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Published Friday, September 15, 2023

What You Need to Know About Cheek/Dimple Piercings

Ever found yourself longing for those cute dimples? Let's delve into the world of cheek piercings, shall we?


The Allure and Considerations of Cheek Piercings

While cheek piercings, commonly known as dimple piercings, can look utterly adorable, they're not something to rush into, especially if you're new to piercings. Some experienced piercers might even advise against it or refuse to perform it. But why?

  • Risky Placement: The positioning of cheek piercings can be tricky. With potential swelling and a risk of food particles getting stuck, it's a piercing that requires extra attention.
  • Proximity to Parotid Duct: Located near the parotid duct – a crucial part of our saliva production system – a misstep could cause permanent damage or even persistent saliva leakage. Ouch!
  • Scarring: If ever you have second thoughts and decide to remove your cheek piercings, the scars might be more evident compared to other piercings. A true commitment indeed!

How Is It Done? The Procedure Explained

If you're still keen on getting a cheek piercing, here's a peek into what the procedure entails:

The Traditional Piercing

Your piercer might use a 14 or 16 gauge hollow needle to create the piercing. The initial jewelry could be a barbell or a labret, designed with a long bar to accommodate potential swelling. Both labret and barbell jewelry can be worn in cheek piercings, but keep in mind that labrets have the advantage of a flat back disc which usually sits more flush with the inside of the cheek. This helps keep the jewelry away from your teeth. But remember, with the extended length, there's always the risk of biting down on it. So, be cautious!

As healing progresses and swelling subsides, it’s vital to switch to jewelry with a shorter wearable length. This might require multiple changes, so it's essential to monitor the healing process closely to prevent damage to your teeth.

The Alternative: Surface Piercing

Another method to achieve the dimpled look is through a surface piercing. Instead of piercing right through your cheek, a small L-shaped opening is made to place a surface anchor, holding the jewelry in place. Although these usually take less time to heal (about 2 months), they won’t have the same dimpled look. But be careful – these can be accidentally tugged out if snagged!

What About the Pain and Healing?

The pain threshold varies among individuals. Some say it's less painful than a cartilage piercing. But, given you'd be pierced twice, it's best to brace yourself! Although healing might initially seem quick, typically around 8-12 weeks, the high-movement area can cause delays. Since it’s located near where you chew, you want to clean the inside to keep food from getting stuck in the piercing. Proper aftercare is crucial. Clean both inside and outside – use saline sprays externally and opt for oral aftercare solutions or alcohol-free mouthwash internally.

A Word of Caution

A cheek piercing is not just any piercing. A wrong move can lead to complications. So, it's paramount to do thorough research and consult an experienced piercer. Discuss the risks and get a comprehensive understanding before making a decision.

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