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What is a Industrial Piercing?



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

An industrial piercing is usually a single barbell that connects two or more different piercings in the ear, with the most popular choice of style being threading a long barbell through two piercings in the upper ear.
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Industrial Piercing Placement
You may not be able to have an industrial piercing if you donít have enough tissue for piercings to be held.
Industrial Piercing Jewellery
The most common jewellery for this piercing is long barbells which the easiest to link two piercings together with comfortably.
Industrial Piercing Process
More than one piercing is required in order to pull off an industrial piercing, whether it be a helix, conch or tragus piercing.
Industrial Piercing Aftercare
Healing time depends on the areas pierced. Any piercing may swell but inflammation can spell disaster for an industrial due to the link.

More About Industrial Piercings

An industrial piercing involves two piercings, connected by a straight bar. These two piercings can be anywhere but it usually refers to two piercings along the cartilage of the upper ear rim. Also known as scaffolding, this is a very popular form of alternative piercing thanks to its stylish look and instantly noticeable appearance. You can wear coloured barbells to make these cartilage piercings stand out all the more and the exact placement of an industrial piercing can change from person to person.

This can be down to the shape of the ear or personal choice. Unlike an orbital piercing, an industrial piercing is often done in one visit, meaning that both holes are pierced and the straight barbell inserted all at once. That said, it is possible to pierce the two holes separately and wear BCRís until the piercings have healed enough to allow for more conventional body jewellery with scaffolding.

Because an industrial piercing involves the piercing of the cartilage in two different places, the healing period can last anywhere between six months and a year. It is also considered to be more painful than other piercings and many can find it painful during the healing process as well. As with all piercings, wash both sides of each piercing with a saline solution using clean hands but scaffolding should be cleaned three to four times a day or whenever necessary. Using a cotton swab will allow for you to clean inside the rim thoroughly, thus preventing infection. 

Two industrial piercings in the same ear are often referred to as a cage piercing and it is also possible to get a vertical scaffolding piercing down the ear as well as across. Because the shape of the ear can vary from person to person, itís very important that your bar is exactly the right length for your scaffolding. You can change your body jewellery after the first few weeks, though your piercer should change the bar if you need something smaller or larger. If you find that your piercing is taken much longer to heal than is normal (six months to a year) then you can ask your piercer to insert plastic body jewellery instead, which is likely to be far easier on your cartilage piercings.

Tips For Industrial Piercings
  • Do not attempt to twist the bar as this will delay healing, particularly in the early stages. Remember that cartilage is similar to bone and will take considerably longer to heal so take care when changing or partaking in activities that may snag on your scaffolding. To avoid getting caught in the jewellery, particularly if you opt for two BCRís initially, wearing long hair tied back may be a good option.
  • Be aware that this piercing carries a particularly long healing time and itís important that you donít stop cleaning both sides of each hole twice a day. If you feel like the piercing is becoming gunky, then clean more frequently. If problems persist then always talk to your piercer.
  • Healing will take anywhere between six months to a year, possibly longer.
  • Ensure that your scaffolding body jewellery is the correct length for your ear; donít be afraid about asking your piercer to change it.

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