What is a Corset Piercing and What is the Point in Them?

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?

What is a Corset Piercing
Corset piercing before ribbons/lace.

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
Slave Barbell
Slave Barbell for permanent corset piercings

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.

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Corset piercing aftercare

Saline Solution
Saline solution

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.

14 Comments on What is a Corset Piercing and What is the Point in Them?

  1. Hi Hannah,

    I always liked the way corset piercings looked, for some time I even wanted to get a permanent one, back when I was really into the pinup style. But when I read you recommend them only to those with a high pain threshold I remembered the tears that rolled down by eyes when I got my nose pierced, and now I’m glad I never went ahead with it. It’s beautiful to look at, but I think I will stick to just that – admiring from a far :) Thank you for your great post, there isn’t much info on those around.

    Take Care,

    • Hey Eva.

      I agree, corset piercings do look amazing. You would need a high pain threshold for sure though. Imagine being pierced so many times then having your new piercings pulled on when they are freshly done!

      Glad you enjoyed this post. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Hi Hannah
    Thanks for the information about corset piercing. I haven’t actually seen this before but it is COOL. Does it leave any marks on the skin after the piercings have closed?

    • Hi Lou.

      Most people who get this done remove them very shortly after the photo shoot or event. This way there is not much scarring at all, it fades nearly completely within weeks. The longer it is left in – the more scarring it will leave. That’s the best way to think of it.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. hi Hannah
    well this was a new one for me!! I have seen tattooed corsets before but not piercing ones. It is unique to say the least. I can see that being used in a temporary manner to promote someone’s work or an event. But I really do not see why one would have a permanent one. I get that it is artistic but it looks like it would be very painful. That piercing is not small! I have endured a lot of pain for all the tattoos I have so I am not one to talk about I do not think I would go through all the trouble for a corset piercing.

    • Hi Emily.

      I get what you mean – this type of piercing is not for everyone. It is a great tool for upcoming piercers and models to promote themselves and their work but other than that is a lot of hassle and pain.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

  4. Wow, I’ve seen these here & there lately on the web but had no idea they were mostly done temporally. Sounds like an awful amount of pain to go through for a photo shoot??? How do you find out if someone is certified? Would they have their credentials visible in their shop and what would it have to have on it so that I would know for sure that it is legit? Many Thanks for the info!

    • Hi Donna.

      It is a lot to go through for a temporary piercing but many people still willingly get this done!

      Certified piercers do often tend to have their certificates on display. There are multiple qualifications needed in order to be a piercer – read about them here if interested. It is also a good idea to ask to see the piercer’s portfolio.

      Thanks for reading and for your comment. Hope I’ve answered your question.

  5. Wow, I’ve never heard of this sort of piercing, it looks beautiful. But how safe is it? Two things come to my mind when I look at it. what if someone nasty tears it? That would be pretty painful. And also, if you get so many piercings at the same time is there a higher risk of infection? It looks beautiful, but seems too risky for someone like me.

    • Hey Kams.

      To answer your questions: This piercing is not as safe as others, there are risks associated with it. Tears can happen if the person bends over too much for example. Corset piercings also reject very easily. The risk of infection is also a lot higher than with other “normal” piercings due to the amount of piercings done at the same time. For these reasons the corset piercing is temporary and usually removed after the photo-shoot.

      Thanks for your input, very good questions.

      • Thanks for the info. I think going out with corset piercings would be too dangerous, but getting it done for the sake of a beautiful, unique photo shoot definitely makes sense!

        • Hi Kams.

          I agree with you – it’s not a piercing I would want to go out with either. I would be worried about the ribbons getting caught on something! It does look amazing in photos though, yeah.

          Thanks a million for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  6. Good morning Hannah. Thanks for the very informative post. I had no idea that this type of piercing existed. I love the artistic look of it and I agree with you, it would make an awesome photo shoot, or just make an amazing statement too. I like the fact that it can be temporary too. I can’t imagine the pain though! Thanks for the wonderful post, keep up the good work!

    • Hi William.

      This piercing sure does have artistic value to it. I’ve seen some amazing ones, the piercer can really show off their creativity with a piercing like this.

      It’s awesome that you enjoyed my article, thanks very much for reading.

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