06 May 2011A new craze is rife among those looking to find a way of standing out from the crowd – corset piercing – but cosmetic surgery experts warn that the procedure could lead to serious infections and scarring. Fans of the new body art can endure up to an hour of intense pain to achieve the look they are after, and the results are only temporary. Corset piercing involves implanting small metal rings into the skin which are then threaded together with coloured ribbon, creating a corset effect on the chosen area of the body. Supporters of body modification can have the piercings on any area of the body where the skin is loose, with the most popular areas being the back, throat and ribs. While there is no denying that the results are striking, experts warn that the procedure creates open wounds that can become infected easily. Kevin Hancock of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) told the Metro: “It seems absolutely barking to me. “It would be extremely painful and it’s only temporary. They’re open to any sort of infection. It’s verging on masochistic.” Supporters, however, say it is just like any other piercing.