Although ear piercing has been around for quite some time, over the last decade or so ear piercings have dramatically changed from what most were familiar with so long ago. Long gone are the days when seeing an individual with two piercing in each ears shocks us. Now, seeing three, four or even an ear containing as many as 10 or more ear piercings! Indeed, times have definitely changed and with it so has the many different types of ear piercings. Such as these top 10 types of ear piercings below.
This type of ear piercing is created by taking the standard-sized small piercing needle and making an initial piercing along the ear lobe. However, rather than simply add an earring and go on, gauging or stretching consists of the individual gradually adding a thicker diameter ear ring every so often over a long period of time. Eventually, the hole left in the lobe from the initial standard-size piercing will stretch and grow to as large a hole as desired by the user. Some keep stretching until they can essentially put quarter or half-dollar size hollow rings through the hole!
9: Industrial Ear Piercings
Here, two holes are made on either side of the ear’s upper outer areas and a long pin which has a ball or stud attached to one end. After being pushed across the upper front of the ear and out the other hole along the other side, another ball or stud is placed on the other end of the pin to hold it in place. This type of ear piercing is often also referred to as Scaffold Piercing.
8: Cage Piercing
Cage ear piercing is simply Industrial ear piercing on another level. The same process is applied only rather than a hole being pierced on either side of the ear’s outer area, two are placed a short distance apart from each other. This time, a pin is slid through one side but rather than going directly straight across to the opposing hole, the pin will go in and out of the hole either above or below. The second pin is done the same leaving an x shape or a ‘Caged’ appearance.
7: Tragus Ear Piercing
That small little area of cartilage just beside your ear canal is called the tragus. Tragus piercing takes advantage of this unique but tender area by piercing a hole though it and allowing a loop to be ran through and around it. While said to be slightly more painful a process, it doesn’t appear too awfully out of place when compared to the other types of ear piercings.
6: Snug Piercing or Snugging
Snug piercings use the area outside the inner ear known as the ant-helix. The cartilage along the outer layer might be a lot more painful and is considered often too painful. Snug piercing is definitely not as complex a procedure as it would be a rook piercing due to the rook necessity to be punctured by a true expert of the craft.
5: Inner/Outer Conch Ear Piercings
The conch of the ear has two unique areas in which a piercing can safely take place. The upper and outer conch or the lower but inner conch area. Conch piercings typically take as long as two months to heal and are typically filled with a barbell type ear stud.
4: Daith Ear Piercing
A Daith ear piercing is performed by piercing holes along the inner fold that along the inside of the ear structure. Using a curved needle, the piercer punctures a hole and pushes upward through the top of the fold. A curve ear ring loop can then be done the same leaving a uniquely looking looped earing hanging from the conch fold.
3: Rook Ant-Helix Ear Piercing
Potentially the most painful of ear piercings and definitely the most complex and technical to perform, the rook is to be performed only by an expert who has the experience necessary to do the procedure with as little pain and risk of injury as possible.
2: Helix Ear Piercing
More popular than almost all but one type of ear piercing, the Helix piercing is also the second less shocking to most. Helix piercings can be fashioned with studs, loops, barbells or even chains if the wearer so chooses. There are a few issues with Helix piercings however. One is the healing time. It can take as long as a year or more for the wound to heal completely! The second is the risk of infection. The Helix method may be popular but the care afterward is extremely serious!
1: Lobe Ear Piercing
The most popular of all ear piercings is the lobe piercing. For most, this is often their first area to be pierced and is widely accepted as a natural looking piercing as well. A simple hole is punctured through the lower to mid lobe and can be adorned with almost any type of earring the wearer wants!