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Body piercing is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, thus creating an opening in which jewelry may be worn.
It has been practiced in various forms by both sexes since ancient times throughout the world.
The reasons for piercing or not piercing are varied. Some people pierce for religious or spiritual reasons, while others pierce for self-expression, for aesthetic value,
for sexual pleasure, to conform to their culture or to rebel against it.
Some forms of piercing remain controversial, particularly when applied to youth.
The display or placements of piercings have been restricted by schools,
employers and religious groups in spite of the controversy.


There are few health issues directly related to stretching piercings. Most stretching methods do not create a wound, and properly stretched piercings will heal after stretching. 0g is normally seen as the "point of no return" as over this size there is a significant risk that the hole will never shrink back to the size of the original piercing. After stretching a piercing, a slight pain may occur, but any bleeding or tearing or pus leaking is unnatural and indicates that the piercing is either not ready to stretch or that the stretching has been done incorrectly. The tissue may swell a bit, although it shouldn't happen when the stretch is done properly on healthy tissue.
Piercing Location
Average Healing Time
Ear lobe
6 to 8 weeks
Ear cartilage
4 months to 1 year
6 to 8 weeks
2 to 4 months
Nasal septum
6 to 8 months
Nasal bridge
8 to 10 weeks
4 weeks
2 to 3 months
3 to 6 months
4 months to 1 year
Female genitalia
4 to 10 weeks
Male genitalia
4 weeks to 6 months
4 to 5 months