Ear lobe piercing or lobe piercing, as the name suggests, is done on the fleshiest part of the ear lobe. It is probably the first one you would get as a child and is the simplest and most common. You can have single or multiple piercings on your ear lobe that you can adorn with trendy and stylish jewelry. Here is a guide to everything you might want to know about the standard lobe piercing.
How is it Done
Though a lobe piercing can be done with a piercing gun, it is not usually recommended since it causes trauma to the ear tissue. Professional piercers prefer a sterile, single-use disposable needle, which is by far the best tool for a standard lobe piercing. The actual perforation would normally be done in under a couple of seconds. You may experience a little bit of bleeding but there is nothing to worry about.
Pain Scale: 2/10
The pain experienced during a lobe piercing is amongst the lowest when compared to other ear piercings. Having said that, the pain depends a lot on the quality of the needle, the ability of the piercing professional to do a quick perforation and jewelry transfer. Your level of anxiety also plays an important role. So try to keep yourself relaxed – listening to some soothing music would help.
Lobe piercings heal pretty quickly – just about 6-8 weeks is usually enough. However, just like any other piercing, the healing time varies from person to person, depending on the aftercare. Don’t neglect the care instructions just because this is a common ear piercing.
Cleaning and Aftercare
- Regularly wash/clean the piercing with a saline solution or rubbing alcohol twice a day for the entire healing period.
- Keep dirty hands and mobiles away from it to avoid infection.
- Don’t sleep on your piercing as putting pressure on a new piercing can cause jewelry rejection. Try to sleep on your back or stomach. If you really want to sleep on your side, switch sides as much as you can.
- Don’t twist the jewelry or piercing.
- If you detect a crusty feeling on your piercing area, then gently pat the crusties with a cotton swab soaked in a saltwater solution till they dissolve.
Since the outer part of the piercing heals before the inner part, you may think that your lobe piercing is fully healed before it has actually done so. So it is advisable to consult your piercing artist before stopping the aftercare regimen or changing jewelry.
The initial jewelry should ideally be a 16 or 18 gauge press-fit barbell. They can have plain silver balls, faceted stones or diamonds on them. The gold ones boast of a classic appeal that is hard to beat. Once the versatile piercing is fully healed, you can experiment with various styles of earrings. You can choose studs with diamonds, gemstones or charms. Dangling earrings with intricate designs make for a classy style statement at special events.
Since lobe piercings are made at a smaller gauge, you need to find hoops designed explicitly for them. Another classy option is to go for open hoop earrings.
If you are planning to stretch your piercing later, it would be a good idea to get it pierced as big as 8 gauge or even larger with single-flared glass plugs. Never leave your lobe piercing empty, without any jewelry for the first 1 year, or it may close.
It could cost anything in the range of $40-$60 to get your lobes pierced.
Types and Variations
- Upper lobe piercing
- Transverse lobe piercing
- Orbital lobe piercing
- Double lobe piercing
- Triple lobe piercing
- 4 lobe piercings
You shouldn’t do it during the healing period.
You can do it once your lobe piercing is healed.
It is typically 18G or 20G. Occasionally, piercing artists may use a 22G size needle.
You shouldn’t swim 24 hours after getting the piercing and ideally avoid the activity till the piercing has healed.