There are many types of body modifications. This episodes journeys around the world to discover the most bizarre body modifications out there.
1. Teeth sharpening.
Historically, it was usually done for spiritual purposes, but in modern times, this form of body modification has a mainly decorative function.
2. Neck rings. Kayan women, from Kayah state, wear brass coils around their necks to give the impression that their necks are stretched. rings that push their collarbones and ribs down, twisting them eventually at an angle of up to 45 degrees lower than what is natural.
3. Tongue splitting. Also known as tongue bifurcation or forking, tongue splitting is a type of body modification in which the tongue is cut centrally from its tip to as far back as the underside base. Allegedly, some people do it to increase sensations when kissing.
4. Perforation of the earlobe for insertion of an ornament. Sometimes the hole is gradually stretched.
5. The best-known and most widespread genital alteration is male circumcision. Circumcision, is the operation of cutting away all or part of the foreskin (prepuce) of the penis.
6. Subincision (opening the urethra along the inferior surface of the penis for a varying distance between the urinary meatus and the scrotum) was a common practice at puberty initiations among Australian Aborigines and has been recorded as a therapeutic measure among Fijians, Tongans, and Amazonian Indians.
7. Tattoos are a permanent body modification, and the removal process is more painful and expensive than actually getting them. made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment.
8. Scarification. Various methods such as cutting or branding are used to create a raised type of scar on the skin, which has a three-dimensional appearance and gives a design more depth than a simple tattoo
9. Polypropylene breast implants, also known as string breast implants, are a form of breast implant using polypropylene developed by Dr. Gerald W. Johnson. Due to a number of medical complications, the device has been banned in the European Union and United States. Polypropylene implants absorb water very slowly. The polypropylene, which is yarn-like, causes irritation to the implant pocket which causes the production of serum which fills the implant pocket on a continual basis. This causes continuous expansion of the breast after surgery.
10. Other Implants. Not just boob and butt implants. Did you know there are, Eye implants where you can implant jewelry in your eyeball.
Magnetic Implants where magnets are placed under the skin.
Subdermal Implants: This implant is pretty much 3D body art with a piece of teflon or silicone material placed under the skin, creating a raised design.
And one that is illegal everywhere, but some non medical practitioners perform this operation: Transdermal Implants where the object implanted actually sticks out of the skin.
11. Waist Training: Waist training is a gradual process of waist reduction using a waist-cinching corset. The waist training practice came to prominence in Victorian times but has made something of a comeback in recent years.
12. Foot binding
The practice of binding little girls’ feet to prevent growth. The look was considered so attractive that it became fashionable. The ideal foot size was considered to be about four inches, and tiny feet were seen as highly erotic by Chinese men.
13. Lip Plates
This type of body modification is exclusively known to the Mursi, Chai, and Tirma tribes, although it was once much more common throughout Africa. A series of plates are worn in order to stretch the lower lip, beginning when a girl reaches 15 or 16 years of age.
14. The topic of body modifications generally brings to mind external decorations, extreme weight gain or loss can, in some cases, be considered a body modification. fattening rituals or excessive feasting serves the purpose of helping participants attain the desirable larger body size.
15. Genital beading is the practice of inserting small beads made of various materials beneath the skin of the genitals. As well as being an aesthetic practice, this is usually intended to enhance the sexual pleasure of partners during vaginal or anal intercourse.
16. Corneal tattooing is a body modification in which the cornea, is permanently tattooed. Ouch!
17. The cornea is not the only part of an eye that can get tattooed. The white of the eye can also be modified. Some people have ornaments tattooed right on their eye balls while others choose to change the color entirely.
18. Bagel Head.
Pioneered in Canada and now practiced mainly in Japan, bagel head is a body modification in which a saline is injected into a person´s forehead, creating a temporary swelling distortion of the head that resembles a bagel or a doughnut.
19. Extreme piercing.
Some people have pushed this practice to incorporate holes in very bizarre parts of the bodies in order to wear even more bizarre objects.
20. Elfing. Meant to give human ears an appearance similar to that of elves or Vulcan.