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7 Popular Ear Piercing Types (With Healing Time)

Posted by Ann V. On 2016 Mar 9th

7 Popular Ear Piercing Types (With Healing Time)

Some things never go out of fashion, even after a century. Ear piercing can be counted among those evergreen fashions. Over a time, many ear piercing styles have been evolved and some of them are extremely popular today. Here, we have listed such popular widespread ear piercing styles along with their healing time.


Earlobe is one of the common ear piercings which is done through making a single hole in the center of each earlobe with a piercing gun and needle. Many people prefer to get it done at home as it is easy process. The healing time of the earlobes after piercing may be up to 4-6 weeks.


Stretching or gauging is the popular ear piercing style which is done with a 20- or 18-gauge needle, thereby requiring a 20- or 18- gauge earring. Generally, ear gauging takes a full month to heal.


A standard cartilage piercing is done on the upper part of the ear rim. It is generally done with a piercing gun. The healing time can be as long as 12 weeks in cartilage piercing because of the limited blood supply to that area. In some cases, the piercing area never heals properly.

Industrial Piercing:

Also known as bar piercing or scaffold piercing, industrial piercing is any two parallel holes connected with a single straight piece of jewellery or bar. The one hole is close to the head (forward helix piercing) while the other remains below. The healing time can be anywhere from 12 weeks to one year.

Tragus Piercing:

Tragus piercing covers tragus area, a flap of the external ear which partly closes the passage to the ear canal. It is quite popular piercing which adds fun to your traditional piercing. Your tragus piercing will be healed within four to six months.

Anti-Tragus Piercing:

Anti-tragus piercing is done on the raised fold of cartilage that is parallel to the tragus. The size of the anti-tragus do not fits to all and in some persons it will be too small for piercing. It takes anywhere from 4 months to one year for a complete healing.

Rook Piercing:

It is one of the coolest piercing styles for youngsters. It is the piercing of the part above the tragus. And it takes at least 6 months to heal completely.

Whatever piercing style you choose, make sure to use Dr.Numb® numbing cream to make your piercing process free of pain.