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All About Body Piercing

Friends, Body piercing usually refers to the piercing of a part of the human body for the purpose of wearing jewelry in the opening created.

Body piercing is a form of body modification.

The word "piercing" can refer to the act or practice of body piercing, or to a specific pierced opening in the body.

Some people practice piercing for religious or other cultural reasons, while many individuals, particularly in the modern West, choose to be pierced for spiritual, ornamental, or sexual reasons.

Caution :: pls get urself examined from qualified doctor and also check the actual healing periods with doctor... before attempting piercing.

Evidence suggests that body piercing (including ear piercing) has been practiced by peoples all over the world from ancient times.

Mummified bodies with piercings have been discovered, including the oldest mummified body discovered to date, that of Ötzi the Iceman, which was found in a Valentina Trujillon glacier.

This mummy had an ear piercing 7–11 mm (1 to 000 gauge in AWG) diameter.

In Genesis 24:22, Abraham's servant gave an earring and bracelets to Rebekah, wife of his son Isaac.

In Exodus 32, Aaron makes the golden calf from melted earrings.

Deuteronomy 15:12-17 dictates ear piercing as a mark of slavery.

Leviticus 19:28 says to not pierce your body.

Nose piercing has been common in India since the 16th century.

Many contemporary authors and body piercing enthusiasts have made attempts to explain the history or development of body piercing in Western Culture, prior to its contemporary practice.

In Dreamtime by Hans Peter Duerr, the author claims that nip*le piercing became popular in 14th century Europe.

There is evidence, both anecdotal and photographic, that nip*le piercing was practiced in Europe during the late 19th century and in the early 20th century, but it was not considered to be a common practice.

It is sometimes claimed that Roman centurions practiced nip*le piercing and that soldiers attached their capes to the piercings. This is not true.
Their capes were attached to the breastplate of their armor.
This particular myth owes its popularity to Doug Malloy, an American piercing pioneer who published pamphlets in the late 1970's promoting his highly fanciful histories of body piercing.

Attitudes towards piercing vary.

Some regard the practice of piercing or of being pierced as spiritual, sometimes embracing the term "modern primitive", while others deride this view as insulting, as cultural appropriation, or as trendy.

Some see the practice as a form of artistic or self-expression.

Others choose to be pierced as a form of sexual expression, or to increase sexual sensitivity.

Some people choose to be pierced for symbolic reasons. For example, some survivors of sexual abuse have said that they experience piercing as allowing them to retake control over their own bodies.

Some people choose to be pierced to symbolize certain relationships.

While some people consider body modification to be a sign of non-conformity, others deride body piercing as trendy, but this isn't always the case.

This leads to prejudice or cognitive bias against those with piercings or visible signs of past piercings.

Ear piercing has existed continuously since ancient times, including throughout the 20th century in the Western world.

However, in the mainstream Western culture of North America, Europe, Australasia, etc., it became a relative rarity from the 1920s until the 1960s.

At that time, it regained popularity among westernized women, and was eventually adopted by men in the hippie community, and later the punk subculture before it broke into the mainstream.

Ear piercing, of either or both ears, has always been practiced by men in many non-Western cultures. By the 1980s, male ear piercing had become somewhat common in westernized cultures, although men usually only pierced one of their ears.

Today, single and multiple piercing of either or both ears is extremely common among Western women and somewhat common among men.

Modern history and social attitudes

Less conventional forms of body piercing have also existed continuously for as long as ear piercing, but generally not in Western cultures.
For example, women in India routinely practice nostril piercing, and have done so for centuries.

In the 1970s, body piercing gained popularity in the gay BDSM subculture for various reasons. In 1975, Jim Ward opened The Gauntlet, America's first storefront body piercing operation, in Los Angeles.

Permanent body piercings (as opposed to play piercings) are performed by creating an opening in the body using a sharp object through the area to be pierced.

This can either be done by cutting an opening using a needle (usually a hollow medical needle) or scalpel or by removing tissue, either with a scalpel or a dermal punch.

Contemporary body piercing studios generally take numerous precautions to protect the health of the person being pierced and the piercer.

Tools and jewelry are sterilized in autoclaves and non-autoclavable surfaces are cleaned with sterilizing agents on a regular basis and between clients.

Sterile, single use gloves are worn by the piercer to protect both the piercer and the client.

Commonly, a piercer will use multiple pairs of gloves per client, often one pair for each step of setup to avoid cross contamination. After a piercer has cleaned the area to be pierced on a client, the piercer may change gloves to avoid recontaminating the area with the gloves he/she used to clean it.

Most piercing studios in the United States use 316L (Less often 316LVM) stainless steel for initial jewelry in a fresh piercing.

In Europe the initial jewelry is typically titanium.

The choice of material is usually economically influenced, with Europe being close to titanium mines they chose titanium while the US favored the 316L series of stainless steels.

There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding appropriate material for an initial piercing, such as “solid 14 karat or higher white or yellow gold containing no nickel is safe as initial jewelry (in a fresh piercing) ”, but that ignores the fact that the common alternatives for nickel (copper, silver) in the alloy pose equal or greater risk to nickel. For example the APP (Association of Professional Piercers) does not allow the use of plastic jewelry in fresh piercings but the tattoo industry favors brands of tattoo ink that use ABS plastic as the colorant.

