Can I still pluck/wax my eyebrows?

Absolutely. You'll just want to avoid the area right around the hole during healing, and be sure not to get any cosmetics in the actual piercing. Once it is healed, you can take the jewelry out to wax, then put it right back in. (Be sure to wash your hands and keep the jewelry clean. You might want to have some EarCare handy if you are in a salon.)

Do you have to shave off my eyebrow to pierce it?

Nope. We wouldn't be able to make the jewelry circle your brow line if we shaved it off. Besides, you'd look awfully silly for a week or two.

What happens when it "grows out?"

Your body replaces skin cells from the inside out, growing a new layer of skin underneath, and then sloughing off the outermost layer. If you put a piercing through flat skin, like an eyebrow, the jewelry will eventually migrate towards the surface as the layers it pierces grow out. This is not dangerous, but it does mean that eyebrow piercings are generally not permanent. They may last anywhere from a few months to several years. It will depend on the person, how pronounced your eyebrows are, and how well you treat it. If you abuse your piercing, it will grow out faster.

When the jewelry seems to have very little skin left in it, or the skin around it gets shiny, red, peels, or the hair stops growing, take it out. (If you leave the jewelry in until it grows all the way out, you may be left with a scar.) Keep cleaning it until the holes have sealed up. If you still want the piercing, hang on to your jewelry, and get it done again once the scar tissue is completely gone. You can soften up any scar tissue faster by massaging the area with cocoa butter a couple times a day.

Will it scar?

If you take care of your piercing, scarring is unlikely and would usually be under the hair of your eyebrow. If, however, you play with the piercing, let it get infected, force it to lay flat, tear it, or abuse it with harsh chemicals like peroxide, your chances of scarring are greater. If your piercing begins growing out, remove it before it gets all the way to the surface to avoid scarring. If you are left with a lump of tougher tissue or other marks, massaging the area with pure cocoa butter a few times a day will minimize scarring.

Can I go blind?

No. Do you really think we would be doing these piercings if this were a possibility?

I'm really swollen/bruised. What happened?

Most people get a slight amount of swelling after the piercing, especially if clamps were used. Usually this goes away within a few hours. Occasionally a piercee will get a large amount of swelling or bruising, or sometimes even a little bleeding, that lasts a couple days or longer. Usually this happens to people who already bruise or bleed easily, or whose blood is thin from chemicals, menstruating, etc. If this happens to you, don't worry. Treat the swelling as you would any other swelling, with cold packs, elevation (extra pillows) and Advil or Motrin. Avoid anything that would thin your blood further (alcohol, stimulants, aspirin, Tylenol). If you do have some bleeding, try cold packs and direct pressure on the area. Try not to jar the jewelry. Remember, the more you mess with your piercing, the worse it will get. Be gentle and relax.

How do I know if it's infected?

If your piercing swells up later (i.e. days, weeks or months after getting it done), it may be infected. Infected eyebrow piercings often get very swollen and sore, and may have yellow, green or bloody discharge, or no discharge at all. The whole area may get shiny or itch. If this happens to you, follow the recommendation under Infections and Irritations on our Aftercare page. After doing several warm salt water soaks you will probably get a lot of fluid out of the piercing. That is what you want; keep it up. Salt water soaks several times a day will usually clear up a minor infection within a couple days.

Usual causes of infection are: touching it with dirty hands; getting cosmetics in the piercing; hair products or dirty hair on it; and smoking. Try to eliminate these during healing (and afterwards!).

What if I need to hide it?

During the initial healing time, we recommend that you not remove your jewelry at all. Once the piercing is healed, though, you can get a clear acrylic retainer which will keep the hole open but is very difficult to see. If you are unable to get a retainer, you can make do with a piece of thick nylon monofilament fishing line. Cut a piece a little longer than your piercing, and melt one end into a ball. (Just light it with a match, then blow it out and let it cool.) Put the line through your piercing. For added security, melt the other end as well using a hot knife pressed against it. (You can use a match for that too, but you may singe your eyebrows!) When you are ready to put your regular jewelry back in, just snip one end of the monofilament with scissors, remove, and reinsert jewelry.

Some people find that after a year or so, their eyebrow piercing will stay open for a few hours or days without jewelry in it. If you try this option, wait at least a year, and then be very cautious about how long you leave it. And remember that irritated or infected piercings close faster than healthy, clean ones.

Can't you hit a nerve or blood vessel that will screw up my face?

This is why you get pierced by an experienced, informed professional. While there are some blood vessels and facial nerves in the area of the piercing, they are easily avoided by a piercer who knows his/her work. Your piercer will probably pinch or roll the skin in his/her fingers before beginning the piercing. This is to get a feel for the texture of your skin and to check for anything which needs to be avoided. If you didn't come in with a facial tic, you won't leave with one.