I am not defending myself against this, but I grew out of mine, I now only wear two silver hoops in my left upper ear.
Although I do still keep the hole of one I had on my face open as I still find it quite romantic and dare I say beautiful,
even if I only wear it maybe twice a year at home for about an hour.
But I also stopped using mirrors often a while ago.
I now go months sometimes without gazing at my reflection.
I do agree that it is scarification, but I do still wonder if it always a mutilation?
Are piercings a vanity?
trying to make a statement against this?
All my best,