There are dozens of different piercing techniques for the ears, and earlobe piercings don’t even begin to cover it. A top ear piercing can be just as noticeable as an earlobe piercing and it can allow for a wider range of jewelry because there is simply more space to interact with. If you’re tired of having simple ear lobe piercings or if you’re uninterested in getting a standard piercing, today’s article should help you out a ton. We’re going to be talking about different types of ear piercings, what happens when you get them, how to care for them after the deed is done, and much more!
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Types of Top Ear Piercing
If you go into a piercing shop and ask for a ‘top ear piercing,’ you might get some weird looks. That’s because there are many specific kinds of piercings for your upper ear, and there is no basic upper ear piercing to fall back on. When you go into the store, be sure to use one of these names, or specify that it is not a typical piercing. We have in-depth features on many of these piercings, if you would like more information on them.
- Auricle Piercing – A piercing where the helix flattens out into the rest of the ear, further out than a snug piercing.
- Conch Piercing – A piercing of the curved section of the inner ear. Outer conch piercings are slightly above and between a rook and auricle piercing.
- Daith Piercing – A piercing of the small fold extending from the tragus to the conch of the ear.
- Ear Weaving Piercing – Refers to any piercing with more than two holes. Jewelry utilizes spiral or corkscrew shapes.
- Helix Piercing – A piercing of the uppermost fold of the ear. This can be anywhere on the upper edge of your ear, down to about halfway. A forward helix piercing is placed on the part closest to your face.
- Industrial Piercing – Any piercing that has more than one hole. Unlike ear weaving, these piercings are meant to hold barbell jewelry instead of spiraling jewelry.
- Orbital Piercing – A piercing with two points of entry that is not designed to hold barbell jewelry. Curved jewelry is more common, but anything that requires screw-shaped jewelry is classified as ear weaving.
- Rook Piercing – A piercing of the uppermost fold of inner-ear cartilage.
- Snug Piercing – Situated on the same fold of skin as the rook piercing, but closer to the middle of the ear.
- Tragus Piercing – A piercing of the hard cartilage at the front of your ear.
Do Top Ear Piercings Hurt?
If your piercing is done by an experienced piercer, you will feel minimal pain. Most people describe the sensation as a hard pinch. The lack of pain is due to the fact that your ear is made entirely of cartilage. Cartilage had very few nerve cells, so it doesn’t relay pain as well as the rest of the body. Piercing should be done with a special type of piercing needle, and not with a piercing gun. Although piercing guns used to be popular, they actually do more damage to the ear than a simple needle. If you are getting an industrial piercing, orbital piercing, or ear weaving piercing, you will experience a little more pain simply because you have more points of entry.
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Top Ear Piercing Healing Time
For the same reason that cartilage cannot feel pain, cartilage cannot heal quickly like the rest of the body. There simply aren’t enough blood vessels to provide the necessary platelets. On one hand, this means that piercings are easily accepted compared to surface piercings. On the other, it takes forever to heal. Most piercers will tell you that you can switch jewelry after six weeks of healing. This is about the period of time needed to ensure that your body doesn’t reject the piercing. The cartilage may not fully heal for six months, so be careful with your jewelry in that time. After six months, the sensitivity of the area should disappear entirely.
If you think you have a top ear piercing infection, ask a doctor about it. Common signs of infection include redness and swelling, green pus, lines of red stretching out beneath the skin from the area, blisters, and a fever. Allergy symptoms are very similar, with the addition of an expanding wound and migrating jewelry. Even if you think you are having an allergic reaction, wait until a doctor verifies that it is the case before taking it out. If it ends up being an infection, taking out the jewelry cuts off a path that could be used for antibiotics.
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Top Ear Piercing Earrings
As I mentioned before, upper ear piercings have a huge variety of jewelry to choose from. You can get long, curved jewelry that matches the form of your ear, large rings that wrap around the edge of your ear, swirling bars, heart-shaped wires, huge barbells, and more. Simple studs, rings, and hoops that you use for earlobes can be repurposed to these areas, although you will have to make sure the back is the correct size for the area. When shopping for earrings, try to get hypoallergenic jewelry. It could save you some trouble in the future, and even non-allergic people can get skin irritation from certain metals. Good places to find jewelry are the piercing shop that helped you out, local jewelry stores, and online retailers, and crafty sites that host independent sellers. If you can think of something that would suit your ear, I guarantee you that the internet has it.
Top ear piercings are some of the safest forms of piercing available. With the wide variety of piercing types and jewelry to choose from, it’s no wonder that ear piercing has seen its popularity growing over the few years. Ear piercing has been around for thousands of years, and its purpose has always been to show off beauty and personality. If you are interested in getting your ears pierced, be sure to check out the rest of the site for detailed articles on the subject. You can join our mailing list to keep up with our articles each week or subscribe to our Twitter for updates as they happen. As always, thanks for reading!
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