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Bridge Piercings

by Henry Phan on September 25, 2023


A bridge piercing is a facial piercing located between the eyes on the bridge of the nose. It is also known as an "Erl" piercing as an ode to Erl van Aken, a well-known body modification enthusiast who first sported and popularized the piercing.

Though it may seem counterintuitive for those who wear glasses, a well-placed bridge piercing measured around one's daily frames should not actually interfere with the ability to wear them normally. While you can opt for multiple piercings that extend down the length of the nose, a bridge piercing can also sit higher than where your eyeglass nose pads would, allowing for comfortable, obstruction-free wear.


Bridge piercings typically take 6 to 9 months to fully heal and are often described to be similar to eyebrow and nostril piercings in that it is located in an area with lots of movement (think scrunching, sneezing, coughing, smiling, etcetera).

One big factor that affects healing is the amount of tissue padding between your jewelry and natural bone structure. If the skin on your bridge is ''tight" prior to your piercing, you will likely experience more strain on your skin and pressure on your nasal bone than those with looser skin in this area. You can test this at home by gently pinching your bridge skin and lifting it to create a "tent".

Like all piercings, it should be cleaned daily but otherwise left alone to heal as much as possible. 


Standard bridge piercings require straight barbells ranging from 12 to 14-gauge and length depending on each individual's specific need. To prevent potential allergic reactions we at American Piercing recommend sticking to surgical stainless steel, titanium, or solid gold for your choice of jewelry.


If you're considering getting a bridge piercing or have already made your appointment to do so, there are a few things you can do to prepare, including:

  • Know your piercer

A bridge piercing is a big deal not only because it is essentially an open wound, but it will also be highly visible and can potentially cause facial scarring or blemishing. Be sure to ask if your piercer has performed this piercing before. If you have doubts or do not feel 100% comfortable, continue your research or ask for referrals from those in your local piercing community.

  • Avoid makeup on/around the potential piercing

This will prevent product buildup and allow your skin a chance to clear of any existing inflammation. Prioritize hygiene before (and after) your piercing.

  • Drinks lots of water

Hydration is key to maintaining healthy skin from the inside out. 

  • Know your schedule

Consider the amount of time it will take to heal. Ensure you do not have any medical procedures, travel arrangements, or other plans that may require you to remove your jewelry and potentially lose your piercing.


Once you have fully healed you can enjoy all the fun parts of your unique body piercing. We hope you take advantage of our wide selection of barbells to complete your desired aesthetic!