Know All About Ear Piercings

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There are several speculations attached with piercings in general for e.g. does it hurt? Is it safe? Where to get it done? What piercing styles and methods are popular? Should I go for artificial earrings instead of real ones?

Here are some of the answers these questions
Let’s first talk about the two most common methods of ear piercing.

The traditional hand and wire piercing style

Traditional hand and wire piercing
This ear piercing is done with a sharp thin wire where the person who pierces your ear, sterilizes one sharp corner of the wire or earring and punches through your lobe with a quick hand gesture. It stings for a second and then hurts only slightly afterwards. This method is quick but you have to make sure that the piercing parlour and the artist takes extra care with the hygiene. Take a look at him practicing his thing at first and then assert whether you want to go ahead with it or not. Bear in mind that this process involves human hands touching your vulnerable skin while piercing.

The Gun Shot piercing

Gun Shot piercing
This ear piercing is executed using a piercing gun. It is a more precise method as compared to the hand piercing. The artist first marks the point on your ear, which you want to get pierced with a felt tip pen. They then shoot either a stainless steel stud in that direction. This action is swift and much more hygienic as compared to the one we discussed earlier as no human hand contact is required on your skin. The only difference is that the stud stem is slightly thicker than the other method. The pain is equal in both methods. It stings at first but reduces significantly after that.

Lets talk about the parts of our ears safe for piercing

The great part about ear piercing is that it can be done almost anywhere on the organ. For e.g.

Auricle Piercing

Auricle Piercing
This is the most popular form of piercing. Here the outer rim of the ear is punctured. The stud goes through the cartilage. It is the safest place to pierce after ear lobs.

Orbital Piercing

Orbital Piercing
This is a fairly unique way of piercing. This piercing makes two wholes in your ear depending on the location you choose. This type of piercing stud has no loose ends remaining as it is not in the shape of a pin and therefore there usually is no danger of stretching or tearing.

Lobe piercing

Lobe piercing
Here the bottom of the lobe is pierced and the artist move upwards piercing ear further. People wear all sorts of combinations with this type of piercings. Common combination would of studs and earrings.

Rook Piercing

Rook Piercing
This is by far the most painful form of piercing. But the wearers deem it worth the pain as it makes a statement like no other piercing.

Helix

Helix
This is a very stylish form of ear piercing. You sort of form a helix shape with studs around your ear.

Tragus Piercing

Tragus Piercing
This is a fairly common form of piercing. The outer part of the ear, which is formed by a thick cartilage, gets punctured. Although it is a safe form of piercing, bear in mind that it can be irritating at times. While you’re healing after the piercing be aware of not using earphones, ear plugs or headphones.

Conch Piercing

Conch Piercing
This form of piercing has recently gained popularity. A highly trained professional is required to perform this activity. It is done by using thick needles.

Daith Piercing

Daith Piercing
This piercing is done in the inner cartilage. The cartilage is punctured to get through a thin wire. Small curved needles are used so that they dont damage the area around the piercing. This piercing is less painful than you expect.

These are just a few popular piercings that you can experiment with. Consult your piercing artist for more options.

Always remember
  • Go to a reliable place to get your ears pierced. Tattoo parlors are a good option but there are parlours and medical clinics that also pierce. The more experienced your artist the better your results.
  • Ear Cartilages are safe to pierce.
  • After piercing apply alcohol-laden solutions like hydrogen peroxide or an antibiotic ointment to the area twice a day for a few days.
  • The earing or stud should not be removed for 4 to 6 weeks although it should be gently rotated everyday.
Author Biography
Anvika kapoor Anvika Kapoor is a Communication Designer with Masters in Design Management from N.I.D., Ahmedabad besides being a freelance writer. Always a creatively inclined person she is a voracious reader , Lover of Shakespearean comedies and a travel enthusiast who lividly craves for life altering paradigm shifts .She is a loving wife and shares with her husband a common passion for books , travel and philosophy. She disdains and disregards exhausting conformities and narrow minded philosophies.

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