When you find your favorite piercing, you feel sparks in your bones. Never has there been a love greater than ours for the industrial piercing.
Not into conventional piercings? Then the Industrial Piercing is perfect for you. This type of piercing, (sometimes referred to as the “construction” or “scaffolding” piercing due to its appearance) refers to two pierced holes that are then connected by a barbell. While this can refer to several different areas of the body that accepts piercings, this term is commonly used to refer to the area between
the upper part of the ear cartilage and lower ear. Pierced either horizontally, angled, or vertical between the ear and the ear cartilage, this industrial piercing creeps at the edge of an alternative and classic style piercing. With many styles to choose from, this unisex piercing lets you go from casual to outrageous all with the change of a piercing. Let this simple precious spice up your look with ease.
How an industrial piercing is performed
Getting pierced should take no more than 15 minutes. The process is very simple. First, your piercer will arrange all needed items to perform the piercing. These items will include cotton pads, sterile hollow needle, piercing needles, antiseptics, and of course: your body jewelry.
Next your piercer will adhere to hygienic rules of piercing by washing his hands, putting on a pair of medical gloves, and disinfecting your ear. Your piercer will then decide the best angle at which to pierce your ear, and make a mark of it on your ear. Your piercing expert will know the exact angle that won’t cause burst cartilage, or infections.
The next step is to pierce! Using a disinfected needle, your piercer will puncture two aligning holes in your cartilage and ear, and insert the jewelry through both holes. This process will pinch a little, but should not be overly painful. The best part is that after just a little cleaning up, you’re done! Now all there is left to do is admire your new handiwork!
Scheduling an appointment and Piercing Cost
The average cost in USD for any upper ear cartilage piercing ranges from $25-75. Shops often double the price of one upper ear cartilage piercing to account for the entire industrial ear piercing. Before you schedule an appointment to get your scaffold piercing done, you’ll want to call around different piercing shops and tattoo parlours first.
Have a list of questions ready beforehand. Having your questions answered and getting a step-by-step explanation of how that studio will perform the piercing will ease any reservations you might have. This will also give you a better idea of different prices available and give you an opportunity to get to know your piercing expert better. It’s important to feel comfortable with your piercer and to trust in their abilities. If possible, ask to see piercing pictures of their past work. This will give you a better idea of who you want your piercer to be.
Pain, Healing process and Aftercare
As with any piercing, you may feel a little pinch of pain during the piercing process. However, with proper aftercare, your piercing should feel completely normal within 3 months. The full healing process may take anywhere from 3 months to a year. This depends much on your body’s healing rate, as well as how well you’re taking care of the little guy!
Remember, taking care of your jewelry is completely in your hands. After your piercing is complete, your piercer should give you an informed list of aftercare procedures. These often involve using sea salt rinses and approved cleansers on your piercing, twice daily. Other methods involve using mild anti-bacterial soap around the upper ear cartilage, and only touching the piercing with well-washed hands. It is also suggested to avoid sleeping, or putting unnecessary pressure on the newly pierced ear.
Without proper aftercare you run the risk of infection, which may result in a slightly irritated ear, bleeding, distention, soreness, and discharge, hard balls of skin/scarring around the piercing holes, as well as redness and swelling. You may also face piercing rejections, wherein the body will physically try to eject the piercing from the ear. This process happens slowly over time and can be very painful in nature. If you start to sense this is happening, be wary of signs that your jewelry is hanging lose, red or swollen skin around the area, thinning of the skin, enlarged pierced holes, or extreme sensitivity.
These can all be unpleasant symptoms. If not treated, infection may lead to the removal of your construction piercing. This is why proper aftercare is so essential to avoiding piercing infections. Love your piercing? Then take care of it!
Industrial Piercing Jewelry Options
Now that you have your industrial piercing pierced and healed, it’s time to accessorize! It’s recommended you not remove your initial single straight piece barbell for the first 9 months after piercing. This should be the appropriate healing time for the average ear piercing. There are plenty of alternative, punk rock, rock ‘n roll, pretty, masculine, cute, and fun industrial piercing jewelry options available. Whatever your style, you’ll have something to rock in your ear.
Those who are finding the healing process is taking longer than desired may opt to pit in two separate stud earrings, instead of a barbell piercing. This will help the piercing heal faster, and will be less likely to get caught by hair, clothing, or other objects such as a hairbrush. This will certainly aide in the healing process and will offer an amazing, alternative look. With two holes, there’s even more to accessorize!
Once you’re able to take your piercing out with no pain, you’ll find you have a growing collection of industrial piercing jewelry on hand. When changing your piercing, make sure to sanitize both your hands and the jewelry before bringing them into contact with your ear. This will prevent any unwanted infections. The most common industrial piercing is the barbell, simply held together by ball closures. Another unique option is the zig-zag industrial jewellery, wherein the barbell is twisted into shaped between the ears. The corkscrew barbell, stripe barbell, loop barbell, triple industrial piercing, jeweled, diamonds, and shaped barbells are all fantastic options for your piercing.
Explore a new style today and jump onto the industrial piercing bandwagon.
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