Nape Piercing

What is Nape Piercing?

A long time ago, there was the man and his enemies but no technologically advanced weapon. In those hard days, the man would pierce his body to appear creepy and scare them away. People get piercing today not to frighten people but to invite them in. As is seen, piercing is a part of popular culture these days. It looks kind of sassy – getting your nose or tongue or belly button is an accepted idea. Another kind of piercing that could not be ignored is called Nape Piercing. Performed at the back of the neck, it is casually referred to as Neck Piercing or Back piercing; though the official name is Nape Piercing.

Piercing is more than just a perforation in your body. It means so much more. You do get to wear jewelry in your pierced area and flaunt your piercing but before all that, you need to gather as much information as you can about the type of piercing you want.

Microdermal Nape Piercing

Microdermal Nape Piercing

Procedure for Nape piercing

If you’re smart, you’ll locate a good studio, and contact someone experienced with the expertise to carry out such a piercing. Don’t go for a cheap studio, it is probably not as hygienic or safe. A needle can, if unsafe, can cause AIDS so don’t underdetermine its value. Ask your friends and check out the place before you make an appointment. Now, making an appointment is crucial too if you don’t want to wait or waste a trip to the studio. The professional will inform you about the procedure and ask you to sign a consent form. Additionally, your ID proof would be needed too.

  • He’ll ask you to lie down on your face. No, he won’t give you a massage but that position will give him better access to your neck.
  • The excessive hair on your nape will be shaved off and the area would be cleaned with an antiseptic.
  • Tell him where exactly you want your piercing to be. It will be marked.
  • Perforation is done with a needle, as is obvious. It has to be sterilized and completely clean or it could lead to serious troubles.
  • The needle would be pushed into a spot and taken out of another and then the barbells would be inserted in.
  • Once again, everything is cleaned up and now you are a proud owner of nape piercing. Congratulations! You pay for this piece of jewelry, it is not provided by the studio.

Nape Barbell Piercing

Nape Barbell Piercing

Pain of Back piercing

Most people worry about the pain they will have to endure. Well, regardless of the place, any perforation to the body hurts. So, for all those who can’t bear any pain, it is really better to skip any kind of piercing. Though it may not cause as much pain as ear, nose, or finger piercings, it still hurts a bit. Find another cool thing – better happy than in pain, right?

Back of Neck Piercing: Healing time

The duration of the process of healing depends totally and utterly on the aftercare you provide to your piercing but nape piercing should get completely better in 2 months’ time, provided, you follow the directions of the professional.

Back of neck piercing: Infections & Complications

Yes, there are complications involved. To start with, your piercing could get rejected by your body. The jewelry would bid adieu to the skin and would be pushed out. Only the scar would be left behind. The possible reasons for rejection are a wrongful method of piercing and using the services of someone inexperienced. The symptoms of rejection are nausea, headaches, chills, fever, and muscle pain. Nape piercing is indeed very common and thus, it is always recommended that you go to a skilled piercer.

Infection occurs when you don’t take the safety measures and take good care of your piercing. In some people, though, it is a consequence of the body rejecting the piercing even if you take jolly good care but that happens only in a few cases. Redness and swelling are common in nape piercing and usually, these subside after a few days. However, if you have an infection, these symptoms would only get worse. Medical care is then pertinent.

Migration is another probable outcome. As the name suggests, the jewelry migrates from its original position and finds accommodations somewhere else. Moreover, irritation is caused by nape piercing too if a hard soap is used. In order to avoid these risks, you should first go to an experienced piercer and not try this at home.

Nape Piercing Images

Nape Piercing Images

Aftercare: Do’s & Don’ts


  • When you’re back, clean, clean, and clean.
  • Every day, you should clean the area at least twice with salt water using a cotton ball.
  • Tie your hair because elongated hair will definitely get stuck to your jewelry, fidget with it and cause bleeding.
  • Take a diet rich in Vitamin C as it will speed up the recovery process.


  • Another common mistake is touching the piercing with dirty hands – don’t do it. Germs give you bacterial infections and you don’t want one.
  • As common sense murmurs in your head, don’t sleep on your back.
  • Avoid going swimming in public pools.
  • Rub or scratch in the piercing area.


In these back piercings, the perforation is made on the back of your neck or the nape. Jewelry is inserted once the piercing is made, as the norm is. These pieces of jewelry are not the normal ones you use in your ears; they are barbells that impersonate staplers. Usually, in nape piercing, bigger jewelry is used which allows the neck to swell because the skin around the area suffers from inflammation. So, a 1.6 mm gauge is the ideal choice most of the time. Nonetheless, a piercer can get a smaller barbell once the wound has healed.


The usual cost of nape piercings is $50. Prices may vary with the choice of a parlor, its location, and its popularity. Jewelry also adds up to the cost and may cause a hike in it.

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