The ear is one part where you can get as many piercings as you want. There are different areas on the ear where you can get ear piercings. The lobe is usually where to begin when getting an ear piercing. This is because it is the simplest, the least painful and the one that takes the shortest time to heal.
However, before you begin to get piercings on other ear parts, consult ear experts for advice on ideal piercing placement depending on your ear anatomy. Consultation is also important as you get to know the type of jewelry that match the contours in your ear. The following are some of the different types of ear piercings;
- Lobe piercing
This is the most common ear piercing. For first timers, this is where to begin. The piercing is done on the soft area usually at the bottom of your ear. Depending on the size of your lobe, one can get multiple ear piercings around this part. The lobe piercing is less painful and takes the shortest time to heal compared to other piercings.
- Helix piercing
This type of piercing is usually done on the upper and outer cartilage of the ear. In other terms, the piercing is done on top edge of the ear. This piercing takes about six to twelve months to heal properly.
- Conch piercing
Just like the name suggests this is the part of the ear that resembles a conch shell. The piercing is done on the inner curved part of the ear. The conch is a wide area and hence one can get multiple ear piercings around it. You can choose to wear stud earrings or just a cuff like earring that goes around the ear. Just like the helix ear piercing, this piercing takes six to twelve months to heal completely.
- Tragus piercing
This piercing is located on the small area that partially covers the ear canal. This area is usually very painful and takes the longest time to heal properly as it takes twelve to eighteen months to heal properly. Studs and hoops are the best earing options for a tragus piercing.
- Rook piercing
This piercing usually goes through the inner edge of the top ridge o the ear. A bar or a hoop are the best earrings to use for a rook piercing. A rook piercing takes six to eighteen months to heal.
- Daith piercing
The daith piercing is located on the ridge just below the rook. Just like the rook piercing, the daith piercing is also located on a ridge and takes six to eighteen months to heal.
- High lobe piercing
Just like the name suggests, the piercing is located on the highest part on the lobe but below the auricle. It is not very painful and take three to six months to heal.
- Orbital piercing
This is a combination of two piercings joined together by a hoop. They can be done on any part of the ear that is wide enough to accommodate two piercings. They are however common on the lobe and auricle parts of the ear. The two ear piercings are made such that they are side by side with each other. An orbital piercing takes three to twelve months to heal.
- Auricle piercing
The auricle is the area between the helix and the top part of the lobe but a little further from the snug. The auricle piercing is done on the fold that is between the helix and the ear lobe. It takes three to nine months to heal completely.
- Flat piercing
Just like the name states, this piercing is done on the flat area of the cartilage just below the upper ridge of the ear. It closely resembles the helix and rook piercing but it is on the flat area of the ear. So if you don’t want the latter two, you will find this one satisfying.
- Snug piercing
This piercing is located in the inner cartilage in between the helix and he inner part of the conch. It takes four to six months to heal.