Cheek piercings gone wrong!

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Wednesday February 6th, 2008 @ 1:15 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I had my cheeks pierced for 16 months, but around month 14 or so, I developed a some discoloration around my right cheek piercing, and the tissue surrounding it became hard. Over the next month, the area continued to become red and hard, and it appeared that there was a lot of trapped fluid underneath the skin. I came to the conclusion that it must be an abscess or a cyst, so I went to the doctor and she put me on antibiotics. The hard “lump” never went away, so I went to my body modification artist and he took a scalpel and cut the lump, which drained green & clear infectious fluid [yummy!] I also took both piercings out. Luckily, this seems to have done the trick.. the area has drained over the course of 3 days and is back down to its normal size. I am trying to heal the cut with neosporin, so the scarring will be minimal.

My question is, is it possible for me to get my cheeks re-pierced through the scar tissue? Will this pose an even greater risk/ complications? If I can get them re-pierced, how soon?

What steps can I take to ensure that I don’t develop another abscess/ cyst? Is his a rather common problem for cheek piercings?

Thank you for your time!

While there are many people out there with well-healed cheek piercings, they are somewhat notorious for being problematic and/or delicate. While more “extreme” issues like yours aren’t the norm, many people find their cheek piercings are prone to become irritated and swollen very easily, for a very long period of time.

Given the various anatomical structures in that part of your face, and the considerable movement cheek piercings are subjected to, abcesses, cysts and fluid build-up are a risk.

In my opinion, if you had this sort of problem once, and you have the piercings re-done in the same location…I think you will have an increased chance of the problem happening again. If you were my client, I would suggest waiting at least 6 months, and then would evaluate the scar tissue at that point.

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177 Responses to “Cheek piercings gone wrong!”

  1. I just went to the doctor today out of despiration.I think I have the same problem as you had.My right cheek isnt that has a marble size lump under the skin and oozzes green (ew),but it doesnt hurt,smell and it isnt red.However,my left cheek is another story.Its red and swollen/hard I’d say about a half inch around the piercing.The other night when i was cleaning it it bled alot,alot of pus came out and what was even more horrifieing is that when I cleaned all this away I could see that a lille of the skin around the stud had died alowing a small piece of yellow flesh to pop out of my face!what could this be?do I need to have my piercer cut me open?(my doctor told me to take out the piercings and gave me anibiotics…today when i cleaned my left cheek the little piece of flesh was gone)

    kim on February 19th, 2008 at 12:55 pm
  2. I’m a piercer myself and cannot offer you much on the problems you are going through, Ive had my cheeks done for about 3 months now. This is the second time, im developing hardened scar tissue on the left side, im not swollen and it isnt oozing so to say, its only noticeable until I smile. Im on here now looking for answers. i’ll check back and let you know if i find anything. But was that the first step before the lumps you were noticing?

    Tori on May 15th, 2008 at 2:53 am
  3. I’m having the same stupid problem. No pain, very very little pus. but a small lump about the size of a marble =[. I have never had a professional piercing done before but as far as facial piercings i have a had great success. I guess it’s about time I get unlucky. I have My Monroe, a center labret, and a piercing on each side of my lip and one that goes straight through my lip. I Don’t ware them all together that would look silly =P but i really really love this piercing on my cheek. I just need to get rid of the bump! I never use antibiotics unless absolutely necessary but I decided that it was now necessary and just started applying tea tree oil (a very very light concentration) and Terramycin. If it helps I will let everyone here know since it seems to be happening to others. I am considering taking a syringe and just removing the fluid that way. If anyone else has luck post it. Because I don’t want to lose the piercing and I’m sure others feel this way was well.

    Morpheus on October 13th, 2008 at 12:48 pm
  4. I have the same problem but not as big, is your cheek piercing(s) really tight to your face? like the barbal is really short like it makes a dent in your face(dimple like it should? well when i changed it to a smaller barbel (to look like that) , it started that bump…but when i changed it back to a larger barbel(where the ball just sits on my face with a little tiny room) it went back to normal…maybe your piercing isnt ready yet, i hope this helped

    Steph on November 18th, 2008 at 2:39 am
  5. I just got mine done two days ago and im already getting greenish white fluid coming out. :( I dont want to have a messed up piercing or take it out. It has a small hard spot next to it too :( Whhaatt do i dooo. Should I drain it?

    K on December 9th, 2008 at 9:46 pm
  6. i’ve had my cheeks pierced for around 10 months now, the first 3-4 months i had no problems at all, since then ive had the notorious bump it appears a lot of others have had! however, they come and go, it must be due to the movement/irritation on the face. ive been using anti-bacterial soap however this made my skin around the piercing quite dry and also doesnt seem to prevent the bump. Im still wearing the barbells i was pierced with so always have plenty of room in the piercings. I have recently bought shorter bars in the vein this will restrict the movement through the piercing thus reducing dirt causing infection etc. I’m also going to try sea salt soaks instead of the soap. I found tea tree oil didnt really do anything. Im not sure if anti biotics work as im not convinced these lumps are infections as they dont seem to cause me any pain or swelling but there are lot of different types of antibiotics and to be honest i have been perscribed them for my cheek when it flared up but the doctors dont take much time to analyse the problem and are quick to perscribe you and send you on your way. if anyone has any tips for these strange little lumps please please post i love my cheek peircings and am determined to stick out the problems until they heal (do cheek peircings ever properly heal??!)

    libby on January 3rd, 2009 at 4:57 pm
  7. Hi. I had my cheeks pierced for about 2 months and begun to get the problems described above, a little lump beside the entry point of the piercing, about the size of a marble. It was very hard, and I didn’t want to squeeze it, as this woud probably cause more problems. I went to a piercer and he syrienged (excuse spelling) both of them. I then went on a weeks course of antibiotics. Neither of these solutions seemed to work. I have used sea salt soaks, cleaned them twice daily with a benzalkonium chloride solution, not smoked or drunk alcohol, gone on a course of zinc/magnesium/multivitamins/calcium and echinacea, used bread soda mixed with cooled boiled water as a paste on them, changed them to longer bars (1.6 x 16) and then after another month I went to my doctor (who is piercing friendly and very respectful). He gave me a ten day course of antibiotics and recommended me to continue as I was with saline soaks and good oral hygiene. I still have these two small lumps at the entry of either piercing and they are very very irritating. I wish to take my cheek piercings out, but fear that I will be left with not only piercing scars, but these two lumps will never go away… :( has anyone had this problem and taken them out? I love them and have taken out all my other facial piercings because theyre so pretty on their own, but I really cant continue with two lumps on my face :( Any advice/experiences would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you ! :)

    Spektator on January 8th, 2009 at 9:16 pm
  8. Also, to add to my post above, I thouht that perhaps using a topical antibiotic would help clear it up (like Fucidin or something similar). I was advised by my doctor and my piercer that this wouldnt help, as it was a subdermal problem and such topical antibiotics would probably just clog up the piercing and not help very much as there was no external problem. I think the contents of the lump is very hard lymphatic fluid that just wont budge :(

    Spektator on January 8th, 2009 at 9:19 pm
  9. fuck the lumps! some people get them other lucky mother fuckers don’t
    i got em
    i took my left one out. lump went away
    right never had it til about 2 weeks after i took my left out the right started bumping.
    i was on accutane last year i don’t know if that has anything to do with it
    did everyone else’s start out like a small white head?

    abe on January 28th, 2009 at 3:44 pm
  10. To help a little with your questions regarding these wonderful hard bumps due to the piercings, I believe it comes in combination of having short tight bars, and also goes with the piercing site being entirely too close the lymph glands, or in some cases the piercing puncturing it all together. I do not believe they are infectious but the gland becomes irritated and damaged and secretes fluid in attempt to heal itself. Hope this helps someone.

    JennyBoBennie on April 24th, 2009 at 2:01 pm
  11. I just got my dimples pierced and around the piercings it hard but not swollen or red but it hurts a little…What should i do?

    Amiee' on May 4th, 2009 at 6:47 am
  12. I have had cheek piercings for a year and 1/2 and I have had fluid pockets. To get rid of them you should go to a professional piercer have them take your jewelry out and drain the pocket. After draining the pocket you should do warm sea salt soaks.Even after draining the pocket, fluid will sometimes still build up, but after draining it and soaking it consistently I have not had this problem in about 6 months. This is why piercers are cautious about cheek piercings, they are a pain in the ass, and even after all the down sizing and thinking that they are healed you will still have problems.

    poofpie on May 5th, 2009 at 12:50 pm
  13. I think the problems are related to over cleaning your piercings. you should be cleaning them for more than the initial 2-3 weeks period and een then it should not be over done.

    A lot of piercings decide to play up when over cleaned. let your body do the healing!!

    As for those who have only just been pierced, yours is just healing and i really wouldnt stress at this point.

    Cheek piercings are known to be a problematic area and most secrete lymph fluid over the course of their life due to the location of the piercings.

    the_spine on May 13th, 2009 at 8:31 am
  14. ok so i just got my cheeks done two days ago, i dont have any lumps or anything wrong with my cheeks. my cheeks are actually fine, a little sore but they should be. my problem is underneath my tongue. the part under my tongue is swollen and there are some white spots, and it feels raw. i have no idea what its from but im getting nervous. i cant get ahold of my piercer because today is sunday am im nervous to wait until tomorrow. does anyone have any idea what the freak is wrong with my tongue?

    josh on May 17th, 2009 at 4:20 pm
  15. I had my left cheek dne 4 about a week now dnt hurt not red just the little lump n the green draining wats up wit dat? Its suppose 2 do dat or should I go see my piercer?

    mz. jay on May 22nd, 2009 at 9:40 pm
  16. im going to get my dimples this weekend but readin all of this is making me have second thoughts. it seems like e problem for most dimple-pierced people. should i be worried this will happen to me?

    ana on May 28th, 2009 at 6:05 am
  17. hey, im really really interested in getting my cheeks done, but after reading all of these entries about the bumps and fluid, would it be a better idea to get two microdermals instead of a full piercing? it doesnt seem worth it from what you all say…..

    Niomi on May 28th, 2009 at 1:37 pm
  18. i just got my dimples pierced todays the 3rd day & my cheeks are swollen but im preety sure that happens to all of us in the beggining but i hope the swolleness goes away soon i feel like a hamster lol but other then that i clean it everyday i suggest you should eat alot of ice, ice pack your cheeks, they say neosporin is good from protecting it from infections, i also heard & tried already manzanilla tea helps the swolleness u boil the water then pour itin ur cup with ur tea bag then u let it sit till its preety cool & squeeze the tea bag over your piercing well im trying alot of things ive also been takinq ibuprofen i hope this has givin u some help well goodluck & yea piercing is always a risk u never kknow what might happen but hey if u notice something wrong then u can always take them out & take care of the problem but goodluck!

    andria on June 4th, 2009 at 3:51 am
  19. I had my cheeks pierced two days ago and so far, I’ve had no problems. Just the usual swelling and soreness. To avoid all of the problems if you’re interested in getting them done, go to a GOOD body piercer with a lot of experiance, especially at cheek piercings, and it helps if they have their cheeks done themself. I’ve just been cleaning it a few times a day with anti-bacterial solution, using mouthwash regularly, taking ibuprofen as this stops them being as sore and reduces the swelling, and generally leaving them well alone. Make sure that when you get them done you get very long bars as they WILL swell a lot. I got 1.6mm 18mm length bars put in, and that is the usual size for when they’re first done, as any smaller, they wouldn’t have enough room for swelling and problems would arise. I hope this has helped anyone considering getting them done.

    Cat on June 8th, 2009 at 8:13 am
  20. I got my left cheek done 5 days ago. And I am in the same boat you all are in. THE DAMN HARD BUMPS!!. I am on the sea salt soak on the outside and rinsing with salt water after I eat or drink anything. So if that helps I will let you all know. I refuse to give up on these piercings.

    jss on June 11th, 2009 at 6:10 pm
  21. I want to get them done as well but all of you are changing my mind. The peircier I am planning on going to uses high quality jewlery, has had experience peircing individuals for 13 years and has done quit a few cheek peircings. Should I still do this peircing considering his expertiece and knowing how to properly take care of the peircing?

    Jasmine on June 13th, 2009 at 6:47 pm
  22. wow haha i really wanted my cheeks pierced but after reading this, i’m afraid. I’ve never had much luck with piercings (ears, navel, etc) they seem to all become infected no matter what i clean them with, and eventually they close up and scab over and all that jazz. ughh :/

    lauren on June 19th, 2009 at 6:33 pm
  23. just to let you all know….i had my cheeks peirced and was left with horrible scarring those little bumps your referring to are keloids…a build up of scar tissue because your cheeks are a high traffic area with alot of muscle that is always moving…aswell its dripping out lymph and pus because its trying to heal an area that had a foreign object init but your mouth is such a moist place its harder to heal.
    i was told to massage vitamin e into it and that really didnt help much i know have a scar on my left cheek and two on my right do to the keloid.

    maxine on June 23rd, 2009 at 4:58 pm
  24. Man i have my cheeks done as well, had them since april 19, 2009 so its been a lil more than 2 months since ive had them and i got a bump on my right piercing :( its only noticeable when i smile, it looks like a ring around my piercing. Hopefully this goes away cuz if not my mom is going to kill me!

    mayra on June 28th, 2009 at 5:04 am
  25. i know this isn’t much help to those who already are having complications, but i can say to those who are thinking about having dimple piercings that it is not only imperative to get long enough labret jewelry (3/4 inch at least) but also to think about placement. i work at a shop as an apprentice, and when the piercer agreed to pierce my cheeks, he asked me to place them. when placing the piercings, you should hold a flashlight to the outside of your cheek and look at it from the inside to see where all your little blood vessels and salivary glands are. otherwise you can puncture one and i’ve been told that is a common problem with cheek piercings. that said, i’ve had no significant problems besides a lot of swelling and some clear oozing. i’ve had them for a week.

    justine on June 28th, 2009 at 9:22 pm
  26. I’ve had my cheeks pierced for almost a year now, and it’s just been a love hate relationship. I am also a tattoo artist and have recently picked up piercing. I’m apprenticing for someone with 20+ years of expertise. Neither him or I have gotten to the bottom of these bumps/lumps which seem to be infamous among so many cheek piercees. I am certain that they are not keloids or serious infections and they seem to come and go regardless of aftercare or jewelry. I’d love a true answer to the reason for these and maybe a prevention measure one should take. I usually drain them when with a 18ga needle and then just keep the area clean.

    Junior on June 29th, 2009 at 12:23 am
  27. alrite so i got my cheeks pierced like 2 months ago and at first i hated them because the skina round them was hard and “lumpy”.
    i thought it was something serious so i went to my piercer and i told him i needed longer bars so i got them and after that i just started doing the sea salt soaks like 3-4 times a day and the lumps went away. i personally just think the lumps are a phase of healing, like swelling. now my cheeks are nice and healthy, but im too scared to get them cut down to shorter bars.

    ANth0Ny on July 22nd, 2009 at 1:46 pm
  28. I have had my cheeks pierced for the last year and a half, and have been having the bump pus problem since 3 months. if anyone on here has taken out their cheek piercings, could you PLEAAASE maybe sent me a pic of what sort of scarring occured when you did.. if thats not too much to ask. I have had a horrible time with my cheek piercings and am contemplating taking them out but am so scared due to the fact that im not sure what they are going to look like when i take them out. It would be so much help.

