After summoning the courage to receive a body piercing and battle your fear of needles, your next decision will be the location on your body. You will have to take the personal and professional aspects of your life into consideration, as well as your activity level. Some piercings are not suitable for people in sports or certain professions, depending on the location of the jewelry. Consult a professional piercer, and explain your lifestyle when trying to determine a place for your new body piercing.
Facial piercings are the most obvious and noticeable of body piercings. Options for facial piercings range from the top of the face, along the eyebrow, to underneath the nose. At the top of the face, a professional piercer can perform eyebrow and bridge piercings. Eyebrow piercings can be on either side of the face. Bridge piercings are located in between the eyes on the top of the bridge of the nose.
Nostril and septum piercings are piercings that can be done as single or multiple piercings. Your ears are not limited to earlobe piercings only. Multiple ear cartilage piercings along the rim of your ear are options, as well as ear cartilage piercings such as a rook, industrial and tragus, which are located on the inner cartilage of the outer ear, according to Infinite Body Piercing.
The outside of your mouth houses several options for piercings. A Monroe piercing on either side of the upper lip resembles the look of a beauty mark. A centered lip piercing is called a labret, while lip piercings along the sides are also a possibility. Inside the mouth, tongue and frenulum piercings can be concealed to wear privately. The frenulum piercings are located underneath and at that base of the tongue, and at the apex of the mouth where the upper lip meets the gum line. Oral piercings can damage your teeth and gums if you disregard advice from your piercer about appropriate jewelry length and size and proper care for the piercing, according to the Association of Professional Piercers.
Your chest and stomach have the option of piercings that you can conceal while wearing daily work or school clothing. Nipple and navel piercings have the longest healing period of all body piercings, from six months to one year, but trunk piercings allow for privacy, which is an appealing option for piercees. You should consider that nipple and navel piercings can be visible in a bathing suit, and wear appropriate attire when planning an outing that involves swimming.
Genital piercings are the most discreet forms of body piercing. Male and female genitals have several options for piercing, heal quickly with proper aftercare and are easily hidden. Prince Alberts, reverse Prince Alberts, Ampallang and Apradravya are male genital piercings that a piercer places on the head of the penis and through the urethra. Frenum piercings can be performed as a single piercing on the shaft of the penis, or two or more can form a ladder look. Women have the option of inner or outer labia piercings and also a hood piercing. A piercer inserts the needle and jewelry into the small flap of skin covering the clitoris to perform a hood piercing, according to Elayne Angel, author of "The Piercing Bible: The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing." You must have proper anatomy to heal a genital piercing safely. Your piercer will inspect your anatomy during a consultation to determine if your anatomy is suitable.
Maude Coffey retired after 10 years working as a professional body modification artist in the tattoo industry. She is certified in principles of infection control and blood-borne pathogens. Coffey received additional training and classes, such as anatomy, jewelry standards and aftercare, from the Association of Professional Piercers. Coffey aims to educate about safe tattooing and piercing practices while writing for various websites.