Dimple piercings are perforations through or into the skin made to insert jewelry to simulate or enhance dimples. Dimples are considered very sexy. Especially among women.
Dimple piercings may be unfamiliar to you, and you might wonder exactly what they are.
The piercing of the cheek is usually known as a ditch piercing, but there is also the Venus piercing, located on the back of the lower half of the body. Usually, two of these are done, one on either side.
Piercings have been around for centuries. Throughout history, it has been used as a right of passage by many cultures to show that someone is brave, robust, and deserving of a social position.
The Dimple Piercing
The neo-punk movement that followed the 1970s has given rise to more and more piercing types, making them mainstream. Piercings on the cheeks and lower back fall into this contemporary group.
A micro-dermal implant (one hole piercing) can either be done by a regular piercing with holes on either side or by a regular piercing with holes on either side.
Due to the fact that there is no jewelry inside the mouth, a micro-dermal is less likely to become infected and is more comfortable to wear.
One downside to this method is that it often leaves a scar (although some people don’t mind) and can’t be removed easily – most times you’ll need the help of your artist.
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A cheek dimple is typically done in pairs with one on either side. Before inserting the starter jewelry, your artist will pierce the skin with a 14G hollow needle. Taking care to get the area as symmetrical as possible, they will measure and mark the area beforehand.
Jewelry is mostly made up of barbells, which are quite long, in the beginning, to account for swelling.
Once the swelling is gone, these can be replaced by shorter jewelry. It is recommended to have your artist change the jewelry the first time, and that you use a shorter barbell in order to prevent accidental biting of the metal.
The flat back of the stud is sometimes used, which is more comfortable, but there is the possibility that tissue will grow over the flat surface inside the cheek, making removal more difficult.
Do dimple piercings give you dimples?
An impression of dimples is created by piercing the cheek near the parotid duct, says Engelman. Once the piercing has healed and the jewel is removed, Brooks says the piercings create skin divots over time.
How painful is the procedure?
Some people say it feels like a pinch, but the good news is that your body has already released painkilling enzymes by the time the second one comes around, so it will be less painful.
As there is so much movement in this area – talking, eating, etc. – the healing will be a bit sore the first few weeks.
About six months to one year will be needed for the healing of a cheek piercing. It’s important to keep the area clean during that period as it can become infected if left unattended. Avoid drinking alcohol or using mouthwash containing alcohol at this time as well as be careful with your eating and drinking during this period.
Cheek piercing pain
Since the cheek does not have cartilage (connective tissue), it is less likely to cause pain than a cartilage-rich area such as the upper ear or nose. As the piercing heals, you may experience swelling and taste or see blood, which should fade on its own
Cheek piercing healing process
The healing process for a cheek piercing usually takes 8 to 12 weeks, but it’s particularly prone to complications, so you should be prepared for a long and careful healing period
The healing time for a micro-dermal implant will be shorter – usually around four months.
Although some people may not like the scars left behind by this type of perforation (especially those without natural dimples in their cheeks), they are not disfiguring in any way, as the scars appear like dimples. One-sided cheek piercings are variations on the cheek piercing.
Lower Back Piercing
In the same way, the cheeks are pierced, the artist carefully measures the best spot for the back dimples. Using a clamp, the jewelry will be stretched through the skin before the needle is inserted.
Women usually like to adorn their wounds with colorful jewelry adorned with a dazzling finish such as diamante or crystals. Piercings like this look great with low-rise jeans and short tops, or with bikinis.
Depending on your sensitivity and pain threshold, this piercing can be extremely painful. There are a lot of nerve endings in this area of the body, so you will feel a stinging sensation at the puncture site.
Depending on each individual, this type of piercing can heal in as little as six weeks or as long as four months. Since this piercing is located in an unusual area, it is at a high risk of infection, so make sure to clean it daily and check it in a mirror.
Tell your artist if there is anything you are not happy with as the healing process continues. Also, wear clothing that is not too tight over the site or don’t catch it on your clothing.
Several variations on the back piercing exist, including the double back dimple piercing, which consists of two piercings next to or on top of each other.
Especially if you want to emphasize your cheek or back dimples, this kind of body art would look great.
Additionally, if you don’t already have natural dimples, this is a great way to get them! In addition to mimicking dimples, if you wear them on your cheeks and decide to remove them, scars will appear that look like dimples on your cheeks.
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Potential side effects of getting a cheek piercing
Due to their proximity to the parotid gland, cheek piercings are risky. Despite the skill and training a piercer has, accidents can still happen.
Additionally, getting a cheek piercing may cause other side effects.
Scarring is common with cheek piercings. According to anecdotes, some people get pierced on their cheeks mainly for the scar, not the jewelry.
Yellow discharge, swelling, redness, pain, and itching are signs that your piercing is infected. Home remedies can help you, but see a doctor if your pain worsens or if you don’t see improvement in two days.
Some bodies register piercings as foreign objects and reject them. The skin tissue expands to force the jewelry out.
A cheek piercing may be associated with swelling. To avoid getting trapped by the swelling of the bar when it’s made, make it longer so that it can be cleaned easily. Avoid changing your jewelry every eight to twelve weeks.
So chew carefully when you’re swollen, or you may bite down on the rod inside your cheek. Use an ice pack wrapped in a paper towel to treat the swollen area for a few minutes.
Several things can cause a bump on the cheek or around an oral piercing:
- An abscess (a piercing blister), is treated by applying a warm compress to the piercing site. Seek medical assistance if the liquid smells foul.
- Almost any injury to the skin will result in a hypertrophic scar.
- Excess scar tissue results in keloid scars.
Cheek piercing variations
There are some customizations you can make to your cheek piercing, even if it is straightforward.
Instead of piercing both cheeks, the single cheek piercing pierces one cheek instead. If you’re nervous and want to get one at a time, or if you want to pair it with another facial piercing, this is a great option.
By piercing along the dermis rather than through the cheek, you get a similar appearance.
The jewelry is held in place by a dermal anchor that is inserted beneath the skin.
This option is preferred by some since you only have to deal with surface healing during post-operative care, but it won’t have quite the same dimpled look.
You should consult a piercer prior to choosing between the dermal cheek piercing and the standard cheek piercing so they can assess your anatomy and recommend the best style for you.
If a piercing is going to make your daily routine difficult, you should not get it on a whim. To make sure you are aware of all the pros and cons, you should always do research and speak with your artist beforehand.
Having an understanding of what to expect can definitely ease the process.
The most important part after the piercing is the healing process. The area must be completely healed before you can wear fashionable jewelry.
You should follow the instructions provided by the artist and use the products he or she recommends. Do not turn the jewelry or play with new piercings.
Girls will look very attractive with this type of body art. It will add a lot of character to their appearance. Dimple piercings may be just what you need if you think they are what you’re looking for.