Industrial Piercing 101
If you are curious about industrial barbells piercings and contemplating getting one, here is some information that may help you decide. Industrial piercings used to be synonymous with having grunge or punk style, but are now very common with all different styles. Industrial piercings ware trendy with the general population due to many A-list celebrities having the piercing. This piercing is unique and made from two piercings. They're connected by a straight barbell. The industrial piercing is located through the sides of the cartilage in the ear. Also, referred to as a scaffold. The barbell is first inserted from behind the ear and goes across the front of the upper cartilage and through the second piercing, secured by a screw on directly behind the second hole.
The most common industrial piercing connects the forward helix and the antihelix. It's more painful than a regular piercing. Obviously, pain tolerance will vary from person to person, but the overall pain expectancy is a 5/10 for most people. Standard size for this piercing is 14 gauge. Common bar length for this piercing is 29mm to 51mm.
Healing and Aftercare
One thing that makes this tricky is that healing can be more of a bother. This is because you will have two holes healing at the same time. Healing time is on average 3-9 month. Another thing is that ear sizes will vary, so finding the right jewelry for your piercing may be difficult. Your piercer will likely start you off with a bar longer than you would probably like. This is to allow for swelling during healing.
While you are healing your industrial piercing, you want to clean your piercing twice daily. Use a saline solution spray like our Neilmed. Avoid touching your piercing unless your hands are clean, and even then, avoid it as much as possible. You will also want to keep your hair away from the piercing as to not infect or tug on the jewelry. Avoid wearing headphones until you healed. The last tip for aftercare would be to sleep on your back, as sleeping on your side will add pressure that may damage your piercing.
Always select quality jewelry, so your piercing has the best chance to not be rejected from your body. When you are finally ready to switch out your jewelry you can go back to your piercer to have them measure your piercing to get the perfect fit however, this is something you can do at home. When choosing your jewelry, you will need to get an industrial barbell for your industrial piercing