A cheek piecing is a type of body piercing that is usually done symmetrically on both sides of the face to emulate dimples. This piercing can be done as a standard piercing with straight piercing needle either 14g or 16g in size, or can be performed using a micro-dermal implant, with dermals being the more popular (due to complications associated with this area of the body). The problems that are common for cheek piercings are possible nerve damage during piercing and the possibility of piercing through a saliva-gland, rendering a constant ‘leak’ of saliva from the hole. These piercings also tend to produce a bad odor similar to the odor associated with ear-stretching.
The body jewelry used for a cheek piercing are normally labrets (featuring the flattened back to hold it in place inside the mouth). The flat back of the labret keeps the jewelry in place better and helps protect against the chance of gum and tooth damage from biting the jewelry. The initial labret should be a bit longer in length to allow for swelling. Once healed, you can wear a shorter length piece that will fit more comfortably. Since cheek piercings run the above mentioned risks, and dermals are becoming illegal in more and more areas of the country, many body piercers shy away from this practice. If you do find a piercer willing to pierce your cheeks, make sure he or she has experience with the procedure and as always, that they are certified and are using all sterile tools and that the body jewelry they are inserting is pre-sterilized in color-changing pouches.