    Laura on July 24th, 2009 at 1:43 am
  29. from above-my email address is zizozizzy89 at hotmail please just cheek piercings

    Laura on July 24th, 2009 at 1:44 am
  30. er, well i was wanting to get my cheeks done on tuesday, in like 3 days but, i dont want these bumps!
    does it always happen?
    like iv so far had 9 peircings, 3 on esr ear(2 catilage) and snakebites(i had to get my lip peirced 5 times ofr it=/) and my eyebrow,my face n body dont really seem to scar from metal inside? so d’you think it would happen?
    is it due to the peircer or the person? and is there any way to prevent it?

    zoe on July 25th, 2009 at 8:26 pm
  31. i have had mine done since april (about 4 months??) and they both have lumps under them…
    they dont hurt, they dont bleed, they dont smell….its fucked up and i want to get them sorted >< preferably i can still have them in and have my cheeks back to normal! they have been like it for about 2 weeks and im sick of it! also, they didnt fuck over when they were healing or anything…were fine from the day they healed to about 2 weeks ago! please help me!!!

    Arron on August 5th, 2009 at 5:12 am
  32. I got my cheeks pierced May 16. For my b-day on the 21st.
    I had been wanting them since I was 16, but g-ma
    wouldn’t let me. So I waited until my 19th to get
    them because I had the extra money. =D

    I have the same lump in one of my piercings.
    Like others, it isn’t noticeable until I smile.

    I went to 2 piercers, and 2 doctors. My first piercer
    said it wasn’t infected, and so did the second piercer.

    (They both worked at the same place I got them done, I just
    happened to go different days)

    They told me sometimes the lump happens because the muscle
    in there gets irritated. But from doing some reading, it
    seems like I may need to get mine drained.

    My right cheek piercing had the same lump also, but
    I caught it early and went to my piercer and she said
    it was irritated and to take a shot glass of warm water
    and a tsp of epsom salt and apply it once in the morning
    and once at nite. Well, that cleared the right piercing
    up in 3 days. But when my left cheek piercing started to get the hard lump everyone talked about, I started the epsom salt
    treatment, and it never went away. It was at one point
    so big I didn’t have to smile for it to be noticeable.

    In other words, it was huge. And on top of that, this
    time it hurt REALLY bad. So I went to one of my doctors,
    and she said it was badly infected. So she put me on
    antibiotics, and the bump went down dramatically, but not
    completely away. Then the bump got a bit bigger
    after I was done with the antibiotics. So I called
    in to the office of my primary dr and they called in
    more antiobiotics for me so I didn’t need to make an appt.
    When the bump didn’t completely go away AGAIN, I scheduled
    an appt with my primary doctor, and he said its not
    infected AT ALL! So thats 3-1 who said its not infected
    versus infected. So, my doctor told me to follow
    up with a skin specialist, and SUGGESTED that I take
    the piercing out, but that it wasn’t necessary if I
    really wanted to keep it and deal with the irritated skin
    And I told him I really didn’t
    want to take them out. Like others on here, I don’t
    want to give up on these piercings =(

    But I’m kinda getting irritated with the irritated skin.
    My doctor told me its because I mess with the piercings.
    Which is true. I play with them rather than bite my nails.
    I stopped messing with my right piercing, and the bump
    went away COMPLETELY, but then came right back once
    I started fiddling with it again. So I’m currently
    doing the warm water and epsom salt treatment on the right
    one, and trying not to irritate the left one with the hard
    lump in it.

    I think I will get some syringes and drain it myself.

    But I just wanted to share my story here with you guys.
    If anyone knows a remedy that will make the bump completely go away and KEEP it away, it would be greatly appreciated.

    If anyone wants to e-mail me with questions, my e-mail
    is [email protected]

    Debonee on August 6th, 2009 at 8:31 pm


    danikatattoos on August 20th, 2009 at 5:20 pm
  34. Well I can’t say that I’ve had the same problems as everyone above me but I do have a problem..I got my cheeks pierced march 14th, and thing were fine nothing out of the ord but in the past few days I’ve developed a sore on the inside of my mouth.
    I thought nothing of it.But it healed I guess and now I have this soft ring around the inside of my mouth. I know that it might not be anything but if anyone has any info to give me on how I can rid this problem I’d love to hear from you.

    Ana on August 27th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Okaii so I have had my cheek piercings for a lil over a week now, and I haven’t had any problems at all, besides the usual swelling and soreness. And all I’ve been doing is taking ibuprofen, along with sea salt soaks and the usual brushing in the morning and at night. I rinse with crest pro health solution beacause it is alcohol-free, and I only use it after brushing. I use the sea salt to rinse after EVERYTHING I eat/drink even if its just a lil snack, And so far so good. But my sister had her cheeks pierced for about 4 months, and also had a lump right next to her piercing on the right side. So I took her with me to the tattoo shop and had my piercer take a look at it. Well it turned out to be a keloid, and the 2 most common reasons this happens so often is bkuz like most ppl, she didn’t wait the full 2 months ur supposed 2 2 down-size and this causes the threading from the barbell to grasp the loose skin and pull it thru the cheek, and as many of you may know, skin DOES NOT stop growing so what its doing is growing inside ur cheek, kinda like an ingrown hair, and making that lump. And the worst part of all, is the ONLY way to get rid of it is to take em out. The second reason is simple, its like the 1st but it happened the first time when the needle was replaced with the jewelry.. So knowing this im gonna keep my original barbells in for the full 2 months, I don’t care if I look like freakin shrek!!! Im gna do it kuz it will be worth it in the end!! So listen to your piercers, their telling you this stuff for a reason!!!!

    Angel on September 1st, 2009 at 1:27 am
  36. Shit, i didnt know that lump thing was so bad.
    hmm the lump used to get pretty big, never as big as a freakin marble though… i used to just cut it, then drain the shit out and saok it in sea-salt. that made it go away fro a while, but it always comes back. i think most people who get thier cheeks pierced, dont know how much of a pain in the ass it is to have them. and they mostly take em out before the regular 6-8 month healing period is up. i’ve had mine for a year. i love them, and im not gonna remove them for some dumb lump thing…. When i went to my piercer.. he told me it was building scar tissue and to not fuck with it.. so idk. that was about three months ago. i didnt get the lump until about my 8th month of healing. i guess it pretty common.

    Kayluhhh on September 8th, 2009 at 2:46 am
  37. way to scare the shit out of me everyone! I’ve had my cheeks done for about 5 months now and have had 0 problems and wear titanium jewelry that allows movement, I’ve sort have taken the LITHA method of aftercare since the second month. I spray them with a saline spray I made whenever they get mad (which is rare!) No hard spots or anything.. we’ll see though! I hope they stay nice because I think they’re my favorite mod :c

    Angie on September 27th, 2009 at 1:27 pm
  38. and #35, If you’re pierced with internally threaded jewelry then there isn’t any threading to rip through your piercing. Also, if you were to leave in the long jewelry they use(around an inch) I would say you’d more than likely end up cracking a tooth. In the two weeks I had my long bars for I bit down on the ball AT LEAST twice.

    Angie on September 27th, 2009 at 1:30 pm
  39. I love mine. The fluid came during the first weeks but has since left. I have had them 2 months now with no problems at all. None. I take care of them every single day like it was the first day right down to the sea salt rinse and anitbacterial scrub. I also use Listerine after everything I eat- I don’t know if this info will help but I just love mine and they have caused me no trouble. My piercer went through my dimples so one is a bit lower, and it looks great. This is my favorite piercing hands down. Hope this helps and happy holes!

    Stephanie on October 10th, 2009 at 4:03 pm
  40. I got my cheeks done about a week ago they seem to be alright. Doing the sea salt spray and rinsing after every meal. No bread. No soda. The only thing is I think I need longer barbel because the ball on the inside is digging into my cheek. I have to go searching for the ball on the inside of my cheek. Or is it something else?

    olga on October 10th, 2009 at 5:30 pm
  41. I’ve had my cheek piercing for 4 years.
    My puss like lump comes and goes. If i bump it BAM it goes silly But Ive been doing salt washes and use what my friends call a pressure bandage ( band-aid over the clean cheek piercing; real tight over night) and the cyst type thing reduces.
    I get it drained when it’s like that(pussy like) then wash it and all that jazz. I just can’t bare too take it out as it’s the best piercing to have. usually it’s ok but once a month it stuffs up. I wish i knew how to stop it from stuffing up. All my piercers say is” if it pusses/ hurts take it out” but it’s not simple as that if you love the piercing and have had it for years

    crystal on October 12th, 2009 at 7:22 am
  42. I’m a piercer and I just pierced my own cheeks about a month ago. So far, so good. With the pus pockets, these do need to be drained often to prevent a huge build up like most of you guys are talking about. Also, the length of the jewelry makes a huge difference. If your jewelry is even a tad bit too tight, it could remain irrated and take virtually foreverrrr to heal. Don’t get too anxious to tighten your piercings if it’s not healed yet !!! or if you tighten them TOO much they can even start cutting into the inside of your mouth which means it’ll probably swell again and stay swelled until you lengthen the jewelry again until it’s comfortable. Also, just like any other piercing, it can have random flair ups every so often. If this happens you might have to make the jewelry longer AGAIN until the swelling and possible fluid build up goes away…. Yeah it sounds like a pain in the ass, and it REALLY is sometimes. but cheek piercings take A LOT of time and maintenance. I think those are probably the two main factors to consider, squeeze out extra drainage so it doesn’t build up, and be cautious about the length of your jewelry.

    Bridget on October 22nd, 2009 at 9:13 pm
  43. I had my cheek piercings for about six months before i got the all too common bumps.I tried absolutely everything from chamomile soaks(which helped alot,but didnt solve the problem) to sea salt soaks,to tea tree oil to antibiotics.eventually i had to take them out.They’ve been out for about a year now and no major scarring.When i first removed them i had deep purple-ish red bruising around the holes and the very large bumbs.I massaged baby lotion on them for a whole month after wards and they are now fine.No discoloration and minimal scarring which only make the dimples i already had more pronounced.I am considering getting them redone,because i love this piercing too much to go without.

    Dana on October 23rd, 2009 at 6:49 pm
  44. hey there im getting my dimples pierced soon and have been doing alot of research about them all the great and bad :). My partner is a blade piercer in yarmouth and he has said you shouldnt pierce cheeks passed the first mouler as it can cause salival glands to open up into the piercing causing leaking effects which can also cause problems with the piercing itself etc chapped skin and sore around actual piercing. He learnt this on the job and also from the book called “the piercing bible” by Elayne Angel a very very advanced and skilled piercer she had learnt this from her own mistake. Also use 1.6 mm by 22mm bell bars. Hope this info is useful to other people interested in unique dimple piercings. xx

    Jessika B on October 29th, 2009 at 5:03 pm
  45. had my piercing for about a month… first two weeks awesome… then the lump, then the puss… and a little pain when I smile. I rinsed my mouth with Listerine and rubbed the inside of the piercing with sea salt on a Q-tip two times a day. I wash my face with clear antibacterial soap and use Kleenex around the site instead of a rag. I made a paste of sea salt and water for the outside of the piercing and alternate nights with neosporin. Each night I massaged the lump. The lump is now gone, the skin is no longer dry and peeling, and the secretions are now white/clear instead of yellowish green. I think it’s always going to secrete… just a matter of cleaning properly. I smoke, drink, wear makeup, and refuse to rinse after each meal and drink… so I expected issues. Bottom line all piercings have issues. I love mine and if I am destined to keep sea salt and neosporin in the bathroom…and a nightly massage… so be it.

    Michele on November 4th, 2009 at 2:36 am
  46. Wow, I’ve been wanting my cheeks pierced for about 5 months now. It has honestly scared me to death with the lumps and puss. I still really want them done, maybe I’ll be lucky and not get the lumps and puss, but I’m still very scared. So do you think it was worth the piercing in the end or was it just one big pain and waist of money???

    Kayla W. on November 10th, 2009 at 4:07 pm
  47. I got my dimples pierced about 4 months ago, and after them being perfect for only two months, I got the lump around my right one. It hurt to eat and talk. I always thought that maybe it was only my right cheek because it was pierced from the inside of my month to the outside, where my left one was the opposite. A huge red bump that is full of pus and blood formed. Its hell, everyone stares at it, I swear its gotten bigger. It just pops on its own. I don’t have an appointment to have it checked out for another month. I’m scared they wont do anything, I don’t want to have to take it out :(

    captain on November 22nd, 2009 at 5:11 pm
  48. Optimism!!!
    I got my cheeks pierced 9 months ago and it went bad early.
    I had them in and got the evil bumps after a couple of weeks.
    I tried to stay optimistic and hope they’d heal but the huge purple blotches stayed.
    And they were HUGE.
    I took them out (it was so sad) after about 2 months.
    I had the bumps ever since.
    I cut my cheeks open with a razor blade because I was so irritated.
    Eventually I learned to live with the blemishes.
    A few days ago I went and got them re-done, hoping they’d heal.
    We’ll see how it goes, I guess.

    Raven on December 5th, 2009 at 4:29 am
  49. …I JUSt pierced my cheek by myself with an earring and if thats the worst i think i can handle it but i dont think that will happen

    Vixen on December 9th, 2009 at 5:00 pm
  50. Piercing ur cheek (i did my myself) I DOESNT HURT AT ALL an im 12 years old it just makes a snap sound er i did for me

    Vixen on December 9th, 2009 at 5:01 pm
  51. I’ve had my cheeks pierced since may, and in the beginning i hasd the usual problems. But then later found out i was pregnant, and when you have a new piercing while your prego it tends to try and reject it. Well once and a while it will get yucky, but always goes away. ….WELLLL for the past week it has been gross. Its red around it and pussing. I noticed yesterday my jaw hurt, and today i wake up and the whole inside is all swelled up i cant get to the back and I CANT GET IT OUT!! the pain has traveled to my neck..and im really scared that it could be a really bad infection..what do i do????

    Cierra on December 18th, 2009 at 11:34 am
  52. I have had my cheeks pierced for 13 months now. My biggest problem is keloids. I mainly get them on my left side. When I got them pierced I had the most complications and pain with my left side. I am not extacly sure why that side hurt more than the other. I have tried my best to keep them clean and free of bacteria and the left one did get infected a few months ago….yuck.As for when i got it piecered they actually pierced me with 5/8 labert studs to account for the sewelling. When the sewelling went down they actually healed over the inside!This was only within about 9 days of having them. I went back to my piercer and she had to cut me open and replace with barbells.Now I haven’t had any problems but moderate pain and keloids. Does anybody have a remedy for the keloids?I have tried EVERYTHING including emu oil.

    FaTpAnDa on December 24th, 2009 at 10:27 pm
  53. Wow, number fifty you’re retarded. You’re only twelve doing your own piercings; that just screams infection all over it.
    I may only be 16 but that’s just stupid!
    Anyways, I don’t understand why you people who are thinking about getting them done are worrying that this same thing will happen to you. Everyone reacts differently. Although I didn’t react much differently to these people. Actually I had read stories like these before I got mine piered but didn’t think much of it. Now Ive had them for about a year and after four or five months I started getting these bumps/lumps whatever you want to call them.
    Yeah they suck I’ve tried to get rid of them; I’m not too sure of what could help but to be honest I don’t even realize they’re there anymore.
    Every once in a while someone will ask, “what the fuck is up with that bump?”, but it doesn’t bother me that much anymore but fuck, if I could find a way to get rid of them that would be nice too!
    So if anyone finds a real solution I wouldn’t mind reading about it.

