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Ear Piercing Types

The ears are the most commonly pierced body part. While many people have their ears pierced, not everyone has them pierced the same way. You can be a real individual when you have your ears pierced from the location of the piercing to the jewelry that you decide to wear in the piercing. There are many different ways in which the ear can be pierced. If you have not thought beyond getting your ear lobes pierced you may be surprised at all of the different ways in which you can pierce the ear.

Ear lobe piercings are probably the most common. This is the piercing of the ear lobe and can be done more than once in each ear lobe. Many different types of jewelry can be worn in these piercings. Studs are quite common, as well as hoops, dangles, and even captive bead rings. Some people also wear barbells and even space retainers. While some people start out with just a simple piercing, they often decide to stretch their piercing to wear plugs, bones, and even tusks in the ear lobe. So many different things can be done with the ear lobe piercing, making it the popular piercing that it has always been and will continue to be well into the future.

Helix piercings are also very common. A helix piercing is the piercing of the cartilage of the upper ear. Helix piercings are sometimes known as industrial piercings, but an industrial piercing is actually two helix piercings in this cartilage in which the same piece of jewelry goes through both piercings. Many people have one helix piercing and then decide after some time that they like the piercing so much they would like another, and this is when they turn it into an industrial piercing. When choosing an industrial piercing most people choose to run a long barbell between the two piercings or even a spiraling barbell for a cool effect.

A conch piercing is also very common as it is the piercing of the cartilage of the outer ear. There is an inner and outer conch piercing. The outer conch piercing is located at the flat part of the top of the outer ear. The inner conch piercing is located at the center ear cartilage adjacent to the ear canal. Generally a barbell or a captive bead ring is worn in the piercing.

The daith piercing is also a type of ear piercing. This is the piercing of the small tab of cartilage closest to the face. This piercing is usually fitted with a captive bead ring, although some individuals choose to wear a barbell in the piercing. The gauge is usually quite small due to the small space in which the jewelry must pass!

The tragus piercing is yet another ear piercing, although not quite as common due to it being known as one of the most painful piercings. The piercing is done through the cartilage that is directly in front of the ear canal. This type of piercing is usually fitted with a small barbell or a captive bead ring. The gauge of the jewelry is usually quite small due to the small space in which the piercing must pass.

The rook piercing is another ear piercing that is more uncommon. Another very painful place to pierce, the rook is a piercing that passes through the antihelix of the ear. The reason that this piercing is usually so painful is because there is a relatively large amount of cartilage that the needle has to pass through to complete the piercing. A captive bead ring or small barbell is often worn in this piercing. Migration will usually occur in the rook piercing, although it usually will settle into place after a few weeks.

Dermal punches are a bit different than piercings. The punches allow for larger gauge holes to be punched in the surface of the ear. If you don’t want to have to wait to stretch your ear lobe you may want to consider a dermal punch. This is larger than is done with a piercing needle. There is more blood with dermal punching, but is not as painful as one might assume it would be.