Cutting is the more popular type of scarification. (Do not misconstrue self-harm with creating an aesthetic image).

With this procedure, a sharp blade is used to cut the tissues no more than 3mm deep. An even an consistent cut is ideal, so it it important that the practitioner has a steady hand. Generally, a small outline is created to start, and then widened as needed.

When healing a cut, you can follow one of two methods- 1) Leave it alone or 2) irritate it. Leaving it alone will create a more consistent scar.

Historically, cuts were packed with clay and other substances to help heal the wound, but this practice is no longer common, not even in Africa where it originated.