    Haley on January 3rd, 2010 at 6:10 am
  54. so i have mai cheeks done. had uhm for about 7 months or so.ive had problems with them to begin with due to the fact mai friend slapped me in the face 3 hours after getting them done. causing the one bar to fall out. luckily i got it back in. but the left side was messed up from it and the right side was just fine. after a while it decided to switch. and the right side got the bump and the left was fine. i naow have bumps on both of them. (how fun..not) every so often i poke at them (which i know i shouldnt do)vry little puss comes out and a mushy solid thing peeks out (which im sure is whuts causing the infamous bump) and a massive pressure is released. but the mushy solid thing wont fully come its attached no matter how hard i try n squeeze it out. the other day i poked at one and it just exploded. puss and a massive ammount of blood. naow the bump is fricking huge adn its hella sore.(im guessing its infected) luckily mai b.f werks at a hospital so hes gunna bring stuff home to try n make it better. the best advice i can give that i was told is since these bumps n stuff are an internal problem putting ointments n such on the outside wont help much..try n get a syringe fill it with neosporin and inject it into the piercing. i personally havnt tried it yet. i will in the morning when i get the materials i need to do so. so ill letcha know if it works. ::fingers crossed::

    Muah Diddy on January 5th, 2010 at 3:54 am
  55. If you can’t un screw it try biting the inside ball or back to hold it steady while turning the front. Remember righty tighty lefty loosey. I take mine out periodically and clean the jewelry in alcohol, drain the bumps, clean the holes really well as well as the inside of my mouth and put them back in. You don’t need to be afraid to take them out for a few minutes for maintenence and getting them back in is easy as long as you start from the inside so you can see what you’re threading. Yep, they’re a pain but totally worth it. I’ve had lots of embarassing stuff happen with them though. They always fall out at the most inopportune times so I’ve gotten in the habit of tightening them every five minutes.

    Missy on January 5th, 2010 at 4:53 am
  56. #53: People are worrying about “this same thing happening to them” because of the very real possibility that cheek piercings will be problematic for them. It just takes a quick glance through the comment section to see that, as I posted originally, cheek piercings can be very difficult to heal for many people. Even your own experience shows the same thing.

    And while it may not bother you to have bumps on your piercings, that isn’t what most people are looking for with a piercing. So, they are here looking for information, trying to make an informed decision.

    Derek Lowe on January 6th, 2010 at 5:41 pm
  57. I went into my favorite piercing shop with the nerves to finally get my dimple piercings that I had wanted for years. I started asking my piercer some basic questions about them. He handed me a book ( The piercing Bible) and told me to read the page that it was opened to. It explained the problems that the woman had had with her dimples and that she had to eventually take them out.

    He told me that he would honestly prefer not to pierce my dimples, but would rather place dermal anchors to mimic the dimple look. He let me pick the positioning of both dermals and leveled them out for me. I had some swelling and at one point, actually lost my right jewel from the swelling. But I just put the jewel stud in the open hole and returned to the piercing shop. We reattached the jewel and all is well.

    Even with dermal anchors, I still have routine cleansing that I have to follow, and they even pissy spells once in a while… I just stick with the routine and they eventually calm down and look cute as hell within just a few days. I may decide to one day replace the anchors with full piercings and barbells, but for now my dermals keep me happy and sparkly! I hope that this might help someone out there. Always think about things before you jump into them and always go to a piercer that is clean, takes pride in their work, and above all, that you trust to take care of you!

    Rachael on January 10th, 2010 at 7:07 pm
  58. Okay, so I want to get my cheeks pierced, but its true some things people say, they are scary, but its good information. So here’s ,my question, I want mine done for my 19th birthday and I thought they were dermals up until like a week ago, but I still want them I just dont want the problems…(unlikely) haha. I was told by a piercing place that if a glad were to get hit, you would have a permenent hole in your that true? and do you have to have a barbell that has balls on both end? or could you get one that has the plat back for the inside of your mouth? and does it affect your teeth at all? ( by chipping or causing cavities)? I have about 9 or 10 days to figure this out, can anybody help make this decision easier? email me at [email protected] if you have any helpful advice or photos of your cheeks to help.


    Mariah on January 12th, 2010 at 5:45 pm
  59. I’ve had my cheeks done for about 2 months now …. I just got the small lump!!! Dun dun dunnnn! N e way well mines tiny and I should probably stop messing with it now that I’ve read this ….. I know now it’s not a pimple! …. Don’t squeeze itttt …. Umm I’m keeping mine no matter what I love love love my peircings and i’ll do what it takes to save them …. So I’ll try the salt water and see what happens….. And I have this plastic instead or a bar bell it’s self threading and you can trim it I call it “” 14g weed eater wire lol”"” it’s made things better considering I was peirced with these short lebret studs by a dumb ass with 20 yes exp ( don’t let exp fool you all the time ) and my friend had to fix them because my cheek meat was growing around the back …”oowwww” … It hurt like jell to fix them so I have these little balls on each end of my peircings now with room to spare and they aren’t easy to bite down on so if your thinking of getting yours done ask for the plastic type wire you’ll be glad you did…..

    Lucidbliss on January 21st, 2010 at 3:40 pm
  60. so, i have this stupid bump.. i got them a few days ago when i switched the jewelry out to smaller posts, i have had them for 3weeks and 5days so far.. and i cannot stand the sight of the bumps.. i squeezed them assuming it was build up from the shorter posts and nothing came out..
    ( picture )
    i am worried they won’t ever go away (although its only been this way for a few days) i am reading that some people never get rid of them..
    my left one is not bad, its the right one with this mass, i don’t know what to do to get rid of it..

    amberlynn on January 31st, 2010 at 8:40 pm
  61. i got mine done 5 days ago and they are worrying me so bad. i had no idea oral piercings were this hard to keep up.
    I have the lumps around the piercing, it is constantly oozing and becoming hard.
    it hurts to smile real big.
    i clean them VERY often. multiple times a day.
    this shit sucks.
    but, i won’t take them out, i love them.

    kind of like a baby, who cries and shits and pees.

    Genna C= on February 7th, 2010 at 10:21 pm
  62. Its most likely best you take out the piercings that have devolped hard, painless bumps. You could always re do it, and maybe at a diffrent angle.

    I had my cheek piercings for two years, and I am a body piercer. The left, which was straight in-and-out healed perfectly. The right, was pierced at a slight angle, and developed the bump. It made sense that my body was coating the piercing with scar tissue in order to buffer whatever muscle contraction it was interfering with. I lived with the bump for a year. It made the piercing very sensitive and would get infections, and never feel fully healed.

    When I finally removed the piercings, I was left with deep pits as scars. I recommend lots of moisturizer in the days following the holes closing. These scars will slightly go away with time, but I’m not counting on them disopearing all together.

    after a day I realized the right piercing scar with the bump still had a bump, and was not sealing like the other. It almost looked like the eye of a potato with a tiny bit of the lump sticking out. I took a 2mm biopsy punch and removed it. I don’t recommend this to anyone who is not a professional. This removed half the scar tissue in my cheek and helped the hole heal nicely. I can still feel half the lump with my tongue on the inside of my mouth. Nothing you can see on the outside.

    I miss them sometimes, but its better than a hard lump of scar inside my cheek. After two years it got old anyway.

    CupCake on February 16th, 2010 at 7:53 pm
  63. i just got my cheeks re pierced about a week ago ive had them before for about a year and i took them about that hard lump that u feel around the ring under ur skin will go away the only risk is u may develop a syst ontop of the skin around the ball of the ring which was why i took mines out the first time but it does go away mines went away within a week and also the scars it leaves looks just like dimples n decreases over time

    beebee on February 25th, 2010 at 5:29 pm
  64. Hey; I had my cheeks pierced on saturday so about 5 days now. I do have this “lump” you all speak of but I just assumed it was due to swelling. I have lymph secretion, which I was told is normal, a little redness on the outside and a little discomfort but nothing crazy. Everyday, they feel a little better and back to normal. I can eat and drink as usual, when I smile, I feel odd due to some slight swelling. I was told 6-8 weeks is the average healing time though it takes a few months for some people. I have had several piercings, most of them oral. I currently have snake bites, my medusa and my tongue. I did all 3 lip rings myself about 5 years ago and they healed great; I am not going to stress out about this “lump” issue. I go to see my piercer in about 5 or so more weeks to see if I am ready for new jewelry and if I feel the need to I will ask him about all this. I think alot of you are over reacting, but some of you sound like something horrible is going on!
    I did have alot of concerns from researching this piercing before I got it done so I asked every one of them to Alley Cat (my piercer) and he answered each one and explained all of them to my and why certain bad things happen. I have using antibacterial soap to clean the outside 2-3 times a day, spraying H2Ocean spray after I clean them and using regular, un-flavored mouthwash after eating and drinking.
    My “lumps” are getting smaller, I can tell a difference from when I first got them done to now, and it has only been 5 days…. I think they will heal fine, like I said, I have had oral piercings before (and other random ones throughout my body) and amd confident I know how to care for them.
    I know this probably didn’t help, but there is my story.

    Amanda on February 25th, 2010 at 11:26 pm
  65. Ive had my left cheek peirced for a little over a month.. Havent had the ‘lump’ thing. But i have some questions. If anyone who has experienced them can please answer them:

    If i ever change my mind & want 2 take my cheek peircing out, will the hole close? What kind of scarring? ..If youve done this.. can u please send me a picture of how it looks..
    Does anybody know where & what stores carry that soap ‘Provon’?
    And if yall will please send me pics of how the lump looks
    Thank you.
    Here is my e-mail, PLEASE give me answers & pics

    [email protected]

    Natalie on February 27th, 2010 at 10:10 am
  66. I had my cheeks pierced last year, the initial piercing like everyone says, very minimal. the swelling was a pain, hard to eat, but i used antibacterial soap for the outside and sea salt rinse for the inside. i had absolutely no problems, i think do to having long barbells. i took them out at three months because of my job, not because of any problems. i think as long as you are careful not to bite on them be conscious of what you’re eating and drinking, DO NOT TOUCH THEM or play with them. and keep the long bars in until they are absolutely healed even if thats 6 months. having long bars looks better than pussy lumpy crusty cheeks.

    Ashley on March 4th, 2010 at 2:39 pm
  67. oh! forgot to add, the first week after i took them out i had dimples but they looked weird, and after that a tiny redness just like a pimple scar, and now its 100% unnoticeable, people are shocked to hear i once had them pierced. so be optimistic!

    Ashley on March 4th, 2010 at 2:57 pm
  68. ok so I got mine done 2 weeks ago, no problems everything was going smoothly except for the lil bit of soreness, well come a couple of days ago I got the same lil freaken bumps on both sides of my cheeks, but I have noting noticeable on the outside except for the lil bit of oozing, my question is for those of you that drain them how do you do it, is it from the inside out or the outside?? sorry to sound so dumb but I’m just not understanding, shit my piercer said to just make sure I rinse with mouthwash, and kept the area clean… and what do you soak the inside or outside, im just confused about the whole thing… I want to keep them of course like everyone else, and am not going thru all this BS just to take them out a couple weeks later,if anyone has any suggestions please dont hestitate… alot of this info here helped and thanks

    Angel B on March 6th, 2010 at 4:04 am
  69. When you guys say “drain the lumps/fluid pockets”, what do you mean? How do you go about draining them? Do you cut them? Please explain.

    Jane on March 8th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    GINAA on May 13th, 2010 at 9:43 pm
  71. Ginaaaaa,

    don’t use bactine on your piercings! It’s really strong, and if you already think you’re overcleaning it, you’re probably going to do more damage than if you simply left them alone and kept good oral hygiene. Saline solution is often good to clean any crusties away, and antibacterial soap is good for simply keeping you clean, and not allowing any dirt to get in there!

    The bumps people speak of are usually on the inside, but sometimes can be visible on the outside too. I would expect your cheeks to be really uncomfortably swollen for about two weeks, after that they tend to just be slightly swollen and easily irritated. Healing is going to be at minimum, three months. Expect it to be at least six months until they’re perfect and comfy. AND EVEN THEN one morning, you may just wake up with a bump! :)

    Mira on May 22nd, 2010 at 9:55 pm
  72. i have had my cheeks pierced for over 10 years (ok, i am old!!!) and have never had any problems until today. i have a hard lump that is also swollen around, i am kinda hoping it will go away so i have given a squeeze for good measure, now throbbing…. hoping is just a polyp type growth from knocking in sleep.

    laura on May 23rd, 2010 at 2:18 pm
  73. Ive had my cheek pierced for about 4 days now and ive recently noticed a lump where the piercing is on the inside of my cheek is there anything i can do to get rid if it?
    I dont have fluid comeing out of it though
    Im sure the swelling started when my piercing got bumped yesterday er…

    maddy on May 24th, 2010 at 4:57 pm
  74. Damn, ppl… I wanted to do mine about 1o days, now I’m reading this, 90% of you guys had big troubles with it. :S
    I still want to do mine, but I allready have facial scars (bridge, anti-eyebrow two sides, around mouth, etc) ;/

    Kamilica on May 26th, 2010 at 6:43 pm
  75. aww i wanted to do mine 2 but now i’m scared xD

    aimee on May 28th, 2010 at 11:10 pm
  76. The swelling happens in the cheek piercing just like it happens in the lip piercings, I should know i have 2 lip piercings right now lol but it goes away in about a month so don’t be too afraid, also if you use any type of cream on your piercing look on the back of the tube most will tell you to NOT use them on puncture wounds which is what a piercing is. and they can get infected more than once, it is in your mouth and your mouth has germs in it and you eat food so if u dont rinse after eating it can cause it to be irritated or infected.

    Ruby on June 4th, 2010 at 10:20 am
  77. Is there ANYBODY who had a good experiences with this? They’ve been my dream piercings for quite a while now but I’m a bit nervous on getting them with all the negative comments.

    I’m hoping most of the replies are scary only because of the original post and people are just googling their problems and landing on this url.

    Evilyn on June 6th, 2010 at 5:26 am
  78. the lumps are basically boils, pus filled pockets, its normal for cheek piercings, i have had my cheeks pierced twice. and it never fails. cheek piercings require alot of maintenance, but if you get the lump completely down, and keep it clean you have less of a chance for it to pop back up later on down the road when its completely healed.. yes it may flare up once in a while, but thats normal with any piercing. just like it will flare up if you switch to smaller jewelry even when its healed.. heres some stuff that worked for me..

    1: Use warm sea salt soaks daily on hypertrophic scars. About 1/4 teaspoon for every 8oz water. Invert the cup over the piercing, or use cotton balls. These scars are usually bumps the same color as the surrounding skin, and do not go beyond the perimeter of the piercing.

    2: Use chamomile tea bags as warm compresses. You can alternate these and sea salt soaks. Always rinse your skin with clear water afterwards.

    3: Change your jewelry to something smaller,bigger, or better fitting. Try titanium or glass if it’s appropriate for your piercing. DO NOT DO THIS WITHOUT CONSULTING A PROFESSIONAL.

    4: Use hot compresses for pus filled boils or abscesses. These can be plain water or sea salt soaks. Use these once or twice daily until the boil starts to drain.

    5: Let the boil drain free of pus, keeping it clean and doing sea salt soaks until it no longer crusts.

    6: Remove any crust after soaking with a cotton swab.

    7: For stubborn scarring and recurrent boils, Try using very diluted tea tree oil, dabbing the area with a cotton swab once a day for up to 5 days.

