Cheek piercings, also known as dimple piercings, are gorgeous looking piercings that really make an impact. These piercings look cute but I recommend thinking hard and doing your research before getting a set of cheek piercings. Unlike many piercings, cheek piercings have a lasting effect on your face and require more aftercare than most facial piercings. They usually heal well and last for a long time, but it is important to be well informed before you take the plunge and get your cheeks pierced.
Cheek piercings pass through the centre of the cheek, in the spot where a dimple usually forms. They are usually done as a set and pierced with either long labret studs or barbells. This is a difficult piercing to perform and good placement is key, so take the time to find a good professional piercer that has experience with cheek piercings. Cheek piercings create dimples in your cheeks, because they pass through the many muscle layers inside the cheek. These dimples are usually permanent and the piercing also leaves a small scar. All piercings scar, but it is important to realize that cheek piercings will permanently alter your cheeks in this way. Make sure that you are comfortable with this fact before getting pierced!
How To Care For New Cheek Piercings
Cheek piercings usually heal well, but they can take between 4 and 10 months to heal fully. The cheek is a relatively complex area and will take a while to settle after healing. As with all oral piercings, it is important to care for both the inside and outside of your cheek piercings. Clean the outsides twice daily with saline solution for the first 2 to 3 week – after this just clean as needed. To clean the inside of your piercings, rinse twice daily with suitable mouthwash, as well as after eating and drinking anything other than water. Avoid smoking and alcohol during the healing period, as they inhibit healing. You should also avoid kissing, swimming and submerging the piercings in water, as these introduce bacteria to the piercing site. You may find it uncomfortable to eat spicy food at first.
As with all piercings, it is important to monitor the piercing site and consult your piercer if you notice anything unusual. The following can be signs of an infection and you should seek help if you experience any of them: persistent swelling, sharp pain, persistent redness, skin that is hot to touch, pus, unpleasant odour.
A common problem associated with cheek piercing is the formation of lymphatic lumps around the piercing site. These are small lumps caused when lymphatic fluid becomes trapped under the skin. They can vary in size and appear at any time, even after the piercing has healed. Lymphatic lumps need to be drained by an experienced piercer, after which they usually heal and disappear. It is important to seek help as soon as you notice a lump, so that it does not become infected. You can reduce your chance of getting lumps by touching the piercing as little as possible, and always with clean hands. There is also an element of luck – some people never get lymphatic lumps at all.