Corset piercing is one of the recent fashion trends among women in body modifications. The corset was actually an undergarment worn by women during 1800âs. It used a metal brace disguised as lingerie consisting of a chain of laced hook-and-eye clasps to enhance the shape of a womenâs back. The result was an hourglass figure that enhanced the bust and the hips and constricted the size of the waist making a woman look very attractive. Corset piercing came into being with the advent of body piercing industry during late 1990âs. It basically deals with aesthetics and erotic behavior. Corset piercing is usually worn by women, as it a part of female fashion.
Corset piercings, also called as ladder piercings consist of a series of piercings done on your back. The piercings are usually arranged in two vertical columns. It is done in such a way that the eyelets would resemble as if you are wearing a corset. The piercings are done symmetrically with equal number of holes on either side. The minimum number of piercings that can be done is four with two on each side, and the maximum number of piercings that can be done depends upon the area of your skin surface. Larger the area, greater number of piercings you can have.
Nearly everyone who gets corset piercings use standard bead rings. It is through these beaded rings that a lace or a ribbon is laced to make it look like a corset. Ribbon and lace are the most commonly used materials; however, some people also use rope or chain. Although it looks very beautiful and unique, these materials can only be used temporarily otherwise the piercings would not heal because of the constant agitation of the skin leaving ugly scars all along your back. To prevent this, the jewelry used should be removed immediately after the purpose of wearing a corset is finished.
Corset piercings can be temporary as well as permanent. Temporary corset piercings are generally done for aesthetic purposes, such as a photo shoot or just for a fetish. Temporary corset piercings usually make use of captive beaded rings as jewelry, however, if the corset piercing is simple, done for the purpose of a photo shoot, then it is usually done with hypodermic needles, which can be removed after the activity is completed. Temporary corset piercing does not normally last for more than a week or a few hours, until the activity for which it is worn is over. Temporary corset piercings leave open wounds that are prone to infections, irritation or cross-contamination as any other healed piercing or wound.
Permanent corset piercings constitute of multiple surface piercings that are done by piercing the surface with the piece of jewelry created for this purpose. Permanent corset piercing is associated with a lot of involved risks and healing issues. The most successful permanent corset piercings done till date use surface bars with beaded ends. As there is a great possibility of the corset piercings to be irritated by normal living, a lot of precaution and care needs to be taken even after the piercings are healed to avoid damage.
Because of being difficult and painful, most of the corset piercings are done temporarily. However, if you still are interested to get a permanent corset piercing, the first step would be to find a piercer who is trustworthy and an expert in this field. If he knows his job very well, he should advise using surface bars (specially designed for surface piercings) having beaded rings. After the piercing is healed, the beads of these surface bars are drilled to make a hole in which the rings can be attached, thus, resembling the captive bead rings. Another option that can be used is the flexible jewelry, which moves with the body, such as Teflon tubing or Tygon-based bars. It is better to let the piercings heal before lacing it with ribbons or any other material to avoid any pressure or tension on the wounds that may cause infection and cause the skin around the piercings to migrate. Even after the piercings heal completely, it is not recommended to wear the piercings laced up at all times, as it greatly increases the chances of getting the piercings completely healed.
Corset piercings can also be done with some variations, such as on the sides of your belly, thighs, arms, sides of legs and even on throat.