    8: Another way to get rid of these bumps (whether it be a scar or keloid, boil or pus filled.) if they are stubborn is to crush up an uncoated aspirin tablet into a powder, add some lemon juice and mix it into a paste, and apply the paste to the bump and the surrounding area. Let it dry and gently wash it off. The aspirin will absorb through the skin and open the blood vessels, speeding the healing and allowing the bumps to go down. You should do this two or three times a day. This advice comes from three separate dermatologists and two piercing professionals.

    9: Once you’ve gotten rid of the bump, you should go to a piercing place or a store where they sell related merchandise such as a piercing shop and purchase a sea salt spray. It will help heal faster with consistent use and will help prevent recurrences.

    Shawna on June 10th, 2010 at 8:48 am
  79. My cheeks have been giving me a load of hell too… ive had mine pierced for about 3 or 4 months… the swelling and irritation of the original piercings went down rather quickly and i had plenty of room on my bars… so i took them out and put sum shorter bars in…everything was hunky dory until one of my cheeks started to develop the same problems that i read would happen on this site… my right cheek has the marble sized lump… maybe even bigger that a marble…if i pinch the lump surrounding the piercing, it feels hard, and nothing else… theres no head on it to pop… it has no visible signs of needed to be popped…(although i believe that that is the problm)… it doesnt hurt… its juz there and it makes me looks like im a squirrel and im packing acorns in my cheek… now on the other cheek… it is very obviously infected… it started as a couple small zits that sprouted up basically in the same hole as the piercing… it hurt minorly and oozed constantly… i popped it a couple good times with clean hands and doused it immediately with sea salt water… it has only gotten worse… a

    Taylor on June 11th, 2010 at 3:36 pm
  80. another thing that works, that i do, is take some Antibiotics.. i had alot from when i was sick a month or so prior, when i actually didnt need them, its “cephalexin” aka “keflex” which i take because i cant take pennicillin. anywho. take Antibiotics 3 times a day, and once or twice a day, take a really small needle and put it in ur piercing hole, as far as u can without it hurting.. and slide out, and keep doing til u go all the way around ur jewelry.. then push ur tongue on the jewelry on the inside of ur mouth.. while pushing down on the skin around the jewelry on the outside of your mouth, and itll let some puss like stuff out.. which isnt actually puss btw, its actually saliva that builds up and tries to escape out of the piercing hole.. but sometimes it gets caught up in it.. if it doesnt drain properly itll build up and get infected, or build up and cause that bump. normally when u get it pierced ull get that bump.. its actually because of them using the tongs, when they pierce they use the tongs, that compress the area, so when they pierce, and take the tongs off.. all the blood and saliva automatically goes straight to that area, causing it to turn to a bump, because it was basically deprived of blood for a minute, so it just overflows. its normal. but to make it go away, it takes time, antibiotics, and taking really good care of it.. i did the stuff i described for 3 days.. and im already wearing a smaller jewelry size. the ball has gone down that much.. the needle is just to basically scrape/poke lil holes in the ball to allow it to come out.. also gradually during the day.. do the tongue thing i told you about.. put ur tongue against the jewelry on the inside, and push down on the outside.. to help the pus like stuff escape.. it really works.

    Shawna on June 14th, 2010 at 6:17 am

    trisha on June 20th, 2010 at 2:50 pm
  82. I have had my cheeks done twice now. First time I took them out after about 3 months because I only wanted the dimples from them, and then i decided I actually wanted the jewelry!
    I get the bumps, abcesses etc too But honestly, i just use a clean needle, poke em and drain them whenever it happens. Its not often, but this piercing is a messy one, so if you can’t seem to handle a bit of puss and grossness, take them out and let it be done with.
    Your cheeks are about an inch thick! How can you expect it to be smooth sailing? you have many fluids inside them and Your body is just trying to first of all clean the site, and second, probably just reacting because of the foreign object in it!
    I just say get used to it & deal with it. I have no problem giving mine a little bit of extra TLC because theyre in such a vulnerable spot.
    Keloids are tough, because thats scarring. I dont think there is much you can do about it to be honest.
    If you weren’t wise enough to read up on the pircing before egtting it done thats your own fault.
    In my city, 95% of piercers wont even do them because of the risks associated. I did mine on my own (all PROPER supplies bought off ebay) knowing all risks, and maybe that why I dont seem to mind as much. Who knows.

    MommaK on July 5th, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Zulmarie on July 5th, 2010 at 1:34 pm
  84. I’ve read about half of all these comments because I am also very interested in getting my cheeks done. I’m pretty experienced with piercings, I’ve had 7 over the past four years I believe and had no problems with any of them. My body always allowed me to heal very well (knock on wood!). Three of my piercings were oral piercings (snakebites and Medusa) which I only have my Medusa now. I knew I wanted to research them as much as I could before I made any final decisions. To be honest I really believe that it depends on the person and how well their cleaning it and what their cleaning it with. Some person’s bodies just don’t like foreign objects going into their flesh. I already have really noticeable scarring from my snakebites and eyebrow piercing and hopefully if I get my cheeks done that will be the only downside if I have to take them out. I’ve read a lot of the comments above and it has really shaped what I might do. Thanks for the insight everybody!

    LimaBean on July 5th, 2010 at 3:17 pm
  85. I had my cheeks pierced for about 4 months. I finally had to take them out today because the left one kept a constant fluid pocket around it that was only getting bigger. I now have a horrible looking raised red spot where the fluid pocket was. I’m hoping it goes away. I can handle scaring, as long as it’s flush with the rest of my face and not raised like it is now. I loved my piercings and I hated to take them out. Their cute, but due to so many people having problems and the issuses you can have from it, I don’t recommend piercing your cheeks. I dot regret mine, I regret not removing them after the first signs of fluid pockets.

    Shawnna on July 11th, 2010 at 4:31 am
  86. I used to have the same problem… i’ve had mine for about 3 years now and the right one is completely healed thank god!!! but my right one still gets infected from time to time so what ive been using is polysporn works amazingly!!! normally piercers say not to use it but ive used it on all of mine and its works awesome, heals them so much faster….anyways when i used to get the bumps i would actully cut them off sounds gross but it helped heal the first one, theres no scarring around it either…i just got scared that the bump would get bigger and didnt want that on my face…you just gotta make sure you dont play with them so much and never use rubbing alcohol or proxcide on your face it will scar it and if you clean it to much you’ll just fuck it up even more, you need to let your body help it heal as well but try polyspon its awesome do it once at night and once in the morning.

    Stephanie on July 15th, 2010 at 11:17 pm
  87. I’ve had my cheeks pierced for about 4 months and the second day pierced I was having problems. They began to swell and feel warm, but only after I used anti-bacterial soap. I began to do research and found out that cheek piercings are considered more like wounds then piercings, due to the location and tissue on the face, so it was recommended to use sailine or open wound sailine from a metal can. The reaason for this is because sailine doesnt kill the natural bacteria your body creates to help heal itself. Anyways I ended up buy the open wound sailine and would clean about 2-3 times a day. adn Eureeka! it definetly helped heal my piercings…but then I got cocky and didn’t clean them as often, which ended up givin me another problem. Its became discolored only on the right side, so i began to cleanit religiously with the sailine and it has helped A LOT!!!! theres still a little bit of swelling and the discoloration is getting better. I hope this helped!! and GOOD LUCK to all of you!! oh I also found out that soetimes the metal labret ring can cause some of the discoloration, so I’m going to changed mine to bio-flex!! ITS WORTH ALL THIS TROUBLE BECAUSE I LOVE MY CHEEK PIERCINGS :-)

    Jessy on July 29th, 2010 at 2:54 am
  88. i got my cheeks done too ! it’s been almost 2 weeks. they don’t hurt at alll . but they do have the lump underneath. i feel it on the outside and inside of my mouth. i’ve been like pressing on the lump and i can feel stuff coming out, but i’m not sure i can get it all out, i really dont want to have to take the piercing out though =/

    torry on August 8th, 2010 at 11:33 pm
  89. with everyone having the drainage and the hardness around the piercings, i had the same problems with mine. i found that ORAJEL MOUTHWASH helped trememndously. its meant to promote the healing of mouth sores. its taken the swelling down in my cheeks alott in the past 2 days. it worked alot better than the seasalt did.

    linley on August 14th, 2010 at 8:59 pm
  90. hey i got my dimples done a week ago now was fine first 2 days then swole up i looked like a hamster swelling going away now but i have the hard lumps to seems to be a common problem my piercings are a little tender still but not so bad the lumps aren’t sore at all so im not to bothered and guys honestly you go for a piercing you expect a scar why get them if you dont want to be left with a scar ?

    natasha on August 29th, 2010 at 3:06 pm
  91. oh yeah think my left one is migrating it feels like its burrowing through my cheek ! and when i move it feels like a large ulcer !

    natasha on August 29th, 2010 at 3:08 pm
  92. first off,u shouldnt b piercing ur cheek because u have alot a capillaries n salivary glands.when pierced 9 times out of ten will become infected n u will have fluid coming out.can cause permanent nerve damange and nasty scarring. A PROFESSIONAL BODY PIERCER WOULD TELL U THIS N WOULD REFUSE 2 DO THE PROCEDURE,OTHERS WONT GIVE A FUCK N TAKE UR MONEY. point blank ur body will reject it always!!!

    unique on September 1st, 2010 at 1:16 am
  93. I have had my cheeks pierced for about a month an half and I have had problems sense day three with the damn knots and ooozy shit. I am working on my third script of antibiotics and have tried draining and saline n antibac soap and anticeptics and mouthwashes and nothing has worked ppppplllllease help! I don’t know what else to do. I am currently covering the outside with gauze pads to keep dirt out.

    ash on September 7th, 2010 at 10:50 pm
  94. I’ve had my cheeks pierced for 2 weeks. The first 6 days were fine, I didn’t swell at all the first 2 days but then I swelled up like a chipmunk for 4 days. The day after the swelling went down they were fine, then the next day, exactly a week of having them, the lumps appeared overnight. The right side was bigger than the left. You could see it when I smiled but it wasn’t visible besides that. Luckilyn I came across this site before I got them done so I was kind of prepared. That night I began the chamimile tea bag soaks twice a day and upped my sea salt soaks from 2 times to 3. I also did warm compresses with a hot sponge in a zip lock bag (heat promotes circulation and faster healing.) Now both lumps have decreased a lot, its still hard inside my cheek tissue lining both piercings, but not visible from the outside. My piercer told me that it was just scar tissue rushing there to help heal the foreign object and probably a part of the healing process and to wait a month before I did anything because they’d probably go away on their own, but I really like my face and heard otherwise from reading here so I began acting immediately. From internet searches they seem to fit the description of hypertrophic scars. THE CHAMOMILE TEA SOAKS DO WORK. Atleast for me, give it some time. Cheek piercings are not for the faint of heart, they require a lot of upkeep!r I think my lumps are from having too short bars and disks on the back. The disks began to sink into my cheeks. They weren’t tight on my cheeks but there was like no extra room either.

    lt on September 8th, 2010 at 10:12 am
  95. I’ve had my cheeks done for 2 years now.
    I have one bubble on my right and two tiny lumps on my left ( I don’t care about those).
    My bubble is at the biggest 1cm of my face red in colour and very sore.
    I know everyones looking at it.
    It comes and goes but I’m getting really tired of it.
    I used disolvable asprin which helped dry it up
    I then drenched it in tea tree oil it stung something fierce but it made it go down.
    I’ve been tempted cutting it off.
    I’m able to drain pus and blood from the bottom half when I press into it , it sometimes stays in the position I pushed.
    I don’t reccomend anyone getting their cheeks done.
    I wear allot of makeup and obviously that’s not going to help my bubble.
    Someone post a remedy to remove it and keep it gone because it’s making me really depressed.

    Noooomnom on September 12th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    NISHA on September 14th, 2010 at 10:25 pm
  97. I bit down on my cheek piercing probably about a month or so ago. I ended up biting down so hard that the ball actually went through my cheek. I went into panic mode and decided to push it back through. I had a little fat sticking through that night, at least, I think that is what it was…but no swelling or anything. I noticed a few weeks ago it was really itchy and red, like I was having some sort of allergic reaction…and yesterday, the same fatty looking stuff was sticking back through. Today when I woke up it was even worse…and when I was eating diner I noticed the ball was sitting flush with my skin. Obviously that wasn’t normal and the fatty tissue around it wasn’t normal. I decided to take it out…and now I’ve got what looks like fat or something from the inside of my cheek bulging out of where the piercing used to be. I don’t know what to do but it looks awful! It’s bloody red and squishy. I ice it and it calms down a little bit but as soon as I showered it pushed back out. HELP…what should I do?!?!?!

    Tayla on September 20th, 2010 at 1:23 am
  98. i have had mine for a month now and nothing has worked except calamine lotion used to stop oozing of posin ivy has been working great. i do have the tiny lumps nothing major also hot compresses break up the lumps . i have the long plastic jewlery.

    julie on September 20th, 2010 at 3:32 pm
  99. well guys thats mine done a month now yesterday i posted a bit further up it actually just trapped fluid and i was using saline solution in a shot glass and soaking them by holding the glass against my face three times a day my lumps have more or less disappeared my right one is still a little bigger than left but not much at all as the fluid comes out they get smaller i was well prepared for this to happen i didnt get them pierced without knowing the bad effects it could have and this is a sacrafice i was completely willing to take and it looks great and if i have to take em out and im left with scars so what u only live once and i can say i done it beside im covered in tattooes neway lol doubt two wee scars is what everyone gonna look at if you dont want to be left with a mark then dnt b stupid enopugh to get it done !!

    natasha on September 21st, 2010 at 4:45 pm
  100. Hey guys, so I’m reading some of your problems on here with the notorious ‘bump’.
    I’ve had this before, all I did was squeeze it and it drained a little, and I just kept squeezing it little by little everyday and guess what? it went back to normal. Now I might be just a lucky soul with this issue. This was happening around the time after I’d just had them done.. maybe 3 weeks?
    I’ve had these suckers for almost 2 months now and they’re completely healed, quite nicely actually. No redness, no nothing. They healed beautifully.
    But, my predicament is what jewelry I need in them..
    See, I instantly swell when I get piercings. I know this from past experiences with facial piercings {Spiderbites on the left, angelbites, nose.}.
    & when i got these done, I insta swelled like normal, so I couldn’t have the normal jewelry. I suggested industrial bars to my piercer.
    BEST suggestion I ever made.
    I went to warped tour the next day after getting these done, got hit in the face well over 30 times through out the day, and swelled up the the full extent of my bars the next day.
    I suggest industrial bars to anyone getting this piercing done, with chubby cheeks! I’m a big girl {5′2, 150lbs} and I definitely have chubby cheeks. But make sure to change the jewelry out to something shorter unless you like looking like frankenstein! :)
    My question is, what jewelry should I get in these bad boys now? cause I’m now having issues with the industrial bars being too long, and now when i push them in, I play with them and I’ve cracked three of my four back teeth :(

    TaylorMarie on September 28th, 2010 at 1:17 pm
  101. Hey guys. I’ve had my cheeks pierced for 14 months now. My piercer was also a surgeon so he recommended that we don’t pierce past the 1st molar. I never got any lumps and kept long bars in until 3 months ago. A few nights ago I woke up with my right cheek completely swollen. I thought I should remove the bars to be on the safe side but when I went to remove the bar from the swollen side…it just isn’t happening. the ball is going into my cheek and the back has cut into the inside and is embedded in. i can’t get a grip on the ball/back/or bar. so pliers, gloves, wire cutters..nothings working. i do have the lumps beside my ball which appeared the same night as the swelling and i’m guessing that they’re fluid pockets. i have no idea how to get this bar out so i’m going to the hospital tomorrow :/ after this happening after having no problems before and out of the blue..i highly recommend no one get this piercing.

