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What is a Ear Lobe Piercing?



Location: Ear Lobe
Jewellery: Rings, Barbells, Studs
Healing: 4 to 8 Weeks

Getting an ear lobe piercing has become commonplace and very mainstream within culture, particularly for women. The piercing of the lobule, which is the fleshy piece of the lobe, goes far back in history and is part of body modification all over the world. The piercing is normally completed from front to back but many different methods can be used to get the same result.
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Ear Lobe Piercing Placement
Typically located in the middle of the lobe, the angle of piercing can vary depending on your preference. Just tell your piercer where you want your jewellery to sit.
Ear Lobe Piercing Jewellery
People fill their lobe with rings of all varieties, as well as circular barbells. Straight barbells, studs mini barbells are also popular, with few limits on what you can wear.
Ear Lobe Piercing Process
There is rarely much bleeding or discomfort with this piercing. The thinner gauge of needle used the less likely you are to bleed, but the process is generally trouble free.
Ear Lobe Piercing Aftercare
Healing time is usually 4 to 8 weeks and generally goes smoothly. Take care of the wound just like any other body piercing, to keep it clean and reduce pulling.

More About Ear Lobe Piercing

The method of ear lobe piercing has been around for thousands of years and is as popular today as it was in ancient times. In fact, an ear lobe piercing is by far the most common piercing in modern times, with almost all young women sporting them as well as many young men.  For those who do not wish to go through body modification, there are also clip-on earrings for those that find this process unappealing.  There is no pressure on the ear lobe when wearing earrings and if done correctly, ear piercing is not painful for most.

The ear lobe piercing process can be accomplished with a choice of tools, usually using a gun or needle designed specifically for this procedure.  However, the gun has been widely criticised within the piercing community as it presents a danger of infection and damage to the skin and surrounding area.  Guns cannot be sterilised as well as needles, increasing the risk of infection to the customer, and the amount of force used can actually cause blunt force trauma to the ear.  Therefore it is recommended that you visit a piercer who uses a needle for your ear piercing, although this is down to personal choice.

DIY ear lobe piercing kits are also available on the web, although it is thoroughly discouraged by many professionals.  This is not just because professionals make a living from it; doing your own piercings at home is dangerous and can easily lead to infection.  While these methods can be effective and will not cause problems for many, it is much better to get the professional care and advice to ensure your ear piercing always looks great.

As mentioned, ear lobe piercing goes back in record through the centuries and mummies have been found to have pierced ears. Also, the Bible mentions pierced ears throughout its scriptures. Today, the procedure is a common practice and is done with hollow sterilised needles or guns.  It is almost certain that early ear piercing was done in a much more painful and unhygienic way.

One of the appealing factors of an ear lobe piercing is the variety of jewellery now available for them.  Studs are often the simplest type, coming in a variety of simple styles and colours.  These are the most common type of jewellery to wear straight after piercing as they are relatively comfortable and do not put pressure on the new hole.  The person who is doing the ear piercing should explain how long to wear the earrings, when to take them out and when to clean the pierced area. The earrings should then be put back in immediately.  Once the ear piercing has healed, many more styles are available to meet any fashion needs.

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