In general, one can get a piercing on every part of the body where there is skin. One of the most popular body parts to get pierced are the ears. The ear can be pierced in many different ways and this versatility of the ear piercing is one of the reasons why it is the most popular body piercing. There are more than ten different ear piercings and each one is located in a specific part of the ear with different healing times and pain levels. Familiarize yourself with the different kinds of ear piercings and let us know about your person experience.

Earlobe Piercing

This is the simplest and most common type of ear piercing. A single hole is pierced in each lobe usually using a piercing gun. However, there has been a debate among professional piercers if the use of a gun is a safer option than with a need. Nevertheless, The healing time for this is usually 4 to 6 weeks. If you want to take things up a notch, you can get one of the other ear piercings below first.

Cartilage Piercing

After the earlobe, cartilage piercings are the second most common type of ear piercing. It is usually done on the transparent tissue located at the top of the ear. The cartilage is that transparent tissue located on the upper part of your ear. Because there is limited blood supply in the cartilage, most piercings in that area take anywhere between 8 to 12 weeks to fully heal.

Tragus & Anti-Tragus Piercing

Like their names suggest, these two types of piercing are located opposite each other. The tragus piercing is found on the tragus, an oval-shaped cartilage protruding in the opening of the ear canal. On the other hand, the anti-tragus is at the opposite of the tragus. Both piercings take about 8 to 16 weeks to heal.

Industrial Piercing

Unlike the earlobe, the industrial ear piercing has two holes which are connected by only one jewelry. The healing period of an industrial piercing is usually 3-12 months. It takes a little longer for this piercing to heal because, A) it has two holes & B) both holes are located in a cartilage.

Snug Piercing

This type of piercing is located near the anti-tragus. It starts with a piercing in the inner cartilage of the ear and extends half-way down the outer rim. It takes 8 to 16 weeks for this piercing to completely heal.

Rook Piercing

This type of piercing needs more pressure than other cartilage piercings since it is located on the thick fold of the cartilage on the upper inside part of the ear. Because of the thickness of the cartilage, significant pain can be felt during the piercing process. This type of piercing is a hit or miss for it can take as fast as 2 months or as slow as a year before this piercing heals fully.

Daith Piercing

This piercing can be found between the rook and the ear canal. This also take 8 to 16 weeks before it completely heals.

Conch Piercing

Located above the earlobe and the anti-tragus, this piercing is another cartilage piercing which means it will take a while for it to heal. Give it 8 to 16 weeks of recovery before you attempt to change its jewelry. You can choose between a captive ring or a barbell to accessorize the piercing.

Helix Piercing

This type of piercing is located on the outer rim of the ear. The healing period varies depending on how careful you are in taking care of it. The usual healing period is from 2 to 12 months. If you choose an outer rim area close to the head, then the piercing can be specifically called a forward helix or ear-head piercing.