Piercing, nowadays, is being done on almost any or every body part. Piercings are used as identifiers. They can enhance the beauty and give the bearer a sense of pride in the way they look and feel about themselves. Many people have chosen to get piercings for personal reasons ranging from remembering a loved one to pure aesthetics.
Piercing is an art to style jewelry to the body. It can be super addictive – especially when you see the gorgeous jewelry collections. That’s why many people used to get pierced in various part of the ear. History of ear piercing is– Ear piercings are thought to have originated for magical purposes. Primitive tribes believed that demons and spirits could enter a body through the ear, and these demons and spirits are supposed to be repelled by metal so ears were often pierced. In many societies, ear piercing is also done as part of a ritual such as in Borneo where the mother and father each pierce one ear of their child as a symbol that the child depends on their parents.
Your ear can be your canvas displaying the various types of piercings to show your inner self to the world. You know there is a vast variety of ear piercing, but when we decide to get our ear pierced it is difficult to choose one. Each type of piercing has its own characteristics, like looks, process, paining, healing time, etc. So it's important to do your research before you get pierced so you know exactly what you want, where you want it and how. Let’s check out the ear-piercing options for you to help you decide which one is right for you.
Types of Ear Piercing
Standard lobe piercing
The lobe is the fleshy, bottom part of your ear. With this type of ear piercing, you might just get that look you’ve been looking for. The standard lobe piercing is a very common type of piercing as people are comfortable with this. It’s quite normal for young children and teenagers to get a lobe piercing. A simple lobe piercing is sufficient for most people as it allows you to wear all types of earrings, whether dangles, studs or chandeliers. For females, having both ears pierced is the norm while for men, a single piercing is quite common. The healing time for this piercing is also one of the quickest, lasting about six weeks. Once it's fully healed, you can change your earrings as often as you like. The possibilities are endless.
Upper Lobe Piercing
The upper lobe piercing sits higher up on the lobe and is ideal as a companion for the lobe piercing. While it’s fairly simple, it lets you up to the cool factor without much effort. Healing factor of the upper lobe is the same as standard lobe piercing. It definitely gives a new look to your ear if you wear stylish jewelry. It will work as an eye catcher in any party.
One of the recently talked about and much famous body piercing is the auricle piercing. Auricle piercing as the name suggests is the perforation of the auricle which is the outer part of the ear. It is between the earlobe and the helix. As the auricle is one of the perfect and best spots on the body to flaunt fancy and stylish rings, this kind of piercing has become quite popular amongst the youngsters and has become a fashion trend. Since the process involves piercing the cartilage, you should expect to feel at least some pain, especially if you have a low tolerance for pain. However, the determining factor on the level of pain majorly relies on the kind of technique used by the piercer when piercing. Despite the swelling, soreness, bruising, and bleeding near the pierced spot, these discomforts will normally disappear in about 1-2 weeks.
A conch piercing is when you have the cartilage of the middle portion of your ear pierced. That’s the spot that has the largest area of ear cartilage. It gets its name because this part of the ear looks similar to a conch shell. You can have an inner conch piercing or an outer conch piercing. The lower part is commonly called the inner conch, while the upper part is known as the outer conch. This piercing is also painful to a degree. It varies for each person and this piercing has a lengthy healing process, lasting anywhere from three to nine months.
One of the most popular piercings, apart from the lobes, is the helix piercing. The helix piercing is on the upper cartilage of the ear, and there are multiple different kinds.
Helix piercing also does hurt a bit. This, too, has a long healing time, clocking in at typically three months.
The industrial piercing is really two piercings in one! It is an outer helix piercing connected to a forward helix piercing with a barbell, but there are many different styles that can be used with industrial piercing jewelry. Depending on the size of your ear and the location of the opposing piercings, your piercer may place the holes for your industrial piercing slightly closer together or further apart. The most common form of the industrial piercing is going across the top of the ear at a diagonal angle, but you can also get it completely horizontal or vertical. This is one often called the most painful type of ear piercings, as it requires two separate perforations in the sensitive cartilage section of the ear. The industrial ear piercing will take up to a year to heal for some people, with the average healing time being about 6 to 9 months.
A tragus piercing is a type of ear piercing that places a hoop or stud through the cartilage that partially covers your ear canal. Tragus piercing has come out as a popular choice for people who are extremely fashion conscious and willing to try different things to maintain a look that is unique and distinguishable from others. Like any other cartilage piercing, the tragus takes about three to six months to heal. That's just a rough estimate, though.
This is a piercing placed in the elevated fold of cartilage that is opposite the tragus. If you place your finger on your earlobe and then slowly move it forward towards the inner ear you will feel the raised cartilage; that is where an anti-tragus piercing is placed. The anti-tragus varies in size according to the person’s ear. The size of the anti-tragus varies and in some people, it might be too small to pierce. If you wear other earrings or have stretched lobes we recommend checking that there will be room for an anti-tragus piercing even with your other jewelry in. The anti-tragus piercing should not be confused with the snug piercing, which is placed just a little above the anti-tragus piercing. Caring for it is more or less the same as for the normal tragus piercing, so all of the information here applies to both.
It can be considered as sort of a cousin of the snug piercing. It’s vertically oriented and found above the tragus on the ridge separating the inner and outer conch. This piercing looks cool with either curved barbells or captive bead rings. This piercing is on the more painful side. It takes about 10 months to completely heal.
Snug piercing is one of the most distinctive ear piercings, as it’s located in quite a shallow area, through the inner cartilage part-way down the ear’s outer rim, just above the anti-tragus. You'll feel a sharp, intense pressure getting it done. You'll want to avoid sleeping on it during the six-month healing process, too.
If you want to have a modish look, then piercings are amongst the easiest options for this. An orbital piercing is comprised of two piercings that are connected with a single ring so it looks like an orbit. Usually, this is in the helix region of the ear. You can have this piercing in other areas of the ear, too. It all depends on the shape of the ear. Many times, in order to make healing quicker, these piercings use two different jewelry pieces during the healing time. Only later you connect them using the same piercing ring.
This piercing is usually performed by experts because it is quite tricky, especially considering the location of the piercing. As the daith piercing is a piercing through the innermost cartilage of the ear - which means it can be a little more uncomfortable than a lobe piercing to have done. While not as painful as it looks, the daith piercing causes discomfort and some pain to most people. The daith piercing takes a very long time to heal, sometimes taking as long as 9 months for the ear to completely recover. You need to take care of it, especially during the initial month.
Piercing is quite painful but the most enigmatic. Ultimately whatever you pick for your new piercing go with confidence & do aftercare too. And have fun & enjoy your new style.