Pinna Piercing

Location:Ear Rim
Jewellery:BCR, Labret Circular Barbell or Straight Barbell
Healing:3 - 9 months
Age Limit:16 years old (13 years old with parental consent)
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Considering getting a versatile and attractive pinna piercing? Here we have all the information you need about this alternative ear piercing!
Above: Pinna Piercing With BCR Jewellery

Pinna Piercing Guide

pinna piercing is often located at the top of the outer ear rim, or, a forward pinna piercing is placed where the arch where your ear connects your head. Pinna piercings are very similar to an auricle piercing but is higher up the ear lobe. This type of piercing is really popular because it can be decorated with rings, hoops, bars, or cuffs, so is a very versatile choice of piercing location.


As the pinna piercing is done on the upper part of the ear helix, its procedure is very similar to other ear and cartilage piercings. The piercer will sterilize the area that is being pierced and clearly mark the location of the piercing. Once the location is agreed on the piercer will place a hollow needle through the mark area and will then insert the jewellery. The piercer will then clean and sterilize the fresh piercing where required. It is usually a quick procedure.


It is hard to deduce a clear pain rating for piercings, as each person’s pain threshold and piercing experience differs. As the pierced area is cartilage rather than flesh, it can be deemed more painful than a standard lobe piercing, but again, all pain is completely subjective.

If you do feel excessive pain during the procedure, or during the healing process, it is very important to consult your doctor or healthcare professional. This is simply to avoid complications, as piercing pains should not be unbearable and could signal to a problem such as infection.


It can take anything between 3-9 months for a pinna piercing to completely heal. In order to ease the healing process, it is very important to keep the pierced area clean and free from pressure. Cleaning the pierced area frequently with a warm saltwater solution can ensure the area remains infection-free. Although, it is important to avoid using cosmetic products or creams on the pierced area, as this may aggravate the skin around the piercing.

With a pinna piercing being on your ear, it is important to keep things clear of the piercing so it doesn’t get knocked around. Taking steps such as not sleeping on the pierced area, tying up long hair or taking care when removing clothing are simple steps that can be taken to avoid prolonging the healing process.


The location of the pinna piercing makes it possible to fit a whole range of jewellery, there is a huge range of piercing jewellery types available! Whether it be rings, bars, or studs a pinna piercing allows for it to work! You can choose from jewellery types such as labrets, BCRs, studs, circular barbells and straight barbells. Each type of jewellery is available in a variety of styles and colours so you can pick any type to suit your style needs.

In terms of gauge and thickness of the jewellery, this should be discussed with the piercer who will recommend the best size of piercing to in the initial stages of having the piercing. Any major size change in piercing should first be consulted with a professional to make sure the change is appropriate and safe.

Article Disclaimer: The information contained here within is based on our experience as one of the UK’s largest piercing chains. Please note that each individual’s experiences will be subjective and therefore each person will have a different experience of pain, healing and maintenance. For more information, please view our article guides terms and conditions page.

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