Body piercing is the practice in which the part of the human body is cut or punctured to create an opening - to wear jewelry or to insert an implant. An opening is made in the body by using a needle or special equipment to modify the appearance of that body part. Ear piercing, sternum piercing, industrial piercing, nose piercing, lip piercing, and belly piercing are the types of body piercing.
1. Types of piercings
Piercing is the art of making an opening in the body part to modify the appearance of that part or to decorate with jewels.
Ear piercing, nose piercing, lip piercing, oral piercing, constellation piercing, and belly button piercing are all types of body piercing.
Along with the evolution of gothic dresses in the 1970s, body piercing was also evolved as a part of gothic fashion.
Body Piercing has several types and people go for piercings according to their choice. Some of them have been discussed below:
- Lip piercing
- Sternum piercing
- Oral piercing
- Surface piercing
- Industrial piercing
- Constellation piercing
1.1. Lip piercing
Opposite to the lip flip, Botox lips, and tattoos that were admired and adopted by people of the media industry, piercing was a custom of native Africans and Americans.
Lip piercing is a kind of body piercing in which the bottom lip, corner of the upper lip, or the middle lip is pierced – last one termed as middle lip piercing.
1.2. Types of lip piercing
Lip piercing has several subtypes that have been mentioned below
1. Labret piercing
It’s the most common type of lip piercing and involves the piercing of the lower lip above the chin.
2. Medusa or Philtrum piercing
Philtrum piercing the second most popular type of lip piercing and the piercing is done just above the Cupid’s bow – that is the middle part of the upper lip.
3. Monroe piercing
The name Monroe piercing is affiliated with Marilyn Monroe – a famous pop star – and in this type of lip piercing, the left side of the upper lip is pierced.
4. Snakebite piercing
In this kind of piercing, both sides of the lower lip are pierced which looks like a snake bite.
5. Spider bite piercing
A spider bite lip piercing consists of two adjacent piercings of the bottom lip, either on one side or both sides of the lip.
6. Shark bite piercing
Shark bite lip piercing means four piercings – two adjacent piercings on one side of lip whole two on the other. Distance and space between two piercings are symmetrical.
7. Dolphin bite lip piercing
A dolphin bite piercing involves the double piercing just below the bottom lip – exactly in the center of the lip.
8. Angel bite piercing
An angel bite lip piercing is the double piercing of the upper lip – while both piercings are symmetrically on either side of cupid’s bow.
1.3. Sternum piercing
Body Piercing means the art of making an opening in the body part to modify the appearance or for decoration of that body part.
Sternum piercing is yet another type of body piercing in which any part of the sternum – breast bone – is pierced.
There is popularity in the sternum piercing that most of the sternum piercings are done vertically – although horizontal sternum piercing is also in fashion.
1.4. Oral piercing
Oral piercing is different from normal lip piercing as in this type of body piercing, the part of the oral cavity is pierced.
It can better be defined as “Piercing of the oral cavity to insert the objects – such as a ring, stud or some pins.”
Oral piercing may involve:
Smiley piercing - upper Gum piercing
Uvula piercing - Middle of the throat piercing
Vampire piercing – the piercing of upper frenulum – a tendon that connects lip with an upper lip to the gum.
1.5. Surface piercing
In surface piercing – as the name indicates – the piercing is done at the superficial side of the skin. A hollow needle is used to pierce the skin and followed by it a barbell is inserted.
Later on, the desired kind of jewelry can e used for decorative purposes. Surface piercing involves the piercing of the nape, eyebrow, or upper side of the nose.
Surface and dermal piercing
There is a difference in both types of piercing as the dermal piercings go deep as compared to the surface piercing.
1.6. Industrial piercing
Industrial piercing – aka scaffold piercing – is the type of body piercing that involves the double piercing of cartilage of upper ears.
Two pierced holes are then combined by using a single piece of jewelry. This kind of body piercing is more prone to be infected.
1.7. Constellation piercing
A constellation piercing is another type of piercing that involves the ear. Ear cartilage is pierced along the ear lobe.
Constellation piercing does not consist of one or two piercings but involves multiple piercings.
An important thing that must be considered for this kind of piercing is the choice of decorative jewelry as it must be suitable according to the number and style of piercing.
Body piercing is the technique of making an opening or hole in the body to insert jewelry or an implant. A hollow needle or some other equipment is used for piercing. Lip piercing, ear piercing, nose piercing, industrial piercing, and constellation piercing are the most common types.
2. Types of body piercing for females
Some great piercing ideas for females that enhance their style and boost the personality are given below:
Ear has always been a decorative part of the body when comes to piercing.
Ear piercing may involve constellation piercing, lobe piercing, or industrial piercing.
Some other types of ear piercing involves dermal conch, tragus piercing, and California piercing.
When you look at the Asian traditions you will be amazed that nose piercing has always been a custom of Asian females.
Even the younger girls also love to wear a nose pin or nose ring by going through a nostril piercing to beautify their face.
With modern-day ideas, the central part of the nose is also pierced and a ring is worn to look unique and beautiful.
Belly button piercing:
Body piercing for females also involves the belly button piercing.
In this type of piercing the lip of the belly button is pierced to wear jewelry or studs. It may be regarded as a surface piercing.
A dimple piercing is the kind of facial piercing in which the cheeks are pierced to wear studs or jewelry.
Dimple piercing is done in the area approximately near parotid ducts and it gives you a dimpled look.
Tongue piercing is another popular type of piercing for females.
Tongue is pierced by using a 14G needle and a straight barbell is used later on as the jewelry.
Lip piercing is the most famous type of body piercing for females.
It has multiple types, such as middle lip, lower lip, snakebite, shark bite, angel bite, spider bite, canine bites, etc.
