The corset piercing consists of two rows of evenly spaced surface piercings, usually done in symmetrical rows to resemble the back lacing of a corset. A corset piercing can have as few as four piercings in all or as many as desired by the wearer. This type of body piercing is contemporary in nature, becoming popular with the explosion of the body piercing movement in the late 1990’s. Mostly associated with fetish behavior and done for aesthetics, corset piercings are primarily worn by women. Once the individual piercings have been performed, they are laced with either a ribbon, rope or chain. Due to the many complications and healing issues consistent with surface piercings, the corset piercing is intended to be a temporary piercing, normally worn for no more than a week. These piercings are done mostly as an erotic behavior, for photographic sessions, or as part of a ritualistic BDSM activity.
The body jewelry worn in a corset piercing is usually captive bead rings, as they offer the best shape for ribbon threading. Controversy surrounding the promotion and publication of laced corset piercings due to the fact that corset piercings are usually photographed in a way that suggests these piercings are routine and complication-free. In the majority of photos published, the piercings have been just performed, and are photographed prior to any infection or migration that may occur. Additionally, the redness surrounding the fresh piercings is removed to give the illusion of fully healed permanence. The actual healing and aftercare of corset piercings is lengthy and prone to contamination, migration and rejection, due to the number of closely-spaced piercings and the stress placed upon the body to regenerate.
Dermal anchors can be used successfully in a corset piercing and may heal completely to offer a permanent solution. However, even if a complete healing occurs, there are still constant and ongoing issues regarding irritation and migration of the anchors due to their constant contact with clothing and other surfaces.