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Everything You Need to Know About Ear Piercings: Frequently Asked Questions

Ear piercings are a popular form of body adornment, yet many questions and concerns persist. On this page, we'll tackle the most frequently asked questions. Whether you're considering getting an ear piercing or simply wish to learn more, read on!

General Questions About Ear Piercings

Here, we address common inquiries about ear piercings, such as choosing the right materials, what to avoid, how to determine if your piercing has healed, and more. You'll find specific answers for each type of piercing below, so be sure to check out the sections that interest you the most.

What material should I choose for my piercing?

Choosing the correct material for your piercing is crucial, as some materials can cause irritation or even infections. Hypoallergenic materials like titanium, silver, or high-quality gold are recommended. Be sure to avoid materials containing nickel, such as stainless steel, which is a common allergen.


How do I know if a piercing is healed?

  • The area around the piercing shows no redness, swelling, or pain.
  • The piercing moves easily and doesn’t hurt when touched or moved.
  • The jewelry stays secure in the hole without excessive movement.
  • There are no crusts around the piercing, and the surrounding skin looks healthy.

What is the best method for ear piercing: gun or needle?

Though slower, using a needle is more precise and less traumatic to the tissue, reducing the risk of infection and promoting faster and more effective healing. The needle is also more versatile and can be used for a wide range of piercings and ear types. We strongly recommend needle piercings over the gun.

Which piercing might relieve migraines?

The daith piercing stimulates pressure points related to headaches and anxiety, potentially reducing the frequency and intensity of migraines. Along with the daith, some have found migraine relief with tragus and helix piercings. These piercings are placed on the outer part of the ear and are said to also stimulate pressure points that may help alleviate migraines. However, it's important to note that the effectiveness of piercings for migraine relief is not scientifically proven, and results may vary.

Forward Helix

What is the Forward Helix piercing?

The forward helix is the prominent ridge that runs upward parallel to the helix at the center of the ear. It's a popular piercing location due to its unique appearance and the wide variety of jewelry that can be used. However, being a harder and less elastic area of cartilage, certain precautions are necessary.

How painful is the Forward Helix piercing?

Situated on the ear's cartilage, the forward helix piercing is generally more painful than lobe piercings. However, pain tolerance varies from person to person. If it's your first time getting pierced and you are sensitive to pain, you might consider starting with less painful piercings.

How long does it take for the Forward Helix piercing to heal?

Healing a forward helix piercing takes relatively long, as with other cartilage piercings. It's recommended to wait at least six months to a year for full healing.

When should I change my first Forward Helix jewelry?

It's advised to wait until the forward helix piercing has healed before changing the jewelry, which can take from 6 to 12 months, depending on individual care and healing. Once healed, you can change the jewelry, but it's important to select the appropriate size and type to avoid irritating the area. If issues arise, consulting a professional for additional advice is recommended.

How much does the Forward Helix cost?

The cost of a forward helix piercing typically ranges from 30 to 50 euros. It may be higher if opting for high-quality jewelry such as gold. Avoid choosing cheaper options that compromise quality and safety. Always seek an experienced professional and use quality materials to ensure a problem-free healing process and optimal appearance.

What type of jewelry is suitable for the Forward Helix?

Jewelry for the forward helix typically includes small diameter rings (6mm), or straight (studs) or curved bars of 6-7mm. A ring too arge will press against the inside of the ear and may not look aesthetically pleasing.

woman wearing a forward helix piercing with a ring

CONCH

What is the Conch piercing?

The conch piercing is a type of ear cartilage piercing located in the deep shell of the ear, just inside the external auditory canal. This piercing goes through the cartilage of the conch and is generally deeper than other types of ear piercings.

How painful is the Conch piercing?

Generally, the conch piercing is manageable with a pain rating of about 4 to 5 out of 10. It is more painful than a lobe piercing but is typically bearable for most people.

How long does it take for the Conch piercing to heal?

Initial healing signs can be seen after 30 days, but complete healing typically takes between 4 to 6 months.

When should I change my first Conch jewelry?

It is recommended to wait at least 2 to 4 months after the piercing before changing your jewelry. The first jewelry change should be done under the supervision of a piercer to minimize the risk of complications.

How much does the Conch piercing cost?

