How Bad Do Eyebrow Piercings Hurt?

  • Written By Dan Hunter on November 20, 2020
    Last Updated: November 24, 2020

Eyebrow piercings can seem daunting for many people. They look really cool, but many people wonder about the pain they will have to endure. Logically, people would assume that because it’s a piercing on your face, it would hurt more than normal.

Luckily, however, the truth is far less painful. In fact, eyebrow piercings are actually one of the least painful piercings you could ever get. Of course, this is relatively speaking, as everyone’s pain tolerance will differ based on personal experience.


Do Eyebrow Piercings Hurt? How Bad?

Eyebrow piercings entail a pretty low pain threshold. Pain is relative to the person, of course, but because eyebrow piercings puncture only a small amount of skin, they’re considered one of the least painless piercings you could get.

The piercing needle will be extremely sharp, and will pierce the skin very quickly. While you will feel a sharp pinch as the needle goes through, it will only be for a couple of seconds.

However, of course, some people will experience more pain than others when getting an eyebrow piercing. While this pain cannot be fully avoided, there are ways to reduce how much pain you feel while getting your eyebrow pierced.

Once the procedure is over, you may feel some discomfort in the area for the next few days. While the area will continue to sting a bit for the rest of the first day, the pain will gradually decrease into a subtle throb for a couple of days before slowly fading away completely.

Avoid touching or accidentally bumping the area as much as possible while it’s healing as this will generally cause further bouts of pain.

Ways to Reduce Eyebrow Piercing Pain

While it’s normal to feel a pinch when the needle enters your skin, others can feel a much stronger sensation. Whether you’ve gotten piercings before or an eyebrow piercing will be your first one, these tips will help you reduce how much pain your eyebrow piercing causes you.

Breathing Exercises or Distraction

Controlling your breathing is an easy way to calm down and help reduce how much pain you feel when the needle enters your skin. Also, bringing a friend to talk with can help distract you from the procedure and help keep your mind focused on something other than the needle.

Numbing Cream

Numbing cream is the number one way to reduce eyebrow piercing pain. Though your piercer will have to sanitize the area you’re getting pierced, if you apply the cream before your appointment it should still last during your time in the chair. Be very careful not to get any in your eyes.

One of the most effective piercing numbing products currently on the market is a cream called Numb 520. The feedback left by hundreds of customers for this product is nothing short of brilliant.

Just follow the instructions on the packaging, apply shortly before your piercing procedure is due to begin, and look forward to a less-painful experience.

The Eyebrow Piercing Procedure

Clients will identify the piercing site, and the piercers will mark the piercing points with a pen or marker. Piercers will clean the area and disinfect the piercing tools. With the client lying down or sitting, piercers will use a Pennington clamp to grasp the skin and pull it away from the eye.

Then, piercers will ease a hollow piercing needle through the skin and insert the client’s chosen jewelry as they remove the needle. Piercers will fasten the jewelry to prevent the new piercing from closing up—then you’ve got a brand new eyebrow piercing!

Types of Eyebrow Piercings

Generally, the phrase “eyebrow piercing” conjures up a particular image, but there are actually a few different types of eyebrow piercings. Though they may look intimidating, eyebrow piercings are nothing to be afraid of and can add an extra flair to your aesthetic.

All eyebrow piercings may be subject to “migration” or “growing out,” which means that the piercing may naturally move from where it was originally placed or grow up and out of the skin. Sometimes this occurs because the proper gauge was not used for the piercing—a 16 gauge is most common and preferred.

Vertical Eyebrow Piercing

This is the most recognizable eyebrow piercing. Piercers place this piercing along the ridge of the eyebrow at a complementary angle to its natural growth. Curved barbells or captive bead rings are the most common jewelry for vertical eyebrow piercings. They also run a risk of migration.

Horizontal Eyebrow Piercing

This is essentially the opposite of a vertical piercing. Instead of going through the eyebrow, this piercing sits just on top of the brow ridge. Instead of using a curved barbell, piercers use a surface bar to do this piercing. The angle at which it goes in is much more precise at about 90 degrees.

T-Piercing

This is the amalgamation of both vertical and horizontal eyebrow piercings. Essentially, you’d get both a vertical and horizontal piercing placed closely together—close enough that they form a “T” shape. You can even get this piercing done in one sitting.

Spiral Eyebrow Piercing

This eyebrow piercing is unique because the piercer places two to three holes consecutively before looping a specially shaped spiral piece of jewelry through each hole. These piercings can be visually interesting and a change from the typical vertical eyebrow piercing.

Eyebrow Piercing Aftercare

The first 3 months after a piercing are the most crucial when it comes to setting yourself up on the right path towards healing. To ensure a faster healing time, you should drink plenty of water, eat well, get plenty of sleep, and avoid trauma to the pierced area. 

You should also take care of the pierced area and make sure you clean it twice a day with a saline solution to help prevent infection.

The best aftercare product I’ve personally used is the After Inked Piercing Aftercare Spray. Not only is it vegan, but it’s also completely alcohol and additive-free. The solution works well on all skin types including sensitive skin, and it comes in a generously-sized mist-spraying bottle for easy application. When using it from the very start of the healing process, the spray helps to decrease healing times and aims to eliminate any lingering pain or soreness.

Avoiding potential irritants like lotions, hairspray, makeup, serums, creams, and face wash is also important while the piercing heals. Newly pierced people should also opt for tweezers over waxing or threading when grooming their brows while their piercing heals.

Conclusion

Overall, eyebrow piercings are a unique way to change up your appearance without causing too much pain. This procedure is by no means painless, but it’s relatively low on the pain scale when compared to other popular piercings.

Eyebrow piercings go through less skin and sensitive areas, which means less pain for you. As long as you find a good piercer, you should be in and out of the chair in no time and enjoying your brand new eyebrow piercing.