Body Modification

Body modification aims to change a part of the body to create a more exciting or appealing look. Body modifications may be to increase social acceptance, support religious traditions or subvert the cultural norm.

Some of the methods used in body modification are; scarification, permanent piercing, and tattooing. Because scars are the result of the body healing and recovering in some ways it is impossible to control fully. Therefore, the final look of the scar or scars may be different from the one you imagined.

Not usually being part of a sex scene, especially among S/M relationships, scarification can be an intense ritual signifying submission, control, ownership and feeling wanted. Scars are part of traditional rituals as well as people displaying them publicly and are seen as a badge of honour, a test of endurance and an initiation rite. To many a scar is a sign of war, aggression or danger; it symbolises bravery and a hard-to-resist ‘bad boy’ image. Usually cutting scars come from an incision of a pattern on the skin using a scalpel. This can be by plain cuts or it can involve removing part of the skin. Sometimes ashes or tattooing ink are rubbed into the fresh wound to increase the amount of scarring or to colour the scars.

Human branding is intentional scarring caused by placing multiple smaller strikes of heated metal on the skin compared to the one piece of metal bent into a shape that is often used for livestock. A brand done using the single piece on human flesh will usually end up as a blurred messy permanent scar. After scabbing over, the scar tissue fades to pink, revealing a lighter colour to the surrounding skin and is usually raised. The aim is to have the wound heal as visible as desired although some may desire a light one and let it heal. Others want a noticeable outcome and irritate the wound to increase scarring. Being branded can cause a rush of endorphins – a natural painkiller – giving a high that some describe as addictive. Others just like the look or feel of a scar, especially when it’s raised or forms a pattern.

To comply with Health Regulations in most countries:

  • The premises must be kept clean,
  • Any item used for penetrating the skin must be sterile at the time of use,
  • Any item that has penetrated the skin or has come into contact with blood or body fluids must be either disposed of immediately. However, some items may be cleaned and sterilised before being used on another person,
  • Any other used item must be cleaned before being used on another person.
  • Operators must keep themselves and their clothing clean, and have no exposed cuts, wounds or broken skin,
  • Importantly, operators must wear gloves,
  • Proprietors must provide written health information to explain to clients the potential health risks associated with skin penetration procedures.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body. Its function is to protect us from the environment by keeping out bugs and infections. If broken skin and non-sterile equipment or unsafe practices come in contact there is a high risk for transmission of blood borne viruses. HIV and Hepatitis B and C, for instance. The introduction of objects into a wound may increase the risk of infection. Any of the body mod procedure mentioned here need to be done by experienced partners and will also require a degree of aftercare.

Source: downandirty*org/sexual-practices/scarification-branding/

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