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What You Should Know About Anti-Eyebrow Piercing

The anti-eyebrow piercing is one of the newer piercing styles and it is becoming very popular in the body art and piercing world. Unlike the typical eyebrow piercing, the anti-eyebrow is located just at the top of the cheek bone at either a horizontal or vertical direction just under the eye corner of the eye.

The anti-eyebrow piercing is also known as the teardrop piercing. It is a surface piercing, meaning that a bar is inserted and fed just underneath the skin. This is a great way to achieve the look of a double piercing with only one piece of jewelry. The teardrop piercing helps to attract attention to one’s eyes and can also add a bit of height and contour to the cheek area. As an alternative, the piercing could be anchored which would result in only one piece of jewelry emitting from the skin.

If you like the look of the anti-eyebrow piercing and are thinking of getting one for yourself, there are a few things that you should consider first, such as how to choose a good piercing professional, learn about the piercing process and how to care for this type of piercing, and also how to prepare yourself for the possible risks involved with a surface piercing.

Choosing a Professional Piercer

There is more to getting a piercing than finding someone with the right equipment. In order to make sure that you choose a well qualified and experienced piercer, you have to know what to look for. One of the first signs to look for is a clean and hygienic work space. We live in a world where disease and bacteria are easily spread through contamination and failure to use good hygiene. Your piercer should use a sterilizer to kill any bacteria that might be on their equipment. They should also wash their hands and put on gloves before piercing someone. The piercer should never use a needle that has not come directly from a sterile, air-tight package. The needle used to make a piercing should be thrown away right after the piercing is complete. If you’re not in a rush to have your piercing done, ask the piercer if they could demonstrate how they set up for a piercing. Be sure to make sure that you don’t see any red flags. Also find out if the piercer offers tips for aftercare.

The piercer should also operate within the law. It doesn’t look professional for a piercer to sway on piercing age laws or to operating without a current license. Another important thing to consider is the piercer’s portfolio. Like any good artist, they should be proud to display their handiwork. Many piercers do this in the form of photographs either displayed on the wall of their establishment or in an album free for anyone to see. Referrals from pleased customers can also help, so consider going with a pro that has been recommended by a friend.

How the Piercing is Done

Having a clear understanding about the piercing process and what you’re in for is a good way to mentally prepare yourself for what you will be putting your body through. First, the area being pierced should be wiped clean with disinfectant to remove any bacteria. The skin may be marked with a washable pen or marker to use as a guide for the piercing. The skin is then pinched by the piercer’s fingers or with a clamp and a needle is inserted through one side of the skin and out the other. The bar is fed through the skin and the needle is pulled out. The end pieces, typically studs, are then screwed onto each end of the bar to complete the piercing process.

How to Care for an Anti-Eyebrow Piercing

As you might expect, it is normal for a certain amount of swelling, bleeding, and discomfort to follow in the first day or two after the piercing. After 48 hours, the swelling should go down noticeably although the area may still be red. The piercing should be cleaned a few times each day for the first four weeks that you have the piercing. A gentle anti-microbial soap is the best cleaning product for the job. Before you clean your piercing, be sure to wash your hands and scrub your fingernails to avoid introducing germs to the pierced area. Use a dime-sized drop of soap to cleanse the area for about half a minute, and then rinse the soap away using warm, sterilized water. (You can easily sterilize water by bringing it to a rolling boil and then allowing it to cool.) Use a clean towel to gently dab the moisture away from the piercing but be careful not to wipe it as this could lead to irritation. Also avoid using toilet paper to dry the area as it could leave behind fibers that might irritate the piercing.


While an anti-eyebrow piercing can be a very attractive piercing to have, it isn’t without its fair share of risk. The main concern is that because it is a surface piercing, the body will eventually push it outwards—a process referred to as “rejection.” Depending on several factors, such as the quality of the piercing job and your own body’s immune reaction, rejection could take place anywhere from a few months after the piercing to a couple of years. Regardless of how well it is taken care of, this type of piercing is only temporary. The greatest risk of an anti-eyebrow piercing, as with any piercing, is the chance that the area will become infected. It is especially important with the teardrop piercing because of its proximity to the eye. Infection can be a very nasty condition—not to mention serious. Signs of infection include discoloration, weeping, increased redness, pain, and swelling several days after the piercing was first obtained. If you are worried that your piercing may be infected then you should have the piercer take a look at it; although they aren’t a doctor, they may be able to tell you whether the reaction is normal or not. If your piercer agrees that the area has become infected then you should see a doctor for treatment right away.




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