I was recently asked what it meant to be told that your anatomy is not suited for a certain piercing. This question is not widely answered, so I thought it would be a good topic to do a short blog post about!
Piercings need to be performed through an adequate amount of skin. If the piercing is too close to the edge of the ear, or too close to the surface (as with a belly piercing) the body will reject the piercing and push the jewelry out of the body as it heals itself.
Everyone's ear & body structure varies greatly, so some of you may not have enough space in certain places to allow for a certain piercing to be placed there. The most common example of the is with the industrial piercing. If you don't have a "lip" on your ear on either side where the bar would go through, you do not have the correct anatomy to be able to get the industrial piercing safely without future issues or the piercing rejecting. Another common piercing some people don't have the correct anatomy for is the daith. If your daith does not stick out far enough to safely perform the piercing, your piercer should tell you that you do not have the correct anatomy to get that piercing.
This is not a bad thing!! It is actually very responsible of a piercer to tell you no to a certain piercing due to your anatomy versus just giving you the piercing you want in a way that may be harmful to your health so they can collect your money!
In most cases, there are ways around not having the correct anatomy. You can create a faux industrial by getting a helix & forward helix piercing and connecting them with a cute chain! Or, you can simulate the look of a rook piercing with a faux rook- a labret placed just above where the usual rook piercing would go. Similarly, you can create the effect of a snug piercing with two different piercings with labrets in.
Don't be discouraged if you're told you don't have the correct anatomy, and don't simply find a piercer that will perform the piercing anyway! If you are told that your anatomy doesn't suit a certain piercing, ask your piercer or visit our instagram page to ask for alternative methods 😊 And remember, your piercer is not trying to be mean- they are looking our for your best interest!
Until next time,