Body modification (or body alteration) refers to deliberately altering your body and it is done for rites of passage, religious beliefs, sexual enhancement, to display group membership, to create shock value and for other reason, that will sum one to one: self-expression. Ear piercing, nose piercing, circumcision, tongue splitting, tongue tattoos are the most common, but the list goes one with more extreme body modifications such as nipple piercing, ritual branding, sewing, corsetry and binding or genital tattooing. Some people are fascinated while others are horrified or disgusted. If you are in the last category I would not recommend that you continue reading, as we are going to present a top ten of the most incredible body modifications. And most of all, do NOT try them at home!
10. Elf ears
As the name suggests it, this body modification refers to using plastic surgery in order to create an elf like ears. Before you do any kind of body modification, you should be aware of the extend to the modification will make it difficult for you to get a decent job, as extreme body modification can be a job stopper. People are more accepting now, but the problem is if you will like the body enhancement years down the road. With elf ears for example, you can try to fake it for a week or so, in order to see how it work out for you.
Julia Gnuse, a young American woman has tattooed 95% of her body surface with some of the weirdest tattoos. You will find tribal symbols, the faces of her favorite actors and of her favorite cartoon characters. The reasons for her tattoos are purely medical, as suffers from a disease that affects her skin when exposed to sunlight. The tattoos had the role of covering her wounds and scars that cover her body. Then, the tattoos became a hobby for her and from here to the Guinness Book there was only one step.
This practice coming from Africa is the latest form of body art that grown in popularity. It is a permanent design achieved through scarring the skin a scalpel. So, when you consider choosing such a tattoo, think twice and try to avoid trends, as you it is a very high likelihood that you tattoo design that was one popular will not look so great after a few years down the lane. Taking into account the desired type of scar, different blade type are used: curved, straight, smaller and larger.
It is worth to mention that scarification and branding are two different things. Through branding the skin is burned usually with a heated piece of metal while for scarification is used a scalpel to cut an image/design into your skin. Before having your first branding design, make sure to sit down while another client has his or her design, so you know if you can stand the smell of burned skin.
6. Subdermal Implant
This kind of body modification is also know under the name of as a 3-D implant or pocketing and it implies that a kind of body jewelry that is placed underneath the skin, therefore allowing the body to heal over the implant and creating a raised design. Before considering any kind of body modification, one should consider the health risk associated with that. It is strongly advised that the person executing the body modification has the necessary licenses. Moreover, at even the slightest sign of infection one should see a doctor immediately.
5. Earlobe Stretching
As in the case of any body modification, you should be certain that this is what you want, as one you have stretched your ear, the only option for it to return to normal is plastic surgery. Incorrect stretching can lead to tears, bleeding, the chance of infection and potential scarring which can make further stretching difficult and painful.
4. Magnetic implants
With the use of small neodymium magnets that are placed under the skin (usually the fingertips), the individual can have different sensory experiences caused by the movement of the implant in the presence of magnetic fields. The experience has been described as a tingling, an oscillation and movement or as pure stimulation.
3. Tongue splitting
One of the newest body modifications is tongue splitting or tongue bifurcation. The process involves literally cutting the tongue in half directly down the center. The split is created through surgical laser. Once the tongue is split it is possible to move both sections independently of one another. If biting your tongue alone hurts, can you imagine just how much more painful it would be to get it split!
2. Corset piercing
In corset piercing, metal rings are pierced into the skin and joined together with a ribbon to give a corset effect. The piercing is located in the spot where the eyelets would be if one was wearing a corset. It is a symmetrical piercing with an equal number of holes on each side. It take one hour of pain to achieve the corset effect, but be careful as it is temporary meaning that after a few weeks of wear they simply grow out, leaving scars in their place! The scarring can be or it can produce problems where the tissue overgrows and the individual will get a red lump which is permanent.
1. Skull Implants
Some people wear spikes while others have them implanted into his skull. And this is not a joke! Skull implants are a form or trans dermal implant, in which the implants are placed under the skin, but also protrude out of it.