Earlobe piercings are the most common kind of piercing. These piercings pertain to puncturing a single hole in the middle of the earlobe. This is typically performed using a piercing gun, after sterilization methods, and takes 4 to 6 weeks to heal.
Gauging is a modified method of piercing earlobes. Also known as stretching, the earlobes are pierced using an 18 or a 20 gauge needle. This is done by slowly increasing the size of the ear accessory, persuading the hole to allow the use of larger accessories until one’s desired size is achieved.
Cartilage piercings are the second most common ear piercing to date. In this piercing, the cartilage, which is the translucent tissue found on the superior part of the ear, is perforated. This type of piercing usually takes about 8 to 12 weeks to heal.
Also known as a scaffold, industrial piercings are made up of two holes that are connected by a single piece of jewelry (usually a long barbell). This type of piercing is commonly made through the cartilage on the upper ear, with one hole close to the head and other further down on the outer rim. Two more more industrials on one ear is sometimes referred to as an ear cage. Industrial piercings usually take around 3 months to a year to heal.
Tragus piercings are fairly popular and involve the thick oval of cartilage that juts out directly in front of the ear canal. The thickness of the tragus various from person to person, so jewelry size can be anywhere from 6mm in length and up. This type of piercing heals initially within 8 to 16 weeks and completely within a year.
As implied from the name, the anti-tragus is opposite the tragus, on the outer ear, just above the earlobe. This is not a very common area to see a piercing, as the anti-tragus on must people is usually too small to pierce. If it is in fact large enough to fit a barbell through, micro-jewelry will most likely have to be used. These piercings usually take 8 to 16 weeks to heal.
The conch is the large expanse of cartilage that forms the back of the ear. This piercing is located in the big area of cartilage just above the earlobes and the anti-tragus on the inner ear. A ring or barbell can be worn on this type of piercing. If selecting a ring, ensure that it is large enough to encircle the outer ear. Healing time is 8 to 16 weeks.
The daith is located between the rook and the ear canal. The entrance and exit holes of which are not visible. The ear accessory would look as if it is coming out of the ear canal. Like most piercings, these may take 8 weeks to a year to heal.
A helix piercing is any piercing that goes through the cartilage on the rim of the ear. If the piercing is located on the section closest to the head, it is sometimes referred to as a forward helix or an ear-head piercing. These piercings usually take 2 to 12 months to heal.
These are just a few of the many ear piercing options available. Tattoo Consortium can perform any type of body piercing to your satisfaction! We also offer discounts to incoming freshman, so come in get your new piercing today!