A corset piercing can be termed as a type of extreme body modification. It is basically a type of surface piercing that tries to create the look of a corset. This form of body piercing is done to create two symmetrical columns of surface piercings. It can involve only a few piercings or several piercings to cover an entire body part, such as the entire back region. Though a back corset piercing is the most preferred option, many also go for the side piercing as well. This piercing is one the hardest piercings to heal, for which people usually prefer the temporary piercing. However, it can also be done on a permanent basis.
Temporary Corset Piercing
It is generally done for a particular occasion, and so, worn only for a few hours. This type of piercing usually uses captive bead rings, through which a ribbon is laced in order to create the appearance of a corset. It can also be done with the help of hypnotic needles and bondage rings, which can be removed, once the special occasion or event is over.
However, if the rings are kept for a long time, they will be rejected by the body. This can cause migration of the rings around the skin, irritation of the wounds, and some ugly piercing scars. Sometimes, an infection can also follow. But, if the jewelry is removed within a few hours, then the risk of infection is low, and even the scarring can be minimal.
Permanent Corset Piercing
It involves multiple surface piercings, mostly done with the help of surface bars with beaded rings mounted on them. Sometimes, Tygon-based bars and teflon tubing are also used, as they are flexible. In a permanent piercing, the lace is usually not put through the jewelry, until the piercing has healed completely. Otherwise, lacing can irritate or put more pressure on the wounds, which in turn, can increase the probability of rejection and the consequent migration of the jewelry.
Once the wounds are healed completely, one of the beads at the end of the surface bar can be removed and replaced with a special bead that can accept a ring. Now, the piercing can be laced to imitate the look of a corset. However, it is not recommended to keep the lace for a long time.
The main risks associated with the temporary piercing are, open wounds, infections, irritation of the wounds, and scarring. On the other hand, a permanent piercing can take considerable time to heal completely, and cause significant pain, as it is a complicated piercing. Therefore, a lot of care needs to be taken during the healing period to ensure that the pierced area is not irritated in any way. An improperly done, as well as rejected or improperly healed piercing can leave some really unsightly scars.
To ensure proper healing, one needs to take appropriate aftercare in consultation with a professional. Generally, the success rate for this type of piercing is very low. So, be sure to choose a trained and expert professional. As far as the piercing aftercare is concerned, you can use a saline solution to cleanse the pierced area. Even mild sea salt can be used to ensure proper healing.
The cost of this piercing usually does not exceed $400, though slight variation can be observed depending on the size of the area being pierced. As the success rate for the permanent corset piercing is very low, most individuals prefer the temporary one. But again, be sure to do some prior research and evaluate the various risks, before going in for this type of piercing.