There are a few guidelines to follow when getting your ears pierced. Knowing what to expect before piercing and how to care for your pierced ear post-piercing will reduce your risk of infection. You can count on us to help you make an informed decision.
Places To Get Ear Piercings
Ear piercing is a common rite of passage, and many people gather with loved ones to commemorate the occasion at an establishment that specializes in piercings. Others prefer the privacy and tranquilly of a doctor's office or a hair salon. Because of the advancements in ear piercing equipment, any of these places can be used to have your ears pierced safely and comfortably.
The place where you get your ear pierced is a major consideration, but there are many other things to keep in mind as well.
1. Select The Best Type Of Ear Piercing For Your Personality
When it comes to getting your ears pierced, there are a plethora of options to consider, all of which cause varying degrees of pain and discomfort.
The daith, because of its location in an awkward part of the ear—the hoop that hugs the cartilage on the inside—requires an experienced piercer. It's also said to be good for easing migraines.
When the daith is pierced, you can expect to feel a slight pressure, ranging from a five to a six on a pain scale of one to ten. A daith piercing typically heals in six to nine months, but this varies from person to person.
Piercings In The Helix
When moving away from the lobe, many people opt for piercings in the upper outer cartilage of the ear.
The helix is a four on a 10-point scale of pain.
It's the tragus, the tiny flap that partially covers the ear canal, that can add an extra layer of interest to any well-dressed ear. Generally speaking, the pain level for a cartilage piercing like the tragus is between a four and five out of ten.
The conch, which is the place in the middle of your ear cartilage, is named after the spiral shell of the same name. In order to make it stand out more, you can choose to go with either a single small stud or two larger ones. You can also go with something that wraps around your ear and forms a cuff. Healing can take up to nine months, and the pain threshold is four out of 10 like other cartilage piercings.
Piercing Of The High Lobes
The high-lobe piercing is a fun way to add a little flair to the lobes. They're especially useful for bringing attention to a previously overlooked piercing. Because the lobe is so fleshy, the piercing pain is only a two out of ten. While the recovery period is only six to eight weeks long,
Piercing In The Rook
A rook piercing is one of the more unusual inner-ear piercings, which inserts between the inner conch and the forward helix in the cartilage of the inner ear. Unlike a lobe piercing, the rook is more difficult to pierce. Consequently, you may experience a brief period of intense discomfort followed by a longer period of constant discomfort. Moreover, because the rook cartilage is so thick—it is, after all, a fold of cartilage—it may be more painful than piercings of the Helix or the Tragus. On a scale of 1-10, how bad is your pain? The healing process can take anywhere from three to ten months, depending on the severity of the injury.
Standard Piercing Of The Lobes
Piercings in the lobes of the ears are nothing new. The lobe of the ear is the simplest part of the ear to repair. The lobe is also the least painful—a one or two out of ten. Healing time for lobe piercings ranges from six to eight weeks.
2. Recognize The Type Of Piercing Equipment Being Utilized
Safety and sterility must always come first, whether the piercing is for you or your child. It's important to be aware of the various ear-piercing options. Ask about the piercing system they use when you're looking for places to get your ears pierced. The most popular are:
- In order to pierce the ear, a core of flesh is removed using hollow needles or "cannulas.". Body piercing parlors are the most common places to find these.
- A loud, spring-loaded piercing gun that "shoots" an earring through the earlobe to pierce the ear.
- If you're looking for quiet, gentle and accurate piercing with the Inverness System, you'll want to look no further than these hand-pressurized instruments.
A Piercing Gun Or A Hypodermic Needle?
Everyone in the piercing industry uses needles, not piercing guns. The Association of Professional Piercers forbids the use of non-disposable piercing guns and strongly discourages the use of disposables. Although most people are afraid of needles, the truth is that a specially designed piercing needle causes less tissue trauma than a gun and allows for a cleaner, more precise piercing.
3. Select The Correct Earrings
Picking your stud is the most exciting part of getting pierced. No matter how many times you get your ears pierced, this earring will be with you for the duration of the healing process (6 weeks for earlobes and 12 weeks for cartilage).
4. Stability And Reliability
When you visit a salon to get a piercing, you should feel confident that the environment of this place is clean and sterile. Jewelry, needle, chair and piercer's hands are all included.
A new, completely sterilized single-use needle that is immediately disposed of in a medical Sharps container after use on one piercing is guaranteed to every person by the Association for Professional Piercers, as is the right to only be touched by newly sterilized implements that are properly used, disposed of, or re-sterilized (where appropriate) in an autoclave before being used on anyone else (APP).
In the event that you find yourself in a piercing shop where the jewelry and tools are not automatically sterilized, or if they attempt to pierce you without gloves on, leave immediately.
5. Be Sure Your Piercer Is Properly Trained.
To get the best results, look for an experienced piercer who has the ability to answer any and all of your questions. Ask how the piercer sterilizes their jewelry and how many pairs of gloves are used during the procedure. Make an inquiry about the autoclaves, as well as the overall cleanliness of the studio, during your visit. Ask to see the spore tests that demonstrate the effectiveness of an autoclave, which are typically performed on a monthly basis.
6. Careful Measures After Piercing
If you get your ears pierced, you should expect some bleeding, which is completely normal. You'll also want to think about how you'll clean your piercing and how long it will take for it to heal when you're considering aftercare. A conch piercing can take anywhere from three to nine months to heal completely, while earlobe piercings can heal in just one to two months. Hairspray and perfumes should never be used near your piercings, and touching them with your hands should be avoided at all costs. A cotton bud, washed in mild antibacterial soap or salinity spray, should be used instead. Continue to clean the jewelry even after you've changed it. A piercing that hasn't had time to heal should not be removed prematurely. Consult a medical professional if you become infected.
7. Precautions To Avoid Closing Of Holes
Earrings should be worn 24 hours a day for the first six months after a piercing has healed, or the piercing will close. To keep your cartilage piercing from closing, wear earrings all the time.