Forget tattoos. They are too mainstream and were weird back in the day. Think tongue splitting, anal stretching, subdermal implants, lip sewing, corset piercing, tooth filing and subincision as other types of body modification. Sound weird right? Well they are. In essence, a body modification is any procedure that deliberately changes your physical appearance. It is done for various reasons including aesthetics, sexual enhancement, and as a rite of passage. Other people also undergo body modifications to create body art or for pure shock value. Some of these body modifications are weird.
Examples include tongue splitting. Just as the name suggests, tongue splitting involves cutting your tongue in half. Another example of a weird body modification is eyeball tattooing. With this body modification, a dyeing agent is inserted into your cornea using a needle. If you thought that was painful, wait until you read the next example – Subincision. Subincision involves slitting open the urethra of the penis. Other weird examples include lip sewing, eye sewing and scarification. Lip sewing involves sewing your lips shut with pieces of string while eye sewing involves pretty much the same procedure but for your eyes.
Both lip sewing and eye sewing can be used for medical purposes. Scarification is also another weird procedure. It involves permanently changing the skin by smoldering, scratching or etching words or pictures on it. It sounds painful, and it is. This list looks at the weirdest body modifications you will ever come across.
Here are the 16 weirdest body modifications for your reading pleasure:
16 Tongue Splitting
14 Body Piercing
13 Eyeball Tattooing
12 Extraocular Implants
11 Subdermal Implants
8 Anal Stretching
6 Tooth Filing
3 Lip Window
2 Corset Piercing
1 Lip Sewing
Lip sewing is often seen as a ritualistic modification. Some people also do it for aesthetic purposes. Others use it during meditation to decrease the temptation of speaking. Detainees protesting visa application delays in Australia have also used it successfully. The procedure often involves sutures that are used to stitch the mouth together. Akin to lip sewing is eye sewing. As weird as it sounds, eye sewing can be beneficial. It can be used on patients with tearing and blinking impairments. This can be done to prevent the patient from suffering. Patients with Bell's Palsy, Myasthenia Gravis, Enophthalmos and the Sjögren's Syndrome may also require eye sewing.
Sources: huffingtonpost.com, dailymail.co.uk
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