Woman with septum piercing

Piercings are a great way to add to your aesthetics and give you an edgy and alternative look, but what if you don’t want the commitment of a real piece of jewellery in your skin? Welcome to the world of fake piercings…

What Are Fake Piercings?

Fake piercings are exactly what they say they are – they are jewellery that can be fixed to your nose, your lip, your ears and even your eyebrow, but unlike actual piercings they don’t pierce your skin, so they aren’t permanent. This means you can take them off and put them back on as much as you like.

What Are Fake Piercings Made Out Of?

Fake piercings can be made of plastic or stainless steel, depending on where you purchase the product from. There are some videos online that can actually teach you how to make your own DIY fake piercing, so they are becoming more of a trend. Materials like crafting wire and horseshoe piercings can both be transformed. Many fake piercings promote that they are smooth comfortable and realistic.

The Pros of Fake Piercings

One of the biggest benefits of having a fake piercing is that it isn’t permanent, which means if you decide in a couple of days, months or years you don’t like it, you won’t have the hole in your skin when you take the piercing out. If you don’t like the jewellery of your fake piercing, you can simply swap it, whereas a real piercing requires time to heal before you change the original stud or ring.

Another pro is that you can try different piercings out. For example, if you’re thinking about getting a nose piercing, but are unsure how it will look on your face, you can try out a fake piercing to see how it fits. You can wear it for as long as you want, and when you’re ready, you can get the piercing for real.

Also, fake piercings come with a lot less risks than real piercings. When you get your ear actually pierced, it creates an open wound, leaving you susceptible to some health risks. These risks could include infections, swelling, redness and irritation and sometimes you are even required to take the piercing out.

You don’t have to take care of a fake piercing, whereas a real piercing requires a lot of aftercare and treatment. Real piercings must be cleaned regularly with cleansing solution or salt diluted water to keep the wound clean and often you must keep objects like hair out of the way. Also, fake piercings are great if your parents think a real one if a bad idea too!

And the Cons…

One of the top hinderances of a fake piercing is that it’s not real or permanent. Fake piercings may be uncomfortable and drop out a lot. If you love the look so much, then eventually you’d want to get it permanently anyway.

They do not have the same aesthetic as real piercings and sometimes can look fake and tacky – fake piercings just don’t look as nice as an authentic one.

Written by Wayne Grant