Several factors influence the price of a conch piercing, such as the type of piercing (inner or outer), location, or the reputation and experience of the professional. However, the cost generally ranges from 35 to 60 euros.

What type of jewelry is suitable for the Conch?

Jewelry options for the conch include rings and studs or straight bars, with sizes of 8 to 12 millimeters for rings (depending on the thickness of your ear and the location of the piercing) and 7-8 millimeters for studs.

beautiful conch piercing with zircon, ring worn by a woman

DAITH

What is the Daith piercing?

The Daith piercing is performed on the inner part of the ear cartilage, just above the auditory canal.

How painful is it?

The Daith piercing is often considered one of the more painful ones due to its less accessible location and the pressure exerted during the piercing process, rating about 7 out of 10 for pain.

How long does it take to heal?

The healing process for a Daith piercing can be lengthy, generally taking between 6 to 12 months to fully heal. Proper care and maintaining good hygiene are crucial to prevent infections and speed up the healing process.

When should I change my first Daith jewelry?

It is advised to wait at least 4 to 6 months before changing the first piece of jewelry, and always under the supervision of a professional piercer.

How much does a Daith piercing cost?

The cost can range from 35 to 45 euros in a smaller, lesser-known shop, or from 45 to 65 euros in a more popular establishment.

What type of jewelry is suitable for the Daith piercing?

The most common types of jewelry for the Daith are horseshoe-shaped pieces and rings or clickers, typically 8 to 10 mm in diameter for a comfortable fit in the Daith area.

ethnic-style daith piercing

FLAT

What is the Flat piercing?

The Flat piercing is located in the flat area of cartilage just above the tragus. It is a horizontal piercing that goes through the cartilage rather than vertically. Note that the Flat piercing requires special care, as it is in a zone susceptible to friction and pressure, which can prolong the healing time.

How painful is it?

The pain intensity for the Flat piercing can vary widely. Some may experience a sharp sting while others may feel minimal discomfort. However, it is generally more painful than a lobe piercing because it passes through a cartilage area.

How long does it take to heal?

Generally, the healing period for a Flat piercing can vary from person to person but is estimated between 3 to 6 months.

When should I change my first Flat jewelry?

You can change the jewelry after 2 to 3 months, but it is recommended to do so under the supervision of a piercer. As with other cartilage piercings, the wound must be completely closed before changing the jewelry.

How much does a Flat piercing cost?

The cost of a Flat piercing ranges from 30 to 50 euros, similar to other cartilage piercings. The affordability of the Flat piercing is due to its easily accessible location, relatively thin thickness, and the fact that it does not require the use of a special needle.

What type of jewelry is suitable for the Flat piercing?

Only studs, bars, and labrets are suitable for the Flat piercing. These studs come in various sizes and lengths, specifically designed to fit perfectly in the piercing.

3 zircons on a flat piercing

HELIX

What is the Helix piercing?

The Helix piercing is named after its location on the upper outer part of the ear, known as the “helix.” This area can accommodate multiple piercings, referred to as double helix if there are two piercings and triple helix for three.

How painful is a Helix piercing?

As the Helix piercing is done in a sensitive area of the ear, it can be quite painful. This part is mostly composed of cartilage, making the procedure a bit more painful than a lobe piercing. However, the pain is brief and generally bearable, rating about 6 out of 10.

How long does it take for a Helix piercing to heal?

The healing time for a Helix piercing can vary based on personal factors, but generally, it takes from 3 to 9 months to fully heal. It's important to note that cartilaginous areas take time to heal.

When should I change my first Helix jewelry?

Generally, you can change the Helix piercing jewelry after 3 months, always under professional supervision and using a titanium piece for the first change. As with other cartilage piercings, the wound must be completely closed before changing the jewelry.

How much does a Helix piercing cost?

A Helix or anti-helix piercing typically costs around 35 euros. However, the price can vary depending on the piercing studio, ranging from 30 to 50 euros.

What type of jewelry is suitable for the Helix?

For the Helix piercing, you can use rings (8-10mm), studs, or barbells (6-7mm). There are also specific "cartilage earrings" designed to fit the curvature of the cartilage perfectly.

zircon crown for a helix piercing

ROOK

What is the Rook piercing?

The Rook piercing is the perforation of the upper internal part of the ear, crossing the fold of the large cartilage located below the anti-helix and above the tragus. The execution of the Rook piercing is quite complex and requires great skill from the piercer.

