As civilization marches forward, people will always be finding new ways to express themselves. While body modification has been around for centuries, the flux in the type and degree to which body modification is acceptable has been on the rise in recent years. For a long time, the only acceptable piercing in America seemed to be the earlobe, and then only if it was on a woman. I'm sure everyone nowadays has seen someone so exorbitantly bedecked with piercings on every flap of skin they could find, that the practice has almost become old-hat. That being said, some people may be still unaware of the evolution of piercing things that do not even require a hanging flap of skin-dermal piercings. The differences between a dermal piercing and a traditional piercing is that instead of threading a piece of jewelry through a piece of skin, you are actually implanting one piece of jewelry underneath the sub dermal tissue of the skin, and using this as an "anchor" to hold the visible


 You decided on a body piercing, found a reputable piercer, and survived your appointment. Now your piercing is doing something unexpected, and you're worried that it might be infected. Are these the normal signs of healing, or are you and your piercing headed for trouble? Read on to find out how to tell if your piercing is infected. Any time your body is injured - including piercing - you might see the five signs of inflammation: redness, heat, swelling, pain, and loss of function. These are normal and indicate that your immune system is at work, but they can also be signs of infection. The difference is a matter of degree and timing. Symptoms Your piercer should tell you what to expect during healing. If you know what is normal , you will be able to detect trouble early. Let's look at the possible symptoms of infection: Redness - It is normal for a new piercing to be slightly reddened because blood flow to the area is naturally increased. Sure signs of trouble include rednes


 Body art and modification are a part of the human experience. Even the smallest forms of body art, like a nose piercing, can be beautiful ways to celebrate life. Luckily, the passage of time has seen society be a bit more open and accepting of those who embrace the life of tattoos, piercings, and body mods. But if we go back to the nose piercing, it's a unique stylistic decision by the wearer to have bit of sparkle or shine right smack in the middle of their face. It immediately draws the viewer's attention right to nose, and that can either be a good thing or a bad thing. Some might still have somewhat starchy views of the whole thing and lump a nose piercing into the same discussion as a neck or face tattoo. Clearly, they might say, a decision was made to live a life without care for maintaining a decent livelihood because they'd rather decorate their face. Still, nose piercings are pretty popular. In an effort to be transparent, my own mother, who is nearly seventy year