Body Modification in it’s many forms

Dermis= skin. There are several layers of dermis and some of these modifications involve different layers of the skin.

Body Modification in its many forms

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Body modification is a diverse art. It’s something as simple as colored  hair or pierced  ears. Or it could get more intense, things like plastic surgery or tattoos. There are so many types of body modifications now, that there are some that have not even been heard of in the mainstream  yet.

Tattooing and Body Piercing of a Minor. Prohibits anyone from either tattooing or performing a piercing on a minor without the prior written, informed consent of the minor’s parent or legal guardian. Requires the parent or legal guardian to execute the consent in the presence of either the person performing the body piercing or tattooing on the minor or in the presence of an employee or agent of the individual. Does not include emancipated minors.

Cosmetic Surgery

Breast Augmentation

Body Contouring After Major Weight Loss


Tummy Tuck

Arm Lift

Breast Lift Surgery

Buttock Augmentation

Laser and Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction


Facial Implants

Facelift Surgery

Eyelid Surgery

Neck Lift

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Thigh Lift

Body Lift

Cosmetic surgery has become very common. Simply changing the things that someone  don’t like about themselves has never been easier. Some use it very simply and not even noticeably. Others however take it to the next level. Some attempt to change their looks so much.They no longer appear human.

All surgeries, including cosmetic procedures and carry risk. Those with a history of cardiovascular disease, lung disease, diabetes, or obesity have a higher risk of developing complications such as pneumonia, stroke, heart attack, or blood clots in the legs or lungs. Smoking also increases risks and interferes with healing.

A meeting with the surgeon will include a discussion of these risks and others related to the patient’s health history.

Make sure that the doctor is certified and research has been done Plastic surgery is an operation and must be taken as seriously as any other surgery.

Possible complications for any surgical procedure include:

  • Complications related to anesthesia, including pneumonia, blood clots and, rarely, death.
  • Infection at the incision site, which may worsen scarring and require additional surgery.
  • Fluid build up under the skin.
  • Mild bleeding, which may require another surgical procedure, or bleeding significant enough to require a transfusion.
  • Obvious scarring or skin breakdown, which occurs when healing skin separates from healthy skin and must be removed surgically.
  • Numbness and tingling from nerve damage, which may be permanent.

Waist Training

Modern day waist trainers are made of cloth that tighten around the waist creating an hourglass shape. Many celebrities have taken to this trend. It does not create long terms results. It is the modern version of the old school corset. Both had the intention of reshaping the waist.  

Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a clinical professor of ob-gyn at Yale School of Medicine says, “Once you take the garment off, your body will return to its usual shape. It’s also uncomfortable, restricts your movements, and if you wear it really tight, it can even make it difficult to breathe and theoretically could cause rib damage.”

Scarification & Branding

Scarification is the acting of cutting away skin to create detailed images in scar tissue. It was used and still is in many african cultures instead of tattoos. It is far less popular than tattoos in the modern western world.

Potential dangers of this body modification procedure include pain and skin infection. Trying to repair a brand can lead to further scarring and disfigurement.



Tattoos have entered the mainstream. It is no longer taboo to have a tattoo. Being completely covered however is still very outside the box. Tattoos are ink injected by a mechanical needle into the dermis. The ink stays and the design in permanently in the skin.

“The practice…is believed to have originated over 10,000 years ago.”

“The basic reasons behind the choice to become tattooed haven’t changed much in all that time: fashion, function, or just to make a statement of some kind.”

About 1 in 10 people who get tattoos experiences problems with the tattoo, including infection, itching, swelling and redness, according to a small study in the June issue of the journal Contact Dermatitis.

Tattoos are permanent and are something  to be done well. Tattoos can be expensive but art on body is not something to be cheap about. When finding an artist, make sure to look up reviews. Set up a meeting with the artist to figure out a design and price. Make sure that the parlor is clean and that the artist uses new and sterile needles.

Tongue Splitting and Elf Ears

Tongue splitting is what it sounds like. It is a split in the tongue. It makes it forked, similar to a lizard. Elf ears are also what they sounds like, shaping the ear to look like an elf. The cut the top of the ear, fold it onto itself and sew it back together.

Tongue splitting involves cutting with a scalpel, threading it apart, and cauterizing the wound, explained Deepinder Sahota, DDS, a dentist in private practice in Fremont, Calif. She urged anyone considering it to first talk to their dentist and learn about the potential dangers of this body modification: infection, pain, bleeding, and a need for further procedures. Oral hygiene needs to be top notch for such a wound, and sterilization of the location and instruments involved are crucial.


The process of surgically implanting a foreign object beneath the skin is a relatively recent development.

Subdermal implants- an implant placed under the skin and made of silicon

“This eye jewelry craze is an eye implant called the “Safesight jewelry” procedure. It is currently offered by Dr. Emil Chynn of Park Avenue Laser Vision in New York. The procedure includes making an incision in your sclera and implanting the platinum jewelry into your eye. The Safesight jewelry procedure uses platinum implants, because platinum is more dormant than gold — which may move once it is placed in the eye. Dr. Chynn maintains there is little to no risk in getting a platinum eye implant, stating on his website: “If eye jewelry carried any risk of visual loss, we would not perform it”. “


“Nostril piercing has been documented in the Middle East as far back as 4,000 years. The fashion continued in India in the sixteenth century, and is still widely practiced there to this day. Both ear and nostril piercing and jewelry are mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 24:22, Isaiah 3:21). And piercings in other parts of the body, such as labret or lip piercings, are widely practiced often in the form of enlarged piercings and lip discs. Tribes across Africa, in Southeast Asia, and in North and South America all participate in lip piercing.”

Piercings like the ones above are done at tattoo and piercing shops and should be done by a professional.

“Microdermals are small bases implanted beneath the dermis… The microdermal’s threaded end then heals flush to the skin, allowing threaded attachments to be worn and interchanged as desired. Metal mohawks of spikes, sparkling gems worn all over the body, and gleaming accents to pre-existing tattoos are just a few ways people are wearing these fashionable implants.

Insertion requires the use of either a scalpel, ski punch, or a piercing needle. The anchor must be placed deep enough to minimise the risk of the piercing moving, but not so deep that the skin begins to grow over the piercing.

Because local anaesthetic injections can only be given by those with a medical qualification, those undergoing the procedure have to do without, which has the potential to be very painful.

“However, surface anchors require an ongoing commitment to care and adjusting one’s lifestyle to accommodate the piercing, and therefore, won’t suit everybody, but they are a huge advancement in body modification and wildly popular.”

Just like tattoos you need to make sure you go to a professional. Make sure they use new needles and they are clean. They should disinfect the area you are getting pierced as well.  Proper care of your piercing is key. Follow the care instruction your piercer gives you. If you do not it could become infected or keloid.

I personally have piercings. I plan on getting a tattoo and more piercings and all of these things are not to be taken lightly. These are changes to the body that could lead to damage. They can be beautiful and empowering. Any body modification is something that needs to be thought about in depth.