Faux Industrial Piercing

Faux Industrial Piercing

Industrial Piercings are notorious for being “super cool looking” but they are also very anatomy depending. I used to turn away lots of clients due to this, but not any more!

A new alternative technique I am using will eliminate one of the most common anatomy issues with Industrial piercings.

Faux Industrial Piercing

Traditional Industrial Piercings are meant to pass through two points of the ear, it must anchor to the upper Helix and outer Helix of the ear. Lots of people lack that outer ridge, while some people just don’t have enough tissue to safely anchor. I’ve seen poor piercers try to force the Industrial piercing on the client by using the jewelry to bend the outer ridge of the ear. This is very dangerous, and will never heal because the natural tissue is bending at an unnatural angle.

To combat this common problem, Faux Industrial Piercing is a clever solution.

Faux Industrial Piercing

Clients with a shallow Helix (even with no Helix!) can still get an Industrial using this technique.

Faux Snug Piercing

Faux Snug Piercing

Traditional Snug piercings are very anatomy depending and finding the correct anatomy is rare. They also have a long recovery time, and swells up a lot during healing!! Because of the tricky recovery period, a “Faux Snug Piercing” can be considered instead.

Conch Piercing + Helix Piercing

“Faux Snug Piercing” is great alternative to the conventional Snug. It is basically two separate piercings: a conch piercing positioned parallel with an outer helix piercing, to give the illusion of a regular Snug, but without the troubles of massive swelling and anatomy dependancy.

Both piercings can also be styled differently to give this piercing a lot more versatility with jewelry than a conventional Snug (which can only wear a curved barbell).

Faux Snug Piercing allows more flexibility with anatomy and jewelry

Navel Piercing: “Floating” or “Traditional”?

Left: Floating Navel Piercing , Right: Traditional Navel Piercing

Navel piercings have a bad reputation for being hard to heal and prone to issues.

Not every navel is pierceable, just like not everyone can get an industrial, or a daith. This has nothing to do with weight or body type; it only depends on the shape of the navel itself, and how the tissue has settled and developed since the umbilical cord was cut.

Traditional Navel Piercing

Traditional / Conventional Navel Piercing on a “hooded” anatomy

Some navel shapes are not suitable for a “traditional” navel piercing but can support what we call a “floating” navel piercing; and some navel shapes are not pierceable at all, or the chances of rejection and scarring are significantly higher than the chances of the piercing healing successfully.

Floating Navel Piercing

Floating Navel Piercing on a “non-hooded” navel

This is because some people’s navels fold in on themselves when they sit down or curl over. Or, the anatomy might be lacking that little ridge or “hood” of tissue that many people have at the top of their navel – this can put undue stress on a piercing and cause the jewellery to press forward and can lead to migration of the piercing, causing it to go crooked, and even as far as causing the piercing to reject entirely.

Some people’s navels are not able to support a traditional style navel piercing, but their navel is deep enough that a floating navel is the best option. Floating navels still use a curved barbell, but instead of a large gem on the bottom, I use a small disk or bead on the bottom that is often not visible from the front, and the top exit of the piercing is where a decorative end is threaded on. This style of piercing and jewellery keeps the piercing low profile on the bottom, so folks with wide but flat navels, or shallow navels, or very small navels can still have a piercing without a bulky piece on the bottom that, will not sit correctly, and worst case, will cause a great deal of pressure and trauma, leading to issues and possibly rejection or migration.