Unusual Piercings

Unusual PiercingsWe all know about the most popular body piercings in the world. Regular earlobe piercing is so common it’s often not really considered a “true” piercing at all, even though, technically, it’s no different than any other piercing.

Some of the more popular piercings include navel piercing, nostril piercing, eyebrow piercings, lip piercing and tongue piercing. Many people have those and they are very stylish and popular.

You may think that some more extreme piercings, such as nipple piercing or genital piercings are rare. While they may be less common that the most popular piercings, they are not truly rare: there are many people who choose them.

So, what is considered a rare or unusual body piercing?

Rare Piercings

A “rare” piercing is the one performed on a body part that is not so popular to pierce. This may seem a bit vague to define. It’s important to understand that, technically, any body part (or almost any) can be pierced. In this sense, it’s possible to have numerous rare piercings performed on unusual body parts. Here, “unusual” means “a body part not typically pierced”.

Some people enjoy these unusual piercings because, let’s face it: they are very original. Who wants an ordinary belly piercing or a nostril piercing when you can have a very unusual place pierced? Indeed, these rare piercings often attract a lot of attention.

However, it’s important to understand that some piercings are rare for a reason. Some body parts are not really suitable for piercings, so while you can technically perform a piercing it will not last for long or it will bring a lot of problems.

This is why many unusual body parts are often pierced temporarily. This is particularly true for surface piercings. They can be performed almost anywhere, but they are prone to migration and rejection, so they are only temporary.

That being said, there are many creative places to pierce. Many of these unusual piercings are also very extreme and therefore not everybody’s cup of tea.

Examples of Unusual Piercings

Here are some examples of more unusual piercings:

  • Web Piercings. There are many different types of web piercings because there are many delicate webs of skin on our body. Some of them are located in the mouth, for example, in between our lips and gums. Some of the most popular oral web piercings are Smiley piercing and Frowny Piercing. You can also find these webs of skin between our fingers and our toes, or wherever you have a connective tissue. A web of skin of this kind is known as “frenulum”, though this term usually means a specific web of skin, the one that connects foreskin to the penis (and yes, it can be pierced, too).
  • Uvula Piercing. This is a piercing done on the soft tissue that hangs down at the back of your throat. It is very sensitive and can provoke a gag reflex when touched. Despite this problem there are people who like to have their uvula pierced. This piercing is very unique but it’s difficult to see unless you open your mouth really wide. Typical jewelry for this piercing type are Captive Bead Rings and circular barbells.
  • Achilles Piercing. This is an extreme piercing done on the spot in between the Achilles tendon, the ankle and the leg bones. It is a very deep piercing and can cause numerous problems. It also takes a long time to heal properly. Keep in mind that it has to be done by an experienced piercer because you don’t want any mistakes with this one. If done incorrectly, it can limit your movements or even prevent you from walking properly. This is a rare and extreme piercing and it’s not for everybody.
  • Corset Piercings. Corset Piercing and other forms of surface piercings are done temporarily. They can be performed on almost any surface of the skin, but the most popular spots include: the back, on the calves, and on the front of the neck. In fact, they can be placed anywhere where there’s enough soft tissue to pierce. It’s important that the chosen area is relatively large because these piercings are done in decorative patterns so they are typically performed in pairs and groups.

Surface Piercings

Corset Piercing Surface piercings are special types of piercings performed on one skin surface. This is different from a “regular” piercing, that is, a piercing made though a piece of tissue from one side to another. For example, nostril piercing and nipple piercing are not surface piercings because they go through tissue, starting on one side of tissue and exiting on the other. Eyebrow piercing, however, is a surface piercing because the puncture is made on one plane of skin.

Various Styles

Surface piercings are very varied and effective. There are many different ways to perform them, because there are more body parts where you can make them. Unlike “regular” piercings, which are mainly done on specific body parts, surface piercings offer much more options when it comes to location.

Still, some locations are more popular than the others. The most popular location for a surface piercing is eyebrow. This piercing is so common that is often considered a “regular” piercing so many people don’t even think about it as a typical surface piercing.

Other popular surface piercing types include:

Anti-eyebrow. A piercing done under the eye or beside the eye.
Corset piercing. A series of piercings done on the back and made to be laced (to resemble a corset).
Madison piercing. A horizontal piercing made at the base of the neck, above the collarbone.
Vampire Bites (neck piercing). Located on the side of the neck.

These are just some of the popular types. Other include hip piercing, nape piercing (on the back of the neck), wrist piercing, and more.

