Hip Piercings: A Complete Guide

  • Written By Dan Hunter on October 1, 2021
    Last Updated: October 12, 2021

A hip piercing is a popular piercing at the moment and is one of the trendiest options among teenagers and young adults. Despite the piercing being hidden under clothing for lots of the time, it’s a statement piercing that can give off an intimate vibe. 

While it can look good, a hip piercing along with all other types of body piercing should be researched before getting it done. There are lots of things to consider that you don’t necessarily think about when seeing the cool pictures on Instagram. It’s not a decision to take lightly.

The most popular way to have a hip piercing is to have them symmetrically on both sides of your body, on both hips. This does mean twice the pain and the aftercare so you need to give it lots of thought before taking the plunge.

We have the complete guide to hip piercings to let you know what’s involved, how to prepare and how to look after your piercing while it heals.


A hip piercing is a piercing that’s located in the pelvic region, next to the hip bone. It initially became a trend in the 2000s when low-slung jeans were first in fashion and has now become a trend for those who love a bit of body jewelry in not-so-common areas of skin.

People are always on the hunt for new and exciting ways to show off and adorn their bodies with jewelry. Hip piercing is one of these, and one of the benefits of this kind of piercing is that it can be hidden when at work or school. Unlike other piercings, it can only be seen when you want it to.

There are two different types of hip piercing that you can have; a surface piercing and a microdermal piercing. The type of piercing that you choose will depend on your individual style and preference.

A surface piercing gives the illusion that you have two piercings with one. A microdermal piercing makes it look like the piercing is sitting flat against your skin. Both piercing types include a needle and pain, as well as lots of aftercare to get the perfect piercing. With this in mind, there are lots of things that you need to think about before getting your hip piercing.

A Complete Guide to Hip Piercings

There are lots of things to consider before going ahead with a hip piercing. Not only is it quite a painful procedure, but there’s also lots of aftercare required to make sure your piercing heals properly. 

As the piercing is located on your hip, there will be many occasions where this may be caught on clothing. This is especially so with the current trend of high-rise jeans, and this could pull the piercing out, or rub on the piercing causing issues. 

As this is a relatively new way of piercing you need to do your research and make sure that you get the right piercer to do the job.  

Surface Hip Piercing

A surface hip piercing is where a barbell is used as a body embellishment. A perforation will be made in the skin with a needle. A hollow tunnel is then made underneath the skin’s surface for the barbell to go through. A clamp will be used to pinch the skin as it helps the piercer to create the perforation much more quickly. 

A scalpel can also be used for a surface hip piercing. This will create a pocket in the skin rather than a tunnel for the jewelry to be inserted into. 

Microdermal Hip Piercing

A microdermal or ‘dermal’ hip piercing is a more modern way of piercing. The skin is first cleaned with a surgical scrub and then the skin is punctured. It’s not punctured in a straight line, it’s done in the shape of a letter “L”, as this will help the jewelry stay in place. 

This creates a pouch where the plate or anchor of the jewelry will sit. Forceps will be used to insert the plate or anchor and then the head or the bead of the jewelry are placed on top. 

This can also be done using a dermal punch. This is where skin tissue is removed to insert the plate or anchor, rather than creating an “L” shape in the skin. 

Preparation

The most important thing that you should do when you start to think about getting a hip piercing is to choose the right piercer. It’s important to get the right person, making sure that they are able to complete the kind of piercing that you are looking for..

The piercer should be a professional with lots of experience, especially with hip piercings. This is a tricky piercing to complete so it’s important that the piercer knows what they’re doing. 

Speak to friends that have had the piercing done and see what their thoughts are. It’s a lot of pain and discomfort to go through to end up with something less than perfect.

Most people having a hip piercing will have them on both sides of their body so symmetry is key. You don’t want the piercings to be in completely different places on each side, this will look wrong and will ruin the whole look. Your piercer should make a mark on the spot where the first piercing will go. They should then use a ruler to make sure that both sides are the same.

Before you go for your appointment you should make sure that the area is cleaned and that you’re wearing clothing that’s loose-fitting. You don’t want your clothes to rub on the area once the piercing is done.

Aftercare

As with all types of body piercings, aftercare is an important element that will make sure that you get the perfect result that you’re looking for.

You should keep the pierced area clean at all times and always clean your hands before cleaning the pierced skin. You can clean the piercing with a saline solution two to three times a day. Use a cotton swab to clean around the piercing and be careful to not touch it as this may cause irritation and infection. 

You should avoid swimming pools and hot tubs while your piercing is healing and always shower after exercise as you don’t want the area getting sweaty. You should also be careful about snagging your piercing, whether this is on clothing or the bedsheets. Make sure that it doesn’t catch on anything as this will delay the healing process.

Once the pierced area is fully healed, which will take anything from six months to one year, you can then change out the jewelry. We would always recommend that you get a professional to do this for you, so go pay a visit to your piercer when you want to change your jewelry.

Problems With a Hip Piercing

There are a few issues that occur with a hip piercing. Some of these can be prevented and others unfortunately are down to the piercing and your own body.

Surface piercings are known to be rejected at times, this is when your body sees the piercing as a threat so pushes it out. This will heal the wound over as it rejects the piercing so you should have your piercing removed by a professional as soon as you notice this happening.

With good aftercare you will prevent any infection, however, this can still happen. If you notice any discharge from your piercing or if the pierced area is red and hot to the touch, you most likely will have an infection. You should visit your doctor and they will be able to prescribe a course of antibiotics that will clear the infection.

Jewelry Types

The type of jewelry will depend on the type of piercing. A curved barbell will be used for a surface piercing and this will have two balls, one on either end of the barbell. One of these can be removed and changed for a different style to suit your mood.

A microdermal piercing has a dermal top screwed onto the anchor that’s within your skin. The top can be changed and these come in all kinds of designs.

Conclusion

A hip piercing is a relatively new type of body piercing that is increasing in popularity, especially with younger adults. It gives off an edgy look that can be hidden for that intimate vibe. There are no issues with hiding this kind of piercing unless you spend your days in a crop top. 

There are lots of things to think about before getting this piercing but if you do decide to have it done, see a professional piercer and take good care of it. It will look great.