Wrist Piercing

A Thorough Guide To Getting And Caring For Your Wrist Piercing

A wrist piercing is done through the surface of your skin on your wrist.  Unless they are measured properly and placed perfectly, they have a very high rate for rejection as well as migration.  This area is so commonly rejected because it is a part of the body that is constantly moving and very easily irritated because it can catch on clothes.

Jewelry Choice

A wrist piercing, like all other surface piercings, requires very specific jewelry that will decrease the risk of migration and rejection.  Surface barbells and bars that are made out of a flexible type of material such as Teflon or Tygon are most commonly used.  The very best choice however, is titanium because it is the least irritating since it lacks nickel.

A quality wrist piercing is typically completed with two different bars, in two steps.  One bar with a long rise is used when the piercing is initially done because it allows for swelling.  A month later after the piercing has healed, a second bar replaces the first one that is closer to the skin.

The Piercing Procedure

  1. Locate an experienced piercer who has a good track record of surface piercings.
  1. You will place your hands on the piercing table with the palms facing down.
  1. The area will be cleaned and also shaved if necessary.
  1. The piercer will grab a hold of your wrist using a skin clamp.  This is a special tool that pinches your skin to grab the slack which makes it substantially easier and more accurate for the piercer to then penetrate through the skin.
  1. Each side of your wrist will be dotted after it is in the clamp to ensure that the piercings are exact.  After the dots are applied, the skin will be released out of the clamp to check for a precise location in regards to your wrist.  The skin clamp is then reapplied.
  1. The skin will be punctured using a piercing needle and the skin will be worked around the needle as it is pulled through the skin.
  1. The barbell will be inserted into your skin and then capped on both sides with a ball and screw.
  1. Your wrist piercing will be disinfected and covered up with some gauze and medical tape.  This should remain on for at least two weeks until the piercing is healed.

The Healing Process

Your wrist piercing is a lot more challenging to heal than an ear piercing because it takes more skin and causes a lot more tissue trauma.  This is a highly used area that you are going to need to get use to not utilizing for a couple weeks unless you want your piercing to move on you.


You will want to clean your wrist piercing using a saline solution and make sure that you clean the whole thing well.  Always be on the look out for drainage and be careful to not allow any crust to sit around the bell.  To remove the crusted skin, soak the area and then use a Q-tip to rub it away.  Never peel the crusted skin away without soaking or you can cause tissue trauma.

It is also important that you make sure there is enough room to allow for swelling.  This also helps with drainage.  Your piercer will be in control of this but more than likely you will get a raised barbell first.

Causes Of Migration