Piercings And Anatomy

Blog By M. Mitera

Photo by AJ Goldman

The human body is a wonderful mechanism that can do so many incredible things. And every single person is different. No two people have the same fingerprints, our faces are all shaped differently, skin textures change. 

Have you ever looked at your own face in the mirror? I’m sure that the left side of your face is at a different height than the right side. Your right ear may not look the same as your left ear. While these slight differences in appearance may not seem like a huge deal to everyone, they play a huge part in body piercing and as clients as well as piercers, it’s important to know that not everyone can get the same piercings.

Piercings can be placed all over the body but sometimes, a client ends up choosing a piercing that just simply won’t work. There are a few reasons why anatomy can sometimes hinder a particular piercing. First off, if the body lacks the correct amount of skin to hold in jewelry, it’s a good idea to avoid the piercing. For example, not every female can get a vertical hood piercing. There is nothing wrong with an anatomy that can’t hold such a piercing but it is a good idea to consider other piercing options in it’s place. With not enough skin for jewelry to hang on to, a piercing can get snagged and sometimes tear out. This causes pain, swelling, bleeding, and other complications that you just don’t want to deal with. If your piercer informs you that your anatomy may present you with future problems should you persist with a particular piercing, it would be wise to heed their advice.

Other piercings can’t be preformed on some certain anatomies because of spacing. Piercings such as the triple forward helix and triple nostrils are difficult, as the size of the area is usually quite small. Clients with smaller ears may get discouraged when informed that the ridge of their ear is not long enough to accommodate three piercings. In some cases, the clients choose to go with two helix piercings or perhaps a tragus piercing. With triple nostrils, a double nostril can also work or perhaps even high nostrils to go with something a little different!

The important thing to remember is that no two humans have the same anatomy. Everyone is different and while it may be discouraging to some to hear “I don’t believe you have the correct anatomy for this piercing”, be assured that the intention is not to sound rude. As always, we want to make sure that our clients are happy and comfortable with their new adornment. By piercing an anatomy that isn’t set up to hold piercings is a step towards failure. As professionals, we don’t want to subject our clients to that. Our policy is to be honest with you. A piercing in an anatomy that isn’t fitting will end up getting angry and irritated, which could ultimately reflect badly upon us as piercers.

Clients who come in to our shop looking for piercings that their anatomy won’t work with almost always leave with something else done. The level of honesty we have is appreciated by our clients. Since every human is different, we as professional piercers must work with such anatomical variations to make sure that everyone who comes winds up leaving happy and shiny! If you have questions regarding anatomy and a particular piercing, you can always call us at the shop, email me directly, or just stop in!


About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at piercingsbymorgan@gmail.com and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.

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