Piercings are a form of body modification that has grown fairly into fashion and trend. The trend of having piercings has heavily changed with time. While people mostly be familiar with piercings on the ears or the nose, with the growing day and age, we can see that the piercing game has revolutionized and people pierce whatever part of their body they wish.
In many South Asian cultures such as Indian, piercings have a traditional and religious significance such as the nose piercings which denote a mark of beauty and are done as an honor to Goddess Parvati. While women are the ones who get such body modifications, with the quick-changing world, many men have also got in on the trend.
Here is your guide to different types of piercings:
Before we go further, what we need to know is that there are many different types of piercings. So we have divided them into sections for you.
1. Ear Piercings
This is the most common piercing you will see which is done on the lobe of the ear. They take about 4 weeks to heal depending upon different people.
Also known as the cartilage piercing. These are commonly done on the cartilage towards the upper portion of the ear.
Conch piercings are done on the inner cartilage of the ear and can take from 6 months to a year to completely heal.
This is a piercing of the little flap of cartilage that is on the side of your face which covers your ear canals. It can take anywhere from 4 to 8 months to completely heal.
The Daith piercing is of the flesh just above the tragus which is the innermost cartilage fold in the ear. It can take from 3 – 6 months to completely heal.
The industrial piercing is done with two piercings on the helix at an angle which is to be seen as one piercing. Usually, barbells are worn for this piercing and it can take about 7 months to heal completely so it is advised that after you get this piercing done, you treat both piercings separately.
Orbital piercings are a set of two earlobe piercings that are connected with a small earring, usually seen on the upper ear. It can take up to 6 months to completely heal.
This is done by piercing the antihelix of the ear located above the tragus and between the inner and outer conch. Unlike other piercings, rook piercings pass from the underside of the conch to the upper side. This may take at least 10 months to completely heal.
A snug piercing also known as anti-helix piercings are pierced through the inner cartilage of the ear also called as anti-helix which can take up to 1 year to completely heal.
This is pierced on the inner part of the cartilage facing opposite the tragus. It can take from 4 to 8 months to completely heal.
2. Facial piercings
The eyebrow piercing is pierced from the lower part of the eyebrow and exits to the upper part of the eyebrow. It takes about 6 weeks to heal depending upon different individuals.
Unlike the eyebrow, the anti-eyebrow is a horizontal piercing which is pierced below opposite to the eye-brow. Anti-eyebrow piercings take around 6-8 weeks to completely heal.
Done on the nostril, nose piercings are popular among women in many South Asian countries. It will take about 4-6 months to completely heal.
Another kind of piercing which is done on the nose, the placement of this piercing is the septum which is the cartilage between the nose which separates the two nostrils. It can take from 6-8 months to heal completely.
This is another type of piercing done on the nose. Bridge piercings are done on the skin of the bridge of the nose directly between the eyes. It may take about 4-8 weeks to completely heal.
Cheek piercings are usually done to imitate dimples and can also help to enhance your dimples. It can take up to 3 months to completely heal.
Piercings done on the lips, whether on the upper lip, lower lip or through the lips. Depending upon the placements lips piercings have different names. For example, snake bites, Medusa or Monroe. Lip piercings depending upon placement will take at least 6 weeks to completely heal.
3. Oral Piercings
For this piercing, you get your tongue pierced at the center of your tongue and takes about 3 to 4 weeks, making it one of the quickest piercings to heal due to the fact that enzymes in your saliva help fight infection and bacteria.
Also known as the tongue web piercing, this piercing is done on the underside of the tongue. But this piercing may not be feasible. It may take from 2 – 8 weeks to completely heal.
This is a rare piercing which is done inside the back of the mouth on the uvula which is the projection of the soft palate. For complete healing, this piercing will take about 2 weeks.
Naval piercings or belly button piercings, usually worn and adorned by women and were at the peak of trend during the 90s. It usually may seem that it heals within 4-6 weeks to heal but can take up to 3-6 months heal completely.
5. Dermal Piercings
Unlike traditional piercings, dermal piercings are single point piercings which are done with the help special tools such as a dermal punch and dermal forceps. A small patch of skin is removed in order to place a dermal anchor. Dermal piercings are said to be painful but this can range from person to person, the placement if the piercing on the body, the thickness of the dermis layer, sensory nerve distribution and the tool used for the piercing.
6. Genital/Nipple Piercing
As the name speaks for itself, these piercings are done on the nipples or/and the genitalia region of the body. Nipple and genital piercings are slowly gaining popularity with people from all genders and sexualities. There are various names of genital piercings depending upon its placement. While nipple piercings take at least 6 months to heal. Genital piercings, on the other hand, have a much shorter healing period. While some heal within 6-10 weeks in general, some take up to 9 months to heal. The healing time of genital piercings completely depends upon the placement of the piercing.