Types of Body Piercings

There are many, many different types of body piercings, from the popular to the hard-to-heal and downright rare. From this page you can learn all about the different body piercing placements and what you should know before getting a particular part of your body pierced.

Which body piercing is for you?

Almost any part of the body can be pierced but it is always important to consider your individual anatomy before getting a piercing. Everyone's body is different and piercings such as upper ear piercings and intimate piercings are very dependent on the individual shape of your ears etc. You can then choose not only the placement that will suit your body but also the jewellery that has the best chance of healing your piercing. As with any piercing placement queries we recommend that you consult a professional body piercer with any questions before you decide to go ahead with a piercing.

It is also important to think about your lifestyle - will your new piercing be practical in day to day life? Simple things such as clothing and work dress codes can cause problems with certain body piercings. For example, if you wear a helmet or headphones often it may make it difficult to heal upper ear piercings. Many work places do not allow facial piercings and if you work in a dangerous environment certain body piercings pose a health risk. Most of these issues can be overcome with careful piercing placement and the right jewellery but it is always better to be safe than sorry!

Some body piercings are known by different names in different countries and communities. In this section we will be using the most common UK names for the piercings, because Body Jewellery Shop is based in the United Kingdom. Some piercing names are also dependent on the type of jewellery you wear in the piercing - for example an industrial piercing must use a long barbell, or it becomes simply two upper ear piercings.

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