Statistics of Body Piercings in the U.S.

Related Statistics of Body Piercing Practices

With advancement in technology and a sustained increase in the level of integration and enlightenment of the different factions of the society, the promulgation of body piercing and in extension body art has reached new boundaries. It is estimated that about 12% of the entire population of males in the United States have one form of piercing or the other. The stat is even more impressive when it comes to women, as approximately 72% of all females domiciled in the US practice the art of body piercing. Although this figure is in itself flattering for the body modification industry, experts have predicted a continued rise in the adoption rate consequent of increased acceptance of body art in the society.
In a recent study conducted in American colleges, it was revealed that 72% of people with body piercings had the procedure effectuated before they were 24. And unlike tattooing, the practice of body piercing in the US cuts across all demography of the population from the uneducated to very literate, to both the unemployed and gainfully employed. Amongst these individuals, females have the higher propensity of having a piercing (other than traditional earlobe piercing) done at an earlier age; usually, before they turn 18. An estimated 25 – 51 % of adolescents (both male and female) currently undertake piercing procedures, this relatively high level of adoption amongst adolescents and teens is linked to their likeliness to try out new things and also their heightened sense of developing a trendy personal identity.

Prevalence of Piercing Procedures by Gender

Women Piercing type chart

By far the most common piercing procedure (save earlobe piercings) for women are belly button piercings. It is estimated that about 33% of all piercings by females is a belly button procedure. It is not hard to see why; apart from accentuating the female physique in an alluring and appealing way this piercing category is one that has seen adoption from a number of A-list celebrities like Madonna and Rihanna.

The next on the list regarding popularity are nose piercing with approximately 19% of pierced female faithful. Nose piercing is more of a traditional piercing subtype like earlobe piercing. In fact in some countries like India, it is thought to have beneficial effects on the overall health of the wearer.

Piercings on the ear, at locations other than its lobe, represent 13% of all female piercings in the US. Unlike most of the other piercing categories, ear cartilage piercings are tolerated in an office setting, hence their burgeoning popularity.

9.5% of pierced females have a tongue piercing. For most of these females, Tongue piercing is a choice piercing because of its sexual essence. Like belly button piercings, tongue piercings are known to heighten the sexuality of the user.

Nearly as popular as Tongue piercings, Nipple piercings tailgate behind with an adoption rate of 9% amongst women. Nipple piercings are one of the more intricate piercing procedures that require an extended healing time. Usually, this long duration is worth the wait as most female piercers noted an increased sensitivity in the nipples after having a nipple piercing.

Eyebrow piercings come in at 7th on this list. Of the population of female piercers, 8% have an eyebrow piercing. Though minimalistic in that it is a surface piercing, they are more prone to rejection than other piercing types

The penultimate piercing category on this list is Lip piercings. Revered for their ability to make the lips the center of focus of any face, 4% of females currently adorn this category of piercing.

And last but not the least, Genital piercings. Like Nipple piercings, Genital piercings are linked to heightened sexual sensitivity. Although the adoption rate is a meager 2%, experts estimate that this figure is bound to rise as females become open and discover a lot more about their sexuality.

Men Piercing Types

In terms of piercing popularity among men, Nipple piercings lead the pack with an estimated 18% of all male piercers undertaking the procedure. Like their female counterparts, male nipples have a tendency to increase in sensitivity after being subject to a piercing, coupled with the fact that it is lawful for a man to walk shirtless, this piercing category triumphs for its welcome mix of pleasure and showmanship.

Eyebrow piercings closely follow nipple piercings with an adoption rate of 17.5% amongst male body piercers

17% of male body piercers have an ear cartilage piercing. Ear cartilage piercing affords men the opportunity to choose from a list of more masculine style body jewelry

Of the American male piercers demography 16% have a tongue piercing, and just like their female counterparts tongue male tongue piercings are in vogue consequent of their sexual orientation

Nose Piercings; when making a public identity statement is the goal of the piercer, Nose and Eyebrow piercings are the signature piercings. It’s no wonder that 15% of male piercers opt for it

13% of all male piercers in the US have one or more lip piercings; lip jewelry come in various styles and configurations allowing for maximal creativity with regards to styling

Genital piercings are the last on this list with just 3% adoption rate. Once considered extreme and deviant, this piercing category has risen from ashes to relevance in the cynosure of body art. Done correctly they represent a psychological boost to the sexuality of the user

  • Miscellaneous Stats

The person with the most tongue piercings is an American; Francesco Vacca who resides in New Jersey.

While complications are relatively small in number (about 31%) the most common form of complication are mild skin infections which are readily prevented by hygienic cleaning and care of the pierced area. Less than 1% of all piercer have ever needed hospitalization for complications resultant from piercing.

 

It is no doubt that the rate of piercings has increased exponentially over the last few years with one piercing parlor reporting a staggering 8722 piercing carried out in the year 2016 alone; that is roughly 24 piercings every single day. Stats like this highlight the current stance of body art as not the once reclusive fashion statement of the yesteryears but the now rampant and domineering signature style statement of the 21st century