The conch piercing is done in the central part of the ear cartilage. It is named so as that part of the ear resembles a conch in its shape. Typically conch piercing is done with a 14G needle. The customizable piercing can be of different types. Scroll down to know all about conch piercings. If you want a cool and trendy piercing, look no further.
How Is It Done
Typically the piercing is done with a sterilized needle followed by inserting the jewelry. The entire procedure takes just a few minutes.
Pain Scale: 6/10
The pain level is almost the same as other cartilage piercings. It is certainly more painful than ear lobe piercings but not so much that it can’t be handled.
Conch piercings usually take anything between 3 months to one year to heal completely. It is almost the same as any other cartilage piercing.
Cleaning and Aftercare
- Clean the piercing with a saline solution twice a day, daily for 6-12 weeks before reducing it to once a day for the rest of the healing period.
- Keep headphones, hats and your hands away from the pierced area to avoid bacterial infection and irritation.
- Avoid sleeping on the side that has the piercing to minimize pressure on it
- Don’t move the jewelry that you have on the conch piercing.
- Avoid swimming during the entire healing period.
Cartilage studs are the best jewelry for conch piercings. The most popular are labret or flat-backed studs that look cute and are comfortable at the same time. Studs with bull backing can also be used on this cool piercing. You can also wear hoops in segment, seamless and clicker styles on this piercing. Other popular options are curved and circular barbells, and captive bead rings.
A conch piercing costs in the range of $30-$90. You should choose a professional piercer with loads of experience even if its costs more as that is instrumental in getting your piercing right, sparing you much pain.
- Inner conch piercing
- Outer conch piercing
- Orbital conch piercing
- Double conch piercing
- Triple conch piercing
You shouldn’t change your initial conch piercing jewelry before it has completely healed. Consult your piercer before you do the change.
Apart from increasing your style quotient, conch piercings are associated with reducing chronic and acute pains. They are also believed to aid muscle relaxation.