Body piercing, a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening
in which jewelery may be worn. The word piercing can refer to the act or practice of body piercing, or to an opening in the body
created by this act or practice. Although the history of body piercing is obscured by popular misinformation and by a lack of
scholarly reference, ample evidence exists to document that it has been practiced in various forms by both sexes since ancient
times throughout the world.
Contemporary body piercing practices emphasize the use of safe body piercing materials, frequently utilizing specialized tools developed for the purpose. Body piercing is an invasive procedure with some risks, including allergic reaction, infection,
excessive scarring and unanticipated physical injuries, but such precautions as sanitary piercing procedures and careful
aftercare are emphasized to minimize the likelihood of encountering serious problems. The healing time required for a body
piercing may vary widely according to placement, from as little as a month for some genital piercings to as much as two full
years for the navel.