Black captive bead ring, 12 ga
Shown: 14mm captive ring with 6mm ball.
Quotes from Piercing FAQ
The eyebrow piercing is usually placed perpendicular to the eyebrow. Piercings placed vertically usually cause the ring to protrude. Piercings that are slanted inwards (\\ /) tend to make the ring lay flat. The piercing is usually between 5/16» and 3/8» wide. To avoid damaging the nerves beneath the eyebrow, the piercing should not be made much deeper. Placing the piercing through the outermost half of the brow will avoid the Supraorbital nerve.
Since the brow is usually relatively flat, eyebrow piercings have an increased risk of migrating or rejecting. If the brow is completely flat and cannot be easily pinched, the tension of the skin creates pressure on the jewelry which may cause the piercing to migrate towards the surface. In some cases the piercing will shift or migrate slightly while healing but will eventually settle.
Initial jewelry: Captive bead rings, bead rings in 18 to 14 gauge, 3/8» to 7/16» inside diameter; diameter should be approximately 1/8» wider than the width of the piercing. No more than 1/3 of the ring should be through the piercing. Straight or curved barbells 3/8» to 7/16» post length. Eyebrow retainers should not be worn in new piercings because they are not secure.
A ring which is too small in diameter will constrict the piercing and the entrances of the piercing will migrate to conform to the tight curvature of the ring. Straight barbells should only be used if the brow is very pronounced. If a straight barbell is used through a flat brow the balls will create pressure against the skin behind them, causing the piercing to migrate forward. A curved barbell will eliminate pressure between the barbell balls and the skin. If a barbell is used it should be at least 1/16» longer than the width of the piercing to facilitate cleaning and allow for swelling.
Jewelry which is too thin is more easily rejected by the body and more likely to tear the piercing if the jewelry is accidentally pulled. Jewelry which is too heavy for the amount of tissue available can cause the piercing to migrate or reject. Some piercers perform eyebrow piercings too deep under the misguided theory that it will migrate into place.
It is not uncommon for eyebrow piercings to swell or bruise very slightly after piercing. Any swelling or bruising occurring later during healing or any intense bruising and swelling could signify that the piercing was made too deeply.
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