to rejection than many other piercings, and that she couldn't give me any guarantee about how long it'd last or the odds of its rejection. However, she said that if I really wanted the piercing it seemed a shame to be put off by this factor, because if I monitored it well, I would notice the first signs of rejection and could remove it quickly before any noticeable scarring built up. This made sense to me, and I knew that if I didn't take this opportunity to do it, I probably never would. So I asked if I could get it done there and then. I was lucky because there were no bookings and it was a quiet day, although first of all the piercer checked that I was suited for the piercing. If I did not have enough skin at the top of my nose it may prove hard to pierce and even harder to retain the piercing. Fortunately I was suitable, which was a relief as I'd had some doubts about this myself previously. I paid my money and waited a few minutes while the piercer got the piercing room ready. I was given aftercare instructions to read while I waited, which I thought was a good idea, letting me know what lay ahead, although they were as I had expected them to be - regular salt soaks, etc.
As with any piercing the first step was to clean the area to be pierced and mark it up. The marking process took some time. As the piercer said, its better spending a while getting that right rather than having a piercing I am disappointed with. The main thing was to get the marks at either side of the top of my nose even, so that the barbell which went though my bridge would be straight and not wonky. After a few markings and glances in the mirror we were both happy with the proposed placement.
I had to lie down on a bench for the actual piercing process. In many ways it reminded me of my earlier eyebrow and septum piercing experiences in that I couldn't really see what was going on and was just waiting to be told it was over. I closed my eyes through the entire process. This wasn't because I was scared, but because I didn't really like the idea of seeing a needle pass through so close to my eyes! I first felt the clamps go on and this, as often is the case, was probably the worst part. Getting skin in that area in a position to pierce is maybe harder than with other areas and so the grip is pretty hard. Thats how it seemed. I was told when the needle was going to go in and to do the usual deep breaths and exhale when told. This was at the very point that the needle began to go through my bridge. I can't really describe the pain level. I've had worse, I've had better. It is quite a thick chunk of flesh to pierce I guess, but at the same time there is no cartilage to go through. It definitely stung for a while. It took another minute or so to insert the jewellery and screw on the balls.
"Ok" said the piercer, "How's that?", and held up a mirror for me to look in. I was impressed with my new appearance. As I said at the outset bridge piercings stand out, and I didn't even notice the fact I had other jewellery though my face. All that jumped out was my new bridge piercing. It was a little red at either side, from the clamping and a tiny bid of blood that had trickled, but otherwise it looked perfect. It felt off too, as I could see the balls on either side from out of the corner of my eyes.
I was told that the bar should accomodate any swelling, and that when I found it starting to look too long for the piercing to pop back and downsize.
The next few days were interesting. In terms of aftercare I followed the regular salt soaks - this would go on for a long time because bridge piercings are not quick healers. Initial soreness and swelling went down after just a few days and there were no real hiccups. I did catch it a lot at first while I got used to it, although as I began to remember it was there this began to stop. However, the biggest impact of my new piercing was the attention I got from other people. I started to realise people looking at me more in the street. I know I should have been prepared for this, but at times I did find this intimidating. I guess some people were thinking 'wow, cool, I want one', but I dare say many were thinking 'freak, weirdo'. People also spoke to me more in bars and on transport, asking me questions about the piercing, although I was pleased to find that most had a genuine innocent interest in it, and at least a couple of people said they'd decided to get one as a result of meeting me.
In conclusion, if you are thinking of a bridge piercing I would definitely say go for it. Do be prepared for a bit of extra attention though.
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 22 Dec. 2005
in Eyebrow Piercing