Some of the common piercing places on the body are the ears, nose, eyebrows, lips, tongue and navel, according to Love To Know Tattoos. The most popular piercing locations are the ears. Many tattoo shops and retail jewelry chains offer professional ear-piercing services as well as other types of piercings.
Ear piercing is typically done in the lobe's soft tissue. The standard healing period for a lobe piercing is generally eight weeks. Ear piercing is also done in the stronger cartilage around the outer ear although cartilage piercings are a little more painful, and they take longer to heal. Nose piercings are also very common. These piercings take around six to 12 weeks to heal completely. Common piercing areas on the nose are the nostril's outer side and the septum dividing the nostrils.
Individuals also pierce the outer edges of their eyebrows, securing the piercing with either a ring or barbell. Those who pierce their lips either pierce the actual lips or the tissue directly surrounding the lips. Lip rings, labrets and barbells are used for lip piercings. It takes around six weeks for a lip piercing to heal.
The riskiest and most painful type of piercing is tongue piercing. The exact location of the piercing must be accurate to avoid nerve damage. Post-piercing infections are almost inevitable when getting a tongue piercing. This type of piercing takes a long time to heal, ranging from six months to a year. Typically, only specialty shops pierce navels, nipples and genitals.