What is a Snake Eyes Piercing?
You may wonder what is there to know about snake eyes piercing? Does a snake eyes piercing interfere with the way you talk? Are there any health complications caused by a venom piercing? How painful is the entire process of getting a snake eyes tongue piercing? Most importantly, what is a snake eyes piercing?
I am Melissa Smith, a snake piercing fanatic myself, a body jewelry piercing professional and a contributor to the snake store’s specialized research team. My piercing expertise is backed with my passion and over a decade of practice in the field. Today, I want to share with you what exactly a snake eyes piercing is, the procedures involved and all the additional tips that you need to know beforehand.
A bold body jewelry, snake eyes piercing is made by the horizontal insertion of a barbell to the tip of your tongue; it may be curved or straight, based on personal preferences. The two balls on each side appear as two eyes, hence the name, snake eyes piercing.
Here, we take a close look at;
- Basics of the snake eyes piercing
- Procedure involved before, during and after getting snake eyes piercing
- safety and risks of getting a snake venom piercing
- After care and food consumption with a horizontal tongue piercing
Read on to learn all you need to know about a snake eyes piercing below;
1- What does a snake eyes piercing refer to?
Unlike most piercings, a snake eyes piercing is done on the tongue in a horizontal manner. This is why snake eyes piercings are also called horizontal piercings by some.
This piercing is occasionally also mentioned as venom piercings; the origins are unclear whether for its aftermath complications or the pain during initial insertion.
The procedure involves placing a barbell on the tip of the tongue and sliding it through. A piercing like this one can also be called a surface piercing, as it stays on the surface of the tongue. The piercing passes through the middle of the tip of the tongue. Of course, this is considered a very sensitive area and a lot can go wrong while getting the snake eyes piercing. This is why it is important to know exactly what to expect before you go ahead and make the decision of getting the snake eyes piercing. Let's have a look at how the process of the snake eyes piercing is carried out.
a) How a snake eyes piercing looks like ?
The horizontal part of the barbell stays inside the tongue, hidden from view. However, the two balls are poked out through the sides of the tongue's tip. This gives the appearance of two separate piercings at the side of the tongue, and the balls may also look like eyes. This earns the piercing its name of a 'snake eyes piercing'. Sometimes, the balls can just be plain balls of metal, but they can also be gems. They are usually kept small so the person does not feel too much discomfort. Often, the metal used is acrylic so the teeth are kept safe from scratching.
2- What is the procedure of getting a snake eyes piercing?
It is important to know exactly what to expect when you are getting your tongue pierced. Read further to see all the events in detail.
a) Before the piercing
Before the piercing can go through, the piercer will do the professional thing of examining your tongue properly. As not all tongues are the same shape and size, some may not be suitable for a snake eyes piercing. The tip of your tongue also needs to be thick enough to withstand the snake eyes piercing. It is important to follow and listen to the advice your piercer gives you, as getting the snake eyes piercing despite not being suitable can cause a lot of complications. The examination can take a while so remember to be patient.
If your piercer thinks your tongue is in suitable condition and good enough for a snake eyes piercing, your piercer will be ready to give you the piercing. Your tongue will be placed under a clamp so that it does not move and disturb the process. This is also done to avoid any veins being pierced accidentally. The piercing itself will not be the first to go through your tongue. Instead, the piercer will place a hollow needle inside and then slide the jewel from inside it. This is done to first establish the hole inside the tongue, and keep it in place. If the piercing undergoes a mistake, the hollow needle can be taken out quickly and the tongue will heal.
b) During the piercing
Before the piercing can go through, the piercer will do the professional examination of your tongue. As not all tongues are the same shape and size, some may not be suitable for a venom piercing. The tip of your tongue also needs to be thick enough to withstand the snake eyes piercing. It is important to follow and listen to the advice of an expert piercer, as getting the snake eyes piercing despite not being suitable can lead to several complications. The examination can take a while so remember to be patient.
