Tattoos are the only massive change you can make to your body aside from having surgery, right? I don’t think so. Many artists aren’t afraid to do the big stuff. And the big stuff ain’t always tattoos. Many body piercing shops are opening their doors to unique surface piercings and even the difficult corset piercing.
Most people have probably seen photos of corset piercings online, though they are normally laced to appear like the laces on a corset. These photos depict, 99% of the time, play piercings or at least improperly done piercings that will reject.
Knowledgeable artists do not do play piercing over lasting ones unless that’s what you specifically request. A well researched corset piercing will take more than 2 hours to draw, with good spacing and placement to limit piercing rejection, and an hour, at the very least and with a high pain threshold, to pierce. A special barbell, known as a surface bar, should be used on most surface piercings. These barbells are shaped like an upside down staple, with two sharp 90 degree angles on each side. These help keep it deeply beneath the skin and make it harder to push out.
Surface bars, dermal anchors or tygon tubing are currently the only appropriate items for a surface piercing that is not for temporary purposes. After the piercing heals, in about a year, the caps on the surface bar can be traded with a new cap that has a hoop on top. Ribbon or lace can be brought through these hoops and tied for the unique corset piercing look. This look is not for everyday wear though.
Corset piercings should only be done by an experienced piercing professional who has experience and success with other types of surface piercings. Preferably the artist would have success with surface piercings on the part of the body you want to have the corset done on. An experienced piercer will want to do regular checkups as well.
If you are not interested in a permanent corset piercing, but want something fancy for a special occasion, you can use captive bead rings. These allow the corset piercing to be laced immediately, though again, they should not be left laced for an extensive period of time. The entire piercing should be removed in under two weeks to minimize the signs of scarring or other damage.