How painful is a Rook piercing?

Because the cartilage in this area is very thick, the Rook piercing can be painful. Generally, the ear becomes red and may swell slightly for a few days.

How long does it take for a Rook piercing to heal?

Located in an area with thick cartilage, the Rook piercing can make the piercing process a bit painful and the healing slower. Generally, it is expected that the healing time for a Rook piercing will take at least 6 to 8 months to complete.

When should I change my first Rook jewelry?

The jewelry for a Rook piercing should be maintained for the recommended time by the piercer, usually at least 3 to 6 months during the initial healing period. After this time, the wound should have healed enough to change the jewelry, although the total healing time can vary from person to person.

How much does a Rook piercing cost?

The Rook piercing is one of the less common ear piercings. The average price of this type of piercing varies between 40 and 60 euros. However, it is important to note that the cost can vary depending on the material used for the jewelry and the reputation and experience of the piercer.

What type of jewelry is suitable for the Rook piercing?

Jewelry for the Rook piercing includes curved pieces, such as the Rook barbell, horseshoe, or a ring, with sizes of 6 mm and diameters of 6-8 mm for rings.

magnifique fleur sur le piercing rook

SNUG

What is the Snug piercing?

The Snug piercing is a snugly fitted small perforation located below the helix and near the auditory canal. It is necessary to pierce both the inner and outer cartilage of the ear. The execution of the Snug piercing is relatively simple and quick.

How painful is a Snug piercing?

The Snug piercing can be quite painful, as it is located in the anti-helix area. The cartilage in this area is quite thick and requires a bit more force to be pierced. Some people rate the pain at 8 out of 10.

How long does it take for a Snug piercing to heal?

Healing can take between 3 and 9 months, during which it is essential to practice proper hygiene and avoid the use of inappropriate jewelry that could interfere with healing. It is also important to note that healing times can vary by individual.

When should I change my first Snug jewelry?

We recommend waiting at least two to three months before changing the jewelry of a Snug piercing, and to do so only with the advice of a piercing professional. Given that the Snug is a painful piercing that takes time to heal completely, it is important to ensure that the wound is completely healed before changing the jewelry.

How much does a Snug piercing cost?

The Snug piercing is generally not more expensive than other ear piercings. Typically, you can expect to pay from 40 to 60 euros for the placement of this type of piercing. This price generally includes the cost of the material used in the jewelry, which can be surgical steel or another high-quality material, as well as the placement of the jewelry, post-piercing care, and follow-up by the professional.

What type of jewelry is suitable for the Snug piercing?

The Snug piercing can be done with a curved bar in the shape of a horseshoe 'or “U”, or banana, or a ring that fits the shape of the cartilage. The appropriate size for the bar is 6 to 8 mm in length, while for the ring, it is 6-8 mm in diameter.

TRAGUS

What is the Tragus piercing?

The tragus is the area located above the earlobe. It's the hard section at the edge of the face in front of the auditory canal. This small triangle is composed of cartilage.

How painful is a Tragus piercing?

The Tragus piercing can be slightly more painful than an earlobe piercing but not more than other cartilage piercings. This small triangle is soft and flexible.

How long does it take for a Tragus piercing to heal?

The healing time for a Tragus piercing primarily depends on the care it receives. Complete healing of the piercing can take between 3 and 6 months, as it depends on the individual's healing process. It is crucial to pay special attention to the piercing during the first 30 days to avoid infections or complications.

When should I change my first jewelry?

It is highly recommended to wait at least two to three months before changing the jewelry of a Tragus piercing and to do so only with the advice of a professional. Complete healing of the piercing can take several months, so it is essential to ensure that the wound is completely healed before changing the jewelry.

How much does a Tragus piercing cost?

The cost of a Tragus piercing is between 30 to 50 euros. However, this price can vary depending on the chosen piercing studio. Normally, the price of the service includes the placement of the jewelry, the use of the first medical piercing during the healing process, and the products needed to care for and ensure a safe healing.

What type of jewelry is suitable for the Tragus piercing?

The Tragus piercing can be performed with a straight bar (labret or stud) or a ring. The bar should be 6 mm and the diameter of the ring should also be 6 mm.

delicate moon on a tragus piercing
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