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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Body modification gone too far?

Here are some of the most extreme forms of body modification. They are much more common than you might think:

1. Anal stretching 

This one I just don't get. Why? The image above is for “tools” to aid in this modification. But you can only imagine what this practice involves.

2. Pierced Glasses

James Sooy and Oliver Gibson have come up with Pierced Glasses – the most minimalist eyewear ever.

3. Subdermal Implant

A subdermal implant refers to a kind of body jewelry that is placed underneath the skin. 

4. Branding

Human branding is the process in which a mark is burned into the skin, resulting in a permanent scar.

5. Extraocular Implant

I've hear of tooth jewelry, but this I think is quite mad. The implantation of jewelry in the outer layer of the eye.

6. Earlobe Stretching
This one is quite common. 

7. Corneal tattooing 
Never heard of this before. The procedure can be performed with traditional tattoo needle or a syringe. The eye is simply held open while the pigment, which is the exact same type used in a regular tattoo, is injected into the eyeball.

8. Tightlacing

Almost something like corset percing. Also called corset training and waist training, this is the practice of wearing a tightly-laced corset to achieve extreme modifications to the figure and posture.

9. Tongue Splitting
Tongue bifurcation, or tongue splitting, is done through scalpeling or surgical laser.

10. Tooth Filing

Like the Mentawai women, tooth filing is a form of body modification in which people file their natural teeth to create a desired look or shape.

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