    Storm on October 5th, 2010 at 12:43 am
    Holy repetition… obviously a very common problem. It is nice to know that I am not alone. I am on the verge of taking my piercing out, but have concluded from reading all of the posts above that the steps I will take before giving up are:
    1. Use a 1″ long barbell
    2. Soak with salt solution
    3. Continue with good oral care
    4. Continue to watch the foods and drinks that I consume (It is like being forced to eat healthy… all good tho!)

    I have a lump and I have to drain it at least twice a day and it is a thick yellowish pus. I can identify the location to poke with a pin easily. It will look like a whitehead slightly under the skin. Some days it appears to have more than one “whitehead” and I drain all completely followed by a good cleaning.
    It seems like cleaning it before bed will keep it from filling up overnight, but once I start eating and talking, etc.. it starts to swell up through the day.
    My main concern, as with some above, is taking it out and the lumps of pus remaining due to damage already caused by the piercing. My piercing hole is healed almost completely after three months (obviously takes a little longer for 100% healing).
    I visit a nurse practitioner tomorrow and will try the above for another month and then I will remove the piercing as the lump takes away from the beauty of the piercing… although my boyfriend thinks it is sexy even with the lump.. awwww :)
    Anyways.. this is my summary from all of the above comments on an attempt to clear it up or at least make it liveable.

    Heather on October 5th, 2010 at 2:57 pm
  103. omg i been having these stupid little bumps everyone is talking about.ive had my dimple piercings 5 months and i do wear alot of make up but when i first got them i didnt put any around the piercing i always cleaned outside inside sea salt blah blah and then i got the bump on the right one i squeezd it and all this clear stuff came out and then it was gone the next day!yay but ugh the stupid left one i get a huge bump and i squeez it nasty puss comes out(looks like a pimple) and nope dosnt got i clean clean it and then i got the stupid little chunk of red flesh hanging out im cute it looks gross so i pinch it out then squeez more and it goes away.then outta no were the stupid bump comes back and it wont go away!!!grrr i after babying it and doing everything i read nothing helps so i took it out today and am hoping the lump goes away and if it does i am going to try and repierce it.its just the left cheek the other is fine idk wtf im irritated and so very sad cuz i love my piercings so im rocking one cheek idc but if anyone has advice a comment anything to make me feel better please respond!!!!

    JANEL on October 7th, 2010 at 9:45 pm
  104. These bumps come and go. I wouldn’t advise trying to drain it yourself if you’re not a pro because it left a bit of skin discoloration when I did a few months ago. Having a piercer drain them, long bars so the piercing can drain, diluted peroxide /antibacterial soap (I use hibiclens it comes in a blue and white boxed packaging in the first aid section of target) / sea salt soaks/ hot and cold compresses all worked for me in one way or another. I also found that using bigger balls on the barbells kept my skin from trying to eat (embed) the piercing and prevented a lot of irritation (I just use standard tongue barbells posts and ends) hope this helps. To everyone posting about considering getting cheek piercings they are notorious for being problematic. Do your research ask lots of questions and use your common sense. Everyones body reacts differently to piercings. So if you know you’re not good with them don’t get them. And be well prepared to give them lots of care a lot of people I have read about get lazy or don’t take proper care of them and just take them out and are pissed about wasting their money and their perfect cheeks. There is also the option of dermals. Xoxo!

    briana chinault on October 7th, 2010 at 10:16 pm
  105. Ohyesand don’t fudge with it. You’ll just piss the lumps off more and put more germs into your cheeks. I don’t recommend changing the jewelry either. Good luck to all of you!

    briana chinault on October 7th, 2010 at 10:24 pm
  106. I had my cheeks done a month ago. I’ve been following these conversations ever since I got them done. I also have these little lumps. I’m not really freaking out about it, because alot of people seem to have them and I know its a complicated piercing that needs ALOT of time and PATIENCE! I personally believe the little lumps are swollen lymph nodes. because of the foreign object in the skin they swell up to protect the body. I read up on lymph nodes and it fits the discription of everyone on here including myself pretty well. I mean, I’m not a doctor or piercer..thats just my conclusion. Since mine are not painful other than a little irritation from the general healing and yellowish puss coming out (to clean the “wound” I would suspect), I’m really not too worried. I think its the normal healing process and I think we all just need to chill out and wait it out and baby those piercings. thats what I’m planning on doing.
    Also I’ve noticed when I clean them too much they get really quite irritated. I keep my mouth as clean as possible but I try not to over do it, which is a bit annoying since they constantly seem to leak and I get really self-concious about it in public. saline soaks, mouth wash, brushing teeth and warm soaks are all good in good meassure. hope this helps anyone.
    thanks to everyone who’s been posting on here. its really helped me not feel lost with this.
    I love my dimples and I’m not gonna give up on them. they’re my babies <3

    Ann-Kristin Schmidt on October 24th, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Janel on October 24th, 2010 at 12:24 pm
  108. So I’ve had my cheeks pierced for almost 3 years and have continually had this problem with the lumps. They resemble pimples more then a marble and I have just been sure to wash them, drain them daily (when they do appear) and eventually they go away…just to come back. Well today when I went to drain it I noticed that there is another bump on the other side of the same piercing! My barbell is not super tight, I actually still use the ones I was pierced with and they are perfect, not too tight or too loose. I am very against taking them out but I already have a scar from all the bumps I have drained and cut. Has anyone found a way to prevent/treat this?

    Brianne on October 26th, 2010 at 12:13 am
  109. As per post on October 5th, went to Dr and got a antibiotic cream (sorry, not with me) and i kept draining it daily and applying cream. It didn’t appear to be changing much. THEN… one day the lump didn’t produce anything to drain and the next day the lump was practically gone and now I am lump-free with a slight discoloration of the skin (purple) where the lump was, which I figure will fade in time. Perfectly healed piercing also. Crossing my fingers that the lump doesn’t return.. but half expecting it to..
    So don’t lose hope as I almost did a few times…

    Heather on October 26th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
  110. Janel–
    Dermals might just heal better yes, but they also hurt worse from what I hear, and when you take them out they just leave an ugly scar and no dimples!

    TaylorMarie on October 26th, 2010 at 3:49 pm
  111. i had my cheeks done in may of this year (2010) for the most part its been good BUT the holes inside have closed up, my piercing is lost in my cheek :( im freak’n out a bit & been searching for answers for the past 2 months. I want to change it but cant get is off! HELP what should or can i do?

    Michelle on October 30th, 2010 at 11:19 pm
  112. I don’t think so…they would still take a really long time to heal, I had a dermal anchor around my mouth and the skin started to grow over it and because that area is moving so much it’s always getting infected. I ended up having to get it cut out of my face

    Lydia on November 12th, 2010 at 7:25 am
  113. i had my piercing far about a year an i got the same lumps had them for about 6ths.i done used antibiotic ointment an took antibiotics it didnt work sumbody tell me were i can get sum sea salt from cause i neva heard of it.

    ms remmi on November 15th, 2010 at 9:37 pm
  114. I am a professional piercer and I just recently removed my cheek piercings that I had for about 6 months. The problem with this type of piercing is if you are a happy person and like to laugh alot..beware! You will continue to swell up because of all the muscles in your smiley face will continue to irritate your piecing. IF..and I mean if you are a fortunate person and you heal fast, then that is great for you. I do have permanent dimples from my piercings and they do look cute. The risk of swelling so close to your “spit maker” is a scary thing to endure. I will no longer pierce anyones cheeks because I know firsthand the hassle and phone calls I would get from uncomfortable faces. Not the best choice no matter how cute they look.

    Jennifer D'anna on November 22nd, 2010 at 10:36 pm
  115. I have posted a few times on here. I have now taken out my cheek piercing. My lump went away.. finally.. but only for a week and it came back. So I had no choice as the damage being caused from the lump was considerable. I am now left with a large cave-in in my face. The piercing itself didn’t leave much of a scar… but the lump did. I am considering getting a dermal to try to hide the crater in my face… it’s a shame because I really liked it. I should have taken advice when the lump first appeared and taken the piercing out… live and learn! Hey, it adds character…. or so I tell myself! Good luck to the rest of you!

    Heather on November 24th, 2010 at 12:36 pm
  116. I have posted a few times above. To update my situation, my lump finally went away…. I was SO happy… until it came back a week later. It was self draining on the inside of my mouth.. so gross. I took it out right away to much dismay as I loved the piercing. The piercing itself didn’t leave much of a scar, but the damage caused by the lump created a huge purple crater in my face that is very noticable. I am hoping it will go away in time. Had I listened to a piercer’s advice and removed it at first sign of the lump, I wouldn’t be left with this hold in my cheek :( Good luck to the rest of you!

    heather on November 25th, 2010 at 10:26 pm
  117. ok so here are the things that helped me when i got mine done. White Vinegar…take a clean un-dyed cloth ( dyed fabric or clothing bleed when wet)and moisten it with white vinegar. The cloth should be slightly wet, not dripping. place it over your piercing for about 5 to 10 minutes. if there is any built up fluid (secretions or puss ect) the vinegar will “draw” it out. Repeat this on the inside of your mouth over the plate or ball. Do this twice a day if possible. Also if you use sea salt rinses or use sea salt to clean the piercing you will see some drying of the skin…come on its salt. Also try Biotene dry mouth mouthwash. It is alcohol free and works really great..not harsh at all. Also cold compresses are great for swelling and if the wound isnt healing like you think it should try warm moist heat..heat promotes blood flow the the injured area and should stimulate healing. Stay away from spicy foods. Do not use table salt in food for a while…table salt has iodine in it and isnt good for your piercing. Remember folks these piercings go thru alot of muscle (muscles of mastication) and muscle doesnt heal that fast when damaged. I hope this information helps!

    lala on November 26th, 2010 at 8:14 am
  118. As a body piercer I have a theory (it maybe bunnies…) that these larger, fluid filled lumps and the marble sized hard lumps maybe a form of Sebaceous cyst.

    It does not make sense that they are keloids - since keloids do not go away without medical treatment nor are pus filled and tend to look rubbery.

    Also while some people may experience hypertrophic scarring on these piercings they don’t tend to grow quite so large or have fluid in them and usually peel skin when they’re prolific enough - a symptom no one has mentioned.

    Abscesses from an infection such as Staphylococcal folliculitis - which is common on the face due to hair follicles being in the way and can be very persistent should also be considered but several of you have said doctors have confirmed no infection and antibiotics do not help.

    After some research then I would make an educated guess (after all I am not a doctor)that a Sebaceous cyst fits most closely with everyone’s symptoms. Sebaceous glands are found in a greater concentration on the face (And hair) then in the rest of the body and are responsible for the release of sebum which oils the skin.

    They can fill with a variety of fluids from sebum itself which is white, fatty and can look like cottage cheese to blood and lymph fluid but also pus which would account for the nasty green stuff some of you see (and also why antibotics worked a little bit for some of you).

    If a cyst gets infected it is likely to leave scarring, something a few of the comments have also mentioned happening to them. Draining the lump is something many of you say helps and this is true of these cysts too although it is mentioned that the cysts are likely to reoccur after draining, again something many of you have mentioned.

    Interestingly a few of you also mentioned that hot soaks and compresses seemed to help and this is something that is also mentioned in ‘home treatment’ for these cysts as being beneficial because it helps to break down the sebum and allow your body to reabsorb it.

    I am not sure what to suggest for those of you really suffering with this. It stands to reason that once most of the blockage (i.e the piercing) is removed and providing theres not a heavy build up of scar tissue to reblock the piercing they will go away for good but otherwise it sounds like they may simply be a reoccuring problem for many of you - especially while the piercing heals as trauma to the skin is also a cause.

    Home remedies for them include avoiding oily products on the skin (including make up i would think), hot compresses for 15-20mins a day and clay facial masks left on over night to help dry out the cyst are also suggested.

    However the only proven ways to get rid of cysts altogether are to have them surgically removed or injected with steroids.

    Most importantly everything I have read on the subject suggests that squeezing them is not a good idea as it can lead to infection in the surrounding tissue. It also recommends cleaning them daily to avoid infection and to treat them with antiseptic products and dressings if they are lanced to avoid infection.

    I hope perhaps someone with some medical knowledge maybe able to confirm this as it would be nice to know what they are in order to be able to treat them or panic depending on the situation! Either way I hope this has helped!

    Ku on December 12th, 2010 at 10:46 am
  119. Hi.
    I have my cheeks pierced for the 2nd time. Last time, in 2008 I took them out after 6months because they never healed.
    Got them repierced through the scar tissue in may 2010.
    So far, the piercing which was most troublesome the first time, as settled in so well!
    I use bioplastic bars, and I find that if you have too long bars, it will form a small lump on the side, filled with puss!
    Now I am trying to calm down the piercing on the left side,
    I use infection solution (no peroxide, alcohol etc!) from the pharmacy. I but it on a small piece of a cotton pad, and put the cotton pad on a small piece of plaster. Then I cover the lump with the plaster. This makes it possible for the lump to breathe, but it also gets constanly touched by the anti-infection cream. Usually the lump calms down over a few nights of doing this, but then it often flairs up again.
    Sad, sad situation..

    Liz on December 25th, 2010 at 9:05 am
  120. DON’T WORRY ! DON’T GIVE UP!!!!!
    I had my cheeks peirced about a month ago. At first I thought I was good cause I was cleaning it all the time . I’ve had most everything peirced And never had problems… My lip done Many time… Etc. so I was sure it wouldn’t be a problem . Anyways this bump got bigger the bars were 5/8 and way too small to clean well and got overly crust because of that I belive which made me NEED to pick them off it was gross . Christmas eves out of no were the side that wasn’t even bothering me swelled up and tried to eat the ball on the inside! Nothing was open so I had to keep Jaming back through over and over. The very next day I got on antibiotics because it can’t hurt … Obv we don’t want face infections…. But I also got wayyyy longr bars and have sea salt soaking it twice a day for 5-7 mins…. and not touching it beside those times . The bump
    is going away more and more every day and because of the longer bars it’s been finally acting like a normal peircing should. So best addvice is long bars!!!!!! Sea salt as hot as u can stand it and no touching!!!!! I loveeeee peircings and I have beautifle skin and face and that was terrifing seeing a bump like that !!! I felt so dumb for doing it while I walked around with pus and ahuge red bump but now they are looking awesome and I’m so stoked I didn’t do somthing ever more stupid like taking them out!!! The bump is the healing process don’t give up and dint take them
    out especially if u think it might be infected no matter how many times the doctor tells u too because wen it drains it has no were to gooooo!!!! Hope I helped someone out there!! Xxoo


    Little gypsy princess on January 1st, 2011 at 5:37 am
  121. Ok… Scratch my last comment lol. Well not completly but I found what the bump is and I’m positive it is a cyst . I finally went to the DERMATOLOGIST it was in fact a cyst. She put a tiny needle in and drained it out then injected antibiotics into it . Also she put me on five days of antibiotics! And no need the peircing to come out :) yay !! So many doctors told me to take it out ! They are plain ruuuude and don’t know shit. I love my peircings ahhh

    Little gypsy princess on January 21st, 2011 at 3:57 pm
  122. i had my cheeks pierced 4 about a year then i changed my bars 2 shorter ones and i was using alcohol and or sea salt 2 clean them..i got a bump on one freaked out piercer said 2 let it heal a lil then take it out …i think the alcohol and the short bars caused this prob because up until then i had no issues with them . i only have tiny holes n my face now…im seroiusly contenplating get n them done again

    mamivasquez on February 13th, 2011 at 12:18 pm
  123. Ive had mine pierced since August 2010, I look them out after worried about scarring. They really dont look so bad! It feels like all the pressure has come off my face. Also i too got these lumps on both sides, they dont bother me too much but i hope as my cheeks close up they will go down. The right cheek piercing was a problem as the piercer used a really long bar on one side and a shorter bar on the other. Swelling was agony but they did heal, but afer 3 weeks of having them the right side developed the lump and it has got worse. It got to the stage where changing the bar was agony and i had to force it through the lump and even as i took them out today i had to tug it out of my face! Did ove having them though, such cute piercings but its such a problem area to get pierced.

