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Need some help identifying types of piercings? No problem! We created this body piercing glossary so you can have all the important info about body piercings at your fingertips. From types of ear piercings to types of face piercings and more, we’ve got you covered. Get ready to learn about all the holes you can put through your body and embrace body modification.
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Though an earlobe piercing may be the most well-known type of ear piercing, there are multiple areas of the ear that you can pierce in order to show off your style. Below, is a detailed list of different types of ear piercings so you can find the perfect one for your liking. With so many ear piercing options to choose from, you’ll be able to turn your ear into your very own piece of body piercing art.
- Anti-tragus Piercing – A perforation of the outer ear cartilage (next to the earlobe) opposite the ear canal. An anti-tragus piercing can take anywhere from 8-16 months to fully heal. The jewelry should not be changed until it’s fully healed.
- Auricle Piercing – A piercing through the auricle part of your ear. The auricle section of your ear lies between the helix and the earlobe. This piercing can take between three to nine months to fully heal and should be cleaned daily.
- Conch Piercing – This part of your ear resembles a conch shell, and is located directly in the center between your lobe and the top of your ear. There are two types of conch piercings: inner and outer. An outer conch piercing is located in the flat portion of the ear between the helix and the anti-helix, while the inner conch piercing is located at the center of the ear by the cup-shaped area adjacent to the ear canal.
- Constellation Piercing – A cluster of ear piercings that resemble a galaxy constellation.
- Daith Piercing – A piercing that passes through the innermost cartilage fold of the ear. A daith piercing is usually a 14 gauge and has been claimed to help migraines. Sometimes this piercing is called a “migraine piercing.”
- Earlobe Piercing – A piercing on the lobe of the ear(s). Earlobe piercings typically heal in 6-12 weeks and are normally performed with a spring-loaded piercing gun, making the process extremely quick.
- Forward Helix Piercing – Located on the outer rim of your ear just above the tragus.
- Helix Piercing – Placed through the upper ear cartilage with a hollow piercing needle. This is also called a cartilage piercing. Add two holes for a double helix piercing.
- Industrial Piercing – Also known as a scaffold piercing, a bar piercing, or a construction piercing, the industrial piercing consists of two pierced holes connected with one single piece of jewelry. This piercing is usually located on the upper ear cartilage and sits diagonally on the ear.
- Orbital Piercing – A combination of two ear piercings connected by one piece of jewelry. Orbital piercings can be located on the helix, the forward-helix, the earlobe and more.
- Rook Piercing – A piercing through the top portion or anti-helix of the ear. The anti-helix is located above the tragus on the ridge between the inner and outer conch.
- Snug Piercing – A horizontal piercing that is placed at the inner ridge of the ear cartilage, above the anti-tragus. This piercing goes through the anti-helix as well, but it’s a little further toward the middle of the cartilage.
- Tragus Piercing – A piercing through the tragus, which is a section of cartilage located directly in front of the ear canal opening.
- Transverse Lobe Piercing – This piercing is much like an earlobe piercing, except the piercing is done horizontally through the earlobe instead of front to back.
Just like ear piercings, there are so many options when it comes to face piercings. Though eyebrow piercings and lip piercings seem to be two of the most well-known in society, the list of options is much larger. We’ve outlined every face piercing option so you can know exactly what you want before visiting a piercer.
- Ashley Piercing – A lower lip piercing that goes through the lip rather than the skin below it. These piercings are usually gauged to a 16 or a 14.
- Horizontal Tongue Piercing (Snake Eyes Piercing, Venom Piercing) – This is a horizontal piercing through the tongue. A horizontal tongue piercing can be located at the tip of the tongue (snake eyes), and make its way toward the center of the tongue (venom) based on the individual’s preference.
- Jestrum Piercing – Also known as a vertical medusa piercing, a jestrum piercing is an upper lip piercing located in the center of the upper lip, just under the septum of the nose.
- Labret Piercing – A labret piercing is typically identified as any type of piercing located on the bottom labrum (lip). Usually, a labret piercing is classified as a piercing in the center of the bottom lip, just above the chin, and is also known as a “tongue pillar piercing” or a “soul patch piercing.” Multiple labret piercings can give you snake bite piercings, shark bite piercings, and spider bite piercings depending on how many holes you have.
- Lip Frenulum Piercing (Smiley Piercing) – A piercing through the upper lip frenulum. Your lip frenulum is located on the underside of your upper lip.
- Lip Frenulum Piercing (Frowney Piercing) – A piercing through the lower lip frenulum. This is the piece of skin that connects your bottom lip to your mouth.
- Madonna Piercing – A Madonna piercing is located on the right side of the upper lip. A Madonna piercing resembles the beauty mark of the famous singer, Madonna.
- Monroe Piercing – A Monroe piercing is located on the left side of the upper lip. This piercing resembles Marilyn Monroe’s famous beauty mark.
- Philtrum Piercing – A philtrum piercing is similar to the jestrum piercing, but features only one hole through the center of the upper lip. This can also be called a Medusa piercing.
- Tongue Piercing – A vertical piercing through the center of the tongue.
- Uvula Piercing – A piercing through the uvula.
- Web Piercing (Gum piercing, Tongue Frenulum Piercing) – This piercing is located under the tongue. The piercing goes directly through the “webbed” skin flap and is usually pierced with a curved barbell.
It is important to know the difference between a nostril piercing and a septum piercing. Below, we explain both, so you’ll know exactly which nose piercing you prefer.