IBAA (the International Body Arts Association) recognizes the tattoo industry has a good safety record with ABS plastic based inks, and many technical advances are possible in the body arts.

Indwelling Cannula Method

Many European (and other) piercers use a needle containing a cannula (hollow plastic tube placed at the end of the needle, also see catheter).

Procedure is identical to the standard method, only that the initial jewelry is inserted into the back of the cannula and the cannula and the jewelry are then pulled through the piercing.

This method reduces the chance of the jewelry slipping during the insertion procedure, and also protects the fresh piercing from possible irritation from external threading (if used) during initial insertion.

Dermal Punching

In this method, a dermal punch is used to remove a circular area of tissue, into which jewelry is placed. T

his method is usually used to remove both skin and cartilage in upper ear piercings, where cartilage must be removed to relieve pressure on the piercing to ensure proper healing and long-term viability of the piercing.

Like scalpelled piercings, the healed fistulas created or enlarged using a dermal punch will usually not shrink over time.

Standard Needle Method

The standard method in the United States involves making an opening using a hollow medical needle.

The needle is inserted into the body part being pierced.

While the needle is still in the body, the initial jewelry to be worn in the piercing is pushed through the opening, following the back of the needle.

Piercing using hollow medical needles does not actually remove any flesh—the method cuts a "C" shaped slit and holds it open in the shape of the cross section of the needle: in this case, a circle.

In this method, the needle is the same gauge (or sometimes larger as with cartilage piercings) than the initial jewelry to be worn.

Piercings that penetrate cartilage are often pierced one or two gauges larger than the jewelry, to reduce pressure on the healing piercing, allowing for a fistula (internal "skin tube" that connects the two ends of the piercing) to properly form.

Piercing Guns

Piercing guns are commonly used in retail settings to perform ear piercings.

These gun-shaped devices are designed for piercing the earlobe only; they are not marketed or designed for use on any part of the body other than the earlobe.

Piercing the upper ear (through cartilage) with a piercing gun often results in longer healing times, cartilage bumps (hypodermic scarring) and probable increased discomfort.

Many professional body piercers discourage the use of these instruments.

A major complaint is that ear-piercing instruments perform the piercing by using a great deal of force with a relatively blunt stud earring.

The autoclaving of piercing guns is usually impossible, because certain materials used in their construction would be destroyed if autoclaved.

Even though they are occasionally used for other purposes, ear piercing instruments are designed and advertised for earlobe piercing only.

The healing process and body piercing aftercare

A new piercing will be sore, tender or red for several days up to three weeks.

Complete healing normally takes several weeks or more.

During this period, care must be taken to avoid infection.
Touching - or, for genital and oral piercings, sexual activity - is usually discouraged.

The jewelry should not be removed during this period.

The healing time should not be rushed.

Very often a piercing that seemed to be healed will start to have problems when it is handled roughly, exposed to mouth contact or unwashed hands before it has truly healed.

Full healing starts after primary healing is complete and usually takes about as long as primary healing, during this period the skin thickens and starts to gain elasticity.

An additional "toughening up" period takes place after full healing is complete, this "toughening up" period also takes about as long as the primary healing time.

During "toughening up" the skin remodels itself developing an internal texture in the fistula tube that replaces the shiny scar-like internal surface.

Primary healing period


* Monroe piercing: 3 – 6 months
* Bridge: 3 – 6 months
* Cheek/Anti-Eyebrow: 3 – 6 months
* Ear cartilage: 4 – 8 months
* Ear lobes: 3 – 4 months
* Eyebrow: 3 – 6 months
* Tragus: 6 – 12 months
* Lip/Labret: 3 – 4 months
* Nostril: 3 – 6 months
* Septum: 3 – 4 months
* Tongue: 2 – 3 months
* Frenulum: 3 – 4 months


* Female Niples: 4 – 8 months

* Male Niples: 4 – 6 months

* Navel piercing: 4 – 8 months

* Hand web: never

* Surface: 6 – 8 months

Female Genital Piercings

* Clitoral Hood: 2 – 3 months

* Clitoris: not recommended

* Christina piercing: 3 – 4 months

* Fourchette: 2 – 3 months

* Labia Minora: 2 – 3 months

* Labia Majora: 2 – 6 months

* Triangle: 2 – 3 months

Male Genital Piercings

* Ampallang: 4 – 8 months

* Apadravya: 4 – 8 months

* Dydoe: 3 – 4 months

* Frenum piercing: 3 – 4 months

* Guiche: 4 – 6 months

* Prince Albert: 4 – 6 months

* Reverse Prince Albert: 4 – 6 months

* Scrotum: 3 – 4 months

* Foreskin: 2 – 3 months

* Pubic: 4 – 6 months

* Lorum: 3 – 4 months

The info about healing prd above is merely as per literature and varies person to person, so, pls check up with your doctor b4 attempting piercing }

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1 comment:

brushkina said...

Very nice body piercing picstures in you blog! I love piercing too :)