Piercing is the practice of puncturing a part of the body with a needle or other sharp object to create a hole for the insertion of jewelry or other adornments. Piercings can be created in a variety of locations on the body, such as the ears, nose, lips, tongue, eyebrow, and navel, among others. The practice of piercing has been around for thousands of years and is a cultural tradition in many parts of the world. Today, piercing is a popular form of self-expression and can be a way to showcase personal style or to mark a significant life event. Piercings should always be performed by a professional piercer using sterile equipment to reduce the risk of infection or other complications.