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What is a Scaffold Piercing?



Location: Ear, Varies
Jewellery: Long Barbells
Healing: Varies

A scaffold piercing is more often than not a solitary barbell that connects two or more different piercings in the ear, with for the most part being threaded with a barbell through two piercings in the higher area of the ear, branded on their own as a helix piercing. More complex variations include where a piercing passes through the conch from the scaffold, but the potential is only limited by your ear structure and your own imagination.
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Scaffold Piercing: Cost & Age Restriction
A scaffold piercing with us will cost between £20-£25. We operate age restriction policies for your safety. Click here for more information.
Scaffold Piercing: Jewellery
The most frequent type of jewellery worn in this piercing is long barbells, which link two piercings together without sacrificing comfort.
Scaffold Piercing: Process
Two piercings are necessary in order to pull off a scaffold piercing, whether it be a helix, conch or tragus piercing.
Scaffold Piercing: Aftercare
Healing time is reliant on the area pierced. Any piercing may puff up at first but irritation is bad for a scaffold connection.

More About Scaffold Piercing

The practice of scaffold piercing is when the top of the ear is pierced in two places so that a bar can span the ear and be anchored with a ball stop on each end of the bar. There is a large amount of cartilage pierced with this procedure so complete healing is six to twelve months, and the pierced areas must be cleaned effectively to avoid infection.  To do this, saline solution can be used.  Cleaning is the only time that you should touch the area, again reducing the likelihood of infection. 

You should always wash your hands before cleaning the area, and make sure that you do not rotate the bar.  Instead, just make sure that you thoroughly clean both holes and the jewellery to remove any bacteria.  Due to the position of scaffold piercing, proper care is essential.

The type of jewellery used in a scaffold piercing is important in order to keep the piercings in place and to prevent infection.  As with the majority of procedures, a hollow, sterilised needle will be used to create both holes as a gun can easily damage the ear and induce blunt trauma. 

Once the needle has been pushed through, a plastic sheath will remain in place until the jewellery can be inserted.  A straight barbell is the standard item that is used as it will allow the holes to maintain the angle and size while it heals.  The barbell is secured with screw-on beads at both ends and should remain in place until it is fully healed, at which time you can chance it to suit your style.

The range of barbell jewellery for a scaffold piercing is quite large; it can be made from several materials such as titanium, surgical steel, silver and steel.  They can have decorative pieces in the middle of the bar for style statements and come in many colours, designs and emblems. There is a vast array of end balls in almost any colour and design or shape, made of zircon, zircon gold, titanium and blackline.  It is also possible to wear a captive bead ring in each hole, rather than a bar.  However, this shouldn’t be done until the wounds have fully healed.

When considering a scaffold piercing it is wise to get one ear done at a time because it will be too sore to lie on during sleep for quite a while.  This type of modification in the upper ear can be handy for those who are not allowed them at work as it can easily be displayed or hidden, depending on how the hair is worn.  Whatever the case may be, scaffold piercing is becoming more and more popular.

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