Scaffold Piercing

Location:Ear Rim
Healing:4-6 Months
Age Limit:16 years old (13 years old with parental consent)
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Are you looking for a helix piercing with a difference? A scaffold piercing is a popular and eye-catching upper ear piercing. Read on to find out everything you need to know about scaffold piercings!

Scaffold Piercing 101

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. 

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.  


The piercer will typically mark the desired piercing locations with a pen first and then use a hollow, sterilised needle to create the perforations. 

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.


Just like all helix and cartilage piercings, the pain levels will probably be higher than a lobe piercing. It is also worth remembering that two piercings are made so it will take a bit longer than a single piercing. However, pain is totally subjective and varies from person to person.


There is a large amount of cartilage pierced with this procedure so complete healing takes 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. 

It is also important not to sleep on the pierced area and to keep hair tied back to avoid catching the piercing.


There is an extensive range of barbell jewellery available and you can add decorative pieces to the middle of the bar which come in many colours, designs and emblems. 

There's also a vast array of end balls in almost any colour, design and shape. 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.

Check out our awesome range of scaffold piercing jewellery and see what takes your fancy!

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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