Collar Bone Piercing or Clavicle Piercing

What is Collar Bone Piercing?

Collar Bone Piercing or is relatively new and probably one of the riskiest piercings and is not popular yet. Not many pierces have the experience to handle it. Knowledge of human anatomy is undeniably important because it is not very difficult to get this done right. Some important facts you should know about:

  • Trickiest surface piercing, it is done underneath the collarbone and has two ends
  • Penetrates the skin under the collarbone to pass through one point to the other in order to make two jewelry heads visible
  • Two types of collarbone piercings are available, in the first one, collarbone skin is pierced while in the other the piercing is done under the collarbone. Both are highly risky and susceptible to infections.
  • Being the deepest piercing known to man, it is the most painful too. It is not child’s play so prepare yourself for a lot of pain. No pain, no gain right?
  • Once it starts, you won’t be able to take it back, make sure you are up for it.

A lot of research should be done to avoid any doubts in your mind. Because this is a new kind of piercing, not a lot of people do it or know how to do it which results in two things:

  1. First, you won’t be able to find a pierce easily
  2. Second, you will have to pay a lot for this collar
Collar Bone Piercing Pictures
Collar Bone Piercing Pictures

Healing Time

It can take as much as 8 weeks to completely heal.

Piercing Pain

For people having a high pain threshold, it would be a lot easier to bear the pain. After the piercing is completed, minor bleeding occurs but not for a long period.

How is collar bone piercing done?

Little is known about how is collar bone piercing done because it has been introduced very recently. One thing is for sure though that not a lot of people can carry this kind of complicated piercing successfully. For starters, a good idea about the nerves and arteries is required. One could easily puncture the nerve in the attempt. For the love of all, that’s Holy, don’t try this at home. As it is the piercing is dangerous, without any training you can injure yourself badly. Make sure you take the services of a highly trained piercer from a reputable piercing studio.

  1. Regardless of the method, the expert first wears gloves, clears the area where the piercing is to be done and marks the entry and exit points.
  2. The basic idea is to get the needle through one side of the collarbone, usually in the middle, to the other so that exit points are on either side.
  3. It is sometimes done in the hollow of the throat too. Jewelry is attached to the needle and when the needle is pushed out gently, it stays in.
  4. PTFE Barbells measuring about 4 inches can be used. It takes more than 6 weeks for this kind of piercing to heal but the chances of it healing completely are too less and it might never heal completely. The outside heals faster than the inside, so you should not get too cocky if it looks patched up.
Collar bone dermals
Collar Bone Dermals

The internet might help you find a good piercer who can carry it out and he would be the right person to talk to. An expert’s advice on this will help clear the conflicts in your head as he can explain to you the whole procedure with its risks and how much it could hurt. If you want to know more, talk to the people who have collarbone piercings and ask them about their experience.


When the list of risks is long, aftercare becomes the most sensible thing to do. Infection and rejection are common and convert to allergies or scars or may even damage your nerves. Cross contamination and keloids are possible too.


When you go to a studio, first ensure that it is safe and the expert follows hygienic piercing practices. It can eliminate any complication of collar bone piercing.


  • Touching it with dirty hands or playing with the jewelry is a bad idea; you should refrain from it at any cost. Not only would it hurt you but it could also scar your skin.
  • Don’t try to take out the jewelry before the piercing has healed. The hole closes within a few hours when the piercing is fresh and getting the jewelry back again is a painful process.
  • Most of the surface piercings hurt a bit initially, they get swollen and turn red but if you experience a lot of pain or if there is pus coming out of it, you need to go to a doctor.
  • Wiping it twice every day with saline solution is a must. You need to keep it clean in order to protect it from bacterial infections.
  • Remove the crust from around the area gently, but don’t use any anti-bacterial ointments or soaps, or alcohol on it.
  • Keep it protected and uncontaminated so refrain from swimming, sharing clothes, or sleeping on dirty sheets.
  • Relax your collarbone area as much as possible because jerking it is not going to help anyone. Sleep on your back till and do not let anything (hair or tank tops or seat belts) irritate the piercing.
  • Disturbing the piercing even a little prolongs the whole process of healing; the body rejects the piercing sometimes and pushes it out against your wishes.

You have to do all that you can to avoid if you want the piercing inside. To others, it is a cool piece of jewelry on your collarbone, to you, it is so much more than that.

Collar Bone Surface Piercing
Collar Bone Surface Piercing

Infection and Complications

Improper aftercare and cleaning process increases the possibility of infection. Painful swelling, as well as redness, is quite common in such cases. Discharge of pus from the infected area is common. In more complicated cases, collar bone piercing rejection or migration might also occur. If constant irritation coupled with soreness persists, remove the jewelry immediately.


Usually you can expect to pay somewhere between $35 to $65.

Types of collar bone piercing

There are two variations of collar bone piercing. They are:

  • Sub-clavicle piercing: Done below the collarbone, it appears stylish, however, there is every possibility of a nerve damage or severe infection if things go wrong.
Sub Clavicle Piercings
Sub Clavicle Piercings
  • Collar Bone dermal piercing: A dermal punch or needle perforates the collarbone region and the piercee implants a micro dermal anchor beneath the skin. Jewelry is then screwed inside the hole in a manner that appears like a stud on the skin. The rate of rejection is usually higher in this kind of piercing.
Different Dermal Collar Bone Piercing Pictures
Different Dermal Collar Bone Piercing Pictures


frequently asked questions

are collar bone piercings safe?

It is a high risk piercing, but it is not impossible. Choose an experienced piercer and a good quality jewelry. Be extra cautious and diligent with aftercare in order for it heal properly.

do collar bone piercing reject?

The rejection level is quite high to two main reasons: 1. Tension on the skin area because this type of surface piercing is close to the top of the skin comparing to other types of piercings. 2. The placement of the piercing. Since the collar bone area is exposed to the elements and can be irritated by clothing.

does collar bone piercing hurt?

The level of pain varies from person to person but most of them report a lower level of pain because surface piercing does not go deeply under the skin. If to compare to dermal piercing, dermal piercings are more painful again because they require making an incision in the skin.

final remarks

Thank you for reading until the end! Hopefully, this article helped you with your decision rather or not to go ahead with collar bone piercing. Good luck!

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