Corset Piercing - Aftercare & Health Issues


Although corsetry has a long history, the corset piercing is of contemporary origin, coming into practice with the establishment of the body piercing industry in the late 1990s. Like corsetry, it is associated with erotic behavior and aesthetics, particularly fetish aesthetics. Also paralleling corsets, most wearers of corset piercings are women.

A corset piercing is a piercing that is pierced multiple times mostly side to side to look like a corset being laced up the body. Two rows of bilaterally symmetrical piercings are performed and can be composed of as few as four piercings (two in each row) or as many as the length of the area being pierced (usually the back) and the vertical space between piercings will allow space for. Due to the difficulty and risks associated with permanently healing single surface piercings, most corset piercings are intended to be temporary.

Temporary corset piercings are often performed for aesthetic reasons, often as part of a fetish event or photo shoot. A body piercer may also perform a corset piercing to promote his/her business, to be photographed for a portfolio or to be used for advertising purposes. They may also be performed as play piercings as part of BDSM activity. Often temporary corset piercings are worn laced with ribbon, rope, or chain.

As permanent piercings
It is possible for the multiple surface wounds that constitute a corset piercing to heal; however, they are unlikely to heal properly. Permanent corset piercings would consist of multiple surface piercings, pierced with jewelry designed for the purpose, and bear all of the healing issues and risks associated with them. To date, the most successful attempts at permanent corset piercings have been performed with surface bars, although some success has been reported using Teflon or Tygon tubing, both of which are flexible and move with the body.

There have also been experiments in healing corset piercings as transdermal implants. Due to the tremendous potential for the healing piercings to be irritated by normal daily life, corset piercings, even healed ones, require constant vigilance by the wearer to prevent damage.

Just like the rest of the body piercing types, corset piercing takes some time to heal and it's very important to follow your aftercare advice by your piercing artist.

Two hours after you’ve had your piercing done the applied ointment on it will dry up. As soon as this happens, make sure you clean your hands well with an antibiotic soap and then clean the place with Sea salt soak. Then use the some ointment every 3 hours a day in the next 20 days. A high level of hygiene and a great precaution around the place because otherwise is obligatory, it is possible that you might get hurt or scratched and suppuration may appear. You must not remove the piercing during the healing process (until the hole heals) and, of course, you must not bathe in dirty water. As is the case with tattoos, the summer period is not recommended because there is a danger of allergies and infections.

Sea salt soaks are probably the best thing for a healing piercing as they balance with your body's own PH and wash out the bacteria while promoting the healing of the skin inside the piercing.

The proper mixture for a traditional sea salt soak is as follows:
1/4 tsp Sea Salt to 1 cup of water.
2 tbsp Sea Salt to a full gallon of water (if you want to pre-mix and use
whenever needed). To do the soak, you will fill a cup (dixie cups actually work best so that you do not cross-contaminate because they're meant for single-use only) and use it like a suction cup over the piercing (all around) for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times daily.

Antibacterial soap
There were a lot of discussions about the antibacterial soaps in the past years, and we came to realize that neither Betadine nor Antibacterial Soap is good for healing a fresh piercing as you're attempting to heal the skin within the hole and the chemicals are far too harsh and actually kill off skin cells rather than help with healing. This kind of soaps are good for your personal hygiene. Wash your hands every time you change your piercing jeweler.

Do Not use alcohol-that could sting if it gets too close to the new piercing and is far too harsh for a fresh piercing. And removing the unattractive coloration isn't just an aesthetic issue. Iodine should be removed from the skin after the piercing is done to prevent any irritation.

The jewelers are extremely important especially for the first piercing. The preferable metal is titanium, as this one is the most convenient and does not contain toxic substances, which reduces the chances of allergies, suppuration and infections. Normally, it is essential that the piercing has the appropriate size for the body spot where it is going to be placed.

Carefully choose the body jewelry, especially for the first time piercing. This is most complicated body modification so proper jewelry is very important. As most suitable jewel material is titanium. So when you choose your body jewels keep in mind to pick a titanium jewel. You can talk with your piercing artist about the body jewels your about to wear in the first two or three weeks, while the fresh pierced holes are healing. Remember, titanium jewels are the best.

Also, don't take off any of the piercing jewels (especially in the first 3 weeks), the pierced holes need to heal fully. It's very important to eat healthy food and drink a lot of water in order to keep your immune system the best.

Always wash the hands with antibacterial soap before you touch the piercing.