Piercing: 15 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know (Part 1)




The art of body piercing has only grown in popularity, and is taking the young generations by storm. This particular process of body modification has evolved into a way for individuals to uniquely express themselves. If you aren’t much into the piercing game, don’t worry! We have all of the essential details right here in our article. Don’t forget to check back for our coming article, part two, to see the top eight surprising facts that you didn’t know about piercing!

Number Fifteen: It’s Nothing New

Despite the bad reputation this art form has received from older generations, piercing is observable in many cultures throughout history. Stretched earlobes are a traditional fad in African culture, and have even been found on some of the oldest discoveries of mummies. In the Bible, there is even a reference to the piercing of noses.

Number Fourteen: Statistics for Untraditional Piercing

It isn’t uncommon for someone to have pierced ears these days, but other locations are growing in popularity. Despite these trends, it is estimated that only seven percent of people have piercings in places other than their ears.

Number Thirteen: Health Issues

After a piercing is performed, it is extremely possible to have health complications with the area. In fact, roughly 35% of all piercings, including ear piercings, develop these issues. These usually result in minor infections, but rare cases can be more serious.

Number Twelve: Metal Allergies

In addition to medical complications, it is extremely possible for a person to be allergic to the jewelry used for their piercings. Stainless steel, titanium, or pure gold are the safest choices for body jewelry. Metal containing cobalt or even white gold have been known to give people allergic reactions, and nickel is the most common metal allergen.

Number Eleven: You Should Be Sure

Piercing artists are all too familiar with the type of people who have piercings done in full confidence that they can remove it if they don’t like it. However, this fallback plan can have unforeseen consequences. Piercings almost never heal without cosmetic repercussions, and most often cause scars, holes, or even skin bumps.

Number Ten: The Healing Process

Simply put, a piercing is an intentional wound. Therefore, the body will perform the healing process for the affected area as it always has. Redness and swelling is a normal reaction, and most often doesn’t indicated that the hole will cause complications or become infected. However, it isn’t uncommon for a piercing to be rejected; this is most common with navel piercings. This is because the body jewelry is seen as a foreign contaminant in the skin, like a splinter, and the body will work to push it out.

Number Nine: The Art Form

As strange as it may sound, the procedure of piercing the skin is a form of art, when done correctly. Sterilization is important, but there are also visual skills required to get it done right. Piercings are performed in order to enhance the physical appearance of a person, meaning that the placement of each piercing may be different for every patient, and the physical appearance of each individual should be taken into consideration before the act is done. Don’t forget to check back for our coming article, part two, to see the top eight surprising facts that you didn’t know about piercing!

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