An Overview of Piercing Types

Written by Shopping Magazine on March 18, 2016. Posted in Body piercing types, How to become a piercing apprentice

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The list of body piercings that a person can get has no end. The diverse and creative body piercing types that people undergo give them a great outlet to express themselves and celebrate their own beauty. Although there are literally hundreds of types of body piercings that you would have to learn how to safely implement if you went through a body piercing apprenticeship program, the most common body piercings of the head can be described in a few categories.

General List of Body Piercings

Ear Piercings
Ear piercings are the most common type of body art on our list of body piercings. In most cases, ear piercings involve incredibly little pain and a fast recovery time. From a social perspective, people of all walks of life wear ear piercings without any notice: college professors, bankers and other professionals, babies and small children, as well as those who are looking for an alternative appearance.

In addition to the common earlobe piercing, there are dozens of ways that a person can pierce their ears to express their individuality. Although that the ear is a relatively small part of the body, the tragus, conch, daith and pinna still make a bold statement.
Also, various piercing techniques, such as ear weaving and gauging that give a person a unique look with minimal pain.

Facial piercings
Facial piercings are an extremely popular avenue of body art, and there are hundreds of diverse piercing types, as well as looks, that you can achieve through it. Because of the extensive nature and options with these types of piercings, we created separate categories for lip and oral piercings below.

In addition to the statement that can be made with a facial piercing, facial piercings are attractive because there is very little risk associated with this type of body art. The human face has a high rate of blood flow, which helps facial piercings heal quickly. However, because of the prominent location of a facial piercing, you should take good care of a piercing on your face to avoid scarring. You should also give it extensive consideration before undergoing a piercing on your face.


If your line of work or education does not allow facial piercings, you may be able to keep (or acquire) your piercing with by using a piercing retainer. A pierce retainer is a small clear or nude colored piece of jewelry that makes your piercing look almost invisible while keeping it open.

Lip Piercings
The lip area can actually be pierced in almost any way or location because of the soft and flexible tissue that it is comprised of. While the blood flow in the face contributes to fast healing times for piercings, the area of the mouth gets the highest rate of blood flow in the face, making it an ideal location for a piercing, from a healing perspective.


If you are considering getting a lip piercing, it is important to only use a professional piercer or doctor to ensure that it is done safely. Lip piercings that are put in the wrong place can result in damage to the teeth and gums due to the constant rubbing of jewelry. Also, you should keep a watchful eye on any wear that you experience inside your mouth after getting a lip piercing.

Oral Piercings
Piercings of the tongue, upper and lower frenulum, and other parts of the mouth are extremely popular. Even though the mouth is teeming with bacteria, saliva speeds up wound healing; a wound inside of the mouth will heal twice as fast as one outside of the mouth. This contributes to incredibly rapid healing times for oral piercings. In fact, the mouth is so efficient at healing itself that if you take a tongue ring out for a matter of hours, it will begin to close itself.

It is important to always pay attention to the condition of your mouth piercing. If you experience discomfort, or notice your piercing causing an infection or damage to another part of your mouth, you should consult a medical professional. It is also important to only use appropriate jewelry in a piercing inside of your mouth.


Our list of body piercings doesn’t even scratch the surface of places you are able to get a piercing; however now you have an understanding of the most common of them.

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