Ear Piercing Types
Body piercings have always been the smartest and coolest experiments for looking good and also to look a bit funky. You must have observed many teenagers competing for numerous piercings they sport. Ear piercings are very popular. Delicate ear piercings look pretty good on traditional attires too. They sure have some feminism signs. Let us look at various types of ear piercings that are possible.
Piercing one’s ear is the most common type of body piercing and it has gained popularity since many years and still remains as a style statement among the youngsters. It was earlier practised as an ancient culture and religious custom. There are many kinds of ear piercings that youngsters experiment with.
Some of them sport around fifteen piercings on the ear and they try different kinds of accessories to make the ear look more attractive. Piercing can be done on the cartilage and the lobe but cartilage piercing may take longer period of time to heal due to the presence of thick flesh.
Types of Ear Piercings
Following are a few popular types of ear piercings preferred by people of all ages.
- Anti-Tragus Piercing: This is a raised cartilage fold which sits on outer side of ear, just above the ear lobe and opposite to tragus. Most people cannot try anti tragus piercing because of its size. It is very small, but one can use micro jewelry, particularly ball closure rings. It takes 8 – 16 weeks to heal.
- Helix Piercing: This is second most common ear piercing type. This is located on upper cartilage. This piercing can be done either with a cuff style, a hoop or a stud. Healing time for this piercing type is 6-8 months.
- Auricle Piercing: Auricle piercing is the cartilage rim which rubs along the edge/side of outer part of ear. This is the most common ear piercing type. Ball closure rings suit this best. Healing time for auricle piercing is 2-3 weeks.
- Conch Piercing: Conch is the largest cartilage which comprises of the back side of ear. This piercing can be done in two ways – one on the inner conch and the other on the outer conch. The piercing done in the middle of the ear cartilage that is adjacent to the canal is known as inner conch piercing. Outer conch piercing is usually done on the cartilage’s outer rim. Ball closure rings with larger diameter suit this type of piercing. Both the piercings take very less time to heal. You may go for outer conch piercings and inner conch piercings. It takes 8-16 weeks to heal completely.
- Daith Piercing: Daith is the crux of helix. This piercing is performed on the inner cartilage, just below the rook. This is the cartilage fold which sits under the rook and very close to ear canal. You must choose micro ball closure rings for this type of piercing. Daith piercing needs 8-16 weeks to heal. Ball closure rings and micro jewelry can be worn for daith piercing. However, sixteen gauge jewelry is considered the most ideal jewelry for this type of piercing.
- Industrial Piercing: This is the most craziest type of ear piercing. Industrial piercings are 2 or more separate rim piercings which are joined by a barbell. It is utmost important to take care of industrial piercing. It takes 8 – 16 weeks to heal this piercings.
- Orbital Piercings: Orbital piercing is a type of piercing which enters and exits the same ear part. Actually it is made up of 2 piercing holes, with 1 ball closure ring passing through both the piercings. This can be placed anywhere in the ear, but often they are located in ear lobe or helix. Healing time for orbital piercing is 8 – 16 weeks.
- Lobe Piercing: This is another most common type of ear piercing. Every girl might have done this in their childhood. This can be the best type of ear piercing for men too. Ear lobe is the fleshy tissue which hangs at the bottom of your ear. Blood circulation is more in this part. While going for lobe piercing, ensure that piercing is at the centre of the lobe. Any sort of accessories suit this type of piercing. Healing time for this piercing is 6-10 weeks. It is done with a 3.5mm gauge in the middle of the ear. Barbells and rings can be worn.
- Pinna Piercing: Pinna piercing is located on the rim of the cartilage along the upper part of the ear. One of the most popular pinna piercing type is the forward pinna piercing. It takes 8 – 16 weeks to heal pinna piercing.
- Rook Piercing: Rook is the upper most fold of the cartilage, below the helix. It is situated just above the tragus. Rook piercing needs micro jewelry as the fold is very small. It takes longer period of time to heal and requires lots of space for piercing. Healing often takes a few months or a year. It needs 8 – 16 weeks to heal approximately.
- Scaffold Piercing: In this type of piercing, two or more separate rims are joined by one barbell. Healing time for scaffold piercing is 8 – 16 weeks.
- Snug Piercing: This is situated at the inner cartilage, half way down from the external rim of the ear and above the anti tragus. Micro jewelry, particularly curved barbells are preferred for this snug piercing. It takes about 8 – 16 weeks to heal.
- Tragus Piercing: Tragus is the toughest fold of cartilage which sticks out away from the ear. You can choose vertical tragus piercing also. This piercing can be painful as it is the thick fold of flesh and may take long time for it to heal. It takes 8 – 16 weeks for healing tragus piercing.
- Transverse Lobe Piercing: This type of piercing includes transverse piercing on the ear lobe together with a curved barbell. This is also known as the horizontal lobe piercing as it is done either horizontally or diagonally across the ear lobe. 6-10 weeks are required for healing transverse lobe piercing.
- Dermal Punch: Usually it is done at the back of the ear. Actually, it punches out a ear piece from piercing. They are located at the flat area of the ear. This piercing is more popular with men compared with women. It takes 6 – 10 weeks to heal completely.
- Ear weaving: This is the most sexiest type of ear piercing. It involves the usage f helical accessories along the pinna. Ear weaving needs 8 – 16 weeks to heal.