Different Types of Ear Piercings to Choose From

Are you thinking of adding more ear piercings soon? Before deciding, you should be familiar with the different types of ear piercings and how long they can fully heal. Here are 16 types of ear piercings.

Lobe – The lobe is a soft part of the ear that is why it is the least painful when pierced. The standard lobe piercing takes about 6 weeks to fully heal.

Upper Lobe – This means placing the piercing slightly above where the standard lobe piercing is placed. It takes about the same time the lobe piercing will heal.

Graduate Lobe – If you want to place several earrings on your lobes, then this is the perfect style for you. The piercings are spaced equally on the lobe.

Transverse Lobe – The type of earrings needed for this is a barbell so that the earlobe is pierced horizontally to make the earrings pass through both punctures. It might take more time to heal than a standard lobe piercing probably because of the unusual position.

Conch – There are two types of this piercing, inner and outer, in which a perforation is made on the cartilage. It can take up to 6 months to heal.

Auricle – The piercing is located on the middle of the outer ear rim. This is quite painful because of the nerves located in the area.

Helix – For this type, the upper cartilage is pierced. It is quite painful and can take 6 to 12 months to fully heal.

Forward Helix – The helix has three piercings spaced apart evenly. The punctures are inserted with studs and can be very painful. It will also take months to heal.

Tragus – The piercing is done on the outer ear near your face, which is why it is also prone to infections.

Anti-Tragus – The piercing is located adjacent to the tragus but this is less likely to get infected when cared for properly. It can take up to 16 weeks to fully heal.

Rook – The piercing is placed on the upper inner ear fold. It can be very painful and might be irritated while still healing. It takes 12 months to heal.

Snug – Also called anti-helix, the earrings are placed in the inner ear adjacent of the helix. It is painful but at least the cartilage is thinner.

Daith – The piercing is placed on the inner cartilage fold. It can be painful but is easier to care for than the tragus piercing.

Industrial – Also called scaffold, two punctures are placed on the upper cartilage while one earring passes through both. Looks really cool but it takes 6 to 12 months to heal.

Orbital – This is a type of industrial piercing but the punctures are connected from the front.

Ear Weaving – As the name suggests, this piercing consists of several piercings connected by one piece of jewelry.

Most are helix piercings to imitate the shape of a spiral. It can be painful and is not recommended if you don’t have previous experience caring for ear piercings.

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