If your tongue is in suitable condition and good enough for a venom piercing, your piercer will be ready to give you the piercing. Your tongue will be placed under a clamp so that it does not move and disturb the process. This is also done to avoid any veins being pierced accidentally, which can result in paralysis. The piercing itself will not be the first to go through your tongue. Instead, the piercer will place a hollow needle inside and then slide the jewel from inside it. This is done to first establish the hole inside the tongue, and keep it in place. If the piercing undergoes a mistake, the hollow needle can be taken out quickly and the tongue will heal eventually.
c) Aftercare for the piercing
For many people who have received a snake eyes piercing, they say it is not as painful as it sounds or looks like. This is surprising as the tongue is quite sensitive, but it heals fairly quickly. A snake eyes piercing can either be done with a bent barbell or a straight one, depending on the preference. The pain is often compared to biting sharply on your tongue on accident. A snake eyes piercing can cause irritability and discomfort in the entire mouth. In the beginning, after getting pierced, people usually report difficulty in talking as it is difficult to get adjusted to a jewel placed right at the tip of the tongue.
Moreover, you may also accidentally bite down on your piercing which can damage or even break your teeth. It is better to do your research and find a reputable piercer who can do it for you. There can also be undesirable long-term effects of a venom piercing, where it can leave troublesome scars. The healing process of a new snake eyes piercing can take anywhere from two to six weeks. You will be pleased to know that compared to piercings on other parts of the body, tongue piercings even heal faster. During this period, you must avoid touching your snake eyes piercing.
Also, make sure you do not take out the piercing until it has completely healed, do not twist or poke at the piercing. Clean your piercings daily until it has healed, and after the healing period, only clean it once in a while. Before touching or washing your piercing, always wash your hands thoroughly. It will also be helpful to use an antibacterial mouthwash once in a while.
3- Are the snake eyes piercing safe?
Everyone’s experiences with snake eyes piercings are different, but most of the risks and challenges are the same. Let’s go over these carefully.
a) What risks are associated with the snake eyes piercing?
A snake eyes piercing can pose many risks and complications for clients. This is one of the reasons why piercers usually refuse to go through with it. Even if a piercer agrees, they will usually discourage you at first. Their worries are justified, as a snake eyes piercing can do long-term damage to your tongue if not done in the right way. There are other oral cavity risks associated with a venom piercing because any piercing inside the mouth can interfere with your eating process. The jewelry can irritate your teeth and gums and may scratch against them and cause bleeding. This can cause enamel wear on your teeth and cause disruptions with any other dental treatment you have going on.
Your piercer may recommend 'salt rinses' to help you get rid of the pain and swelling. You can make this work by boiling a cup of water and mixing a teaspoon of salt inside it. It is important to do this while the water is still hot. When the water has cooled down enough for you to put it in your mouth, take a small sip and swish it. This practice will help to keep your piercing clean and fresh. If this idea does not appeal to you, you can always buy a pre-made solution that is specifically made for aftercare for piercings. There is also the chance of 'jewelry rejection' where your body may recognize the metal as an invasive object and not accept the new addition of the piercing on your tongue. This can lead to scarring and infections around the tongue.
b) What should you eat after getting a snake eyes piercing?
During the first few days after getting your venom piercing, it is advisable to stick to soft foods that do not need much chewing.
After the end of the first week, you should find it easier to eat slightly solid foods. However, it is safe to still keep eating soft foods at this point. You should avoid hot and spicy foods because they have the potential to irritate both your piercing and the wound. You are at risk of severely burning your tongue if the food you are eating is too hot. This is due to the fact that your metal-constructed jewelry can conduct heat rapidly. Sticky foods should also be avoided as they can pull on your piercing and may even rip it out if it has not healed completely.
4- From Health Precautions to Striking Tongue Piercings
Learning the basics of snake eyes piercing procedure keeps you ahead of your decision making. You now understand all the health related matters involved in inserting a horizontal tongue piercing before, during and after the procedure. Not only do you hold a professional opinion of the matter which you can offer to like-minded friends and family members, you can prevent any health complications by taking the right approach in healing and maintaining a venom piercing.
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