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Ear piercing: Everything you want to know

The ear piercing is the most popular of piercings. We understand why when we know that there are a dozen possible ear piercings! With an infinity of jewelry combinations to dress our ears.

To tell you about it, we have finally decided to dedicate a whole article to it (at least that is necessary). We tell you everything about ear piercing! And if you still have questions afterwards, we are here to answer them. 

What is the meaning of an ear piercing?

The ear piercing has existed for millennia, it is timeless. Ear piercings have primarily an ornamental function in all cultures, although in some they are a symbol of coming of age. But above all, it is up to you to give it the meaning you want.

For us it is above all a body art, a way to embellish your beautiful bodies. It can also be a way of asserting oneself, of differentiating oneself from others, or on the contrary, of showing one’s belonging to a group. The reasons for getting an ear piercing (or elsewhere) are up to you!

What are the different types of ear piercing?

There are more than a dozen possible ear piercings!

LOBE PIERCING

The best known and often the first (you have to start somewhere). The lobe piercing is the oldest, most practiced (and also the most culturally accepted) piercing. It is found in the fleshy part of the bottom of the ear. On average you can do 3 piercings per earlobe!

The transverse lobe piercing, its little-known cousin, is located on the same fleshy part of the ear, except that it crosses the lobe lengthwise, vertically or horizontally (your choice and/or according to your morphology).

HELIX AND ANTIHELIX PIERCING

You are more and more adopting it (we also love it): the helix piercing. It sits on the cartilage of the outer (upper lateral) edge of the ear, on the small hem that surrounds your ear. It is possible to make several one below the other and have a nice assortment of jewelry.

Less common, but just as beautiful: the anti-helix piercing . It is located opposite the helix, on the cartilage of the inner edge of the ear. It is also possible to combine several (3 for example) for even more originality!

TRAGUS AND ANTITRAGUS PIERCING

The tragus piercing is perfect if you want a piercing that can be discreet. It is found on the small rounded or triangular surface of cartilage that protects the ear canal.

The anti-tragus piercing is located just in front of the tragus, on the cartilage part just above the lobe.

CONCH PIERCING

We see him more and more with a ring (it’s so beautiful)! [NB: you will not be able to have a ring directly placed, because it does not allow good healing.] The conch piercing is on the cartilage located in front of the ear canal.

FLAT PIERCING

The flat piercing is on the cartilage of the flat part of the ear, next to the helix. The ideal place to put original little jewels (a bit like our moon in the photo above). 

DAITH PIERCING

It has a perfect place to put a strong piece (a beautiful shiny ring for example): the daith piercing. It is found in the cartilage, just above the ear canal.

ROOK PIERCING

Right next to the anti-helix, on the cartilaginous fold, is the rook piercing .

INDUSTRIAL PIERCING

The industrial piercing is in fact a double piercing: it crosses the anti-helix and the helix, with a single bar. Like all piercings (but it’s even more valid for this one), not everyone can do it, it will depend on your ear morphology (to be checked with our teams in the shop).

How much does an ear piercing cost?

The price of an ear piercing varies. It depends on the pierced area and the jewel chosen.

We give you a small overview of our piercing prices.

  • It takes from 43$ for a lobe piercing;
  • from $53 for a cartilage piercing;
  • and for an industrial piercing, from 80$;

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Does an ear piercing hurt?

It’s a question that comes up often: how much pain does an ear piercing have?

As you’d expect, piercing the fleshy part of the lobe is less painful than piercing the stiffer part of the cartilage.

Before getting a piercing, you have to prepare for it, it’s not very pleasant and it’s not the best time to spend. But don’t worry, nothing insurmountable (and it’s so worth it)! Think that the act of piercing is very fast! The key to pain control during a piercing is in the breath: inhale and exhale deeply.

During the act of piercing, you will feel a big pinch for 2 seconds. It heats up and it pulls a little after the piercing: it’s time for the piercing to take its place!

There is no generalization regarding the feeling of pain during a piercing. Not everyone has the same pain sensitivity and tolerance (yes!).

Is it possible to perform any type of piercing on all ears?

Unfortunately, no: you have to adapt to the morphologies of each one. A piercing that is poorly adapted to the morphology of the ear will have difficulty healing and could lead to complications.

Our piercing teams are there to advise you on the piercings that you can do or not (just come and see them in store!). If you have an overall project to dress your ears, they will be happy to help you and advise you on the location of the piercings and on the appropriate jewelry!

Is it possible to perform several piercings at the same time?

Yes ! But it all depends on which ones…

Depending on the piercings you want to do, we can advise you on the number of piercings that can be done on the same day. It will depend on their area. The goal is not to overload your body, to allow the piercings to heal quietly. For the cartilage for example, we advise to be satisfied with 2-3 piercings at a time and to do them on the same ear. If you want a cartilage piercing on each ear, we recommend that you start with one ear, then once the first side has healed, continue with the second ear. Why? Simply to be able to sleep comfortably. Indeed, it will be necessary to avoid sleeping on your new piercing while it heals, at the risk of slowing down its healing and/or deflecting it.

Take your time, a well-made and well-healed piercing is better than a lot of piercings struggling to take their place on your body! (And we love that you come back to see us).

Is there a best time to get an ear piercing?

No, there is no best time to get your ears pierced. The good healing of a piercing depends above all on the care you give it. It is therefore important to follow the care that you will be advised on the day of your visit and which are summarized in our care guide.

It is often in summer that we wonder if it is a good idea to get pierced during this period. 

What is the healing time for an ear piercing according to the different areas pierced?

The healing time for an ear piercing varies depending on the area and each person: there is not really a universal rule. Here are some indicative ranges to give you an idea:

  • For a lobe piercing, it takes at least 3 months to heal.
  • For cartilage piercings (helix, conch, tragus, daith, etc.), it takes a minimum of 4 to 6 months for healing.

But don’t forget to have the healing of your piercing checked by our teams before any change of jewelry. Because even if you think it’s healed, don’t be fooled by appearances: ask the professional for advice!

When can I consider changing my jewelry pose?

You will be able to change your placement jewel (or sometimes called medical jewel) only when your piercing is completely healed. Our teams are there to monitor the healing of your piercing. Do not change until you have their green light!

Indeed, a jewel changed too early could lead to complications. It is therefore better to be patient (everything in its time).

When you can change jewelry, be careful about the jewelry you insert into your body. Again, poor quality jewelry could lead to complications.

So beware of cheap jewelry! The best is always to turn to piercing professionals.

And if you still have questions, ask them right here 

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