    Gee on February 19th, 2011 at 11:07 am
  124. I’ve had my cheeks done for 3+ years and I can honestly say that aside from a poorly done piercing, chances are if you have problems it’s because you touch them! At first I had some issues with my piercings… mostly not being able to keep my hands away from them… DO NOT TOUCH YOUR PIERCINGS UNLESS YOUR HANDS ARE SANITIZED! YOUR HANDS ARE DIRTY! YOU TOUCH MONEY, DOORS, TRANSIT, SICK FAMILY, YOUR PETS… HELLO! GROSS!!! After I stopped touching them the Keiloids I was draining every day? Gone. Infections? Gone. Redness? Gone! I haven’t had one single problem in 2 years.

    The worst time my piercing was infected the barbell was going inside my face and puss would leak out. This went away when I put in a much longer barbell. I used Sterile Saline Solution to clean it (You can buy this at Shoppers Drug Marts (in canada, at least), the same bottled salt water to clean contacts! Just make sure the ingredients list is short, it should probably only consist of saline solution, no chemicals.) and it was a miracle worker! It comes in a great squirt bottle so it’s easy to just hose down the outer and inner piercing without touching it and irritating it. Q-Tips tend to just irritate it more, don’t use them or cotton balls. Hands free is best!

    Another cure-all is TEA. CHAMOMILE AND LAVENDER TEA. Put the wet tea bags on your face! Drink it! Shower with it! These tea’s are antimicrobial, that means they help kill germs! I drink 5-6 cups a day, myself.

    Pineapple is supposed to take swelling down, it is a good thing to eat when your piercings are bothering you.

    My last tip is a little weird, but stay with me.

    BUY THIS SOAP IS YOU WANT TO HAVE HEALTHY PIERCINGS! It’s seriously magical! And the bottles are hilarious, Dr. Bronner the man behind the soap was veeeeeeeeeery religious so they’re covered in scripture and quotes, which, pierced and tatted up atheists like me think is entertaining to read in the shower.

    /end rant.. PS DON’T TOUCH YOUR PIERCINGS! ;)

    c.w. on February 22nd, 2011 at 3:58 pm
  125. I’ve had mine done for 7 years now… and mine only gets like this once bumped or if i hit the town hard. (as in go out, party, drink and smoke a lot)

    Otherwise mine is fine.
    What I’ve learnt to do is clean it… let it air and within a few days the lump should subside. Otherwise if its a huge problem go to the docter or take it out.
    Sometimes its the jewlery you ahve put in that can irritate your skin. I have bioplast in mine as surgical steel weighed down my cheek and it looked horrid and it made my piercing so irritable.
    I know it’ll be difficult to take it out as it’s an orgasmic piercing but you don’t want a horrible scar.

    crystal on March 2nd, 2011 at 7:22 am
  126. ive had my dimple piercings for about 3 weeks now .
    i put in a shorter bar, and theyre just awesome.
    ive had no problems with them, not even these “lumps”,
    i heard some people are just prone to get them. I guess i was one of the lucky ones haaha. anyways, there a joy to have, and theyre super cute ;).
    mine have never gotten infected (yet), and ive knocked myself in the face acouple times and made it bleed (i bump into shit a lot) but still my peircing has yet to be infected.
    but ya, good luck to anyone to wants to get these!
    these bastards hurt your cheek for the first week.

    francesca on May 4th, 2011 at 10:02 am
  127. I think people need to remember that the mouth is DIRTY! Everytime you open your mouth bacteria comes in & out. Not too mention the bacteria that lives on your tongue after you eat & overnight. [morning breath = smelly bacteria that sits on tongue overnight]

    I’m pretty sure most of the people who got infected cheek piercings could have prevented it by WASHING THEIR MOUTH out AT LEAST twice a day with sea-salt & after meals with mouth wash.

    igypsy on June 23rd, 2011 at 10:43 pm
  128. I have had my cheeks pierce for 2 years and I had oozing bumps on both sides. I pierced them myself. I knew how to care for them but it is an oral piercing so instead of going to a piercer I looked for internal reasons and treatment. I went to my dentist. He said brush my teeth after every meal every snack every soda every sip of kool aide and take the jewelry out once a day for five to ten minutes soak the jewelry in mouth wash or alcohol and while the jewelry is soaking for five to ten minutes brush the inside of my cheeks and use mouth wash. On top of the extra brushing use mouth wash everytime preferably listerine as it kills more germs. I did this and the bumps were gone in a week. I was constantly cleaning the outside but didn’t pay much mind to the inside for about 6 months and it took about a year to heal because of that. So just pay extra attention to your oral hygiene and after they heal try to keep the jewelry out for longer. I keep mine out for 30 minutes everyday and they look great. Hope this helps.

    me on July 2nd, 2011 at 10:04 am
  129. Hi, I got my dimples pierced about 3 months ago but after about 1 week my daughter pulled my left bar through and since then Iv been getting a lot of green puss :( and most days it’s sore. Iv also got a lump but don’t wanna take them out

    Emmaj on July 3rd, 2011 at 8:54 am
  130. Mine have been done for little over a month now, and the only problem I currently have is this little flap of skin growing under my right piercing. I had planned out where they were going to be placed to avoid this visible blood vessel in my left cheek, but surely enough that didn’t matter haha. So for the first three to four days I couldn’t move my left cheek without blood gushing into my mouth. I had this massive bruise around it for two or so weeks, which got me alot of attention. But other than that I’ve just left it alone, changed the length of the PTFE bar a few times, and one migrated a bit from face planting on my car. Though truthfully I’ve only salt-soaked two times and have hardly used mouthwash, I’m just letting my body handle itself. But my left cheek piercing is right on my second molar (to avoid the blood vessel) and the right piercing is center of the first molar.

    Abelle on July 14th, 2011 at 5:25 pm
  131. I have the same problem everyone else has w/ the bumps around the dimple piercings. I’ve had mine for about 5 months and i’ve tried popping them, letting them air out, and wahing them to get rid of the bumps. To be honest, none of that B.S. works. So I got some sprayable band-aid stuff and and spray it on toilet paper them dab on the bump after I pop it and it minimizes the bump until it finally dissappears. Do not take a break from using it!

    PortiaPoppins on July 21st, 2011 at 9:04 pm
  132. ive had my cheeks pierced for about 3 years now, never really had any out of the ordinary problems apart from keloids in the first couple of months but since then it has been fine
    recently the left side became hardened all around my piercing so i took out the bar hoping to put it in a day or so later when it had gone down, which didnt happen and its impossible to get the bar back in
    when i smile now the dimples look uneven because of this hard stuff inside my cheek
    any idea what it is or how to get rid of it?

    hanicky on August 7th, 2011 at 4:30 am
  133. I’ve had my cheeks done for just about 5 years now. They are very delicate piercings! Once in a while they’ll get irritated and a hard lump develops… I drain them and clean them really well… as well as wash all my bedding especially pillow cases. Now I’ve found if I keep my bedding washed at least once a week I don’t have nearly as many problems… think of all the sweat and stuff that gets on your bedding and then you lay your very delicate piercings onto it at night. I’ve had some very trying times with these piercings… many times I thought I’d have to take them out but… I persevere because I just love my piercings too much. Oral hygiene is extremely important with these little guys. Crystal was absolutely right… lots of drinking and smoking causing irritation too. Stop touching them too. I had surgical steel at one point and went back to the bars with the flat back that are made of plastic… not nearly as heavy (mine were starting to migrate because of the weight)But if it’s too much hassle - which it is for a lot of ppl- just take em out. If you love em to pieces… my advise - keep em clean and when they do flare up and show their angry side… drain em. I’ve done it many times and mine are still going strong. It gets easier the longer uve had them too. Less sensitive.

    Amanda on August 27th, 2011 at 1:15 pm
  134. I got my cheeks pierced about a month ago and in my sleep the other night I snagged the left one on my pillow causng it to swell and turn red and pussy and gross. The right one appeared to be healing beautifully. I went to my piercer and asked her to help me change out the jewlery and when she did she discovered a marble sized knot in the right one (the one tht wasnt bothering me) and reccomended that I not shorten my jewlery until the knot goes away. Should I go to the DR n get antibiotics? Or does the sea salt thing really work?

    Mindy on September 5th, 2011 at 1:56 am
  135. Hi! I’ve had my cheeks for about 3 years now, and I’ve never had any of the problems described here O.o For me, the cheeks have been the easiest piercings I’ve had ( I’ve had 7 others ) even though I don’t look forward to the scarring when I take them out. So for all of you thinking about getting them done; not everyone has all these problems :)

    BUT, for the last month my left cheek has started to “leak” a bit! Like when I drink anything, the area around the pierced hole gets a little wet, and this is a bit annoying. Does anyone have the same “problem”? Is it only because I’ve had them for so long, that the tissue around the bar is getting a bit loose or something?

    Sara on September 8th, 2011 at 4:15 am
  136. I got my cheeks pierced for the dimple affect. It was like in the begining of june. I guess it was my first crazy thing I did before I officially started my summer. I got them done before I actually did the research (which was a hige mistake on my part). After a month and a half my right side got the bump and I freaked out and just put everythin on it to clean it. Which was a mistake because it just got worse. I popped it a few times, drained it and washed with soap and water and it still didnt help. Then the other side got the bump and I cleaned it like crazy before it got bigger and it went away but still not my right side. Then my friend (who also has her cheeks done) gave me advice sayin it happened to her and she just drained them and chanqed them to the plastic/clear piercing and everythin got better. Sadley that didnt help and just made it worse. After I switched them I woke up the next day and the piercing was gone. It was in my face and so deep in I couldnt see either ends of it. But that was only my riqht side. So I put band aids on the to see if the pressure would slowley make it calm down and I could take them out thwn later I took them off and I could see my peircing aqain. I took them out even tho I really loves thwm and the next day the bump became a hole and was oozing out blood and white stuff. I really freaked so I went to the doctor and she gave me antibiotics (pills) and told me take them and just wash the area with soap and water every couple of hours and when I sleep to cover them with band aids and take them off during the day. Or it was thw other way around. I forget lol.
    But I kno half the reason they messes up so much is because I picked at them every day

    Scilla on September 26th, 2011 at 9:55 pm
  137. Oh and because I cleaned them and the bump went away and I got cocky and stopped then they appeared again with even more anger. I miss them so much im considering gettin them done again but to care for them more then I did before. And plus I rather have the piercing then the huge scar I have. Atleast the piercing will give them somethin cute to look at and not some ugly reddish scar. But im sure to get them done before halloween I hope. I kno I might be crazy to do that after readin every ones storys and having trouble with my own but I know my mistakes and I will learn from them. And plus I have more intelligance on them from reading stories. Like the tea and saline. Thanks for the info :)

    Scilla on September 26th, 2011 at 10:00 pm
  138. I’ve had my cheeks pierced for a year but the first time my piercer nipped my vein so i waited about six months, and re-pierced it yesterday but its bleeding and I don’t know if it’s bad again, its scabbing… yet is it supposed to scab and bleed at all even if he didn’t hit a vein? answer please!

    heather on September 30th, 2011 at 8:44 pm
  139. It’s totally normal to get and abscess from our cheek piercings. I have had them multiple times. Do not take your jewelry out or put longer jewelry in. you may need your doctor to drain them and put you on antibiotics. You shoal clean them an continue your oral hygiene as if you jut got them. The shorter more snug the jewelry the better. There caused from bacteria an foreign particles getting into the tissue of your cheeks. The piercings are generally placed right where you chew your food and there is much irritation there. As far as pus leaking Out within the first few weeks of getting them, that’s normal. That’s jut the heeling. Your cheeks are liable to flare up years down the road and is a main reason piercers recommend single points instead if going all the way through your cheeks. Continue with warm sea salt soaks and pressure soaks. It’s gonna hurt but you need to do it and go see our doctor asap.

    Missy on October 9th, 2011 at 6:27 am
  140. So I found this site because I really wanted to let others who have cheek piercings how I overcame and dealt with the common problems that occurred with me. I got my cheek piercings in february while living in Germany. I have abnormally thick cheeks as it is, so it was difficult adjusting to the piercings for the first week. My cheeks would swell so badly, I couldn’t move my face. The area around the piercings were red and very irritated. I went back to the shop I got them done at, and the artist was kind enough to replace the jewlery that was in, with larger barbells. (I ended up having tongue jewelry put in my cheeks because they were so swollen. Shortly after, I started getting the puss filled bumps around the outside of the piercings. I would do the salt water treatments (outside around the piercing and gargling with in) and it helped a little. I would drain the puss, keep it as clean as possible, and still nothing seemed to help. It is now october, and the bumps JUST went away in september. It was all thanks to a friend of mine, who suggested this medicine she got from her sister who works as a vet. The medicine is called tresaderm. It is an anti-bacterial medicine vets use on their animals when they have healings wounds (such as stitches). I did research as much info as I could on it, and it seemed safe. I used it for a week straight, twice a day, and the bumps were gone by the end of the week! I use it every night now before I go to bed for safe measure. I know the medication may seem impossible to get ahold of (not everyone has a hookup to a veterinarian) but there are other means to getting the medication. I HIGHLY recommend this. I was very close to taking my cheek piercings out, but they look wonderful now. I do also suggest that for the first 6 months, you keep in jewlery that will not be too tight around the piercing. It gives it no chance to breathe and heal when there is something constantly rubbing against it. As soon as the bumps go away, change to a smaller jewlery that hugs the piercing. It’s been doing well for me so far. I will be more than happy to show anyone a picture of how well my piercings have healed. Please remember that the healing process for this piercing is 12- 18 months. Take as good of care of them before the permanent scarring kicks in.

    Heather on October 19th, 2011 at 3:50 am
  141. ive had my cheeks pierced for five years now,no problems at all with my right dimple but the left has been problematic since day one.i too have the dreaded “lump” on the inside of my mouth and also on the outside which flares up every now and again becomes read and very angry.but as with all piercings this comes with the territory,some you win and unfortunately some you loose!

    jools on October 22nd, 2011 at 7:36 pm
  142. had my cheeks done for 6 days now…. was a tough 6 days and the swellin oh my god!!!! leakin is bad to… but now its startin to take shape but still very sore.. just hang in there people get sum proper medicine mouth wash and salt water did it for me…..:D

    john on November 1st, 2011 at 1:46 pm
  143. sea salt soaks ans chamomile tea compresses make my bumps go down. a girl i met uses insulin syringes to extraxt the fluid, i tried it but i wasnt very good- just stabbed around.

