Corset Piercing 101
Derived from the fetish scene, the corset piercing is a popular choice for those seeking an aesthetically pleasing, extreme look.
This piercing was first seen in the late 1990's and is closely associated with the BDSM lifestyle. Often performed for a special occasion such as a photo shoot or event, this piercing is certainly not for the faint of heart!
The art of corset piercing is a procedure done to simulate the look of a laced corset. Most commonly done on the back, the piercings are usually placed in two bilateral symmetrical rows, mimicking the eyelet holes of a real corset. Typically performed with anything from four piercings (two per row) upwards, you can easily create a bespoke look.
The corset piercing can be placed in the following locations:
- The Back: This is the most popular placement for this type of piercing. Typically located either from the nape of the neck to the lower back for a full scale corset piercing or placed across the shoulder blades, at the waist or at the lower back for a smaller version.
- The Legs: Common placements include the back of the thigh, the front of the thigh or the side of the ankle.
- The Neck: Usually placed either at the back of the neck or on the throat, this is a relatively unusual location for this piercing.
- The Arms: Corset piercings can be placed in many locations on the arm, including the wrist, the forearm, the bicep, the inner arm and the elbow.
Due to the complex nature of this piercing, many piercing studios will not perform it. As such, we strongly advise that you research your options fully and source a licensed, professional piercer who is both highly experienced and completely comfortable with performing the procedure.
Once you and your piercer have chosen the most anatomically suitable location and agreed upon the placement of each piercing, the area will then be cleaned with an antibacterial solution. They will then mark out where the piercings will be, before the piercings are carried out using a sterilised hollow needle. The jewellery of your choice will then be threaded through the piercing, with the process repeating until the desired look is achieved.
It is possible to achieve a permanent corset piercing, although it requires a great deal of attention and care. To achieve permanence, multiple surface piercings or microdermal piercings must be performed to create the desired look, either all at once or in stages to help with the healing process. This is no guarantee of permanence however. To date, there has been some success in retaining permanent piercings by using surface bars or tubing, which naturally move with the body, inflicting less stress on the piercings.
The pain experienced when getting a corset piercing is
comparable to that of any other surface piercing. Some locations are naturally
more painful than others (The throat, inner arm and ankle are aid to be among
the most painful places to have pierced), though due to the number of piercings
being performed all at once, this may result in a more painful experience even
when performed in areas considered to be ‘less painful’.
It's worth bearing in
mind that everyone experiences pain differently, so this information is purely
Some throbbing, bruising, swelling and bleeding is to be
expected following any piercing, though if you experience any abnormal levels
of pain or discomfort, it's important to seek medical attention immediately.
Corset piercings are notoriously troublesome to heal, with
only a handful of people experiencing complete healing. The vast majority of
recipients experience issues with migration and rejection, resulting in the
piercing becoming relatively temporary (Removed within 12 weeks of being done)
Due to the various locations and placements possible when
having a corset piercing, there is a greater chance of infection. This increased
risk means that it’s even more important to stick to a rigid aftercare regime,
details of which can be found in our Aftercare Guide.
In addition to a solid aftercare routine, it’s important to
bear the following things in mind:
you only touch your piercing after washing your hands thoroughly with
antibacterial soap. Not only does this promote proper hygiene practices,
but this will help to minimise the spread of bacteria.
sleeping on the piercing. This is especially crucial for corset piercings
that run down the spine, thighs or hips, as movement whilst sleeping can catch
on the jewellery and cause trauma to the piercing sites.
from using soap that contains lye when bathing or showering. Whilst
perfectly safe for use, lye is a caustic ingredient that can cause irritation
to a healing piercing. Instead, use a lye free or castile based soap or shower
gel to avoid unnecessary irritation or soreness.
you avoid wearing tight fitting clothing. Very fitted or compressive
clothing can apply unnecessary pressure to the piercings, leading to discomfort
and complications with healing.
- Make sure
you keep your hair away from your piercings. Hair can become tangled on
piercing jewellery, causing discomfort and potentially transferring bacteria to
the piercing. Avoid any mishaps by keeping your locks tied up!
- Do not
lace the piercings until you’re healed! Whilst complete healing is very
rare, it is not recommended to
attempt lacing your corset piercing until your piercer has examined the
piercings and given the OK to it. Premature lacing can cause tearing to the
piercing sites which in turn, can potentially lead to infection.
using sunscreen, body lotions, perfumes or make up in and around the piercing
sites. These items can cause irritation to the piercing sites, hindering
- Try to
avoid participating in any physical activity that will cause undue stress or
movement to the piercing sites. This includes activities such as
weightlifting, gymnastics and breakdancing, which require fluidity of movement
that may cause discomfort with a fresh corset piercing.
Once you retire a corset piercing, you may experience a little scarring. If your piercings were subject to micro tears or injury, the resultant scarring may be more apparent.
Corset piercings are intended to be laced while they are healing but with permanent corset piercings, lacing is avoided so as not to disturb the healing process. Surface bars are the best choice of jewellery for fresh corset piercings, though some people prefer BCR
's or bead captive rings.
Once the piercings are fully healed, the bead at the ends of the surface bars can be replaced with a special bead, designed to accept a ring similar to a bondage bar. Still, extra care should be taken when lacing is worn with a corset piercing because any tension applied can disrupt the piercing sites.
The information contained here within is based on our experience as one of the
UK’s largest piercing chains. Please note that each individual’s experiences
will be subjective and therefore each person will have a different experience
of pain, healing and maintenance. For more information, please view our article
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