Like many of my body modification posts, this may not be for those that are squeamish and following any links in this post may lead you to NSFW material. This content is not for everyone. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Sometimes piercings just go bad. They don’t heal, they reject, they get infected, they get pulled out, and more. Sometimes this is due to poor piercing, other times due to poor aftercare of the piercings, and sometimes your body just doesn’t want something in it. Here are the top ten “Piercings Gone Bad” that we found on one of our favorite body mod blogs, ModBlog. We’re not posting the pictures here because they’re pretty graphic, so follow the links if you think your stomach is strong enough to see them in their full color glory.
Why You Should Never Get Pierced with a Gun
What’s wrong with getting your ear pierced with a gun? People do it all the time right? Guns are terrible piercing tools and nobody in their right mind should ever use one. This girl had her friend pierce her cartilage with a gun and soon developed a terrible infection that doctors say likely came from someone else’s tissue on the gun. Her ear ended up liquefying and necrotic tissue had to be scraped out. When it was finally healed, cosmetic surgery was required to return it to a “normal” state.
Photos: Gun Piercing
Fear of Rejection
If your piercing looks like this, take it out. Your body is rejecting it and you need to respect that. An eyebrow piercing and a navel piercing that are held in only by the tiniest amount of skin.
Photos: What is that held in by? Hair?
Please make sure the jewelry you put in is big enough for the piercing, unless you want to end up with a really bad “transdermal”. This eyebrow piercing was too short and one of beads was pulled into the skin.
Photos: Measure Twice, Pierce Once
Ripped Septum Piercing
Septum piercings do get ripped out. I’m sure it hurts. The general consensus is that this septum piercing was probably too low anyways, but needless to say this poor guy is missing a chunk of his nose now. And he could stand to blow it once in a awhile.
Photos: Ouch… the uninostril dude…
Chain link piercing
This 15 year old kid wins the Stupid Award. In what must have been an attempt to look cooler in his emo/scenester MySpace photos, he thought he could use chain links to pierce his lip and septum. Technically it wasn’t much of a piercing but more of a crushing of skin when he used pliers to crimp the chain links into his lips and nose. Needless to say, it didn’t heal very well and he had to get them removed by a professional.
Photos: Chain Link Piercings Gone Bad (Well, Duh!)
You thought the industrial keloid was big? Take a look at this sucker. Before and after pictures of an enormous keloid on some poor girl’s ear. She definitely should have gotten this looked at much earlier. Want to see even worse keloids from a scarification gone bad? Check these bad keloids
Photos: Giant Keloid Removal
Want to see a gross and disgusting Madonna piercing? This one was a result of an employer that had a “no piercings” rule at work so the person had to remove the piercing every time they went in, which of course can lead to irritation, infection, and all sorts of fun. Ick.
Ear Stretching Gone Bad
If you’re eating, don’t click on this one. This is an example of what can happen if you try to stretch your eyes too quickly. This girl didn’t stop when her lobes started thinning out and eventually it tore away from her head and was left dangling. The good news was that a cosmetic surgeon was able to sew the lobe back to her head for $2000.
Photos: Ear Stretching Disaster
Even I can’t look at this one for more than a second or two at a time. Another example of what happens if you try to force your ears to gauge up too quickly. Look at all the crusty. Wow.
Photos: DIY Ear Explosion
The moral of the story? Go to a professional piercing who knows what they’re doing. Feel comfortable grilling them on their procedures. Any good piercing will be happy to brag about how well they run their shop. If your piercing is starting to look abnormal, have someone take a look at it. Nobody thinks an swollen, infected, oozing piercing looks good.
Oh, and if this is your piercer, find a new one asap.
video via modblog