A bridge piercing is a body piercing through the skin on the bridge of the nose, usually directly between the eyes of the wearer. The bridge piercing is also known as an "Erl" or "Earl" piercing, after its first recipient, Erl van Aken. A variation on this piercing, the vertical bridge piercing is a surface piercing.
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The risk of rejection is quite high for this piercing, as it is a surface piercing. There is also a high risk of scarring when the jewellery is removed, so before considering a bridge piercing, take some time to think a few things through - the flap of skin on the bridge of the nose is different for each person, so check with the piercist whether they think it's right for you. Do you wear glasses? if so, be aware that a bridge piercing will get in the way of your glasses, so can you switch to contact lenses... There are glasses designed for people with bridge piercings, but they're rare, and replacing them may be extra trouble. Ask your piercer which jewellery's going to fit best with your face and the amount of loose skin you naturally have on your nasal bridge.
JeweleryBridge piercings are most commonly pierced with straight barbells, although curved barbells and surface bars are also possible initial jewelry. Once the piercing is healed, it is possible to wear a captive bead ring in it, although depending on the placement of the piercing, a D-ring styled ring may be necessary to prevent migration caused by the pressure exerted by the shape of a ring.
Like many other facial piercings, there are many misconceptions about bridge piercings. Some involve eye problems, such as involuntary eye crossing. Other beliefs have to do with infections from piercings spreading to the brain, via the sinuses. Bridge piercings are a minor piercing and carry very few risks or complications and no impact to the eyes.
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