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- Anti-Eyebrow Piercing (Cheekbone Piercing) – Placed above the cheekbone or below the eyebrow. This piercing is considered a surface piercing and can be vertical or horizontal depending on the individual’s preference.
- Austin Bar – This piercing runs horizontally through the tip of the nose.
- Bridge Piercing – A piercing placed through the skin on the bridge of the nose, directly between the eyes. A bridge piercing is also considered a surface piercing and has a higher risk of rejection and scarring.
- Cheek Piercing – A piercing that is placed through the cheek and into the oral cavity. Cheek piercings, or dimple piercings, are usually done in pairs for symmetrical placement.
- Eyebrow Piercing – A vertical surface piercing inserted through the bottom of the eyebrow and exiting through the top of the eyebrow. This surface piercing usually takes about six-eight weeks to heal.
- High Nostril Piercing – Similar to a nostril piercing, this piercing is located on the higher end of the nasal bridge.
- Multiple Nostril Piercing – A mixture of nostril piercings, normal and high, that create multiple holes on the nasal bridge.
- Nasallang Piercing – This piercing runs though both nostrils and the septum.
- Nostril Piercing – A piercing through the center of either nostril. Normally a nostril piercing is between an 18 gauge and a 20 gauge. By perforating two holes into your nostril, you can achieve a double nose piercing.
- Rhino Piercing – A vertical piercing that runs through the tip of your nose and exits through the skin above your septum.
- Septum Piercing – Also known as a bull piercing, a septum piercing runs through the cartilaginous wall that divides both nostrils. A septum piercing doesn’t normally go through the actual cartilage inside of your nose, but more so through the skin that divides the cartilage and the nostril openings.
- Septril Piercing – This piercing required a stretched septum and is a mixture of a rhino piercing and a septum piercing.
Genital piercings are a type of body piercing involving the genitalia of both men and women. Penis piercings and vagina piercings are mostly intended to embellish genitals, but some genital piercings do enhance sexual pleasure. The list below will outline every genital piercing you’ll need to know before making a decision on which genital piercing is best for you.
- Ampallang Piercing – A piercing that runs horizontally through the head (tip) of the penis. An ampallang piercing fits snugly when the penis is erect.
- Apadravya Piercing – A piercing that runs vertically through the head (tip) of the penis from top to bottom. An apadravya piercing is almost always placed through the urethra and is normally done on a slight angle.
- Dydoe Piercing – A dydoe piercing passes through the ridged edge on the head of the penis. This piercing is usually done in pairs to obtain symmetry.
- Frenum Piercing – A piercing through the flexible skin of the underside of the shaft behind the head of the penis. Sometimes people get this section of the penis pierced multiple times, creating a “frenum ladder,” also known as a “Jacob’s ladder piercing.”
- Hafada Piercing (Guiche Piercing) – Located on the underside of the scrotum where the penis ends and the testicles begin.
- Prince Albert – Placed through the underside of the penile shaft through the urethra, toward the head of the penis. In order to achieve this look, a piercing needle is passed into the urethra and fed out of the penile opening.
- Reverse Prince Albert – A reverse Prince Albert piercing enters on the top side of the penis head and exits out the urethral opening.
- Christina Piercing – A Christina piercing, also known as a Venus piercing, is placed vertically through the pubic mound and above the clitoral hood. This piercing is obtainable based on your anatomy.
- Clitoral Hood Piercing (VCH piercing) – A piercing through the hood of the clitoris. This piercing can be done vertically or horizontally.
- Clitoris Piercing (Clit Piercing) – A vertical or horizontal piercing through the clitoris.
- Fourchette Piercing – A piercing through the flap of skin at the back of the vulva.
- Isabella Piercing – A piercing through the deep clitoral shaft starting below the clitoris and ending just above the urethra.
- Labia Piercing – A labia piercing can be located on either side of your vaginal “lips.” You can get multiple labia piercings on either side of your vagina.
- Nefertiti Piercing – A piercing that starts at the pubic mound and ends above the clitoris.
- Princess Albertina Piercing – A vertical piercing that runs from the urethra to the vaginal opening.
- Triangle Piercing – This vaginal piercing runs horizontally beneath the base of the clitoral hood tissue, meeting the inner labia underneath the clitoris.
From anal piercings to micro-dermal piercings, there are a handful of piercings that fall into their own body piercing category. Belly button piercings, nipple piercings, and sternum piercings are just a few of the body modification options you can learn about below.
- Anal Piercing – A piercing located around the anus, usually located on the perineum. The perineum is located between the anus and the scrotum or vulva.
- Back Piercing – A surface piercing typically located on the lower back. Usually these piercings are done in pairs to obtain symmetry and are sometimes referred to as “back dimple piercings.”
- Belly Button Piercing – Belly button piercings run vertically through the top or bottom of the belly button.
- Hip Piercing – A surface piercing located near the hip bones.
- Micro-dermal Piercing (Dermal Piercing) – A surface piercing that lies on any flat surface of the body. A micro-dermal piercing requires an anchor that is installed under the skin. Some popular dermal piercings include hip piercings, sternum piercings (chest piercing or cleavage piercing), corset piercings, wrist piercings, collarbone piercings and more.
- Nape Piercing – A nape piercing is a surface piercing that runs through the back of the neck.
- Nipple Piercing – A piercing through the nipple(s).
- Sternum Piercing – A surface piercing located in the center of your chest. A sternum piercing is a micro-dermal piercing.
- Wrist Piercing – A surface piercing on the inner or outer section of the wrist.