All About Ear Piercings

Woman Ear Piercings
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When it comes to piercings, there are so many different kinds and places you can get them that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. With the help of theYou, where you can find piercers near you and check out their work—we’ll help you get all the information you need on types of piercings. Today, we’ll focus on ear piercings!

Every Type of Ear Piercing


The most common ear piercing type for men and women, one of the oldest forms of body modification, takes six to eight weeks to heal.


The lobe is punctured with a needle and then stretched with tapers. To achieve a large diameter, piercers might resort to a scalpel. It can be decorated with tunnels, tapers, fangs, plugs, or talons.


Also called a cartilage piercing because of its location on the outer cartilage of your ear. A standard helix piercing is made in the outer upper cartilage, but you can also get forward, backward, double, or even triple helix piercings.

Forward Helix

The forward helix is placed on the small outer rim of the ear cartilage closer to the head. People often go for several punctures simultaneously to sport labrets of different sizes.

Conch Ear Piercing
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conch piercing is a cartilage piercing in the inner part of the ear; it takes up to six to nine months to heal.


A daith piercing passes through the central cartilage fold. While the puncture is healing, it is advised to wear a small barbell; later, you can switch to beautiful hoops. It can sometimes be hard to pierce, and once it’s done, most people don’t change the jewelry often.


An ear cartilage piercing is located on the inner corner of your ear that covers the ear opening. It can be pretty painful but common; six months of healing time.


It is placed on the cartilage above the earlobe. As for jewelry, small barbells and hoops are the best options.

Types of Ear Piercings
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A cartilage piercing in the uppermost ridge of your inner ear, above the tragus in the antihelix.


Two piercings in one: an outer helix piercing connected to a forward helix piercing by a straight barbell. The estimated healing time is about 4-6 months.


Horizontal piercing sits right above the anti-tragus (or the inner ridge of the cartilage part of the ear). Labrets, small barbells, and hoops are often worn in snug piercings.

Ear piercings are some of the most popular types of piercings out there. It’s always a good place to start. Now that you know the options consider what you like the most and how much pain you are ready to endure—and go for it!

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