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Body piercing

Body piercing, a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which jewelry may be worn. The word piercing can refer to the act or practice of body piercing, or to an opening in the body created by this act or practice. Although the history of body piercing is obscured by popular misinformation and by a lack of scholarly reference, ample evidence exists to document that it has been practiced in various forms by both sexes since ancient times throughout the world.

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A common type of piercing to get is one on the cartilage of one's ear. Cartilage piercings tend to take the longest to heal when compared to the standard lobe piercing. This lengthy healing time can be attributed to the fact that cartilage is a type of connective tissue that does not have its own blood supply. Because the external ear is almost entirely cartilage, the healing process can often take months!

Contributed by Sara Berrios

In ancient Rome piercings were a sign of loyalty to the Empire. Men would pierce their nipples to as a sign of strength. Julius Caesar is said to have had pierced nipples.

Contributed by Taylor Jackson

My friend told me that I could use my contact solution to help my ear heal becuase it really just uses the saline. It worked like a charm! If you already have contact solution, that may be easier than buying the solution they sell you when you get it pierced.

Contributed by Katie Schuetz

Ear piercings

all the different types

Contributed by Ashlee Beige Overlin

Lip Piercings

All the different kinds

Contributed by Ashlee Beige Overlin

small hoop nose ring so cute!

Contributed by Kalli Vanden Heuvel

No matter what is getting pierced, make sure it is being done in a clean, safe environment.

Contributed by Pandora VanMeter

Body piercing, when done tastefully, can be a very beautiful thing.

Contributed by Pandora VanMeter

Corset body piercing

Contributed by Kathryn Vercillo

When I went to get my second hole in my ears pierced, the guy told me a very interesting fact! Most people in the U.S, are accustomed to seeing and getting their ears pierced with a piercing gun. This is actually not the safest way to have it done. I would recommend going to a tattoo and piercing place with a good reputation who has high sanitation. Using a piercing nail is actually less painful and it heals quicker! The gun creates ripples of torn skin throughout the ear that have to reconnect, while the nail does not.

Contributed by Charley Bates

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