Top 10 Best Types of Ear Piercings

I'm sure everyone reading this list has seen several people with ear piercings throughout their entire lives. They're the most common place to get a piercing and you can even get your ears pierced several times.

There are several different types of ear piercings out there and some require a certain anatomy of the ears in order for you to be able to have the piercing, while other piercings allow anyone to get pierced.

I personally have 5 holes on both ears. My 1st - 4th holes were ear lobe piercings while my 5th holes are lower helix piercings. This is my 2nd list about piercings, and I'll be doing more lists about them soon as someone with 11 holes and counting as of July 2022. Maybe I'll get double upper helix piercings on both ears at some point.

In this list, I will be describing several different types of ear piercings as well as the healing times for these piercings since some areas heal faster than others.

This is my 5th list of the month and I'm still going to be creating more lists this month.
The Top Ten
1 Earlobe Piercing

This is the most common type of ear piercing out there. The initial healing time for this piercing is 4 - 8 weeks and it can take 6 months for it to be fully healed. This type of ear piercing heals the fastest of any other type of ear piercing due to the earlobe being made only out of skin while the rest of the ear contains cartilage. In addition, it's the least painful ear piercing.

2 Helix Piercing

The helix is the region of your ear directly above your earlobe. You'll be able to feel it by gently pinching your ear. Cartilage piercings, including helix piercings, usually take longer to heal than earlobe piercings due to there being less blood vessels in the cartilage plus cartilage cells divide more slowly than skin cells.

Helix piercings can take 3 months up to 1 year to fully heal on average, though I've heard of cases of some people's helix piercings taking up to 2 years to heal. It really depends on how fast your body heals piercings and other open wounds. My 5th holes on both ears healed within 6 months, but there are people out there who aren't as lucky as me.

Also, contrary to popular belief, this type of piercing is painful. I know this from my own experience.

3 Tragus Piercing

The tragus piercing is a type of cartilage piercing that is located just above your earlobe and near the ear canal. This piercing usually takes 2 - 3 months to heal but can take up to a year to heal in some cases. In addition, it's generally one of the more painful cartilage piercings. This piercing can usually heal faster than a helix piercing, but again, it depends on how quickly your body can heal the piercing.

There is a variation of this piercing called the surface tragus piercing, however, it has a high rejection rate as surface piercings often unfortunately do.

4 Auricle Piercing

The auricle piercing is a type of piercing that goes through the upper helical portion of the ear. This piercing usually takes 3 - 9 months to heal and the pain is usually more than that of a lobe piercing but less than that of a regular helix piercing.

5 Industrial Piercing Industrial Piercing

The industrial piercing is very similar to the regular auricle piercing, except there are 2 diagonal holes instead of 1. Typically, people with this piercing wear long bars intended for industrial piercings. This piercing usually takes 3 - 9 months to heal just like a regular auricle piercing.

With this type of piercing, the anatomy of your ear is very important and can determine whether you'll be able to have an industrial piercing or not. If the fold of the upper ear is too thin on either side, you don't have the right anatomy to be able to get this piercing.

6 Snug Piercing Snug Piercing

This piercing goes through thick cartilage horizontally and generally takes 8 - 12 months to heal. In addition, it's a very painful piercing to get and is more painful than the helix.

7 Daith Piercing

The daith piercing is another piercing that requires a certain anatomical variation of the ears. In order to have this piercing, your daith must be prominent. It goes through the ear's innermost cartilage fold and takes 6 - 9 months to heal. Some people who get this piercing claim it reduces migraines and anxiety, however, there is no proven scientific evidence for any of these claims.

8 Anti Tragus Piercing

The anti tragus piercing is a piercing located in the triangular fold directly above the earlobe. This is 1 of the most painful types of ear piercings and the healing time is 6 months - 1 year. In addition, some people can't get this piercing because their anti tragus is too small.

9 Rook Piercing

This piercing is located right below the upper helix and usually takes 6 - 8 months to heal, however, complete ridge healing can take up to 12 - 18 months. Because the cartilage is thick, this piercing will be painful to get. Although many people are able to get this piercing, you must have a defined ridge to have a rook piercing. If you don't, you unfortunately can't get this piercing.

10 Flat Piercing
The Contenders
11 Conch Piercing

The conch piercing goes through the innermost section of the outer ear and takes 6 - 9 months to heal on average. As you can imagine, this piercing will be painful to get, plus you can't wear earbuds with this piercing until it's healed due to its location.

12 High-Lobe Piercing
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