You may have heard about the body mod sensation that is the corset piercing.
In recent times there has been an explosion of photos of corset piercings and videos of the process. It’s become a bit of a ‘thing’ in the body mod community.
So, what is a corset piercing? Why do people get them?
Well, that’s why I’m writing this article – to satisfy your hidden curiosity with corset piercings and answer the questions you may never have thought to ask.
This is not the type of piercing you will see on a daily basis walking down the street. You must agree that it is definitely artistic and quirky though!
So what is a corset piercing?
A corset piercing is made up of multiple surface piercings in two or more rows. Ribbon, lace or chain is threaded through the piercings in a pattern similar to that of the corsets worn by women throughout history (hence the name!)
This piercing can be done on any large area of skin on the body but is most commonly seen on the back, the side of the torso, legs, arms or neck.
Thee amount of creativity that can be expressed with this type of piercing is what makes it so appealing.
On occasion corset piercings can go from one body part to another. For example between the two thighs, essentially tying the legs together.
How long does a corset piercing last?
Corset piercings are a ‘play piercing’.
Corset piercings are usually done as a temporary piercing. This may be for a photoshoot, fetish event or to promote a piercer’s business in an advertisement or as an addition to their portfolio.
Ball Closure Rings are frequently worn as jewelry in a temporary corset piercing although when this piercing is done for a photo-shoot or event, the piercer may just use hypodermic needles instead of jewelry. In this case, the needles are removed when the event is over.
Temporary corset piercings usually last no longer than a week or two, that’s if the jewelry is even left in after the photo shoot or event.
How to make a corset piercing permanent
On occasion, a client may request a permanent corset piercing and whilst this isn’t the norm, it is possible.
It is simply a case of using a different type of jewelry.
In a temporary corset piercing, a Ball Closure Ring will be used. This puts a lot of stress on the skin which usually leads to the piercing rejecting then being removed within a week or two of being done (there is very little scarring).
In order to make a surface piercing permanent the Ball Closure Ring will be replaced with a type of jewelry known as a slave barbell or doorknocker.
A slave barbell has a ring attached to either or both ball ends. This causes the stress to be put on the barbell rather than the skin.
This results in a much lower chance of rejection and a better chance of the piercing healing up and staying put.
Corset piercing aftercare
The best way to care for a corset piercing is to soak it in saline solution.
Saline solution is made by stirring half a teaspoon of sea salt into a glass of luke warm water. It has very powerful anti-septic properties and is also gentle on the skin and promotes healing.
It is not advised to use anti-bacterial soap on this type of piercing as it can be harsh and kill off skin cells rather than heal them.
Another good corset piercing aftercare method is to use a professional piercing aftercare solution.
Whilst this piercing is healing, it is often recommended that cleansing solution is applied every three or four hours. Always washing your hands before touching the piercings.
This piercing takes a minimum of 12 weeks to heal.
Corset piercings will most likely never become mainstream.
They are a piercing which will most likely always be seen as contemporary. This is what makes it so unique and the reason it fascinates us so much.
If you would like to model for this piercing or get it done permanently – make sure your piercer is certified and highly skilled.
You may also want to check their portfolio to see if they’ve done corset piercings before. You don’t want to be a human guinea pig do you?
I would only recommend this piercing to those of you with an insanely high pain threshold.
I hope you enjoyed this article and hopefully learnt a thing or two about corset piercings.
Let me know what you think about corset piercings by leaving a comment below.