Surface Piercing Problems

Surface piercings are very attractive but they are associated with certain problems. They face a much higher rate of rejection and migration. The jewelry is relatively easily pushed to the surface and rejected by the body. While a regular piercing can get rejected, it’s more difficult for it to happen, because of the tissue surrounding the piercing, as well as greater depth of the piercing. It’s much easier for the body to reject surface piercing because it can push out jewelry like it’s a splinter. Regular (non-surface) piercings, on the other hand, make a skin tunnel that is more difficult to heal if the jewelry is inserted (obviously, if jewelry is taken out it can heal pretty quickly).

This problem makes surface piercings more temporary than the regular piercings. Some of them can last only for a few months (or even weeks). Others can be kept for a few years. There are also some types of surface piercings you can keep for longer, if you take a good care of them.

To avoid rejection, it’s important to clean your piercing regularly and to keep a good hygiene. Make sure to never irritate your piercing. To help your surface piercing last longer and to avoid inflammation, it’s important to choose jewelry made of body-safe materials.

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Doctors say corset piercings, skin implants very dangerous

CBS News has recently posted a rather disturbing slideshow of much more extreme body modifications, such as tongue bifurcation, transdermal skin implants, and corset piercings. Doctors are concerned about these procedures, saying they are risky business.

Body piercing, the practice of puncturing a part of the body to create an opening for jewelry, is not a new trend. Ear piercings and nose piercings have been documented back more than 5,000 years. Facial piercings in the lip and tongue have been found in African and American tribal cultures long before its popularity among young Americans. Even nipple and genital piercings can be documented in literature dating back to Ancient Rome.

A more contemporary form of piercing is corset piercing. It is often associated with erotic behavior and most are intended to be temporary. Corset piercing starts with the creation of two rows of piercings on either side of the spine. Once these heal, they can be laced with ribbons and pulled taut. The wearer must be diligent about keeping the area clean, which is difficult when the piercings are on your back. Risks of this kind of body modification include infection, rejection of the jewelry, and unsightly scarring.

Tongue bifurcation, or splitting the tongue into a “fork”, is performed by cutting the tongue along the middle from the tip back to about midway along the tongue. The practice can be traced to Hatha and Kumbhaka yoga practices where it is used as a part of breathing exercises. Of course Hindu mythology and Christian religions associate a forked tongue with evil.

Healing takes approximately 2 weeks to one month, and during this time, a person may be unable to eat a normal diet
or speak clearly. An oral surgeon can perform the procedure, but – according to one source – will charge around $500 to $3000.

Some piercing studios may also offer tongue bifurcation, which should be examined by a consumer very closely to ensure a sterile environment to prevent infection. Other risks of having the procedure outside a medical office include loss of blood. The tongue contains major blood vessels and amateur practitioners may accidently cut one and not be able to control the bleeding.

Although some subdermal implants have medical purposes (the Norplant contraceptive device is actually a type of subdermal implant), the kind of implant used for body modification is described as a kind of body jewelry
placed under the skin, allowing the body to heal over the implant and creating a raised design. Some examples include “raised brows” which cause the face to look feline-like or metal spikes which protrude from the body. Health risks include infection both from the procedure (if not performed in a sterile environment) or from the implantation of a foreign object into the body.

The most risky procedure highlighted in the CBS slideshow is eye tattooing. Some people are choosing to color the whites of their eyes (sclera) in wild colors such as red and blue. Pigment is injected under the top layer of the eye using a syringe. Ophthalmologists are supporting bans of the procedure. Last year, the state of Oklahoma made it illegal to color the sclera of the eye.

Some doctors have gone as far as to call extreme body modification a sign of mental illness. A recent paper published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics suggests that there is a link between some body modification practices and symptoms such as depression, negative emotionality, and participation in high risk behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse.

“People have the right to make their own choices,” says Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Jon Perlman. “I think it’s a terrible idea to try and produce the bizarre.”

The 411 on Some Uncommon and Daring Body Piercings

No matter how popular or common piercings get, there are always some special ones which remain reserved for the daring few. And this does not apply men alone. Women are as much a part of the world of exotic piercings as men are. Here is a look at some of the most uncommon piercings. Only the most daring have the courage to get these and actually flaunt them.

Corset Piercing – A corset piercing is made up of a series of surface piercings on the back, which are done to imitate the appearance of the lacing on the back of a corset. Two rows of bilaterally symmetrical piercings are made. These can be composed of as few as four piercings (two on each side) to as many as the complete length of the back. Due to the difficulty and risks associated with permanently healing single surface piercings, most corset piercings are intended to be temporary in nature. Continue reading