Looking to get an industrial or scaffold 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
Please ensure that you have checked the scaffold piercing
age restriction before coming to store. It can help to avoid any undue
disappointment. In a Blue Banana studio, the scaffold 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 you can meet the piercer! They too will give you a
quick consultation and briefing before discussing the scaffold piercing
location. There are several locations to choose from but the most common is
between the forward helix and helix.
The industrial piercing
typically involves a sterilised gauge needle which your piercer will pass
through the cartilage, inserting the jewellery in the process. When the piercer
has passed the needle through the first hole for your scaffold piercing, a
plastic retainer will usually be inserted to preserve the hole until the second
piercing has been performed and the jewellery can be inserted. Some piercers
prefer to partly insert the jewellery in the first hole while performing the
second piercing. The piercing site is cleaned thoroughly and marked with a pen
first so you can check that you are happy with the location.
A scaffold piercing can take 3-12 months to fully heal due to
the piercing passing through the cartilage of the ear. It can be faster than
some other types of cartilage piercing because it is passed through the outer
rim of the ear if performed in the common position. Vertical scaffold piercings
will pass through thicker parts of cartilage so may take longer to heal. The
healing time varies from person to person and the process can be aided by
During the healing process, it is important to avoid
knocking the piercing or putting pressure on the area as this will slow down
healing and can even cause unnecessary problems. For example, make sure not to
sleep on the side with the new piercing and don’t touch the piercing unless
absolutely necessary. For this reason, we recommend getting one ear pierced at
a time. Other steps that can be taken to aid with healing include tying back
long hair, not wearing earphones or other ear coverings, and avoiding contact
with any kind of cosmetics including moisturiser and hair products.
Like any piercing, it is important to maintain top hygiene
when caring for your industrial piercing. Sticking to your aftercare routine
for your industrial piercing will help limit potential infections and ensure
your piercing gets the best chance at healing quickly. Gently clean your scaffold
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 scaffold piercing
jewellery from Blue Banana. Some popular styles include:
We tend to recommend choosing a straight barbell for the
first year of having your industrial piercing as this will help retain the
correct angle for the piercing, therefore helping your piercing to heal. Once
your piercing is fully healed there are other styles of industrial piercing
bars that include designs with decorations in the middle or unusual shapes such
as spirals. 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.
Once your industrial piercing has healed you can also change
your barbell to a labret or BCR in order to create two separate piercings. This
can be handy in situations where you need to cover up or make your piercings
less visible. When choosing your piercing jewellery there are a few things you
If you regularly participate in sports, you may want to
discuss the best piercings for you with your piercer. Alternatively, it is
advised that during sport you wear a retainer or some form of flexible bar
jewellery to make sure your piercing won’t cause problems if knocked or caught.
When searching for a piece of jewellery make sure you know
your measurements. We display the piercing jewellery measurements as Gauge
first (displayed in millimetres) then Diameter/Length, e.g. 1.2mm x 8mm.
We generally recommend that for new piercings you choose
longer jewellery. 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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