A snug ear piercing, also known as an anti helix snug piercing, is still considered to be one of the more alternative ear piercings. This could be due to the thick piece of cartilage the piercing passes through. In this article we have gathered a range of FAQs to help give you the best snug piercing advice for before, after and during caring for your snug piercing.
What is an anti helix piercing?
An anti helix piercing, also known as a snug piercing, passes through the ear cartilage on the middle ridge of the ear. This inner ear cartilage is a more sensitive area to pierce, making it among the slightly more unusual piercings.
How long does a snug piercing take to heal?
Snug piercing healing can take between 3-6 months due to being located on the thick piece of cartilage in the inner ridge of the ear. To heal this part of the ear great care will need to be taken not to knock or put pressure on the area as this can prolong snug piercing healing time. Make sure to clean the area twice a day with a saltwater solution or Tea Tree Oil in order to aid healing.
What gauge is a snug piercing?
Snug piercings will typically be pierced with a 1.2mm gauge which is a 16 gauge. Some piercers will use a 1.4mm gauge for the anti helix piercing. It is best to ask your piercer for the measurements of your snug piercing so you can make sure you get the right size when you want to change the jewellery.
Is snug piercing painful?
When asked ‘How Much will a snug piercing hurt?’ we often say it is a medium pain. Snug piercing pain varies from person to person, but most people find this piercing more painful than other cartilage piercings due to the thickness of the cartilage in this area of the ear. This can mean it will hurt for longer as the piercing procedure will take longer.
Does anti helix piercing hurt?
An anti-helix is another name for a snug piercing which is located on the thick cartilage on the middle ridge of the ear. This means it will be quite painful and may hurt more than other cartilage piercings. If you would like a less painful piercing you can opt for a faux snug piercing which looks similar but pierces through the conch and helix.
Is snug piercing dangerous?
Like with any piercing, there are some risks to having a snug piercing but it is not considered dangerous if it is correctly cared for. You may initially experience snug piercing swelling for the first week but this is normal. If you experience any significant swelling or pain after the initial swelling has calmed down then you may have a snug piercing infection in which case you should seek medical help or talk to your piercer as you may need antibiotics. This occurs in rare cases so with the correct aftercare you shouldn’t experience any problems.
Do snug piercings get infected easily?
If you follow snug aftercare you should experience little to no problems with your new snug piercing. It can be knocked or caught easily which is why we recommend getting pierced with a curved barbell as opposed to a snug ring or hoop. This will reduce the chances of the piercing getting knocked or caught which is vital during the healing time. Like all piercings, an anti helix can easily get infected without the correct aftercare so keep up a good routine and avoid touching your piercing unless absolutely necessary.
Do snug piercings reject?
Snug piercings can sometimes reject or experience something called migration. This is when the piercing moves from the original piercing site. It can involve the piercing angle changing or breaking through the skin. If you notice your snug piercing is rejecting or moving you should talk to your piercer to discuss the best course of action. Make sure to do this before the anti helix piercing breaks through the skin as this can cause permanent damage.
There are some other types of snug or anti helix piercing you can try. This already alternative piercing can be taken to the next level with a double snug piercing which is two snug piercings clustered together. If you would like a double piercing it is best to consult a piercer to make sure your ear cartilage can support multiple piercings.
If you would like a snug piercing and the ridge of year ear is not pronounced enough or you would like a slightly less painful experience then you can get a faux snug piercing which has the same look as a snug or anti-helix piercing but is pierced through the conch and anti helix instead of the thick cartilage on the ridge of the ear.
If you are ready to step up your alternative look then snug piercings are a great choice. They are slightly more unusual but will still look professional, especially if you choose high-quality jewellery. If you would like to find out more about ear piercings snug and other then be sure to check out more of our guides to start planning your ear constellation.
Ready to get your snug piercing? Use our store locator to
find your local Blue Banana Studio. There’s no need to book an appointment; you
can simply go to the store of your choice and be pierced on the day.
Please ensure that you have checked the ear piercing age
restriction before coming to the store. In a Blue Banana studio, the snug
piercing age restriction is 16 (ID may be required) or 13 with parental consent
from a parent or guardian who is present.
Once you’re all booked in, you will have some forms to fill
out. A member of Blue Banana staff will go through the steps and can help you
pick out jewellery. Then the piercer will give you a quick consultation and
briefing before discussing the piercing location.
The snug piercing typically
involves a sterilised gauge needle which your piercer will pass through the
cartilage, inserting the jewellery in the process. The piercing site is cleaned
thoroughly and marked with a pen first so you can check that you are happy with
The snug piercing typically takes 3-6 months to fully heal
due to it being a cartilage piercing.
During the healing process, there are some activities you
will want to avoid such as sleeping on your new piercing and swimming. Knocking
or putting pressure on a cartilage piercing can cause the angle to change and
the healing process to take longer so be sure to take extra care not to catch
your new piercing jewellery and to keep up with your aftercare.
Clean your snug piercing twice a day with salt water
solution or Tea Tree Oil by gently bathing it using cotton wool.
While it is important to ensure your general ear hygiene is
first rate, it is also advisable to avoid using soap on your new piercing so be
sure to take extra care while washing your ears and removing ear wax.
If you would like further information, make sure to read our
full Piercing Aftercare Guides to learn about side effects to look out for.
There’s plenty of options when it comes to snug piercing
jewellery from Blue Banana. Some popular styles include:
Your snug piercing will most likely be done with a curved
barbell as this reduces the risk of the jewellery catching during the healing
process. It is vital for the healing process that you remain patient and don’t
change your jewellery until your piercer has advised you to do so.
When choosing your piercing jewellery there are a few things
you should consider:
We generally recommend that for new piercings you choose
jewellery with a wider diameter or length. This can allow for extra room in
case of any swelling. Make sure to check out the tips from our piercing guides
for information about changing and removing piercing jewellery.
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