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The Cheekbone Piercing: Everything You Need to Know

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A cheekbone piercing is a stunning way to draw attention to your eyes. Also known as an anti-eyebrow piercing, cheekbone piercings are a type of surface piercing. Before getting any kind of surface piercing (especially one on your face!) you should keep in mind that all surface piercings are temporary. There is also a chance you could scar so if you don’t get re-pierced, you may be stuck with a permanent mark.

What is a Cheekbone Piercing?

Cheekbone piercings are surface bars that go on the top of the cheekbone, near the eye. Unlike cheek piercings (dimple piercings) which go through the cheek into the mouth and are placed where dimples are formed. They are a type of surface piercing, which is a flat bar that is installed just under the skin, with the two ends of the jewelry visible above the surface.

Cheekbone Piercing Name

Cheekbone piercings go by many names: anti-eyebrow piercing, teardrop piercing, butterfly kiss piercing, crows feet piercing, upper cheek piercing, and tear piercing. No matter what you call them, they are the same piercing: a surface piercing at the top of the cheekbone.

What Kind of Jewelry Can You Wear in a Cheekbone Piercing?

Because they are surface piercings, cheekbone piercings are fit with surface bars. This is a special type of bar that is straight, but the ends are curved at a 90 degree angle so they are visible from the surface. You won’t change your surface bar and will instead change the ends. Surface bar ends are the same as other jewelry ends so you will need to match up the threading a gauge to make sure it fits.

How to Remove a Anti Eyebrow Piercing

First things first: you should always have a professional remove any surface piercings for you. If you attempt to remove your own surface bar (especially one so close to your eye) you’re more likely to scar. The steady hand of a piercer will do wonders for you and they likely provide this service for around $5.

Some people believe you need to cut out a surface bar to remove it. Luckily that’s not the case. Your piercer will simply remove one end of your bar, lube it up, and slide it out the other side. Pain during removal should be minimal to non-existent.

Anti Eyebrow Piercing Pain

If you’re afraid of pain surface piercings are actually very friendly compared to more traditional piercings. While most piercings go through cartilage or at least a thick piece of tissue, surface bars go only skin deep. Because of this, most people say pain during piercing is very minimal. It has even been compared to the pain of getting your eyebrows tweezed. If you experience anything more than a mild pain during the healing process, you should visit your piercer.

Anti Eyebrow Piercing Prices

Prices obviously vary from piercer to piercer, but most studios will offer cheekbone piercings for between $40 to $60. You will have to pay extra if you want to buy pretty jewelry to be pierced with and of course, never forget to tip your piercer.


The cheekbone piercing is a type of surface piercing that rests on your cheekbone below your eye. (Opposite of where you would get an eyebrow piercing.) It is sometimes called an anti-eyebrow piercing, teardrop piercing, butterfly kisses piercing, crows feet piercing, or tear piercing. If you want a surface piercing you should keep in mind that it will be temporary and one day you will need to either re-pierce or potentially live with a scar.