- Joel Miggler
- Germany (Küssaberg)
The most flesh tunnels in the face is 11 and was achieved by Joel Miggler (Germany) as verified in Küssaberg, Germany, on 27 November 2014.
Joel's flesh tunnels has a size ranging from 3 to 34 mm.
Guinness World Records caught up with Joel to find out what drew him to the “holey” grail of body mods…
When did you first become interested in flesh tunnels?
It started when I was 13 years old and I had a flesh tunnel in my earlobe. I really liked it and, step by step, I’ve come to this!
Do you have any difficulties eating or drinking?
No, I don’t have any problems. I can only take small bites, though.
…and how about kissing?
No, not really! My girlfriend also has a big “labret” [a lip piercing], but kissing is only a little bit harder.
Tell us about the process of creating the tunnels in your cheeks.
First, we made a little cut through my cheeks of around 10 mm and pushed the Teflon jewellery in. After three months of healing, we cut it to 18 mm; that took about a month to heal. Then I stretched it again for 1 mm each month until I got to 22 mm, before cutting to 30 mm. Now I’m aiming to stretch to 40 mm [they currently measure 34 mm], which will be my limit. The man who carries out my mods did a medical apprenticeship in the military and has carried out extreme modifications for eight years. I trust him with my whole body. He is highly trained. He needs to be, as it’s a very complicated process to cut through the cheeks. It’s really dangerous to cut the salivary glands.
How long does the pain tend to last during the healing process?
The cuts are painful for about a week, but they don’t hurt after that.
Read more: Joel Miggler and his 11 facial flesh tunnels