    Katrina on November 5th, 2011 at 8:35 am
  144. I’ve never had my cheeks pierced but my best friend had hers and she went thru the same thing and had to take them out because one day the ball on the right side just popped off and the bar fell out and it was closed there was no way to force it back thru. Anyways when I had my belly button pierced it got really infected and got a huge lump too. I bought a electric tooth pic. And infilled it with a mix of water and iodine ( they also have white clothes with no color) I would put it on high and clean the piercing at the hole, that way I need it was getting into the skin and it healed up so fast and really pretty. I’m telling u try cleaning ur cheeks with this! I’ve read so many posts and this lump is defiantly something under the skin so anything topical won’t work!

    J on November 9th, 2011 at 10:24 pm
  145. **white iodine with no coloring so clothes and skin won’t get stained.

    J on November 9th, 2011 at 10:25 pm
  146. Hey guys, so I’ve had the pleasure of cheek piercings for a little over three years. I have indeed encountered the lymph pocket problem and for a while it was only my left side. After about 2 years now it’s both sides and I’m not sure if I can handle it. I usually wait for the pocket to get very large and bubble-like, than I use a small 22g syringe to pop and drain. Afterwards using a sea-salt soak and the bubble deflates and turns purple (from blood filling the hole) and it goes away for a few weeks. As of right now no matter how hard I try to completely drain and clean the pocket, it keeps refilling with the white lymph. Has anyone else who has had their cheeks pierced long-term found a working regiment? My barbells are not very tight, and when they do become swollen every once in a while I switch them out for longer ones.

    Brianne on December 2nd, 2011 at 11:59 pm
  147. well iv have had my dimpol for almost a year and iv had had some ugly bumps grown on the side of my opeing of the pircing but i pop them you have to squis them and pus come out is because it colect flueds and so it hold them till it get infected so you have to do it once you star noteing them because they will get biger with in time.right know my right cheek has it but is seam not to go away i really dont know what to d…..i was thinking about takeing it out but im try to pop it agen i let it get wqy out of ha so it got hard it hard to get the pus out in have to cut it know …

    ana on December 27th, 2011 at 11:45 pm
  148. So, I’ve had my piercings in for over a year. I never had trouble with keloids or the fluid bumps in my cheeks. Well, I had to take my cheek piercings out for a new job & It’s been about four months and I’m starting to develop a hard bump. I tried to drain it, but no puss would come out. I’m really confused why I’m getting them now even though I’ve had my jewelry out for 4 months. any advice?

    Jessica on January 3rd, 2012 at 12:02 am
  149. I have had my cheeks done almost a year….ans the right one has had a lump for about 6 months:( I dont wanna take them out cause I’ve waited this long..but its getting embarrassing ….my piercer said dont take them out let them heal that it takes about a year …well OK its been about that long now what:( I dont want to have this lump forever I have tried about everything…Please go away lol

    brandie on January 17th, 2012 at 1:15 pm
  150. Hi does anyone know if there’s ever been a clear dimple piercing? like with clear jewelry? so that it’s not noticeable if u need to hide it for any reason

    MyNameIs on February 10th, 2012 at 2:25 pm
  151. i had my cheek piercings on both side pierce for a week now.. My swelling went down in 3days. i was still leaking fluid like normal for about another 3days & soo i decided to get shorter bars on my 6 days of piercing & evrything was perfectly fine, right cheek never really leak any fluid but it healed fine.. My left cheek started having hard lump which i cant see but can feel it & when i smile it doesnt show dimples like my right cheek & is sooo uneven also.. so one night i decided to put ice pack over the left cheek were the lump was & when i woke up.. It kinda went down.. oh & i also have lump on my right cheek but they are soo small & doesnt bother me.. its just my left cheek doesnt show dimples bcus of the hard lump :/ so i’m continueing to use the ice pack over my cheek till & see how it goes…& yea i have the lump before i switch to shorter bar. i’m healed.. a week & no pain,fluids nothing bad so far beside the lump.. i mean i’m ok with the lump but just i want it to go down like my right cheek so i can smile & show even dimples :)

    suki on February 18th, 2012 at 10:23 pm
  152. I’ve had my cheeks pierced for 2 months now from the moment I had them pierced there was a hard bump around both of them inside my mouth and outside of my cheek after the 61/2 weeks they started oozing blood during work I went to the bathroom and squeezed it really hard some sort of yellowish white pimple came out and made the hole bigger same thing happened for both of my piercings and just recently the bump inside my mouth around the peircing is gone now but the out side is still really hard around the piercing and it doesn’t go away I wanna take out my piercing because I’m gonna start work at the hospital and I can’t have them in is it fine the I take them out?

    Christian on February 22nd, 2012 at 5:39 pm
  153. hey guys! just wanted to give some of you a bit of relief! I have had my dimples done for going on 4 months now and I understand why some of you may be worried! thankfully I have literally, one of the best if not THE best piercer in south florida who is extremely helpful and amazing with questions, haha! First off! be VERY careful who you go to to have these done! do not just walk into any shop and have these done! do some research on your piercer and talk to them, ask questions if you are not completely comfortable!(any self respecting piercer would not mind)it is not required for a piercer to know how to or have done these piercings to be certified! there are a lot of things that can go wrong if these are not done properly, placed properly or have the proper jewelry put in.
    The hard spot and slight darkening of the area around your piercing is swelling and is normal in the early stages(even up to a couple months…everyone is different)Think about it. you just had a needle shoved through a place on your body that constantly moving, is full of nerve endings and tons of muscle THEN had a barbel placed through it!(mine even bruised slightly)
    LOOKING LIKE A CHIPMONK or like you had your wisdom teeth removed is also very normal for a quite a while after these are placed(/i was one of the lucky few who wasn’t too bad but I definitely had fat cheeks for a while! due to excessive swelling(it does swell significantly more after the 3rd day)your piercer should put barbels over almost twice the thickness of your cheek before the piercing to accommodate this possible excessive swelling(do NOT start off with tight/short barbels and your piercer should measure your cheeks). in my personal experience I found it better for the healing process That I returned to my piercer when the barbels began to poke out almost a quarter inch to avoid them getting caught on things such as my shirt(my right piercing was torn by the fedex guy at my job when he lifted my phone chord to get past me-it was a bloody mess, however not bad enough to remove the piercing after I had my piercer clean it up)

    Expect A LOT of crusties and puss-like ooze! this is normal for ANY piercing, ESPECIALLY THESE! make sure to keep them clean and allow this to escape(i will explain why later!) if you find any dried fluid difficult to remove use a warm sea salt water mix in a shotglass and soak it off(you can also use something like h2ocean or a saline solution)my piercer also gave me a soap that they use in hospitals to cleanse them with while washing my face or taking a shower. This is an antimicrobial soap and it works WONDERS even this far into the piercing when it gets irritated or sore, I just wash it with this and it usually helps! DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT use an antiBACTERIAL soap on ANY piercings! since they ARE considered “puncture wounds” you do not want to remove good AND bad bacteria from the surrounding skin(yes, there IS good bacteria) removing any helpful bacteria leaves you open to things like staph infection ON YOUR FACE.

    when healed and placed properly you should have dimples even after(if ever) you remove them.( I NEVER had dimples naturally and now that mine are close to healed I can take them out and still have beautiful, prominent and deep dimples when I smile. BELIEVE IT OR NOT: your new, healed dimples are caused by nerve damage, causing your cheeks to sink in where your piercings are placed when you smile. you should NOT have to force these dimples with short barbels! let them heal with the proper length of barbels in them and if you don’t have them already, you will have them in due time… just be patient and take care of them!

    MY LITTLE HORROR STORY!- a couple months ago I developed a hard ball that butted up against my left piercing to where when I smiled it pushed up against the toppers to my barbels. I, at first, thought this was a keloid but after a while and upon further self inspection I realized this bump was getting almost squishie in the middle. I consulted my piercer about this and he instructed me to leave it alone and keep it clean and that if it doesn’t go away we would attempt to drain it. a few weeks went by and it really began to feel like a pocket of fluid was built up under the skin, so being the “picker” that I am, I took a NEW(out of the package) and autoclaved hypodermic needle and extracted the fluid on my own(DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME-even though I did this, I would still recommend having your piercer do this if it needs to be done) I removed a fluid that appeared to be EXACTLY like the fluid that used to seep from my fresh piercing. turns out that the pocket that formed next to my piercing was fluid that I assume got trapped due to build-up on the outside of my piercing that was not removed so the fluid had nowhere to escape but to form a pocket inside my cheek(my fault since I didn’t remove crusties in time, I assume.) since then I have not had this problem and my cheek has went back to normal.

    Hope this helps some of you as well as future readers! THINK long and hard before your take on this particular body mod(or any for that matter) These specific piercings are probably the hardest I’ve EVER dealt with(I have 15 so far) as well as the longest healing process I, personally, have ever gone through(considering my retarded fast normal healing time)so far. while the initial piercing is a piece of cake… there is a LOT of upkeep and and care that follows for months and from what I hear even up to a year afterwords! All in all, I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do! DON’T be afraid to ask questions! DON’T be hesitate to do research! This is YOUR body and your piercer should not mind… if they do and complain about your concern or questions then they are NOT the piercer for you and you should move on and continue to look! this is YOUR body and you only have one! be smart about it! HAPPY HEALING!

    cat on February 25th, 2012 at 12:31 pm
  154. Ive had my dimples pierced for over a year and developed hard tissue on my right one about 3 months ago but thought it was irritated because the bar is tight. But going to the school nurse today for cough drops, I was told it was a Keliod, and I would need to take them out and have the Keliod surgicly removed. with that said, despite how much I love them and am sad to take them out, I wouldn’t recommend anyone getting it done Bc its just going to leave a horrible bump/scar and you may need surgery. Does anyone ono what I could do other then surgery???

    shawna on March 8th, 2012 at 1:26 pm
  155. Ive had my piercings for about 4 months now. They were all completely healed after about 2 months but seriously just yesterday i noticed a small little bump on my left side… This seems to be a pretty normal problem in the world of dimple piercing. They were fine before though! neat and pretty and would just lay against my skin with no problem. Now i cleaned a needle and poked a small hole in the lump… it bled and green and white ooze poured out. To make matters worse, a bit of what i assume is muscle tissue is poking out now. (It looks like a drop of blood sitting on the lump, but is actually just part of my skin… it looks really discusting!) I dont know how this happened when just a couple days ago they were perfect… ive never had any problems at all up until now!

    Heidi on March 19th, 2012 at 1:39 pm
  156. hey ive had my piercings in since august of last year….they get the bumps everynow and then and they start to pis (never green thou like a yellowy clear) its mainly because of the hygiene if u dont clean them then they doo that just soak them with warm water and real sea salt…..usually takes,away the bump butthe ois will always be there maybe not in the amounts u have now but it will…..i use the sea salt and warm water and I use eyecontact solution…workingfor me!!!!!i have the diamond ones on mine ….and my daughter loves to try n yank them out…so another reason is because ur playing with or touching them to muc ….if ur bumping and u get smaller balls then ur piercing mite go in the space bubble and thay shit is a bitch to get out in the morning

    april on March 29th, 2012 at 2:45 am
  157. I also flipped them inside out for two weks the flat side on the outside and the ball in the middle didnt,touch it and bumps wwnt away

    april on March 29th, 2012 at 2:53 am
  158. I have dimple piercings and have had ulceration problems,I went to c a dermitalogist and was told dat I should change to plastic piercing, dat my checks were allergic 2 sergical steel.

    cindy mcdonald on April 16th, 2012 at 11:35 am
  159. okay. first cheek piercing experience was an ill-advised at home job by my ex who does some tat/piercing work on the side for spare cash… PLEASE DON’T DO THIS PIERCING YOURSELF!!! i had nothing but trouble with them from the start. labret studs, even the longer ones did’nt leave room for everything to drain. i KNEW i was allergic to surgical and react badly when i use it in my ears, but he’d never heard of that allergy and went ahead with the surgical steel jewelry. in less than 24 hours, the swelling and ulceration from a nasty combo of too small jewelry and metal i’m allergic to had caused my piercings to swallow BOTH ends, the ball and the stud.
    fortunately, i work in a machine shop and very small uage tools were easy to locate, sterilize and use to remove the labret studs… VERY PAINFUL!
    i already knew not to just pull the studs and leave them with that much of an issue going on, so i replaced them with acrylic tongue bars to get through the draining process. this is not a good material for healing a piercing though, as it is very porous and everything wants to stick to it, once my cheeks were back down to a semi-normal size, i removed them and let them heal for nearly 2 years before going to a shop with an experienced piercer who has done cheeks before and kept up on the healing information. it also helped me feel alot more comfortable to find that he sees the same homeopathic physician that i rely on to care for my family.
    we repierced through the old scars, the lumps were gone and i was left with 2 small pits that he only noticed when he was looking at my cheeks for placement. we used PTFE belly bars with acrylic balls on each end (for future reference, i reccomend metal balls as we have to resterilize a steel ball each time i have my bars trimmed, the acrylic is no good for threading the bars, but will go on nicely after the threads are cut). i’ve had my piercing for nearly a week and a half now, i’ve been in for 2 trims already, but the fistula is still rather large and so my bars are still rather roomy. i got that painful marble sized lump around the holes and made myself a nice cup of chamomile tea to try and soothe the area… hot to help increase bloodflow and allow for faster healing. when i finished with the tea, i put the used teabag over the piercing on the outside and used it as a compress. over night whatever it was opened up and drained without any force, i did have some extra crust around the bars the next day, but the pain was gone as well as the lump, not to mention the fistula has gone down by half since! i’m ready for another trim. since having such wonderful results, i am drinking/ rinsing with a cup of this tea every night for nearly a week now with no more issues and steady shrinkage of the fistula. i’d love to tell you i haven’t given my poor cheeks any further abuse, but… thanks to my long posts for healing room, i have a hard time getting comfortable to sleep at night, i’m generally a tummy sleeper with my head turned to one side, the lower side seems to be bit more swollen in the morning but goes back down once i’m up and moving for the day. yesterday my daughter and i were wrestling and she snagged the ball on the outside of my left cheek. i’ve felt some pain as if the inside of the piercing has torn, but i’ve not noticed any additional swelling, sensitivity or other sign of infection, so i’ve got my fingers crossed it will repair without issue given a couple more days
    i think that those impatient with these lumps need to bear in mind that they’ve just pulled a core sample of sorts from an area with MANY different types of tissue, likely opening/blocking several glands and ducts as well as removal of muscle and nerve tissue. there is alot more going on in the cheek than with most other body piercings. you know have ducts for dispersing saliva interrupted, there are various cavities throughout the entire cheek for holding and transporting various fluids that can be nicked, impaled or simply crowded by swelling and scar tissue, you’ve also removed a bit of muscle and connective tissue as well as many nerve cells, swelling will crowd some of those nerves to the point that they are pinched off until it goes back down.
    the important things to remember with cheeks is to not change jewelry any more often than necessary, expect LOTS of swelling and drainage and even crusts on your posts, find a cleaning routine you’re comfortable with and stick to it! don’t poke, squeeze, pop or otherwise add insult to injury. heat, ice, tea tree oil, saline, possibly herbal teas and compresses if you understand their effects or get guidance from another who does… my routine is as follows, mix about 12 drops tea tree oil into a bottle of sterile eye was solution ( i find this to be milder than sea salt mixtures and was having a problem with dryness from the sea salt) carry this bottle and qtips EVERYWHERE to gently clean crusts and outside of piercing. i don’t BRUSH my teeth, but use a water pic, i mix a capful of yellow listerine into the water reservior every morning and clean my teeth as normal… note my listerine use is highly dilluted and still only once daily! i’ve given up sugar-y and acidic drinks for the time being. if i drink anything other than tea or water, i treat it just like food and immediately rinse with either the water or tea that i always have with me. i rinse with/drink a cup of chamomile tea every night before bed and if there’s ANY swelling or irritation, i use the teabag as a compress overnight. for the time being, the tea i’m using is an herbal blend called sleepytime with sinus relief. the herbs give it a pleasant sweet taste without any sugars and the herbs listed in the contents are all familiar to me as good for wound care and draining.
    good luck! these piercings are absolutely NOT for the inexperienced, the impatient, or anyone else not dedicated to waiting out some SERIOUS ugliness for long term beauty… could someone please post a pic of the nasty day 3 jowls that seem to hit everyone? i’m thinking of doing a series of photos so everyone can see what they’re setting themselves up for before hand, but i really think i’m past the worst of it and failed to get any early photos

    Manda on May 14th, 2012 at 4:03 am
  160. I have had my cheeks pierced for 5 months. I can safely say I am a lucky one. The thought of getting my cheeks pierced was a two year process. Still by the end of two years I had wanted them done so I did. I seemed a well equipped sterile and well known piercer who has done cheek piercings before with good results and also high quality jewelry!!