3. Body piercing jewelry
Various kinds of objects are used as jewelry for body piercing. Choosing the right kind of jewelry according to the pierced body part is a must-do thing – no matter for males or females.
Following metals or alloys are used for body jewelry:
- Gold alloy
- Stainless steel
- Sterling silver
Gold alloy: Using 70-80% of 18k gold and the remaining part consisting of copper, zinc, silver, or trace metals – is commonly used body piercing jewelry.
Stainless steel: Best choice for body piercing jewelry is one that is made up of low carbon stainless steel.
However, types of stainless steel must also be considered to be the best suitable for the body.
316 L and 316 LVM are the body-friendly types of stainless steel to be worn as piercing jewelry.
Platinum: is yet another choice to be used as body piercing jewelry. Lip piercing jewelry involves platinum along with gold and stainless steel.
Sterling silver: that is used for body piercing jewelry – is the alloy of silver that contains about 90-95% of silver and remaining portion consists of other metals – such as copper.
Sterling silver is beneficial in the means that it doesn’t undergo oxidation hence doesn’t get decolorized, so regular coloring is not needed.
4. Nose piercing
Nose piercing is the most common type of body piercing just like lip piercing. nose piercing has multiple types depending upon the choice of a person.
It’s most suitable for females just like stretch mark tattoos that are typically suitable to females.
Various parts of the nose that can be pierced:
- Nostril – aka nares – the skin of nostrils is the best option for nose piercing
- Septum – the cartilage that separates both nostrils – is another option for nose piercing
- Soft part below the nasal cartilage
Risks associated with nose piercing
Piercing means - the art of making an opening or hole in the body – by using a needle or equipment - to modify the appearance or for decoration of that body part.
The nose is the sensitive part of the face. When you are going for a nose piercing, you may keep in mind the following health concerns.
Viral or bacterial infection
If the equipment that is used for a nose piercing is not sterile, there are a lot of risks for bacterial or viral infection.
Hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, and tetanus are the most commonly associated with a nose piercing.
Almost all the piercings involved in body piercing are associated with bleeding.
However, as far as nose piercing is concerned, a septal piercing is more prone to cause bleeding as compared to the nostrils.
There may occur some allergic reactions while going through nose piercing.
But it depends upon the sensitivity of your body to undergo an allergic reaction.
Nose piercing is the most common type of piercing that may be called a tradition in Asian countries. Nostrils, cartilage, or soft tissues below cartilage are parts to be pierced. Bleeding, infection or allergic reactions are risks associated with a nose piercing.
5. How to prevent complications?
Body piercing is a practice in which the part of the human body is cut or punctured to create an opening or hole - to wear the jewelry or to insert an implant.
Precautions are often protecting you from hazards associated with the piercing – such as a piercing bump can be prevented by following the precautionary measures.
5.1. Safety precautions for body piercing
Piercing involves the use of needles and there are a lot of precautions needed to be taken care of to prevent the associated complications.
Don’t try to pierce at home by yourself or by your untrained fellow. Always go for an expert for piercing.
Always ask the experts to use sterile needles or equipment for piercing like bacterial and viral infections are common because of infected equipment.
Properly clean the area where you want to get the piercing. use some disinfectant to make it germ-free.
- Choose the best suitable metal for piercing jewelry as most of the metals are not suitable for the body and may cause allergic reactions.
- Always ask for heat sterile equipment to use for piercing as HIV infection is most commonly spread while tattooing or piercing.
5.2. Important considerations
Before undergoing a piercing process, you must consider the following aspects:
Is the person you have chosen for piercing is reputable?
Is he wearing the gloves while piercing?
Is there the use of suitable and proper equipment?
Isn’t he using hypoallergenic jewelry? Otherwise, you may face allergic reactions.
5.3. What to do after piercing?
There are a lot of things that must be considered after piercing so that there are no complications:
Oral piercings require proper cleanliness by using the mouthwashes.
At other body parts, clean the pierced area two times a day with water and some anti-bacterial soap.
Stay away from water – such as swimming, hot bathtubs until the piercing heals.
Don’t touch the pierced area with hands as it may cause skin contamination leading to the infection.
Use the best type of body piercing jewelry such as 14 or 18K gold, platinum, or stainless steel.
Frequently asked questions
There are a lot of questions related to Body Piercing that need to be answered. Some of them have been mentioned along with the brief answers:
1. What is the most painful piercing to get?
How much pain you feel while piercing depends upon your pain perception. However, the most painful piercing is the genital piercing as genitals are nerve rich areas.
While the least painful areas are ears, especially the ear lobes as the ear tissues have much more healing tendency than other body parts.
2. What is the most popular body piercing?
Body piercing is becoming a trend just like the process of lip flip and tattoos. One of the most popular body piercings involves the piercing of the nose – especially the nostrils.
Even the Asian countries use this piercing as a tradition and Asian females love to wear jewelry on the nose – may be nose pin or nose rings.
3. What is a good first piercing?
Body Piercing is the process in which a hole is made in the body part by using a hollow needle or some specialized piercing equipment.
If you haven’t had any kind of piercing and going for piercing for the first time, you must choose an area that causes the least pain while piercing.
Ear lobes cause the least pain and tend to heal sooner as compared to other body parts.
Body piercing is the art or practice in which the body part of the human body is cut or punctured to create an opening or hole - to wear jewelry or to insert an implant.
Ear piercing, nose piercing, middle lip piercing, industrial piercing, constellation piercing, and belly button piercing are all types of body piercing.
Most common is nose piercing and there are a lot of risks associated with the piercing that must be considered to avoid infections.
For females, lip piercing, belly piercing, ear piercing, genital piercing, and facial piercings are the most common types.