How do you Perform ear piercing?
Ear piercing is a popular form of body modification that can be done relatively easily and inexpensively. The most common method of ear piercing is to use a surgical needle to create a small hole in the earlobe. The needle is then removed and replaced with a piece of jewellery, such as a stud or hoop.
Ear piercing is generally safe when performed by a professionally licensed piercer using sterile equipment. However, there is a risk of infection if the piercing is not done properly by a trained professional or if aftercare instructions are not followed. Lobe piercings usually heal within 6-8 weeks, but it can take up to six months to a year for the hole to completely heal on other cartilage piercings.
The most common ear piercing locations
Today, there are many different types of ear piercings available, each with its own unique name. The most common ear piercing locations are the lobe, helix, conch, tragus and daith. The lobe is the fleshy lower part of the ear, this is the traditional site for ear piercing and it’s the easiest type of piercing to heal.
The helix is the outer edge of the ear. The conch is the area in the centre of the ear. The tragus is the small piece of cartilage in front of the ear canal. The daith is a piercing through the innermost cartilage fold. Cartilage piercings are more difficult to heal but offer a wide variety of jewellery options.
A Map of common ear piercing locations:
Least painful ear piercings
While the pain associated with ear piercing can vary depending on individual tolerance, there are certain areas of the ear that are generally considered to be less painful.
Lobe piercings tend to be the least painful piercings as they involve less cartilage. Similarly, piercings that are located further away from the centre of the Ear are generally more painful than those closer to the centre.
The cartilage-the firm, rubbery tissue that makes up the bulk of the ear-is a bit more painful to pierce, but the pain is often described as sharp but brief. The pain level really depends on how sensitive your cartilage is.
All professional piercings are performed with a hollow needle named a cannula.
No matter where you decide to get pierced, be sure to visit a professional piercer who uses sterile equipment and follows proper aftercare procedures. This will help you avoid complications and ensure a quick and easy healing process.
Caring for your ear piercings
Although the process of piercing your ears is relatively simple, it is important to take care of your piercings to prevent infection. Here are some tips for caring for your ear piercings:
- Clean your hands thoroughly before touching your piercing.
- Clean your piercings two to three times a day with a saline based solution. Avoid using harsh cleaners such as T-tree or alcohol, as these can irritate the skin.
- DO NOT rotate your earrings to keep the holes from closing up, leave the hole to heal naturally.
- Avoid sleeping on your piercings, as this can cause them to become irritated.
- It I normal for a fresh piercing to show signs of redness, swelling, and occasional discharge. If these are prolonged contact your piercing studio or doctor for advice.
- No swimming for at least 6-8 weeks, if this is unavoidable, make sure to shower and clean the piercing thoroughly afterwards.
By following these simple tips, you can help to ensure that your ear piercings heal quickly and properly.