    The actual piercing itself does not hurt however recovery is slightly brutal and tedious.

    The first few weeks will be met with ALOT of swelling think of a cabbage patch doll and ten times that.

    You will have a bit of blood and fluid leakage (this is normal and sometimes for certain people the clear fluid leakage is permanent)

    The things you find become difficult until pain and swelling subsides are

    DRINKING (water)
    even bending over will hurt your cheeks due to the excess blood flow to that area already from the swelling it is quite unpleasant and uncomfortable.


    Most people lose a little weight when these piercings are done only from finding it too uncomfortable to chew.

    Trust me you feel like you have cotton wool stuck in your mouth.

    Crushed ice will also give relief if you take a small mouth full and let it lay on the inside of your cheek against the back of the stud.

    Try not to talk too much for at least the first 24 hours after the piercing this will help the swelling not to be so severe ( I did not follow this rule haha)

    Facts for this piercing


    Reneigh on July 10th, 2012 at 9:23 am
  161. I had gotten my cheeks pierced late December/early January and everything was fine in terms of health. I took the, out any from April-May and there are very ugly, dark scars where they were but also the dimples aren’t that deep. To be quite honest, I didn’t like the placement of the piercing because they’re too close to my mouth. I wanted them farther out so my question is when will my dimples that I have now go away so I cam get them redone where I please???

    Jasmine on September 20th, 2012 at 12:46 am
  162. I’ve had the cysts/abbesses before on two of my mouth piercings and I may have a solution. For years my mom and I have had cold sores and have been prescribed medicine that kills them off. When I got my Monroe done I got a huge abbsses under the back. I decided to see if the cold sore medicine would get rid of it and it did. My mom almost lost her nose ring due to a cyst inside but I convinced her to use the cold sore medicine and it killed it off in less than a week. So the only problem is that it may not be easy for anyone to obtain this medicine. So maybe a start would be some over the counter cold sore medicine of the highest strength. Perhaps try complaining of cold sores to a doctor. The stuff really works!

    Ciarra on October 4th, 2012 at 4:41 pm
  163. I have both cheeks pierced! My first cheek piercing iva had done for around 8/9 months, I often get a little yellow spot / lump type onit, I clean it with warm salt water b4 I go to sleep & when I wake up its completly gone, this happens all the time however my other cheek piercing I’ve had done for only 4 months. & my whole cheek has randomly swollen up :/ does anyone know why this might of happened ?

    frankie on October 23rd, 2012 at 8:34 pm
  164. Had mine pierced 3 days and I am 100% sure they are to tight as I can feel with my tongue that the labret studs are sunk in.. Quite abit of swelling has happened which I know is normal my question is when I feel around each piercing there’s a hard circle all the way around each one is this scar tissue or lymphic fluid? I’m also going to go back to the piercer who said she would put bigger bars in if they feel to tight.. Please email me [email protected] and give me your advice on wether you think its scar tissue or lymphic fluid!

    jacob on December 30th, 2012 at 10:31 pm
  165. Have had my cheeks pierced 5 months now. I get a pimple/zit like lump about once a month thats becoming more recurrent these later months. Was fine healing and one side has only puffed up once since.

    What I do to drain the fluid is poke it gently with a disinfected needle and wipe the puss away and wash with salt water or dab with tea tree oil. Usually goes away for a few weeks. Not sure if it’s hormonal as it’s been consistant with that time of the month. Perhaps just coincidental.

    camilla b on January 8th, 2013 at 7:33 am
  166. I’ve had my cheek piercings for over 2 years and had a lump on my left one for a month and I’ve been trying all sorts on it but last night I decided to put aload of savlon on it and I’ve woken up with it half the size and its not that visible anymore so fingers crossed that I’ve found a solution :)

    Jade Rankin on January 30th, 2013 at 5:03 am
  167. Hello all. I’ve had my cheeks pierced for four years and it was def a spur of the moment idea. I use saline wound wash found in the band aid isle and it sprays into the piercings to effectively clean the infection out if what I call keloids. I thought I was out of the woods as far as daily cleanings go after a long three years. I went almost a whole year with no bumps and recently had a very stressful period in my life which I believe made my cheeks flare up again. For now they seem better but it just proves to me that I doubt they will ever fully heal. I love them regardless. They make me, me. But to those who are thinking about getting them done I do not recommend it unless it ready for a life long commitment. I have hundreds of dollars invested in these through all cans of wound wash I’ve needed and various other forms of upkeep so be sure to think it through.

    marcy on April 1st, 2013 at 4:50 pm
  168. I had my cheek/dimple piercings done 1 week ago. I took an ibuprophen prior to going to my piercer idk if that was the reason it was surprisingly tolerable to me. The left cheek was done first from the outside in. It went good. When she did my right cheek it swelled and bled and was a little painful. I got the regular stel bars with balls on both sides put in. I’m not too sure what size I believe the next size down from one inch. This has been a long week for me. My right cheek was so swollen and bruised. I started with the contact lense solution to clean them. I also followed some advice I picked up from watching YouTube. I soaked cotton balls in saline put them in baggies and froze them and used that instead of ice. I found it to be helpful for the soreness and swelling. I also found the chamomile tea bags to be very helpful. Taking showers and letting the water run down on the piercings felt great. I also floss and brush and use alcohol free mouth wash after every meal. It’s very hard and uncomfortable for me to eat so that’s a plus for me cuz I’m trying to lose a few pounds haha. I use a clean water bottle with distilled water and sea salt to do my sea salt soaks. I got the sea salt from dollar tree. I noticed it made my skin so dry so i put some vitamin e oil on them before bed. The next day, day 4 I noticed the lumps inside under the skin like the size of a pea on the left and size of a marble on my right. I did go to Walmart and buy tea tree oil I found it in the African American hair products aisle. So I’ve been using the tea tr oil and still continuing with the soaks sometimes using bactine spray the chamomile tea bags as well as drinking the tea. One crazy thing is yesterday that was day 6, I was laughing with my husband about something and suddenly blood started pouring out my cheek and in my mouth. Idk why. The lump was still there and didn’t go down. I just cleaned it and put the tea tree oil. This morning I got to thinking about coconut milk it is known for so many great things anti bacterial properties and healing and a host of other things so I tried it and afterwards I put the coconut oil all around the piercing with a qtip and the lumps have gotten smaller and it moisturized my skin so good it doesn’t feel tight when I smile. I am going to continue to do this. Another thing that is a natural anti bacterial healthy thing to use is raw honey. Do your research I’m not a doctor I just love to use natural resources because I’m on this whole healthy kick. I’m also juicing to keep my immune system strong. You can also look into oil pulling. It’s an Ayurvedic treatment or whatever it’s where you swish a tablespoon of either coconut oil, sesame oil or sunflower oil in your mouth daily for 15 minutes. It is said to pull out toxins from the body. Check it out. Do your research. I want to keep my piercings and by the way I haven’t had any puss but I do get the crusty’s. I also believe prayer helps. I don’t smoke or drink but I used to on occasion but I won’t now that I got the piercings because its not worth the risk of infection. Maybe in a couple months if I do drink I may have done wine. Please let me know if the coconut milk to soak the piercing and the oil works for you. Email me at [email protected]. I’m new to this piercing but my advice is keep it clean keep your hands and teeth/mouth clean. God bless!

    Angel on April 12th, 2013 at 12:23 pm
  169. I just got my cheek/dimple piercings 1 week ago. Prior to going to my piercer I took an ibuprofen that may be why the piercing itself was pretty much tolerable to me. The second one (right side) hurt more and swelled also bruised black and blue. I have been using sea salt with distilled water in a clean water bottle to do my soaks. Ive been using chamomile tea bags as well as drinking the tea. Ibuprofen every 6 hours or as needed. I use antibacterial soap and Bactine spray sometimes because it kind of numbs the area. On day 4 is when the lumps arrived. The left side lump was the size of a pea and the right more like a marble. They were very hard too. no puss only the crusty’s. I’ve been using tea tree oil I got bought it at Walmart, found it in the “African American” hair products aisle and it was under 3 bucks. Yesterday (day 6) the craziest thing happened…I was laughing about something and the right side just started gushing blood on the inside and outside of my mouth. So make sure you always carry something with you for that. If I was out somewhere and that happened I would be so embarrassed lol. It was weird though cuz the lump did not go down but it wasn’t as hard kind of got a bit squishy but no puss. i have tried squeezing it but that doesn’t do anything but make it hurt. anywho one thing that I discovered today is coconut milk and coconut oil. If you do your research about it you will find that it has many healing and anti bacterial uses. Today I put the coconut milk in a regular water bottle and soaked each side for 10 minutes. Then I washed it off and put coconut oil all around the piercing. And so far the lumps are getting smaller and smaller. You can find the coconut milk at your local grocery store and I bought the coconut oil at Walmart. another thing you can try is raw honey. It also is known for antibacterial purposes. check out this site: Well I hope it helps. Please dont get lazy with your cleaning sea salt soaks, alcohol free mouth wash, flossing and brushing after meals and drinks, anti bacterial soap, washing hands, don’t drink alcohol or smoke, eat healthy, drink water. I do not believe these lumps are keloids I believe they are just abscesses due to a foreign object in your face. Let me know if the coconut milk/oil worked for you [email protected] Lastly taking a shower letting the water run down your face is a good way to help you with the discomfort. God bless :)

    Angel on April 12th, 2013 at 1:12 pm
  170. Update…I’m on week 3 since getting my dimple piercings and I think I was over cleaning. I started just taking cotton and clean and clear brand face cleanser in the morning with hot water to get all the Crusty’s off and after drying them I put a little coconut oil around the piercing. It helped so much because the salt water soaks were beginning to dry my face out. I clean my piercings in the morning, lunch time and before bed. Thru out the day I put the coconut oil on it a few times. Or sometimes the tea tree oil. Besides that I continue to use floss and mouthwash and brush my teeth after meals or snacks. I haven’t had any swelling or pain or soreness so I’m not using the ibuprophen anymore. At the end of my first week I used an antibiotic called Cephalexin for a few days. The first day I started the antibiotic I went to brush my teeth and blood started pouring from the rite side for a few minutes and the lump went down. Now the lumps are almost all the way gone. It doesn’t leak or drip or bleed, they don’t hurt my face feels normal again . I still have the steel bars with balls on both side I believe 16 gage. I will change to a labrett with the flat back either this week or next. I keep my hands clean as much as possible and I’m happy with my piercing. After the swelling went down I noticed they are slightly uneven but I can live with that. I will update again soon. If you have any questions email me [email protected]

    Angel on April 21st, 2013 at 10:41 pm
  171. My cheek peircing is now embedded in between the two layers of skin similar to a dermal. I’ve had it for four years and it keeps getting infected and I can’t get it out. Neither can the er. I have a huge cyst next to it now and no matter how much I cut at it, it won’t come out. It’s become apart of my skin. The only option I have is plastic surgery and I cannot afford it. Any ideas?

    Raven on May 9th, 2013 at 3:23 pm
  172. About 5 days ago I went to get my dimples pierced. When he pierced my right side, it gushed out blood and swelled up instantly, as for the left side, it only bled a little bit and was only a bit sore. After a night of iceing and taking some advil for the pain, I decided to seek medical attention just to make sure that my cheek would heal normally. Unfortunately, the guy ended up piercing right thru one of my arteries. so now I have a super swollen face and stitches until further notice. I may have developed hemitosa (slow bleeding which permanently hardens inside the soft tissue) and could have lost control of some nerves in that cheek but they won’t know until it has fully healed.. Never again will I pierce my dimples or recommend it to those thinking about it..

    Gurulé on June 7th, 2013 at 2:32 pm
  173. I’ve had my cheeks done for about a year now and I’ve experienced everythibg from puss to keliods and swelling. Cheek piercings are a pain the the rear end that’s just how they are. My best advice is to calm down if you over react and go squeezing and over clean them you’ll irrate them more. For all these people with oozing lumps go buy some h2ocean and spray down a paper towel and warm in in the microwave for 3 seconds let it soak repeat a couple of times a day. All kinds of nasty dirt and makeout gets in them it happens. Keliod people go buy tea tree oil and mix it with asprin that’s crushed to a fine paste and apply it once I night. DO NOT PICK AT KELIODS. Unless you’re uncontrollably bleeding or swelling over your barbells you’re fine. Do not put tight jewelry in them your face will eat it trust me I know. Anything smaller then a 3mm ball will get swollen over and if it happens and you dont catch it in time then you’re off to get it cut out of your face. Also as simple as it seems wash your face and brush your teeth atleast twice a day it cuts down on all the oil and sweat in them. Also dont pick at them they aren’t going anywhere and neither is all that piercing crust. Mine flared up for months doing everything imaginable and I almost took them out fearing I had some how messed them up. It happens it wasn’t until recently that they stopped. Best of luck i love mine to death but they can be a pain in many ways.

    jessica on June 21st, 2013 at 12:09 am
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    plastic surgery manhattan on June 23rd, 2013 at 7:55 am
  175. I got mine about a month and a half ago. Lol these things… i went and took my bar out my right cheek to change it and it just started oozing some shit… not bad or green or anything. then it got sore yesterday, puss and red and looked sortof like a pimple… so ive started the salt soak, and bactroban again… thank god it calmed down now!

    Spring on July 7th, 2013 at 9:41 am
  176. Well ive Never had a dimple piercing but i had my angel bites proffesional done and about around the second month i started a get a bump that when i pushed on it it would pop out so i finally decided to take it the bump was there for about a month and it finally went away so now im just left with the scar so if you do take it out the bump will eventually go away

    Selena on August 6th, 2013 at 11:57 pm
  177. hi ive had my cheeks done 3years yes they r heal but they still do beome irritated if there bumped r chewed on r just a hit u have to treat your piercings with care and keep cleaned no matter for how long clean clean clean even after 3years mine still act up from time to time and for the bumps that comes from either biteing down on something to hard r getting it caught on things sqeeze them they will become bigger but pop it its just all the puss build up i put salt on mine to bust and for other things never have i experienced but do know it takes time for healing at least 2 years

    tammy on August 10th, 2013 at 1:35 am

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